Mending and Upcycling Clothes for Beginners Course

With DIY craft kit delivered to you

Learn how to repair and adjust your clothes using hand stitching, repairing and dyeing



4 x 1 hour Class size 1 to 4

label $200 (or 4 payments of $50 Afterpay)
How it works
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Book or Request your preferred time
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We'll send a ClassBento Box to you (a craft kit with what you'll need). Shipping is free, and you'll get your box delivered in time for your class. We ship nationwide.
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Enjoy the online class - after booking, you'll get a link to join the interactive class.

Do you have lots of shirts with buttons that need to be stitched back on? Zips that need to be re-attached? Hemlines on trousers/jeans/skirts that need to be repaired?

In this live online class, we are going to be using clothing you already own and with a bit of practice, you will be able to fix and upcycle almost anything!

For this class, you can use your pieces of clothing or hand me downs/ups/across or just op shop buys that need to be adjusted to fit better.

Your teacher will guide you on how to use visible mending and simple hand stitching to repair your clothing so they will have a new lease of life. Some of the methods you will learn are Boro Stitching (running stitch), slip stitching, patching, reinforcing with fabric. We will also look at dyeing and over-dyeing as a method to upcycle clothing.

As well as all of the above, you will learn simple embroidery stitches to embellish your repairs to make the finished pieces unique.

You will also learn how to create hand-dyed fabric and use other bits of fabric when patching etc.
Your teacher will show you examples for inspiration and samples of what she has made, hand-dyed and remade herself.

This live streaming class is available for scheduled and requested times. Your teacher is also available to run workshops in the Blue Mountains (please enquire).


Add-on available for this class
  • extra session - using own supplies ($55)
You can add these when you book (optional).
 
Knowledge required
None - we will be starting hand sewing from scratch! Your teacher will supply stitch instructions that will be sent through as PDF files.
 
What you'll get in your craft kit
A repair kit including thread (100% cotton), hand-dyed fabric and 100% quilting cotton for patching as needed.
  • Printed instructions for basic stitching
  • Suitable needles
  • Thimbles
  • Needle threader
  • Pair of small scissors
  • Seam ripper
  • Packet of pins
What you'll need
Clothes you would like to repair if possible. Buttons that need reattaching or ones to replace existing, as well as the thread you want to use. Feel free to have some snacks handy too!
 
Session repeats

After the first session, subsequent sessions can be arranged with the teacher, at a time that suits you.

Suitable for

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 14 years old). An adult must be present whilst kid(s) engage with the box.

This would also be a unique gift for her, gift for mum or anniversary gift.

Your teacher
Narda Campbell Designs
Narda Campbell Designs

Over 25 years experience in teaching & creating.

4.9 (124)

A fibre artist, designer, teacher, and history nut, I am fascinated by all forms of colour and pattern in daily life as an expression of culture and identity.

I love teaching and sharing what I know, helping people to stretch their skills, create new experiences & explore their own creativity.

I firmly believe there is no such thing as a non-creative person.
Everyone has the potential to be creative.
It could be in cooking, gardening, interior design, writing or as in my case - FIBRE arts.

As a teacher with 30 years experience, I get a real buzz when a student who hasn't tried a specific craft before - not only masters it, but becomes excited by the ways they can use their new skill.

I started in Jewellery design when I was in my early 20's, then discovered that all the things I love to do (design, dye, draw, felt, paint, etc) could be used in the practice of 'Hand or Surface Embroidery'.

I taught the 'Foundation course' in Colour & Design at the International School of Colour & Design.

I am a published textile designer & also run week-long textile experiences in Tasmania every January.
I have exhibited many of my pieces in a variety of spaces & had one piece auctioned off to raise money for the Embroiderers Guild of NSW.

My influences come from various parts of history both ancient and modern, the natural world (especially birds & fish) & the written word.
I love to read.
I collect folktales & poetry.
These interests often show up in my work - in quotes or images inspired by what I've read.

I bring all of these experiences & interests to my teaching of Hand Embroidery & encourage students to explore the potential of this ancient art form.

The same can be said of my other design practices - wirework, up-cycling clothing & free form crochet + knitting.
I also teach spinning - I dye & spin my own yarn.

Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with.

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Belinda Ruth Sep 2021

9 ClassBento workshops attended • 6 reviews


Narda is just the best teacher, so patient and willing to go over things to help you understand. I had a very informative class with her learning about sewing and upcycling, and got to see some of her fantastic projects which has inspired me to do the same. An excellent kit is provided for this class as well. Highly recommend.

Amanda Thiedeman Aug 2021


Nada was an inspiring teacher. She was happy to answer any questions that I had and was extremely patient!
I would highly recommend Narda!
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