Classes - What to Bring (Requirements List) - Firefly Tote Bag

Requirements List - Firefly Tote Bag 3 Week Course


  • Sewing Machine, Foot pedal and power cable (clean and in good working order)
  • The Instruction Book
  • Spare Machine Bobbins (must be the correct ones for your machine)
  • All the feet and accessories that came with the machine including the zipper foot and a walking foot if you have one
  • Universal Sewing Machine Needles Size 90-110
  • Cutting out scissors or rotary cutter
  • Paper scissors
  • Small Pair of scissors with small pointed tip or Unpicker/Seam Ripper
  • Point Turner
  • Tape measure or quilting ruler (inches)
  • Fading Marker Pen or Tailors Chalk and/or a sharpened pencil
  • Sewing clips and pins
  • Pen, pencil and a ruler
  • Matching Thread
  • Wonder Tape

Fabric and Bag Hardware

You will need to collect your pattern from the shop prior to the course so that you can source your fabrics and notions; cut out your fabric and interfacing and complete any fusing of interfacing required.

As an indication of requirements, you will need approx:

2 ½ yds[2.3m] for the larger version or 2 yds[1.83 m] for the project size

Interfacing/Fusible Fleece

Polyester thread,

water-soluble pen/tailor’s chalk,


size 14 or 16 denim or Microtex needle,

(optional) four 8mm rivets & corresponding setting tool, 

twill tape/ribbon/cord no wider than 2”/ 1.9 cm for drawstring closure

Fabric Suggestions:

Canvas (7-9 oz. weight) for Exterior^ fabric. Quilting cotton for Accent and Lining fabrics.

^Waxed canvas (8-10 oz.) or dry oilskin may be used for exterior fabric, omit medium-weight interfacing/fusible fleece and reduce fusible woven interfacing to 1 ½ yd [1.4 m] {1 yd [.91 m] for project size}. 


    All Machine Sewing Classes

    We do not provide sewing machines for classes as we believe that you will learn more from using your own machine. If your machine is too heavy to lift; let us know before the class and we can make exception by prior arrangement.

    We can help you to get your sewing machine from your car to the workshop space upstairs if you pull up outside the shop on the double yellow lines to drop it off. Then you can go and park in the car park behind.

    Lunch Breaks

    If your class goes over lunchtime you can either:

    • Bring your lunch with you
    • Pre-order your lunch from the lovely cafe opposite the shop (The Commute). They also now do takeway sandwiches and paninis.

    Our classes generally only break for a maximum 30 minutes so there isn't really time to go out and buy lunch during the day.

    We have tea and coffee available all day free of charge. In classes less than 3 hours we ask that you come early and make a drink before we start if you would like one.