Learn to Sew : Tote Bags with Gill Collinson at Cambridge Art Makers

Tote bags at Cambridge Art Makers


Do you have a sewing machine sitting in a cupboard somewhere, as yet unused but ready for that time when you will finally sit down and learn to use it?

This course is a complete-beginners guide to machine sewing; literally how to switch it on, thread it, sew in a straight line, start and stop, wind a bobbin and create a complete project!

Gill will guide you through the process of making a lovely, simple lined tote bag as a means to learning how to use a sewing machine.

If you have your own sewing machine we recommend you bring that so you can learn for your specific machine, but we do have machines available. We also suggest bringing your own fabric as although we have some, it is of variable and limited quality. You would need 1/2m of (full width) fabric. If you would like a contrast strip you will also need to bring 20cm x 100cm of a contrasting fabric.

This course is suitable for those with no experience.


Please note that we have strict guidelines in response to the covid-19 pandemic as outlined on our covid-19 guidelines page. You will have to agree to following these when you sign up to the course.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All tools, materials, tea, coffee and biscuits will be available but please bring a packed lunch.


Susannah Bangham at Cambridge Art Makers


6 Lintech Court
CB21 4XN

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners


6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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Rosemary - - #19222

I hadn't done any painting since my school days (a long time ago!) and was pretty terrified but Janet walked everything through with such patience and encouragement I was able to get over my insecurities and paint a picture I was proud of! Everyone in the class I was in, had different insecurities but by the end everyone had painted a beautiful picture and felt confident that they could continue to grow! Her experience in painting flowers 'in the flesh' is well demonstrated and she knows how to bring out the delightful characters of every species; even the most tricky of characters! Her techniques for composition are genius!

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Rosemary - - #19224

Jill is a wonderful teacher with years of experience of glass art and teaching under her belt. Having never done anything like this before I was able to produce beautiful pieces in just a few short hours! The space at Cambridge Makers is also really lovely and welcoming and has excellent facilities.

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