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Curtains & Roman blinds

Love the look of Roman blinds, but never thought you could sew them yourself? Ever been shocked by a quote for curtains? 

Now you can learn to make your own Roman blind or curtains. With The Sewing Shed you’ll not only complete your own project, but you’ll have the skills you need to make more curtains and Roman blinds in future. 

Some sewing classes only teach you to make a sample, but with us you’ll make a complete curtain or Roman blind, giving you a much better understanding. That’s why our workshops get booked up so much in advance!

  • Classes are limited to 2 students, so you’ll get personal attention
  • You’ll leave with at least one finished curtain or blind, in your own choice of fabric
  • You’ll go home with detailed instructions so you can ‘go solo’ at home
  • Our brand-new, fully computerised Janome sewing machines save you bringing yours
  • Use the lovely bespoke cutting table to make preparation easier
  • Choose to bring a friend for a totally bespoke session
  • Home-made cake and refreshments are included!

When & how much?

The workshop runs from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays and costs £100. This includes tuition from Leonie plus the use of one of our fantastic sewing machines.

What should you bring?

The cost of this sewing class doesn’t include the fabric you’ll need, or any blind-making kit. When we receive your payment, we’ll send you an information sheet which guides you on how to measure up for your curtain or blind, and contains a helpful shopping list:

  • For curtains, the shopping list features fabric, lining, curtain header tape and thread.
  • For Roman blinds, it features fabric, lining, thread and where to source the Roman blind kit.

What skills do you need?

This course doesn’t cover the basics, so ideally you’ll have attended a Tuesday Workshop or a 3- or 6-week course beforehand. You need to be confident with a sewing machine, and able to cut accurately in a straight line. 

What should you plan to make?

We recommend you choose to dress a small window, so you can complete the whole task – perhaps a cloakroom or kitchen window. If you choose to learn to make a curtain, you’ll sew a standard gathered, headed, lined curtain. (The tab-top curtain in the photo above was completed in the second curtain workshop). We’ll send you details of how to measure up, and what you’ll need to bring, once your payment has been received. 

When are the classes?

Our current dates are as follows, but please check back as new dates are added all the time:

  • Saturday 7 July 2018
  • Saturday 20th July 2018
  • Saturday 15th September 2018
  • Saturday 13th October 2018
  • Saturday 10th November 2018
  • Saturday 15th December 2018

How to book

To enquire or make a booking, please call 07525 029986 or email us. For those of you that have found us via a google search The Sewing Shed is in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. Don’t forget: you can block-book the morning with a friend, and have the workshop tailored to your own requirements.



"I highly recommend Leonie as a teacher. She strikes just the right balance between allowing you to get on with the project and gain confidence, and stepping in if you might be going on the wrong path or are looking a bit frustrated! It’s also a truly relaxing place to be; just like a spa break, but with sewing instead."