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4-week workshop – Learn the basic techniques that will help inspire creations to come! Each week we will learn a new technique or skill to help build confidence. Projects will be straight stitch projects to help master the basics of keeping a straight line, seam allowance, and clean stitching.
Week One – Sewing Machine Basics – March 6th 1PM- 3:30PM
Learn all about using the sewing machine from bobbin filling, threading, necessary cleaning, changing a needle, needles, and more! Then we will practice our stitches on sewing sheets getting us prepped to make a square pincushion! After students make a pincushion, fabric and polyfill are provided to complete the project.
Week 2 – Pillows Applique Felt Pillows 10×10 – March 13th 1PM- 3:30PM
Each student creates a pillow with their first initial. Using felt and they will choose pieces to construct their design on the pillow front, then learning about applique they will sew on their design. Students will learn the proper order to build a decorative pillow. They will learn about design, applique, and basic pillow construction.
Week 3 – French Seam Pillowcases! – March 20th 1PM- 3:30PM
Then we will tackle French seams! A fantastic finishing that makes a project go from homemade to handmade! Students will learn about pivoting and turning, french seams, and the burrito roll.
Week 4 – Tote bag – March 27th 1PM- 3:30PM
In the final class of the workshop, students will learn how to construct a lined library tote bag with inside pockets.
What you will learn:
Working with Felt
Flipping and Turning
Threading the Machine and SO MUCH MORE!
Max Students: 6
***(please advise in the notes section when registering if you have a machine or need to use one)
Sewing Machine (please note at registration if you need a machine)
Small Sewing Kit
Thread (matching spool of thread for each project)
1 Pack of Microtex Needles
1/4 Yard Cotton Solid (Pillowcase project)
3/4 Yard Cotton Print (multi-directional prints work best – Pillowcase Project)
1/2 Yard Solid Cotton (Tote Bag Main Fabric)
1/2 Yard Solid Cotton (Tote Bag lining)
16 oz bag of Polyfill for pillow and pincushion
2 – Fat quarters for applique pillow(solid colors are best or very small print)
Supplies provided by the instructor:
Sewing machine for those that need to borrow one
Felt for Applique Pillow
Scrap Fabric for pincushion
Check out this great tutorial on cleaning your machine!