Gedling Play Forum Completes First Sewing Course: Promoting Upcycling, Wellbeing and Creativity.
The venue has opened up its doors to introduce people to sewing and creating a new social space.
Gedling Play Forum has recently completed a successful trial run of a new sewing class over the past three months. The class aimed to encourage community members to enhance their sewing skills while fostering social connections at Gedling Scrap Store. This local business repurposes rejected factory items for craft projects and hosted the classes free of charge, utilising readily available Scrap Store resources. Lorraine Appleton, art teacher and frequent Scrap Store visitor, led the sessions designed to boost participants’ confidence in using sewing machines and promote upcycling with recycled fabrics from the store.
Sheila, one of the Scrap Store members and volunteer, shared the projects completed over the eleven-week period: ‘We’ve made a sewing bag, a gardening apron, and a pair of dungarees.’ Other members also mentioned finishing their own projects outside of the classes, crediting their newfound confidence in using sewing machines, including Natalie who expressed that ‘since we learnt to make one bag, I’ve since made another four!’
Improving Social Interaction
Beyond learning sewing skills, the classes provided a platform for social interaction. According to Lorraine, ‘It’s got people out of the house, socializing, and learning new skills. Creating and chatting simultaneously has been really therapeutic for them.’
Participants unanimously praised the course, citing its multifaceted benefits. Laura expressed, ‘I’ve enjoyed having something in the week that is just for me. I’m a stay-at-home mum, so everything normally revolves around the kids or housework. It’s given me a chance to be creative, and we’ve built our own little community. Everyone is really friendly; I was quite nervous at first, but everyone has been really welcoming.’
The class’s positive impact on mental health was widely acknowledged. Natalie shared her experience: ‘I was interested in the course since it was local, and my friend was going so I wouldn’t be on my own. Everyone was so lovely and welcoming.’
The course at Gedling Scrap Store not only nurtured sewing skills but also became a hub for building friendships and supporting mental well-being in the community. The Scrap Store has plans for the course to continue.
More Workshops Planned
A new series of workshops will be starting on Wednesday 24th January and running for 10 weeks. Participants will get the opportunity to make a pinafore dress, a messenger bag, a pet bed/cushion, an artisan apron. There will be two sessions running again, booking is essential so please go to our events page for more details.