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Sewing - Creative Cushions and Bags

Course code: IPXV304P

Subject area: Homecrafts

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

Course time:

10:00am - 4:00pm

Days of week:


Course date:

8th Jun 2024 - 8th Jun 2024

Course location:

Cheney School

Contact details


01235 555 585

A workshop making a Bag and/or a cushion that will introduce you to basic sewing skills which can be built on for a variety of projects. You will gain confidence and skills in a relaxed and friendly learning environment.

During the course you will learn about fabrics, safe cutting out, pattern placement, and basic sewing techniques. You will be shown a variety of decorative techniques that can be applied to your bag or cushion.

- How to measure and cut out accurately.

- Basic sewing techniques by hand and machine.

- How to follow instructions to produce your bag or cushion.

- How to experiment, produce and apply various techniques

Sewing machines are provided but you may bring your sewing machine, plus the attachments and manual.

Do not buy any materials until your course is confirmed as running.

Materials required (enough for 2 projects)

1 metre of plain coloured medium weight cotton that co-ordinates with the prints

0.5 metres of a different coloured patterned medium weight cotton that co-ordinates with both fabrics

1.30 metres of patterned medium weight cotton that also co-ordinates with the above

NB: you can also use Fat Quarters that co-ordinate.

Matching sewing thread

Plus – For a quilted front on your cushion you will need a 50cm square of wadding plus a backing fabric.

For applique you will need fusible Bonda web to fix your applique around 20cms (glue on both sides)

If you want to use any other decorative trimming including piping, buttons, or zips, please bring them with you. Off cuts of fabrics for experimenting with.

Basic sewing equipment:

Fabric scissors, paper scissors’, embroidery scissors,

NB If you use a rotary cutter you will need to bring a cutting board.

Colour-headed pins, hand sewing needles, tape measure, tailors chalk, marking pen and tacking thread. 30cm/12” ruler

Please bring a folder for the handouts you'll be provided with.

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its studen

What next?

Beginners Dressmaking, Patchwork and Quilting for Beginners, Roman Blind, Love your Sewing Machine, Upcycle your Garments.

Entry criteria

Basic sewing skills and knowledge

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2023 prior to starting the course.

Fee information

Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

Course fees

19+ Fee:

Tuition Fee: £17.50

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £17.50

19+ Reduced Fee:

Tuition Fee: £0.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £0.00

Qualifications received

As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.

Learning & method assessment

As this is a not accredited informal methods of assessment will be used.

For example:



Question & answer/reading

Practical exercises

1:1 tutor support