Sewing Workshops

At Gladrags we believe in spreading the joy and skill of sewing, especially to children, that they make take these skills into adult life, and pass them on to others themselves.

Patcham Juniors                   Coombe Road Primary                 Moulsecoomb Primary

Our Sew-Easy project delivers skill-building workshops to children and young people with special educational and emotional needs. With us they explore a variety of textile crafts over several weeks in a fun and nurturing environment. The practical skills they gain develop fine motor coordination, which helps to improve their hand-writing ability at school.  The sense of achievement and fullfilment the children receive upon creating colourful and beautifully crafted items invites a sense of pride and self esteem. By working predominantly in schools based in the poorest areas, we are able to reach children most in need.

Rag-rug weaving on a hand loom, dispalying many bright coloured cloth strips and a few strings of beads woven through the loom
“It was wonderful to see the children more engaged, and interacting with one another in a friendly and safe environment. Not only did they develop these useful life-skills, but, as we had hoped, their self-esteem and resilience were improved through the calm and purposeful atmosphere.”

Clare Burcombe, SENCo
Coombe Road School.


11 year old designers at Coldean School model their recycled fashion outfits.

Our Recycled Fashion Clubs are designed for children to:

  • acquire skills for life, learning core sewing and repairing techniques
  • have fun customising their own clothes with recycled materials
  • develop an understanding of a sustainable approach to clothing and fashion

The learning is also driven by story. So the importance of recycling clothes finds purpose in making accessories for a fashion show; or the significance of a dress-up day at the Gladrags store finds children and young people using costume to express themselves in safe and imaginative contexts.

A group of school children pose in a variety of costumes they chose as part of a wellbeing session attached to their sewing workshops.

Moulsecoomb Primary School’s Sew-Easy group visit Gladrags

Gladrags has been running sewing and craft workshops in Brighton and Newhaven since 2009! These workshops are mostly funded by us and we are always looking for new groups of children to share our skills with.