Sussex Prairie Garden is now closed until Saturday 1st June 2024. Our normal opening hours from 1st June will be Wednesday to Sunday 1pm until 5pm , closed Mondays and Tuesdays . On Sunday 2nd June we shall be holding our Early Summer Plant fair (30 exhibitors plus !) opening time 12 noon until 5pm - lots of plant nurseries , refreshments and music !

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Denim Rescue – Jeans Apron with Debbie Jarvis

Thursday 6th June 2024 | 9:30am - 2:00pm

Denim Rescue – Jeans Apron with Debbie Jarvis

Have you got that pair of jeans in your cupboard, that doesn’t quite fit, or has damage or a stain that you’ve not got around to dealing with, but you just can’t throw them away? You’ll be glad that you kept these to join us at this Denim rescue workshop, where you can transform that old denim into a handy apron, perfect for tackling household chores or pottering around your garden.
You don’t need to be an expert seamstress to be able to complete these, just able to stitch a straight line or zigzag with your machine. With the guidance of our experienced tutor, you’ll be led through each step of the process, breathing new life into your old denim. Simply bring along your sewing machine (and manual), a basic sewing kit with thread and scissors, and that denim in need of rescue. Don’t worry if you forget any tools and supplies, these will also be available on the day. Large, sharp scissors will also be useful if you have some.
Join us for a day of skill-building, community, and fun repurposing at Sussex Prairie Gardens.
Don’t forget that your course cost includes access to the Gardens for the rest of the day for workshop participants. If you need to borrow a sewing machine, please let me know asap.

Spaces are limited, so please book to secure your place.
Cost: £50 to include all materials needed, refreshments during the workshop and entry to the gardens for the rest of the day. Don’t forget to bring your old jeans!
Booking and further information: Contact Debbie Jarvis at

About Debbie
My passion for crafts began at an early age and I have always been a keen knitter and sewer. I followed a more academic choice in my career and ended up teaching accounting courses at local colleges. After a spell of living abroad I completed a City & Guilds course in Patchwork and Quilting and had time to hone my textile skills teaching there. This helped me to make the transition to teaching textile crafts when I returned to the UK.
I began to teach crochet, sewing, knitting, patchwork and quilting which is my real passion locally. I work as a City & Guilds tutor and assessor for the School of Stitched Textiles and teach textile crafts within my Crafty Workshops group. Regular monthly classes and workshops are held in the Horsham and Southwater area in crochet, knitting, sewing, and quilting.
I love scraps and hate to throw anything away as I am always sure there is something I can use it for. I make scrappy bags and pouches as well as numerous other scrappy projects. Upcycling and reusing are so important nowadays and teaching others how to do this makes me happy too. I keep my teaching style fun and exciting as well as achieving the goals; people learn better when they are relaxed and having fun. Being able to pass on my passions is my favourite pastime.

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    1. Sussex Prairie Garden
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      Fraser BishopFraser Bishop
      10:50 11 Jul 22
      Wonderful garden well worth a visit. Great variety of plants showing so many ways of portraying a garden layout. Must comment on the great tea and cakes selection, our dog loved the doggy ice cream!
      Joan DaniellJoan Daniell
      15:13 06 Jul 22
      Beautifully planted area, in which you are encouraged to walk along paths between the plants so can be completely surrounded by foliage - a lovely effect.
      Peter WardPeter Ward
      08:40 28 Jun 22
      Beautiful garden, very relaxing, and bigger than you might think. Cafe is nice too
      Mike CleggMike Clegg
      16:07 08 Jun 22
      Tea room not brilliant nice cake but coffee in paper cup. No other options other then tea coffee and cake. Opening times short 1 to 5 but gardens beautiful