Sewing Classes

I currently volunteer at ‘Sew Last Season’ community sewing room in Galway, and am teaching Sewing Fundamentals  (details after the workshops paragraphs).  and also running a set of workshops in April.  The workshops are open to anyone with basic sewing skills.


These workshops are a follow-on from the beginners sewing classes.  Please contact me to book a place on the workshop (if booking all three workshops, please state preferential choice)

both the shopping bag and summer top are one evening workshop, the summer halter or jeans skirt will run for 2 evenings!

Workshop 1 – 3 April- Market/Shopping Bag


Making a simple shopping bag using the materials in the sewing room – and we will use the pattern and instructions from Peppermint Magazine.  Techniques used are straight seam sewing, and ‘bagged’ lining.

Workshop 2 –   10 April – Simple Summer Top

summer top

This is making a simple batwing sleeve top.  Its based on a top I had in the 80s which I traced and became my first homemade pattern!  super easy, (and they are selling a version in penneys currently – how on trend is that).  Techniques used are straight seam sewing, facings and button and loop closure – which you can put to the side, the middle or back.

Workshop 3 – 17 and 24 April – Halter top or jeans skirt

I was undecided on which would be better – so we can do either – but I will need to know in advance what anyone wishes to do

The techniques used for the halter top, are gathering, straight stitch sewing, and bias binding finishes.  (you will need to provide your own 5metres of bias binding).  The halter top is size 12 approx.

The Jeans skirt will be an a-line skirt similar to the dress in the picture.  Basically you will be making a large log cabin patchwork from denim and then cutting a skirt pattern afterwards and sewing.  We should be able to get donated jeans, but anyone wishing to make the skirt will have to collect and hot wash the jeans the week before (it will shrink the cotton back and make it easier to work with).  techniques used – lots and lots of seams!  The skirt pattern can be made to any size.




‘Sewing Fundamentals’ (basic sewing) on Monday evenings 7-9.30 and classes are free but must be booked in advance.   In each class we will make sewing samples of each technique.  Classes are limited to 4, and run for 4 weeks (at the beginning of each month).

The focus of these classes is to learn  basic sewing techniques by making sewing samples of each technique and  using the sewing machines in the room.  There are 4 classes in total and start at the beginning of each month.

to book or enquire further please use the contact form on this site (its at the top bar of this page).

Class Content

Week 1

  • Hand Sewing – simple stitches
  • Threading a machine
  • Simple seams

Week 2

  • Facings
  • Bindings

Week 3

  • Insert a zip
  • Button and loop closure
  • Sewing Elastic in a waistband

Week 4

  • Reading a pattern
  • Cutting a pattern
  • Sew a simple pattern (half size block)