Adult Classes

Term-time Weekly Group Lessons

Each week there are a number of regular classes for adults. They are on
  • Monday Morning (10am-1pm)
  • Thursday Morning (10am-1pm),
  • Thursday Evening (7pm-10pm)
  • Friday Mornings (10am-1pm)
These classes have become wonderful Modern Sewing Bee communities. The classes decide if they would like to follow a GillyMac Project or if they would prefer to bring their own projects to work on.  In the past, the classes have worked on quilts, bags, tuffets, clothing, cushions, and wall hangings. Every class is accompanied by lots of tea, coffee, and homemade cakes. The cost of the class is £15 paid 1/2 termly in advance. All of the classes are full at this time, but there is a waiting list being managed for the classes and spare spots. If you are interested in being made aware of spaces for these classes as they come up, please drop me an email on mail@gillymacdesigns.com. _____________________________________________________________________________

Workshops or Short Series Classes


Sewing Machine Basics – Evening Class

Come for a relaxed evening learning all about your machine and all of the many things you can do with it.  This packed evening will cover the function of the different parts of your machine, what the sewing machine feet are for, how to thread your machine properly, which threads are best to buy, what your machine stitches are for, how and when stitch length and width should be changed and how understand tension in simple terms. During the evening we will discuss how to sew accurate seams and how to master blind hemming. We learn how to create buttonholes and will finish off by making a simple pouch for you to take home and inserting a zip into it. The class is accompanied by full notes which you can take away. ….And if there is time, we will talk about some useful websites and shops (for the best deals around)

Evening Class –  Monday 13th January  7pm-10pm – Price £40 (inc. all materials) 3 places remaining 


Get To Know Your Overlocker – Evening Class (over two evenings), 

Overlockers look extremely tricky beasts, but this two evening class will demystify your overlocker and get you using it in your everyday sewing. The class will cover:-
  • The parts of the overlocker and what it’s function and stitch is
  • Threading and rethreading the overlocker
  • Working with stitch length
  • Understanding differential feed
  • Sewing corners and curved edges
  • Creating rolled hems
  • Making two projects completely with your overlocker
I have two overlockers and so if you don’t have an overlocker and would like to use mine to see if you like them, then that is possible – just let me know at the time of booking.

Evening Class – Mondays 3rd & 10th February 7pm-10pm £65 3 places remaining 


Patchwork for Beginners (or those just started) – Series of Four Evening Classes

In this class, we will focus on both the basics of patchwork and also applique. This simple quilt can be made in any size. If you want to make a baby quilt, a table runner, a cushion or a throw for the sofa, we can do it with this pattern. During the four weeks, you will learn many of the fundamentals of patchwork
  • How to cut fabric successfully every time using a rotary cutter,
  • How to sew a consistent 1/4″ seam
  • How to create a primary fix for your applique pieces
  • How to sew your applique pieces and choose the right stitches to use
  • How to frame your piece (and what fabric value is)
  • How to set your machine up for quilting
  • The difference between a walking foot and free motion quilting
  • How to create your own bias binding
All classes come with cakes and laughter … Have a go .. once you have learned the basics you won’t look back. If this is your first patchwork class then you will be given a fabulous 150+page book to support your continued learning.

Wednesdays 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th January – 7pm-10pm £135 5 places remaining


Aura Quilt by Alison Glass – Day Class

This newly released quilt pattern is by Alison Glass and Nydia Kehnle. It is made using foundation piecing. There are two foundation blocks to be made and then colour is used to create the geometric 3d look. This is not a difficult quilt to make. and learning how to foundation piece is a great skill to know if you are a newbie.  That said, if you are a more experienced sewer, this pattern comes with it’s own colouring page for you to test out your colour choices ahead of buying the fabric 🙂 ….Endless fun The finished quilt can be made in Baby (32″x40″) , Lap (48″x60″) and Twin Quilt (72″x90″) Sizes

Day Class 15th January 2020 10am-3.30pm £70 (inc. original pattern with foundation piecing instruction and colouring chart) 2 places remaining 


Zipped and Piped Cushions for Everyone – Evening Class

Good quality cushions can be really expensive to buy but are super easy to make. In this class, you will come with fabric and a cushion pad and walk out with a wonderful cushion – with a zip and piping. Creating your own piping makes for a really professional look and once you know how to make it, you will be able to make piping for any project and turn that item from having home-make look into having a professional finish. This class is suitable for beginners.

Monday 27th January  – 7pm-10pm – £40 (inc. piping cord) 3 places remaining


Dressmaking  – Series of  Four Evening Classes 

Join me for four weeks of dressmaking. Bring along a dressmaking pattern for yourself or someone else. If you have some experience but just want to sew in the company of others and have someone to help with the tricky bits, then this is perfect for you. Alternatively, if you are a complete novice, we will cover how to read the pattern sleeve and pattern itself, as well as learning about material weave and how it impacts the garment construction and fit. During the sessions we will cover cutting out the pattern, pinning, cutting and transferring markings. As you make up the garment we will learn about seam allowance, machine operation, and useful feet. Depending on the patterns you bring we can also talk through inserting zips, setting in sleeves, sewing dart etc. Finally, we will finish the garments with hems, and fastenings. This informative class will set you up for many hours of dressmaking! You will also receive my full teaching notes which will help you through many years of sewing.

Christmas Dressmaking  – 7pm-10pm on Mondays 18th, 25th November and 9th & 16th  December  £120 (inc. Swedish Tracing Paper as needed) full

Spring Dressmaking  – 7pm-10pm on Mondays 24th February, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th March £120 (inc. Swedish Tracing Paper as needed) full

**NOTE: Dressmaking classes are limited to 5 people per course**