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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. From 2nd November 2020, we are now offering these via Zoom! We are planning to re-open our doors from 3rd December for face to face classes.

Who’s it for?

This is a mixed ability class and is suitable for beginners to more experienced sewers. We do however offer a Beginners Sewing class on a Thursday night (click here to see Beginners Sewing).

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 Class

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

        Becky teaches Wednesday and Saturdays

        Leonie teaches Monday, Tuesday, Thursday daytime, Friday and Saturdays.

        when are the classes?

        As of today, 5th January 2021 and we are in a national lockdown, all classes are postponed until w/c 22nd February 2021.

        Our six week course of Sewing Classes take place on:

        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

        Friday morning* 9.30-11.30am

        Friday afternoon* 12.30-2.30pm

        Saturday Workshops 10am-4pm : These can be booked as individual dates. We will commence again in March 6th, April 3rd, May 1st, June 5th, July 3rd, August 7th 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 £60 payable in advance.

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

        how to book


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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"