We are so excited to be teaming up with Emma of Simple Pleasures Sewing School. We wanted someone we felt at home with to join us at HQ and Emma was the obvious choice. She is amazingly brilliant – a lovely woman who is as potty about fabric and sewing as we are so I’m sure you’ll all love her.

Also joining the team is super seamstress Sam Molloy You can track her sewing successes on her blog Stitched Up By Samantha.

Fabric HQ, Simple Pleasures Sewing School and Sam Molloy combine to bring you a fantastic program of autumn sewing!

Roman Blind Workshop with Emma May

Tuesday 16th September
Tuesday 30th September - 19.30-22.30 £65

We’ll be learning how to make top-notch roman blinds, finished by hand like a professional. We’ll beaver away on a small sample to get our heads around the process of construction, and cover all the basics of how to measure up a window for a blind and the tricky business of pleat calculations. We’ll send you away armed with instructions to measure up your own chosen window at home, and calculate how much fabric you’ll need etc. When you return a week later we’ll go over your individual calculations for your blind and finish off the sample so that you’re all set to crack on with your own project at home.

When:  Wednesday 24th September, Wednesday 1st October and Wednesday 15th October 7.15pm-10.15pm
Where: The Make HQ Studio, Fabric HQ, Layby Farm, Old Risborough Road, Stoke Mandeville, Bucks, HP22 5XJ.

Click here to book your place.
This workshop covers the basics of dressmaking , resulting  in a beautiful dress you will want to make again and again.
There are 3 different variations of the pattern that mean it  can be made to work for any occasion - super elegant maxi dress,  perfect wedding apparel or ultra-cool summer frock. 
Join us and the lovely Sam Molloy for this two part workshop that takes you through  the whole process from making a muslin to achieve perfect fit, to completing  your beautiful bespoke dress.
We will demystify the process of following a commercial  dressmaking pattern, and cover the following:
  • Working out how much fabric you need and what  type of fabric is best to use;
  • Deciding what size garment to make and cutting  out the pattern pieces;
  • Constructing the garment and understanding  dressmaking terminology;
  • Using your various sewing machine functions to achieve  the best finish for your garment;
  • Inserting a concealed zipper and adding darts to  a garment;
  • Understitching facings to give a perfect finish;
  • There are three variations of the pattern to choose  from, providing countless possibilities for more dresses!
Grade: This workshop is suitable for confident beginners,  but you will need to have a reasonable amount of  experience of sewing with a machine. If you’d  love to come along but your sewing confidence could do with a little boost,  then why not book an individual Start-up Session or lesson beforehand? Just drop  us a line.
The Sessions includes a copy of the pattern for you to take  away and re-use again and again, tea coffee, cake, and your tuition. Please  note that you will need to bring your own lunch and fabric to make your dress  or you can contact us and arrange to purchase from Fabric HQ.
Once you have signed up to the class you will receive a single  use 10% discount code to be used on fabric at or in our shop  in Stoke Mandeville.

Sewing Machine Start-up for Beginners with Emma May

Saturday 11th October - 10.00-16.00 £60

Our Popular Sewing Machine Start-up session is back! Perfect for complete beginners or those who have lost their confidence.

We’ll spend the morning completing a Start-up Session, learning all the basics of using a sewing machine then after a cheeky little lunch break we’ll come back and crack on with your choice of beginners sewing project. You can follow one of our beginners workshops (bunting or envelope cushion), or bring along something of your own.  Use of a sewing machine, and all of your haberdashery needs are included in the fee.

Staple Dress Workshop

Thurs 16th October
Thurs 23rd October
Thursday 30th October - 19.15-22.15 £65

A perfect beginner’s dress making project! Designed to be simple yet flattering. This dress has a lot of ease through the bust and hip, with elastic shirring at the waist to cinch it in. The waistline can be customized and adjusted up and down to accent the wearer’s natural waist. Choose between two hemlines, a classic straight hem or a more dramatic drop hem style, with optional side-seam pockets. Cute alone or belted, with flats, boots or heels, it’s a year-round wardrobe essential. The Staple Dress patter, use of machine and all tuition included.

Introduction to Garment Construction

- Sew The Polly Top with Sam Molloy

£60 Wednesday 29th October

Wednesday 5th November – 19.15-22.15

In this class you will learn the basics of dressmaking, including choosing which size to make, simple fitting alterations, how to neatly finish your seams, how to create shape without using darts and how to apply a bias binding finish. At the end of the workshops you'll have a pretty top and the confidence to use these skills again and again.

Hot Water Bottle Cover with Emma May

Thursday 6th November – 19.30-22.30 £30

We’ll be learning how to whip up a gorgeous quilted hottie cover with contrast bias binding, a lovely way to bring some colour to a chilly evening and perfect for a Christmas gift for a loved one. We’ll cover how to make your own simple pattern, how to tackle cutting out patterned fabric, some simple quilting methods, and how to make and attach bias binding. We’ll send you away armed with instructions to make as many as you wish at home in all the colours of the rainbow! The Session costs includes use of a machine, haberdashery, wadding fabric, instructions to take away, tea coffee and cake, and your tuition.

Cushions With Piping & Zip with Emma May

Saturday 18th October 10.00 – 16.00 £60

Want to take your cushion making up a level? Well this is the workshop for you! Learn how to make cushion covers like a professional with piping and zips, and enjoy some time with like-minded folk at the beautiful workspace of Fabric HQ, at Layby Farm.

We’ll spend the morning learning how pros cut out cushion covers with tapered corners, and constructing piping from scratch before tackling how to attach it. Come the afternoon we’ll pop in some zips and learn the failsafe rules for doing so, before whipping all the pieces together to make a gorgeous cushion cover.

Free Motion Embroidery with Sam Molloy

£30   Tuesday 19th November – 19.15-22.15

Learn to create a one of a kind picture using applique and machine free motion embroidery techniques. 
Working from a variety of images (or bring your own ideas) you will learn the skills needed to create a picture that can either be framed or turned into a cushion cover.  All materials will be provided, but you will need a darning or embroidery foot for your sewing machine. 





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