Absolute Beginners Sewing

Learn basic sewing skills

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No need to be scared of a sewing machine. This course is designed to ease you into sewing and not overwhelm you. You will learn fundamental skills through appropriate (and useable) projects that will have you creating your own masterpieces. We will go through the basics of how to use a machine – threading it, and general use. Then we will put these skills into practice and make some cool stuff. Each week you should have a finished project to show off.

Week 1: Draw String Bag.

Learn how to thread the machine and basic sewing skills.

Draw string bags can be any size and used for: library bag, swim bag, lunch bag, shopping bag, backpack, pencil case, packing cells, laundry bags or anything at all.

Cotton craft fabric will be provided for this project.

Week 2: Tote Bag

Building on week 1, you will learn how to trace and cut out from a pattern as you sew your own unlined tote bag. Along with basic bag construction, you will also create and attach your own fabric handles.

You will need to bring fabric for this project, which will be discussed at week 1.

Week 3: Straight sided Cushion Cover or Zippered Pouch

The focus of this project is learning how to insert a zip into straight fabric. Using all of your new sewing skills you will be able to make your own cushion covers and pouches of various sizes.

Nicola Mathieson is a talented and award winning seamstress. She has a vast fashion experience having tailored wedding and bridesmaid dresses for many years. For her sewing is a fun, social, practical and functional activity to share with others. Her focus is on teaching the sewing skills to make fashionable and wearable clothes to flatter every body type.

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What you will learn

  • How to thread and use a sewing machine.
  • An understanding of how to sew and construct usable items out of fabric.
  • How to insert a zipper.

What you will get

  • A finished project each week, including fabric and thread for the first project as well as a reusable tote bag pattern.
  • Use of our sewing machines, scissors, pins and general sewing supplies during the class.
  • Tea and coffee are provided as well as access to a fridge and microwave.

What to bring

  • You will need to bring materials for project 2 and 3 but these will discussed in our first session.
  • You may bring your own machine if you’d like, but we do have machines for you to use at Metro Art Dept.

What to wear


Appropriate for

Beginners. No previous experience is required. This course is suitable for all genders.

Metro Art Dept

19 Reviews

Metro Art Dept is made up of a group of like-minded artists and practitioners, with a depth of experience ranging from teaching at universities to professionals working in their fields, who have a passion for creative arts and strive to pass on what they have learned to others.

See what else we have to offer

Visit metroartdept.com to see our range of engaging courses designed to improve your skills and teach you strategies that enable you to realise your creative ideas. We offer classes in Painting, Drawing, Sewing, Printmaking, Screenwriting and Photography.

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5.0 (4 reviews)
17 December 2020Absolute Beginners Sewing
After lockdown I wanted to do something arty but also practical and sewing seemed the perfect option for an IT nerd like me who has no design or art talent. How lucky I was to find Nicki at Metro Art Dept in Oakleigh not just because she is good at what she does but is a super patient teacher. I can't believe I have sewn such beautiful fabulous things in just 3 weeks! I stare at them and marvel at what I've achieved. Thank you so much Nicki for giving me so much confidence in myself. I guess it was more than a sewing class in the end :)
01 March 2020Absolute Beginners Sewing
Joining this workshop was definitely a great decision I made! Not only it eliminated my fear of using sewing machines, but also gave me confidence in developing my DIY projects. The teacher Nicki ensured that we were learning fundamental sewing skills while having the most fun in a relaxing atmosphere. She provided us with precise instruction and personalized suggestions according to our needs. Lovely creative studio space as well. Highly recommended!
28 February 2020Absolute Beginners Sewing
Fun, practical and instructional sewing classes. Nikki is a patient and encouraging teacher who made the lessons so enjoyable and ensured that at the end of each one, we had a complete and successful item to take home. A great place to reunite or start your sewing passion.
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All booking withdrawal requests for our courses must be made in writing to metroartdept@gmail.com

Requests for transfer of booking or full refunds must be at least 48 hours before course commencing. Booking withdrawals made within the 48hrs prior to commencement will be non-refundable, except for exceptional circumstances judged at our discretion. No refunds will be given for withdrawal after the course begins.

We understand that things happen and due to unforseen circumstances you may have to miss a session in multiple session workshop. Missed classes will not be refunded. Provisions can be made to catch up on content missed.

We reserve the right to cancel classes/courses due to minimum numbers. Notification of cancellations will be as soon as possible and usually be sent at least 48 hours beforehand. Under these circumstances a transfer or full refund will be fulfilled on our behalf

If for unforseen circumstances one class/session, from a course, needs to rescheduled/cancelled we will endeavour to seek a satisfactory resolution of another session provided or appropriate reimbursement.

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Bookings are allocated upon receipt of full payment of the listed price.

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For the benefit of everyone participating in the course we ask that you attend all of the sessions, when possible, and arrive on time and prepared.

At Metro Art Dept we value a safe, respectful and collaborative learning environment for the benefit of all of our customers and instructors. To satisfy such, we reserve the right to refuse service/entry to anyone not meeting acceptable standards.

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Any resources supplied as part of the courses are for your use only and are not to be reproduced unless permission is granted.

We provide the basics of tea and coffee, however we don’t cater to all the possibilities of this. You will need to provide your own additional products to satisfy any specific dietary requirements with access to a fridge and microwave.

We provide the course that is advertised. Outcomes can be directly affected by the input of the customer. If you feel that the course did not meet your expectations then please contact us via email for a possible resolution.

You will be responsible for the care of belongings brought to the workshop. We do not accept responsibility for possessions or other items brought to the workshop by you.

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