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 21st October 2017
10.30am – 1.30pm Saturday 18th November 2017
10.30am – 1.30pm Saturday 16th December 2017

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 23rd September 2017
10.30am – 1.30pm Saturday 14th October 2017
10.30am – 1.30pm Saturday 28th October 2017
10.30am – 1.30pm Saturday 2nd December 2017


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 4th November 2017
10.30am – 3pm Saturday 9th December 2017

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.
10.30am – 1.30pm Tuesday 14th November 2017


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 – 2.30pm Friday 13th October 2017
10.30am – 2.30pm Friday 15th December 2017


Girl’s Reversible Dress – £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.
10.30am – 1.30pm Thursday 9th November 2017

Reversible Shorts – £55.00
Make a fabulously simple pair of reversible shorts for the summer months in this class. Perfect for beginners of more experienced sewers, this is an excellent class for those wanting to tackle something a little more complex than skirts.
More dates coming soon!

A-line Skirt Class – £85.00/£75.00
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. Choose from our range of funky or pretty prints to treat yourself to a stylish, self-made garment.
10.30am – 3pm Friday 17th November 2017
10.30am – 3pm Tuesday 12th December 2017

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 Tuesday 17th October 2017
10.30am – 3pm Friday 24th November 2017
10.30am – 3pm Wednesday 6th December 2017


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 Wednesday 22nd November 2017
10.30am – 3pm Saturday 9th December 2017

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 11th November 2017


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 Saturday 30th September 2017

Log Cabin Birds Patchwork – £75.00
Perfect as the next step on from the beginner’s patchwork class, this workshop gives you the chance to create some new shapes and introduces triangles into the mix. Learn from Mandy how to piece together your very own bird themed patchwork design and you can either turn it into a cushion cover or make more of the same at home and transform them into a quilt.
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 2017 – 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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