On-demand Workshops

These workshops are arranged on request. Please contact me by email (lois@bluebell-design.com) to discuss your requirements and check availability.

Please note that ALL workshops are available as Private Bookings for small groups. Minimum numbers apply.

Absolute Beginners – One to One Sessions

Monday to Saturday, depending on availability.

Do you wish you could learn to sew? Is your sewing machine sitting in the back of a cupboard, gathering dust? I can teach you the basics of machine sewing in this 3 hour class, enough to get you on your way.

Bring your sewing machine and all of its accessories (power cord, manual, bobbins, presser feet, needles, a spool of sewing thread, sewing kit) to this workshop. Practice fabric will be supplied by Bluebell Design.

I’ll show you how to set up your machine before we explore your machine’s functions and learn the most useful stitches and seams. I’ll share tips and tricks with you that I’ve learned in over 40 years of sewing. We’ll even sew a quick project together to get you started, and you will leave feeling confident that you can start to sew on your own.

Studio sewing machines can be reserved for an additional £5 fee or you can bring your own.

£50 for 3 hours.

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Parent and Child Sewing Sessions – make a hanging decoration

For ages 7+

Spend a couple of hours with your child making a simple felt decoration for their room. Choose from a selection of cheerily coloured felt and threads to make a jellyfish with yarn tentacles or a wide eyed owl.

All materials provided.

£30 for 2 hours – 1 child and 1 adult.

Workshop Time

Monday to Friday, depending on availability.

Work independently in my studio. You get the use of the facilities and some equipment (large cutting tables, overlocker, pressing equipment and mannequins) and of course, lots of cuppas. Plan a little “me” time with your sewing machine, in a space where you have room and peace to work uninterrupted. Book with a creative friend and have some “sewcial” time together (pun intended).

Studio sewing machines can be reserved for an additional £5 fee or you can bring your own.

£5 per hour per person. Minimum booking 2 hours

Skill Master Sessions – One to one

Monday to Saturday, depending on availability.

Book a one-to-one session with me to learn a particular sewing skill. Can you use your sewing machine confidently, but need a little help with more advanced techniques such as zip insertion? Would you like to master different seam types and finishes? Perfect a shirt collar? Understand understitching and topstitching?

Tailored to suit your particular needs, my skill building classes are held on a one-to-one basis.

Studio sewing machines can be reserved for a £5 additional fee or you can bring your own.

£60 for 3 hours

Pattern cutting – One to one

Monday to Saturday, depending on availability.

Are you “hard to fit” and/or just interested in learning how to cut your own patterns, to your own measurements? Starting with a basic skirt block, we’ll measure you correctly and then draft the pattern to your measurements. Fit will be tested with toile fittings, and you’ll be shown how to adjust as necessary. Once your block is ready, we will then use it to develop different skirt patterns.

Bodice, trouser and dress blocks can be developed in further sessions, ultimately providing you with a set of blocks that you can then use to build a capsule wardrobe over time.

This is a full day workshop so you will need to bring a packed lunch.

10am to 5pm – £200.