You will learn make simple items such as clothing, cushion covers, placemats, bags and scarves. In the process, you will learn how to sew straight seams, finish seams, insert zippers, gather fabric,insert elastic, bind, do simple patchwork and use your creativity to modify patterns for yourself.

The tutor is Kathryn Marks from Meraki Cottage - Sewing and Craft School. Kathryn is a registered primary school teacher with many years of experience in teaching and a great love of all things sewn, or otherwise crafted. She creates items which she sells under the name of Sisters Knot as well as mending, altering and making clothing for others. She lives in Flora Hill with her two Uni going sons and one very spoilt small dog.

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Class Schedule

Duration: 1 hour

What you will learn
  • To understand your sewing machine and how it works.
  • To use your sewing machine to make simple items.
  • To use a commercial pattern.
What you will get
  • Confidence in using a sewing machine.
  • Project you can use or give as gifts.

What to bring
  • Please contact Kathryn prior to the date for the requirements for the project you wish to complete.
What to wear

Comfy clothes

Appropriate for

This class is for beginner sewers aged 10 to 17 years. Younger children may attend if they are confident and have an adult helper.


Meraki Cottage

Vendor since 2017

Meraki Cottage provides classes for children and adults in many areas of handcraft, in particular, sewing. The name Meraki was chosen because it is a Greek word meaning to do something with love, passion or soul. 

Meraki Cottage is owned and run by me, Kathryn. I am a registered teacher who loves learning and craft, so putting these two together and delivering them with passion, will mean that a little bit of my soul is in every class I teach.

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