If we have enough interest, we will run some kids sewing classes over the Summer holidays! Please get in touch over on the Contact Us page to express interest!
Please see the information below for an example of a proposed children’s sewing course….
Holiday Sewing Classes for Children FAQ
Where are the classes held?
The classes will be held at Barnetby Church Hall, St Barnabas road, Barnetby-le-Wold, DN38 6HZ and the Grange Farm Hobbies Centre, Wesley Rd, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire DN16 1SA. Classes are from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Barnetby Church Hall
24th July- Make a bag or cushion cover
14th August- Make shorts or a skirt
Grange Farm Hobbies Centre, Scunthorpe
31st July- Make a cushion cover or bag
21st August- Make shorts or a skirt
Please note other projects will be available on the day should you prefer to make an alternative to the listed item.
£22 per session
Book and pay in full in advance for all 4 sessions for £80.
What age group is the class aimed at?
The age range welcome is from age 8 to 16.
What sort of projects will the children work on?
Each workshop will introduce the children to setting up the sewing machine if they have not used one before. The main projects we will focus on are an envelope cushion cover, tote bag or drawstring rucksack, a pair of elasticated waist shorts (with or without pockets) and an simple skirt (various styles and details). There will also be secondary projects of aprons, zipper pouch, bunting, hair scrunchies, tablet stand and tablet case tht will have worksheets and templates available if the student prefers these to the main projects, or finishes a project quickly.
As there are two focused projects at each session, there will be plenty of variety for students who wish to attend all 4 sessions.
How much do the classes cost?
The classes are priced at £22 per session which must be paid for in advance. A deposit of £10 is required on booking, and the balance is required 2 weeks before the class is held. Every session must be pre booked as there will be limited spaces available. If a student wishes to attend all 4 sessions, if you book and pay for these all in advance the cost will be £80.
Are materials provided?
As we know, most young people have very specific ideas about the colours and patterns of fabric they like to wear, so with this in mind fabric and notions (thread, elastic etc) will not be provided. A pattern/template or instruction sheet will be provided as appropriate to each project. There will be information available as to what materials the children will need to complete their projects. If a student has their own sewing machine, it is preferable for them to bring it with them, as it may be difficult for them to get used to a different sewing machine. However there are 5 basic sewing machines available to use at class, please tick the appropriate box on the enrolment form if you wish to borrow a machine at class!
What adult supervision is provided?
There will be 2 adults at each class who will be on hand to teach and assist the children. Kate Youdale is the lead tutor and is DBS checked and insured to teach.
Are any refreshments provided?
Drinks of water and squash will be provided throughout the session, along with a snack of fruit or a biscuit mid morning to keep them going. Children are advised to bring their own snack if they have specific dietary requirements. We will make sure we take an adequate break!
What else do they need to bring anything with them?
Along with their fabric and notions for their projects, and their sewing machine if they have one, they will also need tools such as scissors, needles, pins and so on. There will be some spares available to borrow on the day if anything has been forgotten.
What information on projects will I need to know about before the classes start?
For the envelope cushion cover, 1 metre of fabric is needed and a coordinating thread. Also a tailors chalk or fabric marker will be needed. If you have a set square and metre ruler these will come in handy too!
For the tote bag you can actually make it, at a squeeze, from half a metre of fabric, however you may want to get a full metre just in case! The drawstring rucksack can be made from half a metre comfortably, or two fat quarters. Again thread and something to mark fabric with- pencil, tailors chalk or fabric marker. A long ruler and set square will be handy again! Also a large safety pin!
For the shorts and skirts please advise me to what size the child will require (waist, hip and waist to length in cm please) as I will prepare a pattern for each student in their size. I can work with childrens or adults sizing. The shorts will require a metre of fabric and some inch wide elastic and coordinating thread. The skirts will require between 1m and 1.5m depending on the style (please liase with me to discuss alternative styles) Plus a large safety pin!
For the alternative projects the options are an apron (1m of fabric for a full apron, half a metre for a half apron plus thread), bunting (a variety of coordinating fat quarters or a metre of fabric plus thread and a length of ribbon or bias binding appropriate to the length the bunting is to span), hair scrunchies can be made from fat quarters, you just need some ¼” wide elastic and thread, the tablet stand, case and other bits and pieces can be made using fat quarters, the zipper pouch will require a fat quarter or two and an appropriately sized basic dress zip (please note zippers can prove tricky to insert for a beginner).
For all classes you will need fabric scissors, the appropriate fabric and notions as stated above and pins.
The children will need to iron seams as they sew, there will be adult supervision with the irons, particularly if the child isn’t used to using an iron.
Please be aware that sewing machines and irons must be used with care.
To discuss the sewing classes further, please contact Kate on 01652 658516 or firstname.lastname@example.org