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Learn to Sew

Best Foot Forward

Best Foot Forward

A great class to learn about the different feet on your machine and give you more confidence in your sewing.

Including:

  • Walking Foot
  • Satin Stitch Foot
  • Overedge Foot
  • Blind Hem Foot
  • Darning Foot (free motion foot)
  • Zipper Foot
  • Button Hole Foot
  • 1/4" Foot
  • Stitch in the Ditch Foot

Plese bring your machine and feet - or if you would like to borrow ours, please let us know!

Starts On:
Wednesday September 18, 2019
1:00 PM
Ends On:
Wednesday September 18, 2019
5:00 PM
£45.00
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Learn to Machine Sew

A - Learn to Machine Sew

An Introduction for complete beginners, anyone with a new sewing machine or a refresher for your existing machine. Learn how to wind the bobbin, thread the machine, change the stitches and complete a simple project during this fun session. Suitable for all abilities

You do not have to own a machine - you may use ours!

A 2 hour inclusive workshop.

Starts On:
Friday September 06, 2019
5:00 PM
Ends On:
Friday September 06, 2019
7:00 PM
£25.00
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Zippy Bag

Zippy Bag

A class for all abilities - learn how to insert a zip in a NEW way!

You will need  2 (or 3) x Fat Quarters of your choice (10% discount applies)

Zip and wadding included in fee

Starts On:
Wednesday July 10, 2019
6:00 PM
Ends On:
Wednesday July 10, 2019
8:00 PM
£26.00
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Sew with Jo

Sew with Jo

A perfect workshop for adult beginners wanting to learn to sew using a sewing machine or tweens wanting to learn more skills and gain more experience in sewing techniques.

Make a simple cushion , bunting or bag or try your hand at garment making, such as a child's dress or skirt.

Depending on your project you could learn any of the following skills:  Perfecting seams, following a pattern, patchwork designs, inserting a zip, creating buttonholes, applique designs.

We will help you find your perfect staring project - just ask!

Workshop fee includes tuition and use of our Elna machines and thread. All fabrics, patterns and notions are extra.

Starts On:
Friday August 23, 2019
10:00 AM
Ends On:
Friday August 23, 2019
12:30 PM
£30.00
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Sew What! (ever you like!)

Sew What! (ever you want!!)

Need some help with a project? Dressmaking, Homemaking, Quilting? Or would you like to start something new? Our tutor will guide you and inspire you in whatever you want to make or finish. 3 hours of dedicated tuition - any sewing abilities

Projects could include:

Piped and zipped cushion

Applique Cushion

Practice free machine embroidery

Gain sewing machine skills - create a buttonhole, insert a zip

Mend or alter some garments

Get started on a dressmaking or quilt  pattern

Starts On:
Friday September 20, 2019
2:00 PM
Ends On:
Friday September 20, 2019
5:00 PM
£35.00
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Unlocking Overlocking

Unlocking Overlocking

A 3 hour class for you to get to gain knowledge on your own overlocker

Start  off by learning how to thread your machine and adjusting tension 

Our tutor will guide you through a series of samples to help you master your overlocker including rolled hem & 3 and 4 thread overlocking.

Your overlocker must be in working order

Please bring with you your overlocker, power lead, foot pedal, tool kit and any accessories and preferably your instruction booklet.

If you dont own an overlocker we have 2 workroom ones that may be used - please advise at the time of booking!

Starts On:
Saturday September 07, 2019
10:00 AM
Ends On:
Saturday September 07, 2019
1:00 PM
£40.00
This event is fully booked

Hand Embroidered Brooch

Hand Embroidered Brooch

Join our fabulous tutor Sarah who will show you how to create some lovely embroidery techniques.

You will use various embroidery stitches to create a floral brooch - plenty of designs to choose from (including the Armistice Poppy) and then add beads to embellish.

Everything is included - just release your creativity!

You will then turn your design into a brooch complete with a felt backing and brooch pin

Starts On:
Thursday October 03, 2019
10:00 AM
Ends On:
Thursday October 03, 2019
1:00 PM
£35.00
This event is fully booked

Janome Club

Janome Club

A monthly 'sew-cial' and support group for anyone with a Janome or Elna machine

You must bring your machine & your own project to this session

There is no tuition but plenty of assistance to help you get the most from your machine.

If you've purchased a machine from us - the sessions are free for a year  and a 50% reduction thereafter- please ask for the booking discount codes.

Starts On:
Wednesday September 11, 2019
2:00 PM
Ends On:
Wednesday September 11, 2019
4:00 PM
£10.00
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Make Clothes

Sewing with Stretch

Sewing with Stretch

Have you tried sewing with stretch fabric? We will show you how to get great results using an ordinary sewing machine.

The pattern suits all shapes and sizes and has a variety of options inlcuding neckline, length and sleeves.

The class includes tuition, use of our Elna sewing machines (or bring your own if you prefer) and the pattern  - all you need is up to 2m of stretch fabric of which we always have a good selection in stock (10% workshop discount applies).

Starts On:
Saturday August 31, 2019
10:00 AM
Ends On:
Saturday August 31, 2019
3:00 PM
£65.00
This event is fully booked

Tilly & The Buttons Dressmaking

Tilly & The Buttons Dressmaking

Choose your Tilly and The Buttons pattern (included in the fee):

Coco - a lovely swing dress with sleeves and a knit fabric.

Bettine - an easy-peasy throw-it-over-your-head dress.

Cleo - super trendy dungaree dress using denim, needle cord or linen

Stevie - A comfortable throw over your head dress (with optional bow tie back)

Our fabulous tutor will guide you all the way - course fee includes the pattern for you to use time and time again. You will need around 2 - 3 metres of  fabric,  all of which will be available to purchase in the shop with a 10% workshop discount!!

Starts On:
Saturday September 14, 2019
10:00 AM
Ends On:
Saturday September 14, 2019
4:30 PM
£75.00
This event is fully booked

Dress Making Day

Dress Making Day

Suitable for all levels of Sewists, but not the complete beginner (you must be able to use a sewing machine!).

Bring your pattern (we can help you decide) and our tutor will help guide you through all the techniques.

Make a Wrap Dress, Skirt, Shift Dress, Trousers - the choice is yours!

You are sure of help and encouragement throughout the day.

Depending on your project - you may not finish your garment

Starts On:
Saturday August 24, 2019
10:00 AM
Ends On:
Saturday August 24, 2019
4:30 PM
£65.00
This event is fully booked

Copy That Garment - make a pattern

Copy that Garment!

This is perfect for  keen dressmakers wanting to extend their theoretical knowledge.

In this workshop you will learn how to trace your garment onto pattern paper. Measure and check pattern for accuracy. Add darts, seam allowance, markings & notches .

Included: Tuition, pattern paper.

Please bring: Enthusiasm, pencil, note book, french curve (if you have one!).

You may get a chance to cut out your pattern on to fabric depending on the complexity of the garment you are copying

Starts On:
Friday September 20, 2019
10:00 AM
Ends On:
Friday September 20, 2019
1:00 PM
£40.00
This event is fully booked

ZIP-E-DE-DO-DAH

ZIP-E-DE-DO-DAH!

Inserting Zips will no longer be a struggle once youve attended this workshop.

Our tutor will guide you and you will practice inserting the following zips:

Central, Fly, Lap, Concealed, Central, Exposed

A fun informative all-inclusive session

Starts On:
Saturday May 04, 2019
1:30 PM
Ends On:
Saturday May 04, 2019
4:30 PM
£42.00
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Unlocking Overlocking

Unlocking Overlocking

A 3 hour class for you to get to gain knowledge on your own overlocker

Start  off by learning how to thread your machine and adjusting tension 

Our tutor will guide you through a series of samples to help you master your overlocker including rolled hem & 3 and 4 thread overlocking.

Your overlocker must be in working order

Please bring with you your overlocker, power lead, foot pedal, tool kit and any accessories and preferably your instruction booklet.

If you dont own an overlocker we have 2 workroom ones that may be used - please advise at the time of booking!

Starts On:
Saturday September 07, 2019
10:00 AM
Ends On:
Saturday September 07, 2019
1:00 PM
£40.00
This event is fully booked

Patch & Quilt

Patchwork Block Making

Patchwork Block Making

Learn the techniques to make a variety of patchwork blocks using templates, rotary cutting and assembly of shapes.

This is an ideal class to set you on the path to create your own sampler quilt.

The blocks will include tecniques such as piecing, applique and quilting

The class includes your practice fabric for a variety of blocks

Starts On:
Friday September 06, 2019
1:00 PM
Ends On:
Friday September 06, 2019
4:00 PM
£38.00
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Creative Free Motion Embroidery

B - Creative Free Motion Embroidery

A follow on workshop for those who have basic knowledge of using a sewing machine.

Once you've practiced this wonderful creative technique, you will be hooked!

We will guide you all the way with plenty of samples - drop the feed dogs, relax your shoulders and you'll be off on a creative journey of discovery.

Practice Free writing, adding applique/ fabric prints/crayons, vermicelli squiggles (will gie you the giggles) and so much more. Our wonderful tutor will encourage and support you.

Not for the complete beginner!!

No need to bring anything - but if you'd prefer to use your own machine please feel free to bring it - you will also need a free-motion darning foot.

Starts On:
Saturday August 17, 2019
1:00 PM
Ends On:
Saturday August 17, 2019
4:00 PM
£40.00
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Charming Patchwork Bag

Charming Patchwork Bag

This class is suitable for anyone who can use a sewing machine and has made a couple of simple items such as a cushion cover or bag.

You will cut your pattern pieces of stabiliser and lining fabrics.

Using a charm pack of ready cut 5" squares you will arange on to foam stabiliser and stitch together using bias binding tape, being careful to sew precisely to ensure the bag stitches together.

You will then create bag handles and a lining, create boxed corners and add a magnetic clasp.

You will need:

1 x 42 squares Charm pack

1 m Foam Stabiliser

9m of 16mm Bias Tape in co-ordinating colour

1m of co-ordinating lining fabric

1 Magnetic Clasp (included)

Starts On:
Tuesday October 22, 2019
10:00 AM
Ends On:
Tuesday October 22, 2019
4:00 PM
£55.00
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Make a gorgeous quilt in a day!

Quilt in a day

Using 54 pre-cut 5-inch squares, you will piece together the squares and learn the importance of precise seam allowances in this first step to quilting. Once pieced together, you will then learn about batting and backing the quilt, then simple quilting effects using the sewing machine. We will then show you how to finish off your quilt with binding. You will leave with the basic skills of quilting, a lovely finished quilt (knees or cot).

You will need a charm pack which we are happy to help you design and then cut for you - this usually costs around £16 depending on your choice of fabrics.

Everything else is included - plain backing fabric of your choice, wadding and binding and use of our studio sewing machines.

Starts On:
Saturday September 28, 2019
10:00 AM
Ends On:
Saturday September 28, 2019
4:30 PM
£70.00
This event is fully booked

Complete Machine Quilting

Complete Machine Quilting

In this class you will  practice different ways to quilt using a sewing machine.

Start off by using simple stitches and create different effects using varigated threads whulst practising accuracy

You will learn: Traditional Stitch in the Ditch, Echo Quilting and Free-Motion Quilting, using various threads to build confidence in creating personalised quilting patterns.

No need to bring anything (unless you prefer to use your own machine) everything is included.

Starts On:
Saturday September 07, 2019
2:00 PM
Ends On:
Saturday September 07, 2019
5:00 PM
£42.00
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Homemaker

Creative Lampshade

Creative Lampshade

Create a stunning 30cm drum lampshade from the kit provided.

You will need approx 40cm of fabric - cotton is best, we offer you a 10% discount on this purchase.

No sewing required - suitable for all!

Starts On:
Wednesday September 04, 2019
1:00 PM
Ends On:
Wednesday September 04, 2019
3:00 PM
£38.00
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Charming Patchwork Bag

Charming Patchwork Bag

This class is suitable for anyone who can use a sewing machine and has made a couple of simple items such as a cushion cover or bag.

You will cut your pattern pieces of stabiliser and lining fabrics.

Using a charm pack of ready cut 5" squares you will arange on to foam stabiliser and stitch together using bias binding tape, being careful to sew precisely to ensure the bag stitches together.

You will then create bag handles and a lining, create boxed corners and add a magnetic clasp.

You will need:

1 x 42 squares Charm pack

1 m Foam Stabiliser

9m of 16mm Bias Tape in co-ordinating colour

1m of co-ordinating lining fabric

1 Magnetic Clasp (included)

Starts On:
Tuesday October 22, 2019
10:00 AM
Ends On:
Tuesday October 22, 2019
4:00 PM
£55.00
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Zippy Bag

Zippy Bag

A class for all abilities - learn how to insert a zip in a NEW way!

You will need  2 (or 3) x Fat Quarters of your choice (10% discount applies)

Zip and wadding included in fee

Starts On:
Wednesday July 10, 2019
6:00 PM
Ends On:
Wednesday July 10, 2019
8:00 PM
£26.00
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Sew What! (ever you like!)

Sew What! (ever you want!!)

Need some help with a project? Dressmaking, Homemaking, Quilting? Or would you like to start something new? Our tutor will guide you and inspire you in whatever you want to make or finish. 3 hours of dedicated tuition - any sewing abilities

Projects could include:

Piped and zipped cushion

Applique Cushion

Practice free machine embroidery

Gain sewing machine skills - create a buttonhole, insert a zip

Mend or alter some garments

Get started on a dressmaking or quilt  pattern

Starts On:
Friday September 20, 2019
2:00 PM
Ends On:
Friday September 20, 2019
5:00 PM
£35.00
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Creative Textiles Day Retreat - September

Creative Textiles Retreat

Join us for another day of creativity at the Lone Barn in Catherington - PRINT - FELT - SEW

Accommodation available with preferencial rates - see The Lone Barn  and delicious food and beverages are included and served all day!

Start the day with a stroll in the beautiful  gardens (or further afield)  to collect ideas and inspiration or get stuck right in to block  printing or cutting your own lino, wet felting using resist or creating your very own textile designs.

Use your printed designs to add texture with creative stitching or applique designs, practice free machining and use various threads to create your own unique piece of textile art.

Our speciaist tutors will help to inspire you and introduce you to some new tecniques too. 

The day is yours to release your creativity -  print - sew - felt

Your creative textile can be made in to a cushion or a lampshade (lampshade kits and cushion pads extra) - we will have everything on hand to ensure your creative juices dont stop flowing!

Included in the £125 day rate:

Lino cutting equipment, textile paints etc

Calico  for practice and main designs

Threads, embellishments, bondaweb, creative interfacings and use of sewing machines 

Felting wool and equipment

All food and beverages

Once booked we will send you confirmation and payment methods  - full payment is due by 6 weeks before the event .

Please Note - Sew Creative Gift Vouchers CANNOT be used as payment for this retreat

Cancellation Terms :

With more than 6 weeks to go until the event: You must confirm via email if you are unable to attend (and receive a confirmation email from us), we will offer you a refund minus 10% admin fee

With less than 6 weeks to go until the event: You must confirm via email  if you are unfortunately unable to attend (and receive a confirmation email from us) - refunds will not be given unless we are able to refill your place.

In the unlikely event that we are unable to secure our minimum numbers, or we have to cancel the event due to illness etc - we will refund all money paid in full.

Starts On:
Sunday September 22, 2019
10:00 AM
Ends On:
Sunday September 22, 2019
5:00 PM
£125.00
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Creative

Beginner Crochet

Beginner Crochet

Join our fabulous tutor and textile artist Sarah for this beginners crochet class.

Sarah will show you how to hold the hook and create double and treble stitches and work in rows (keeping shape), with perhaps some colour change too!

Yarn is provided along with a crochet hook for you to keep.

After you've mastered the basics - why not book on to our Improvers class? 

Starts On:
Monday September 30, 2019
1:00 PM
Ends On:
Monday September 30, 2019
3:30 PM
£30.00
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Crochet Improvers

Crochet - Improvers

Having mastered the basics of crochet (or at least be able to create some basic stitches), our tutor Sarah will introduce you to other aspects of crochet according to your needs.

Perhaps you would like to create Granny Squares or work with a pattern, our tutor will help to guide you and give you the skills to continue your crochet journey.

Bring your own project, yarn, crochet hook and pattern (if required) and we will help  to get you on your way to achieving your goals.

Starts On:
Monday October 28, 2019
6:00 PM
Ends On:
Monday October 28, 2019
8:30 PM
£30.00
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Introduction to Needle felting

Introduction to needle felting

Learn the basics of Needle Felting in this 2 hour class.

You will learn about different felting wool and tools along with creating basic shapes and attaching shapes to shapes to create a small item.

A fun, all inclusive session

Starts On:
Friday October 04, 2019
10:00 AM
Ends On:
Friday October 04, 2019
12:00 PM
£26.00
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Creative Lampshades

Creative Lampshade

Create a stunning 30cm drum lampshade from the kit provided.

You will need approx 40cm of fabric - cotton is best, we offer you a 10% discount on this purchase.

No sewing required - suitable for all!

Starts On:
Wednesday September 04, 2019
1:00 PM
Ends On:
Wednesday September 04, 2019
3:00 PM
£38.00
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Creative Textiles Retreat - September 2019

Creative Textiles Retreat

Join us for another day of creativity at the Lone Barn in Catherington - PRINT - FELT - SEW

Accommodation available with preferencial rates - see The Lone Barn  and delicious food and beverages are included and served all day!

Start the day with a stroll in the beautiful  gardens (or further afield)  to collect ideas and inspiration or get stuck right in to block  printing or cutting your own lino, wet felting using resist or creating your very own textile designs.

Use your printed designs to add texture with creative stitching or applique designs, practice free machining and use various threads to create your own unique piece of textile art.

Our speciaist tutors will help to inspire you and introduce you to some new tecniques too. 

The day is yours to release your creativity -  print - sew - felt

Your creative textile can be made in to a cushion or a lampshade (lampshade kits and cushion pads extra) - we will have everything on hand to ensure your creative juices dont stop flowing!

Included in the £125 day rate:

Lino cutting equipment, textile paints etc

Calico  for practice and main designs

Threads, embellishments, bondaweb, creative interfacings and use of sewing machines 

Felting wool and equipment

All food and beverages

Once booked we will send you confirmation and payment methods  - full payment is due by 6 weeks before the event .

Please Note - Sew Creative Gift Vouchers CANNOT be used as payment for this retreat

Cancellation Terms :

With more than 6 weeks to go until the event: You must confirm via email if you are unable to attend (and receive a confirmation email from us), we will offer you a refund minus 10% admin fee

With less than 6 weeks to go until the event: You must confirm via email  if you are unfortunately unable to attend (and receive a confirmation email from us) - refunds will not be given unless we are able to refill your place.

In the unlikely event that we are unable to secure our minimum numbers, or we have to cancel the event due to illness etc - we will refund all money paid in full.

Starts On:
Sunday September 22, 2019
10:00 AM
Ends On:
Sunday September 22, 2019
5:00 PM
£125.00
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Kids & Teens

Zipped Pencil Case

Zipped Pencil Case

Not suitable for the complete beginner

In this class the children will quilt layers of fabric before sewing on a zip and piecing together to create a small lined zipped bag to use as a pencil case or whatever they fancy!

Choice of fabrics, wadding and zip is included

Full instruction & an practice session will be given on the sewing machines first.

Starts On:
Friday August 30, 2019
10:00 AM
Ends On:
Friday August 30, 2019
12:00 PM
£25.00
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Patchwork Cushion

Kids (8 +) - Patchwork Cushion

Get to know how to use the sewing machine with a driving test before creating a beautiful Patchwork Cushion using a selection of pre-cut squares

Learn about sewing straight lines and the importance of seam allowances, quilt the patchwork together with fancy machine stitches & complete the cushion with an envelope cushion back.

Starts On:
Tuesday October 29, 2019
10:00 AM
Ends On:
Tuesday October 29, 2019
12:00 PM
£28.00
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Kids Messenger Bag

Kids Messenger Bag

Suitable for beginners and improvers, no machine sewing experience necessary.

After a short sewing machine driving test, you will cut the pattern pieces & sew together to create your bag.

Includes fabric, strap webbing, clasp, thread and use of our Elna sewing machines.

Starts On:
Wednesday August 21, 2019
2:00 PM
Ends On:
Wednesday August 21, 2019
4:00 PM
£26.00
This event is fully booked

Skirt or Shorts Making

Kids Skirt or Shorts

Aged from 8 years...

A first step into dressmaking although not for the complete beginner, children must have used a sewing machine and be able to sew a straight line. 

Using a studio pattern, you will cut out your skirt or short pattern  pieces and then learning about seam allowances you will sew the seams, create a channel for the elastic and turn up the hem.

You wil need up to 1.5m of cotton fabric (not included - although a 10% workshop discount will apply).

Starts On:
Wednesday August 28, 2019
1:00 PM
Ends On:
Wednesday August 28, 2019
4:00 PM
£35.00
This event is fully booked

If you cant find what you’re looking for or would like to be on the waiting list for a sold out class – let us know here

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Learn new skills, gain confidence and have fun.

If you’re wanting to release your creativity, but don’t know where to start,  we are certain to have a workshop that is perfect for you. Home crafts, garment making and patchwork & quilting, our small classes ensure that individual needs are met.

The studios, including access to the sewing machines, overlockers, and cutting tables can be hired for £10 by the hour when available (no tuition and users must be competent) .

We also offer 1:1 tuition at a cost of £40 per hour.A 1:2 tuition session is £50 per hour and 1:3 is £60 per hour

Experience our workshops as an individual or as a group of friends for fun or a special occasion and event; we make every birthday, anniversary, retreat day and hen party, very special and memorable. If you want something bespoke to you – just ask – we aim to please!

We offer Kids and Teens sewing and craft clubs – look at the workshop tab for more details.

Workshop Bookings – Terms and Conditions

Unfortunately due to the nature of our classes and the limited spaces, classes are non-refundable and there are no catch-up opportunities for missed sessions. Please check your diary carefully  before you book a class.

Workshop bookings require payment in full.

Bookings online require full payment via Paypal, you do not need a Paypal account to use this service.

Alternatively bookings can be made in the shop with payment via cash or card or over the phone.

Gift Voucher bookings can be made by emailing: info@sewcreative.org.uk and stating the date and time of workshop required and the Gift Voucher number and value.

Workshop Cancellation – by our Creative Customers

If you have to cancel your workshop please notify Sew Creative as soon as possible by telephone: 01730 858020, then please confirm in writing by emailing us at info@sewcreative.org.uk

Workshop fees are non-refundable unless we cancel (see below)

You may however transfer your workshop fee / deposit (subject to a £5 administration charge) to another of our workshops as long as we have 14 days notice. Alternatively, you may arrange to send an acquaintance in your place.

We do understand that sometimes you might have to cancel at late notice and we will do our best to re-fill you place by re-listing on our website, checking a waiting list, promoting late availability on our Social media pages and attempt to resell your space. If your space sells we will inform you by email after the class runs.

No refunds are given to those who fail to attend a workshop in full or in part or give at least 14 days notice to request a transfer.

Workshop Cancellation – by Sew Creative

We will endeavour to run every published workshop, however there may be times, due to impracticalities, sickness or other unforeseen circumstances that we will cancel the workshop. In these instances you may transfer to any other workshops available. All payments received will be carried over to a new booking or a full refund offered.

We reserve the right to cancel any workshop at short notice. In this event you will be notified as soon as possible via telephone and/or email.