Saturday Sewing School

at Bridge House in Shillingford

Master the basics and learn new skills:

  • Small class sizes – typically just 4 students per class
  • Learn to use your own sewing machine
  • Each class is just £25, and includes home-made cake
  • No cancellations due to insufficient students (we'll run the class, even if it's just you!)

How does it work on the day?

You must book ahead as we keep class sizes small to allow the teacher to give each student individual attention. Students bring their own sewing machines. Cutting space and other tools will be provided. You can choose to work on a pattern and material you've brought, or buy a ready-to-sew kit from the teacher. Students are free to work at their own pace, and copious amounts of tea (or coffee or squash) and home-made cake will keep you fortified as you sew.

Know what you want to learn?

We're always looking for new ideas, so if there's something you'd like to learn that's not on our list, drop us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We also offer customised classes for small groups, so if you fancy a crafty birthday or a relaxing afternoon for a small hen party, get in touch. Group rates start from just £100 for 4 students and we'll arrange a date and time that suits you.

Where can you find us?

The Saturday Sewing School takes place at the Bridge House in Shillingford. We're a bright pink house near the only bridge in Shillingford. We're just 3 miles from Wallingford, 11 from Oxford and 16 from Reading. We have on-site parking and regular buses from these three places drop in easy walking distance of Bridge House. Our full address is: 72 Wallingford Road, Shillingford OX10 7EU.

Sewing School Schedule

All classes take place on a Saturday, and run from 9am to 1pm.

We are currently offering a cycle of classes. Beginners can work through a complete set of skills, while more advanced sewers can drop in to whichever classes they need. Each class will be tailored by the teacher to suit the needs and abilities of the students.

Classes continue throughout the year, usually on the 4th Saturday of the month. If you've missed a course you'd like to try, don't worry – it'll come round again. Give us a call on 01865 858540 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a particular topic.

Dates for next course in 2017/18

23rd September 2017. Getting Started.

28th October              Using a paper pattern.

25th November           Zips and fastenings.

No classes in December - Happy holidays!

27th January 2018      Make it fit.

24th February             Up-cycled fashion.

24th March                 Finishing off.

New classes at the Sewing School

Pattern Cutting and Up-Cycling Classes

The Saturday Sewing School also now offers these two specialist classes.

Pattern cutting. If you are a competent sewer you can book a day course to learn to make your own pattern for a skirt that matches your own size and shape. In the morning you will learn how to draw your pattern and in the afternoon you get started on making your skirt which you can take home to finish.

Price:  £50 (including lunch)

Time:  10am - 4pm.

Dates: To be decided, sometime in Autumn 2017.

Up-Cycling. From updating a favourite dress and making it fit, to creating a completely different outfit from clothes that just don't work for you any more, up-cycling is cheap, environmentally friendly, and original, as well as fun.

Price:  £25 (including drinks and cakes)

Time: 9am - 1pm

Date: To be decided, sometime in Autumn 2017.

For more details on these courses contact Rosie: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or Tel: 01865 858540


(Revised 10th August 2017)