The g&g Stitch Academy Kids Summer Sewing Workshop - Improvers

Do you have a crafty child or teenager who has some sewing experience already, but wants to progress onto the next step and learn to make their own clothes?

Do you want to find something fun and imaginative to keep them occupied during the School Summer Holidays?

Across two 2 hour afternoon sessions (4 hours in total), and over two consecutive days, students will develop their skills in using a range of materials and sewing tools, including the sewing machine.

They will have the option to make either an outfit consisting of a pair of leggings and a t-shirt, OR a breezy summer dress. They will learn how to cut out their fabric using a paper pattern, and a range of sewing techniques relevant to their chosen project.

Running Time
1.00pm - 3.00pm

Further Information

  • How to use textiles tools and equipment (scissors, needles, pins, marking chalk etc)
  • How to use a sewing machine safely
  • How to follow a sewing pattern
  • How to sew a seam
  • Jersey Projects (Leggings & T-Shirt)
  • How to sew an elasticated waistband (leggings project)
  • How to cut out and sew with jersey fabric
  • How to attach a neckband
  • How to sew a hem
  • Summer Dress
  • How to sew and neaten a seam
  • How to make a casing
  • How to sew a hem
  • How to use bias binding for armholes and tie straps (optional depending upon selected style)
  • How to sew a contrast band, ruffle, trim or pockets (these are additional skills and will be time dependent based upon how quickly the child picks up new skills)

This class is suitable for children and teenagers aged over 7 years old, who are have had recent experience in sewing. They may have attended our g&g Sewing Academy previously or another sewing club where they have gained experience. Students must be able to use a sewing machine, pins, and fabric scissors confidently.

If you have any questions or want to check if your child will have the necessary experience to take part in this class, please call the store on 0121 449 8419 and ask to speak to Helen.

  • Use of the sewing patterns for each project
  • Use of the sewing machines
  • Elastic
  • Bias Binding

You will need to bring your own fabric for the projects. Please see below for the quantities required for each project:

Jersey Outfit:

  • 1m of cotton jersey fabric for the leggings
  • 70 cm of cotton jersey for the t-shirt

Summer Dress:

  • 1m of woven cotton fabric for the main dress
  • 50cm of contrasting fabric for the tie, contrast band, ruffle or pocket (optional)

Helen Murray

Helen discovered her love of craft from a young age, always making and creating things as a child with her mom and sister. Her nan, a talented dressmaker, has been of huge inspiration to her over the years and sparked her interest in making garments.

Helen studied Fashion & Textiles Design at Leeds University, and here her passion for learning new skills and techniques developed. Previously a secondary school teacher of Design & Technology and Textiles, she loves nothing more than inspiring children to be creative, learn new skills and make things that they can be proud of. With over 14 years of teaching experience she has taught a wide range of ages and cannot wait to teach the future generation of sewists here at the g&g Stitch Academy.

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