Fabulous Book Cover or Purse

Fabulous Book Cover or Purse


Using scraps of fabric & threads, Alison will show you how to create a unique-to-you piece of fabric & turn it into a book cover or small purse in this full-day workshop. You’ll get the best advice about colour choices & help to arrange the fabrics to best show them off. Alison will demonstrate how to decoratively stitch the layers together using straight & zig-zag stitches on the sewing machine, but if you’re comfortable with free machine embroidering, then you are very welcome to add that too.

Alison will help you to transform your fabric into an A5 book cover or a small purse, and talk about altering it further with painting & dying.

All equipment, fabrics & threads will be provided in this workshop, but you’re welcome to bring some special scraps that you’d like to work with. Please also bring your own sewing machine.

Experience in using a sewing machine is required for this workshop.

Alison McDonagh is a full-time textile artist, working from the Sussex countryside & surrounded by sheep, homegrown vegetables & the wildlife of the Downs. Her creative career has spanned art & music teaching, fashion knitwear in the 80s & her own style of textiles creation which is applied to all kinds of homeware & accessories. Alison has always used upcycled fabrics in her work as she wants to benefit charity shops and reduce landfills.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Includes a light lunch and all equipment, fabrics and threads.


Kelly Dillon at The Stitching Post


Filsham Lodge, Horsted Lane
Horsted Lane
East Sussex
TN22 5TX

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Seniors


5½ hours (10:30am to 4:00pm)

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