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Learn to sew, craft or upholster.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or want to develop your skills, The Sewing Shed in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, offers a warm welcome. You’ll get expert tuition from patient experienced teachers and lots of personal attention. You’ll be part of a small, friendly group of no more than 6 students.

In 2018 The Sewing Shed has expanded welcoming a wide range of talented craft teachers to give tuition in their specialist subject. 

Leonie will be teaching weekly Sewing Classes & Tuesday Workshops for mixed ability groups, Curtains & Roman Blinds Workshops.

Becky will be teaching  Beginners Sewing on a Wednesday daytime and Wednesday evening & Ania will be teaching Beginners Upholstery Monday daytime and at Weekend Workshops.

Claire will be teaching Floristry Workshops and Felting Workshops at the weekend.

Choose a small group or private tuition – Learn to sew in a class setting or choose one-to-one private sewing tuition. You’ll learn at your own pace, build your confidence, and sew whatever you want.

Beautiful bespoke studio space– The Sewing Shed is exactly that: now housed in a beautiful converted chapel the is studio dedicated to sewing lessons. Modern, bright and airy, it’s a great place to learn to sew.

Wide range of classes – Our sewing classes will teach you to make interior items such as curtains, Roman blinds, cushions and loose covers. You can learn anything from dressmaking (including fitting, and adapting patterns) to how to make soft furnishings.  You’ll cover techniques such as patchwork, quilting, appliqué, concealed zips, free-motion embroidery, piping, bags, bunting, and lots more. In our Beginners Sewing Classes you are welcome to see what you want, you may want to make the same items as the sewing classes – but you will be nurtured in a students who are all beginners. In our Beginners Upholstery Classes you can expect to upholster a foot stool, drop in seat, piano stool – slightly larger projects can be tackled over two courses or a weekend workshop.

Expert Friendly Tuition – Wether you attend Sewing Classes, Beginners Sewing Classes, Upholstery or Flower Workshops, all tutors have been hand picked for their calibre of qualifications, experience and their approachable teaching style.

Classes from 16-04-2018 To 22-04-2018

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
AM 10am-12pm
Beginners Upholstery with Ania
9.30am-11.30am
Sewing Classes with Leonie
9.30am-11.30am
Sewing Classes with Leonie
9am-1pm
Roman Blind & Curtain Workshop
PM 12.30pm-2.30pm
Beginners Upholstery with Ania
12.30pm-2.30pm
Sewing Classes with Leonie
12.30pm-2.30pm
Sewing Classes with Leonie
Eve 7.30pm-9.30pm
Sewing Classes with Leonie
7.30pm-9.30pm
Sewing Classes with Leonie
7.30pm-9.30pm
Beginners Sewing with Becky


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"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!"

"Thank you Leonie. Thursday is my favourite day of the week. I am completely addicted to sewing (as you know). I love coming to class and I'm so inspired seeing what everyone else is making. A perfect way to spend a morning/afternoon/evening or just all day!"