This course has concessions available

New Japanese Patchwork Bag – ONLINE

Learn how to make a wonderful Japanese tote style bag with plenty of room for all those items you love to carry around. This bag is constructed in an unusual and interesting way with beautiful results. You may choose to buy traditional Japanese fabrics or upcycle materials you have at home.

The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class. Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Who is this course for

This project is suitable for those with some sewing experience and beginners who are able to pick up new skills and techniques easily.

What does this course cover

During this project you will learn how to construct a Japanese patchwork bag using a Charm Pack. This is a fun and easy bag to make and once you have made one, I'm sure you will want to make more! A Charm Pack is a selection of pre-cut squares measuring 5 inches x 5 inches, the pack contains 40 squares of fabric (usually two of each design). This bag works well made up from an eclectic selection of fabrics as well as those that tone together. If you have a stash of fabrics you could cut 40 squares to make your own charm pack or upcycle other fabrics you have at home. The bag is quilted and lined and has a handle which you can decide the length of.

By the end of the course you should be able to

1.Learn and demonstrate patchwork and quilting techniques

2. Learn to make a Japanese bag.

2.Use materials and techniques creatively.

3.Reflect and evaluate your own work and that of others.

This course requires you to buy materials before the start of the course. Please scole down for a full materials list.
A suggested suppliers list will be available to those who enroll on the course.

What will it be like

Teaching methods:
' Visual demonstration and verbal explanation.
' Written handouts with visual diagrams.
' One-to-one teaching.
' Group discussions.

Learning methods:
' Hands on practical experience.
' Reading handouts and following instructions.
' One-to-one and group discussion.

What else do you need to buy or do

Materials list
1 x Charm Pack with 40 squares. Or you could cut 5 inch squares from your stash fabrics.
1 metre of fabric which is enough for both the straps and lining.
1 metre of wadding.
Optional - 1 metre of muslin or light weight cotton, this will not be seen as it will be the back of your quilt sandwich, if you are quilting by hand you may choose not to use the muslin fabric as the bag will be lined.
Sewing thread to tone (grey/beige/neutral are used to construct the patchwork pieces if there is a mixed colour of fabrics to be stitched).
Sewing thread for the quilting - these may contrast or tone with fabrics used on the quilt top
Ruler or tape measure.
Scissors, erasable fabric pen or pencil, needles and pins.

A suggested suppliers list will be available to those who enroll on the course.

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

What this course could lead to

Further Fashion and textiles / patchwork courses at the Mary Ward Centre

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectuses for other London colleges to help you continue your studies.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: tel: 0800 101 901, and from the following websites:;;;;

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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