Sewing Workshops

Please take the time to read the workshop description carefully - many of these projects will have a materials and/or equipment list that you need to organise before your class or be ready to choose on the day of your class!

Beginner Level Workshops

NEW! Sew Useful Things!


This new workshop comes with a little bit of freedom - to choose which project you want to do. You'll be making something useful and, of course, it doesn't have to be for yourself - all our projects make great gifts!

You will need to choose from the list below and tell us your choice BEFORE your class - so we can let you know the materials you'll need and so we can prepare ahead of time!

  • Simple Tote Bag
  • Drawstring Bag
  • Cushion Cover with Zip
  • Pillowcase
  • Simple Zip purse/Pouch
  • Scented Sachets

10am - 1pm £25 ~ Saturday 14th October ~ Saturday 28th October Saturday 16th December

*Call us on 01303 261329 or email us your choice of project at time of booking*

Beginners - Easy Tote Bag

Beginner sewing machine lessons

Only 4 persons per class so sign up early!  Make this handy fully lined tote bag!

A good starting point with sewing to improve your confidence with the basics of using a sewing machine.You can also choose this project to do in our "Sew Useful Things" workshop - see separate listing above

10am - 1pm £25+ materials ~ More dates TBC

Beginners- Intro to the Sewing Machine

Beginner sewing machine lessonsThis class is suitable for complete beginners or those in need of a refresher or a bit of confidence.  A little knowledge goes a long way!  You'll get an understanding of what a machine needs to work properly and you'll practice your skills by making an envelope cushion cover with fabrics of your choice.

Get that machine out of the box at last!  A very relaxed class.  Please bring a lunch with you or pop out for a sandwich.

10.30 - 3.00pm  £50 includes materials for your project

 7th October FULL ~ 4th November FULL

Please EMAIL us or call us on 01303 261329 if you would like to be added to our waiting list.

Carry On Beginner Level Workshops

Quilted Tote Bag

A fun workshop making a practical but beautiful tote bag. This is a good class covering some useful techniques including some quilting so you can carry on and make more bags for every occasion or as gifts! You'll choose your fabrics on the day so just bring yourself and your sewing mojo!

£40 + materials ~ 10-4pm  ~ 30th Sept Fri Nov 17


Child's Easy Backpack

backpackThis is a simple drawstring style bag but very effective when made with two or three co-ordinating prints.  Great for organising the kids' stuff!  

10 - 2pm  £25 plus materials - Dates TBC

Scented Sachet Sets


A fun workshop making a set of 3 lavender filled sachets - useful for keeping your clothing or fabric stash nice and fresh smelling! Or give as a gift! All materials are included. You can also choose this project to do in our "Sew Useful Things" workshop - see separate listing.

£20 - 10am - 12pm - More dates TBC

Easy Pillowcases

Easy PillowcasesThis is a simple sewing method which gives a super professional finish.  What a great way to quickly update your bedrooms with a new colour!  You can choose to have a print accent with a crisp white cotton case or go for a real statement with a print case and white trim.  Or mix up your prints! Materials are extra; approx. one metre total  3/4 for body and 1/4 for trim (you may want to purchase double so you can make a matching set)

You can also choose this project to do in our "Sew Useful Things" workshop - see separate listing.

1.30 - 4.30pm £25 per person + materials ~ more dates TBC

Make an Apron - think Christmas


A classic class with great results, make yourself an apron - or for someone as a gift? Think "Christmas"!!

10am - 4pm  £30 + materials

Friday Nov 3rd ~ Sat Nov 18 (only 2 spaces left)

Easy Cushion Cover with Zip

Cushion Cover with Zip workshop 2016This class is suitable for anyone who has taken my beginner's sewing class or those who are comfortable threading a machine and sewing straight lines.

This is a very simple cushion cover with matching front and back from your choice of our beautiful fabrics. You'll learn how to insert a zip with a flap to conceal it (as seen in picture) and, voila, a beautiful hand-made cushion! When you discover how quick and easy these are you'll want to make some for every season for yourself or gift-giving.

You can also choose this project to do in our "Sew Useful Things" workshop - see separate listing.

10am - 12:30pm  £25 + materials ~ Dates TBC


Please take the time to read the workshop description carefully - many of these projects will have a materials and/or equipment list that you need to organise before your class or be ready to choose on the day of your class!

Two in One: Zip Pouch & Shopper

Zip Pouch & Tote Workshop

Great little duo for a High Street shop.  Pop in your cash, phone, keys, lippy and still have room for the matching shopping bag!(Materials extra -  3/4m of  two coordinating fabrics & zip)

10 - 4pm ~ Dates TBC


Cosmetic Bag

Cosmetic Bag….or for anything that needs a place of it’s own! This is a firm bag with a lovely lining and zip closure. Once you know how you can go on to make this in many sizes. I love personalising them and using them as gift bags.

You will need - 2 fat quarters for one of these zip pouches.

10-1pm  £25 + materials -  Fri Nov 24  NOW FULL

Machine Embroidery / Applique

raw edge applique embroidery class kentAll materials included but feel free to bring textile scraps of any kind and colourful threads if you have some, in particular, you would like to play with. We will be making a design to fit an embroidery hoop. This is an entirely new way of using a sewing machine, so no experience necessary!

10 - 3pm ~ £30 ~ 29th Sept FULL ~ Friday 13th October FULL

Nested Baskets

Who doesn’t need more storage? These pretty nesting boxes with handles would make great gifts too.  We’ll use a “quilt as you go” technique to construct the quilted outers for your boxes.

You will need to bring three to five coordinating fat or skinny quarters, half a metre of lining fabric and thread.

10am - 3pm  £30 ~ Sat 9th Sept-FULL ~ Thurs 5th Oct-FULL ~  Sat Nov 11 FULL  - Fri 1st Dec FULL



Cat & Dog Soft Toys

catanddogThis class is to guide you through using pre-printed panels to make these soft toys.  The last one we did were the sweet bunnies and it was very popular.

£15 per person plus materials ~ 10-2pm ~ Dates are still to be confirmed - due to the delivery of this fabric being late in the year classes will likely be running early in 2018



Stockings & Christmas Sacks

Make a Christmas SackChoose to make a stocking or sack to hold those Christmas goodies.  Suitable for beginners. Choice of fabrics (not included in price)  Make it a day out with friends!

10 - 2pm   £25 plus materials

Saturday 25th November ~ 9th December



New! Social Sewing - Wednesdays

A great opportunity to come along and use our workroom for your own sewing project in a social setting. Work on whatever you want interruption-free! Bring your own machine or hire one of ours for £3 for the session. The workroom is available to you from 10am - 3pm so you can turn up at a time that suits you.

10 - 3pm ~ £5 per person

Wed 13th & 27th Sept / Wed 11th & 25th Oct

*Please call us on 01303 261329 to book your place*

Get To Grips With Zips!

Barbara Roots will give you your comprehensive guide of how to insert professional looking zips into your garments. You will take home your own samples of a concealed zip, lapped and fly front zips.

Please bring along one 8” concealed zip and two 8” normal zips and some scraps of fabric big enough to use with the zips.

10 - 1pm  £30 ~ Saturday Oct 21st ~ ONLY 2 SPACES LEFT!!

Know Your OverLocker

Understand troublesome threading, tensions, cutting widths and differential feed with Barbara Roots. Learn how to make your finishes neat and tidy. Learn how to change the settings on your machine to produce a variety of stitches including 4 and 3 thread overlocking stitch and beautiful roll hemming. Perfect for those who are wary of their overlocker or for more confident sewers.

Please bring along your own overlocking machine (tested before class), foot pedal, feet and 4 different coloured reels of *gutermann all-purpose sewing thread.

*gutermann sew-all thread is available to purchase on the day

10 - 3pm  £45 ~ Sat 23rd Sept FULL


Intermediate Level Workshops

Fit Your Pattern with Barbara Roots


Barbara is now offering a dressmaking class in a one day format. Obviously, you will not progress as far on your final garment, but you will have learned about body measurements versus finished garment measurements, created a toile, altered the toile and transferred these alterations to your paper pattern ready to create your final garment.

*You will need to have chosen your pattern ahead of the class*

Dates - TBC

These one day classes are from 10-4 for £45 plus materials.  

Dressmaking with Barbara Roots


An intensive 3 day workshop over 3 weeks giving an understanding of dressmaking and using a paper pattern. Learn about sizing, fit, pattern symbols, construction of your garment (sewing seams, darts, pressing) and fabric choices. How to make a toile (mock-up) and garment, finished using industry methods. Choose your own pattern appropriate to your level of sewing. We can advise you in store.  Please bring or buy fabric and all sewing notions as indicated on pattern.  You should have sewing experience for this class.

Barbara is only available a few times a year to teach this series so we recommend you please contact us via email to put your name down for future classes.

10 - 4pm £195