Fabric Printing & Tote Bags
If you’ve been meaning to dust off that old sewing machine and learn new skills, Sew Thrifty workshops are just for you! Give old garments and textiles and new lease of life, focusing on a new upcycling project each month.
Fabric Printing & Tote Bags (Special edition)
Join artists Maud Barrett & Veronica Rowlands in this special edition of Sew Thrifty. Spend the morning printing your own fabric then turn it into a one-of-a-kind, environmentally friendly tote bag in the afternoon!
10am-1pm: The Experimental Print Lab
Join illustrator, Veronica Rowlands in the morning session where participants will be introduced to the world of fabric printing, learning a range of techniques including printing with food, mono-printing and screen-printing.
Processes can also be mixed to create desired effect (e.g. mono-printing onto fabric and later screen-printing in a darker colour on top).
After working on paper in the first half of the morning session, participants can choose their favourite paper sample and print a finalised version onto the fabric pieces to then be made into stylish tote bags with Maud in the afternoon.
2pm-5pm: Tote Bags
After your lunch break, the afternoon will be spent making a tote bag out of your printed fabric.
Your tutor, textile artist Maud Barrett, is a big fan of tote bags; mainly because they are a great alternative to plastic shopping bags; they’re a good way to reduce plastic pollution, plus they look super stylish!
During this relaxed beginners sewing class, you will learn to measure and cut the fabric following a pattern, and the basics of machine sewing. The final product will be something you can use daily, and will be unique to you!
£25 includes both workshops. If you would like to come to just one of the sessions (either fabric printing or tote bag making) make sure you tick the correct ticket type at checkout for £15.
These classes champion upcycling so you are encouraged to bring along any unwanted clothing or fabric lying around the house. Not to worry if you don’t have anything; you are welcome to use the fabric provided.
Donations of fabrics are always welcome so drop any unwanted materials off at the Poplar Union office or e5 Roasthouse.
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.
All abilities welcome
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!
Each session will incorporate a sewing lab aspect. This is where those who came to the previous session can come along and finish off their project. Maud will be on hand to support, but be aware that she will be focusing on that weeks class and project.
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.
Veronica is an East London based Artist, Illustrator and Surface Pattern Designer. She creates original artworks, Ltd Edition prints, cushions and large scale community outreach projects/commissions- adding a splash of colour and childlike charm to interior and exterior spaces.
Fabric Printing & Tote Bags
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