sewing courses


One day workshops



Machine applied ric rac

Machine applied ric rac

Fun with hand embroidery and ric rac variations

Cherry and flamingo ric rac

Cherry and flamingo ric rac

Ric rac is a fine but sometimes overlooked trim I fear.  It has so many uses and this one day workshop is intended to introduce to the application of ric rac using both hand and machine techniques.  I will teach you lots of hand embroidery stitches and you will use your new founds skills to create a fantastic ric rac flower corsage AND a sewing needle sample book to show off your fabulous embroidery.  This is an all inclusive course – just simply turn up with your packed lunch and I will supply the rest.  Places are limited to 5 for the day.  11 am to 4 pm.  £60.00.

Saturday, 17th June 2017

Embroidered pocket with ric rac edging

Embroidered pocket with ric rac edging


A fine polka dot trio

A fine polka dot trio

Gypsy top 

A one day workshop where you will cut and make your own Gypsy top to fit and suit you!  The workshop includes your own take home pattern and lovely refreshments throughout the day.  Saturday, 6th May 2017 £60.00 9.30 am to 4 pm.  Sorry this one is now full xx

A lovely gypsy top for you to make!

A lovely gypsy top for you to make!

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FINE FINISHING Learn techniques to elevate your dressmaking to greater heights.  A whole day workshop to teach you methods for applying bias binding, hemming fine silks and chiffons, create French seams and bound buttonholes.  All resources included, suitable for those confident in using a sewing machine.  £60.00

Saturday, 10th June 2017


Inserting a closed end zipper

Inserting a closed end zipper


Saturday, 8th July 2107.  A one day workshop  for those able to use a sewing machine.  The session covers closed end and concealed zip insertion with a variety of finishing techniques.  The course starts at 10.00 am to 3.30 pm with all resources included.   £60.00.



Hand made pj or boxer shorts

Hand made pj or boxer shorts

PJ or boxers shorts – a one day workshop making either a pair of boxer shorts or pj bottoms with a pattern cut for you!  10 am to 4 pm, pattern included £60.00 Saturday 16th September 2017.


amanda and camisole

CAMISOLE MAKING – Saturday, 11th February 2017.  A one day workshop from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm learn to use stretch fabrics and apply lingerie elastic and bra sliders and make a wonderful fitted camisole top in soft cotton jersey.  All resources to make one camisole top are included in the cost of the workshop, £60.00 as well as light refreshments.  Saturday, 14th October 2017


A wonderful Christmas frock!

A wonderful Christmas frock!

Christmas stocking day – make a personalised Christmas stocking using both machine and hand sewing techniques.  Suitable for beginner sewers who can use a sewing machine.  Resources included in the price £60.00.  18th Nov 2017 10.00 am to 3.30 pm.



A clean iron equals a happy dressmaker

A clean iron equals a happy dressmaker

Dressmakers Day – a whole day of working on your own project so you can really get your teeth stuck into it!  Start at 10 am and finish at 3 pm, bring your own project and lunch.  I will supply light refreshments, endless patience and cake.  £35.00 for the day.

Monday, 3rd April 2017  

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Monday 24th April 2017  

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Monday, 8th May 2017  

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Monday 15th May 2017 

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Monday 22nd May 2017  

1 place available as of 28/3/17

alexandra palace


Join us once more for this popular and fun day out to London’s biggest craft show.  Enjoy the host of specialist retailers, exhibitions and workshops.  Leaving Felixstowe direct at 8 am and leaving the show at 4 pm take the hassle out of visiting by enjoying a fun coach trip with complimentary sweetie bags and a few Felixstowe Sewing School surprises!  Ticket includes entry and travel £30.00

Knitting and Stitching show school trip 


Make friends with your overlocker


Friday, 31st March 2017  sorry this one is now full xx

Join us for a half day workshop and make friends with your overlocker.  Led by Mr Tim, our resident, qualified, sewing machine technician. Learn to thread and adjust your overlocker from scratch, go through common tension and usage issues and experiment with settings for a variety of fabrics. This is a 3 hour session, including light refreshments. Bring your own overlocker as long as it is in good working order as this course is focused on machine settings as opposed to repairs or book in to use a school machine. Limited to 5 places. £50.00.  Sorry this one is now full.

Masked crafter from felixstowe sewing school

The masked crafter!

Mystery crafty evenings. Turn up ready to make something fantastic and enjoy the hospitality and expertise offered at Felixstowe Sewing School!  All resources included in the session as well as a lovely beverage  and slice of something delicious.  Sessions from 7.00 to 9.00 pm.  Each session only £15.00.

Friday, 13th January  2017 sorry this one is now full x

Friday, 10th February 2017 sorry this one is now full x

Friday, 10th March  2017 sorry this one is now full x

Friday, 7th April  sorry this one is now full x

Friday, 12th May sorry this one is now full x

Friday, 16th June sorry this one is now full x

Friday, 15th September 

Friday, 13th October 

Friday, 17th November 

Friday, 15th December 

making friends with her sewing machine

making friends with her sewing machine

MAKE FRIENDS WITH YOUR SEWING MACHINE  – for those with new machines or complete beginners.  Build confidence in threading and changing stitches, overcome common ‘newbie’ problems, learn to sew accurate seam allowances and neat lines, £25.00 all inclusive.

Sat 30th September 2017 10 – 12.30 pm 





INTRODUCTION TO PATTERN CUTTING A 6 week course demystifying pattern cutting.  Produce an upper body and skirt block to fit you and start to develop your skill in modifying patterns and producing a toile.  I will provide the resources, a lovely atmosphere, tuition, tea/coffee and home made cake.  Each session is 2 hours long.  This course is suitable for those with some dressmaking experience as homework will include sewing up toiles made from patterns created during the lessons.  £100.00 including all resources.

Wednesday, 22nd February, 7.30 to 9.30 pm




PATTERN CUTTING + A 6 week course for those who have basic skirt and bodice blocks, learn how to convert these to a shift dress as well as producing skirt variations (pencil, A line, yolked and wrap around) .  This course is suitable for those who have completed an introduction to pattern cutting course.   The cost of the course is £100.00.

Wednesday, 26th April; 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm


Pattern cutting ++ intermediate 6 week course, 2 hours per week, suitable for those who have their own blocks and have completed the pattern cutting + course. Develop intermediate skills in using draping techniques and producing bodice patterns .£100.00.

Wednesday, 7th June 2017, 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm


Get ready to dressmake

Get ready to dressmake

DRESSMAKING Course  Welcome to Felixstowe Sewing School’s 6 week dressmaking course.  Learn to use a commercial dressmaking pattern, how to cut out and make a garment.  Work on your own project at your own speed with plenty of support and advice.  Tea/coffee and homemade cakes included.

Monday Morning sessions

Monday morning, 10 – 12 pm, 5th June 2017, £100.00

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Monday, 11th Sept – 16th Oct 2017 £100.00


Monday, 30th Oct – 4th December 2017  


Monday afternoon sessions


Monday afternoon, 1 – 3 pm, 5th June 2017, £10o  sorry this one is now full x

Monday afternoon, 1-3 pm, 11th September 2017, £100.00

Monday evening sessions

Monday evening, 7-9 pm, 11th September 2017 £100.00

Tuesday evening sessions

Tuesday evening, 7 – 9 pm, 25th April 2017 £100.00

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Tuesday evening, 7 – 9 pm, 6th June 2017 £100.00 sorry this one is now full x


Tuesday evening, 7 – 9 pm, 12th September 2017 £100.00

Tuesday evening, 7 – 9 pm, 31 October 2017 £100.00 



Butterick by Gertie B5882

Butterick by Gertie B5882


If you have dreamt of swirling around in your own 1950s style frock this is the course for you.  Suitable for advanced beginner, learn to create an iconic 1950’s ‘Shelf-bust’ dress with a fully lined and boned bodice.   A six week course, 2 hours per week.  The pattern and boning will be supplied, you bring your choice of fashion and lining fabric.  All refreshments included, you just have the dilemma of choosing which fabric to buy!

Monday evening, 5th June 2017 7.00 to 9.00 pm


This is a weekly club where teens can learn to use a sewing machine and make a range of products including clothing. (Hot chocolate/milk  and homemade cakes included). £60.00 for the term.  All resources are included Please contact Amanda for availability and payment Every Wednesday during term time from 5 – 7 pm.

Teen fox face cushion

Teen fox face cushion

26th April to 31st May 2017 

7th June to 12th July 2017  


Christmas crafts  6 week course, 2 hours per week, suitable for all levels using hand and machine techniques, learn to make a range of festive decorative and gift items using both hand and machine sewing.  An all-inclusive course £120.00.

Monday, 30st October to 4th December 2017 1 – 3 pm

Monday, 30st October to 4th December 2017 7 – 9 pm

Wednesday, 1st November to 6th December 2017 10 – 12 pm


Sewing parties by arrangement  For up to 10 people with tea/coffee and homemade cake.  Parties can be organized to suit your requirements with either full day workshops or half day/evening sessions depending on what you would like to make. Hen’s – make a knicker bag; make a garter for your big day OR big night out!! Baby shower – make a quilt for the little one – each person makes a block for the baby’s cot quilt , make a charming Vintage toy (giraffe, sausage dog or elephant), make personalised bunting for the nursery. Teens/children’s – pj’s for your sleepover, kindle cover, tote bag, personalised cushion.

SOCIAL EVENING AND OPEN HOUSE – for those of you with UFO’s (unfinished fabric objects) or those in need of a bit of social stitching this is the evening for you. Run on the second Friday of each month, 7.00 – 9.00 pm, tea/coffee and home-made cake provided. I am on hand for guidance/advice and the classroom is available for those wishing to use the machines/equipment, browse through the sewing library and have a restful time working on their patchwork, dressmaking or crafty fabric bits! £10.00

5th May 2017

9th June 2017

7th July 2017

8th September 2017

6th October 2017

10th November 2017

8th December 2017


  1. Claire houchell says:

    Please please don’t hesitate to sign up for one or many of Amanda’s courses as they truly are delightful, fun and great place to make new chums as well as learning great new skills and indulging in some great therapeutic down time. Just the thrill of making a simple carrot pin cushion was enough to get me hooked and I’m sooo looking forward to embarking on my dressmaking adventure.amanda is a great host and tutor and puts everything so brilliantly and especially provides the scrummiest cakes yum yum. C u in November for the dressmaking to commence :)) xx

    • How truly lovely of you Claire – it’s great to know I’m getting it ‘right’ and that your carrot has proved a delightful asset! See you in November x

  2. chris smith says:

    Is it OK to just turn up for the open house sessions? I am an experienced sewer but would value the opportunity to talk with like-minded folk.

    • Hi Chris, I’m so sorry but my website has been down and I didn’t know you had messaged me. Apologies, the answer is yes, of course you would be more than welcome to come to the open house sessions, it’s very much a social evening and you can bring whatever crafting/sewing project you would like – we generally are able to squeeze in. Look forward to seeing you next time on 11th November 7 – 10 isn !

  3. Samantha Farrands says:

    I did the ‘Make Friends With Your Sewing Machine’ workshop last Sunday, it was fantastic! I learnt so much and i really enjoyed myself. Since Sunday i’ve been doing loads of sewing, I feel so much more confident when i’m sewing now and i also met some lovely people 🙂 not to mention the lemon cake, that was also wonderful!
    Really looking forward to my next workshop.
    Thank you Amanda 🙂

    Samantha xx

  4. Alison Crane says:

    Hi Amanda,
    Just wanted to say thank you for a fantastic morning – it was so enjoyable and exactly what I wanted – a bit of a confidence boost, guidance and inspiration. I would recommend the “Make friends with your sewing machine” course – I feel I have! Very good value for money, and I felt as proud as a litle girl to bring my carrot pin cushion home with me! Hope to do another course soon. Thanks!

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