Essential Sewing Skills

A step by step class to learn to sew and make clothes

Today’s price:   £29.99

Buy Now
Existing student log in

Essential Sewing Skills Class

Want to start sewing, but find the sewing machine a little bit daunting? Or have you returned to sewing and feel like you need a refresher?


Then this is the course for you


If you’ve never used a sewing machine, I’ll take you step by step through everything you need to know to become sewing machine confident. You’ll learn how to make 2  sewing machine projects : A cushion and a pair of simple Pyjama trousers for either an adult or a child.


This course is excellent value as it’s really two courses in one bundle: Sewing Machine Confidence plus Learn to sew Pyjama Trousers


At the end of this online course you’ll be ready to start sewing your dream projects.

24/7 access

24 hour a day access!

Once you purchase your course, you can access the videos 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the comfort of your own home!

Learn at your own pace

Comprehensive video lessons

Watch the video lessons at your own pace, pausing and rewinding if you need to. Videos are all closed captioned for greater accessibility

Printable worksheets

Downloadable worksheets

Each project video is supported by fully illustrated written worksheets that you can print off and use at the sewing machine!


1. Get sewing machine confident

Starting right at the very beginning, learn everything you’ll need to use a sewing machine for the first time.

Anatomy of a sewing machine

Winding on a bobbin

Threading a top loading sewing machine

Threading a front loading machine

Sewing machine driving test

Essential sewing tools

sewing machine

2. Your first machine project- the simple envelope cushion

Envelope cushions are a fantastic first project on a sewing machine.

Pin & cut out from a simple pattern

Creating a double folded hem

Building the cushion

Sewing simple seams

Neatening your seams

Bagging out your cushion

Envelope Cushion

3. Introduction to dressmaking

Dive into dressmaking with these basic skills

How to measure correctly

Choosing fabric

Understanding patterns

Adjusting patterns

Preparing your fabric

How to correctly cut out your fabric

Essential dressmaking skills

4. Adult Unisex PJ Trousers

Make the perfect pair of unisex pyjama trousers with a separate waistband

Learn a simple method of trouser construction

Insert buttonholes

How to attach a waistband

Learn to lengthen or shorten your pattern

Sew narrow double folded hems

Thread elastic

unisex pyjama trousers


Simple kid’s pyjama trousers

Make your favourite mini some super simple pj trousers

Pinning and cutting out from a pattern

Learn a simple way to construct the legs

Sew a simple elasticated waist

Narrow double folded hems

Kid's PJ Trousers


How to make and apply piping

Piping is a great way to make your sewing look that little bit more professional!

How to make piping

Buy today for :   £29.99

Buy Now

Lifetime access for duration of my business!

Classes delivered via in depth videos you can watch at home

Inclusive downloadable worksheets

You only need a few basic tools to get started!

Course based around 10 years of face to face lessons in London

Tuition provided by a leading sewing industry expert

14 day money back guarantee if you don't love this course!

Excellent value for money

No deadlline to complete the course

Claire Louise Hardie


Claire-Louise Hardie is a seasoned Professional Costumer with an impressive CV and over 20 years experience working around the globe in all aspects of the exciting world of Costume for stage and screen.

From sewing on buttons backstage to teaching sewing: Dressing early morning newscasters: Shortening hot-pants for celebrity workout DVDs, there’s not much sewing Claire-Louise hasn’t done across her rich and varied career
She was the original Sewing Producer ( Mastermind) for The Great British Sewing Bee, and is thrilled that her contribution to the show across the first 4 series has helped to inspire millions of viewers!

She’s a magazine columnist and has been teaching beginners to sew in London as The Thrifty Stitcher for over 10 years.  Her debut book, The Great British Sewing Bee-Fashion with Fabric was voted the best UK sewing book in 2015.

What people are saying…


“Claire-Louise is a very enthusiastic teacher who shares a wealth of knowledge and useful tips in her video courses.  She takes it at a slow pace ideal for beginners and makes sure that every single step is clearly demonstrated. The next best thing to taking an in person class with her.”



“This class is without doubt the perfect introduction to learning how to sew. Not only are the instructions, clear and easy to understand, the tips and tricks are incredibly useful. Claire-Louise is a wonderful teacher, and it is clear she is not only incredibly talented, but has a wonderful passion and understanding for teaching. I would recommend this class to anyone who has an interest in sewing, but be warned, you will want to do every class once you have finished this one.”



“Excellent class, I would recommend this class for all beginners and the not so beginners.
Fun, easy to learn, and great advice. I now have the skills I need to start basic projects . Will be signing up for more classes .

You have nothing to lose but a lot to learn.”



We are confident that you will love learning to sew with us, so we offer a 14 day money back guarantee.


Today’s price:   £29.99

Buy NowGift this course