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sewing for beginners

Beginners Sewing Class currently fully booked: Email Leonie to join the waiting list or read about our other sewing classes

From students who’ve never switched on a sewing machine to those who haven’t sewn since school, our friendly Thursday evening beginners sewing class is a friendly mix of newbie and novice sewers and students wanting to boost their sewing confidence. 

Each student has a slightly different starting point, and thanks to our small classes, we can guarantee you plenty of time with the tutor so that you can build your skills and your confidence. 

That’s the good news. The bad news is that our Thursday evening beginners’ class is currently fully booked (as of June 2021) but, don’t despair! We do have availability in our open/general sewing classes and workshops.

If you’re worried that you’re not ready for our general sewing class – let me reassure you! Our classes are small with no more than 8 students which means that your sewing tutor will be able to give you plenty of support with your chosen sewing project. That might be refreshing your sewing skills and giving you a confidence boost. We’re proud of our friendly classes, it’s a space where everyone is welcome and supported. 

So, if you’ve been glued to The Great British Sewing Bee, and fancy digging out your sewing kit, take a look at our daytime sewing classes. We’d love to see you there. 

How to book & waiting lists

The Sewing Shed is Covid safe and now running a full schedule of classes. (3rd June 2021)

We have a waiting list for all our weekly sewing classes so please do get in touch with your class preference and mobile number. 

Email Leonie

Thursday & Friday daytime sewing class or Sewing workshop

The waiting list for our Thursday or Friday daytime sewing class is shorter than our beginner’s class and we have better availability for our Sewing Workshop which we host the first Saturday of the month. 

Just email Leonie to find out more.

Who’s this class for?

Suitable for those new to sewing or those self taught but wanting to be taught professionally.

What will I learn?

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

Understanding how to read a pattern.

Understanding how to use a sewing machine.

What do I need to bring?

We stock Tilly & The Buttons patterns – so choose one to be at your first class. You need to supply your own fabric. 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. There will be access to the overlockers as the course progresses.

        Meet the tutor

        Leonie teaches our Beginners Sewing Class

        [Click here to read Leonie’s bios]

        when are the classes?

        Our six week course of Beginners Sewing Classes take place on:

        Thursday evenings 7.30pm – 9.30pm

        how much does it cost?

        The six week sewing course costs £100 payable in advance. You will attend the same 2 hour class each week for example always attending on a Thursday night 7.30-9.30pm. Our range of Tilly & The Buttons patterns start at £13, which is an additional cost – so get in touch to choose one ready for your first class.

        It is anticipated that if you have attended two courses that you will be able to choose a garment (or something for the home) of their own choice to make having understood about different types of fabrics and garment construction.

        [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