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Covid-19 Update

Given the Covid-19 pandemic, the College calendar has been changed for the first term of the 2020/21 academic year and has introduced a two-week October half term break. This break is from Monday 19 to Friday 30 October during which time the College is closed to Learners. The College office will be open from Monday 19 to Friday 23 October (telephone/email enquiries open) and closed from Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October (telephone/email enquiries closed until Monday 2 November). From 2 November we are increasing the areas in which a face mask or covering is required to be worn.

What opportunities will this course give me?

Other textile courses are offered at Eastleigh College - please browse the website for more information.

What will I be learning?

This handmade item can be reused every year and filled with goodies of your choice. It will make a lovely gift or festive wall feature.

You will learn how to make a decorative fabric advent calendar using the following skills:

• Prepare fabrics for sewing
• Follow a pattern
• Use interfacing, applique, attaching lace and buttons
• You will learn how to apply pockets
• You will learn how to make the final finishes with top stitch

A college certificate will be awarded on request.

Why is this course for me?

This course is taught and assessed through practical demonstration and hands on activities.

What do I need to sign up?

This course is suitable for anyone interested in learning how to make a festive advent calendar. Learners must have some basic knowledge/experience of how to use a sewing machine.

Is there anything else I need to know?

Please bring along to the workshop:

• Sharp fabric scissors
• Sewing kit with pins, hand sewing needles, and thread to go with your fabric choices
• Something to mark fabrics with (chalk or disappearing pen)
• Ruler and pencil
• 3 or more different cotton fabrics (approx 1m each). Choose festive colours and prints or whatever you prefer. Make sure you like how they look together. Bring any other small offcuts that fit your theme if you wish
• 1m of iron on interfacing, woven or fusible, choose a firmer variety
• Decorative items - selection of your choice from lace, ribbons, string, buttons, jingles (optional)
• Wooden hanger to attach the calendar to (optional), or you can create fabric loops instead
• Embroidery threads and needles if you wish to embroider numbers or create button holes (optional)
• Bondaweb (50cm)

Please ensure your course is running before purchasing materials.

Learners are responsible for the purchase of materials relevant to the course.

No other costs are anticipated.

Application Information

Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.

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21/11/2020 - Apply Now


Eastleigh College

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09:30 – 14:30





24+: £50.00

Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
C318X Eastleigh College 21/11/2020 Sat 09:30 – 14:30 1 £50.00 £50.00 Apply now

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Need some further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any course costs and/or the funding options available to you, the College has a dedicated Adult and Community Learning team who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1270.

The Equality Act

The College wishes to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. If you are a disabled person, please ensure that we know what you need so that we can make all reasonable adjustments to help you succeed.

Please note all courses descriptions may be subject to change.