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Get crafty with these Manchester sewing workshops

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Tony Hall

The craft scene has shrugged off its old fashioned image in recent years and more of us are adding formerly 'domestic' activities into our sociable lives, from 'knitting and nattering' to 'stitch n bitch'. 

Our Cottonopolis is home to craft sessions aplenty, from workshops and sewing classes to general crafty meet ups. If you've been inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee, or just fancy getting creative here is how you can get involved.

Junk Shop

Home of sustainable fashion in the Northern Quarter, Junk Shop also offers shoppers the chance to recycle or make their very own wardrobe. Novice sewers can learn to be the master of their machines in an introduction to the sewing machine workshop, or dive straight in with beginners' classes in garment making - from shirts to shift dresses - proving you don't have to be an expert to make clothes you can wear. They are also currently holding free sewing classes across Greater Manchester for you to recycle your unwanted clothing.

Stitched Up

Stitched Up offer garment mending and 'upcycling' workshops as well as a place to pop in and spend a fun afternoon with new people in Chorlton. Workshops vary in abilities; Sewing Bootcamp gives you the chance to hone your basic skills, while Fix it Friday lets you pop in to get some help to mend a pesky garment you're having trouble with. They also hold a monthly 'Crafternoon' meet up where you can take along your current craft project to work on over a cuppa and a chat.

Ministry of Craft

If clothing isn't your thing, head over to Ministry of Craft for various other activities and workshops. Deck out your home with a new hand made lampshade or make yourself some new bling with a jewellery course - this place has it all. Based in the enormous craft shop Fred Aldous, you can also pick up everything you need for future projects while you're there. They also offer hen and children's party sessions.

Ellie Magpie

Based in Prestwich, Ellie Magpie offers sewing classes for beginners and pros, including how to make your own leather bag and sew your own kimono. Pop in to their Saturday surgery with your own project or grab a needle and learn to crochet. They have a variety of kids' workshops, including teen dress making and also run mother daughter sessions like origami and jewellery making.

See more things to do in Manchester from Time Out.