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Learn to sew with Leonie

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 sewing tuition from a patient teacher, and lots of personal attention. You’ll be part of a small, friendly group of no more than 5 students. 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 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 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 – You can learn anything from dressmaking (including fitting, and adapting patterns) to how to make soft furnishings. Our sewing classes will teach you to make interior items such as curtains, Roman blinds, cushions and loose covers. You’ll cover techniques such as patchwork, quilting, appliqué, concealed zips, free-motion embroidery, piping, bags, bunting, and lots more. 

Brand-new Janome sewing machines – There’s no need to bring your own sewing machine (although you’d be welcome to do so). There’s a fully computerised Janome sewing machine for every student. You can even use an overlocker in class.



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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!"