Hand Sewing for Making and Mending 5th June


You don’t have to know how to use a sewing machine to make and repair textiles. After all, until the first Industrial Revolution in the eighteenth century all clothing was sewn by hand. In this hand sewing and mending workshop you will learn the basic hand stitching techniques required to produce and mend garments and textiles.

We will cover the sewing techniques you need to start creating and mending your own clothes by hand. After some needle and thread basics, you will learn three easy, hand sewn stitches – running stitch, backstitch and hemming. We will also teach you simple decorative stitching techniques.

Working with these stitches, you will learn how to create strong and neat French seams, and take up a hem. You will take home a small hand sewn soft case with optional ‘sashiko stich’ embellishment.



Learning how to wrangle a needle and thread is a valuable life skill that can save you money, save your clothes and reduce your impact on the environment!

In this relaxing slow sewing workshop you will learn the hand sewing stitches and techniques you need to:
– make and finish simple garments and accessories by hand
– repair and alter your favourite clothes and textiles
– sew on buttons, take up hems, do decorative or less visible mending

Skill level: This workshop is suitable for both absolute beginners and more experienced sewists who fancy a relaxing afternoon of social hand sewing. You can utilise the stitches you learn to either make a small pouch or soft case,  or to hand mend your well worn garments. We welcome and include men and non-binary folk!

We will provide: All sewing equipment; upcycled, vintage fabrics to sew and handout notes.

Bring along: Garments that need mending or enhancing by hand. Meaningful or vintage textiles you would like to upcycle into a pouch such as tea towels or table napkins (we will also have plenty on hand). Your sewing kit if you have one you would prefer to use.

Booking Policies:  Due to our small class numbers our workshops are NON REFUNDABLE and NON TRANSFERABLEBe sure to familiarise yourself with all our Refund and Cancellation Policies before booking to avoid disappointment.
NB: If covid related circumstances prevent you from attending on the date you book, you may transfer to the next date this workshop is held. Proof of vaccination is required to attend this workshop

Payment Options: Paypal using a credit card or Paypal balance. Direct Deposit. Our bank details are in the confirmation email you will receive upon booking. Payment by Direct Deposit is required within 24 hours of booking to secure your place.