I was very privileged to be invited to a local school recently to run a sewing workshop with a group of Year 10 GCSE Textiles students. FANTASTIC! the next generation of sewing enthusiasts! Whoop, whoop. We decided on the project of a patchwork tote bag, as a good introduction to patchwork and making up skills, resulting in a fabulous item to take home at the end of the day.
This project is quite a big ask to get done in one day by anyone, piecing the squares, making two ruffle strips, manipulating different weights of material, quilting ‘in the ditch’, sewing handles, making a loop, internal pocket, lining the bag and making a fabric covered button, phew! It was going to be a busy day.
I knew that it was going to be a struggle to completely finish the project, but decided to try to get as much done as possible without compromising a quality finish. The students and teachers were a lovely group, who worked so hard, concentrating for long periods with only a short breaks and much reduced lunchtime ( student’s choice!). What a joy to experience such enthusiasm and I was really impressed with the skills they demonstrated and the final results. Here they are:
Very impressive aren’t they? Thank-you for a very enjoyable day, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! Thank-you for the lovely flowers and very kind thank-you letters. Keep sewing!