Learn how to make your own clothes and have fun with Riccardo from the Great British Sewing Bee. One day workshop, no experience required!

Next dates coming soon
Create Place, St. Margaret's House



I love making things, I started taking sewing classes at my local community centre nearly 8 years ago and haven't stopped since. I like upcycling, charity shopping and refashioning unused clothes. I believe in sustainable fashion and I try to reuse and recycle materials wherever I can to reduce waste. My curiosity, passion and, as Esme Young said, unique style and taste, led me to be one of the finalists of the Great British Sewing Bee 2019. Sewing is very creative, useful and it's good for the environment!

Fancy giving it a go?
Come along to a one day workshop and learn:


How to use
a sewing machine


The basic sewing techniques


How to make
your own garments

What the class will cover

  • How to thread a sewing machine and wind a bobbin

  • How to cut and pin fabric using a simple pattern

  • How to sew straight seams and how to finish them

  • How to use simple commercial patterns

  • How to make your own pyjama or jogging trousers!

What you'll need to bring

  • You only need to bring a fabric of your choice, cotton or flannel would be ideal. If you feel adventurous, bring an unused bedsheet or a big table cloth and we'll refashion it!
    How much fabric you'll need:
    2.5m if the fabric is 115cm wide
    2m if the fabric is 150cm wide

  • Black and white thread (and some other colours) available 

  • All the tools and equipment will be provided

  • "A really great sewing class - not intimidating at all and so much fun!
    Riccardo is super relaxed and friendly but also very knowledgable and supportive. I learnt much more than I expected and the best thing was coming away with a pair of trousers I made myself! Hurray!!!

  • "I really feel like I’ve really learnt so much today. I liked how you showed us basics in the beginning and let us practice before trying to make the Pyjama bottoms. You were very attentive and gave us guidance. Also you’re personality made everything very fun and enjoyable, as well as educational. This course has really given me the confidence to try and make more and learn more. My sister has already given me an order to make her something. Hopefully I can attend another course of yours in the future."

  • "I can’t believe I left my house with a 2 meter cloth and came back with a pair of pyjamas trousers!! ... I was a bit nervous when I left my house in the morning as this was my first workshop I didn’t know what to expect but from the very beginning you made everybody feel comfortable and created such a nice atmosphere that made the whole experience even more enjoyable."

What students said about the workshop:

Book your slot:


Create Place

St. Margaret's House

29 Old Ford Road
London E2 9PJ

How to get there:
Underground: Bethnal Green (Central Line)
Buses: 8, 106, 254, 309, 388, D3

St. Margaret's House website