Sew Dotty @ John Lewis & Partners

*** Please Note ***

Due to the Coronavirus it has been necessary to cancel all workshops.  We are hoping to be able to run our workshops again as soon as Covid allows!

John Lewis Experience Desk will be contacting you if you have booked onto any workshops we have cancelled. 

Stay Healthy everyone!

Sew Dotty is now running Sewing & Lampshade Workshops for John Lewis & Partners at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol.

Upcoming Workshops – Sew Dotty @ John Lewis & Partners:


Pinafore Dresses

11th May – 3-7pm – £55

At this workshop you will learn simple dressmaking and make a pinafore dress from a sewing pattern.  Sew Dotty will show you step by step how to use the pattern, cutting out, making pockets, sewing up your pinafore dress and adding rivet buttons and pinafore buckles to finish the look! Great for those new to dressmaking!

You will need 2m of fabric to make the pinafore dress – either fineline “baby” corduroy, denim, canvas etc.  John Lewis have a fabulous selection in their haberdashery department!


Upcycling Denim Skirts, Jeans & Jackets!

21st July – 3-7pm – £50

At this workshop you will learn simple dressmaking upstyling! …  how to upcycle denim! … make a pair of old jeans into a skirt … individually style and add trimmings, lace, ribbon, edging, fabric to your denim jacket to upcycle! The opportunities are endless and recycling old denim into something usable again! You will need to bring either a denim jacket or a pair of jeans (charity shops are a good place to pick these up!).  We will use a wide selection of pretty fabrics, trimmings, lace, vintage lace etc to make your desired look! A great workshop to learn simple dress making skills, altering clothing  etc too! 

Sewing Day!

Choose from: Pleated Tote Bag, Reversible Bag, Tote Bag with Leather Handles , Basic Cushion, Reversible Cushion & Oilcloth Sewing Machine Cover & sew on!

9th June –  4-7pm – £45 – Choose what you would like to make!

10th June – 4-7pm – £45 – Choose what you would like to make!

At the Sewing Day you can choose from making a peg bag, mini ironing board for your sewing room/utility room, a reversible bag, messenger bag, pom-pom edged cushion, reversible cushion, piped cushion, child’s reading cushion (with handle and pocket for a book!) or an oilcloth sewing machine cover.  You will need to let the experience desk know which items you would like to make upon booking!


Learn to Sew – My First Sewing Lesson – Parent & Child (Cushion or Bunting)

14th April – 10am-1pm OR 2pm-5pm £45

Learn how to sew from scratch! … your first sewing lesson! … Winding up bobbins, threading your machines, sewing around corners, straight stitch, zig zag stitch & sew on! Once you’ve had practice on the sewing machine you will then cut out your cushion using a pattern & then sew up a basic envelope cushion complete with fluffy feather pillow! … or choose to make  a 2m length of bunting!  Minimum age of child from 8 years, child is to be accompanied with a parent/guardian for the duration of the workshop. Let us know if you would prefer to make a cushion or bunting when you book!



Lined Tote Bags with Leather Handles – CANCELLED due to Coronavirus

Thurs 19th March 4-7pm £45

Such a great every day bag which is lined, with an inside pocket and durable and classy leather handles (suitable for vegans too).  Cut your bag from a pattern, learn how to box corners to add dimension to your bag and add the leather handles to complete the look!


Zipped Clutch Bag, Tweed Bag & Pleated Tote Bag – CANCELLED due to Coronavirus

Fri 20th March 4-7pm £45

Choose from a variety of bags to make! … let the experience desk know when you book which bag you would like to make! Choose from a pleated tweed bag with leather handle (a sassy little shoulder bag!) … or a large pleated tote … or a zipped clutch bag with removable handle!


Kimono & Japanese Knot Bag – CANCELLED due to Coronavirus

Sat 21st March 1030am-1.30pm & 2.30pm-5.30pm £95

All day workshop – lunch included @ The Place to Eat

Learn basic dressmaking by making a kimono from a pattern from cotton dressmaking fabric – great tied or left loose and works well teamed with a dress or jeans … then we have lunch …. then in the afternoon session we will make a japanese knot bag to match … great for your phone, lippy & cash!

Poufee Footstool with piped edge loose cover – FULLY BOOKED – CANCELLED due to Coronavirus

Mon 23rd March 10.30am-1.30pm & 2.30pm-5.30pm £95

All day workshop – lunch included @ The Place to Eat

Make this stylish poufee foot stool – on the morning session you will make an inner out of lining fabric and fill it with polystyrene balls! … then lunch! … then onto making a pretty piped lose cover for your foot stool. Great as an extra seat, foot stool & coffee table too!

Easter Applique Bunting

Sat 4th April 10.30am-1.30pm £40

Make a pretty 2 m length of Easter Bunting in springtime fabrics with applique bunnies & a pom pom tail!

Springtime Fabric Covered Easter Eggs

Sat 4th April 2.30pm-5.30pm £35

Make these pretty egg shaped decorations for your Easter Tree! … such a relaxing workshop making these from fabric remnants and decorating with ribbons and ric-rac too!

Cotton Pyjamas

Tues 28th April – 4-7pm

Would you like to make cotton pyjama bottoms? … they will be made from dressmaking fabric (there will be a choice on the day) Pyjama’s will be cut from a sewing pattern and available in sizes 8-18 (please let the experience desk know which size you require when you book!).  Sew Dotty will talk you through using a sewing pattern & how to follow the pattern and you will go home with a fabulous pair of cotton pj’s and the know how to make more!

Although Sew Dotty runs these workshops bookings need to be made direct to John Lewis & Partners as follows:
To Book:
In Store:
John Lewis & Partners, The Mall, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, BS34 5QU
Visit the Experience Desk and book in person
0117 9581847

If you would like to do these workshops and the dates don’t work for you then please be in touch with Sew Dotty –  *To enquire click here!*


Photos from Sew Dotty Workshops @ John Lewis & Partners … enjoy!