I love to sew and I spend almost every day sewing. I volunteer my time and skills for Sewing for Charity Australia to give back to those in need. Occasionally you'll find me at markets around the Lowood area where I sell my own designs such as shoulder bags, baby items, soy candles (another passion), patchwork quilts and more.

Sewing Alterations

Please enquire and send me a brief description of your alteration needs.
I'm happy to discuss the job and give you a price and time of completion.

Depending on your requirements, I can help you with sewing, patchwork, alterations, appliqué and quilting

$35 per hour for alterations but this may slightly differ depending how technical the task is


Basic Sewing Workshop

I will guide and teach you the basic techniques of sewing while you hand make your own creations in a full day work shop. This will be a laugh so prepare yourself to have a lot of fun!
Come on your own or as a group of up to 4 friends and hand make something for yourself and then test your skills on a second piece to donate to someone in need for Sewing for Charity Australia.

While you sew I will teach you how to use your machine so you can confidently go away and continue on your own.
You will need to bring your domestic sewing machine with you, and fabric and cotton (some will be supplied)
Depending on what you would like to make you may have to bring a pattern, however we will discuss and confirm requirements at time of booking.

  • You will leave with a new creation in hand
  • A basic understanding of how to sew
  • How to thread your machine and how it works, and hopefully
  • A love of sewing!

This workshop is aimed at the beginner with no obligation to join Sewing for Charity Australia although volunteers are always welcome at any skill level. Please bring a packed lunch, drinks will be provided.


  • WhatBasic Sewing Workshop
  • Cost$150.00 per workshop
  • WhenWeekdays
  • Time10:00am — 3:00pm
  • Duration5 hours
  • PlacesLimited to 4
  • Make Booking

Aromatherapy Soy Candle Workshop

This is one of my passions that I love to teach. You will come away knowing how to make your own aromatherapy soy candles with essentials oils. A therapeutic process and a skill you will have for life.
Ideal as gifts and even as wedding favours.
You will need to bring 5 small glass jars or vessels of your choice (as long as they don't have any holes or will melt)
Water bottle and cut lunch
Come on your own or with a group of up to 4 people.


  • WhatAromatherapy Soy Candle Workshop
  • Cost$80.00 per workshop
  • WhenWeekdays
  • Time10:00am — 1:00pm
  • Duration3 hours
  • PlacesLimited to 4
  • Make Booking

Special One off Sewing Request

Do you have a special item you would like made up? I will cut from a pattern or design a pattern and sew to a professional standard.

Please fill in a few a details about best time to chat and what you are after, so I can give you the best price and time estimate. If you already have the fabric and pattern, it will reduce the turnaround time and price.


More about Su

I learnt to sew on my great aunt's Singer Treadle sewing machine at around 8 years of age and have been sewing ever since. When my now adult children were young I made all their clothes as at that time, it was the cheaper option.

I coordinate the Lowood group of Sewing For Charity Australia volunteers. We meet monthly at TRAX Church in Lowood and create anything from blankets and dolls to clothes and wraps to anything else someone might need.

I was one of the first members of this wonderful organisation that helps so many who might be suffering from distress, health crisis or disadvantage.

Strength of community is very important to me. I have a wonderful tight-knit group of friends and family and we have a hell of a laugh! So, knowing what this means to me, I feel strongly about supporting people at grassroots levels who might not be as fortunate as me.

Along with the community that sewing creates, sustainable clothing, reducing textile waste and slowing the pace of production is also important to me. We do this by up cycling and sometimes using pre-loved textiles where possible. My first passion is sewing but I also dabble in the occasional batch of soy candles that I scent with essential oils, ensuring they are good for aromatherapy.

I have created the ideal setup in my back yard (I live on 10 acres) and converted a (now air-conditioned) 46 ft shipping container as my "She Shed" to suit my work and physical limitations. This gives me freedom, flexibility and relief knowing I have my own skills and business to rely on.

I love passing on my passion and knowledge and sharing the joy with like-minded others as I believe home made is best.

I facilitate sewing and candle making workshops and also do alterations and make one off garments for clients.

My nickname is Barra so I call my creative side "Barra's Gone Crafty". Friends say it suits me.

Probably because I have an awesome sense of humour and am lots of fun. There is no such thing as "can't" only "I'll have another go" and I live by that.

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