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Sew Thrifty:
Magic Pillow Cases

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Sew Thrifty, poplar union, sewing classes, sewing workshops, East London, things to do, arts, culture

Looking to polish up on your sewing skills and learn new techniques? Tired of spending too much money on overpriced items you wish you could make yourself? Well, Sew Thrifty workshops are just for you!

Join local textile artist, Maud Barrett, as she guides you through the process of making beautiful designs from scratch using discarded materials.

Magic Pillow Cases

Learn how to make magic pillow cases in September’s Sew Thrifty workshop! Only working on three seams, these are really simple designs but the extra cuff at the end of the case allows you to get creative and gives a really professional finish.

What you need to bring

70cm/120cm of main fabric
30.5cm/120cm of a different fabric for the side piece
5cm/120cm for the trim in the middle

There will be a small amount of plain cotton fabric provided if you need extra material.


These classes champion upcycling so you are encouraged to bring along any unwanted clothing or fabric lying around the house. Not to worry if you don’t have anything; you are welcome to use the fabric provided.

Donations of fabrics are always welcome so drop any unwanted materials off at the Poplar Union office or e5 Roasthouse.

Sewing Machines

Sewing machines will be provided. If the classes are fully booked, you will work in pairs with one sewing machine between two of you. You are welcome to bring your own machine if you’d prefer.

All abilities welcome

You will work from a general template that Maud will guide you through step by step. If you’re a confident sewer, you’re welcome to go off piste!

Sewing Lab

Each session will incorporate a sewing lab aspect. This is where those who came to the previous session can come along and finish off their project. Maud will be on hand to support, but be aware that she will be focusing on that weeks class and project.

About Maud Barrett

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Maud studied Product Design in Paris and spent the first years of her professional life working in fashion. When she moved to the UK, she started practising as a textile artist, working on community projects, exhibiting in galleries and running a wide range of art workshops.

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