Make your own “Boro” Style Bag

To create your “Boro” style bag, we will be: piecing, patching, stitching and quilting various sizes of small fabric (cotton, silk, velvet), colour and pattern to create effect. Your patches do not have to be square or rectangular. Making use of scrap fabric is just as much fun.

A simple running stitch, in contrasting thread, will be used to secure the fabric layers together. Handles, bag lining and the top / bottom of the bag will be added.

I have sewing machines available for use during the sessions, but if you do have your own sewing machine, I would recommend you bring it along so that you can become more and more confident in using your machines features.

We will break about half way through for refreshments, as sewing is thirsty work for mind and body therefore it’s only natural that there will be plenty of tea, coffee and cake to keep us going!

Materials required for Session:

  • 2 x Base Fabric (one front; one back). Size 13 x 10” unless you wish to make a larger bag.
  • Selection of various sizes of small pieces of fabric (cotton, silk, velvet), colour and pattern create effect. Traditionally, cotton was used.
  • 2 x Wadding 10” wide by 19” long (this allows for the joining of plain fabric to the top and bottom of your Boro design bag).
  • 2 x Plain fabric such as linen or something similar. Size 10 x 4” for the bottom; and 10 x 2” for the top; 2 x handles / strips approximately 1 ¾” x 12”.
  • 2 x Lining. Size 10” x 16”.
  • Perle Thread / Cotton.
  • Embroidery needle with sharp needle point.
  • Lots of pins!
  • Heat ‘n Bond.
  • 505 Adhesive Spray Glue.

Please note Polyester Wadding is not suitable.  Please purchase 80/20 or 100% wadding.

Level: 1 – Beginner

Class Length: Three, 3 hour sessions

Max in a class: 5

Price: £130

I also carry a stock of fabrics and haberdashery should you wish to purchase on the day (card payment facility available). or you can also browse and buy fabrics at our online fabric shop.