The end of Thursday sewing club

A week last Thursday saw the final session of Thursday night bag making club at The Craft Studio, Nottingham. Although the course was about making handbags I really wanted help with perfecting my gadget bag making technique so decided to utilise the last session by making a couple of iPad mini sleeves. I used the Liberty print fabric that I sourced at The Vintage Suitcase Fair in Buxton and am really happy with the results although the peacock case could do with squaring but I blame that on sewing late at night on a work day.

With the heatwave (I hate hot weather) and a few transport issues I ended up missing two of the five sessions which I’m actually quite gutted about.The handbag that I made during sessions one and two is hanging with pride above my sewing machine (I’m using it to store fabric scraps) and it would have been great if I could have made more than one. Maybe I should enrol on the next course and start from scratch again? I already have my eye on the free machine embroidery workshop and signed up to start a Sewing and Home Crafts course at Bolsover’s Adult Community Education (ACE) centre so will definitely be keeping up with my new hobby.

Liberty print iPad mini sleeve


Ipad mini liberty print sleeve



ipad mini liberty print cover


Thursday sewing club: I finished my first handbag!

Ideas Pouch

Ideas Pouch

On Thursday I made it back to the bag . I skipped last weeks session as I had been driving hundreds of miles that week for work and combined with the heat wave I was exhausted. Although I was shattered again this Thursday (I’m not sleeping well) I forced myself to go and was really glad I did.

During this weeks class not only did I finished the reversible bag from week 1, I started and completed the ideas pouch which was designed by


Although the course is geared towards sewing handbags being a techy I’ve asked if I can bring in a pattern for a laptop bag  next week to make and the tutor has agreed! Only problem is I’ve already been scouring the internet for patterns for over an hour and can’t make my mind up. Do you have any suggestions?

Sewing and the industrial revolution

Now that I have a bit of money in my pocket I’m making the most of it and am regularly booking on to sewing courses to improve my skills. This Saturday saw me attend the beginners quilting class at Quiltessential.  

I discovered this class a while ago whilst researching things to do once I moved back to Derbyshire. As soon as I discovered this class I got a little giddy and booked a place straight away. As Cromford contains a canal and lots of picinic spots I have been there many times as a youngster so I knew the class would be set in beautiful surroundings. However the reason for my excitement was the location of the class which is hosted at Arkwrights Mill in Cromford – not only was Sir Richard Arkwright, who built the mills, a pioneer of the industrial revolution the mill that the class was held in is famous for giving birth to the UK’s factory system. As that mill was used for textile production being able to take a sewing class their was a fantastic experience and one I hope to repeat many times. I already have my eye on one of their bag making courses. *Im obsessed with bag making as not only do they make fantastic presents and products to sell their also practical. I’m not  a ‘girly girl’ so the practical and therefore useful elements make sewing ok.


As part of the course we made a patch work cushion and although I tried to match the fabric to my new tattoo I think my colour choices could be improved. I’m really proud of how the piece turned out, especially when it’s compared to my disastrous attempts when I bought my first sewing machine last August.

Quiltessential beginners