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Screen Print and Sew... a Zero Waste Totebag! With Rachel Mcmillan

  • Fashion Foundry 60-64 Osborne Street Glasgow, Scotland, G1 5QH United Kingdom (map)

We are teaming up with Rachel Mcmillan, an award winning Scottish Designer to bring you this fun evening workshop! Why not join us to get creative by using fabric offcuts to make your own personalised zero waste tote bag - what better way to spend a Friday evening? 

We will guide you through the full design process, the basics of screen printing and introduce you to sewing on an industrial lockstitch and overlocker machine.

Once your have completed sewing your tote bag, you will be offered a glass of prosecco!

You will leave with your very own custom designed, printed and stitched tote bag perfect to keep all to yourself of give to someone as a gift.


What will happen during the workshop?

During this two part workshop you will learn to screen print a design onto fabric off cuts and then make it into your very own unique, tote bag. Throughout the workshop you will: 


- Have time to experiment with design ideas and sketch some ideas onto paper

- Learn how to thread an industrial sewing machine 

- Practice sewing some fabric and seams onto fabric so you are confident so sew your tote bag later in the season! 

- Learn how to cut paper stencils to print a range of geometric shapes onto fabric

- Choose to print onto the front or back of your tote bag (or both!) 

- Get to use the well-equipped sewing room at Fashion Foundry and learn step by step how to sew up your tote bag (with take home notes) 

- Learn to use an industrial overlocker to neaten your seams (and get tips on how you can replicate this at home) 

- Leave with a unique hand made and printed tote bag to proudly use on your way home! 


What will I make?

Your own custom printed tote bag! We will provide you with a selection of colourful fabric offcuts to choose from to compliment the selection of inks we will have available for you to use!


Skill Level

This workshop is available for complete beginners. Some prior knowledge of sewing would be beneficial, however not a requirement. We have plenty of help on hand throughout the evening to guide you step by step with the screen printing and sewing. 

Your Tutors:

Rachel McMillan is an award winning fashion and textiles designer and advocate for sustainable and ethically made clothing. Rachel is the Creative Director at Rachel McMillan Limited - a sustainable clothing brand based in Glasgow. Rachel has worked on print commission projects with Cineworld, Diageo and The Scottish Government. Her collections have been sold at off-schedule London Fashion Week and House of Fraser.

Beth Farmer and Arianna Mele run Print Clan which is an open access textile printing studio in the Southside of Glasgow.

Beth Farmer is a practicing textile artist who is also an active member of the Aural Textiles research project. She works part time as an expressive arts facilitator with different groups across the city of Glasgow. 

Arianna Mele is a practising Fashion and Textile designer who works on consultancy basis. She completed a BA in Fashion & Textiles at Middlesex University in London and was then granted a scholarship to study an MA in Fashion Design Technology at London College of Fashion. 

What equipment is provided? 

All equipment and materials such as screens, squeegees, a range of ink colours, organic cotton sweatshirt fabric and threads are all

included. You will have full access to the professional sewing machines in the sewing room at Fashion Foundry.