New adventures in teaching

I’m so excited to let you all know that I am going to be teaching sewing classes at my local fabric shop, the excellent Hollies Haberdashery, here in my home town, Newcastle-under-Lyme (near Stoke-on-Trent) in Staffordshire. I’ve been busy making samples, writing class step-by-steps and generally getting everything into place for what I hope will be some really fun classes.

Simple cushion class sample. How cute is this sweet dachshund fabric by Jillian Phillips for Dashwood Studios?

The first class is going to focus on learning how to make a simple cushions, with lots of tips and tricks on how to get a really nice finish by selecting great fabrics, using interfacing, and adding trims, cute details and top-stitching.

Hopefully we will get time to include some cute little details like this.
Same pattern – different style. I really wanted these cushions to show what a difference using different fabrics can make. These are from the Guess How Much I Love You collection by Clothworks.

I’m also going to teach an Absolute Beginner’s Sewing Machine class – keeping the class-size very small (only 4 people), and focusing on my strong belief that students do best when they are learning by doing, we will make a really simple ring binder cover. I really want people to go home with something to show for their hard work as well as becoming confident about using their sewing machine.


Although there are more classes in the pipeline (and coming very soon, check back next week), for lots of fun makes like tote bags, zippy pouches, clip-frame purses, English Paper Piecing, and hopefully a weekly evening patchwork class, the only other course available for booking right now is Beginning Patchwork: Nine-Patch Cushion class.

My aim here is to provide a really fun introduction to basics of patchwork, whilst giving people the chance to actually finish something on the day. Here’s the cushion I made using the pattern I’ve created for the class:

I loved fussy cutting these adorable animals for this nine-patch block. The fabric collection is called Foxtail Forest and it is designed by Rae Ritchie for Dear Stella Fabric.

I am really looking forward to sharing the fun that you can have with very straightforward patchwork designs and simple straight line quilting.

If you’re interested in coming along to a class (which run on Tuesday mornings and on Saturdays at the moment – do let me have any feedback about times because we are super-flexible and can put on more classes to suit), here’s where you can read more and make bookings. I really look forward to meeting some of my blog friends in real life!


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6 thoughts on “New adventures in teaching

  1. Hi, I’d like to come along to the ‘Absolute beginners’ class, but on a Saturday. I’d also be interested in anything on simple clothing alteration and making small items like pencil cases / pouches.
    Good luck with the first classes – hope they go brilliantly!

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