Workshops

Our Workshops aim to inspire, encourage and develop all abilities with new ideas and techniques. Booking entitles you to a 10% discount at  The Cambridge Fabric Company (when purchasing materials for the workshop in advance/on the day and on all other purchases on the day of your workshop)  Complimentary drinks and snacks are provided at all our classes.  

LATEST PROGRAMME

Drop in Sewing Surgery (All Levels)  £10 per hour or £20 per session
Wednesday November 8th 10am-12pm
Wednesday November 22nd 10am-12pm
Wednesday December 6th 10am-12pm
Our Sewing Surgery classes are the perfect solution for those who either need some help with a project or want to make something specific that we don’t cover in any of the group classes. We welcome all projects, bring anything from an untouched pattern to half made garments to vintage alterations. Particularly good for people stuck on a project and needing some advice, or people thinking about investing in a sewing machine, but wanting to give it a go before hand. During these weekly sessions you can enjoy the company of like minded people in a friendly environment. Tools and refreshments are provided. If you’d like to just use our machines you are welcome to pay by the hour, if you think you would like some assistance we recommend that you allow 2 hours.
This class can be used on a ‘drop in, first come first, served basis’ however if you would like to book in advance to guarantee a space you are welcome to.

Box Cushion (Intermediate)
Sunday November 5th 10-3pm £65 (including foam)

Box cushions are great for wooden kitchen chairs, window seats and outdoor furniture. Join us at this new workshop to learn how to make a piped and zipped box cushion cover. You will learn how to work out fabric needed, how to cut out to the correct size, attach piping and insert a zip so you can remove your cover and wash it. You'll be all set to make many more covers in various different sizes. You will need: 1m furnishing fabric, 3m piping cord, 55cm zip

Intro to Free Machine Embroidery (Beginners) 
Saturday November 11th 1pm-4pm £40
In this 3 hour class we’ll gently guide you through all the techniques you need to learn free-machine embroidery and show you how to get the knack  and help you make a machine-embroidered sampler. You’ll learn on pieces of calico, which you can then turn into something else when you get home, or just frame them if you prefer! Suitable for those who have basic knowledge of a sewing machine, once you've learned this wonderfully creative technique, there’s no turning back! All material included.

Leggings for Baby/kids (Beginner +1)
Sunday 12th November 1-4pm £35 
This class is ideal for someone with basic understanding of the sewing machine who wants to try working with stretch jersey and make a beautiful pair leggings for little ones (size 3-6 months to 3- 4 years). We will teach you how to work with jersey on a regular sewing machine. You will leave with a pair of leggings and a copied pattern ready for making many more. Material to bring with you: 50cm jersey (for size 3-6 months) 75 cm (for up to size 3-4 years)  50cm of elastic 1 cm wide

Christmas Stocking (Beginners) 
Sunday 19th November 12-4pm £40
Make a festive Christmas stocking that will be brought out and used each festive season for years to come, and even handed down through the generations! Materials to bring with you: 50cm Festive fabric; 50cm co-ordinating fabric for lining; 1m ribbon for hanging and embellishment.

Intro to Dressmaking (Beginners)  6 week course  £140
Monday November 6th 6-8pm

Monday November 13th 6-8pm 
Monday November 20th 6-8pm 
Monday November 27th  6-8pm 
Monday December 4th 6-8pm 
Monday December 11th 6-8pm 
A dressmaking course that covers the core skills in garment construction, such as: introduction to the sewing machine, dressmaking terminology, learning how to take correct measurements, garment construction techniques.

  • How to choose and read a paper sewing pattern
  • Choose suitable fabrics for your sewing projects.
  • How to set up and thread and competently use a sewing machine
  • How to sew seams, hems and zips, button holes, pockets, elasticated waistbands, etc
  • Be able to confidently construct a basic item of clothing following a commercial paper sewing pattern instructions

Oilcloth Washbag (Intermediate) Sunday November 26th 1-4pm £40
Everyone needs a waterproof bag – for toiletries, makeup, or as a case for crayons! They also make fantastic gifts - just in case you're looking for new ideas this time of year... This workshop will take your basic sewing skills to the next level. You will learn how to cut and stitch fabrics, including oilcloth, dart to shape your bag and insert a zip. You will leave with a wipe-able little bag that's easy to clean and all the tips & techniques you need to make many more in various shapes and sizes. Materials to bring with you: 50cms of oilcloth fabric and a 30cm zip

Skirt In A Day (Beginner + 1) Saturday December 2nd 10-5pm £70
Learn how to draft and construct a simple straight or a-line skirt using your own body measurements so that it's a perfect fit for you.  The day starts with drafting the pattern and then creating a toile and finally making up your skirt in a fabric of your choice. A basic knowledge of using a sewing machine is required. Materials to bring with you: 1.5m calico or an old sheet etc to make the toile, 1.5 m fabric for the skirt and a 20cm zip.  

Pattern Cutting (Beginner +1)  Saturday December 9th 10-5pm £70
When it comes to a successful dressmaking project, few things are as important as getting a good bodice fit. In this workshop you will learn how to draft a bodice block from your own body measurements.  Having an accurate bodice block that fits you means it can be adapted to create all sorts of future sewing patterns. You will come away from the class with a finished paper pattern and toile for your bodice, plus an understanding of how to make adjustments to create different pattern styles from your bodice block."

You will cover the following techniques is class:

  • Taking accurate body measurements
  • Drafting your bodice pattern
  • Adding seam allowances
  • Constructing a Toile
  • Making small fit adjustments
  • Transferring alterations to your pattern
    Bring with you: a calculator

 

FAQs

How many people are there on your courses?
We like to keep numbers small in order to ensure everyone gets as much individual attention as possible and to provide the best possible quality of teaching. Because of this, we keep our numbers to a maximum of six places, very occasionally we may have a class where we may allow up to seven people on.

Can I buy my fabrics from you?
Yes you can! We have a lovely selection of fabrics suitable for all our course projects. We also sell haberdashery and stock some amazing starter sewing kits containing everything you need to get you sewing at home!

Can I pay for my course on the day?
Generally not. All our courses must be pre-booked and paid for in full via our website, by phone or in person. 

Can I book my course over the phone?
Yes you can.

Could I have my place reserved on a course and pay for it on the day, or at a later date?
Unfortunately not. This does not work well with or booking system.

I booked a course, but can no longer attend. Can I transfer to a different date?
Yes you can. Once you notify us you are no longer able to attend, you will be put on a waiting list for the next available course, or for a date of your choice. If your workshop is a one off and not repeated, you will be offered a credit note to the value of the workshop to spend in store.

I booked a course but am no longer able to attend. Can I obtain a refund?
Unfortunately not. All bookings are non refundable. However, if the course you are booked on has a waiting list and we are able to fill your space we will refund you.

I am a complete sewing novice. Which courses do you recommend?
Any of our beginners courses  are suitable for complete newbies who have never used a sewing machine before. If you did some sewing and learnt to use a sewing machine at school many years ago, but have not had any practice since it can still be a good idea to start with a workshop suitable for beginners.

Are your classes suitable for children and teenagers?
Some of classes are suitable for adults. We may occasionally make an exception for teenagers 14 or over, however this depends on the circumstances and it’s entirely at our discretion. Please contact us prior to booking, if you would like to book a place for a teenager. We may also be able to offer one to one tuition or a small group session - please contact us to discuss.

Do you host parties?
We would be delighted to host a private party for you and your favourite people. From Kid’s birthday parties to hen parties - we have a class for everyone.  With our bright and simple teaching approach and over 400 fabrics in the shop at your disposal, it's all about making unique sewing projects. Any age, any ability, any taste, contact us and see what you can make!

 

     

     

     

     

     

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