Improvers sewing - with Lauren Holloway



Do you want to improve your existing sewing skills and take things to the next level? Are you afraid of sewing the dreaded zipper and need a little helping hand? If so this improvers sewing workshop is just what you need. You'll start the day by making a small zipped pouch from a simple pattern, using a variety of different fabrics and zips available. This will allow you to practice the method of inserting a zip into a bag, along with learning the basic technique of constructing your pouch. After lunch you’ll make a beautiful and functional Japanese design wax canvas washbag, complete with outer pockets, waterproof lining and a zip closure. All the materials will be pre-cut and you'll have the choice of 2 different fabric patterns for your washbag. This sewing workshop is ideal if you've had some general sewing experience in the past but need some guidance to learn new techniques. Great for challenging yourself and building the confidence to tackle more difficult projects! You’ll be provided with all the materials along with detailed step by step instructions on how to sew your bag. You will learn: General sewing techniques Edge stitching Sewing a zipper Boxing corners Using interfacing Achieving a professional finish Lauren will guide you through the whole process, providing plenty of tips and tricks on sewing techniques for future projects.

What's included in the price?

Sewing machines will be provided - you are welcome to bring your own sewing machine if you wish All fabric, interfacing, zippers and lining fabric will be provided, along with a variety of thread colours.


1 day

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts



New Brewery Arts

with Craft Courses since 2016

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New Brewery Arts connects people with the hand-made, promotes the joy and fulfilment of making and celebrates the role of craft and creativity in all our lives. We've been at the heart of creativity in the Cotswolds since 1978, and as well as classes and workshops we have craft studios, exhibitions and an amazing shop which sells work by UK craftspeople.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Intermediate level
  • Accommodation offered
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday
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We really hope you don’t need to, but any changes need to be made at least 30 days in advance. No refunds are given for any cancellation made within 30 days of a class commencing. An administration fee of 10% will be made on cancellations or alterations before this time. We cannot offer a refund if you are unwell for any reason and unable to attend.

All our studios are wheelchair accessible and members of our team will be able to assist you if you require. Near the shop on the ground floor we have a disabled toilet and a lift which will allow you access around the building.

If you find it difficult to stand during a class or have any other access needs, please let us know when booking so we can make appropriate arrangements.

Unfortunately, we do not have our own designated car park, however there are plenty around Cirencester. The nearest short stay car park is The Brewery Car Park which is approximately 2 minutes away and is a council run pay and display. This car park has several disabled parking spaces too. Sheep Street Car Park is a longer stay car park 3 minutes away, it is a cashless car park facilitated by Pay by Phone. Full details of all car parks and pricing can be found on Cotswold District Council Website.

We pride ourselves on smaller class sizes, so you get plenty of help from the tutors. Maximum 8-10 students per class.

Of course, and for some classes we may ask you to do this. Please don’t worry, if this is the case it will be clearly shown on the booking pages and in your confirmation emails.

No, we ask that students either bring their own or wear clothes they are happy to get messy in.

You are welcome to bring a lidded bottle of water with you but we kindly ask that you do not bring food or drinks into the studio.


New Brewery Arts, Brewery Court, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1JH