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Zero Waste Shopper

Theory & principles of zero waste pattern design

Next Available: Sun, 06 Feb 10:00AM (AEDT)
3 hours x 2 Weeks


Learn the theory and principles of zero waste pattern design through this 6-hour course developed from the ReDress, EccoChic Sustainable Design Education Program.

Discover how you can actively contribute to reducing the environmental impact of textiles waste!


  1. Students will understand the issues surrounding textile waste and be introduced to the theory of zero waste pattern design in the first part of the workshop.
  2. Learn the principles and drafting techniques in a practical drafting session.
  3. Finally, put all you've learnt into action and make your zero waste shopper!

Covered in this workshop:

  • The pattern drafting tools and supplies required
  • Where does textile waste come from Pre-consumer & Post-consumer
  • Addressing textile waste - design techniques
  • Zero waste design case studies - with in-class discussion
  • Apply Zero waste pattern making theory to make an oversized shopper bag
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What you will learn

  • Where does textile waste come from: Pre-consumer & Post-consumer.
  • Apply Zero waste pattern making theory to make an oversized shopper bag.
  • Zero waste design case studies - with in class discussion

What you will get

  • Zero waste discussion and lecture, plus a ZeroWaste shopper made by you
  • Practical zero waste design techniques drafting
Parking Info
  • Level 1, 329 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. Look for the red door.
  • Most Brunswick St parking is ticketed & max' 2hrs. However, longer time parking is available in the paid Coles Car Park.
  • Public Transport is the ideal way to get here - jump on the 11 tram & get off at Johnston St.

What to bring

  • Mechanical pencil, eraser and any pattern drafting tools (rulers, notch cutters etc) you may like to use however you are also welcome to use tools available at Thread Den
  • 1m of 112cm wide fabric for main*
  • 1m of 112cm wide contrast fabric*
  • complimentary sewing machine thread

What to wear


Appropriate for

Intermediate students who are confident using the sewing machine and are familiar with basic sewing terms such as darts, selvedge and pattern layout. Students with an interest in sewing for sustainability.

Fabric notes:

Multi-directional prints work best for this design, this zero-waste design is not suitable for print matching

Thread Den

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Learn to sew, craft and create with Thread Den. Workshops offered face-to-face and online.

Located on Melbourne's vibrant Brunswick Street, in Fitzroy. At Thread Den you can start at the very beginning, take your skills to the next level, and find your own unique style.

Thread Den has developed a teaching model that is supportive and nurturing, designed to make each student feel like the focus of our attention, whether you learn with us face-to-face or online.

At Thread Den it's just like a friend (a super nice clever one) teaching you and a few friends to sew, craft and create. When you come in; take advantage of having all the equipment on hand, lovely big cutting tables, smooth running Janomes with plenty of feet accessories, inspiring resources, and friendly people to chat to.  

Your teachers have years of experience, their own labels and businesses, and the desire to share their skills and craftsmanship with you.

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5.0 (4 reviews)
14 July 2021Zero Waste Shopper
Great hands on workshop discussing textile wastage in the fashion industry - with the added bonus of working on a cute tote bag.
12 July 2021Zero Waste Shopper
I love the class and the full team of instructors (Jenni, Danielle and Amy (?)) were there to assist us. It took longer that i thought to make this attractive bag. Most of us struggled making the pattern and i wish we had more time to finish sewing the bag.
12 July 2021Zero Waste Shopper
I've been exploring the ideas around ethical clothing/sustainability/recycling for a few years, this is the perfect class to put into practice. It also includes a theory section that explains the why this is so important. I'm looking forward to using my large shopping bag with pockets, that I made using vintage curtain fabric that I purchased in an op-shop for $5.
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Refund Policy

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Terms & Conditions

Taking part in a workshop at Thread Den is fun and we love teaching people our craft, but here we have to get serious for a moment:

It is your responsibility to clear your diary for the booking you've made - especially if there are multiple sessions in your course. If you want to finish your project(s), you need to attend all workshops. You'll also need to arrive on time. We can't start again because it just isn't fair to your fellow participants. 

Allow us this indulgence for a second, our workshops and courses - they are usually sold out weeks in advance. It isn't a quick switch to pop you into another workshop. If we have an appropriate session where you can attend to keep going, we will try to offer you a discounted space. If that isn't possible, you will need to book a private lesson to stay on track (the minimum cost is NM -$144 or M -$119.52). 

We also won't follow you up to check that you are coming along to class and/or that you have the right supplies for your class. Almost every workshop will require you to bring along your supplies, for some workshops we sell a supplies kit at an additional cost - but not for all. If you are unsure about what you need, just shoot us an email - info@threadden.com .  We also want you to learn and love what you make as much as possible, please carefully consider the fabrics we recommend that you use. If you choose a fabric that is suited to a more advanced level you aren't going to enjoy your experience.

We've tried to answer any questions you could have in the workshop description, but again, don't hesitate to email us for any further details or with any queries. We loooove to see that fabric you are thinking of using and sending you off to some of our favourite fabric and habby suppliers. 

Thanks for sticking with us and reading through these annoying details. Here's the stuff that is often hidden behind an *asterisk* or in teeeeenie little print:

Refund Policy

  • All refunds are subject to a 25% administration fee.
  • Refunds will only be processed back to the original method of payment.
  • Refunds are processed as soon as practicable. While Thread Den’s part of the process should be undertaken within three days of notice, the combination of the bookings platform and your banking institution’s processes will also influence the exact amount of time taken for you to receive the refund.

Transferring Your Booking

  • If you wish to transfer your booking to another workshop we require at least four days notice prior to the start date of your original workshop/course booking.
  • Bookings without date changes can be transferred to another person without incurring any penalties.
  • Changes to your workshop or the commencement date (within all other terms listed here) will incur a $10 administration fee.
  • Changes to your booking date will not reset the four day notice period.

Medical Events

  • If you are required to isolate, with the supply of a medical certificate or COVID-19 testing referral covering the date of your workshop, you will be able to transfer your booking without incurring any penalties.
  • Your safety is our priority, we reserve the right to make decisions if necessary to preserve the safety of all. 
  • In the event of a medical emergency, we may have to seek ambulance services on your behalf and at your expense.

Course Cancellations 

  • Classes are subject to sufficient enrolment numbers (usually this is 3 participants).
  • We reserve the right to cancel any scheduled course. In the event of a cancellation, students will be notified two days before the scheduled start date and refunds will be provided.

This policy can be viewed on our website - https://threadden.com/about/bookings-and-cancellations-policy/

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