Creative Workshops

Makey Mamas offers creative classes across a range of areas:

Workshops for pregnant mamas:
How to Photograph your Pregnant bump and Newborn

Casting Pregnant Bumps

Workshops and courses for mamas
How to Photograph your Baby
– 1.5 hr workshop or 6 week course
Baby Casts and Prints

Workshops for pregnant women and mamas:
Making Natural Skincare products

Crochet and Sheepskin Bootie Making
Making Baby Harem Pants
Print your own Baby Clothes
Toy and Finger Puppet Making
Patchwork a Memory Pillow

Seasonal Workshops:
Christmas Present Making: Skincare Gift Packs
Christmas Present Making: Santa Stocking and Toy Making

Pregnancy workshops Have a look at the Calendar for specific workshop and course dates. Hear what previous participants have to say.

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Learn how to Photograph your Pregnant Bump and Newborn

Led by a trained photographer, the emphasis in this fun and practical 2-hour workshop is learning basic techniques to take good photos of your expanding pregnant belly and gorgeous photos of your newborn when they arrive. This creative class is for couples and aimed at beginners. This skill will see you through life! We will look at framing, lighting, angles and ideas for pregnancy photography. We will also look at how to prepare for taking photos of your newborns, ideas for photos and props and responding to your baby’s mood and situation.

preg coupleThis couples workshop will be half theory and half practical. During the practical session your partner will be taking photos of you and your bump. Please bring a camera: a camera phone, a point and shoot camera or a digital SLR. Whatever you both feel comfortable with and can turn on!

Please note this workshop will not focus on the technical aspects of how to use your specific camera although you will be given technical hand outs at the end if you want to learn more. Bring any props (scan photos, photos of you and your partner, heart shaped or round items- to frame your bumps!) that are important to you to help take good photos. This workshop is for pregnant woman and their partners only.

You will receive:

  • Information and hand outs
  • Practical experience with feedback
  • Use of props/ backdrops
  • 4 weeks of tips and reminders after workshop
  • Time spent getting to know other pregnant couples

Cost £24 per couple
SAVE £3 per workshop if you book with another person, or book 2 or more workshops together
Have a look at the Calendar for specific workshop dates or to book email misty@makeymamas.co.uk

“Really enjoyed the pregnancy & newborn photography workshop. Thanks Misty!”
Lucy, pregnant

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Learn How to Photograph your Baby

Whilst your babies are so young, learn how to take great photos of them. The skill will see you through life! There are two options: a 1.5 hour workshop (which can be extended to 2 hours) or a more in depth 6 week course. Led by a trained photographer, the emphasis in the fun and practical workshop and course is learning basic techniques to take good photos of your baby.

Both are aimed at beginners so no previous experience is needed- you don’t even need a ‘proper’ camera! As long as it takes photos bring whatever camera you like with you; a tablet, a camera phone, a point and shoot camera or a digital SLR. Whatever you feel comfortable with and can turn on! Please note this course will not focus on the technical aspects of how to use your specific camera although you will be given technical hand outs at the end if you want to learn more.

The workshop:

We will have a whistle-stop look at photographic top tips, lighting, angles, composition, distraction techniques and then put this into practise with your baby using available props. Suitable for pre-crawling babies only.baby phography2

You will receive:

  • Information and hand outs
  • Practical experience with feedback
  • 4 weeks of tips and reminders via text
  • Optional 30 extra minutes photography support

Cost £18 1 parent, £22 for 2 parents
SAVE £3 per workshop if you book with another person, or book 2 or more workshops together.

The course:

This is for those who want a more in depth learning experience. Over the 6 weeks we will look at composition, capturing your little one’s best angles, lighting- natural and artificial, backgrounds, locations, clothing and props, close up and ‘selfies’, editing apps available, distraction techniques, responding to your baby’s mood and situation.

You will receive:

  • Photographic theory and hand outs paced at a beginner level
  • Practical group and 121 experience
  • Weekly reviews of photos taken with feedback
  • ‘Homework’ – if you want it!
  • Use of props/ backdrops
  • Time spent getting to know other parents

The course will be half theory and half practical, so bring your baby! Suitable for babies from newborn to crawling. Please note the course cannot accommodate babies starting to cruise or walk.

Cost £69 1 parent and 1 baby (additional supplement if 2 parents or other family members attend)
SAVE £3 if you book with another person, or book other workshops.

Get in touch if you want to discuss your circumstances to see if the workshop or course is right for you.
Have a look at the Calendar for baby photography workshop or course dates or to book email misty@makeymamas.co.uk

“Fantastic workshop in baby photography. My confidence with taking photos has really improved and I am stoked with the shots of that day. Highly recommend it.”
Harriet, Mum

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Baby Casts and Prints

Preserve your baby’s tiny features by learning to make plaster casts and prints of their hands and feet. In this hands-on, practical and very messy 1.5 hour creative workshop you will learn how make a 3D cast (like the one in the photo) We will be making playdough to use as the mould and mixing up plaster of paris to use as the cast, so bring your aprons with you and wear clothes you don’t mind getting mucky! You will be working in pairs to allow for more flexibility with the babies.

1 baby hand castYou will also have the chance to use some non-toxic paints to do prints of your baby’s hands or feet onto mini canvases so make sure your baby is dressed in old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty! Baby casting suitable for pre-crawlers only.

You will not be able to hold your babies in your arms whilst doing the ‘making’ however toys, baby gyms, play mats and rockers will be provided for your little ones. Ideally, bring a sling if you have one so that your babies can be on you and also part of the making action.

You will receive:

  • All materials
  • Hand outs on how to make casts
  • Practical experience making your own baby cast
  • A mini canvas print of your babies feet (that you will make during the workshop)
  • The opportunity to get mucky and not have to clean it up!
  • Time spent getting to know other like-minded parents

Cost £18
SAVE £3 per workshop if you book with another person, or book 2 or more workshops together.
Have a look at the Calendar for specific baby casting workshop dates or to book email misty@makeymamas.co.uk

“We thoroughly enjoyed the casts and prints workshop. Lots of toys and fun to be had by the babies in the play area, while we learned how to make cast baby’s hands and feet. Really pleased with the results of both the paint prints of and the perfect plaster cast of her tiny hand and foot. Something to treasure and a skill learned too for the future. Thanks Misty.”
Joanne, Mum

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Making Natural Skincare Products

Using natural ingredients, learn how to make basic balms, butters and moisture bars to support you and your babies’ health and wellbeing. On this 2-hour workshop you will learn the basic theory involved in making your own natural products. You will apply this theory in the practical part of the workshop by incorporating essential oils and other basic ingredients into a range of natural skincare preparations to use on yourself or with your little ones to moisturise and potentially soothe some minor complaints, e.g., stretch marks, nappy rash; cradle cap; colds etc You can adapt the products to use for yourself and your friends and family!

This short creative course is appropriate for mums (of any ages children) and pregnant women. Due to hot oils babies can not attend.

Pregnancy classesYou will receive:

  • Detailed information and hand outs on how to make natural skincare products
  • Practical experience and confidence making the products
  • All materials
  • 3 self-made products to take home, e.g, nappy rash butter
  • Time spent getting to know other like-minded women

Essential Oils with pregnant women and babies: You will have the choice to use essential oils during the workshop. All of the products work on their own without the addition of essential oils. If you do decide to use them, we will only be using very mild essential oils that are generally regarded as safe in very small amounts at the recommended 0.5% dilution for babies or 1% for pregnant women. We will also be using oils that are nut-based. Please advise if you or your baby have any allergies.

Please note: I am a mum who loves learning about essential oils & sharing with others the incredible things I have learned through my research, personal experiences & the experiences of friends and family. I’m not an Aromatherapist, although the information on this workshop has been checked by an Aromatherapist. Consult a doctor or other expert if you have questions.

Cost £27
SAVE £3 per workshop if you book with another person, or book 2 or more workshops together.
Have a look at the Calendar for specific Natural Product Making workshop dates or to book email misty@makeymamas.co.uk

“Fantastic, I had a fabulous time doing this workshop. It was so informative and great fun. Its given me the confidence to make my own ‘potions’. It was everything I had hoped it would be and more. Everyone should do it!”
Robin, Mum

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Crochet and Sheepskin Bootie Making

Have you seen those gorgeous wool crochet booties with leather soles and soft furry lining? After this bootie making workshop you will be whipping them out!

bootiessmallThis 2-hour creative course is for absolute beginners- you will be fully guided through the process of how to make some lovely cosy footwear for your baby. No previous experience of crochet necessary! Once you learn how to make these you can adapt the pattern for yourself as well- I have! Vegan soles also available.

Please note that you will not finish your crochet booties in the workshop. This workshop is for pregnant women and mums and is generally on at times so that mums can ideally come without their babies however please let me know if your situation means that you will need to bring your babe-in-arms.

You will receive:

  • Information and pattern written in easy-to-use language
  • Practical experience making the booties
  • All materials to make a pair
  • Option to stay for an extra 30mins in the cafe downstairs with the tutor- extra £2
  • Time spent getting to know other mums or mums to be!

Cost £21
SAVE £3 per workshop if you book with another person, or book 2 or more workshops together.
Have a look at the Calendar for specific workshop dates or to book email misty@makeymamas.co.uk

“The course had a lovely, friendly feel to it – Misty explained the techniques really clearly. It was fun to meet other mums-to-be and bond over a crafty task!”
Kathleen, pregnant

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Toy and Finger Puppet Making

Come and be ‘makey’ with your baby in this 2 hour creative workshop. For absolute beginners, learn to sew a felt toy animal  or 3 finger puppets for your little one!

Whilst your baby plays with the toys provided you will learn to blanket stitch and create your own toy or finger puppet from a range of templates. You will have the choice of colours and patterns. Personalise it, make it pretty or as plain as you like.

Finger puppets and toysThe techniques you will learn on this workshop will be useful for other creative projects. Once you’ve made one toy or finger puppet, there will be nothing stopping you from making many more.

For pre-crawling babies only. Pregnant women or Mums (of any age children) are also welcome to come on their own.

You will receive:

  • All materials to complete a project
  • Step by step hand outs
  • Practical experience with support
  • Time spent getting to know other mums

Cost £18
SAVE £3 per workshop if you book with another person, or book 2 or more workshops together.
Have a look at the Calendar for specific felt toy workshop dates or to book email misty@makeymamas.co.uk

“Really enjoyed Makey Mamas making my own toy for my bugs. Misty was lovely, patient and very helpful. Would highly recommend!”
Lottie, Mum of two

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pregnancy castsCast your Pregnant Bump

Make a 3D cast of your pregnant bump in this cosy 2.5 hour workshop for couples. A pregnant bump cast is the ultimate pregnancy memorabilia! It involves laying plaster over your pregnant torso which quickly hardens to create a perfect replica of your beautiful pregnant form. In this couples workshop your partner will be guided step by step through the casting process, whilst you lay back and enjoy some time to connect with your baby.

DSC01342There are 2 large rooms so you will have a bit of privacy to do your cast. You can bare your full torso or remain clothed through the casting, although a very tight fitting top is recommended to ensure your cast fully represents your bump.

Your end bump cast can be left exactly as it is or it can be personalised by weaving small messages, drawings, or bits of material into the plaster. It can also be smoothed, painted or decorated once you get home.

You are welcome to attend the workshop at any time throughout your pregnancy. However, if you only intend on having one cast done during your pregnancy then the best time is from about 30 weeks onwards. I had 6 done to show my different stages!

This workshop is messy so wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting plaster on. After the workshop you will need to shower ASAP (you can have a wash at the venue) so it is recommended that you come by car to this workshop so that you can get home quickly. If you come by car you can take your bump cast with you. Otherwise leave the cast to be collected once dry.

You will receive:

  • All materials to make your cast
  • Detailed handouts
  • Practical experience with feedback
  • Time spent getting to know other pregnant couples

Cost £25
SAVE £3 per workshop if you book with another person, or book 2 or more workshops together.
Have a look at the Calendar for specific pregnancy casting workshop dates If you can’t see any dates on my calendar then please register your interest at misty@makeymamas.co.uk

“What a fantastic evening. A wonderful way to spend a night out with my wife- made me feel we were sharing the pregnancy and brought me closer to our bump than I thought possible.”
Ben, Dad-to-be

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Patchwork a Memory Pillow

Come and patchwork with your baby in this 2 hour creative workshop. For absolute beginners, learn to make a patchwork memory pillow using your little ones old clothes.

Whilst your baby plays with the toys provided you will learn basic hand stitching and create your own pillow from a range of templates. Bring your own materials to work with or use some of the material provided. You will have the choice of colours and patterns. Personalise the pillow; make it pretty or as plain as you like.

DSC04116No sewing machines will be used so the hand techniques you will learn on this workshop will be useful for other creative projects. Once you’ve made a pillow, there will be nothing stopping you from making other things: blankets, clothes etc. Please note that you will not finish your memory pillow during the workshop.

For pre-crawling babies only. Mums (of any age children) are also welcome to come on their own.

You will receive:

  • All materials to complete a pillow case (stuffing not included)
  • Step by step hand outs
  • Practical experience with support
  • Time spent getting to know other mums

Cost £19
SAVE £3 per workshop if you book with another person, or book 2 or more workshops together.
Have a look at the Calendar for specific patchwork workshop dates or to book email misty@makeymamas.co.uk

“I am so pleased with my patchwork cushion and had such fun making it. It was only when I got home after the session to the busy chaos that I really appreciated how nice it was to spend two hours quietly chatting and being creative. It really rejuvenated me. ”
Rachel, mum of 3

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Making Baby Harem Pants

Come with your baby and learn to make them a pair of harem pants, sometimes called Aladdin pants. They are comfy, cosy and easy to make. You don’t need to have ever sewn before to do this workshop- you will be fully guided through the process and come out the other end as a clothes making mama!

harems3The size of the harems we will be making start from newborn and go up to age 3. They have an elastic waist band and ankle cuffs. You will need to your own material, amount to be advised. The material needs to have no stretch and must be either cotton, poly cotton or light weight cord. If you have any doubt, then check with us before you buy. Please wash and iron it before the workshop. If you don’t want to invest in nice material to begin with then you could always re-purpose old sheets or clothes.

There are two options for this workshop, you can either come for two 2 hour workshops during the week or you can come for a 4 hour workshop on the weekend.

The techniques you will learn on this workshop will be useful for other creative projects. Once you’ve made a pair, there will be nothing stopping you from making more and you will leave with a pattern.

Pre-crawling babies are very welcome. Pregnant women or Mums (of any age children) are also welcome to come without their children.

You will receive:

  • All resources (except for material)
  • Practical experience with support
  • Step by step handouts
  • The pattern
  • Creative time spent with your baby and other mamas

Cost £39 for 2 x 2hr workshops or £36 for 4 hour workshop

SAVE £3 per workshop if you book with another person, or book 2 or more workshops together.

Have a look at the Calendar for specific Baby Harem Pants workshop dates or to book email misty@makeymamas.co.uk

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Print your own Baby Clothes

Bring along your plain babygros, vests and clothes and make them into things of beauty. You will be led through simple printing techniques to make personal items for your baby, yourself or as a christmas gift.

Babygro 2Whilst your baby plays with the toys provided you will learn low tech printing techniques such as using stamps and stencils to create your own wonderful designs. You might like to experiment making your own stamps and stencils too. You can make as many or as few items as you like during this 2 hours workshop. You can take away the skills you’ve learned and try them at home afterwards as all the tools are readily available.

Suitable for pre-crawling babies only. Pregnant women or mums of any age children are also welcome to come without their little ones.

You will need to bring items to the session that you’d like to personalise but we will provide:

  • All materials to print with
  • Creative inspiration
  • Practical experience with support
  • Step by step handouts
  • Crafty time spent with your baby and other mamas

Cost £21
SAVE £3 per workshop if you book with another person, or book 2 or more workshops together.
Have a look at the Calendar for specific Printing Baby Clothes workshop dates or to book email misty@makeymamas.co.uk

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Christmas Present Making: Skincare Gift Packs

Using only natural ingredients learn to make luxurious Lip Balms, Body Scrubs and Bath Oils for friends and family for Christmas presents. You will take home 12 products – 6 lipbalms, 3 body scrubs and 3 bath oils.

DSC03728This is a fast paced, fun, smelly and practical 2 hour workshop. There are lots of possibilities for your self-made ‘smellies’ – you could have 12 stocking fillers or you could make up gorgeous gift packs with the 3 different products. You will also have a chance to decorate your labels and jars with the available ‘fru-fru‘.

Please note that this workshop is not a replacement for the Natural Skincare Product Making workshop. This present making workshop is mostly practical and does not contain the depth of theory or range of products that the Natural Skincare Product Making workshop contains.

Due to hot oils babies can not attend this workshop.

You will receive:

  • Practical experience making the products
  • All materials
  • Handout with recipes
  • 12 self made products to take home

Please note: I am a mum who loves learning about essential oils & sharing with others the incredible things I have learned through my research, personal experiences & the experiences of friends and family. I’m not an Aromatherapist. The information on the workshop is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. Please be aware that nothing will constitute expert or medical advice. Consult a doctor or other expert if you have questions.

Cost £26
SAVE £3 per workshop if you book with another person, or book 2 or more workshops together.
Have a look at the Calendar for specific workshop dates or to book email misty@makeymamas.co.uk

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Christmas Present Making: Santa Stocking and Toys

For absolute beginners, learn to sew a felt Santa Stocking or felt toy for your little one for Christmas. Come and be ‘makey’ with your baby in this 2 hour creative workshop.

DSC02131Whilst your baby plays with the toys provided you will learn to blanket stitch and create your own toys or santa stocking from a range of templates. You will have the choice of colours and patterns. Personalise them, make them pretty or as plain as you like.

The techniques you will learn on this workshop will be useful for other creative projects. Once you’ve made one toy, there will be nothing stopping you from making many more.

Suitable for pre-crawling babies only. Please bear in mind that as babies will be present, progress on your toy or santa stocking might not be as quick as you’d hope for. Pregnant women or mums of any age children are also welcome to come without their little ones.

You will receive:

  • All materials to complete a project
  • Step by step hand outs
  • Practical experience with support
  • Creative time spent getting to know other mums

Cost £18
SAVE £3 per workshop if you book with another person, or book 2 or more workshops together.
Have a look at the Calendar for specific workshop dates or to book email misty@makeymamas.co.uk

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