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Sew Thrifty:
Laptop Sleeves

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Welcome to Sew Thrifty, Poplar Union’s monthly sewing class!

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

This month, laptop sleeves!

Protect your laptop from any knocks and scrapes; learn how to use a sewing machine to make a personalised padded laptop case. Using pieces of discarded fabric, learn new skills and techniques in this fun and informative sewing class. O, and it’s Fathers Day so that’s your gift sorted!

Sewing Lab

If you came to the top making class on Sunday 20 May, you can join this session free of charge to finish off your project. Just come along on the day.


These classes champion upcycling so you are encouraged to bring along any unwanted clothing or fabrics 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!

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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