School Holiday Classes for Kids - January/February - 3 hour sessions
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 Summer 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, Kate Marshall and Luisa Pollard
The Projects:The nine-patch quilted cushion (for beginners)
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. Carly Girl Stretch Cardigan by Treasurie
THIS IS A TWO LESSON PROJECT
The Carly Cardigan pattern features a trendy draped, open front and long sleeve making it versatile for layering. It is designed to be made in soft, flowing stretch fabrics for maximum comfort and a relaxed feel.
SIZE RANGE: The sewing pattern is multi-sized and comes in girls sizes 2 to 10 or tween sizes 8 to 14.
Skills including sewing stretch cotton, pattern reading and cutting, curved sewing, and machine finishing.
Kit Cost: $45 (kit includes digital pattern,100% cotton stretch fabric, polyester thread). Fabrics will vary from photo.
3. Skirt with appliqued butterfly by Briony Alderslade
TWO LESSON PROJECT
Sew a simple summer skirt with an elasticised waist and a beautiful, appliqued butterfly in jewel colours.
Skills: Pattern cutting, hemming, sewing with a zig-zag stitch, sewing with elastic, and machine applique.
Kit Cost: $40 (includes fabric, thread, vliesofix and elastic).
5. Cap Sleeved or Semi-fitted T-shirt by Treasurie
A TWO-THREE LESSON PROJECT
Sew a fast and easy t-shirt (with set-in or cap sleeves) with a binding neck. This sewing pattern includes a short and sleeve option making it the ideal pattern for all seasons. Designed to be made in comfortable knit fabric.
SIZE RANGE: This sewing pattern is multi-sized and comes in kids sizes 2 to 14.
Skills: Sewing with stretch fabric, making binding, pattern reading and cutting, machine finishing, setting in sleeves, curved sewing.
Kit cost: $45 (includes digital pattern, 100% cotton stretch fabric, polyester thread). Fabrics will vary from photo.
5. Sloth Toy by Equisetum Toys
A TWO LESSON PROJECT
The sloth is a professional holiday-maker and nothing-to-doer.
Using strong magnets inside the paws, the sloth is able to hang on everywhere: curtains, chandelier, tree and even the fridge.
Kit Cost: $33 (includes digital pattern, fabric, thread, stuffing, safety eyes and magnets).
Skills: Pattern reading, soft toy sewing, curved sewing, hand or machine applique, stuffing, whip-stitching.
5. Fox Toy by Equisetum Toys
A TWO LESSON PROJECT
This is sewing pattern for madam Fox. This soft cloth fox will become the great pal for those who likes sleeping. The animal is peaceful, reliable and not chatty. It can keep secrets, your passwords and credit cards.
The pattern for the fox is presented in two versions: 31 and 41 cm / 12” and 16”
(approximate size of the finished toy horizontally)
Kit Cost: $28 (includes digital pattern, fabric, embroidery thread, polyester thread and stuffing).
Skills: Pattern reading, soft toy sewing, curved sewing, hand or machine applique, stuffing, whip-stitching, hand-embroidery.
NO SHOW POLICY
All Frangipani Fabrics Classes are limited to a certain number of class participants. Whilst we are happy that our classes are near capacity, you do need to give us notice if you wish to cancel your class.
If you are unable to attend the class that you have booked, you must give us
Failure to do this means that your fee has been forfeited.
Last minute cancellations will also be considered as No Shows
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
For students that have attended previous classes - all of these projects will teach you new skills to build on your existing knowledge.