Sewing FUNdamentals

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Nervous about learning how to sew?  Relax and let us show you the FUN-damentals – right from the very beginning.  Basic stitches and seams, working with woven fabrics, threading a sewing machine and then complete 3 easy projects.

In this class you will complete a headband or drawstring bag (you can choose between the 2), a throw pillow with an invisible zipper, and a lined zippered pouch.

We have very friendly sewing machines (Janome 625E‘s to be exact) that make learning to sew…  FUN!  (As it should be!)

Sewing FUNdamentals runs for 4 weeks, and each class is 2 hrs. Course fee is $160 + HST.

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*You will not need to bring any materials to your first class. The materials list for the headband, drawstring bag, pillowcase and the make-up pouch are listed below. All materials are available for sale at the studio.

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Class Outline

Class One: The Basics

  • Sewing tools and tips review
  • Identifying fabrics and weaves
  • Identifying different types of fusing
  • Threading a machine
  • Sewing a 1/2″ seam
  • Sewing a French seam
  • Determining the grain of a fabric and cutting on the grain
  • Using notches
  • Sewing a zigzag
    stitch at a wide and a narrow stitch width

Class Two: Headbands or Drawstring Bag & Pillowcases

  • Learn to create an elastic casing and finish exposed edges (hemming)
  • Practise sewing 1/2″ seams
  • Finish and wear your headband in one class!
  • Start cutting your pillow pattern pieces (if there’s time – don’t forget your pillow fabric!)
  • Headband Supplies:
    • 1/4 yard quilting cotton
  • Drawstring Bag Supplies
    • 1/2 yard of quilting cotton
    • 1 3/4 yards of ribbon / rope
  • Pillow Supplies: 
    • 1/2 yard quilting cotton (up to 1 yard for a larger pillow)
    • 22-26″ invisible zipper (we cut the zipper to size – don’t worry if it’s too long!)

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  • Learn to insert a perfect invisible zipper
  • Finishing the edges of your pieces, pivoting corners
  • Sewing the pillowcase!
  • Clipping corners
  • Cut / fuse the pattern pieces for your pencil / make-up case
  • Zippered Pouch Supplies: 
    • 1/4 yard quilting cotton for the exterior
    • 1/4 yard quilting cotton for the interior
    • 1/4 yard fusible interfacing
    • 12″ regular zipper 

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Class Four: Zippered Pouches

  • Install a regular zipper with topstitching
  • Finish the pouch!

Current and former students are always invited to use our open studio time from 6-9pm on Friday evenings in addition to their regular class time. Click here to register online. Space is limited.

**We ask that you please try to schedule your class on a date that you know you can make it to!  Please do not miss your first Sewing Fundamentals class, Makeup classes are not offered for week 1 of Sewing Fundamentals.  We do offer make-up classes for all 3 projects in Fundamentals 1 (weeks 2, 3, & 4), on Tuesday evenings at our Bloor studio at 6:00 pm and 8:15 pm, for a fee of $20~+HST,  although spaces are limited and we cannot guarantee a space will be available on the same week as your missed class.  You can get registered for a make-up class online here.  

***Class registration fees are non-refundable. If you need to cancel you class, you can use your credit towards a different class date or towards materials from our retail space. There is a $35~ fee for classes cancelled or changed with less than 7 days notice from your registered start date.

Upcoming Dates

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Top Photo Credit: Kelly Henderson