School Holiday Fun: Sew A Piped Cushion

What to Bring

  • As this is a 3hour workshop, please bring a drink of water and a snack. We will break for recess to help keep the creative juices flowing!

What to Wear

  • Casual, Please wear enclosed shoes.

School Holiday Fun: Sew A Piped Cushion

About This Class

What You Will Learn

  • Make turned up hems,
  • Make fine rolled hems
  • Learn the difference between machine and hand sewn hems.

What You Get

  • Sewing skills
  • All materials will be provided and we will be using our Ikea sewing machines!
  • Your very own handmade cushion


In this fun workshop to be held these school holidays at Work-Shop Makery, Mindy would like to teach your child aged 10 and up how to sew – and make a cushion!

We will cover basic hand and machine stitches and sewing safety, plus how to correctly pin and cut projects.

Once we have machine sewed the cushion, students will be encourage to embellish the cushion (using our new hand sewing skills!) to sew on buttons, beads, eyes, ribbons, trims, sequins or draw on designs with fabric markers.

Mindy will be very happy to guide and inspire each child’s own ideas, or they can use the templates and sample ideas provided.


Mindy McTaggart had her first machine sewing lesson with her great Aunt at the age of about 5 or 6 sewing on a treadle Singersewing machine. Her project was to make aprons for said Aunts fellow nuns of the Order of the Sacred Heart.

She progressed on to an electrical machine and bigger and better projects.

In her final year if Fashion Design Studies, at the Narional Art School, Mindy  was selected as the Australian Candidate for the Smirnoff International Fashion Award. Here she showcased a small collection she printed, embellished, cut and sewed together, titled The Altered Image.

Today in Partnership with Emma Cotterill, They have two Labels- CYCLETTE – cycling Couture that Frocks!! (Cyclette clothing is stocked at Work-Shop Makery.) And Also Millicent Darling- creating bespoke and Avante Garde styles especially featured in Hairdressing campaigns and Magazines.

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