Basic Mending Skills

Skill Level: Starter

Suitable for complete beginner or as a refresher project.


This is the perfect lesson for anyone wishing to learn the basic mending skills required to maintain a happy & long lasting wardrobe of clothes! It’s also great for adding your own personal touches to your clothes.

I can’t promise that we will get through all of your mending pile in one lesson but I will aim to cover as many different tasks as we can!

These are the kind of tasks I would include in this session:

  • How to sew on a button.
  • How to sew in name tags.
  • How to fix a broken hem.
  • How to fix a hole as invisibly as possible. . .
  • . . .or how to embrace visible mending!
  • How to add a patch to cover a hole or stain.
  • Using bias binding to shorten sleeves or add a trim.

The lesson is likely to be mainly in hand sewing skills but we may also use a sewing machine, depending on the mending we are doing.

materials you are required to bring:

A few items that you would like to mend – this way if any of them are not possible we will still have other options.

Timing & cost:
  • Individual lesson – 2 hrs – £40
  • Sew with a friend lesson – 2 hrs – £60
  • Sewing Get Together – 2.5 hrs – £30 per person

Bookings are available throughout the week, including evenings & weekends.

Check my availability & make your booking here.

general Notes for all sewing lessons

There are sewing machines & all the tools you will need at the studio. You are also very welcome to bring your own machine if you wish.

Other than the requirements mentioned above, all materials will be provided. I have a wide choice of fabric scraps & will supply haberdashery items including cream & black zips, interfacing, piping cord & wadding as required for your chosen project, at no extra cost.

My Sewing Lessons for 1 or 2 people are designed for you to learn the relevant sewing techniques at a pace that is comfortable for you. This does mean that in some cases we may not complete the project in my suggested time frame & you may wish to book an additional lesson or complete the project at home. If you book a series of lessons then we will just carry over projects as & when we need to.

I regard the Sewing Get-Together of 3 to 4 friends as more of a one-off social event, so my focus is on you completing the project within the time that you have booked. This means that I will guide you through each step but will not provide the same one-to-one instruction as with a sewing lesson. I also allow extra time for each project as they do generally take longer with more people in the room.

Once you’ve picked your project please book your lesson here.