Workshops

Focussed sessions where you will work on and complete a garment within the lesson time - workshops are great for learning new garment techniques, and fun, relaxing weekends. Great for those tired of mass-produced shop bought garments, or anyone who wants to bring a bit of their own personality to the clothes they wear. Participants must be capable sewers, with recent basic garment making experience.

To see & book our current scheduled classes please see the calendar on our Sewing Lessons page or visit our Facebook page and click on events.

To have any questions answered please email [email protected]

Copy Your Clothes

Next Classes Begin:

Saturday 15 October 2022, 9.00 - 11.00am

Three x 2 hour lessons

$130 per person, includes the materials you need to draw up your pattern and make your toile.

Pre-requisite: Confident using the sewing machine, with basic sewing experience

Re-create a much loved, worn-out wardrobe item.

Learn how to copy an existing piece of clothing - make a pattern, sew and fit a toile. You will take home a pattern you can use to sew your copied garment.


The skills you will learn in this workshop will help you re-create all your much loved clothing items as they near the end of their life - those items are usually the ones that suit us and make us look our best, so they deserve to live on! 


We recommend that you start by copying a basic uncomplicated style while you learn & practise new techniques. You may need to do some homework between the classes.

You will learn & practice the following techniques:

  • How to trace, draw and prepare your pattern pieces (your pattern will be yours to keep and take home)
  • How to stitch together & fit your toile (a test garment for perfecting your fit)
  • How to transfer pattern alterations to your pattern

You will need to bring along:

  • an article of clothing you would like to replicate
  • Your sewing kit: scissors, tape measure, pins, tailors chalk etc.
  • Your sewing machine, power cord, bobbins & accessories or if you prefer, use one of our lovely computerised machines
  • Sewing machine needles


Modern Clot‚Äčh Nappies

Next Classes Begin:

This workshop is now being run on request - please email to arrange a suitable time for your workshop

Email Kurui Cottage

One three hour session

$75 per person, including all materials

Pre-requisite: Confident using the sewing machine, with basic sewing experience

A hands-on workshop where you will make a re-usable cloth nappy


The impact of disposable nappies is well documented - by making your own reusables, you can drastically reduce not only the rubbish you create, but also the cost of clothing your baby. 


The cost of this workshop includes a kit containing all the materials you will need to sew an All-In-2 nappy and a bamboo soaker pad and you will also take home a set of workshop notes full of useful information on nappy care, patterns & suppliers, and instructions for making extra pairs.


The nappy is fully adjustable, featuring a Velcro waist closure and snapped rise. It is designed to fit babies from approximately 3 - 14kgs

Reusable Pads - Dignity Drive

Next Classes Begin:

March 2023, tickets not yet on sale

Includes all materials

$Free!

Pre-requisite: Confident using the sewing machine, with basic sewing experience

Join us to make reusable sanitary pad packs for donation to the bi-annual Dignity Drive collection (run by Share the Dignity).


Donations of suitable fabric offcuts such as PUL, flannelette, 100% cotton woven, cotton lycra knits, microfleece, suede cloth, and bamboo fleece will always be gratefully received!


We are now a registered donation collection point for our area.


While helping out this charity, you will learn to make a basic reusable panty liner and gain the skills you need to be able to make your own personalised sanitary pads. 

Make a Tailors Ham &/or Seam Roll

Next Class Begins:

27 October 2022, tickets not yet on sale

One Two Hour Session

$40 per person - includes all materials

Pre-requisite: Confident using the sewing machine, with basic sewing experience

A tailors ham is a firmly stuffed cushion which is used to mould shaped areas of garment construction such as darts. Pressing on a curved form allows a garment better to fit body contours. A tailors sausage or seam roll is used as an aid when pressing sleeves. 

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