learn-to-sew soft furnishings workshops

build your skills and confidence from Beginners to advanced

Welcome to The Hemming Bird



Based in Stratford upon Avon, I run sewing workshops in soft furnishings and other items for the home which can take you from Complete Beginners to Advanced level.

You may know the kind of look you would like in your home but wonder how you can achieve it whilst NOT breaking the bank?!  You may just want to learn to sew, making soft furnishings for yourself or family and friends.  At The Hemming Bird you can learn all the skills to create just the look you want or just the gift, including mix and match cushions for your sofa, beautifully hand-finished interlined curtains and roman blinds or other smaller items for the home.

 With step-by-step guidance, lots of top tips, full instructions and video clips to accompany your learning, these sewing workshops will set you up for a long time to come! 

Covid Update as of 15.3.22

It’s still a challenging time for us all and I am currently just getting through Covid myself!

I have been running face-to-face workshops since February 2022 and once I am covid-free am happy to continue doing this going forward.  The dates on the website are just out of date for now but I plan to put new dates up as soon as possible.  If you don’t see any dates which suit, please give me a call on 07735 503824 to discuss your availability and I will be happy to help find a time to suit.

If you are thinking of booking a workshop, please be assured that I am keeping up-to-date with government guidelines and putting in place what I see as sensible.  Each student has their own equipment and sewing machine to use during the workshop with a maximum of 3 students.  A maximum of two students share an iron/ironing board.  All equipment is sanitised beforehand.  Windows are kept open for better ventilation. Toilet facilities in my house are cleaned and sanitised for your use.

I have asked students to take a LFT before coming to their workshop and I have tended to take a LFT twice a week, however, Covid is so prevalent these days that I feel that taking regular LFTs is almost outdated.  I will probably still take a LFT once every couple of weeks.  If you would like to take one prior to coming that’s fine.  Obviously if you are in contact with someone who has Covid then please stay away.

No masks are worn but you are welcome to wear one or discuss this prior to coming.  If you have any concerns, do get in touch on 07735 503824.




These sessions are currently unavailable due to Covid-19. I am always at the end of the phone to offer help though!


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“I really enjoyed learning how to make a professional piped cushion with Sarah.  The combination of email instructions with live demonstration meant I could watch what to do and then sew in my own time whilst referring to the email.  The instructions were very detailed and easy to follow with clear photos for every step and plenty of encouragement!  The hidden zip initially seemed quite a challenge but following it step by step resulted in a very satisfactory finish!  I have definitely been inspired to make more piped cushions – thanks Sarah.”

– Judith B, Baildon, Bradford –
Piped Cushion with Hidden Zip – Online Workshop version

About Sarah

I don’t know about you, but making my own creations whilst saving a fortune is one of the great joys in life!  It’s the greatest feeling of satisfaction being able to make your own bespoke curtains, blinds and cushions in exactly the fabric you want for a fraction of the price you would have to spend elsewhere.  And learning how to perfect a truly professional finish in everything I make really is the icing on the cake!

I originally learnt to sew making my own clothes and party dresses (some time ago!) but more recently turned my hand to soft furnishings when we moved to Stratford. Until then I had crafted a career in Teaching English as a Foreign Language both abroad and in Oxford, but now we had a family and EFL teaching jobs were few and far between… and so began my journey into soft furnishings;  firstly out of necessity to furnish our new home, but secondly to develop my passion into a business.  Initially I made soft furnishings for friends and family and then for other clients, gaining immense experience along the way.  But I yearned to get back into teaching and realised I could in fact teach people to make the curtains, blinds and cushions I so enjoyed making. 

The Hemming Bird Soft Furnishings then became The Hemming Bird Sewing Tuition.

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