Course overview

Come and join a new course aimed at the more advanced machine sewn bag-maker. Previous experience of the sewing machine is necessary, but we will refresh on tips and practise existing sewing machine skills. You will have the choice of a range of bag patterns that will focus on specific bag making skills and/or create your own patterns from the skills you will learn. This course will also delve into advanced techniques such as installing zippers and creating adjustable straps, enhancing the functionality and style of your handmade bags.

Course description

We will make 2-3 bags throughout the course with sustainability in mind; Skills covered and improved on will include; seams and hems, buttonholes, inserting zips, sewing and reinforcing corners, sewing curves and darts. Specific bag skills will cover inserting a range of black closures, bag handles, different ways to create shape and create bag bases.

We will discuss how designers can consider sustainability and look at where resources can be bought sustainably and ethically. Through class discussions and through an image board on Canvas we can share inspiration and ideas and come up with designing and making our own bag shapes to a specific creative brief.

You will practise accurate measuring and use of shapes to ensure a neat, functional and high-quality finished project.

We will meet online weekly for 11 weeks and the tutor will demonstrate each step of the bags, these will be recorded for you to refer to between the sessions. There will also be handouts to use and plenty of inspiration through class discussions and links to websites and Pinterest.

On completion of this course, you can progress to other courses such as digital skills, maths or further practical courses both online and face-to-face.

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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