Zips masterclass

learn to sew with zips and insert zips into cushions, dresses, trousers and more.

This workshop should only be booked if you have already attended a Get to know your sewing machine workshop or have a similar level of knowledge. You need to be happy using your sewing machine.

Are you scared of zips? Do you avoid using them? Sewing the zips really isn’t that scary. You just need to shown the right way to do it. So, if you want to master inserting zips this is the workshop for you.

All materials including zips are included within the cost of the workshop.

There is an online version of this workshop available.





03 May 2024


9:30 am - 2:30 pm

What will we cover?

On this zips masterclass, we’ll cover techniques you can use in both soft furnishings and dressmaking, including a cushion cover, dress and trousers.


You’ll learn several different methods for sewing with zips, including: 

  • centred zips
  • lapped zips
  • a fly with placket
  • exposed zips
  • concealed zips
  • continuous zipping 
  • and how to attach zip heads

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught in our lovely studio by a friendly and experienced tutor, through demonstration and guidance as you work. 


You’ll also be able to ask questions, making sure everything is clear and that you’re getting the best results you can. 


Do I need any previous experience or skills?

Yes, it’s essential that you’re already confident using your sewing machine. You’ll need to have attended our Get to know your sewing machine course or have a similar level of knowledge. 


Are materials provided? Is there anything I need to source myself?

All materials, including zips, are provided. 


What will I take home with me?

By the end of the workshop you will have samples of each technqiue to take home plus a handy purse to put them in… zippered of course!


Drinks and biscuits will be available but we recommend that you bring a packed lunch with you.


During all of our workshops photographs are taken for promotional purposes only. Please make us aware at the time of booking if you would prefer not to be included.



Vanessa Cordell
Vanessa Cordell

Having trained and worked as an accountant, Vanessa only took up sewing once her two daughters started school. She found real joy in creating things for others. As well as dressmaking, she loves patchwork and making things for the home. (Her husband thinks there are more than enough cushions already!) Vanessa is also becoming competent at crochet, thanks to Made and Making's Sarah Brangwyn. It's a hobby that she finds far easier to take on holiday than a sewing machine!

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