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sewing classes

Although most people want to learn to sew clothes or soft furnishings, our sewing classes are totally open – you have the freedom to learn to sew anything you want! Taught by Leonie you’ll work alongside no more than 5 other sewing students, and might choose to cover such topics as:

  • Dressmaking
  • Patchwork
  • Quilting
  • Appliqué
  • Free-motion embroidery
  • Cushions
  • Piping
  • Bags
  • Bunting
  • Zips
  • Loose covers
  • Plus lots more…

What might you learn to sew?

Our Facebook page shows you what other students have made. During your course, you might work on:

  • A couple of children’s garments
  • One adult garment (or more, if you’re prepared to do homework between classes)
  • A cushion with a zip, piping and appliqué
  • Alterations to a much-loved garment, if you’ve changed dress-size recently.

You might also want to work on understanding how to measure correctly to fit your shape, learning to read a pattern, or gaining top tips on how to achieve a professional shop-bought finish. 

When & how much?

We offer 6-week sewing courses costing £90 (including the use of one sewing machine per student plus an overlocker). Courses run at the following times; once you’ve chosen a day and time, you’ll attend all 6 (or 3) weeks on the same day and at the same time (eg always Monday evenings or Friday afternoons). 

  • Monday evening – 7.30-9.30pm
  • Tuesday evening – 7.30-9.30pm
  • Thursday morning – 9.30-11.30am
  • Thursday afternoon – 12.30-2.30pm 
  • Friday morning – 9.30-11.30am
  • Friday afternoon – 12.30-2.30pm

We also offer 3-week taster sewing courses in July, at a cost of £45. These offer a great introduction to The Sewing Shed. 

Course schedule

    6-week sewing classes starting in March 2018

    • Monday 19 March 2018 – 7.30-9.30pm 
    • Tuesday 20 March 2018 – 7.30-9.30pm 
    • Thursday 22 March 2018 – 9.30-11.30am 
    • Thursday 22 March 2018 – 12.30-2.30pm
    • Friday 23 March 2018– 9.30-11.30am
    • Friday 23 March 2018 – 12.30-2.30pm

    Please note no classes w/c 26th March and w/c 2nd April as we are closed for the Easter holidays. So your last class will be w/c 7th May.

    6-week sewing classes starting in May 2018

    • Monday 14 May 2018 – 7.30-9.30pm 
    • Tuesday 15 May 2018 – 7.30-9.30pm 
    • Thursday 17 May 2018 – 9.30-11.30am 
    • Thursday 17 May 2018 – 12.30-2.30pm
    • Friday 18 May 2018– 9.30-11.30am
    • Friday 18 May 2018 – 12.30-2.30pm

    Please note no classes w/c 28th May as we are closed for the half term holidays.

    3 or 4-week sewing classes starting in July 2018

    • Monday 2 July 2018 – 7.30-9.30pm 
    • Tuesday 3 July 2018 – 7.30-9.30pm 
    • Thursday 5 July 2018 – 9.30-11.30am 
    • Thursday 5 July 2018 – 12.30-2.30pm
    • Friday 6 July 2018– 9.30-11.30am
    • Friday 6 July 2018 – 12.30-2.30pm

    Evening classes run as a 4 week course. Day time classes run as a 3 week course. There is often space on these courses for new students to experience The Sewing Shed.

    6-week sewing classes will then reconvene w/c 3rd September

    • Monday  – 7.30-9.30pm 
    • Tuesday  – 7.30-9.30pm 
    • Thursday  – 9.30-11.30am 
    • Thursday  – 12.30-2.30pm
    • Friday – 9.30-11.30am
    • Friday  – 12.30-2.30pm

    How to book our sewing classes

    Our classes are always fully booked, so please do plan ahead to avoid disappointment. Student retention is really high and we are currently running a reserve list for ALL sewing classes. The good news is that we are planning an expanded calendar of classes and workshops for Autumn 2018, so do get in touch if you would like to be added to the reserve list. Latest news and last minute availability is also posted on our Facebook page so do LIKE the page so you are kept up to date.

    Please read our booking terms & conditions carefully before booking (they’re only short!). Do also check your advance diary, because any money you’ve paid us can’t be refunded if you discover you’re double-booked. 

    You can choose what to make; just book the dates that suit you and we can discuss what you’d like to learn to sew.

    To enquire or book for any of our sewing classes, please call 07525 029986 or email us.

    "Just wanted to thank you for all your patience and wisdom over the last few weeks. I feel like I have learned so much from you and Tuesday evenings have been an oasis of calm in the middle of a few stressful weeks! If I don’t see you before, enjoy your holidays x"