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Quilted Retreat Bag

Quilted Retreat Bag

Whizz up this natty Quilted pouch



Join Lorena Uriarte, renewed Modern Quilter, to learn how to make this super cute zip pouch featuring your own quilted panels!

Have you been looking for your next zippy pouch project? Something practical to make for friends or to treat yourself. Look no further than the Emmaline Retreat Bag. It’s such a clever pattern, designed by @emmalinebags using their special hardware that opens wide for easy access to the contents of your pouch.

Use up your scraps and make a Kawandi inspired exterior, or maybe you’ve got some Boro or Sashiko or simply Quilted  panels you’d like to put to work. A special piece of fabric or orphaned patchwork blocks would also work well. To make the large pouch you’ll need two (2) pieces at least 18.5” x 12” each.


Kits of the interfacing and frames can be ordered when you book your place here - small is $45 and large $55.

Skill level: Must have a basic knowledge of machine sewing.

What you will learn:

  • Inserting a zip
  • Boxed corners 
  • Basic Bag construction

What is included:

  •  Exceptional tuition with 6 others in the class
  • Copious cups of tea and coffee.  Lorena might even bake a special treat!

What you need to bring

  • Your sewing machine (don't forget the foot pedal and power cord)
  • Two (2) pieces of outer fabric at least 18.5” x 12” each
  • Two (2) pieces of inner fabric at least 18.5” x 12” each
  • Your glasses, if you need them
  • Your lunch - microwave, sandwich press and fridge available.  Or trot up to a local cafe!

Dates available:

Sunday 19 November, 10am to 3pm

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What you will learn

  • Inserting a zip, Boxed corners, Basic Bag construction
  • Pattern layout and jargon. Plus Construction and putting the pieces together in what order.

What you will get

  • 5 hours of expert tuition in a social and encouraging environment
  • Kawandi sewing kit - needles, pins, fabric, wadding.
Parking Info

Venue Map here 


During the week, parking can be tricky.  It is often best to stop at our door and bring your machine in and then find a park.  

During the weekend, there is usually lots of parking on Jabez Street or Shepherd Street. 


We are serviced by the M30, 423, 426 and 428 bus.


We are approx 20min walk from Sydenham or Stanmore Station

What to bring

  • Your glasses, if you need them
  • Your lunch - Microwave, sandwich press and fridge available. Or trot up to a local cafe.

What to wear

Wear comfy clothes and shoes!

Appropriate for

Beginners, Adult, 16yrs+

Usefulbox Sewing School

(240 Reviews)

Sewing classes for adults in Marrickville.  Join us to begin your sewing journey or continue learning.  

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4.8 (6 reviews)
Katerated it
20 Nov 2023
Excellent Teach Lorena Uriate, very good venue, well lit, spacious equipped, easy parking, level access, Will return for future classes Thank you Kate
Margyrated it
19 Nov 2023
Great class. And I was able to complete the entire project on the day! Bonus. No homework. Lorena is a wonderful teacher, giving everyone the confidence to learn new things.
Kirstenrated it
19 Nov 2023
Loved loved loved! As usual. Gorgeous finished product. Lorena is inspirational. Only suggestion would be to bring sewing stuff (rotary cutter etc) really useful but not on the list of things to bring.
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

  • A refund can be requested 5 days before class starts. Free of charge.
  • A transfer can be requested 5 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$25.00 applies.
  • A credit note can be requested 5 days before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Usefulbox Sewing School or organised by Usefulbox Sewing School must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Usefulbox Sewing School


I agree to give Usefulbox Sewing School unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Usefulbox Sewing School classes and events or on Usefulbox Sewing School premises. (For use of Usefulbox Sewing School marketing materials).

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