Kids Summer Camp 2017

You’re Child will LOVE our week long sewing & design classes!  For Kids going into 1st – 6th grade .

NOW until Week of August 28th, 2017

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We focus on teaching your child:

  • Basic sewing machine usage
  • Sewing Project construction
  • Improving fine motor skills (pinning, cutting fabric, sewing on the line,
  • Creativity in designing their own sewing projects (dependent on project themes)
  • How to read basic patterns and instructions

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Each 1/2 Day Summer Camp Session:

    • Is 3 hours long, with time for a snack.
    • Meets Monday – Friday
    • Completes a project in the 3 hour session.
    • Never repeats a project
    • Is led by competent, experienced instructors who are either in school for fashion/education or professionals in the field of sewing, design or fashion.|

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Morning Session 9am – 12pm
Afternoon Session 1-4pm
Full day session 9am – 4pm with BYO Lunch & Activities 12-1pm
Weekly Schedule – Keep Scrolling
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$275 Per Person 1/2 Day Session
$137.50 Deposit (Due at Sign Up)
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To sign up for full day you must purchase TWO 1/2 day sessions and schedule accordingly.
Weekly Schedule – Keep Scrolling
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Use the following promo codes for full day camp, multiple 1/2 day sessions & sibling discounts:

  • One week of Full Day camp or Two 1/2 day sessions $495 (10% discount): fulldaycamp2017
  • Two weeks of Full Day camp or Four 1/2 day sessions $935 (15% discount): 2fulldaycamp2017
  • Three weeks Full Day camp $273 or Six 1/2 day sessions $1320 (20% discount): 3fulldaycamp2017
  • Four Weeks Full Day camp $338 or Eight 1/2 Day sessions $1650 (25% discount): 4fulldaycamp2017
  • Five Weeks Full Day camp or Ten 1/2 Day sessions $1925 (30% discount): 5fulldaycamp2017

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Check Out Our Photo Gallery from Past Summer Camps
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*Discount codes used incorrectly will result in balance being owed on the first day of camp.
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*Please use your child’s name when signing up! There will be spaces in the registration form to add family members. If you are signing up siblings, please make sure that both children are scheduled for the week you would like them to attend camp. If things get confusing, no worries, send us an email or give us a call!

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Monroe Movement Space on the 5th floor provides before care from 8-9am, as well as after care from 4-5pm or 4-6pm each day for those interested. We’re happy to pick up/drop off any kids up who will participate in this. If interested, contact Monroe Movement Space directly for more info and rates.
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The required deposit of 1/2 tuition shall be paid at time of registration. The balance (which includes multiple sessions) are paid on the child’s first day of camp. All discounts applied to deposit will also be applied to balances paid on first day of camp. You also have the option to pay the full amount at the time of registration.
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There are spots for 16 kids max per week. We continue to sell out each summer, so secure your spot early to make sure you don’t miss out!
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All Supplies are Included
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Sign up Online or Call 201-876-1198 to Register
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Due to the seasonal nature of summer programming and the set limitation of spaces offered, no refund shall be provided for absences, changes, withdrawals, or dismissal for cause.
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Permission is hereby granted for photographs to be taken of the camper and M Avery Designs has the right to utilize these photographs in camp brochures or on website and display material unless parent makes other arrangements with M Avery Designs.

Sew Club

You’re invited to be become a part of our little sewing community. Hang with us once to work on your sewing projects and other like-minded folks who love to sew!

This isn’t a class, but more of a gathering for those who love to sew to work on any project they would like. Bring your own or buy supplies at the studio. To attend you must have completed our Sewing Machine Basics Class, be taking/completed the Beginner Sewing Boot Camp to attend or already have a general knowledge of how to sew & operate a sewing machine.

Come to work on the projects you didn’t have time to work on at home or catch up on our other M Avery Designs Sewing Class projects. The instructor can provide “light” instruction on a project, but for in-depth projects you do not know how to tackle, we suggest you take a private lesson prior to attending Sew Club.

Join our modern sewing circle. It’s $20/class to reserve your spot.

Please note: Sew Club is FREE for any adult students enrolled in any of our  on-going Sewing Boot Camp classes while you are enrolled and one month following completion of the class.  

This gets you a sewing machine, use of all our wonderful sewing studio space, snacks and an awesome night of friendship & creativity.

BYO | Feel free to bring any food or drink you’d like.

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Sewing Dresses Boot Camp

Learn all the basics of sewing beautiful dresses that fit you in SIX (super fun) weeks!

Students will focus on learning basic sewing skills to create 2-3 gorgeous dresses that actually fit your body. We’ve designed a 15 hour sewing class that will take your skills to the next level.

This is a sewing course is designed for the sewing student who’s had some basic experience. The course is 15 hours in total divided up between 6 weekly classes.

As with all our sewing classes, all students work at their own pace and focus on learning new skills based on the skills they come to class with.

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Projects in this Class:

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Please note: The number of projects you complete in the class will depend on how much experience you come to class with, how much work you do at home and in Sew Club & the pace that you work.
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Part 1:

  • Taking your own body measurements.

  • Review of Seam Allowance and why is it important?

  • Review of threading & operating the sewing machine.

  • Learning basic clothing construction.

  • How to read a sewing pattern.

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 Part 2:

  • Which patterns are right for me?

  • What adjustments do I need to make?

  • How do I take things in and let them out.

  • How can I make this fit better?

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    Cost of 15 Hour Workshop: $329

    This includes free Sew Club classes during AND one month past your beginner sewing boot camp classes.  Sew Club is a great time to “makeup” anything you might have missed in a class, catch up on anything you fall behind on, or just sew whatever you’d like.  There are no makeup classes if you miss a session. Cost of Sew Club is normally $20/class.

    Small, Personal Classes | There are only 6 spots per session.

    Please note: Fabric is NOT included. Woven Fabrics are available for purchase at the M Avery Designs Studio for $12 per yard. Stretch Knit Fabrics are available for purchase at the M Avery Designs Studio for $16 per yard. We have a variety of types, colors & prints, but keep in mind we are not a fabric store. Students also have the option of purchasing fabrics elsewhere before the class. Details & amounts are below.

    Supplies Needed:

    Dress A: Sleeve-less Mondrian Inspired A-Line Shift – 2.5 Yards Total Cotton, Linen, Denim or something similar. For multi-fabric version, 1 yard of 2 major fabrics & 1/2 yard of the last fabric. 20″ (or longer) matching zipper.

    Dress B: Sleeve-less fitted dress with princess seams – 2.75 Yards Total Cotton, Linen, Denim or something similar. 20″ (or longer) matching zipper.

    Dress C: Chic Shift with Sleeves – 3 Yards Total Cotton, Linen, Denim, Silk, Rayon or something similar. 20″ (or longer) matching zipper.

Beginner Sewing Boot Camp

We’ll teach you the basics of sewing in SIX (super fun) weeks!

When you’re enrolled in the Beginner Sewing Boot Camp, you will learn basic sewing skills & basic fashion design techniques used in creating unique, custom made accessories & clothing.

This is a sewing course is designed for the beginning stitcher. The course is 15 hours in total divided up between 6 weekly classes.

Each of the six classes is project oriented and as a student you will take home 4-5 completed sewing projects. (This is of course dependent on how quickly you work and if you miss classes.)

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Please note: The number of projects you complete in the class will depend on a few things. 1.) If you come to class each week, 2.) How much experience you come to class with, 3.) How much work you do at home in between classes (not at all required)  & 4. ) The pace that you work.
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Part 1 Concepts & Skills: Introduction to the sewing machine & basic sewing. Learning to thread & operate the sewing machine properly. Basic accessory construction. Right side vs. wrong side of fabric. Working with interfacing. Properly sewing a button. Topstitching techniques.  Project: Heather Clutch Bag

Part 2 Concepts & Skills: Review of machine & sewing. Mastery of threading & filling the bobbin on the sewing machine. Mastery of basic accessory design & construction. Constructing & turning straps right side out. Advanced bag construction skill. Introduction to bag gussetts, Working with lining to elimintating raw edges. Project: Mia Messenger Bag

Part 3 Concepts & Skills: Introduction to sewing patterns. Construction of pockets. Making ties. Making something reversible. Project: Rebecca Reversible Chef Apron

Part 4 Concepts & Skills: Following sewing tutorial instructions for project construction. Introduction to garment fit. Hemming basics. Making a buttonhole. Project: Wrap Skirt

Bonus Concepts & Skills: Tailoring, working with fabric cut on the bias & more.  Project: Men’s Tie

Cost of 15 Hour Workshop: $299

Please note: There are no makeup classes if you miss a class. However – when you enroll in this boot camp class you get free Sew Club classes (normally $20/class) during AND one month past the end of your session.  Sew Club is a great opportunity to “makeup” anything you might have missed in a class, catch up on anything you fall behind on, or just sew whatever you’d like.  Again  – there are no makeup classes if you miss a session. 

Please note: No classes on the following days due to holidays: Sat. 10/7, Wed. 11/22, Thurs. 11/23 – Sun. 11/26, Sun. 12/24 – Mon. 1/1

All students will receive PDF copies of the patterns instructions for each of the projects we work on in class.

Small, Personal Classes | There are only 8 spots per session.

Please note: Fabric is NOT included. Woven Fabrics are available for purchase at the M Avery Designs Studio for $12 per yard. Stretch Knit Fabrics are available for purchase at the M Avery Designs Studio for $16 per yard. We have a variety of types, colors & prints, but keep in mind we are not a fabric store. Students also have the option of purchasing fabrics elsewhere before the class. Details & amounts are below.

Click here for a complete list of fabrics & supplies needed for this class

Stitch ‘n Sip Sewing Class

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Come get creative and learn to make a cool, new project. No sewing experience required. 

You’ll be sure to improve your sewing skills as well as make some new sewing friends! Join us, won’t you? We suspect this sewing class ritual will become habit once you see what an awesome way this is to unwind after the work week. Grab your favorite beverage & snack and head to the studio.  All you have to do is show up. The supplies for the featured project are included in the price!

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$40 | Drop in Class | Buy

$100 | 3 Class Pack (good for 4 months) | Buy

$150 | 6 Class Pack (good for 8 months) | Buy

The class packs can be used interchangeably with the the Pinterest Fanatic Sewing Class, Sip ‘n Stitch ClassGarment District TourIntro to the Machine/Hem Workshop or the Dress Makers Club.


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Upcoming Dates

Fabric 101 – Learn to Identify Different Fabrics


Everyone who sews absolutely loves fabric!  But how much do we really know about it?

We have added this brand new class to help you all become fabric experts. We’ll help you identify all different kinds of fabric and we’ll help you determine which fabrics are best for which projects. You’ll see up close and personal what each of the fabrics looks like, feels like and the ways to determine the fiber content.

Swatches of each fabric discussed (over 40 different fabrics) will be provided to all students attending the class. And we’ll provide you with a handy take home information sheet including each fabrics properties, how to work with it, how to care for it & little known hints and tips.

Some of the fabrics discussed include naturals (cotton, denim, chintz, chenille, poplin, corduroy, etc) silks (shantung, taffeta, brocade, tulle, etc), manufactured (acetate, acrylic, nylon, polyester, rayon, etc) sustainable (hemp, organic cotton, tencel, etc) & more.

This 2 Hour Class is $20 Per Person |  All Supplies Included

Upcoming Sessions

Monday March 3rd, 2014 6:30-8:30pm | Sign Up


Spring 2014 Sewing Retreat in the Catskills

A grand time was had by all at the First Ever M Avery Designs Sewing Retreat! You can view our photo album here. And stay tuned for details on our Fall 2014 Sewing Retreat coming soon!

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The very first M Avery Designs Sewing Retreat is finally here and we have found the perfect place to host it.

Join us for a weekend of sewing, crafting, relaxing, enjoying nature & getting to know other people who love to sew. We’ll be offering mini classes and demos all weekend long and you can enjoy them without the interruptions of every day life!


You’ll also have the opportunity for tons of open sewing time, so bring a project or two that you’ve been meaning to tackle. You’ll have almost 48 hours of uninterrupted sewing time in the wonderful natural setting of the Turqoise Barn Bed & Breakfast, located in Bloomville NY.

The B&B is set on many beautiful acres in the Western Catskills. You’ll have ample time to explore the grounds and commune with nature, if you so choose.


Friday May 2nd – Sunday May 4th 2014

Turquoise Barn Bed & Breakfast
8052 County Highway 18
Bloomville, NY 13739


Turquoise Barn is a Green Certified, eco-friendly Bed and Breakfast, Retreat, and Education Center located approximately 3 hours from NYC on an organic farm in the Western Catskills.  The former dairy farm is home to 3 historic buildings which are now the residence, studio, workshop, and gallery (Turquoise Barn) of two artists formerly of East Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY – Michelle Premura & Michael Milton.


Living Arrangements
The retreat will be open to only 8 guests. We’d like to keep the group intimate and have the sewing classes and groups remain small. There are are 4 gorgeous rooms at the B&B, each with their very own bathroom equipped with shower so everyone will be  sharing a room.  If you are coming with a friend and want to share a room just let us know when you sign up. Otherwise we’ll assign you a room-mate. Anyone who wishes to have a room all to themselves will  have to purchase 2 spots.

Rosa Room | Mountain & Pond View | Private bath with claw-foot bathtub | King size bed and full-size futon

Moss Room | Mountain & pond view |  Private bath, queen bed and full size futon


Sunset Room | Mountain & Pond View | Private Bathroom, Queen Bed, two single beds


Sunrise Room | Mountain & Turquoise Barn View | Private Bath, Queen Bed, two single beds


Beds & Rooms are available on a first come first serve basis! Book early to get the bed of your choice!

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What’s included:

  • Sewing demos by Megan & assistant instructor on a variety of topics, with an emphasis on clothing & accessory creation

  • Mini classes throughout the day Saturday & Sunday with topics including garment & accessory construction, sewing tips & tricks, new sewing skills

  • Sewing instructions and guidance throughout the entire weekend on any sewing projects you choose. There will not be more than 8 students. With 2 instructors for the weekend, that’s a 4:1 ratio of student to teacher!

  • Megan’s personalized fitting and sewing help with any garment project you bring along

  • Two nights stay at the beautiful Turquoise Barn B&B

  • Breakfast on Saturday & Sunday

  • Boxed lunch on Saturday & Sunday

  • Additional Refreshments to keep us fortified while sewing

  • An old fashioned good time making beautiful things in a beautiful setting & you might even make a new friend or two


Vegetarian Breakfast & Lunch on Saturday & Sunday are included in the price. There is a vegetarian kitchen in the house we’ll be staying in so feel free to bring snacks and extra beverages. We’ll be heading into town for a group dinner on Saturday at one of the tasty local restaurants.

The main area of the B&B is big and open and gives us plenty of room for sewing machine tables, design space & cutting room. We recommend that you bring your own sewing machine, but machines can be rented from M Avery Designs for the weekend for the low cost of $20.

We’ve done our best to keep the price very reasonable.

We’ll be offering the low introductory price of $475 per person if you commit  by paying the $225 non-refundable deposit before March 15th, 2014.

All spots for the retreat are now full – Please send us an email if you’d like to get on the waiting list

We’ll follow up with you regarding your room choice as soon as we get your registration.






Tenative Weekend Schedule

Friday May 2nd:

Arrive anytime between 5 & 8pm
8-12pm Dig right into some Sewing

Saturday May 3rd:

Breakfast 8am
Sewing & Mini Classes 9am-12pm
Lunch 12pm
More Sewing, Mini Classes & Free Time 1-6pm
Dinner 6:30pm
More Sewing & Free time 8pm-Midnight

Sunday May 4th:

Breakfast 8am
Sewing & Mini Classes 9am – 12pm
12pm Check out & Bag Lunch for the Road

Please note: All guests are responsible for getting to & from the B&B for the weekend. We are happy to try to help facilitate ride shares if requested.


More about the Turquoise B&B

Rustic . . Simplistic. . . Elegance……..Our 3-story 3,000 sq. ft, converted 1800’s Carriage House has large loft-style open spaces with high ceilings, artist designed & renovated with handcrafted furnishings and art throughout the house.Upstairs are four large bedrooms, each equipped with a private bathroom, tastefully designed and decorated, and each with AMAZING views of the sunrise, sunset, moonrise, mountains or pond.

Downstairs has an additional 5th full bathroom, open kitchen (vegetarian), large handcrafted dining table, radiant heat floors, wood stove and back sun porch.

NATURE THERAPY…….Outside are acres of meadows, mountains, wooded areas, organic flower & veggie gardens, a fishing/swimming pond and streams. Fire pit for evening gatherings and open large field for special events. Also on the property are chickens, roosters, ducks, & cats (outdoor only). Hiking in our backyard or up the mountain road and just minutes away from the Catskill Scenic Trail for biking/walking/running/skiing.

Taking the time to relax & create is very good for all of our souls! This M Avery Designs Retreat is designed for anyone who shares a love for creativity, no matter where your skill level lies. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or have yet to thread a needle, you’re welcome to join us for this weekend of sewing fun & creativity.


Interested in adding a special activity to your visit?  Turquoise Barn offers a variety of additional services for our guests including:

​♥ Bicycle & snowshoe rentals
♥ Botanical culinary workshops & retreats
♥ Dietary & Lifestyle consultations
♥ Wild edible ID walks & Herbal consultations (seasonal)
♥ Massage
♥ Private or Group Yoga
♥ Reiki
♥ Raindrop Therapy
♥ Aromatherapy
♥ Re-connective Healing (Energy Work)
♥ Intuitive readings

Advance registration required – Contact the Turquoise Barn directly for pricing and availability.

Ottoman Cover Tutorial

Need a quick way to refresh your living room without spending big bucks? That is exactly what I was looking for when I decided to recover our well worn ottoman. The old ottoman has been been around about 7 years. It is covered with stains and I am just plain sick of it.

I began scanning upholstery fabrics on and found so many that I fell in love with. That’s when I knew this was a must-do project. Sew easy!

Okay so here are the steps to creating your very own cover that can be easily removed for washing.

Step 1: Measure the length, depth and height of your existing ottoman.


Step 2: Cut your first piece of fabric, the top. This will be the size of the top of the ottoman, but you’ll add 1″ to the length & 1″ to the depth.


So in my case, my ottoman measured 45 1/2″ long x 27″ wide. So my first piece of fabric measures 46 1/2″ long x 28″ wide.

Step 3: Cut your front & back fabric pieces. Front & back will be the same size and will measure 1″ larger than the length x 3″ larger than the height.

Step 4: Cut your two sides pieces. The two sides pieces will be the same size and will measure 1″ larger than the depth x 3″ larger than the height.

Step 5: With 1/2″ seam allowance and with right sides together, sew the front piece to the longer side of the top piece. Then repeat with the back piece, sewing it to the opposite side.

Step 6: With 1/2″ seam allowance and with right sides together, sew the first side piece to the shorter side of the top piece. Then repeat with the other side piece, sewing it to the opposite side. Quick hint: Leave about 1″ on either side un-sewn, this will help make the corners more symetrical.


Step 7: With right sides together and using 1/2″ seam allowance, sew the side of the front piece to the side of the side piece. Repeat with the other side of the front piece and the other side piece.

Step 8: With right sides together & using 1/2″ seam allowance, sew the side of the back piece to the side of the side piece. Repeat with the other side of the back piece and the other side piece. Should start to resemble a 3D cube similar in size to your ottoman.

Step 9: Try it on your existing ottoman (after you’ve cleaned and febreezed it) and if it needs to be tighter you can reinforce your existing seams with slightly larger seam allowances.

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Step 10: Fold up the bottom edge of the cover to just above the floor and pin in place all the way around the cover.

Step 10: Sew this hem in place all the way around and you are finished.

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Bye Bye Bell Sleeves – Sewing Tutorial


I have been putting off altering this dress for a long time. I love it, but just can’t stand the bell sleeves.

I had an extra few minutes (seriously that’s about how long it took) and I thought, let’s do this.

So here are the step by step instructions for how to get rid of the bell sleeves on a top or dress. (It took longer to write this post in WordPress then it did to alter both sleeves. Not kidding!)

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Step 1: Determine how big you want the arm opening. You can figure this out by measuring the circumference of your arm where the end of the sleeve is on your arm. Then divide this number in half to determine how big the sleeve opening should be. If the fabric has some stretch, you’re golden. If the fabric doesn’t have any stretch, you may want to add 1/2″ – 1″ just so it’s not cutting off the circulation of your arm. This is your preference.

Step 2: Make a line in pins (or tailors chalk if you have it handy) from the armpit seam to your sleeve opening point.


Step 3: Sew along this line. (Check out the photo below with the tape measurer showing you the line to follow.


Step 4: Repeat on the other sleeve. Don’t forget to back-stitch at the beginning & at the end. And voila – There you have it. A more tapered short sleeve. LOVE!


Please forgive the photography on this post. It’s not the best & I was a little lazy, not bothering to make my bed for the shots. Ah well.  So much for the illusion that I am some sort of together person. Don’t hate me.