Sewing Skills – Patchwork Draft Excluder Workshop


Sunday 19 February 2023
14:00 – 17:00 GMT
Space2Create, Kendal

Learn basic machine sewing skills as you make your own patchwork draft excluder. Make friends with your sewing machine and stop chilly drafts in their tracks!

Are you new to sewing, or looking to refresh your skills? This workshop is a fun way to dip your toe into simple machine sewing as you make your own bespoke draft excluder for a door or window, to keep your home warm and cosy. At the end of this workshop you will leave feeling inspired to do more fabric upcycling projects and have the confidence to continue practicing your sewing skills at home.

This session is suitable for beginners and skilled sewers. Class sizes are kept small making sure that everyone gets attention and assistance when needed. All Simply Repair workshops are relaxed, comfortable and open to all.

What you will learn

  • How to select and cut fabric for patchwork projects.
  • Patchwork design and construction.
  • How to set up a sewing machine (options to sew by hand if preferred).
  • Some handy tips for eco-friendly and sustainable stuffing.
  • How to fill and finish your draft excluder ready to take home.

What to bring

  • A sewing machine if you have one, as we have limited numbers available to borrow.
  • Fabrics that you would like to upcycle into a patchwork design for your draft excluder.
  • Materials for reuse as stuffing: old pillows (or similar), old fabrics or clothing (shredded), out of date rice or beans.

We will provide:

  • all sewing equipment: including machines if you need to borrow.
  • fabric remnants and filling materials: if you are unable to bring your own.
  • guided instruction for every step of the project.
  • hot drinks and biscuits.

Please let us know in advance if you will need to borrow a machine to avoid disappointment. Email

Concession tickets

Being accessible and inclusive to everyone is important to us at Simply Repair. If you want to join us on any of the workshops but financial circumstances prevent this, please email so we can help. All requests are confidential, and we offer a no questions asked policy. We will do our best to accommodate, and in the event where the workshop is already full we can discuss future options.

Your workshop host

Your host for this workshop is Karen Bond, founder of My mum taught me to sew and the Kendal Community Sewing Project sewing club. Karen is an experienced sewing teacher with a relaxed, fun attitude to learning and a particular skill for tapping into the creativity of her students. Find out more about Karen on Facebook and Instagram.

About Simply Repair South Lakes

Our making and mending workshops bring people together to learn or refresh a range of repair and crafting skills in a friendly, informal atmosphere led by local tutors and volunteers. All profits are used by Simply Repair to fund more repair cafes and share more repair skills.

Our aims at Simply Repair are to reduce waste, share skills, improve wellbeing and build communities. We bring together people with skills to repair and those who want to learn how. We hold repair events where you can get small electricals, clothes, furniture, toys and other household items fixed free of charge.

Covid-19 Safety

We continue to run only small groups at our workshops. The venue has plenty of space to remain socially distanced and everyone’s safety is of upmost importance to help everyone enjoy the event with confidence and comfort.

Refunds and Cancellations

Tickets will be refunded if:

  • the event is cancelled
  • the event is rescheduled, and you cannot make the new date
  • the event changes location, and you cannot attend

If you have been charged a booking fee, unfortunately this cannot be refunded.

If you are unable to attend please email as soon as possible and we will access the request on a case by case basis. Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds if:

  • you can no longer attend the event due to personal circumstances
  • you have changed your mind about attending the event

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