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.


Beginner’s Sewing Session – £40.00, age 8+
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 16th December 2017
10.30am – 1.30pm Saturday 6th January 2018
10.30am – 1.30pm Saturday 3rd February 2018
10.30am – 1.30pm Saturday 3rd March 2018
10.30am – 1.30pm Saturday 7th April 2018

Beginner’s Overlocker Class – £40.00
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.
10.30am – 1.30pm Saturday 13th January 2018
10.30am – 1.30pm Saturday 17th February 2018
10.30am – 1.30pm Saturday 10th March 2018
10.30am – 1.30pm Saturday 14th April 2018
10.30am – 1.30pm Saturday 12th May 2018
10.30am – 1.30pm Saturday 9th June 2018

Open Sewing Session
Join Clair for the chance to sew any of our Emporia patterns in this open sewing session. Choose from the reversible dress or shorts for kids, the child’s Amelie dress, an A-line or simple gathered skirt, a kimono dress or Alice trousers. Prices range from £55.00 to £85.00 depending on your choice of project.
10.30am – 3pm Saturday 9th December 2017
10.30am – 3pm Saturday 27th January 2018
10.30am – 3pm Saturday 10
th February 2018
10.30am – 3pm Saturday 21st April 2018
10.30am – 3pm Saturday 19th May 2018
10.30am – 3pm Saturday 16th June 2018

Simple Gathered Skirt – £55.00 12+
Join Clair for a chance to make a super simple skirt. This class is the next step on for a confident beginner or those that need a quick refresher as you will draft your own skirt based on your measurements, add a waistband and insert a zip. Choose from our range gorgeous printed fabrics to make a unique garment that fits you perfectly.
More dates coming soon!


Amelie Dress Class – £65.00
Learn how to make this adorable little girls’ dress in this class with Clair. Choose either  the three quarter length sleeved version, or go sleeveless for a more summery feel. The pattern comes in ages 1 – 6 and the class costs. Fabric is included in the price. Please note this class is suitable for confident beginners or intermediate sewers, not absolute beginners.
10.30am – 3pm Friday 15th December 2017
10.30am – 3pm Thursday 25th January 2018
10.30am – 3pm Tuesday 27th March 2018


Reversible Dress or Shorts – £65.00
Get your hands on Clair’s fantastic pattern for a reversible dress in this sewing session. Designed to fit ages 1 – 6 years, this is a very simple class suitable for beginners or those that want to try their hand at reversible styles. Choose from our range of gorgeous fabrics to make something this funky two in one dress. Or make a fabulously simple pair of reversible shorts for the summer months in this class. Perfect for beginners or more experienced sewers, this is an excellent class for those wanting to tackle something a little more complex than skirts.
10.30am – 1.30pm Tuesday 16th January 2018
10.30am – 3pm Friday 2nd February 2018
10.30am – 1.30pm Wednesday 11th April 2018

A-line Skirt or Simple Gathered Skirt Class – £85.00/£75.00/£55.00
Make yourself either a midi or ankle length a-line skirt, designed exclusively by Clair for the Emporia Patterns range. Perfect for all year round, this simple skirt is a great introduction to zip insertion and dressmaking in general. Or make a super simple gathered skirt. This class is the next step on for a confident beginner or those that need a quick refresher as you will draft your own skirt based on your measurements, add a waistband and insert a zip. Choose from our range gorgeous printed fabrics to make a unique garment that fits you perfectly.
10.30am – 3pm Tuesday 12th December 2017
10.30am – 3pm Tuesday 27th January 2018
10.30am – 3pm Friday 16th February 2018

alice trousers

The Alice Trousers – £65.00
The perfect loose summer trousers, this simple tapered leg design can be whipped up in a three and a half hour class with Clair this spring and summer. Choose form light and floaty poplins or cool and crisp cotton prints to make a pair just right for heading to the beach or lounging about the garden. An 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.
10.30am – 3pm Wednesday 6th December 2017
10.30am – 3pm Wednesday 10th January 2018
10.30am – 3pm Wednesday 7th February 2018


Circle Skirt – £50.00, 12+
Join Melissa of Aye Aye as she teaches you how to make an iconic retro style circle skirt in this fun session. As there are no fiddly buttons or zips to insert, this class is perfectly suitable for beginners, so why not get started making clothes for yourself.
More dates coming soon!

Kimono Dress – £85.00
Our kimono dress is a nice easy shape to sew and wear – pulled in at the waist for a perfect fit by a Japanese style belt, this dress goes from casual to smart with the change of a few accessories. Choose from our range of funky fabrics to create something perfectly suited to your taste.
10.30am – 3pm Saturday 9th December 2017
10.30am – 3pm Tuesday 27th February 2018
10.30am – 3pm Friday 23rd March 2018

Shirred Child’s Dress – £50.00
Melissa of Aye Aye is back again to teach you how to create this adorable shirred dress for a little girl. Choose from our huge range of fabulous fabrics to make something perfect for the beach or barbecues for your little one.
More dates coming soon!


Beginners Knitting – £30.00, 14+
Learn how to cast on, cast off and the knit stitch as Lotte teaches you the basics of knitting. Create a few knitted samples, and try purl if you’re feeling brave! You’ll leave the session with the beginnings of your very own cowl on your needles (plus pattern) to carry on your knitting practise at home.
More dates coming soon!


Knit a Hat – £32.00, 14+
Learn how to make your very own hat with this super simple session that teaches you the basics of rib, stocking stitch and decreasing – you’ll even get to make a big pompom to finish to sew on top. Knitted on really big needles with a lovely dense super chunky wool, this hat knits up amazingly quickly and will keep your head nice and toasty this winter. This class is perfect for beginners as long as you have a basic grasp of knit and purl.
More dates coming soon!

Beginner’s Patchwork – £75.00
This one off introduction to patchwork is run by renowned patchwork designer Mandy Munroe, and involves learning basic patchwork techniques including colour choice, rotary cutting and sewing blocks using modern methods. On the day you will sew four blocks and gain enough skill in order to continue sewing squares and triangles at home so you can finish off your quilt under your own steam.
10.30am – 3.30pm Saturday 13th January 2018


Sew and Slash Patchwork – £75.00
Another one off patchwork course with Many Munroe allows you to create a slightly different looking quilt using the same basic techniques. Suitable for beginners, the class allows you time to choose fabrics and create your first block with Mandy, before you finish off the rest at home.
10.30am – 3.30pm Thursday 18th January 2018

Quilting and Binding with Mandy Munroe – £50.00
Learn the enjoyable art of quilting with expert crafter Mandy Munroe as she shows you the basics in this new session. Bring along your own small project to quilt at the workshop, and learn how to bind off your edges in a traditional fashion too.
Thursday 1st February 2018

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 2018 – 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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