Upcycling Sewing Class - Saturdays
Upcycling Sewing Class - Saturdays
Upcycling Sewing Class - Saturdays

Upcycling Sewing Class - Saturdays

Our Upcycling Workshops will run for 3hrs from 9-12 on the first Saturday of each month.  Adults and kids 8 and up welcome.  

Please let us know which session or sessions you are booking for:

February Saturday 5th, March Saturday 5th.

Please note: On April Saturday 2nd and May Saturday 7th these classes will be held 2-5pm (there is a textile sculpture class in the morning on these two dates).

Have you got beloved, but no longer worn, clothes that you’d like to re-purpose? Do you have items from the op shop that you’d like to breath new life into? Do you have a favourite blanket or quilt that you’d like to turn into a garment?  Do you want to turn a dress into a skirt, or a skirt into an apron?

Our up-cycling classes might be the place for you!

Bring in whatever you’d like to work with and your ideas, and we will use our technical expertise to help you achieve them. In these classes you can also learn how to mend clothes, both invisibly and visibly. Visible mending using unique hand stitching is a beautiful and functional way to extend the life of a beloved garment; adding meaning as well as wear.

 These are just some examples of up-cycling projects, but remember we are here to help you with whatever ideas excite you:

- turn old jeans into a skirt, or a bag

- make your shirt into a cami top

- turn clothing into soft toys or tote bags

- create a sweet blouse out of doilies

- turn a doona cover or sheet into a vintage skirt

- turn a ball gown into a party dress


Mending Techniques:

- darning

- internal and external patches

- visible mending

- stitching buttons on

- adding a zip


Tutors: Briony Alderslade, Kate Marshall and Luisa Pollard

Machine Hire: $5

Please note: if you haven't had any sewing experience before we suggest you join a Sew Anything Class and do a beginner lesson.  We will teach you to the 9 Patch Cushion Cover or Tote Bag and you will be ready to join our Upcycling Class!

Why upcycle?

At Frangipani Fabrics we know that when we create, we do so within a complex ecosystem. As with most crafts, working with textiles can be a wasteful and damaging process if sustainability isn’t taken into consideration along the way.

In our classes and business practices we endeavour to balance the desire to create, with an obligation to do so responsibly, minimising our impact on the earth and our community. As our business and community evolves, our intention is to continue to find ways to minimise our environmental impact, bringing this ethos into our classes and our store.

Our students are an important part of this intention. As we teach, we want to promote a sustainably-minded and holistic approach to sewing and creating. We are passionate about helping students develop an awareness of why they make and how they can make things to last and be loved. We provide them with the technical skills to make things well, using quality natural fibres.

As well as learning to sew a project from start to finish, we believe it is important to complement this side of sewing with upcycling skills and scrap projects. Sewing is a constant cycle of creating projects and creating fabric waste...only it doesn’t have to become waste!

We find so much joy in nurturing the creativity and sewing skills of our customers, and building a community of passionate people. Giving our community the tools to upcycle, mend and reduce waste is an important part of this process.  We love learning and growing alongside you, and we look forward to building an environmentally conscious sewing community together!



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.