sewing courses


One day workshops


A lovely pile of fabric

If you are baffled bybarkcloth or confused by crepe, perplexed by pique or worried by wool choices, this is the session for you.  A fun 2 1/2 hour session learning about different types of fabric and what sort of garments to use them for.  You will be given a range of fabric samples to refer to as well as lovely refreshments.  Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Friday, 22nd September 2017, 7 pm to 9.30 pm  Sorry this one is now full xx

Evening 7 pm to 9.30 pm

Friday, 26th January 2018,  7 pm to 9.30 pm




I say- they seem to be showing their knickers off!

I say- they seem to be showing their knickers off!


A one day workshop where you will make two pairs of knickers.  One pair using jersey fabric and one pair using woven fabric.  You will also have a take home pattern for both pairs and learn to apply lingerie elastic.   This is suitable for all levels if you can use a sewing machine.  All inclusive workshops – 2 pairs of pants per person and lovely refreshments and costs £60.00 per person.

Saturday, 4th November, 10 am to 3.30 pm.  Sorry this is now full xx



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.


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


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.


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 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.

Saturday, 30th September 10 am to 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.  £110.00 including all resources.

Wednesday, 10th January 2018, 10 am to 12 pm, 2 hours per week



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 £110.00.

Wednesday, 7th March 2018, 10 am to 12 pm, 2 hours per week



Get ready to dressmake

Get ready to dress make

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, 11th Sept – 16th Oct 2017 £100.00  Sorry this one is now full xx

Monday, 30th Oct – 4th December 2017  sorry this is now full xx

Monday, 8th January – 12th February 2018


Monday afternoon sessions

Monday afternoon, 1-3 pm, 11th September 2017, £100.00  Sorry this is now full xx

Monday afternoon, 1- 3 pm, 8th January 2018, £100.00


Monday evening sessions

Monday evening, 7-9 pm, 11th September 2017 £100.00 Sorry this is now full xx

Monday evening, 7-9 pm, 8th January 2018.  £100.00


Tuesday evening sessions

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

Sorry this is now full xx


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

Sorry this one is now full xx


Tuesday evening, 7 – 9 pm, 9th January 2018 £100.00


Amanda is thinking about Christmas in July!

Amanda is thinking about Christmas!

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 sorry this is now full xx

Monday, 30st October to 4th December 2017 7 – 9 pm  sorry this is now full xx

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


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!

  5. Charis Ahmed says:

    I have just finished my second course with Felixstowe Sewing School and just booked another three!!
    I’m a complete beginner, Amanda is such a fantastic teacher and really helps you to feel at ease and explains in great detail why & what you are doing.
    I would highly recommend her courses, they are a lot of fun and lovely cake & coffee supplied.
    Thank you Amanda looking forward to starting the next course very soon x

  6. emma bell says:

    Amanda how do my family buy vouchers for me? To pay for your dress making course in Oct.

  7. Your 6 week pattern cutting classes, is that for February next year?

    Kind regards


  8. Angie Allan says:

    Hi Amanda

    I’ve just booked on your six-week Monday evening course from 11th September. Am very excited!

    Angie x

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