Make do and Mend: Learning to Sew

Sew Over It

ANNIE: I have been harbouring a desire to take up sewing for many years now. Shouldn’t all mothers be able to knock up a child’s dress, cushions and a tote bag? We joined a class at Sew Over It. The owner, Lisa Comfort, suggested we start with a cushion-making masterclass. Pinning the pattern onto the fabric, lining up the edges, hearing that wonderful cutting noise through a double layer of fabric, winding up the bobbin on the machine was such a joy. It is jolly easy and therefore really relaxing – a fantastic way to wind down and be creative at the same time.  Since then I have hemmed a table cloth and made countless more cushions, rummaging in shops for interesting fabrics and buttons. I bought a sewing machine from a shop that sells just that on the Shepherd’s Bush Road and have stocked up on cushion pads (they come in a dizzying array of sizes at John Lewis).

I have since followed up (at a workshop with my twelve-year-old-daughter) with a Beginners' Bootcamp at the Saturday Sewing Session. Not just on Saturdays, they offer evening and weekend workshops. 


My favourite book if you to get started is The Liberty Book of Home Sewing (£20 Quadrille) has some brilliant ideas and patterns.


Sew Over It, 78 Landor Road, Clapham North, SW9 9PH. (Take the tube to Stockwell or Clapham North and it is a very short walk from there.)  7326 0376