Learn to sew with Leonie

Whether you’re a complete beginner or want to develop your sewing skills, The Sewing Shed in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, offers a warm welcome, superb sewing tuition and a lovely, friendly atmosphere. People come from all over the North to benefit from Leonie’s professional training, patience and enthusiasm.

Choose a small group or private tuition
Learn in a small group setting (of never more than 5 people), where you’ll receive individual attention, or book one-to-one private sewing tuition. You’ll learn to sew at your own pace, build your confidence, and sew what you want.

Beautiful award-winning studio
The Sewing Shed is exactly that – a purpose-built studio dedicated to sewing lessons. Modern, bright and airy, it’s a great place to learn to sew.

Wide range of classes
Learn dressmaking and how to make soft furnishings: learn to sew anything from cutains, cushions and Roman blinds to patchwork, quilting, appliqué, free-motion embroidery, piping, bags, bunting, loose covers and lots more. Find out about our sewing classes

Brand-new Janome sewing machines
Bring your own sewing machine or use one of our shiny new Janome sewing machines. You can even use an overlocker in class.


“You’ve saved my sanity! The first day I walked in, I was terrified. You instantly you put me at ease, and very quickly taught me the sewing basics – and, as the weeks went by, the not-so-basics.”

“Whatever class/group I’m in, the atmosphere is always wonderful. Lots of friendly banter, and everyone is supportive and encouraging. Leonie is an excellent, patient sewing teacher. I love The Sewing Shed!” 

“Leonie has a lovely light touch – knowing when to support and when to step in to give assistance.”

Starting as a novice, I’ve now made curtains and several quilts for family and friends. I thoroughly recommend The Sewing Shed!