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NOW BOOKING - `Hooray for Friday!' workshops

Knicker Workshops - Friday 21st April
Evening - 8-10 pm

Introducing two fun new workshops to kick start your weekends. With all materials provided, all you need to do is show up and enjoy some sewing escapism. This time round, there is an afternoon option (1-3 pm) as well as an evening one (8-10 pm). There will be plenty of yummy homemade cake and tea to fuel your creativity. Maximum of 6 to a workshop - 6th place is free if booking as a group.

Dig out those unfinished projects and make the most of some help on them, or, turn up without a plan and buy a kit on the night. (Or, just come for the cake - we don't mind!) Kits might be purses, cushions, Kindle covers, knickers... and will include everything you need, and be priced between £5-10. Book your place, tell your friends. Everyone is welcome.

You can reserve your spot at the May night by using the link at the bottom of this page, or, just pop into Fancy in person and give your name and £5 and ask Saffron to add you to the list for 04.05.17.

Want to learn to sew in a fun and sociable setting?

Kitchen Table Sewing classes are small (5 people) and friendly. They take in the evenings, 8 - 10 pm, at my home in Bedford. A four week course costs £70, and this includes the use of one of my sewing machines, and, plenty of tea and yummy home made cake to fuel your sewing adventures. For clothing courses, you will need to come to the course with your own copy of the pattern we are following, and pre-washed fabric ready to go. Full details of what you need to bring on each course are available on request - but will be sent to you when you book a place.


Mondays 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th June, 8 - 10 pm, £70

The popular Complete Beginners' Course is back. Learn how to use a sewing machine and come away with a couple of completed projects you'll be proud to show off to your friends.

Week one starts with making a simple cushion cover, and the rest of the four week course will concentrate on making a nice big lined tote bag. Perfect for picnic season at the park, or carting all you stuff around for work.

Coco Course is back!

Tuesdays  27th June, 4th, 11th & 18th July, 8 - 10 pm, £70

Back for a final time before the summer, this super Breton top pattern will be one that you will want to make again and again. You will need your own copy of the Tilly and the Buttons pattern, plus a couple of metres of roma ponte fabric and threads to sew with. This course is ideal for a confident beginner, who has completed the Complete Beginners' Course.

Megan Dress Making

Mondays, 24th April, 8th, 15th & 22nd May, 8-10 pm - 2 places left!

This is one of my favourite dresses to make - I think I have enough versions for a different one for every day of the week! You will learn how to make a toile, how to do a full bust adjustment, how to make darts, how to insert a zip, and how to insert sleeves. You will need a copy of the Tilly and the Buttons book, Love at First Stitch, plus fabric.

Summer Lilou Dress Making

Tuesdays, 23rd May, 6th, 13th &20th June, 8-10 pm - 4 places left!

Learn how to make a classic summer dress. You will learn how to adjust a pattern to fit your body shape, how to insert a zip, how to fully line a bodice, how to insert pleats. You will need a copy of the Tilly and the Buttons book, Love at First Stitch, plus fabric.


Courses are popular and places sometimes fill up very quickly (classes are small - only 5/6 people) once dates are released. To make things more convenient for you, all bookings are now taken online, via the nice and convenient and secure Paypal system.

If you cannot see a course listed when you click on the list of courses below, it means the course is full.

Please note that there are no refunds available if you do not attend a course or workshop. Refunds will only be offered on cancellations if the place can be filled before the start date, and this will be minus a £5 administration fee.



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    1. Hi Abi, It sounds like you're ready for the Coco class, and I'd love to meet you for some sewing - sadly that course is full. I'll be releasing new course dates for September term very soon! Janet

  2. Would love to come on a beginners course, when will dates be released and is there anyway to receive notifications when dates are added ?

    1. Hi Judy, I have room for one more person on the next Complete Beginners' Course if you can bring your own sewing machine? Let me know via email if this appeals - course starts on 30th June. Ta! Janet

  3. Hello, I am moving to bedford in July and I'm really interested in doing a beginners course. When will the dates be released for August/September please? I am thinking of buying a brother sewing machine. Thanks Cherrie

  4. Hi I'm interested in coming to a beginners course, have you got any dates set for the new year?

    1. Hello! Yes, the Complete Beginners'Course is running on Mondays in January. You can book a place via the Paypal link above. :)

  5. Hi Janet I'm interested in the Granville Shirt course - I've done your bag course & made a skirt and coco dress do you think I'd be able to manage it? Thanks Claire Kelley

    1. Hello Claire! Yep - I reckon you'd be fine for this... :)

  6. Evening.
    Am really interested in doing your beginner's course. Just wondered if you had any dates available within the next couple of months.
    Thank you :)