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Sew Thrifty:
Pencil Cases

textiles, arts, crafts, poplar union, upcylcing, east London, workshop
textiles, arts, crafts, poplar union, upcylcing, east London, workshop

Welcome to Sew Thrifty, Poplar Union’s new monthly sewing class!

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Looking to polish up on your sewing skills and learn new techniques? Tired of spending too much money on overpriced items you wish you could make yourself? Well, these classes are just for you! Join local textile artist, Maud Barrett, as she guides you through the process of making beautiful designs from scratch using discarded materials.

This month, Pencil cases/Makeup bags!

Design, cut and sew a pencil or makeup case using unwanted fabrics. Decorate with different textiles like beads and buttons. A perfect gift for a loved one – or just keep it for yourself!

What you need to know

• These classes champion upcycling, so you are encouraged to bring along any unwanted clothing or fabrics lying around the house. Not to worry if you don’t have anything; you are welcome to use the fabric provided.

• Sewing machines will be provided. If the classes are fully booked, you will work in pairs with one sewing machine between two of you. You are welcome to bring your own machine if you’d prefer.

• You will work from a general template that Maud will guide you through step by step. If you’re a confident sewer, you’re welcome to go off piste!

About Maud Barrett

Maud studied Product Design in Paris and spent the first years of her professional life working in fashion. When she moved to the UK, she started practising as a textile artist, working on community projects, exhibiting in galleries and running a wide range of art workshops.