Applique Canvas Bag Workshop

I spent 30 hours planning, budgeting, designing and preparing pattern pieces, setting up machines and tools, and creating samples to teach a 4 hour soft fabrication workshop for 9 students in the Carnegie Mellon Makerspace.

Scotty Dog Applique Bag

Scotty Dog Applique Bag

Created by a student at my sewing workshop

Tartan Lining

Tartan Lining

Created by a student at my sewing workshop

Texas Applique Bag

Texas Applique Bag

Created by a student at my sewing workshop

Cactus Scotty Dog Applique

Cactus Scotty Dog Applique

Created by a student at my sewing workshop

Applique Design and Prep

Applique Design and Prep

Step 1 (of 10) of my sewing workshop

Machine Setup & Modification Demo

Machine Setup & Modification Demo

Step 2 (of 10) of my sewing workshop

Sewing Applique To Canvas Piece

Sewing Applique To Canvas Piece

Step 4 (of 10) of my sewing workshop

Lining Construction

Lining Construction

Step 7 (of 10) of my sewing workshop

Creating Canvas Straps

Creating Canvas Straps

Step 8 (of 10) of my sewing workshop

Final Shaping and Assembly

Final Shaping and Assembly

Step 9 (of 10) of my sewing workshop

Music Notes Lining

Music Notes Lining

Designed as a sample for my sewing workshop

Boxed Corner

Boxed Corner

Designed as a sample for my sewing workshop

US Map Applique

US Map Applique

Designed as a sample for my sewing workshop

Labrador Applique

Labrador Applique

Designed as a sample for my sewing workshop

Exact Fabric Dimension Calculations

Exact Fabric Dimension Calculations

Designed in Solidworks

The Makerspace that I work in rarely attracts students who use the soft fabrication resources.  I realized that this was not due to a lack of interest in the subject, but rather a lack of knowledge of how to use the tools and machines.

I designed a workshop which taught students how to design turned-edge appliques, work with quilting rulers and tailor's chalk, thread and set up the sewing machines, adjust machine settings to suit a project, properly use the irons to create bias tape style straps, sew pattern pieces together, use use finishing processes to refine the final product.