This is the perfect sewing course for you if you are a complete beginner wishing to have a thorough introduction to using a sewing machine, learning different sewing techniques, understanding basic sewing patterns and learning basic cutting skills. This course consists of four two and three quarter hour sessions in which you will be taken from the very basics of setting up and threading a sewing machine to making a simple A-line skirt to show off your newly acquired sewing skills by the end of it! You can choose to use one of our machines or , you’re very welcome to bring your own if you’d like to learn to use it. Come along, be part of a lovely small group with plenty of individual attention from the tutor, learn to sew, chat and make friends. The tea and biscuits are on us!


  • How to cut and pin fabric using a simple pattern
  • How to thread the machine and wind a bobbin
  • How to sew straight seams and how to finish them
  • How to create a fabulous covered button
  • Understanding and demystifying sewing patterns including their mysterious language and symbols
  • How to correctly take your measurements
  • How to alter the pattern and skirt to your perfect fit
  • How to insert a regular zip
  • How to finish a waistline with bias/binding

And much much more!

SESSION 1- Button Down Cushion
Make a fabulous cushion cover with a covered button perfect to jazz up your home or give away as a gift!

SESSION  2- Tote Bag

In this session you will take your skills further and gain extra confidence with your sewing by making a lined Tote Bag

What to bring:
Nothing! You will be able to choose from a selection of our fabrics for both the Cushion Cover and Tote Bag at no extra cost!

SESSIONS 3 & 4 – A-line Skirt

Consolidate and build on the skills learnt in the previous sessions by taking them further with this simple dressmaking project packed with essential basic dressmaking techniques.


We have a lovely selection of suitable fabrics available to purchase during the course at very affordable prices, including some gorgeous Liberty prints! If you would rather bring your own fabric please refer to the quantities and types below. *We will be giving you further advice on fabrics while on the course. 

Fabric requirements:
Sizes 8 to 14
m of 150cm wide fabric or 1.5m of 112cm wide fabric
Sizes 16 to 20
1.5m of 150cm wide fabric or 2m of 114cm wide fabric

*We will be able to give you better advice on fabric amounts needed once we have met you.

Recommended fabrics: Medium weight cotton, cotton drill, cotton twill, gabardine, needlecord, lightweight denim, chambray, linen, linen blends, lightweight wool and wool-blend suitings. *Please note that heavier weight fabrics are unsuitable for this project. Bold patterns, plaid, tartan, stripes and large checks are also unsuitable for your level as well as anything slippery, silky, shiney or velvet like.  Small patterns such as ditsy florals, polka dots and other small non-directional patterns are OK. Please make sure your fabric is non-stretchy.

*Important note: please pre-wash your fabric according to manufacturers instructions prior to attending the class. Do not skip this step, as your garment is very likely to shrink after the first wash unless the fabric has been pre-washed. You might end up with a skirt that no longer fits you. Not nice after all your efforts! This does not apply to dry clean only fabrics. Check with the shop about fabric care when purchasing your material.

All classes include patterns and step by step illustrated instructions for each project completed so you can practice your newly acquired skills at home!

* Please arrive 5 minutes early to ensure prompt start and to make the most of your class. Please bring a packed lunch for all day courses. We will provide drinks and biscuits!

Got some questions about this course? Please read our FAQs page before contacting us!


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  • Bookings are non refundable and only transferable subject to availability and to our discretion. Please read our Terms & Conditions  for more information.
  • Please arrive 5 minutes early and wait outside the main entrance. We will come and let you in a few minutes before starting time. If you happen to be late please ring the Yellow Studio buzzer. Unfortunately we won’t be able to let you into the studio if you arrive earlier than 5 minutes before starting time.

Find Us

  • We are located in the Waterloo area, right opposite St Thomas’ Hospital A&E and within close walking distance from Waterloo, Lambeth North and Westminster stations.
  • The Old Paradise Yard can be tricky to find and phone maps directions will send you to the wrong place. Please click here for detailed directions, transport links and our address.