A Message from Usefulbox Sewing School:
Our terms in a nutshell: - Classes need 4-5 people to go ahead. We will confirm 5 days prior if cancelled due to low numbers, you will be refunded or transferred dates - If you cancel before 5 days, you will be refunded in full - If we cancel within 5 days, you will be transferred, refunded or given a credit - There are absolutely NO make up classes
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 10 March, 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

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

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Your Teacher

Lorena is a world renowned, prize winner Quilter.  Known for her highly colourful and stylish quilts, Lorena is a creative whizz.  With her teaching, Lorena is so generous with time and knowledge, and gives such great advice to make your project the best it can be. 

Lorena loves to combine hand and machine techniques with a bold use of colour, in both commercially printed and plain fabrics. She aims to create engaging quilts with a lot of movement, quilts that start a conversation. With previous experience in the education and hospitality sectors, Lorena is now passionate about teaching patchwork and quilting. She encourages others to live a fulfilled and creative life to cope with modern day stresses.

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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 1 day 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


  • Classes need 4-5 people to go ahead. We will confirm 5 days prior if cancelled due to low numbers, you will be refunded or transferred dates
  • If you cancel before 5 days, you will be refunded in full
  • If you cancel within 5 days, you will be charged $25 to transfer or refunded 50% of class fee
  • If we cancel within 5 days, you will be transferred free of charge, refunded or given a credit
  • You will forfeit the whole class fee should you not come to class or cancel within 48hours. There are NO make up classes

Refunds and exchanges of products

If you have purchased a faulty product we can offer a refund or exchange. For change of minds, the product must be unused and we can provide an exchange or store credit.

Further, 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.

Liability Waiver

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

Photos and Video

You 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).


Welcome to Usefulbox Sewing School. Our school is dedicated to fostering a supportive, creative, and inclusive environment where members of all skill levels can share their passion for sewing. To ensure the best experience for everyone, we've established the following Code of Conduct.

Respect and Inclusivity

Respect for All: Treat all members with respect, kindness, and dignity. Discrimination or harassment of any kind based on race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, age, or religion will not be tolerated.

Inclusive Language: Use inclusive and welcoming language. Avoid stereotypes and respect people’s choices, experiences, and identities.

Safety and Responsibility

Safe Practices: Follow all safety guidelines related to sewing equipment and materials. Report any broken or unsafe equipment to a teacher immediately.

Personal Responsibility: Be responsible for your own equipment and supplies. Respect the belongings of others and the studio’s shared resources.

Collaboration and Sharing

Helping Each Other: Foster a collaborative environment. Members are encouraged to share skills and provide constructive feedback.

Honest Feedback: Give honest, respectful feedback when requested. Constructive criticism should be aimed at sewing projects, not at individuals.

Credit Original Work: Always credit the original designers, patterns, or inspiration for your projects when sharing in the studio or on social media.

Attendance and Participation

Regular Attendance: Regular attendance is encouraged to foster a strong community and also impacts class numbers and if that class can go ahead. Notify us if you will be absent for an extended period as your booking could have been taken by another willing student.

Active Participation: Engage actively in studio activities and discussions. Your ideas and contributions help enrich our community.

Conflict Resolution

Addressing Issues: If conflicts arise, address them respectfully and seek mediation from studio teachers if necessary.

Adherence to Code of Conduct

Upholding the Code: By joining Usefulbox, you agree to abide by this Code of Conduct. Violations may result in a warning or, in severe cases, removal from the studio.

Respect for All: Treat all members with respect, kindness, and dignity. Discrimination, harassment, or any form of racist behaviour or language will not be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to, remarks based on race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, age, or religion.

Inclusive and Respectful Language: Use language that is inclusive and welcoming. Offensive language, slurs, or derogatory comments are strictly prohibited. Be mindful that jokes or remarks that demean others, even if not intended to hurt, can be harmful and are not acceptable.

Positive Communication: Engage in positive and respectful conversations. Avoid topics that are likely to upset or offend others. This includes avoiding heated political discussions or other contentious topics not related to the activities of the sewing studio.

Feedback with Compassion: When giving feedback, do so with compassion and respect. Be sensitive to the feelings of others and offer constructive critiques that aim to uplift and assist, rather than demean.

Addressing Unacceptable Behaviour: If you witness or are subject to unacceptable behaviour, please report it to the teachers promptly. Confidentiality and appropriate measures will be taken to address the issue.

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