Emily recently joined in with Yvonne’s ‘Learn to Sew‘ 5 week course at the Craft Barn. She has always been interested in the idea of sewing and couldn’t wait to get settled on the machine and sew her first seam. Emily works in customer services, it is her cheery voice that you hear on the phone and she also answers all of your email queries too. Always busy she enjoyed taking a mini break from her day job to learn how to sew. With all of the gorgeous fabrics that we all see passing by on a daily basis, the temptation of sewing was bound to take a hold sooner or later.
Each week Yvonne taught a different aspect of sewing. Week 1 – exploring different fabrics and patterns, week 2 – understanding the sewing machine and seam widths whilst making a panelled cushion front, week 3 – finishing off the cushion cover and putting in a zip, week 4 – making a cosmetic bag with zip and lining, week 5 – making a peg bag with lining and bias binding.
Week 2 – Emily chose a selection of fabrics, including many Kaffe Fassestt designs for her cushion front.
Week 3 – Emily sewed in her first concealed zip and added in a cushion pad to plump up her finished cushion cover.
Emily answered a few questions to tell us more about her experience on the 5 week course.
Have you ever done any sewing previously?
No, but I have always been interested and I’ve watched my mum sew at home.
What made you choose to do the ‘learn to sew’ workshop?
After watching the sewing Bee I was fascinated by the way clothes were made and how there is so much detail involved. Before I did the workshop with Yvonne I didn’t realise how many different variations of zips there were! Being surrounded by so many nice fabrics I couldn’t help but want to learn.
Do you think that you will continue to sew?
Yes, I plan to make a skirt for the summer. It’s just going to be a hard decision with all of the lovely fabrics we stock.
Did you enjoy Yvonne’s tecahing style?
Yvonne was a brilliant teacher. She was very patient and explained everything very clearly. If any of us came across a problem she always took the time to explain again. The five weeks were planned well. I like the way each week was dedicated to a different skill.
Over the 5 weeks you covered many techniques, which was your favourite week?
I was pleased when I completed my cushion cover and learnt to sew in my very first zip. Another week I enjoyed was learning how bias binding works, whilst making the peg bag with a curved edge.
Do you feel the workshop met your expectations?
I learnt a lot more than I thought I would and like the fact that we made mini projects throughout. I strongly recommend anyone who has never sewn before to come along to the next learn to sew workshop with Yvonne. I especially liked the length of the workshop, having it split over 5 weeks into 2.5 hour sessions made the information less overwhelming and more enjoyable.
Week 4 – Emily made a lined cosmetic bag, with zip. There are a few pins as Emily hadn’t finished it off when I grabbed it for a photo.
Week 5 – Here is Emily’s peg bag with bias binding. There are still a few pins as she was ready to finish this part at home.
We plan to run a similar workshop again later in the year. If this looks like something you would be interested in, please take a look on our workshops page for upcoming dates.