Oilcloth Bag or Apron

Ever wondered how to sew waterproof fabrics like oilcloth, leatherette and PVC? They have a 'sticky', shiny surface that sticks to your presser foot as you sew - plus you can't pin it or iron it...but there are some sneaky tricks to get round this!

If you are interested in making bags, purses, aprons or waterproof clothing, we will show you some great tips that will having you stitching these tricky fabrics with ease and confidence and you'll practise by making a fab apron or bag during the workshop. We'll then give you a list of where to buy supplies of gorgeous printed oilcloth and the more affordable PVC coated fabrics or leatherette plus where to buy fabrics to make waterproof clothing and accessories.

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Create this project in our weekly  Sewing and Dressmaking classes, or in our One-to-One lessons at a time that suits you! 

This project can also be completed in our Sewing With Oilcloth workshop

Level: Sewing Improver/Beginner Clothes Maker

Classes Needed: 2-3  (*add an extra session if you haven't sewn before)

Experience: To get the most out of this course you should have made at least one item before using a sewing machine*. Age 13+. 

Teacher: Kat or Laura

Sewing Machines: We provide Janome 525S sewing machines. Please bring your own along if you prefer.



Project content:

  • Cutting out and sewing choice of apron or bag with guidance on techniques as you go
  • Leave with apron or bag plus list of suppliers
  • Teas, cordials, water and coffee available throughout 

What to bring:

  • 1m Fabric to make an apron or bag: oilcloth (100% PVC coated cotton), vinyl, leatherette fabric suitable for a tote bag or apron (we'll supply a list of where to buy in Brighton or online on your booking confirmation)
  • 3m of 1" wide cotton tape for apron straps that contrasts or matches fabric
  • 2m of 25-40mm wide Polypropylene or Cotton webbing/strapping for bag
  • 100m reel of good quality thread that matches the fabric (not the stuff from the bargain bin!)
  • £2.50 if you would like to trace off a pattern onto card to take home

Please email us here with any pre-class questions

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Mary with oilcloth bag - made July 2106 at Sew In Brighton Julie with oilcloth bag - sewn July 2106 at Sew In Brighton May with oilcloth bags - made by her, Ash and val - July 2106 at Sew In Bri P1060714