All fabrics, haberdashery and relevant accessories are included in the class prices; for knitting and crochet classes, this includes needles or hooks and wool. Some classes are restricted by age and/or ability, so please make sure you check the descriptions before booking. Any questions? Get in touch! Email, phone 01233 612278 or use the Contact Us form located on the blog.


Ginger Jeans Workshop with Charlotte Newland – £325.00
Join the winner of the Great British Sewing Bee 2016 as she shows you how to make these popular jeans from Closet Case patterns. The class takes place over a three day weekend which will involve making a full toile and appropriate adjustments on the first day, with two more days to cut and construct your jeans, topstitch your back pockets and add the rivets.

Due to the higher cost of the class, there is a payment plan in place to help with budgeting. To secure your place, a non-refundable deposit of £100.00 must be made, with following payments of £50.00 a time, with the final payment of £25.00 being made before 31st January 2020. Cancellations with less than 4 weeks notice will not be refunded. The price includes all fabric and materials, plus the pattern.
10am – 5pm Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd February 2020

Clare Coat with The Thrifty Stitcher – £225.00
Claire-Louise Hardy is the brains and sewing skill behind series 1 to 4 of the Great British Sewing Bee and has published sewing books as well as having some of her work featured at the V&A. She joins us to teach a workshop over two days where you will make a fully lined coat, altering it to fit your own frame perfectly. Choose from a range of lovely warm fabrics to create a beautiful garment that will keep you toasty through the winter.

Due to the higher cost of the class, a payment plan is available for this session: to secure your place, a non-refundable deposit of £100 must be made, with following payments of £50 a time, with the final payment being made before 31st December 2019. Cancellations with less than 4 weeks notice will not be refunded.
10am – 5pm Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January 2020


Beginner’s Sewing Session – £45.00
Have you been inspired by the likes of the Great British Sewing Bee and want to get cracking with your first ever makes? Maybe you haven’t touched a machine in years, but you are keen to get back in the sewing saddle. If so, this is the class for you. Bring along your machine or use one of ours and you can learn to insert a zip, make a pencil case or makeup bag, and a cushion cover.
10.30am – 1.30pm Saturday 2nd November 2019
10.30am – 1.30pm Saturday 7th December 2019

Open Sewing Session – £65.00/£85.00
Join Clair for the chance to sew any of our Emporia patterns in this open sewing session. Choose from either our kids or adult patterns and take home the finished garment on the day. Take a look at the options below:

alice legs

Alice trousers

Alice TrousersAn excellent introduction to anyone who has never sewn trousers before, the Alice is an uncomplicated pattern that will soon have you feeling confident in your new found sewing skills. Suitable for beginners. £85.00

A-line Skirt – Make either a midi or ankle length a-line skirt, perfect for all year round wear – it features cutaway pockets and darts at the rear waist. Suitable for beginners. £85.00

Amelie Dress – An adorable little girls dress that features either the three quarter length sleeve or a more summery sleeveless version. Suitable for beginners. £65.00

Bella Dress – A mini version of the adult Cassie dress, this dress can be made either with a t-shirt top or with tie-straps as a sundress. Suitable for beginners. £65.00

Cassie Dress – A summer dress that can be made with either a two tier knee-length skirt or a full length three tier for a maxi, this dress matches the Bella sundress in a Mummy and Me style. Suitable for beginners. £85.00

Issey Culottes – Featuring super wide Japanese style legs, plus a fold down waistband with collar detail at the back, the culottes can be made up in next to no time. Suitable for beginners. £85.00

Iris Top – A simple top pattern that comes with two sleeve options – either a three-quarter length sleeve with a ruffle or a flutter style – and a split hem at the waist. Suitable for improvers. £85.00

Kobi Dress – A minimal dress that is easy to sew and wear – pulled in at the waist for a perfect fit by an attached belt, the Kobi dress also features in seam pockets. Suitable for beginners. £85.00

Lotta Dress – This dress features a fitted bodice, with several darts, a V-neckline, cap sleeves and a full gathered skirt, with in-seam pockets; it can also be made as a sleeveless version. Suitable for improvers. £85.00


Reversible dress

Reversible Dress – This is a very simple dress perfect for complete beginners or those that want to try their hand at kids’ clothing. £65.00

Reversible Shorts – A pair of reversible shorts for kids aged 2 – 7, the pattern includes in-seam pockets. Suitable for beginners or more experienced sewers. £65.00


Simple gathered skirt

Simple Gathered Skirt – A great introduction to sewing a garment based on your own measurements. The gathered skirt is based directly on your own body and features a flat waistband and a zip. Suitable for beginners. £85.00

Prices range from £65.00 to £85.00 depending on your choice of project – fabric is included in the price.
10.30am – 4.30pm Friday 15th November 2019
10.30am – 4.30pm Friday 13th December 2019

Kids Craft Club
The Kids Craft Club takes place twice a month at the shop on a Saturday afternoon between 2.30pm and 4pm, and costs £7.50 per child. The topic for the session is listed below but do please be aware that the theme maybe changed at short notice on occasion.
Saturday 9th November 2019 – Sock Animals
Saturday 23rd November 2019 – Knot Scrunchies/Bow Ties
Saturday 7th December 2019 – Felt Gingerbread People
Saturday 21st December 2019 – Christmas Puddings

Beginner’s Crochet
Learn how to create basic stitches and crochet some granny squares in this introduction to crochet.
10.30am – 12.30pm Saturday 23rd November 2019

Beginner’s Overlocker Class – £45.00
Melissa joins us once again to show newbie overlocker fans how to get to grips with this different style of sewing. Tackle sewing with jersey and see how sewing with a stretch material is different from ordinary cotton; learn how to thread the machine, deal with tension issues and see all the different stitches before you learn to make an adult’s t-shirt or some kid’s harem trousers.
More dates coming soon!

A 50% deposit is required to book a space on any of the classes. Refunds will not be given with less than 24 hours notice. Plenty more classes will be taking place at Emporia throughout 2019/2020 – click back soon for more information!


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  7. Hi, just wondering how much a class is to make the a-lined skirt or pillow cover? I can only see kids prices! Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Robyn, the cushion cover is part of the kid’s classes programme we have for the summer – we are just about to relaunch the normal programme of classes complete with prices, which will include the A-line skirt. Keep an eye on the blog for more details!

    • Hi Kristi, please can you let us know which date class you would like to attend and we’ll check if there is space for you and your friend. Once you’ve done that, you’ll both need to pop into the shop and pay a 50% deposit to secure your spaces.

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