Bettys Sewing Box Workshops

Come and learn something new or spend time doing the craft you love in our workshop.


In our workshop we have 6 sewing machines, an overlocker and a large cutting table which can be hired out either hourly or you can come a long to one of our classes.

Our classes vary each month and usually take place on a monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

To keep up dated with our latest workshop lists you can join our mailing list by emailing us at     bettyssewingbox@hotmail.com or check the news tab on the website. 

To book a workshop...

Pop in or call us on 01335 347241



01335 347241

Spring 2017 Workshops 

Weekly Workshops


Knit and natter every Monday, 10am -12pm

£1 We have needles, wool and patterns or bring your own project

After School Club 4pm - 5.30pm Every Thursday during term time. £8    
After school club is currently full, please call us if you wish to be placed on our waiting list.

We can also offer private parties for children and adults. Minimum age 7. Minimum group number 4. Please call us or pop in to discuss the craft options.

We can offer learn to use a sewing machine on a one to one basis. Advance booking is required. £25 for 2 hours tuition, materials and refreshments.  

We have the machines set up in the workshop along with an overlocker and cutting table. these are available to hire at £5 per hour. Most days there is somebody around to help. Please call in advance to book a machine.

Crochet Clinic - every 1st Wednesday of the month , 6pm - 9pm.            £15
Our Crochet teacher Sophia will be here to give help, advice, one to one guidance, pattern reading etc. Please bring along your own materials. - booking required.

Quilting - Block of the month - 1st Monday of every month 6pm - 9pm                £15
Learn a different patchwork technique, beginners welcome. Each month is stand alone you only need very basic skills. Friendly group, excellent teacher, perfect opportunity to try out patchwork! Other quilting projects may be added - please see facebook.

Upcoming Workshops...

Sew A Shift Dress (2 Days) £95.00

2 Day Beginners Dressmaking

Saturday 2nd and 9th September 2017



On this 2 day class Sarah will share her own techniques and 30 years of expertise, to help you complete this beautiful dress, in a warm friendly, encouraging environment. Supporting you every step of the way to give you the confidence and abilities to start you out on your dressmaking adventure, so you can discover the joy of knowing you made your own beautiful unique dress!


This is the perfect class for the beginner dressmaker or someone who needs a refresher in the basics of dressmaking. You don’t need to have made any clothing before but you must be able to use a sewing machine confidently and know how to thread one, sew in a straight line and ideally have completed a few simple projects such as a pump bag or cushion.


We will be making the Simple Sew Nancy Dress (worth £10.00) which you’ll receive for free! It’s a classic shift dress with a collar, that will suit a wide range of body shapes and sizes and can be made sleeveless or with two different sleeve options.


The size range for this pattern is 8-20. If you are at the beginning or end of the pattern size range, please could you let us have your measurements before the class starts, so we can make sure we have the correct size for you.


As well as lots of techniques and tips you’ll learn how to:

Read and understand the information on a pattern envelope.

Measure yourself correctly and choose the right size garment to make.

Lay out pattern pieces and understand and transfer pattern markings.

Make simple pattern and fit adjustments.

Make and attach a collar.

Create and stitch bust darts.

Sew in a zip.

Set in sleeves.

Face a neckline.

Finish raw edges of the dress and how to choose the best method for your garment and fabric.

Understand and use professional stitch techniques to finish your garment beautifully, such as stay-stitching, under- stitching, edge- stitching and hemming options.


For the first session you’ll need to bring (or purchase at Betty’s) the following materials and notions:

All sizes and styles require:

0.5m of lightweight fusible interfacing

22 inch zip

Matching all-purpose thread.


There are some beautiful fabrics available to purchase at Betty’s that would be perfect for the Nancy Dress. Medium weight Cotton is the perfect fabric to use, something like a Cotton Poplin or Quilting Cotton, which is also really nice to use for the beginner dressmaker. If you’d like to purchase your fabric elsewhere and in advance of the class and you’re not sure what might be suitable let us know and we’ll try and help.


For 45 inch wide Fabric: 2.5m

For 60 inch wide fabric: 1.75m

If you’d like to make the dress with a contrast coloured collar you will need 0.25m of your contrast fabric.

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Thursday 14th September 6pm - 9pm  Hand Embroidery for beginners or improvers £15

Join Kath for a relaxing evening of hand sewing. Learn the different stitches to create a pretty picture


Thursday 21st September 6pm - 9pm Applique and freehand machine embroidery pheasant or fox panel £20

On this 3 hour workshop you will learn the skills to make a pheasant or fox picture. You will use a combination of applique and free hand machine embroidery techniques.


Thursday 12th October 6pm - 9pm Handbag style doorstop £20


Wednesday 27th September Introduction to hand pieced patchwork (complete beginners)

£15 included all materials and refreshments.  


Wednesday 13th September Liberty Shell Top £55

Price includes pattern, Liberty Fabric and refreshments




Wednesday 11th October Reversible pinafore for a little girl (more details to follow)

Wednesday 18th October 6.30pm - 9pm Introduction to hand embroidery techniques for complete beginners. £15

Price includes all materials and refreshments



To book onto any of our courses or for more information please call us on 01335 347241