Adult workshops & Lessons

Hello Customers,

From December 2018 our little sewing shop closed as I began my maternity leave. Since then I have not run any adult workshops or lessons.  


Below is a list of our workshops and a brief description about them.

I will hopefully be returning to teach some of the courses this Winter.

If you are interested in one of our courses please get in touch, therefore I can guarantee a group booking and confirm venue, dates and times.

In the meantime I will be teaching 3 workshops at The Knitting and Stitching Show this November at the Covention Centre Harrogate on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th November. These include a fabric basket and messenger bag.

To book tickets go to

Needle Point Courses available;

Introduction to the Sewing Machine


A two hour session introducing you to the uses and features of a sewing machine.

You will learn basic skills such as:

-      Threading a machine

-      Inserting a bobbin

-      Winding a bobbin

-      Knowing what tension and stitches to use for different fabrics

You will be shown how to create a neat seam, hem and perfect corners, as well as how to change the machine foot and learn when to use different feet for a variety of techniques.  

We will also cover how to sew a buttonhole and experiment with machine applique and patchwork techniques.

This course is aimed at students who have;

- not bought a sewing machine, but would like to learn a new hobby.

- just purchased a machine and would like to learn how to use it

- not sewn for a while and need a refresher course to get them started.

Freehand Machine Embroidery and Machine Applique


We have combined our two most popular workshops into one 3 hour class. This allows you to sample both techniques as well as learn twice as much.

The first half of the workshop will be focusing on machine appliqué.

You will learn how to:

-          Transfer your image onto fabric

-          Choose the right stitch and size for the project

-          Experiment with letters and motifs

You will then move onto Freehand Machine Embroidery after a tea break!!

You will be shown how to set up your machine for this technique by lowering the feed dogs and changing the tension.

You will then practice some common stitches used for this technique and learn when to use them.

Once you are confident you will then create your own picture using calico and a selection of fabric, felt and metallic threads.

All materials are all included.

Beginners Dressmaking - 3 week course


This workshop is aimed at beginners and students who would like to return to sewing.

Each student can bring along an easy dressmaking pattern for a skirt, or dress to work through during these 3 sessions.

We will be on hand to advise and guide you through any techniques and stages you may need help with, eg inserting a zip, sleeves, hem or neckline.

Suggested patterns;

- Burda 6721 Dress

- Burda 6723 Skirt

- Burda 6836 Skirt

- New Look 6899 Skirt

- New Look 6145 Dress

- Simplicity 2314 Skirt

- Simplicity 1609 Dress

- Simplicity 2906 Skirt

- Simplicity 4236 Skirt

- Tilly and the Buttons Miette Skirt

- Tilly and the Buttons Cleo Pinafore

- Tilly and the Buttons Dominique Skirt

Other patterns of your choice can also be used. Please make us aware when booking.

We are happy to advise you on how much fabric and materials you will need.

Please note you may not fully complete your garment over the 3 sessions.

Patchwork Quilt - 3 week course


Create your own mini quilt using patchwork techniques.

Week 1 – you will be shown how to;

-          Cut fabric using a rotary cutter, ruler and mat.

-          Sew a straight seam.

-          Press a seam.

-          Match seams.

-          Create your design using squares, rectangles and rows


Week 2 – Once you have finalised your design you will spend this session adding a boarder and quilting on top of your patchwork. 

Week 3 – In this session you will sew your front, back and wadding panels together, before adding a bias binding edge.

This is a great workshop for beginners or for people who want to improve their skills. The finished quilt is ideal for a new arrival, lap quilt or children’s play mat.

You will need to bring a 5 fat quarters in your chosen colours and patterns to the first session. You will need a backing fabric, wadding and bias binding for sessions 2 and 3. These measurements can be discussed in session 1.

Dressmaking Techniques


This workshop will cover many useful dressmaking techniques which can be used in a variety of commercial dressmaking patterns.  

You will be shown;

  • How to insert a zip into a dress or skirt

  • Set up the sewing machine to create a one-step buttonhole

  • Transfer pattern markings to sew a bust and back dart

  • Insert a sleeve into a top

  • Bind a neckline for a t-shirt using jersey fabric.

This workshop is suitable for students with some sewing machine experience.

You will leave will all your samples to take home and refer to once you start your dressmaking pattern.

All materials are included.

Mother and Daughter Class - Cushion Cover or Tote Bag


Join us on our Mother and daughter workshop, to make a lovely tote bag or cushion cover each. A great way to spend some quality time together as well as improve your sewing and creative skills.  

We will show you how;

  • To cut a pattern.

  • Insert a lining (bag).

  • Insert a zip (cushion).

  • Finish edges.

You will need to bring per project.

Tote Bag

  • 1/2m of light to medium weight cotton fabric for outer bag and handle.

  • 1/2m of light to medium weight cotton fabric for lining.


  • 1/2m of light to medium weight cotton.

  • 1 30cm closed zip.

Christmas Wreath


One of our festive Christmas workshops to get you in the Christmas spirit.

In this workshop you will make your own patchwork Christmas wreath.

We will show you how to read a commercial pattern, pattern cut and construct your product.

You will need to bring 5 fat quarters of Christmas fabric or equivalent. Toy stuffing is provided.

Suitable for beginners.

Advent Calendar


This lovely Christmas workshop is a perfect way of bringing something handmade into the home that the whole family can enjoy for years to come.

You will need to bring an advent calendar panel. We used Makower Novelty Square Advent Calendar panel. You will also need 1m of 2-4oz wadding and 1m cotton backing fabric.

Suitable for all levels.

Beginners Crochet

£30 for 2 hour 1 2 1 lesson

We offer one to one crochet lessons for beginners.

You will learn;

- how to cast on

- work 2 stitches in rows  - double crochet and treble crochet

- work in the round to complete a granny square

A hook, yarn and instructions are included.

Cushion Cover or Tote Bag


Two great projects that you will want to make over and over again for presents.

You will need to bring;

Tote Bag

  • 1/2m of light to medium weight cotton fabric for outer bag and handle

  • 1/2m of light to medium weight cotton fabric for lining

  • Matching thread



  • 1/2m of light to medium weight cotton

  • 1 x 30cm closed zip

  • Matching thread


PJ Bottoms


This is a great workshop for students who would like to try dressmaking without being too daunting.

We will show you how to read a commercial pattern, pattern cut, transfer pattern markings and sew your garment together.

At the end of the workshop you will leave with a pair of comfy pj bottoms.

You will need to bring 2.5m of fabric (preferably a light to medium weight cotton).

For all our dressmaking courses it is advised to wash and iron fabric before the workshop.

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