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Learn to sew, embroider, knit, patchwork, papercraft 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. Class size is between 2 and 8 students in the group depending on the craft.

The Sewing Shed welcomes a wide range of talented craft teachers to give tuition in their specialist subject.

Leonie will be teaching weekly Sewing Classes for mixed ability groups, Curtains & Roman Blinds Workshops the second Saturday of the month and 1:1 tuition at mutually agreeable times.  As well as our very popular Children’s Holiday Sewing Club.

Becky will be teaching Beginners Sewing on a Wednesday evening and mixed ability Saturday Sewing Workshops on the third Saturday of the month.

Ania will be teaching Beginners Upholstery Monday daytime and occasional Sunday Workshops.

Helen will be teaching weekly Tuesday daytime Hand Patchwork and Hand Embroidery classes Weekend Workshops.

Denise teaches our monthly Quilting & Patchwork Group, held the last Sunday of the month.

Jane joins our team from Baa Ram Ewe to teach mixed ability monthly Knitting Workshops.

Kylie teaches our NEW weekly Papercraft classes on a Thursday evening.

Individual Tuition in a group setting– all our classes and workshops are dictated by what you want to learn. You really can sew, embroider, patchwork, papercraft and upholster what you want!

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

Wide range of classes and workshops

Sewing– we now offer weekly sewing classes  as well as Saturday Sewing the third Saturday in the month. You can learn anything from dressmaking (including fitting, and adapting patterns) to how to make soft furnishings.  You’ll cover techniques such as machine patchwork, quilting, appliqué, concealed zips, free-motion embroidery, piping, bags, bunting, and lots more but it is dictated by you. Sewing classes and workshops are mixed ability so you can be inspired with those who started as beginners. Beginners sewing classes now have a mixed ability of students but they all started out as beginners, it’s a very fun nurturing group taught by Becky who also teaches the Saturday Sewing Workshops which are mixed ability.

Curtain & Roman Blind making is taught on a Saturday Workshop, the second Saturday of the month.

Upholstery–We offer weekly classes or occasional Sunday workshops in beginners upholstery, where 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. It is classed as a beginners as all students are novices and new to upholstery.

Expert Friendly Tuition – Whether you attend our weekly classes or one of our workshops all tutors have been hand picked for their calibre of qualifications, experience and their approachable teaching style.



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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!"