Make a Drawstring Bag Workshop

Beginner’s Sewing: Make a drawstring bag half day workshop

8 September 2019 | Bow, East London | 2pm to 5pm

Bags are one of the most practical and enjoyable items to make. Learn to make one for yourself then make again for all your friends! This is an introductory workshop for beginner and intermediate sewers. The workshop combines the key elements of following a pattern and using a sewing machine. It is pitched at beginners and those who want to improve their sewing skills.

During this workshop we will be making a drawstring bag from cotton fabric with waterproof lining. The perfect size to fit in your suitcase. Fill the bag with shoes, swimming kit, gym kit, toiletries. I take mine to the beach to prevent the sand getting on my phone and book. Everything is provided for you to leave the workshop with a finished bag. The class is taught by me, Sarah Richards. Click here to read about my sewing journey. It is a small class with only 4 participants and opportunity for 1:1 tuition.

Cost is £40 for half a day. Included in the price:

  • Reusable pattern (designed by Sarah Richards)
  • Half a metre of vintage fabric (choose from a wide selection on the day)
  • Toggle, cord, linings, threads and trims
  • Use of basic sewing kit and equipment
  • Lots of sewing hacks, tea, coffee and cake!

During the class you will learn:

  • How to read and follow a simple pattern
  • How to prepare the fabric ready for cutting
  • How to set up your sewing machine and prepare the threads
  • How to stitch straight lines, pivot and adjust stitch types
  • How to hand finish linings
  • You will take home a finished bag for you to use again and again

Places are limited to 4 people. Payment is taken securely via PayPal. You don’t need a PayPal account to book. Any problems with your booking, please email me on

Where: Snap, 465 Roman Road, London, E3 5LX (Tube: Mile End or Bethnal Green, buses 8 and 339). There is a car park on the corner of St Stephen’s Road and Roman Road that is free on a Sunday. Snap is a card and gift shop. We use the back of the shop for workshops when the shop is closed. Wheelchair access is available.

When: Sunday 8 September, 2pm to 5pm.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds are given in full if cancellation is sent via email 14 days prior to the workshop. No refunds for cancellations within 14 days of the class. I will try my best to resell your place. If successful, I will issue you with a refund after deducting advertising costs (up to £10). No refunds for no shows. Email address:

Suitable for adults over 18. Children age 14 to 17 need to be accompanied and supervised by a paying adult (i.e. 1 adult and 1 child pay for and take 2 of the 4 places). Not suitable for children under 14.

Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like more information. Hope to see you at a workshop soon! | 07774 255134