This course has concessions available

New Japanese Rice Bag With Boro Stitching – ONLINE

Learn how to make these adorable Japanese rice bags which may be used in so many ways; to store special items, give as a gift or maybe they could be the packaging for a present. Once you know how to make them you can easily vary the size and personalise them .

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 course is suitable for beginners and those with experience of sewing.

What does this course cover

During this course you will make a beautiful Japanese rice bag which can be embellished with Boro stitching. These lovely draw string bags are perfect for storing treasured items or giving as a gift, perhaps filled with treats.

There will be an introduction to the Japanese embroidery technique Boro which you may choose to use to embellish your fabric panels prior to constructing your bag. The embellishment of Boro stitching adds additional surface texture to the finished piece. You will then learn how to construct the rice bag, this may be done using a sewing machine or by hand. This is a great project where you can mix and match colour and patterned fabrics as well as new and old. You may choose to upcycle some fabrics or clothing you have at home to make the bag. Fabrics which are worn and have a life to them work really well for this project as well as those newly bought.

By the end of the course you should be able to

1.Learn and demonstrate sewing techniques to make a Japanese rice 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

13 x Fabric squares cut at 13cm x 13cm the will be used in the following way - 5 x outside panels, 5 x lining panels, 2 x draw string loops & 1 x cord ends.
Additional small pieces of fabric to Boro stitch to the outside panels (optional).
Embroidery or Sashiko thread for the Boro Stitching.
Sewing thread to tone (grey/beige/neutral are often used to construct the patchwork pieces if there is a mixed colour of fabrics to be stitched).
2m rats tail cord or ribbon for the drawstring (you could plait yarn or threads as an alternative).
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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Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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