Classes take place in my dedicated sewing studio near Beckenham Rugby Club (Beckenham, Kent) on Thursdays and Sundays. There are two age-dependent classes available per week (Juniors and Secondary) and they run slightly differently.
Sewing machines are provided, but your child is very welcome to bring their own too.
Certificates are emailed to parents when new skills are mastered. This is ongoing and intended as a confidence booster.
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My 8 year old has always had an interest in using my sewing machine, but as a novice myself I was unable to think of simple projects to work with him on. I wanted to find him a sewing class to attend and came across Zoe from Oodles of Craft after hearing about her sewing parties. Although her sewing parties were not running during lockdown, I was lucky enough to get him onto a one-off trial sewing class via Zoom to make some bunting. Zoe was amazing at getting the children sewing confidently even though she wasn't actually with them. My son loved the experience and wanted to do more, so I was delighted when Zoe started a full online sewing course for children over the Autumn term.
After an initial quick 121 to introduce herself and ensure that my son could use Zoom correctly, the actual course started with an introduction to a sewing machine (threading, changing the bobbin and changing stitches) so all the children could feel confident if something went wrong, followed by two simple projects to complete. We requested for the material be provided, and delivered direct to us, and were delighted with her choice of fabric. Although I am on standby in the background each lesson, my son has managed to create some lovely items in these lessons.
Zoe provides clear step-by-step instructions to each stage of the prject, as well as easy-to-follow real-time demonstrations during the class. She is always able to answer any questions the children have whilst they work on their projects at home. It's quite unbelievable that she's not actually in the room with them. Her communication with them ouotside of lessons through Class Dojo is also wonderful, praising them all the way and sending reminders for the next lesson. It's an activity my son looks forward to each week.
My daughter had the most amazing party. Zoe was patient, encouraging and fun. The girls were so proud of the pillows that they made. They learnt so many skills and were so pleased with their beautiful creations. I would highly recommend a sewing party.
Zoe, founder of Oodles of Craft, is a gifted, friendly and motivational tutor. After decades of literally thinking I couldn't sew, I can now sew and to my joy, with some confidence use my sewing machine and complete projects. Zoe is a wonderful, kind and patient facilitator and teacher. Her classes are fun and well worth attending suitable for both adults and children. I recommend highly.
Thanks to Zoe for teaching my 10 years old daughter and her friends to make Pom Pom fairy lights. They’ve had a great time and really happy with their crafts. Zoe is a patient and lovely teacher.
My daughter has just had a fabulous one-to-one sewing class with Zoë from Oodles of Craft. Zoë is the most fantastic sewing teacher so patient and explains everything so well. My daughter is starting to make some super sewing creations thanks to Zoë. 100% recommend a sewing party too. My daughter had a sewing party for her 10th birthday and everyone who attended loved it. Thank you Zoë.
We enjoyed a one-to-one lesson with Zoe a few weeks ago. Zoe is a patient and engaging teacher and helped us navigate our new sewing machine. Can't wait to get stuck into some new projects as she has given us confidence!
My daughter had the best party. Zoe managed to entertain 12 6-7 year olds for 2 hours on Zoom and they had the best time ever. Such a great entertainer, amazing party bags and games that they all enjoyed. Highly recommend Zoe and Oodles of Craft for parties
Zoe provided a wonderful online party with all materials beautifully packaged and delivered beforehand. She managed the party calmly and professionally and the kids all came out with some impressive creations!
My daughter (aged 8) has been doing online sewing classes with Zoe now for almost a year and has developed skills and confidence with the sewing machine. I've also learnt a lot from listening in! I would recommend Zoe for lessons or parties and I'm also booked on to a parent and child cross-stitch session which I'm really looking forward to.
Zoe has just left our house after hosting a 'craft' party for our 11 year old daughter and I HAD to leave a message because she did such an awesome job! Zoe was organised, experienced and calm. She clearly knew how to get the best out of the girls and they produced wonderful artwork which they were all extremely proud of. My daughter had a huge smile on her face and her friends commented to me as they were leaving... "Sooo good! Much better than I thought" and "I loved it - it was so different!" were some of the comments. I, personally highly recommend Zoe and wouldn't hesitate to book her again! Thanks so much! x
Zoe came home to teach my daughter to use her sewing machine. My daughter was bewitched by Zoe and thoroughly enjoyed sewing a drawstring bag for her Saturday dance classes. Zoe is wonderfully bonkers... She fantastic, calm, instructive, provides clear direction and reassurance whilst giving children bags confidence to undertake the project with autonomy and independence under her supervision. My daughter gained an understanding of her sewing machine and is now capable of taking her creative ideas into real sewing projects.
Zoe came to our house to teach my daughter and her friend how to use their sewing machines and within 2 hours they had mastered all the basics and made their very own cushions! Zoe was fantastic - cool, calm and collected at the same time as fun and engaging. She has completely inspired my daughter who hasn't stopped sewing since! I thoroughly recommend her.
My daughter and her friends loved the sewing party for my daughter’s 10th birthday. Most had never used a sewing machine before and left with a new skill and lovely bags that they had made themselves! Would highly recommend. Zoe has such a lovely manner, putting them all at ease but keeping them listening and interested throughout.