Introduction to Sewing Workshop

3 hrs

Here's one beginner-friendly workshop that will fast-track your journey to making your very own handmade wardrobe. Build confidence working with a domestic sewing machine and soak up all the wonderful knowledge you'll need from your inspiring host.

This workshop will cover:

  • How to thread a sewing machine
  • How to make a button hole
  • How to sew different seam finishes (french seam, lock and fell seam, binding etc.)
  • How to make a scrunchie or drawstring bag

If you have never used a domestic sewing machine or maybe it's been a while, this workshop is a great opportunity to get you familiar and comfortable behind a sewing machine. Workshops are small, up to four people, so you will be able to learn in a relaxed and friendly environment. Your final creation will be a scrunchie or a drawstring bag.

What will be provided:

  • Sewing machine (if you prefer you can bring your own machine)
  • Fabric for samples
  • Threads
  • How to instructions via email
  • How to thread your sewing machine video via email

What you need to provide:

  • Just yourself and some drinking water, sewing is thirsty work!

You will come away feeling confident using a sewing machine with little samples to take home and admire - sparking joy for sewing and the excitement to learn more techniques. You're one step closer to your handmade wardrobe...

Age restrictions: 14+

Adult £55

What people are saying

Lynda Smith
Feb 2024

Carla is very patient and explained all about seaming with enthusiasm. We made a lovely draw stri...

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Francesca Barclay
Sep 2023

Carla was a great teacher. I enjoyed learning new techniques and making a scrunchy. :)

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Anna Rossi
Sep 2023

Absolutely brilliant!

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Jan 2023

Carla is great, patient, explains what needs to be done clearly, and very helpful. The small clas...

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How to get there


  • Toilets

COVID-19 guidelines

  • All current Covid-19 guidelines will be followed during the class
  • Door will be open and also fan will be on to provide ventilation
  • The space will be fully sanitised before guests arrive

On the day

  • Best to bring a bottle of water, sewing is thirsty work

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 5 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 5 days before your experience.
Please note that this refund policy does not apply to gift bookings. You may reschedule your gift if outside the time period stated above. However, all gifts are non-refundable and expire exactly 1 year after the date of purchase.

You'll be hosted by

Set Square Patterns

A stone's throw from Bristol city centre, among Church Road's buzzing independent shops, you’ll find Set Square Patterns. A creative design studio run by freelance pattern cutter Carla Diogo, which hosts pattern cutting and sewing workshops. From sewing lessons and workshops to limited-edition garments and accessories, Set Square Patterns has it all. This studio's here to help you fall in love with your clothes and fall out of love with fast fashion.

Carla Diogo

​Carla has been a pattern cutter in the fashion industry for over 10 years while living in London and has worked for both high street and high end designers from women's wear to children's wear.

Carla graduated from the London College of Fashion having completed a degree in Fashion Design Technology and prior to that studied 2 years of Handcraft and Production Tailoring after completing a BTEC in Fashion and Clothing also at the London College Of Fashion.

Since moving to Bristol Carla has set up her own creative studio where she takes on commission work and teaches pattern cutting and sewing workshops and also creates her own Pdf digital home sewing patterns.

Sustainability is a big part of Set Square Patterns ethos, we believe that everyone should know some sewing skills to be able to mend repair and alter their own garments confidently so we buy less and reduce waste.

Any questions?

Ask your question directly to Set Square Patterns.