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Sewing Work-shops and evening courses are held at "SEW!" by M-Design Sewing Studio, 253 Gloucester Road, Cheltenham, GL51 8NW

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 to use one of mine. The fabrics for your first two projects should be bought here at the shop. But don't worry, it's unlikely to cost more than £12 for the two projects.

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 8 students (although 5-6 is more likely) 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 small zip-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.
  • A pair of pyjama bottoms. Either for yourself or a child or…..
  • 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.
  • A baby sleeping bag
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.


Scheduled workshops for 2018

April 21st Saturday workshops

May 19th Curtain course (One sample curtain will be made on the day, fabrics and tapes provided)

June 23rd Cushion making (Learn how to add a zip, envelope style or button fastening)

September 22nd Jersey class. Learn to sew with knit fabrics

October 13th Machine Embroidery

November 10th Christmas makes (Either decorations or presents)

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 Thursdays from 7-9pm. Enrolment for 6 weeks at a time. Additional 6 week classes, which are slotted in throughout the year, will be on Mondays 7-9pm. Schedule for Monday classes to be announced in advance.

Some students might prefer a 1-2-1 to learn about their sewing machine or overlocker (Both at £45) 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 in any one day) and can be arranged at your leisure after 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

As well as the scheduled classes 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