Make a zip bag

We caught up with Teri Buxton ahead of her Make a Bag workshop

Please tell us a little bit about yourself…

My name is Teri and I work at Wiltshire Creative in the Wardrobe Department. I’ve been working in costume for over 10 years now and I’ve done all sorts of shows including youth theatre, touring, ice shows, outdoor theatre and musicals. In my spare time I’m still sewing but making my own clothes or doing various crafting projects!

When was your first experience of textiles and costume-making?

My first experience of textiles was when I was very young and my nan taught me how to do basic sewing and cross stitch. I didn’t get into costume making until I was about 16 and started helping my local amateur dramatics group make costumes. It was only then that I realised I could possibly turn my hobby into a career.

What’s your favourite part of the job?

The best part of working in the costume department is when a costume is finally on stage, and it looks just like the design, and the designer is really happy with it. It’s even better if it’s something you’ve made from scratch. The past few years I’ve been making lots of hats and headdresses for panto which are so crazy and fun to make.

What can participants expect from your ‘Learn to Sew’ workshop?

make a bag

They can expect to take home a bag they’ve made, learn new skills and gain more confidence with their sewing. I also like to make sure I’ve given them little tips and sewing cheats that they can use at home.

Using just 3 words, tell us why people should come.

Creative, fun, friendly!

Learn to Sew: Make a Zip Bag runs at Salisbury Arts Centre at 10am til 2pm on 31 October. For more information visit