Community Learning – Simply Sewing

Course overview

Under the guidance of our experienced tutor, you will be shown the techniques to turn ideas into beautifully sewn items using a sewing machine and basic embroidery, so you can have a finished and successful item to take away and be proud of.

This practical and fun Community Wellbeing Simply Sewing course is open to anyone who wants to gain confidence in using a sewing machine or build on existing skills to complete a sewing project of their own.

Project ideas may include a cushion cover, a fabric book cover or a tote bag. You may want to add an applique design to a skirt you own or upcycle a denim jacket.

Participation and creativity can offer relief and increase your well-being, having a positive effect on your day-to-day life!

This is one of our Community Learning courses.

Our Community Learning programme offers a series of free, government-funded courses to develop skills, knowledge, confidence and improve mental well-being for adults.

Participation can help those managing mental health conditions that have a mild-moderate impact on their day-to-day lives. You need to be aged 19 or over (at the start of the course) AND:

•employed and earning an annual salary of less than £20,319 or
•unemployed, in receipt of state benefit and looking for work
•have a social or emotional difficulty, or challenges with mental health or emotional wellbeing

For further details and terms and conditions please view our Community Learning page.

We’ll be offering two-hour sessions on Monday mornings 10am-12pm, giving you plenty of time to experiment. You can attend as many of the sessions as you wish!

2023: Sept 25, Oct 2,9,16,30, Nov 6,13,20,27, Dec 4,11

2024: Jan 8,15,22,29, Feb 5,19,26, March 4,11,18,25, April 15,22,29, May 13,20, June 3,10,17,24, July 1,8


You will be shown the techniques to turn ideas into beautifully sewn items.

You will learn practical skills and tips, including:

  • confidence using the sewing machine
  • applique techniques
  • embellishment techniques
  • finishing techniques
  • basic embroidery techniques

The course will be taught in a group format in the workshop, involving demonstrations and presentations from our friendly and experienced tutor Caroline Streatfield.

To ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from Caroline, in a constructive and supportive environment, with 1:1 support and personal guidance for everyone.

Basic materials will be supplied, but you may wish to bring your own fabric, threads, ribbons and buttons.

Please bring with you:

  • any fabrics you wish to use or share
  • ideas you have for your design
  • enthusiasm and willingness to learn

Your tutor may suggest to you that some parts of your project could be completed at home.

We have a wide range of courses that you could consider progressing to.

Tutor Profile: Caroline Streatfield

Caroline is an experienced and acknowledged artist and tutor with an HND in textiles. Please find her credentials here:

Caroline Streatfield at Linkedin

Made in Arts London

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  • Flexible start - 8 July 2024
  • 10:00 - 12:00
  • Monday
  • 1 Year
    • Free

      Funded places are available on this course. Read the course description for details.

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