We’re super excited to announce our brand new Home Education Programme!
During the weekly sessions at our premises in Chorlton, we will be teaching young people hand and machine sewing skills and clothing/textile repairs and upcycling. All projects will be created from repurposed old clothes and vintage textiles.
Each week we will work on different projects designed to build your child’s sewing skills from the very basics towards using a pattern and constructing projects.
Along the way there will also be opportunities for the group to learn about some of the fast fashion industry’s negative environmental and social impacts, and everyday ways we can all do something to help.
The sessions are perfect for home educated or flexi-schooled young people who are interested in learning more about sewing, fashion and sustainability.
The Stitched Up Home Ed sessions will run weekly on Tuesday afternoons during the school term, bookable in six-week blocks. There are two different sessions running on the same day:
– Age 6-10 years 12:30 – 1:30pm
– Age 10+ 2 – 3:30pm
The lessons planned for the first block (second half of the summer term) are:
Age 6-10 group (12:30-1:30pm)
Week 1, 6th June: Squishy toy – learn to use whip stitch
Week 2, 13th June: Felt wallet – learn to use running stitch
Week 3, 20th June: Plush badges – experiment with applique
Week 4, 27th June: Button badges / accessories – learn to sew on a button
Week 5, 4th July: Bow ties / hair bows – learn simple construction
Week 6, 11th July: Drawstring pouches – learn more complicated construction
Age 10+ group (2:00-3:30pm)
Week 1, 6th June: Upcycled slogan t-shirts – use applique and simple printmaking
Week 2, 13th June: Visible mending – denim patching and embroidery
Week 3, 20th June: Cushion cover – use a sewing machine
Week 4, 27th June: Tote bag – design the bag and create a pocket for the front
Week 5, 4th July: Tote bag construction, week 1 of 2
Week 6, 11th July: Tote bag construction, week 2 of 2 and adding finishing touches
The sessions will continue in the Autumn Term, and for students who choose to stay with us, we will be working with the group to progress their sewing skills term-by-term.
Parents are welcome to stay or leave their children with us for the sessions. There is no extra charge for this. However, please bear in mind that we have limited room in our workshop space, so you may be asked to wait in our reception area during the session. We are not able to provide alternative activities for younger siblings that you may need to bring along, so please have something with you to entertain them!
*PLEASE NOTE: As a small not-for-profit cooperative, our time and resources are always stretched to the max. In the event that the course is at less than 75% capacity, we will be unable to run it. Bookings are open until May 30th. In the event that we do have to cancel, you will be notified on or soon after the 30th May and your booking can be transferred to a future date or refunded. We hope you understand and thank you for your support.