Online Interactive Workshops

SEWING & QUILTING

Welcome to our SEWING & QUILTING Online Interactive Workshops section. We always intended to create an online offer so that every member of the crafting community can be involved! Now, from the comfort of your own home and by utilising the amazing Zoom website interface, you can craft along with our expert tutors via a series of online courses/tutorials!

Below you will find details of our upcoming courses for August 2020 and September 2020 with the following top crafters & designers already signed up to deliver classes and the most wonderful crafting experiences just for YOU!:-

Click on each Info-Graphic below for more details about our upcoming 

Online Interactive Workshops in

SEPTEMBER 2020!

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With all our Online Interactive Workshops, a portion of the fee charged will go directly to a chosen charity. 

IMPORTANT: Due to the low price point, no Discount Coupons can be redeemed against any CraftyMonkies Online Interactive Workshops. Discount Coupons are strictly for 'live' courses/workshops and weekend retreats.

All times listed are based on web-broadcast from the UK and are in British SummerTime (BST).

01.09.20

10.00-13.00 (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Jennie

RAYMENT

Sewing:
Baggy Bag Bundle!

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Online Interactive Tutorial with Jennie Rayment!

Tuesday 01 September 2020: 10.00am - 1.00pm (BST)

 

Join us for an Online Interactive Workshop themed Bring On A Bag Bundle hosted by the wonderful Jennie Rayment. This three-hour workshop costs just £25.00 GBP.

A percentage of profit from this workshop will be donated to Jennie's chosen charity.
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Jennie Rayment - Tuesday 01 September 2020 - 10.00am - 1.00pm (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop: Bring On A Bag Bundle

 

Turn a quilted square in three different ways to create a selection of bags, from a clutch to a really useful small pochette and a multi-pocketed handbag! Simple folding techniques are used to make these ingenious speedy designs and you can choose which one to complete but learn all three methods. Follow this up with a reversible sling bag – it’s an over the shoulder shopping holder with a flat bottom!! Ideal notions for gifts and useful makes for craft fairs or charity events although you could spoil yourself – keep them!

 

This class is suitable for all levels from beginner to advanced – just choose the fabric, sit back and you too can be a beautiful bag lady!!

 

The following items are required for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

 

  • Two 18" squares or thereabouts for folded bag (trim FQs to squares if desired)

  • Two 4" strips thin cord or ribbon - tab for folded bag

  • One 19” wadding

  • Eight 9 x 18" rectangles in one/two or assorted colour combination (reversible Sling Bag

  • Two 4 x 14" strips (Sling bag handles)

  • Thread to match fabrics

 

Usual sewing supplies are required for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

 

  • Sewing Machine

  • Rotary Cutter

  • Cutting Mat

  • Ruler

  • Thread

  • Small Scissors

  • Useful Books : 'Stitch Bits' & 'Sew Pieces' by Jennie Rayment

 

​Tickets for this Online Interactive Workshop (via the Zoom platform) will be limited & allocated on a first-come/first-served basis!

Tickets for this Online Interactive Course (via the Zoom platform) will be limited & available on a first-come/first-served basis.

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05.09.20

10.00-17.30 (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Sarah

PAYNE

Sewing & Quilting:
Autumn Pin-Wheel Quilt

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Online Interactive Tutorial with Sarah Payne!

Saturday 05 September 2020: 10.00am - 5.30pm (BST)

 

Join us for an Online Interactive Workshop focused on an Autumn Pin Wheel Quilt Block hosted by the effervescent & hugely versatile Sarah Payne. This all-day workshop costs just £50.00 GBP.

A percentage of profit from this workshop will be donated to Sarah's chosen charity.
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Sarah Payne - Saturday 05 September 2020 - 10.00am-1.00pm & 2.30-5.30pm (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop: Autumn Pin-Wheel Quilt Block

 

This is a wonderfully simple but effective pattern, which makes great use of a staple of quilting – the half square triangle!

 

This Pinwheel Block is made of four half square triangles and is a quick and fun way to make a cosy lap quilt for those chilly Autumn evenings. Change the fabric choice to festive colours and it makes the perfect Christmas present!

 

Perfect for beginners. During this class you will learn tips to help you get those points lining up like a pro. You will also learn how to work quickly by chain piecing as well as learn how to sash a quilt, talk about layer and quilting and then see how to bind it. You can choose to make it without sashing if you like - the choice is yours. There will be plenty of time in the class to play with colour and make a good start on getting the quilt done. You will also receive a fully illustrated copy of the pattern after the class, so you are fully supported!

 

Requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop are as follows (for the whole quilt):-

 

  • 8 Fat ¼ quarters of fabrics.

  • 75cm for the inner borders/sashing and the binding.

  • Standard ruler, rotary cutter and mat.

  • Backing & Wadding to fit.

 

Please ensure you pre-cut the following before the class:-

 

You can pre-cut some of your fabrics before we start. For each block you will need to cut 2 light and 2 dark or contrasting squares measuring 6 inches square. Sarah would suggest cutting one pair from each of your eight fat quarters to get you started. You can cut more as you go along through the day!...

Tickets for this Online Interactive Course (via the Zoom platform) will be limited & available on a first-come/first-served basis.

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08.09.20

18.00-21.00 (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Sarah

PAYNE

Sewing & Quilting:
Cathedral Windows Cushion

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Online Interactive Tutorial with Sarah Payne!

Tuesday 08 September 2020: 6.00pm - 9.00pm (BST)

 

Join us for an Online Interactive Workshop focused on making a Cathedral Windows Cushion, hosted by the effervescent & hugely versatile Sarah Payne. This three-hour workshop costs just £25.00 GBP.

A percentage of profit from this workshop will be donated to Sarah's chosen charity.
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Sarah Payne - Tuesday 08 September 2020 - 6.00pm - 9.00pm (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop: Cathedral Windows Cushion

 

On this Online Interactive Workshop you will learn a quick and easy method for making this traditional design, as taught by top crafter, Sarah Payne. The class requirements are for an 18 inch cushion, however, you can continue to make this into a full quilt if you like! This is a perfect class for beginners as well as more experienced quilters who just love this iconic design.

 

Requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop are as follows:-

 

  • Fabric: for this to work well you need a contrast between the arches and the windows. Sarah would suggest the arches (the narrow curved sections) are done in a single plain colour and the rest (patterned) are a mix. You will need a total of ½ metre of the plain and a selection of fat ¼ for the patterned (see below for cutting instructions). To give you a guide, you can get twelve 5 inch squares from a fat ¼. You can also use charm square pre-cuts for the patterned fabric.

  • You will also need:-

  • 2 pieces of fabric for the envelope back of your cushion measuring 20 inches x 14 inches.

  • ½ metre of fabric for the back of the cushion.

  • Wadding and Backing Fabric for the cushion – 20 inches square.

  • Pins.

  • Sewing-Machine with a standard Sewing Machine Foot and a Walking Foot, if you have one.

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Please ensure you pre-cut your fabrics before the class! 

You will need a total of twenty-one 5 inch squares from the patterned fabric and twenty 5 inch squares from the plain.

Tickets for this Online Interactive Course (via the Zoom platform) will be limited & available on a first-come/first-served basis.

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09.09.20

18.00-21.00 (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Charlotte

NEWLAND

Sewing:
Feather Cushion Cover

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IMPORTANT!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this course - originally scheduled for the same time on Wednesday 19 August 2020 - has been moved to the NEW DATE of Wednesday 09 September 2020 (6.00pm-9.00pm BST). We apologise for any inconvenience this change might have caused, but hope you're able to join Charlotte & Rachel on the new date.

Online Interactive Tutorial with Charlotte Newland!

Wednesday 09 September 2020: 6.00pm - 9.00pm (BST)

 

Join us for an Online Interactive Workshop on making a fab Feather Cushion Cover hosted by the lovely, warm, talented Charlotte Newland. This three-hour workshop costs just £25.00 GBP.

A percentage of profit from this workshop will be donated to Charlotte's chosen charity.
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Charlotte Newland - Wednesday 09 September 2020 - 6.00pm - 9.00pm (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop: Feather Cushion Cover

 

Make this pretty Feather Cushion Cover with Charlotte Newland and learn loads of different skills at the same time, including applique with fusible web, free-motion quilting, and invisible zip insertion to make a flawless cushion cover!

For this online interactive workshop you might also require the following:-

 

  • Selection of fabric scraps for feathers and feather spines

  • Printed copy of feather templates (image attached)

  • Fusible web for applique

  • 0.5m of background fabric 

  • Fat quarter of wadding

  • Co-ordinating machine thread 

  • Black machine thread

  • 14” invisible zip (longer zips can be cut to size if necessary)

  • Basting spray or basting pins

  • 16” by 12” (40cm by 30cm) cushion pad

  • Invisible zip foot for sewing machine

  • Free-motion/darning foot for sewing-machine

Tickets for this Online Interactive Course (via the Zoom platform) will be limited & available on a first-come/first-served basis.

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12.09.20

18.00-21.00 (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Nicholas

BALL

Improv Quilting:
Log-Cabin Blocks

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Online Interactive Tutorial with Nicholas Ball!

Saturday 12 September 2020: 6.00pm - 9.00pm (BST)

 

Join us for an Online Interactive Workshop with the hugely talented & engaging Nicholas Ball, who will have you free-flowing with creativity as you make a Log-Cabin Block! This three-hour workshop costs just £25.00 GBP.

A percentage of profit from this workshop will be donated to Nicholas' chosen charity.
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Nicholas Ball - Saturday 12 September 2020 - 6.00pm - 9.00pm (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop: Log Cabin Block

 

The log cabin is instantly recognisable as one of the most classic and ubiquitous patchwork blocks. When I stared quilting way back when, I always liked the idea of making a traditional version, yet all the cutting and precision put me off!

If you feel the same and want to try a quick and fun approach to this most beloved of blocks, then this version is perfect. Join me in my liberated log cabin workshop where we’ll use organic piecing to put an improv spin on this versatile block. We’ll look at how to use chain piecing to sped up the process, how to add interest with angular cuts, half square triangle starters and blind bag pulling, as well as a stacked version that’ll give you more blocks in less time, perfect for when you need a quick finish!

 

Material requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Whilst difficult to give exact fabric amounts and measurements when sewing in an improvised way, please use the following as a rough guide.

For the basic log cabin units, a large variety of strips in solid and print fabric, plus an assortment of smaller scraps to add interest. Feel free to cut your pieces from yardage or use jelly roll pre-cuts. If cutting from yardage, use an assortment of widths, from 1” to 3”.

For the half square triangle starters, rough squares approximately 3-4” in a variety of fabrics.

For the stacked log cabin starters, approximately 10-12” squares of 6-8 different print or solid fabrics.

Please don’t stress about these requirements. They are simply a guide and I’ve yet to teach a class where something couldn’t be made because of the wrong fabric pieces. If in doubt, gather up a selection of prints and colours you like and you can cut during the workshop. Accuracy at the cutting stage is not so important using my techniques, so it won’t take long at all if you want to cut your pieces along with me. They also needn’t be perfectly square or straight, so feel free to use scissors!

This is a technique based workshop. We will be exploring log cabins and won’t have finished project in mind. Feel free to make as many or as few of the units as you like. You can combine them into a sampler or continue to work on the project after the workshop by adding more units to it. Don’t feel any pressure to cut up all your precious fabric!

 

Equipment needed for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • A sewing machine

  • Good quality thread in an appropriate weight for piecing (I recommend Aurifil 50wt)

  • Rotary cutter with a new blade

  • Cutting mat

  • Patchwork ruler (we can make any size work, but a small 1” x 12” is very handy, as is a 12.5” square.

  • Fabric scissors

  • A bag or small box

  • A willingness to explore your own creativity!

Tickets for this Online Interactive Course (via the Zoom platform) will be limited & available on a first-come/first-served basis.

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16.09.20

18.00-21.00 (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Gary

MILLS

Sewing:
Fab-Chat Cushion

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Online Interactive Tutorial with Gary Mills!

Wednesday 16 September 2020: 6.00pm - 9.00pm (BST)

 

Join us for an Online Interactive Workshop with the uniquely talented & engaging Gary Mills, who will reveal a world of technique & creativity via his Fabric-Chat, Stitch & Make A Cushion workshop. This three-hour workshop costs just £25.00 GBP.

A percentage of profit from this workshop will be donated to Gary's chosen charity.
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Gary Mills - Wednesday 16 September 2020 - 6.00pm - 9.00pm (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop: Fab-Chat, Stitch & Make!

 

Join the CraftyMonkies Fabric Chat Room with Gary Mills, where he will discuss, demonstrate and teach you some of the key rudiments and skills to expand, improve and open-up the possibilities within sewing skills and textile knowledge!

 

Gary will discuss the differences between fabrics: what is a natural fibre and what is a synthetic one? How can you distinguish between the two? What are some fabrics suited for where others are not? Gary discusses some of the key considerations when gathering fabrics; from some basic colour theory, pattern understanding and principles, but also adding coordinates and contrast within your work. During the session you will have some practical sewing and construction exercises to learn, follow and master with Gary a useful 'Flat Fell Seam', a 'French Seam”, stitching a Curved Seam and inserting a Stitched Right Angle, finally mastering a Jetted Pocket!

 

You end up with a collection of informative samples which then can be cut and stitched to create into a simple yet stylish improv-pieced Cushion Front - perfect to impress all your crafty friends with your stitch skills and knowledge!...

 

Skills / Techniques covered in this Online Interactive Workshop are as follows:-

  • Fabric knowledge and fibre content

  • Colour and pattern theory

  • Measuring and Cutting

  • Controlled and accurate textile construction skills using a sewing machine

  • Improv piecing

 

What you will achieve in this Online Interactive Workshop is as follows:-

A portfolio of theory and practical exercises which will build into a textile knowledge portfolio, culminating in a very stylish cushion cover.

Ability Level: From the beginner to the intermediate who wishes to improve or up-skill. This project would suit all genres in textiles, from quilter to dressmaker!

 

Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop are as follows:-

  • For the jetted pocket you will need 12”x12” (30cm x 30cm) medium weight iron on Vilene/ interfacing or similar

  • For the samples you will need a selection of pure cotton or polycotton squares measuring 16”x16” (40cm x 40cm)

  • 3 x Patterned 8x mixture of plains/ block colours (try to coordinate colours where possible. Do check out your own stash first; take the colour pallet from the initial patterned fabric you choose. See my example. Be bold and bright!) 

  • Total of 11 squares

  • Fabric for the back of the cushion is an envelope opening so 2x block colour 16”x16” (40cm x40cm)

  • Optional: you can back your Improv quilt with Domette / Bump interlining 16” x 16” and an extra layer of muslin or fine cotton to give it body.

  • Cushion pad 16”x16”

 

Haberdashery required for this Online Interactive Workshop is as follows:-

Good quality 'sew-all' machine threads to match and contrast your fabrics.

 

Equipment required for this Online Interactive Workshop is as follows:-

  • A dinner plate to draw around to make a curve.

  • Somewhere to cut out, such as a table, pasting decorating table or long worksurface

  • Cutting Mat and Rotary Blade (you can use fabric sissicors if you prefer)

  • Sewing machine with simple straight stitch used

  • Pins

  • Small Snips and Embroidery Scissors.

  • Tape measure

  • Something to draw directly onto fabric (Fabric Maker) a Pattern Square or Quilters Square

  • Ruler, Pen and Paper - to make notes!...

Tickets for this Online Interactive Course (via the Zoom platform) will be limited & available on a first-come/first-served basis.

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18.09.20

18.00-21.00 (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Lucy

BRENNAN

Sewing:
English Paper Piecing

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Online Interactive Tutorial with Lucy Brennan!

Friday 18 September 2020: 6.00pm - 9.00pm (BST)

 

Join us for another Online Interactive Workshop with the lovely Lucy Brennan who will reveal more in-depth skills & techniques associated with English Paper Piecing. This three-hour workshop costs just £25.00 GBP.

A percentage of profit from this workshop will be donated to Lucy's chosen charity.
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Lucy Brennan - Friday 18 September 2020 - 6.00pm - 9.00pm (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop: English Paper Piecing

Create an English Paper Pieced Embellished Pouch using Lucy Brennan’s ‘A Piece of Me Pouch’ pattern, with the easiest way to sew a zip and neatly finished binding. Lucy will show you all the steps to create a beautiful EPP geometric panel, how to add an EPP Dresden flower appliqué motif, and a demonstration full of tips on how to turn it into a super cute quilted pouch!

 

This project is suitable for EVERYONE: from beginners, those with a fear of sewing zips, and anyone that loves quick, fun makes! This pouch pattern was born from a classic ‘measure twice and cut once’ mistake whilst making a bag. Not wanting the gorgeous fabric and her quilting to go to waste, Lucy decided to use as much of the panel as she could and ended up discovering a simple way to sew a zip, making two zipper pouches from her ‘mistake’ and creating a pattern!

 

The ‘A Piece of Me Pouch' name came to be after finding it makes such a difference to use prints, things that bring a smile and mean something in her work. Lucy made another version of the pouch by embroidering lyrics onto it, in remembrance of a friend. When she sees the words it brings back great memories. We encourage you to do the same, whether it be for yourself or for a gift; make the pouch personal by using fabric you especially like and shapes or flowers that have a special meaning for you.

 

The pattern is adaptable, you can create different sized versions easily using the same steps, just start with smaller or larger panels. Perfect as a make-up bag, stationery case or handbag catch all. Choose different epp shapes or the ones listed below, Lucy will cover everything you need to get perfect points and neat curves! If you are new to EPP don’t worry, all the basics will be covered and the class is packed full of tips so you will be confidently stitching shapes and making your own zip pouch.

 

For this online interactive workshop you will need the following:-

 

  • EPP paper shapes - 1” inch hexies or similar. You can use any connecting geometric shape, such as triangles or diamonds.

  • Dresden Flower papers - Lucy used 5” Dresden 8 petal papers from Sew & Quilt

  • Recommended suppliers of English Paper Pieces: Sew & Quilt (UK), Paper Pieces (USA), Tales of Cloth (Australia)

  • Fine hand sewing needle - Lucy uses a size 11 Milliners/Straw needle.

  • Cotton thread - a fine thread works best, such as Aurifil 50 weight, but use what you have.

  • Scissors

  • Pins

  • Fabric Glue Pen (optional)

 

To complete the pouch on this online interactive workshop you will need *:-

 

  • 1 fat quarter for outer fabric (or a selection of fabrics for EPP, see below)

  • 1 fat quarter for lining fabric

  • 1 fat quarter of fusible foam (alternatively use fusible fleece or wadding)

  • 25” of bias binding (2.25” wide)

  • Zip at least 11” long

  • Sewing Machine with a Walking Foot (if you have one).

  • Finished size of pouch approximately 10.5" x 7"

 

The dimensions can be altered to make different sized pouches, you may need slightly less fabric and shorter length zip and binding depending on the size you wish to make. This will be covered in the class.

 

* IMPORTANT

You will be supplied with the pattern to make the pouch; as the class involves hand sewing you will probably NOT complete the whole project in the three hours and that is fine. Slow sewing is encouraged! You will be given all the instructions you need to finish the pouch, should you choose to ultimately make something else with the EPP you create, that is totally fine as well!

Tickets for this Online Interactive Course (via the Zoom platform) will be limited & available on a first-come/first-served basis.

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19.09.20

18.00-21.00 (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Svetlana

SOTAK

Sewing:
Juniper Basket

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Online Interactive Tutorial with Svetlana Sotak!

Saturday 19 September 2020: 6.00pm - 9.00pm (BST)

 

Join us once again for an Online Interactive Workshop with the wonderfully talented Svetlana Sotak who, in her second outing as a CraftyMonkie, will be helping you make this gorgeous Juniper Basket. This three-hour workshop costs just £30.00 GBP.

A percentage of profit from this workshop will be donated to Svetlana's chosen charity.
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Svetlana Sotak - Saturday 19 September 2020 - 6.00pm - 9.00pm (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop: Juniper Basket

 

Hot on the heels of her first CraftyMonkies Workshop in July, Svetlana Sotak returns with yet another wonderfully engaging project for all of you who love the idea of making the most gorgeous contemporary bags: volia, the Juniper Basket!

Make a super-handy fabric basket featuring a unique, Japanese inspired drawstring closure using easily accessible sewing supplies and materials. In this class we'll learn how to add structure and stability to your basket as well as how to install and neatly finish a welted zipper pocket (either metal or nylon zipper will both work well). This basket makes a wonderful project bag, storage basket, or even a gift bag! 

 

Subject to which size bag you are interested in making, the following materials are required for this Online Interactive Workshop with Svetlana which will see you the proud owner of a Small or Large Juniper Basket! Svetlana's pattern for this project will be forwarded by us to you, shortly after you've signed up for the course:-

 

Juniper Bag - Finished Size (Width x Height x Depth):-

SMALL - 9''  x  7''  x  6'' 

LARGE - 11''  x  8 ½''  x  7''

 

SMALL Juniper Basket

Materials needed: (Fabric requirements are based on 42'' wide fabric):-

FABRIC A (main exterior) – 1/2 yard

FABRIC B (drawstring closure + handles) – 1/4 yard

FABRIC C (lining) – 3/4 yard

* Fusible fleece (I use Pellon 987F) - 1/2 yard

SF101 INTERFACING (or other medium weight fusible interfacing of choice) – 1 yard

One (1) - 7'' long METAL OR NYLON ZIPPER

Two (2) – 36'' long COTTON CORD or RIBBON

* Replace fusible fleece with heavier weight interfacing (e.g. 809 Decor Bond) if you wish

 

LARGE Juniper Basket

Materials needed: (Fabric requirements are based on 42'' wide fabric):-

FABRIC A (main exterior) – 1/2 yard

FABRIC B (drawstring closure + handles) – 1/2 yard

FABRIC C (lining) – 3/4 yard

* Fusible fleece (I use Pellon 987F) - 1/2 yard

SF101 INTERFACING (or other medium weight fusible interfacing of choice) – 1 yard

One (1) - 7'' long METAL OR NYLON ZIPPER

Two (2) – 39'' long COTTON CORD or RIBBON

* Replace fusible fleece with heavier weight interfacing (e.g. 809 Decor Bond) if you wish

 

Equipment required for this Online Interactive Workshop is as follows:-

  • Cutting Mat, Ruler, and Rotary Cutter

  • Wonder Clips and/or Pins

  • Disappearing Fabric Marker or Fine Chalk Pen

  • Small Sharp Fabric Scissors

  • 90/14 or 110/18 (jeans/denim) Needle for your Sewing Machine

  • Large Safety-Pin or Bodkin

Tickets for this Online Interactive Course (via the Zoom platform) will be limited & available on a first-come/first-served basis.

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24.09.20

18.00-21.00 (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Sarah

PAYNE

Sewing:
Scrappy Elephant Cushion

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Online Interactive Tutorial with Sarah Payne!

Thursday 24 September 2020: 6.00pm - 9.00pm (BST)

 

Join us for an Online Interactive Workshop where you'll make this wonderfully fun Scrappy Elephant Fun Cushion with one of long-standing tutors, Sarah Payne. This three-hour workshop costs just £25.00 GBP.

A percentage of profit from this workshop will be donated to Sarah's chosen charity.
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Sarah Payne - Thursday 24 September 2020 - 6.00pm - 9.00pm (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop: Scrappy Elephant Fun Cushion

 

This striking Scrappy Elephant Fun Cushion is one of Sarah Payne's most recognisable cushion designs and she is delighted to be sharing it with the CraftyMonkies. This fun cushion is a great stash-buster and you can go as wacky as you like with your fabric choices. You can choose to embellish your elephant with embroidery stitches included on your sewing machine to truly create a unique character.

 

This cute little cushion can be as scrappy as you like and makes a great gift. The design uses 2 ½ inch strips, but you can make the strips narrower if that is what you have! Just have fun playing!

 

Material requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop are as follows:-

 

  • This toy can be made from scraps or from left over bits of jelly roll (10 strips will be plenty) and 4 fat quarters will give you a nice selection, or a carrier bag of scraps.

  • 40cms of light or medium weight sew-in interface

  • Matching buttons for eyes

  • Bag of toy stuffing

  • No pre-cutting required!

 

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop are as follows:-

 

  • Sewing Machine in good working order – with manual, and standard sewing machine feet. If you are unfamiliar with your machine, please take a few minutes to practice stitching in a straight line. You will need no further skills than that!

  • Sewing threads in neutral colours (Cream, Ecru, Greys – bring what you have!) and coloured swing machine threads for embroidery stitches.

  • Rotary Cutter (45mm rotary cutter is the best size) and mat (18” x 24 approx so a fat ¼ fits on it easily) – please check that the cutting blade is sharp.

  • Rulers – Easy Rule 2 (long ruler) and any Square Rulers you have hidden away will be useful.

  • General Sewing Kit (pins, scissors, stitch ripper).

  • Optional – Craft Iron and Ironing Mat

Tickets for this Online Interactive Course (via the Zoom platform) will be limited & available on a first-come/first-served basis.

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25.09.20

18.00-21.00 (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Janet

CLARE

Sewing:
Appliqué Penguin Picture

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Online Interactive Tutorial with Janet Clare!

Friday 25 September 2020: 6.00pm - 9.00pm (BST)

 

Join us for an Online Interactive Workshop with the wonderful, engaging craft-guru Janet Clare, who will guide you through the process of creating this fabulous Appliqué Penguin Picture. This three-hour workshop costs just £25.00 GBP.

A percentage of profit from this workshop will be donated to Janet's chosen charity.
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Janet Clare - Friday 25 September 2020 - 6.00pm - 9.00pm (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop: Applique Penguin Picture

 

The lovely Janet Clare returns once again to deliver another wondrously cute creation - her Appliqué Penguins Picture (perfect and in plenty of time for you to get started with a Christmas-themed creation don't you think?!)

 

Janet says she just looooooves Winter! Crisp frosty mornings and clear star-filled nights. Cosy woolly jumpers, hot chocolate by open fires and long evenings just made for sewing, help to make this her favourite season of all. With this Penguin Appliqué Picture Worskhop, you can create and arrange your own cheerful 'penguin-huddle' on a quick and simple appliqué picture!

 

We’ll start by learning how to draw with our Sewing-Machines; if you’ve done it before then more practice is always a good idea! After that we’ll learn or practice how to do Fusible Appliqué before piecing a simple landscape for our penguins to live in.

We’ll then appliqué and stitch our huddles, add hand-quilting details and discuss picture finishing techniques.

 

A list of the full Materials and Equipment you'll need for this Online Interactive Workshop will appear here in due course (Janet may love the winter but we're thinking she's probably lazing on a beach somewhere right now, enjoying this lovely weather, before the cold snaps kick in - which will probably be late August!)...

Tickets for this Online Interactive Course (via the Zoom platform) will be limited & available on a first-come/first-served basis.

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26.09.20

10.00-17.00 (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Janet

CLARE

Sewing:
Artisan Apron

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Online Interactive Tutorial with Janet Clare!

Saturday 26 September 2020: 10.00am-1.00pm &  2.00-5.00pm (BST)

 

Join us for another Online Interactive Workshop with our Queen of Free-Motion, Janet Clare, who will guide you through the process of making your own Artisan Apron. This all-day workshop costs just £50.00 GBP.

A percentage of profit from this workshop will be donated to Janet's chosen charity.
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Janet Clare - Saturday 26 September 2020 - 10.00pm-1.00pm & 2.00pm-5.00pm (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop: Artisan Apron

 

The lovely Janet Clare joins us once again with another inspiring (and wonderfully practical!) project for you set a whole day aside for!

Teaching Points covered in this Online Interactive Workshop:-​

Basic Dressmaking - straight seams, curved seams, darts, lined pockets, setting pockets into side seams, clipping curves, bagging out (adding a lining), pressing, topstitching and finishing.

 

Janet's Artisan Apron: The Story Behind This Project

When she had two small(ish) boys and worked from home, Janet often found herself getting distracted by all the chores and housework and not really getting much work (designing and sewing) done. After much thinking she realised that if she had a uniform to wear she would feel and look like I was actually at work and not at home! Great thinking, Janet!

 

Hence, the Artisan Apron was born and it is so lovely and pale and special that I’m not tempted to clean the house, cook or brush the dog instead of working because I don't want to spoil my pinny! As time has gone on Janet has added embroidered sayings and motto's such as 'She believed she could and so she did', badges and bits of lace and buttons and now when she puts on her apron in the morning she feels creative, inspired and ready for work! Janet's apron also gives her courage when she has daunting things to do, such as monthly live TV shows or standing up to talk to a huge group (like you CraftyMonkies!).

 

Janet's apron has become more than a uniform for her: it is her signature garment, a comfort. She feels like her whenever she wears it. Putting her apron on helps Janet begin her creative process. And when she takes it off, she knows her work is done for the day and it's time to relax.

 

Janet's Artisan Apron: Pattern

Is inspired by a vintage pinny and has curved seams, big pockets and a cross-over back. The pattern includes seven sizes ranging from small to 4XL and its loose fit makes it comfortable to wear. And it’s not that tricky to make either.

  • Small - UK dress measurements - Size 10

  • 4XL - UK dress measurements - Size 32

 

Janet's Artisan Apron: The Fit

The fit is always hard to advise people on. Janet's is a medium but the Small and Large fit her too because the shape is so forgiving. Janet says the neckline gets too wide for her in the larger sizes and slips off her shoulders and of course there is too much fabric everywhere but, somehow, it ‘fits’. The main fit issue is the length of the shoulder straps/ how high the neckline sits on those who are well endowed. This is an easy fix and Janet will discuss it in the briefing video (which we'll add to the website when it's filmed).

 

Janet's Artisan Apron: Skill Level Required

Janet feels her Artisan Apron project is suitable for all, but people must be comfortable with a sewing machine and have cut all their fabric pieces (fronts, linings and pockets, etc) out BEFORE the workshop. Patterns will be supplied when people have booked.

 

Details of Materials/Equipment required for this Online Interactive Workshop will be posted on here soon & also shared with all those who sign up for Janet's course in the meantime, once we have them.

Tickets for this Online Interactive Course (via the Zoom platform) will be limited & available on a first-come/first-served basis.

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29.09.20

18.00-21.00 (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Lucy

BRENNAN

Sewing:
Embroidery Hoop:

Seasonal Theme

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Online Interactive Tutorial with Lucy Brennan!

Tuesday 29 September 2020: 6.00pm - 9.00pm (BST)

 

Join us for this Online Interactive Workshop with the hugely talented Lucy Brennan, who will guide you through the process of a Seasonal Theme Embroidery Hoop. This three-hour workshop costs just £25.00 GBP.

A percentage of profit from this workshop will be donated to Lucy's chosen charity.
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Lucy Brennan - Tuesday 29 September 2020 - 6.00pm - 9.00pm (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop: Seasonal Theme Embroidery Hoop

 

During this class with the wonderfully talented & engaging Lucy Brennan, you can create Embroidery Hoops for all seasons: perfect for a sweet decorative touch to your home or to give as a gift! You will be provided with two original designs - Seasonal Leaves and Happy. Lucy will show you how to prepare the design, demonstrate different embroidery stitches, like French knots, and teach you tips for perfectly neat embroidered lettering. She will also teach various ways to finish off the hoop so it is ready for displaying.

 

Requirements for this online interactive workshop are as follows:-

 

  • Cotton Fabric - size dependent on the design/hoop - Lucy recommends at least a 12” square

  • Woven Fusible Stabiliser (optional, same size as cotton fabric)

  • Embroidery Hoop - size 7” hoop for Seasonal Leaves / size 6” for Happy / size 4” for a smaller Happy

 

Please Note: You could scale the patterns up or down when printing to a size that fits the hoops you have!

  • Water Soluble Pen or Pencil

  • Embroidery Thread or Perle Cotton (or a combination) - you will need a selection of colours; you can choose these based on the design you wish to stitch

  • Embroidery Needle

  • Scissors

Tickets for this Online Interactive Course (via the Zoom platform) will be limited & available on a first-come/first-served basis.

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30.09.20

18.00-21.00 (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop

Lisa

LAM

Sewing:
Colour Block Tote Bag

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Online Interactive Tutorial with Lisa Lam!

Wednesday 30 September 2020: 6.00pm - 9.00pm (BST)

 

Join us for another Online Interactive Workshop with one of our 'bagtastic' crafters, the lovely Lisa Lam, who will guide you through the process of making your own Colour Block Tote (Shoulder) Bag. This three-hour workshop costs just £25.00 GBP.

A percentage of profit from this workshop will be donated to Lisa's chosen charity.
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Lisa Lam - Wednesday 30 September 2020 - 6.00pm - 9.00pm (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop: Colour Block Tote Bag

 

Join us and the lovely Lisa Lam to learn how to make this on-trend Colour Block Tote Bag (Shoulder Bag) that will beautifully showcase your best fabrics. Have fun experimenting with practical faux leather or choose to use your favourite fabrics. Try your hand at making eye-catching eyelet handles or stitch on your straps. This is a fun and versatile bag, make it your way. Whatever options you chose, Lisa will show you how easy it is to make this fabulously stylish and practical Tote!

 

Materials & Hardware you will need for this Online Interactive Workshop are as follows - Please note: Fabrics are dependent on the option you choose. There are TWO options:-

 

Option 1

· *0.5m PU fabric for base

· 0.5m light-med weight canvas (such as https://thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk/collections/fabric/substrate_canvas) for bag top band

*The PU needs to be purchased from my shop because I can guarantee that the PU from my shop is easy to sew with on home sewing machines. I cannot vouch for PU purchased elsewhere.

 

Option 2

· 0.5m light-med weight canvas (such as https://thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk/collections/fabric/substrate_canvas) for base

· 0.5m light-med weight canvas (such as https://thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk/collections/fabric/substrate_canvas) for bag top band

Materials needed for both bag options are as follows:-

  • 1m quilt weight fabric for lining

  • 1m Vilene Fusible fleece (H640)

  • 1m Vilene med weight fusible interfacing (340)

  • 1 x 14mm magnetic snap for lining pocket

  • 1 x 18mm magnetic snap for bag fastener

  • 1 x 26cm x 33cm stiff plastic canvas for bag base stiffener

  • 1 x 14mm wide eyelet kit (colour to suite top band of bag) – optional if you want tied-on bag straps

 

Equipment you will need for this Online Interactive Workshop is as follows:-

  • Rotary cutter

  • Cutting mat

  • Quilt ruler

  • Iron

  • Pressing cloth (a clean tea cloth will work)

  • Sewing clips and pins

  • Seam ripper

  • Hand needle and thread to match the bag base

  • Hammer

  • Walking machine foot (highly recommended)

  • Disappearing fabric marker

 

Techniques covered in this Online Interactive Workshop are as follows:-

  • Working with faux leather

  • Using interfacing and fleece

  • Installing eyelets

  • Installing magnetic fasteners

  • Making an envelope style bag base

Tickets for this Online Interactive Course (via the Zoom platform) will be limited & available on a first-come/first-served basis.

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