Beginners Sewing – Zero Waste Bum Bags


Sat 17 Sept

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Saturday 17 September
10am - 6pm

Celebrate sustainability with one of our special eco focussed workshops supported by Creative Scotland. See below for full details of subsidised spaces available on the course.

This one-day introduction into the world of zero waste sewing is aimed at complete beginners or those who may be quite rusty and want to start back at the beginning. You will learn how to use a sewing machine, basic stitches and seams and then go on to apply your new skills to making a zero waste bum bag. The pattern is designed by Liz Haywood, author of the book Zero Waste Sewing. You will learn how to read and follow a pattern, how to cut out your fabric and finally how to construct the bum bag itself. 

You will also be encouraged to explore reusing fabric from retired garments, sustainable fabric sources (like Bawn Textiles collection) or getting creative with fabric scraps.

All body shapes and sizes welcome. We are a LGBTQI+ friendly and safe space. People of all genders, sizes, and backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to attend this course.

Student Testimonials

“If you are even vaguely interested in zero waste approaches, sustainability or sewing I would highly recommend this course. You'll come away with a fresh perspective. And Cassandra is a great teacher!”

"This course is the perfect introduction to zero waste design thinking, combining theory with practical exercises and rewarding sewing sessions. It shows where textile design is heading, how sewers can reduce waste while being creative, and appeals to sewers with different skill levels!"

About Your Tutor

Cassandra’s work is an invitation to a more sustainable future. It challenges home sewists, designers and educators to think through the social and environmental impacts of their practice, exploring issues such as zero waste, transparency, embedded storytelling, feminism, sizism, and body image.

Originally from Western Canada, Cassandra currently runs The Stitchery Studio in Glasgow, Scotland, which offers private tuition and pop-up workshops, educating both home sewers and designers on the topics of making a zero waste wardrobe, garment construction, machining skills, sustainable design processes, garment fitting and patchwork quilting, all with an approach to encouraging sustainable thinking and zero waste sewing. She is also the co-founder of the Zero Waste Design Online Collective that develops online education resources in the field of zero waste design and systems thinking in fashion.

We have partnered with Creative Scotland to offer half price places on our sustainability focussed workshops. We aim to remove cost as a barrier to participation, enabling access for all to creative learning opportunities.