Garments and Gifts Workshop:

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Level: Beginners and those with some sewing experience

Duration: 1 day

Dates: 04 Apr, 11 Apr, 25 Apr, 04 Jul, 18 Jul, 21 Jul, 08 Aug,

15 Aug, 22 Aug, 29 Aug, 07 Nov, 14 Nov, 21 Nov, 28 Nov 2014

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– Garments and gifts workshop over 1 day

– Create your own seasonal garment or gift

– All tools and equipment provided

– Light lunch, tea/coffee/juice/water, fruit and tray bakes included

– Teaches basic sewing techniques including fabric choice, pattern matching, seams, zips

– Take home your creations at the end of the course

Course description:

Course goers will be taken through a series of steps to help them make their own garment or gift on this one-day workshop. They will cover basic sewing techniques and gain a range of skills over the duration of the course. At the end of the workshop they will be able to take home their hand-made creations (e.g. spring bunting and bags; pretty summer aprons; autumn table runners; fabric garlands and Christmas decorations to name a few).

Step-by-step instructions will enable participants to feel more confident about measuring and cutting out their fabric, using a sewing machine, adding a zip or embellishments, as well as finishing off their garments or gifts by hand.

Topics covered:

– Seasonal trends

– Choosing fabric for the task at hand

– Seam styles and techniques

– Applying embellishments

– Bias binding

– Fillings, wadding, etc.

– Fastenings


The course is taught in a dedicated craft workshop at Le Manoir Saint Gervais. The space is comfortable and inspiring; participants have their own workstations and the use of various tools and equipment. Tea and coffee making facilities are available throughout the day in The Study.

This course is for beginners and those with some sewing experience – the main aim of the day is to learn how to make garments and gifts in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Basic sewing skills will be covered throughout the day as you work through your project; if you have sewn before you will be able to choose a more ambitious project and receive guidance from your tutor.

Depending on the time of year, we choose projects to match the seasons or an occasion.

About us:

Le Manoir Saint Gervais is a haven for all things vintage/crafty/homely. The team runs courses throughout the year for individuals wanting to learn new skills while staying at a boutique B&B, or for expats and their visitors staying locally. We also create bespoke ‘crafty getaways’ for groups wishing to hire the whole house.

Who attends courses at Le Manoir Saint Gervais?

–  Independent visitors to France wishing to explore the local area, learn new skills and meet new people while staying in quality accommodation

– Family groups or groups of friends celebrating a birthday or hen party and looking for activities that everyone can do together whatever their age or ability while staying in quality accommodation

– Groups looking to increase their skills while staying in quality accommodation

– Individual visitors staying locally with friends or family and wanting to learn new skills

– Expats and French nationals living locally wishing to learn new skills and meet new people

Note: partners, family and friends of course goers are welcome to stay at the house and enjoy the local area and what it has to offer.

Please visit our gallery and scroll through photos from recent courses.

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