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sewing classes

Our mixed ability Sewing classes give you the freedom to decide what you want to sew, safe in the knowledge that our expert tutor will be on hand to help you along the way. With small classes, a nurturing, friendly environment these classes are perfect for anyone wanting to learn or develop their sewing skills.

Who’s it for?

This is a mixed ability class and is suitable for beginners to more experienced sewers.

What will I learn?

You decide what you want to make, some of our favourite projects have included:

One adult garment (or more if you carry on in between classes!)

Children’s garments Keepsake toys A cushion with a zip, piping and applique

Alterations to garments

Core dressmaking skills e.g. how to measure to fit your shape, read a pattern or how to achieve a shop bought finish

Machine patchwork and quilting

You will learn techniques including:


Patchwork and Quilting




Loose covers

Patchwork and quilting

Free-motion embroidery

What do I need to bring?

Fabric and pattern for your sewing project. A basic sewing kit including fabric scissors, pins, tape measure and matching Gutterman sewing thread.

    What equipment is supplied?

        We provide a Janome sewing machine for each student and access to two very large cutting tables and two overlockers. Due to the current social distancing measures each student will work in their own zone 2m from the next student. There is ample space for students to sew and cut out. Access to the overlockers may be limited so you are welcome to bring your own from home.

        Meet the tutor

        Becky and Leonie teach our Sewing Class

        [Click here to read Becky and Leonie’s bios]

        Becky teaches Wednesday and Saturdays

        Leonie teaches Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays.

        when are the classes?

        Our six week course of Sewing Classes take place on:

        Monday evenings 7.30pm – 9.30pm

        Tuesday evening 7.30pm – 9.30pm

        Wednesday 7.30pm – 9.30pm

        Covid Update: Due to the current demand and lack of childcare our Thursday and Friday daytime classes are being replaced by Saturday classes until the end of August 2020. 9-11am, 12.30-2.30pm & 4-6pm*

        *You are welcome to attend two or all Saturday classes. The gaps in between are to ask students to leave the building to allow for a blow through and deep cleaning. Just book both/all classes when you get in touch. [Click here to view the calendar and latest course dates]

        how much does it cost?

        The six week sewing course costs £90 payable in advance. You will attend the same 2 hour class each week for example always attending on a Tuesday night 7.30-9.30pm.

        [Click here to view the booking information / terms and conditions]

        how to book

        Book a place here or join the waiting list 

        where is it?

        Our Sewing Classes are held at The Sewing Shed in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. [Click here to view the map and contact details]
        For more information email

        "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"