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Sustainable Sewing  NEW

Push back against world of disposable fashion to make your own unique sustainable clothes.

Take your basic sewing machine skills and learn how to transform items from your wardrobe and op-shops into new garments, giving them a second life. Work with upcycled and reclaimed fabrics for bright new colours and patterns you won’t find in any fabric store. You’ll learn how to design and plan a garment, and correctly measure yourself for sizing. Apply fundamental sewing techniques, including hem finishes, inserting pockets and zippers, gathering, darts and biased binding. Look at different fabric types available and what forms of sewing they are best suited to. This course will have you well on the way to altering, repairing and producing beautiful garments for yourself and your family.

  • Adults: $242.00
  • Under 18: $242.00

Prices include GST


Age 14+
Skill Level Beginner
Time slot Whole week - mornings only
Status 2022 details coming soon.
Location Bellingen High School

More about the course

We will cover topics such as:

- Designing and planning your garment

- Correctly measuring yourself for sizing

- Clone clothing that is already in your wardrobe and turn it into a sewing pattern

- Professional hem finishes including zig zag stitching and overlocking

- Various sewing techniques including inserting pockets, zippers, buttons, gathering, darts, shirring, elastic and bias binding.

- The different fabric types available and what forms of sewing they are best suited to.


Day 1 – Introduction. Class excursion #1 to Bellingen Op Shops to search for items to upcycle and alter during the class.

Day 2 – Sew a garment from upcycled fabric. ((Design/Cut out/Assemble)

Day 3 – Class excursion #2 to Bellingen Op Shops to search for items to upcycle and alter during class.

Day 4 – Alter a secondhand/op shopped garment. (Design/Alter)

Day 5 – Complete all finishing touches on items and photograph your items in a fun modelling photoshoot.

Please contact Kristy on  kristy.holding1@det.nsw.edu.au if you have any questions.


Kristy Holding

Kristy Holding

Kristy is a practicing local Bellingen artist with a passion for helping to impart a love of art and design among young people within the community.

She has a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the University of Newcastle and am a qualified High School Visual Arts teacher. She has been teaching teenagers Visual Art and Design within the public school system for over 6 years.

Since 2015, she has also run her own art and design business from home "Arch & Aya‘, is where I create and sell my own original products and custom orders. One of my main artmaking practices focuses on creating wearable art – that is, clothing which I have sewn myself from bold and funky fabric. As a part of this practice I also design and print my own artwork onto fabric to create my one of a kind garments as well."

Course Requirements

Sustainable Sewing Requirements list

  • Machine - Students must already have at least a basic knowledge of sewing for this course they are encouraged to bring their own sewing machine from home to use. (But if you don’t have access to a machine you can borrow one from the High School.)
  • Overlocker – If necessary you can use one of the High School’s.
  • Haberdashery (Thread, pins, clips, elastic, iron on interfacing, buttons, zippers, overlocker thread etc)
  • Reclaimed Fabric
  • Secondhand Clothing to alter
  • Pattern –  a new or Secondhand Pattern
  • Fabric Marker, Chalk, ruler
  • I can supply second-hand or vintage patterns, buttons, thread to use during the course.


Weave (42 Hyde St Bellingen, 6655 2020, shop@weavebellingen.com.au) is also a great local source for sewing supplies and basic haberdashery needs if students find they need something specific for their projects.

There are additional material costs of $35 payable to the tutor when the course starts-see website for more details

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