At Stitched Up HQ last week, we held a-week-long slow fashion Summer Club for kids from the age of 10 to 14. Five ambitious young soon-to-be fashion designers set out to create their own upcycled rucksacks under the guidance of our team member Bryony.

Over the course of the week, the girls discovered ways to repurpose plain, unwanted fabrics to make them their own – using applique and print. Then using their new fabrics, they learned how to follow a pattern and cut out their pieces.

Each of them was carefully instructed in using a sewing machine and carrying out various sewing techniques to bring the pieces together and create their bags.

After raiding a bag of faux fur, nobody could resist making a fluffy pom-pom charm to add the finishing touch to their rucksack!

Along the way, the group shared lots of giggles and ‘games breaks’ when the technical stuff got a bit heavy. Thanks to this lovely bunch, Stitched Up was filled with chitchat and laughter all week.

After a week of hard work, questionable music taste and occasional lemon candies, the girls proudly presented their products to the world.

We then had a celebratory photoshoot – featuring a special guest – to show off their beautifully personalised rucksacks. It turns out that these young fashion designers also had a knack for modelling. What can we say – #Squadgoals!

Well done to everyone and thanks to all of you for making it such a fun week – we miss you all already!

If you’re searching for a creative activity in a friendly environment for your youngster, subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to hear about the next available club. We’re planning one for the Christmas school holidays, and are already cooking up ideas for next Easter and Summer.

Stitched Up x