The g&g Stitch Academy - Tweens - Age 10-13 years

Do you have a crafty child who loves to use their imagination and make things. Well this half-termly after-school g&g stitch academy is the perfect place for them to get creative and learn how to use a range of textiles materials and tools (including the sewing machine), to make fun and exciting craft and accessories projects, designed especially for their age group.

In this weekly class, students will learn how to thread up the sewing machine, how to change the settings to sew a straight and a zigzag stitch, and then they will complete one to two projects that they will be proud to show off.

Sewing projects will develop and change so students can join us with no experience, or if they have already attended the g&g Stitch Academy before there will be plenty of new projects to inspire them! From a patchwork cushion covers, to mini bunting to decorate their bedroom, to pencil cases and pyjama shorties, there will be no stopping them once they have learnt the basics.

PLEASE NOTE - If the class is showing as fully booked, please contact us on and we can check availability. Sometimes we can experience a glitch in the website where the workshop appears as fully booked when it is not. We are fixing it as soon as possible.

Running Time
Tues 5.00pm - 6.00pm or Thurs 5.15pm - 6.15pm

About this workshop

This is a half-termly after-school craft club for tweens aged 10-13 years. There are 5/6 weekly sessions per course. Depending on skill level and ability the children will make up between 2 mini projects, or one big project, if it is a more complex project such as a garment.

Upon completion of the 5/6 sessions included in this course, new students will receive a Sewing Machine Driving Certificate to congratulate them for their hard work and new sewing skills they have learnt.

"My daughter is absolutely loving sewing and is so excited to come each week. She is eager to join the next term so I’ve signed her up again. Thank you so much for doing this - it’s an amazing life skill that I'd love to encourage!"
"She has absolutely loved the class and really enjoyed making things with the sewing machine, so much so that she is all booked up for next term!"

Further Information

You will Learn:

  • How to use a sewing machine safely and confidently to sew a seam
  • How to use a sewing machine safely to make simple projects
  • How to use textile tools and equipment (e.g. tape measure, tailor's chalk, fabric scissors, pins)
  • How to turn neat corners on the sewing machine
  • How to be creative and imaginative when selecting fabrics for projects
  • How to do a range of different decorative techniques (such as hand embroidery stitches, machine embroidery stitches, hand appliqué, how to attach a ribbon or trimming). These will vary depending upon the project and skill level of the child.

For returning g&g Stitch Academy students they may also develop their skills to learn:

  • How to insert a zip
  • How to sew curves on the sewing machine
  • How to make a garment using a sewing pattern

This class is suitable for children aged 10-13 years old who are either new to sewing or already have some basic experience.

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

*Please note that for larger projects such as clothing, you may need to purchase fabric to use in the class. You will be notified in advance of this so you have time to get it.

You will need your own basic sewing kit including scissors, pins, tape measure, needles and marking chalk. These will be available to purchase from the guthrie & ghani shop, in a handy zippy project bag. Please email for more information.

*Please note that for larger projects such as clothing, you may need to purchase fabric to use in the class. You will be notified in advance of this so you have time to get it.

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.

Dates & Times

  • The g&g Stitch Academy - Tweens - Age 10-13 Years - Tuesdays £65
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  • The g&g Stitch Academy - Tweens - Age 10-13 Years - Thursdays £65
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