I have a selection of workshops to suit all levels of ability listed below. The cost for all my workshops covers my tuition, use of all equipment and refreshments. I have a range of fabrics to choose from for an additional cost, otherwise if you want a specific fabric please bring your own.
Please note – the same workshops do NOT run every week. My newsletter will update you with forthcoming workshops. If you would like to be added to my mailing list please email email@example.com
I currently run my workshops on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. You can find images from recent workshops on my blog (thecosybagco.tumblr.com). If you do not find a date to suit you and are able to organise a group of at least three, I am happy to arrange a more suitable date specifically for you. Alternatively, I also run 1-1 sessions. Contact me for details.
‘Back to Basics’ Designed for anyone totally new to machine sewing, or for those who have just bought a new machine/not used a machine for some years, and need to familiarise themselves with the functions. This 3 hour workshop will teach you all you need to know for basic sewing projects and will include useful tips. This session will also include a mini project to take home with you. Refreshments & all materials included. Cost £30.
‘Bags of Fun’
The ever popular bag making workshop is ideal for beginners to intermediate. Learn how to make a lined handbag or shoulder bag. I will provide you with a Cosy Bag template (which you can take home with you to practice some more!). Cost includes a day of tuition, refreshments, use of all equipment and template. These workshops run on Fridays or Saturdays from 10.00 am – 4.30 pm. Cost £49.50.
‘The Next Stitch’
A full day workshop for those who have already gained skills and confidence at a ‘Bags of Fun’ workshop, or for those with a higher level of sewing skills already. More advanced templates are provided. Fridays or Saturdays 10.00 am – 5.30 pm. Tuition, use of equipment, and template included. Cost £58.
Learn how to make a cushion or pillow cover. Why not bring an old pillow & give it a new lease of life by transforming it into a new plump cushion! This workshop is a great way of using up scraps of fabric. From plain & simple to fancy ones with trims, buttons or tassels. Half day to learn how to make a basic cushion cover or a full day workshop to make a set of covers or something more creative. Half day £25 & full day £45.
I also run a range of crochet workshops for complete beginners & those with some crochet skills already
‘Just Like Granny Used to Make!’
Crochet for beginners. Learn the technique of foundation, slipstitch, treble crochet and double crochet to make a granny square. Once you have mastered the basic techniques you will have the ability to make an endless array of items! Thurs eve 6 pm – 8 pm. Some Fridays & Saturdays 10 am – 12 pm. £22.50 – includes refreshments, practice wool and instruction pack. I have crochet hooks you may use for the workshop.
‘Mix ‘n’ Match’
For those who have mastered the granny square! Learn new techniques so you can mix a combination of designs to make an interesting throw or one of a variety of designs from chevron crochet to bobbles and flowers. £22.50 for this 2 hour workshop includes refreshments, practice wool and instruction pack.
Or have fun at Crochet & Cupcakes crochet session this Spring/Summer to make a pretty daisy chain or other floribunda!
Curtain Making for Beginners/Intermediate
A full day workshop to learn how to make a lined pencil pleat headed curtain with a professional finish. During this workshop, I will teach you how to calculate the fabric you require and how to construct a lined curtain. You will complete a small sample curtain at this workshop which you will take home with you for reference. You will also be provided with a guidance booklet as a reminder of how to complete your curtain. This will also include examples of different sized windows and how to calculate for your fabric. All materials (main fabric, lining, weights & heading tape) will be provided for the day and you will have the use of all equipment (sewing machine, thread, scissors, pins & needles). All you need to bring is yourself and a packed lunch! Fridays or Saturdays 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. Cost for this full day workshop including all materials and refreshments £68.
‘The Next Step’ to curtain making – Intermediate – advanced
If you are happy with the results and confident to learn more, why not come to a further full day workshop where you will learn how to pattern match your fabric and also learn how to make other headings such as French pleat (also known as triple pleat or pinch pleat), I also cover other headings such as Dutch (twin pleat), inverted pleats, goblet headings and tab top. Again, this will be a full day workshop 10 – 4.30 with all materials provided at a cost of £85.
Roman Blind Making – suitable for beginners with some sewing experience
On this full day course, you will learn how to make a hand-stitched lined Roman blind complete with batten to attach to your window. You will learn how to calculate the amount of fabric required & also how to calculate the number of folds. Some machining & hand sewing required. All materials for your sample blind will be included in the price. (Main fabric, lining, wooden batten, Velcro, blind cord, screw eyes). 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. Cost £88.
MAKE A CIRCLE SKIRT
A great workshop even if you have very little sewing experience. Make this lovely circle skirt. I will teach you how to make one to fit your measurements and the length you fancy. You will learn how to insert a zip and can also add a pocket too. The good thing about this design is that it suits any body shape and always hangs so well. No pattern to follow either which is an added bonus! It can be designed as a summer cotton skirt or as a wooly winter version, so once you have the know how you can add to your summer and winter wardrobe. Fri/Sat 10.00 am – 4.30 pm. £45. Refreshments provided.
BUNTING MAKING beginners to advanced
This 3 hour session is a great first project for anyone new to sewing, but I have more advanced ideas for those more skilled. Come and make a 3 m length of bunting. Fri/Sat 10.00 am – 1.00 pm. Cost £28. Cost includes template & refreshments. ALL levels welcome as I will vary the workshop to suit your level of ability.
Have fun using scraps of fabric to make a hand sewn floral fabric brooch or a corsage that can be incorporated in with other projects. 3-hour sessions run on Thurs/Fri eve or Fri/Sat morning. Cost £26.50 including refreshments & materials.