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Sewing - Upcycle your Garments

Course code: ICKU203P

Subject area: Homecrafts

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

Course time:

18:45 - 20:45

Days of week:


Course date:

18th Apr 2024 - 4th Jul 2024

Course location:

Gosford Hill School

Contact details


01235 555 585

An introductory course into upcycling your garments and how to restyle into something new. You will gain confidence and skills in a relaxed and friendly learning environment.

In order to avoid disappointment, it is advisable to enrol at least 2½ weeks prior to the course starting. We will confirm course information two weeks prior to the start date.

During the course you will up cycle a couple of garments of your choice and restyle them using various techniques. Either to wear or something for the home.

We will cover:

• How to measure and cut out accurately and safely.

• How to amend hemlines, waistlines, and sleeves.

• How to add panels, collars, pockets, and cuffs.

• How to utilise the materials for something for the home.

• Cover basic hand and machine sewing techniques for construction and decorative work.

Materials Required:

You may wish to bring your sewing machine to class (these are also provided).

Initially please bring no more than two garments with you.

Plus: Pieces of fabric and trimmings that co-ordinate with your garments / Matching sewing thread, spun polyester plus some cotton tacking thread / 25cms of medium weight interfacing (for collars and cuffs) / Any spare buttons, binding or piping etc that you may have.

To keep the cost down for this project check to see what pieces of fabric and trimming you have at home.

Basic sewing equipment:

Fabric scissors, paper scissors, embroidery scissors, colour-headed pins, hand sewing needles, tape measure, tailors chalk, fabric marking pen, 30cm/12” ruler, small safety pin and a thimble.

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

Please note there will be no teaching sessions on: 30/05/2024.

Please bring refreshments, if required.

Free parking.

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.

You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, which helps us to deliver course content to the highest

What next?
You will be able to use the skills and knowledge and techniques you have learnt by enrolling on:

Beginners or Improvers sewing course

Beginners Quilting and Patchwork

Rag Doll workshop

Entry criteria
This course is suitable for complete beginners or for those who have a little knowledge but want to start from the basics and improve their skills, knowledge, and techniques.

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
Learners bring own materials.

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: £75.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £75.00

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
Observation/demonstration, self-assessment, question & answer/reading, practical exercises and 1:1 tutor support.

As this is a non-accredited course, informal methods of assessment will be used. You will be required to complete a RARPA form which represents Recognising and Recording your Progress and Achievement.