Children's Intro to Machine Sewing Part 2 - Make a Backpack

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Children's Intro to Machine Sewing Part 2 - Make a Backpack

Saturday 21 December 2019

Session: 1


Time: 2.30pm - 6.00pm

Level: Used A Machine Once or Twice

Maximum Class Size: 5

We run children's sewing classes during the school holidays for kids of 8 years and older, our workshops encourage creativity, as well as improving self-confidence, patience and fine motor skills!

If your child has completed our Introduction to Machine Sewing Part 1 - Make An Apron or already knows how to use a sewing machine but wants to develop their skills further, it's time for the next step! During this 3 hour workshop they will accomplish some essential skills that will help them advance to more complicated projects. By the end of the class they will have made a fully lined, zip up back pack with pocket using Ray Stitch fabric, perfect for carrying books & other bits and bobs!

In this class they will cover the following techniques:

  • Thread up a sewing machine (quick recap)

  • Sew straight lines, corners and curves using a seam allowance

  • Cut from a pattern template

  • Insert a zip

  • Attach a pocket

  • Make and attach lining

  • All materials, tools and refreshments are provided. 

    (If your child already owns a sewing machine and would prefer to use that, please bring it along - provided it is less than 10 years old.)


    Penny Follows has sewn since an early age, indeed she does not remember a time when she didn’t sew! She was fortunate enough to have a mother who was a skilled needlewoman and who created all sorts of stylish clothes for herself and Penny. Penny was encouraged to sew for herself by her mother and two grandmothers, one of whom was a tailoress. Penny worked with Janome as a sewing consultant at John Lewis and taught machine sewing at their flagship store in Oxford Street for a number of years. Penny joined our team of teachers at Ray Stitch in 2016 and leads a variety of workshops, sharing her passion and enthusiasm for sewing and making clothes. She combines teaching with running her own business called The Village Seamstress taking most pleasure in creating bespoke garments for clients.