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Childrens Holiday Sewing Club

Children are increasingly keen to learn to sew for themselves, and we’re all for learning a new practical skill. So we run sewing classes in the school holidays for 8-18 year olds. The holiday club is lead by Leonie Pratt and ably assisted by Imi our big girl helper who is a confident sewer and enthusiastic crafter and lovely young lady who our youngsters adore.

  • What they sew will depend upon their abilities, from bags to bunting, cards to cushions, there will be a daily selection to choose from. Materials will be provided for these projects.
  • A sewn item or two will be achieved each day.
  • children will be encouraged to up-cycle as well as make from new.
  • It’s a great way for children to get started with making their own creations.
  • Older students wanting to learn more advanced techniques are requested to bring their own dressmaking patterns and fabric as personal taste varies greatly. Attending for two days, or more if wanting to make garments would be preferable to achieve this.
  • Brand new computerised Janome domestic sewing machines (with speed control and touch control as opposed to foot control) will be used – easy for young sewers to master.
  • Access to two overlockers for the more advanced students.
  • Children will be taught both hand and machine sewing.
  • They’ll get plenty of personal attention, as our sewing classes won’t exceed eight students.
  • There’s a friendly, fun atmosphere with lots of patient help in our beautiful converted chapel.
  • Something creative to do in the school holidays.
  • Suitable for those crafty kids who really want to learn how to sew or are already sewers and want to increase their skills.

When and how much?

This class runs from 10.00am to 4pm, having launched Summer 2019 it’s been a great success and we will run in all school holidays. Cost £30 per day.

What else do I need to know?

Children are to bring their own packed lunch, afternoon snack and named water bottle. Unlimited juice and water are available. They are welcome to bring their own sewing kits if they have one, but it is not necessary. We are a self contained studio with our own toilet facilities. The Sewing Shed is inside Ilkley’s beautiful garden cemetery, weather permitting we will take a break outside at lunchtime. All ages will be taught along side one another as there is plenty of space for all and students can inspire one another. Children can be dropped at the door with ease as we have free on site parking, vehicular access is via Ashlands Road. Do drive through the gates – we are the chapel on the right hand side.


Autumn Half-term Holidays 2019

w/c 22nd October – 10.00am – 4.00pm

  • Monday 28th October 10.00am – 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 29th October – 10.00am – 4.00pm

Christmas  Holidays 2019

w/c 23rd December – 10.00am – 4.00pm

  • Monday 23rd December 10.00am – 4.00pm

how to book

To enquire or make a booking, please call 07525 029986 or email us. We anticipate places will be high demand and as we have restricted numbers please book in plenty of time to avoid disappointment! Also, please read our booking terms & conditions.