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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. And don’t forget your packed lunch if you’re coming on a Saturday, we’ll provide the drinks!

    What equipment is supplied?

        We provide a Janome sewing machine for each student Access to two very large cutting tables and two overlockers

        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 and Friday

        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

        Thursday morning 9.30am – 11.30am*

        Thursday afternoon 12.30pm – 2.30pm*

        Friday morning 9.30am – 11.30am*

        Friday afternoon 12.30pm – 2.30pm*

        The Saturday Sewing Workshops are held on the first Saturday of every month from 10am – 4pm.

        *You are welcome to attend both morning and afternoon classes, just book both classes and remember your packed lunch as break for an hour in between. [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

        A Saturday sewing workshop costs £55 payable in advance

        [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"