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Sewing Work-shops and evening courses are held at M-Design Sewing Studio, Unit 24, Lansdown Industrial Estate, Cheltenham, GL51 8PL

The workshops are for people who are interested in learning to sew or improve on their existing skills. You can use your own machine or make a reservation for one of the machines I have here. A requirement list will be sent out to you so you can buy your fabrics, alternatively you will be able to buy fabrics and haberdashery in my studio.

One-off workshops are often (though not always) based around a theme or a particular skill whereas the evening courses are more flexible. Introduction to machine sewing, patchwork, dress-making, cushions etc. Learn at your own pace and pick up vital sewing skills by working on a project with my help. Workshops and courses are run with a maximum of 6 students in a friendly atmosphere. Please also check out our reviews on Free Index

If you have a group of people wanting to learn sewing at another location or you are looking for someone to teach a sewing project as a party exercise (birthday or hen parties) please contact me. As I have a valid CRB-Check I will consider workshops with children and disabled people but the latter might have to be at another location.

Please phone or send an email inquiry if you want to find out more details about my courses. Dates for future workshops will be announced on Twitter and on my facebook group "Sewing in Cheltenham. (Dressmaking, Patchwork, Machine Embroidery and more.) Why not request to join if you want to keep an eye on those? Please also look at my Bookings and Cancellation Policy below.

Things you can learn to sew:

  • A little Make-up bag. This will give you an insight of how things are put together and what goes on behind the scenes so to speak. (They also make great presents)
  • A fold-over cushion. Quite an easy undertaking, no zip, no button , just sew!
  • A tote bag. Everyone needs a tote! Especially now that you have decided to sew things, you will need more bags to keep all your lovely materials and bits and bobs in.
  • An apron. This is a little project to teach you gathering and pockets and a lot of hemming.
  • An A-line skirt. Learn to make a skirt in just a few sessions and learn how to fit a pattern to your own size. (Ideal project for summer school)
  • The advanced tote. This one is made from a more advanced pattern and affords a little more time and a little more expertise. If you would like to do this you may need to book two workshop days.
  • A patchwork cushion. We will look at rotary cutting for patchwork and how to piece a top together. We will then learn to layer and quilt it and also make it up into a zip-up cushion.
  • A baby-quilt or a lap quilt to take rotary cutting just that little bit further. This will be a bigger project so you must plan in a lot more time even if you do some things at home.
  • Learning to embellish clothes, cushions or quilts.
If there are any projects I haven't mentioned here and you would like to have a go at please feel free to ask about it. I have had a lot of requests for curtain making and I can lay on some workshop days especially for those students who would like to do machined curtains only. There are no workshops in the pipe-line as yet for hand-made headings and traditionally made curtains.

What students have made in my workshops:
Make-up bags (lots of them)
Advanced totes
Camisole tops
Quilted table runners
Hot water bottle covers
i-pod covers
Patchwork bags
and many more things



Scheduled workshops for 2016

Six-week beginners' sewing course, starting January 21st. See website for details and booking.
January 30th Applique. See website for details and booking.
February 6th Machine Embroidery. See website for details and booking.
March 16th Quick Curtain course. See website for details and booking.
May 14th and 21st A-line skirt course. See website for details and booking.
September 24th Jersey course. See website for details and booking.
October 8th and 15th All about cushions. See website for details and booking.
November 12th and 19th Christmas Sewing. See website for details and booking.

This year's summer school dates are yet to be announced. Workshop days can be arranged for small groups and during the year I will also set some dates for individual workshop days.

During the year there might be a few more workshop days slotted in at random or upon request.

Also please be aware of the evening classes continuing throughout the year. These are always on Wednesdays or Mondays from 7-9pm. Enrolment for 6 weeks at a time. Additional 6 week classes, which are slotted in throughout the year, will be on Thursdays 7-9pm. The next one of those is scheduled for May, date to be announced.

Some students might prefer a 1-2-1 to learn about their sewing machine or to learn a few techniques they haven't quite mastered in class yet. These session can be half (3hour) or full (6hour) days, (trust me, you don't want to be sewing for longer than that!) and can be arranged at your leisure after booking.


Non-scheduled workshops. Dates are arranged to suit the student.

Sewing taster session, 2 hours, see website for details and booking

1-2-1 Sewing machine orientation, 3 hours, see website for details and booking

Saturday workshops, 6 hours, see website for details and booking.


Booking and Cancelation Policy
Before you book your workshop please check your preferred dates carefully. When the booking has been made it is not transferable to any alternative dates. You may however send a friend or relative to take the course in your place. For courses running more than one day you should also make sure you can attend all of the sessions.

1. All courses and workshops are subject to advance payments.
2. Only payments in full reserve a place
3. Courses are usually of 6 week duration. If a holiday booking exists at beginning of course this has to be mentioned otherwise the missed week cannot be deferred. Missed weeks are not our responsibility and will only be deferred in very rare cases

Refunds cannot be given in full. A cancellation fee will always apply:
28 days prior to the course or workshop the fee will be 10% of the course fee
14 days 50%
7 days 75%
For any cancellations less than 7 days prior to workshops and courses no refunds can be given.


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Scheduled Sewing Work-shops

Scheduled sewing classes for 2016 are listed towards the bottom of the page. (Dates could be subject to change)

There are also a number of weekday evening and afternoon courses available.

Prices are varied as some include course materials and others don't. Full payment is required to secure a place on any course.

Please contact me to ask for details, confirm dates or other information.

Personalised Gift Vouchers are available for a small charge and can be used in exchange for all our courses and services.




For announcements
of future workshops you can also

  • follow @manoosstitchup on Twitter or
  • like M-design Curtains and Dress-making on Facebook
  • ask to join Sewing in Cheltenham on Facebook

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Pricing guide:

These prices are examples; please ask about the price for the particular course or workshop you are interested in.

6 week (half-term) sign-up for evening class 75 (approx. 12 hours).
Max 6 people per class

One day workshops in groups, 40 per person

One to one tuition for a six hour day 70

Use of a sewing machine is sometimes included in the cost.

Group bookings welcome, machine and fabric supply possible, other venues considered. Please note the Bookings and Cancellation Policy