Tiger Green Blog

5. Apr, 2018

On the back of some nasty anti Muslim propaganda circulating around the Country Nottingham decided to hit back with a day of love and coming together.

There were a whole host of activities taking place around the City to showcase community and bring people together. From people handing out sweets and flowers in the City Centre to family activities, it seemed everyone wanted to prove that we stand together against hate.

We were keen to take part and were asked by the Nottingham Cohesion Team and Nottingham Together if we could run some sort of activity for families at their community event at St Christopher’s Church in Sneinton.

As we have recently moved to premises in Sneinton it was a perfect opportunity for us to give back to the local community, and what better way than to run our Happiness Bag activity – always a hit with children.

We use recycled fabrics to make treasure sacks that are filled with a variety of items that will ensure you stay happy – such as a marble, for when you are using yours, and a diamond, so you always have sparkle in your life.

Although we had some bags ready to fill, we also had some that needed sewing up and lots of people, young and old, took the opportunity to learn a life skill and do some hand sewing. They did a fabulous job and felt very proud of themselves when they filled their treasure sack and had their very own Happiness Bag to take away that they had made themselves.

It was a great day, with delicious food, lots of fun, colouring, painting, community and joy!

If you would like us to come and make Happiness Bags with your group please get in touch regarding costs:


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29. Mar, 2018

Learn to sew over a 2 day series of classes taking you from the basics of understanding your machine through to constructing a garment.

Worried that you won’t be able to advance that quickly?

Please don’t, you will be learning in a friendly, relaxed environment. We will build your self confidence so that you can move through the stages fairly quickly. When you leave you will have the confidence to tackle a whole range of projects on your own.

We expect you to bring your own machine so that you can learn on the machine you will be using. However, we can supply a machine if required - please let us know when making your booking.

You can participate in both of the days or or choose the level that fits you. The cost for each class is £80.
We are running 2 Days in total.

Special Offer:
Book both days together and save £20 - only £140 to book 2 days.

Day one content:

Part 1 - Learning the Basics:
How does your machine work and what are all the 'bits'.
Learn what the dials do and how to set them for the stitch you require.
How to thread your machine, wind the bobbin and install it in the correct position.
Controlling tension, changing a needle, knowing the appropriate needle for your work and when to change it.
How to clean and maintain your machine.
First sewing practice:
Make a lavender bag - materials supplied

Part 2 - Make a Bag:
This will be your first main make.
You will have a pattern to follow along with the tuition.
Choose between a 'Shopper' or a 'Tote' and whether to line it or not.
Understanding seams and the best way of doing them for this make to increase strength in the finished bag.
Boxing corners to increase bag volume.
Making and inserting Handles. Stitching for strength.
Topstitching - the extra step that finishes off your make in a professional manner.

The materials for the bag will be supplied. There will also be the option to make more than one bag - time permitting.

Part 3 - Make a Zipper Bag:
This will introduce you to sewing zips.
You will have a pattern to follow along with the tuition.
Understand basic construction, enclosing a zip within the lining and finishing techniques.

The materials for the bag will be supplied. There will also be the option to make more than one bag - time permitting.

Day two content

Part 1 - Make an Apron:
Your confidence is building, it's time to try working with a heavier fabric and adding a few extras.
You will have a pattern to follow along with the tuition.
Practicing construction, using adjusting fasteners and adding extras such as pockets and embellishments.

The materials for the apron will be supplied, along with a choice of embellishments.

Part 2 - Make a Girl's Dress or a Ladies Short Sleeved Blouse:
You will need to supply the fabric and haberdashery for your garment.
Please contact us prior to the class to discuss exact requirements depending on garment choice and size - you will need approximately 2 metres or less of fabric and coordinating buttons.

You will be supplied with a pattern of the correct style and size.
You will also get an opportunity to look at commercial patterns to see how they are configured and what some of the symbols mean.

You will be supported through the cutting process and the construction of your garment, taking into account any anomalies associated with your choice of garment and fabric.
You will learn buttonholing and hems.

For each event:

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be supplied during the day.
We will be taking a lunch break - please bring your lunch with you.

You can find our next class dates on our Facebook Events Page

How to book:
Visit AC Crafts in Kimberley and book your classes directly
Pay with PayPal - send your payment, contact details and the Class/es you are booking to

Please note that if we do not get minimum numbers for this event we may postpone or cancel, so please share with your friends and learn together.

Contact us with any questions:

29. Mar, 2018

Our Learn to Crochet classes have been running for a few months now on a monthly basis. They take place at A C Crafts in Kimberley, in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. 

Come and learn to crochet in a friendly personalised class. 

Completely new to crochet? You will learn the basic stitches. We will take you through learning how to hold your hook and yarn through to making a Granny Square – the basis of a whole range of projects. 

Have you crocheted before, know a few stitches but don't know how to move forward? Let us help you interpret patterns and start your own crochet projects. 

Beginners: Your first class is £25 - you will receive one on one tuition and be supplied with your yarn, hook and instructions to take away so you can keep up the good work and practice your skills. 

Progressors: Your class is £15 - you will continue to receive one on one support, personalised to your level. 

Concessions: Please contact for class cost. 

Refreshments are provided. 

You can find our next class dates on our Facebook Events Page

To book: 

Visit AC Crafts in Kimberley to book directly. 

PayPal: send payment and your contact details to: 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us: 


15. Mar, 2018

Sorry we haven't been in touch for while.

We hit the ground running this year with more Community Recycling Workshops at Disability Direct Nottingham in Basford.

These workshops are open to everyone in the community including disabled people. It doesn't matter what your skill level is as te workshops are all about learning and sharing skills whilst making new friends and havign some fun.

If you would like to join us you can find out the next workshops dates on our facebook events page: www.Facebook.com/TigerGreenTextiles

We are also going to be attending markets and fairs in Nottingham over the coing months so you will be able to find out more about the project and check out the fabulous makes that the team have produced.

31. Oct, 2017

We are able to continue running our free community workshops by selling the items we make from recycled materials.

The community workshops are run with Disability Direct Nottingham at their premises in Basford. This ensures accessibility for all.

With Christmas coming on quick we have booked to take part in a number of Christmas fairs over the next few weeks.

You can find out where we are going to be by checking our Facebook Events page - https://www.facebook.com/pg/TigerGreenTextiles/events

You can also support our project and give some beautiful, unique gifts by purchasing from this website and at our 2 stockists:

A Stone's Throw, Mansfield Road, Sherwood, Nottingham

The Shop at Sneinton Market, Sneinton, Nottingham