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sewing classes

Our mixed ability weekly sewing classes for September are currently full: Email Leonie to join the waiting list or read about our other classes here

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 and a nurturing, friendly environment these classes are perfect for anyone wanting to learn or develop their sewing skills. From making garments for adults and children to learning core dressmaking skills, our general sewing class is perfect for anyone wanting to develop their sewing skills. 

If you’re worried that you’re not ready for our general sewing class though – let me reassure you! With no more than 8 students in a class you’ll be guaranteed plenty of time with the tutor to help you with your sewing project. Our tutors have plenty of experience teaching students, no matter how much experience they have. 

Who’s it for?

This is a mixed ability class and is suitable for beginners to more experienced sewers. We do offer a Beginners Sewing class on a Thursday night. The beginners class is also currently fully booked but email Leonie to join the waiting list or visit the Beginners Sewing page here to find out more. 

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 Classes

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

        Becky teaches Wednesday and Saturdays

        Leonie teaches Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Curtain & Roman Blinds.

        when are the classes?

        The Sewing Shed is Covid safe and now running a full schedule of classes, our Autumn term starts w/c 6th September.

        Our six-week course of daytime and evening Sewing Classes take place

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

        Saturday Workshops 10am-4pm: These can be booked as individual dates 21st August, 28th August. Then the first Saturday every month from … October 2nd, November 6th and December 4th 2021.

        *You are welcome to attend both daytime 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 book]

        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 Tuesday night 7.30-9.30pm.

        A Saturday Workshop costs £70 payable in advance.

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

        how to book

        Our classes are booked in six-week blocks to help ease of payment and diarising. Existing students get preference to re-book classes and can join our subscription payment schedule.

        All our weekly sewing classes are currently full and we are operating waiting lists. Email: to join the waiting list, including your mobile number and which class or classes you would like to book. 

        Evening classes are the most popular so do consider joining our Friday or Thursday daytime classes as the waiting list is shorter or book an individual Saturday Sewing Workshop hosted every first Saturday of the month, for which we have better availability.

        I’m sorry we can’t predict how long it will take for a place to become available, but we would love to hear from you. Our waiting list operates on a first come, first served basis so it’s better to get on the list as soon as possible. 

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        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"