0. The G&G Stitch Academy Kids Summer Holiday Workshops 2024

Do you have a crafty child or teenager who is inspired by the Sewing Bee? Do they want to learn how to use a sewing machine or hand sewing techniques but don't know where to start? Do you want to find something fun and imaginative to keep them occupied during the School Summer Holidays?

In these 3 hour sewing sessions, students will learn how to use a range of materials and sewing tools, including the sewing machine. They will then put their new skills into practice as they make their very own project to take home.

Projects include stylish summer pouches, practical cross body bags, cuddly owl cushions, customisable zipped coin pouches, fabulous felt pin badges and timeless patchwork cushion covers.

The sessions are suitable for complete beginners and for those children who are familiar with the sewing machine. The project details can be made more challenging for those children who already attend the G&G stitch academy during term time or who can already use a sewing machine.

Classes are suitable for children aged 7 and above.

There are 6 fun sewing sessions scheduled throughout the school holidays (see below for dates and projects).

PLEASE NOTE - If the class is showing as fully booked, but you are interested in attending please let us know as may be able to put on an additional session. Please contact us on [email protected] and we can add you to a waiting list and contact you if we have more availability.

Running Time
10am - 1pm

About this workshop

Choose a Session and book below:

Owl cushions
Monday 22nd July 2024

Cute owl cushions made using a combination of both fabric scraps and felt. Applique used to attach pieces together and options to add buttons/other details if time. All stuffed and ready to show some squishy love to!!

Cross body bag
Friday 2nd August 2024
10:00am - 1:00pm

A stylish and practical cross body bag perfect for taking your essentials on holidays or day trips! Choose from a selection of fun fabrics to suit all tastes. The bag is fully lined, has a sturdy cotton webbing strap and fastens with a popper.

Patchwork cushion cover
Monday 5th August 2024
10:00am - 1:00pm

Learn the basics of patchwork and make a gorgeous cushion cover. A great project for using up scraps and improving the accuracy of your cutting and stitching skills. For those familiar with the basic 3 x 3 square design, a more challenging patchwork design can be learnt. (Cushion pad not included).

Accessory Pouch
Thursday 15th August 2024
10:00am - 1:00pm

A gorgeous summer pouch that can be used for sunglasses, as a pencil case or clutch purse! The pouch is fully lined and fastens with a popper. Choose from a selection of fun jacquard fabrics to suit all tastes.

Applique zipped coin purse
Friday 23rd August 2024
10:00am - 1:00pm

Choose your own design, learn how to applique and how to insert a zip in this fabulous zipped coin purse project. These would make great gifts for loved ones or just to keep for yourself! The options for customising the purse are huge! Help yourselves to fabric scraps, trims, buttons, felt and more!

Felt embroidered pin badges
Tuesday 27th August 2024
10:00am - 1:00pm

Learn hand sewing and embroidery skills to make a fabulous felt pin badge. In the picture are some fun fruity designs but we can help you make one of your own designs as long as it's not too complicated! Pin badges are gently stuffed with toy stuffing and completed with a pin fastening on the reverse. These will look awesome pinned to a jacket or pencil case and make great gifts! If you have time you can choose to make 2 badges.

All sessions are booked individually so please make sure you check the date and project you are booking onto.


Monday 22nd July, Monday 5th August, Tuesday 27th August - Lorna Hulme

Friday 2nd August, Thursday 15th August, Friday 23rd August - Alison Ivens

Further Information

  • Skills learnt will depend on the class project but may include:
  • How to use textiles tools and equipment (scissors, needles, pins, marking chalk etc)
  • How to use a sewing machine safely
  • How to sew a straight seam
  • How to sew a curved seam
  • How to clip seam allowances
  • How to attach snap fasteners
  • How to insert a zip
  • How to applique
  • How to sew a variety of hand sewing techniques e.g. blanket stitch, running stitch, back stitch
  • How to sew on buttons using the sewing machine

These classes are suitable for children and teenagers aged over 7 years old, who are either completely new to sewing or have more sewing experience. Projects can be adapted to suit all levels of abilities with more details added for those more experienced sewists.

  • All of the materials and components needed for the project
  • Use of the g&g templates for each project
  • Use of the sewing machines and machine thread

If you or your child has their own basic sewing kit (e.g scissors, pins, tape measure, needles and marking chalk) then please bring along with you. If not, then don't worry, we can provide equipment for them to use during the session.

Alison Ivens

Alison has always been crafty and over the years has tried her hand at all sorts, including jewellery making, felting and paper crafts, but over the last few years she has found her passion in sewing and crochet.

After finishing a Fine Art Printmaking degree and Masters in Gallery Studies Alison spent 18 years working as Museum Manager and Curator in a small Lichfield museum, and while this was an important part of her past, she is now enjoying the opportunity to talk dressmaking with our lovely customers.

When she's not at the shop Alison is a mum to two children who, along with her husband, benefit from her dressmaking. Her wardrobe is very eclectic and her favourite pattern is animal print, which she considers a neutral!

Lorna Hulme

Lorna is forever grateful to her Mum for teaching her to sew as an adult. She fell in love with everything sewing! So much so that she couldn’t bear to keep these skills to herself. Being driven by her passion for inspiring other people to sew, Lorna spent 7 years sharing this love of sewing through teaching others in her own sewing workshop business.

Lorna joined the Guthrie & Ghani team in January 2024 as the Workshops and events coordinator. She is responsible for organising the programme of events and sewing workshops and will be joining the team of sewing tutors too.

Lorna loves all aspects of sewing but her particular passion is dressmaking.

When she’s not sewing she enjoys running, cycling, running around after 2 teenagers and drinking hot chocolate!

Dates & Times

  • Owl cushions £40
  • Cross body bag Fully Booked
  • Patchwork cushion cover £40
  • Summer pouch £40
  • Applique coin purse £40
  • Felt embroidered pin badges £40