Denim jeans - be the designer!

Lean to use a sewing machine Domistic or Industrial


Learn how to make yourself a pair of jeans!
Even if you can't sew, just be the designer for the day.
Angela used to work in the denim industry as a sample machinist (since the 1970s) for Lee Cooper and is willing to show you and help you make a pair of designer jeans from start to finish.

The workshops are run from Angela's own design studio and sewing roo Shop.which is full of materials, books, and unusual objects.

All set on at a Watermill in the Bedfordshire countryside.
First make a pattern, and then make the jeans, and take them all home with you. From start to finish (sew as much or as little)
Men, women and teenagers welcome.

Angela is adept at up-cycling and recycling clothes and is also a puppet maker, puppeteer and public / inspirational speaker, running workshops in schools and for The W.I. and clubs all over the country.

Please get in touch for more details or to book.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Basic materials: new denim, leather for tags , metal buttons and embroidery silks, and top stitch cotton are all included. Along with the use of different sewing and embroidery machines.
Special fabrics are available, or can be ordered, or bring your own fabric; 1.5metres is required for a pair of jeans.

We have an onsite coffee shop and Restaurant .The Shopping village is full of unique shops.


Angela Collins at Can Do Crafts . Shop


The Old Water Mill
Shopping Village
Barton- le - Clay
MK45 4RF

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Children
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Parking provided
  • Qualification offered
  • Stag dos
  • Wheelchair users


1 day (flexible times to suit)

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In-person course
Tazreen Kassim-Lowe - - #29660

I am so proud of the Jeans that I designed with Angela's guidance as I finally have a pair that fit me perfectly. Angela was extremely knowledgeable and patient and I thoroughly enjoyed learming a new skill. It is a good idea to bring an old pair of Jeans which fit well as a starting point for the pattern.

In-person course
Pauline Galliers - - #27813

Very practical & informative. I won't have any difficulty making my own jeans & black work trousers from the pattern we've made. I know how I can customise future pairs now to make them unique.

Bonus! I have a brand new pair of jeans that actually fit me & not some made up figure.

Response from Can Do Crafts . Shop:

Thank you Pauline keep me updated with those sewing projects. Glad to help.

In-person course
Niamh - - #28049

I had an amazing sewing day with Angela. She is very welcoming and friendly, and is extremely experienced. We made a patched bag together using different styles of stitches (as I’m a beginner). I honestly couldn’t recommend anyone better. She has extreme amounts of knowledge on sewing/designing and has pushed me to want to learn more. I will definitely be back!!!! And to add, her equipment is insane, with her workshop also being so quirky and cute. Such a lovely, skilled and generous lady.

Response from Can Do Crafts . Shop:

Niamh it was a pleasure to show you how to do lots of different things to find that Designer in you.
And that nothing is impossible. When you break things down and eventually we will patchwork and applique those jeans. Love your energy. Enjoy your sewing machine.

In-person course
Kerry - - #27453

Shared a really lovely day with Angela making a pair of jeans.
She was very generous with her knowledge, very patient in explaining slowly and sometimes everything over again!
I came away with a replica pair of my very favourite pair of jeans and armed with the knowledge of how to make more, now the fun begins!
Thank you Angela for a great day!

Response from Can Do Crafts . Shop:

Another Great review thank you so much Kerry glad you had such a lovely time. Welcome back anytime with any projects. Angela

In-person course
Chloe - - #19126

Great course with Angela. Her knowledge about the machines that are used in the jean/denim industry and how to replicate that at home was fantastic. Angela's descriptions and how to manipulate the fabric was very instructive and she made everything seem simple. Now to try again by myself, I'm sure it won't be as easy!

In-person course
barry - - #16698

I just wanted to say what a fantastic time I had with Angela , the jeans that Angela helped me with are just so much better than anything you can buy , Angela was such a good teacher , the equipment second to none, the jeans of my dreams, I had a fab time , thank you Angela all the best Barry

In-person course
Sarah - - #16477

Just returned after a day with Angela on a one-to-one course to make a pair of jeans. I found it particularly instructive in learning how to cut a pattern from an existing pair of jeans, which will give me confidence to try this at home. I enjoyed working with Angela in sewing it all together. It was a lovely day working in an Aladdin's cave of jeans, denim, other materials and haberdashery and excellent value for money.

In-person course
Katherine Tubby - - #12570

I really enjoyed learning how to draft a pattern from an existing pair of well fitting jeans and make a new bespoke pair. Angela is a wonderful teacher-very easygoing, relaxed and clear in explaining how everything fits together. We very much enjoyed hearing about her experiences working in the industry and also found it interesting using her industrial machines and learning about all the other pieces of kit available to the professionals. Since attending the course I've been able to continue fine tuning my pattern using old fabric, and am heading out now to buy myself lots more denim. It was a great course in a fascinating workshop. Thanks also to Angela's husband for sharing his experiences and also making tea! Highly recommend this course.

In-person course
Lynne - - #10142

Very welcoming. Angela is very knowledgeable about jeans and is keen to share facts, tips and methods with her students. This one to one course sets you up with all the materials and skills needed to make a pair of jeans and I was thrilled, as a real beginner, to take home an actual pair of jeans which I had made using an existing pair as a pattern. I got to use machines which I had no previous experience of and Angela was very helpful in instructing. It's a quirky workshop, full of jeans and all sorts of things and I learnt so much my head is spinning! I hope I remember it all. Thank you.

In-person course
Romana - - #9468

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