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Cotton Club Resources

On this page you will find all the information you need for projects being made in Cotton Club classes. It may be a list of fabrics and notions that you need, or a web link that will take you through to patterns, tutorials, or blogs that you have been or are going to be using in your class.

There are also a few suggestions of where to go to buy your fabrics either on line or locally; these have all been tried and tested by fellow Cotton Clubbers.

Children's Shorts - 

The children will learn how to make a pair of shorts ready for the Summer time. Learning how to check the fit on a pair of 'bottoms' and make something to wear themselves. I will provide the below patterns so please let me know if you would like one. If you don't want to use this pattern youre welcome to provide your own, but again please let me know so that we can provide the right amount of resources.

You will need - 

- 1m fabric for girls shorts
- 1m fabric for girls top
- 1m fabric boys shorts - sweatshirting/cotton, its upto you and what look you want.
- 1m of 1" wide elastic boys & girls

Cotton Club will provide-

The patterns shown to the right unless you want to find your own.

Necessary Clutch Wallet - 

The Necessary Clutch Wallet isn't an ordinary wallet. It will carry your mobile, cash, cards, coins and still have room for your lipstick or personal items
There’s a link to a free tutorial to get an idea of how it goes together before term starts. -

You will need - 

- 60cm x 60cm exterior fabric (cork if you choose)
- 60cm x 60cm lining fabric
- 50cm (115cm wide) pocket fabric 
- 16cm x 23cm Firm Peltex (eBay sells this, you could split a piece with someone to share the cost)
- 8” zip x2

Cotton Club will provide- 

- pattern

- instructions

- fabric glue

- interfacing 

- variety of small turn locks 

- denim needles

Travel Passport wallet - 

This wallet keeps all of your travel documents together so you have no more rooting around in your bag to find what you need. There is space for 6 passports, boarding passes & booking references/confirmations. It features a swivel hook, pen holder, zip pouch, key ring loop, clear ID pouch and a velcro strap. The closed measurements of the wallet are 5.5" x 10".

You will need:

-35cm of exterior fabrics (quilting weight or heavier)
-35cm of lining & contrasting fabrics
- (Optional) 11”x10” thin batting/fleece
NOTE: a bundle of fat quarters will also be plenty.

Cotton club will provide:-

- instructions and pattern
- interfacing
- clear vinyl
- Velcro
- 0.5” D-ring
- 0.5” swivel hook

Bedside Organiser - 

This organizer sits under the mattress, hanging down by the bed to keep the things you need most at arms length. It is 41” wide with 5 pockets, they are all 10” tall- 3 of them are 10” wide, and 2 are 5”wide. You can sew it with all one fabric or mix it up with different fabrics for each pocket

You will need:

  • X1 pack of non slip shelf liner
  • 50cm of fabric for the back of the organizer
  • 50cm of fabric for the front of the organizer
  • 50cm of fabric for the pocket back
  • 50cm or 5 pieces of fabric for the pocket fronts
  • 4m binding

Chubby lunch tote

For this project you will be making a little square lunch bag, with a zip fastening and two handles. Perfect for lunch, or your pencils, toys, lego or make up. Its perfect to take anywhere.
Cotton Club will provide step by step instructions to help you through this project.

You will need:

- x1 12" zip
- x2 fat quarters (55cmx55cm) cotton fabric 
 I will provide:
- Waterproof lining
- Wadding 

Set of 3 Cushion covers

For this project you will need to buy 3 cushion innards to stuff your cushion covers with. They can be bought on eBay for as little as £2.50 each.
You will be making 3 different covers with whichever fabric you like, either a set of 3 complimentary fabrics that tone in with each other to match your lounge or bedroom decor or 3 Completely different cushions for different people/purposes. 
Within this set of three you will make one with a zip fastening, one with button fastening and one with an envelope closure. You may choose to also use your applique technique on the front of one or two of you designs.
If you have any further questions feel free to email me on

You will need:

- Fabric the height & width of your cushion, PLUS SEAM ALLOWANCE
- x1 zip the length of your cushion
- x3 buttons for buttonhole cushion
-x3 cushion inners  
- Any fabric you wish to use for applique. (we have lots at Cotton Club which you are welcome to use)


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Satchel Bag

This messenger bag is a great way to learn how to read and use a commercial pattern, whilst being a straightforward project that leaves you able to concentrate on getting to grips with the pattern itself. 

You will need- 

Main Fabric - 1.20m
Lining - 0.50m
Matching thread
Cotton club will provide your fusible interfacing.
I recommend using an upholstering weight fabric to make this project, Clarke & Clarke have come beautiful prints in this type of cotton.


This project will continue to use your newly learnt skills of reading a commercial pattern, you will learn how to 'gather' using a sewing machine & make your first item to wear! 

You will need- 

- Main fabric -  1.2m

- Apron, Bodice Front and Straps

- Contrast fabric - 1.2m

- Ruffles, Lower Pocket, Waistband and Ties

- Contrast fabric 2 - 0.3m

- Upper Pocket and Lower Pocket Ruffle

Sewing machine bag (Aeroplane bag)

I found a fantastic blog called Sew Sweetness where this sewing machine bag pattern is from. Have aread its great! Fabrics that are suitable for this project need to be non stretch and of a medium to heavy weight, so that we can work easily with them. You can use fun cotton prints. Just so long as it's not a sheer, fine fabric that's A. going to be nightmare under the machine, and B. certainly not going to hold your machine!

You will need:

- 70cm exterior bag fabric (top half of bag)
- 50cm exterior bag fabric (bottom half of bag)
- 25cm fabric for straps
- 95cm for lining
- 50cm for zipped pockets
- 2.75m interfacing (Cotton Club will provide)
- 26" sports (thicker) zip
- x2 12" zips for pockets.

Please note - All amount are given with the fabric width of 145cm in mind.

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The children's pyjama bottoms are a brilliant way to get them started on  making a garment for themselves, working with a pattern & needing basic fitting are both key skills when it comes to progressing your sewing ability.

You will need:

- Cheap vest or T-shirt
- 1.5m cotton (for trousers)
- 1" elastic enough for waistband

Where to buy fabric

Below are a few shops to go to where you can choose you fabric in person, getting to feel it and choose the exact colours you want. Alongside this are some websites where you can buy fabric from that are good quality, true to colour and easy postage etc.


The fabric Freeze -

This is very much a place to buy collections of fabric by the Fat Quarter. Lots of pretty combinations and also available in metre lengths for about £4.

My Fabrics - 

Great selection of fabrics; knitted jersey, wools, cotton and plenty of others at competitive prices.

The Fabric Godmother- 

Lovely site to buy dressmaking fabric from at reasonable prices. There's so much to choose from.                                                           


Bromley World of Sewing - 

This is a great place to buy fabrics, they are arranged by colour and in each section are all kinds of fabrics, patterns, embroidered and printed. Great for trims and buttons etc.  You can buy patterns here too.

The Fabric Shop -

With shops in Worthing and Brighton the fabric shop sells upholstering weight fabric and dressmaking fabrics.

Jill's Sewing room - 

Lovely Shop in Crawley, lots of trims and buttons etc and a good selection of fabrics. Friendly staff willing to help.