Sew Your Own Japanese Cross Back Apron

Improve your dressmaking skills with this Japanese cross back apron sewing workshop at Creative Space! Known as ‘Maekake’, these practical aprons were traditionally used as a work garment and made from old sails for fishermen to wear whilst out at sea.

This beautiful apron is the perfect garment to serve you in your daily household chores, gardening, or creative endeavours and features two large front pockets so your essentials are close at hand. Comfortable, absorbent and easy to wear, it is sure to be a wardrobe essential for years to come!

In this full-day workshop, Lauren will expertly guide you through the process of creating your very own beautiful Japanese apron. Learn how to cut out a pattern from your own fabric along with sewing a variety of seams and finishings.

Sewing machines and accessories will be provided, however you are also welcome to bring your own, please advise on booking.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to cut a pattern from fabric
  • Different sewing techniques
  • Using interfacing
  • Finishing seams
  • How to use an overlocker

This sewing workshop is ideal for anyone who has a little bit of experience but would like some guidance to help build their confidence in basic dressmaking techniques. If you need that little extra push to dust off your sewing machine then this is the perfect opportunity!

Please bring your fabric of choice. Your host recommends either cotton, linen or blended fabric. Knitted fabric (eg. jersey) is not suitable.

It is advised to pre-wash the fabric before cutting in order to obtain optimal shrinkage during future use of apron. Sizing information and fabric requirements will be emailed to you on booking.

“I recently did the apron making workshop with Lauren and it was simply great! Lauren is a brilliant (and patient) teacher, and with her guidance I managed to sew a beautiful Japanese cross back apron. The workshop was fun, friendly, relaxed, very informative, well-structured and well-paced, with a great musical soundtrack! Lauren is a very skilled seamstress and teacher. She is funny, kind, supportive and full of handy sewing tips and tricks! She helped me to improve my somewhat rudimentary sewing skills and I would highly recommend her workshop!” - Hanne Rysgaard

Age restrictions: 16+

Adult (1) £75

What people are saying

Karen Carswell
Sep 2023

Lauren is a lovely host, very friendly, helpful and a patient teacher. I greatly enjoyed the work...

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Nicola Payne
Sep 2023

Really enjoyable way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

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How to get there


  • Parking
  • Refreshments available
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • WiFi

On the day

  • Please arrive 10 minutes early for a prompt start.
  • There is ample free parking on the streets outside the venue.
  • We will have a 30 minute lunch break so please bring your own lunch or you can buy something on the High Street which is a 5 minute walk away.
  • There is coffee and tea facilities at the venue.

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 7 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 7 days before your experience.
Please note that this refund policy does not apply to gift bookings. You may reschedule your gift if outside the time period stated above. However, all gifts are non-refundable and expire exactly 1 year after the date of purchase.

You'll be hosted by

Lauren Holloway

Designer and Maker Lauren Holloway has been running her own slow-fashion handbag and accessory brand since 2013. Lauren specialises in making sustainable bags, purses, laptop cases and toiletry storage, all handcrafted in her Bristol-based studio. She has extensive knowledge and experience in designing patterns and sewing anything from coin purses to backpacks. Lauren offers a range of sewing workshops from beginner to intermediate level, where participants can learn the basics of using a domestic sewing machine, brush up on existing sewing skills or develop new techniques to improve their craft. You’ll leave the workshop with new-found knowledge and inspiration for future projects plus you’ll take home a beautiful handmade bag you can enjoy for years to come.

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