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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.

Wall Hanging Advent Calendar - Adults

This gorgeous advent calendar with pockets to put your treats in each day of December is decorated with ribbons and trimmings and then hung on the wall to double as a decoration too!

You will need:

- 0.5m of cream burlap/hessian fro front & back panels
- 2m of 1" bias binding
- Trimmings to decroate the pockets; lace, ribbon etc
- pole to hang it from
- Cotton Club will provide the rest

Children's Advent calendar - KIT

The children will be making these bright and fun advent calendars that come ready printed and ready to use. They're a fantastic way to have a homemade calendar that can be used year after year with just a box of chocolates to pop one (or three, depending how many children you have) treat in each pocket. 
Do not cut these out at home, we will do this together in the first class.

You will need:

- x1 Advent calendar kit
The kit will have all the fabric elements you need to make a wall hanging calendar.
Click HERE for a link to buy your 'advent calendar kit' from Cotton Patch, or simply google to find alternatives online & eBay etc.

Christmas Wreath

This charming Christmas Wreath covered with different festive shapes and fabrics, is decorated with bows and all things festive. It can be hung on your front door, over a mirror or on the wall, but also makes a brilliant gift idea at this time of year.

You will need: 

- Festive fabric remnants or fat quarters
- Additional elements to add into your wreath, bells, pine cones, bows, sparkle etc.
- Rattan Wreath, £3 in Hobbycraft. Click HERE for link to purchase.
- I used battery powered lights bought from the £store to decorate my wreath too.
- Cotton club will provide the stuffing for your shapes & I have a small selection of Christmas fabrics too. 

Christmas Stocking

A lovely project for newer sewers, getting you used to working with a commercial pattern, learning how to read and implement them. Whilst letting you get into the festive spirit by making something you can use year on year..maybe you'll even manage to make two!

You will need:

- 1m outer fabric 
- 1m lining fabric
- 0.5m wadding
- any trimmings/fun extras 
I have the pattern and instructions for you to use in class
Click HERE for some christmas cotton fabrics from Cotton Patch, there's loads to choose from so enjoy browsing!

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)


latest result from the sewing lessons in East Grinstead a fabric reindeer head

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.

christmas stockings sew your own result from evening sewing classes easy adult lessons


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.