Upcycling Fabric Scraps : New Textiles From Old


Sat 28 Sept

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Sat 28 Sept
10am – 5pm
Craft Central, High Street, Dunblane

Workshop Description:

Join us for a full day masterclass in upcycling fabric scraps and creating new textiles from old using free motion embroidery, as seen on The Great British Sewing Bee. Learn how to curate coloured scraps to create a harmonious design using your own project leftovers, or rummage in out textile recycling tub where we’ve saved every bit of leftover fabric from our sewing classes. Add textural interest using yarn and thread scraps salvaged from our peg loom and punch needle workshops with Stephanie Fradette. Build abstract texture or hand cut small motifs to create a repeat pattern (adding the scraps back in as you go of course!). Over the course of the day Cass will show you how to create new fibres and textiles from old, by sandwiching your salvaged collage between translucent organza materials and quilting them in place. You’ll leave with a finished cushion cover or wall hanging that demonstrates the techniques you’ve learned. Once you’ve mastered this technique on a small scale you can go on to create larger projects for your home, or even piece your samples together to make stunning and unique zero waste garments!

As avid champions of sustainable crafting, we’re super excited to have Cassandra Belanger, who is an international authority on the subject, teaching this specially devised workshop on creating new textiles from old and upcycling fabric scraps. Cass is a founding member of the Zero Waste Design Collective, and has put together this course that explores upcycling techniques that utilise every inch of your fabric, repurposing them into new textiles ready to make new again. She has recently visited Africa to work with tailors, upcyclers, brands and educators, using this technique as a tool to combat the environmental threat of textiles in landfill, oceans and beaches in the global south. Read more here: https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news.

This masterclass in upcycling fabric scraps and creating new textiles from old is a beginner friendly course where you will learn all you need to complete your project in the day, and leave with the skills and confidence you need to create more up cycled textiles at home. It is also a great skill building opportunity for seasoned sewists looking to work more sustainably, and to add new skills to your stitching repertoire. See our programme of weekly classes and weekend workshops for more sustainable sewing!

Course cost includes: 

  • Use of 230DC Janome computerised sewing machine each 
  • Cost of fabrics and haberdashery
  • Use of 6234XL overlocker (shared between students)

Student Testimonials

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

“This course was totally different from any other sewing class I’ve taken – not only learning some sewing techniques, but also really getting to understand Zero Waste concepts. On top of this, I met some really lovely people and gained loads of confidence with my sewing. Highly recommend!”

About Your Tutor

Cassandra Belanger has 13 years of experience hosting workshops in sustainable design, textiles and garment construction. Her work is an invitation to a more sustainable future and education is at the centre of her creative practice. She is the founder of The Stitchery Studio, is co-founder and Director of the Zero Waste Design Collective and a founding member of Sustainable Fashion Scotland. She is the Resident Sewing Instructor at the Central Scottish School of Craft and a Fashion and Textile Lecturer at Glasgow West College. Her research interests center around sustainable fashion and textile design education and fashion systems for a post growth economy. Her design and teaching practice explores issues such as zero waste, waste colonialism, transparency, colour therapy, feminism, sizeism, and body image.


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