School Holiday Classes for Kids July 2019 - 3 hour sessions
We love sewing. We love that it is a mindful and creative activity that is an important life skill. If you can sew you can mend clothes and household items (instead of throwing them away), make things for others, create a hand made wardrobe, decorate your home and so much more!
We have been teaching children for 4 years and aim to foster a safe and creative environment in our kids' classes where everyone feels welcome, regardless of their skills, abilities and differences. We will work with you and your child to find the best way to teach them.
We think that kids are pretty amazing! They don't have the fear that adults sometimes have of making mistakes and trying new things. This means that their sewing usually exceeds our expectations. Kids 8 and up can sew beautiful quilts, bags, soft toys and clothes. Kids 10 and up often sew as well as an adult can when given the chance.
This means that we work with their strengths and believe in them. We don't give kids cheap calico and acrylic felt to "practise on". We start them on good quality cotton and know that the outcome will be good and will last for a long time. We let them use pins and irons and teach them to be safe and independent. We listen to their ideas and incorporate them into our lessons (if a toy dog needs a cape or a party hat - let's get some paper and make a design - hey we have even sewn a waistcoat for an octopus!).
We hope that attending our classes will form life-long memories for your children - and we look forward to meeting them.
The Frangipani Fabrics Team
School Holiday Classes:
Kids aged 8-17 are invited to join our kids sewing class this school holidays - no experience necessary! Beginners will learn basic machine sewing, pinning and ironing skills. More advanced sewers will increase their skill base by choosing one of our July School Holiday Projects (listed below) which are all designed to inspire and challenge your children.
These classes are casual - so your child can attend when they like - but we do need you to book. We also recommend that you book at least two classes so your child can finish a project.
Kids can choose a sewing project to suit their abilities - although beginners are required to sew the Nine-patch quilted cushion before they move on to their next project.
You can enrol your child in as many classes as you like. If a project isn't finished during the holidays, you are welcome to enrol in a catch-up class on Saturdays or after school.
Tutors: Briony Alderslade and Zoe Douglas
1. Nine-patch quilted cushion (for beginners). This is the first project that students will sew.
Skills: basic sewing machine knowledge, piecing, pinning, ironing, quilting and pivot turns.
Kit cost: $25 (includes charm squares and backing of their choice, plus thread and pellon). Finished size 45cm square. ONE-TWO LESSON PROJECT
2. Love Elephant (by Mariska Vos-Bolman)
Make your own cute fat love elephant!
This cute love elephant will be 20 cm/ 8 inch high when finished.
The sewing pattern also includes a pattern for a star elephant, great for little boys. The hearts are replaced by stars. As a bonus there are also tusks included in the tutorial.
Love elephant has been designed by Mariska Vos-Bolman.
3. Llama and Cactus (by Nata Patterns)
Who doesn't love llamas? You will love to sew this cute little llama loaded with personality.
The frayed edges of the llama's horsecloth and cactus give the toys a tufted and trendy finish.
The Horsecloth is removable (it has a fastener under the tummy).
Skills: basic sewing machine knowledge, piecing, pinning, ironing, applique and sewing curved edges.
Dimensions are Llama 28cm, Cactus 26cm
Kit Cost: $38.00 (includes pattern, fabric, wool felt, embroidery thread, vliesofix, stuffing)
TWO LESSON PROJECT
4. Jeans Bag
The jeans bag is a funky way of repurposing old jeans. Learn how to make a one-of-a-kind, fully lined handbag which is perfect for your library run or trip to the shops. Finished bag size varies. You'll learn skills in designing your own unique bag, making straps, gussets, and cutting fabric, as well as pinning and sewing straight lines and curves.
Kit cost: $30.00 (includes jeans, fabric and thread) ONE - TWO LESSON PROJECT.
For students that have attended previous classes - all of these projects will teach you new skills to build on your existing knowledge.