october, 2019

2019sat12oct10:00 am4:00 pmPatchwork: Make a Bag in a Day (OCTOBER DAY SCHOOL)Coleridge Community CollegeDay:Saturday length of course: 1 week


(Saturday) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Coleridge Community College

Radegund Rd, Cambridge CB1 3RJ

length of course

1 week

Book a place on the course

£48 - Contact the office on 01223 712340 with any queries

Price £48.00

For how many people? -1 +

Total Price £48.00


Course details

Brief Description

Take some time for you, make a patchwork bag in a day in a friendly, and stress free environment. A new type of interfacing/stabilizer has become available called ‘Bosal’. Its a great product because it is easy to sew into yet will hold its shape when using it in bag making. The day will include making simple patchwork design as shown in the photograph with an emphasis on the construction of a bag, which has an inner lining and optional internal zipped pocket.

Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed:

Prior experience in using a sewing machine is advised but you do not need to have done any patchwork beforehand.

Learning Outcomes:

On this course you will learn about:
• Using fabric to make a patchwork design similar to the one in the photograph. The ‘washing line’ effect is made by inserting prairie points
• Quilting the patchwork directly onto the interfacing
• How to construct a basic bag design with a lining, straps and an optional zipped pocket.

Extra costs on the course for example text book, materials or equipment:

This bag can be made using patchwork weight fabrics left over from another project. A set of ‘fat quarters’ from Hobby Craft for about £8 would do well if you wish to follow a particular colour theme. The lining would require a half metre length of fabric (something neutral and dark in colour) and the pocket would need a lightweight zip of about 20cm. You will also need some sewing thread and a toggle button or similar.

The tutor can provide the Bosal interfacing (sew in type not the iron on) but would need some advance notice to order it. Please tell the centre at the time of booking if you would like the tutor to provide? Please bring payment on the day to reimburse her. You may wish to purchase some Bosal yourself. One Bosal pack should be enough to make two bags and is readily available from Amazon. The cost can vary since it comes from the USA but at the time of writing is about £8-£10 depending on the exchange rate. You need to search for ‘Bosal’. It should be 18” x 58” and look like the image below.
The centre has a number of sewing machines but you may prefer to bring your own. A ¼” patchwork foot and a zipper foot if available. Tools and equipment as used in patchwork such as a cutting mat and rotary cutter. A basic sewing kit.
Please bring a packed lunch

On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?

You might like to consider joining the beginners’ group on Thursday afternoons or attend one of the other Saturday Schools held during the academic year. Your tutor would be happy to advise you.
The Learn and Train office is also able to give course information or search for alternative courses for you.


£48 – bookings open on 1st July


Marion CurtisI have interests in many forms of textiles including weaving and bobbin lace. I taught art and design technology for over 30 years and more recently I have concentrated on my own design work and working to commission. I would describe myself as a ‘Modern Quilter’ where old designs are invigorated with contemporary fabrics. Opening my studio to the public every year through Cambridge Open Studios, I am an active member of Cambridge Quilters and I often give talks and run workshops. With my art and design background, I feel very confident that I can draw out the ‘designer’ in you!

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