I’ve always loved a bit of hand sewing and have had cross stitch as a hobby (when I have time, ha) since learning it in lunch club during primary school. So when the The Vintage Sewing Bunny in St Annes announced an extra Introduction to Sewing class and invited me along I couldn’t really say no. After having produced a dolphin themed cushion masterpiece (hahaha) in year 9 textiles I was excited to get back on a machine properly, switch of my brain for a while and get creative.
We were welcomed into the store by the friendly face of Lucy and shown through to the workshop at the back to choose our sewing machine and get settled with a drink whilst everybody arrived. First on the list was to choose our fabric, we were going to be making a cushion. This was perhaps the hardest part of the afternoon, who knew picking from hundreds of pretty fabrics could be so tough. I eventually chose and hopped back to my seat ready to begin.
There were six or seven people in the class, which felt like a size sized group. You could get to know some of the others but still feel like you could get help whenever and if you needed it. There were people in the room who had sewn before and just wanted to build up there confidence in a new design aswell as people who had never been on a machine, then there was me in the middle. Everyone was made to feel comfortable and at ease the whole time whatever stage they were at.
The class started with an Introduction to our new best friend. We soon knew how to power up and set out our machines; aswell as how to thread up a bobbin and the needle ready to begin sewing. Our first mission on a tester piece of fabric was to sew a straight line, it may seem simple but learning how to guide the fabric as the machine pulls it through is something to perfect. We then went on to learn how to go round corners and reverse stitch to lock your work in place, all basic but vital things. After a little practice we were allowed to begin working on our cushions.
We began by cutting out the fabric and sewing a hem on our two smaller sections. We then learnt how to lay the fabric in place before pinning. Once everything was secure and learning a few handy tips along the way we were ready to sew up the outside of the cushion. With a little concentration it didn’t take us long and soon we were turning out the cushion covers feeling very proud of ourselves. We did it, we all made an envelope cushion.
It was a great workshop, I really enjoyed myself and I know the other ladies did too. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro there will be a workshop for you, there’s so many to choose from each month. Check out their website for more details.
Thankyou Lucy for welcoming me in to Team Bunny so much, see you soon!