• Location: A7 Fraser High School
  • Start Date: Monday 13th Feb, 2023.
  • End Date: Monday 20th Mar, 2023.
  • Time: 6.30 - 8.45.
  • 7 Weeks.
  • 2 hours per week.
  • Course Fee: $79.00.


Tutor: Kay Hickman 

Would you like to sew a simple garment or two for the coming days?

Or perhaps you’d like to make some Christmassy “things” for presents or to decorate your home but have rusty sewing skills or don’t know where to start?

Come along on Monday nights and we will brush up on sewing basics: 

  • Sewing techniques and terminology
  • How to thread up and use a machine
  • Make simple garments using bought or rescued fabric, either using a purchased pattern or drafting your own from an existing garment that fits well (i.e. making measurements, drafting a simple pattern, cutting out fabric and following a pattern)
  • Make cushion covers, table mats, table runners and napkins etc. (maybe Christmas themed)
  • Make pouches or bags for Christmas presents
  • Shop for suitable fabrics (from either op shops or retail shops).

My aim is that at the end of this course you will have found the joy and satisfaction that creating with fabric brings, and to continue on your own.


You will need to purchase/bring your own

  • Good sharp dressmaking scissors (or rotary cutter, board and special ruler)
  • Small sharp snipping scissors
  • Seam ripper
  • Tape measure 
  • Pins (glass headed are best)
  • Machine needles (Universal size 80 and jeans needles)
  • Bernina thread bobbin
  • Thread (black, white and/or colour to match your project)
  • 1/2metre-1metre of black calico (washed prior to class)
  • An old pair of jeans or op shop-found garment or fabric you love the look of
  • Fabric scraps

We have sewing machines for you to use but you may bring your own.

 About your tutor 

I love everything about fabric/textiles and am particularly passionate about reusing fabric, especially denim, linen, cotton and silk. Op-shopping has become a great way for me to indulge my passion without breaking the bank! I make my own clothes, and am into patchwork and quilting, embroidery and fabric dyeing. I love sharing my knowledge and seeing others “catch the sewing bug”!

Tutors: Kay Hickman

This course is supported by the TEC (Tertiary Education Commission) to assist with literacy and numeracy needs of students. You must attend 80% of the class. At the same time we hope you will learn other useful and interesting skills and have a lot of fun learning with us.