Beginner Sewing Bootcamps

Let us teach you the basics of sewing in 6 (super fun) weeks!

When you're enrolled in either of our Beginner Sewing Boot Camps, you will learn basic sewing skills & basic design techniques used in creating unique, custom made accessories, home decor & even clothing.

We offer two six-week beginner sewing courses that are designed for the beginning stitcher.

  • Beginner Sewing Boot Camp Wearables
  • Beginner Sewing Boot Camp Home Decor

Each of these separate courses are 15 hours in total divided up between 6 weekly classes.

As a student, you will likely take home 4-6 completed sewing projects in either of the 6 week boot camp classes. 


Beginner Sewing Boot Camp Wearables Projects You Will Make: 


Beginner Sewing Boot Camp Home Decor Projects You Will Make: 


The number of projects you complete in any of our series classes depends on a few things:

1.) If you come to class each week. This one is BIG!
If you miss a class or classes, you probably will not finish all your projects.

2.) How much work you do at Sew Club and at home in between classes (if you miss class).

3. ) Your experience coming into the class & the pace that you work.


Wearables Specific Concepts and Skills You Will Learn:

Week 1 :

  • 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:

  • 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 skills.
  • Introduction to bag gussets.
  • Working with lining to eliminating raw edges.

Project: Heather Clutch Bag/Mia Messenger Bag


Week 3:

  • Review of skill from week previous.
  • Introduction to sewing patterns.
  • Construction of pockets. Making ties.
  • Making something reversible. 

Project: Mia Messenger Bag/Rebecca Reversible Chef Apron


Week 4:

  • Following sewing tutorial instructions for project construction.
  • Introduction to garment fit.
  • Hemming basics.
  • Making a buttonhole. 

Project: Rebecca Reversible Chef Apron


Week 5:

  • Following sewing tutorial instructions for project construction.
  • Introduction to garment fit.
  • Hemming basics.
  • Making a buttonhole. 

Project: Rebecca Reversible Chef Apron/A-Line Skirt


Week 6:

  • Following sewing tutorial instructions for project construction.
  • Introduction to garment fit.
  • Hemming basics.
  • Making a buttonhole. 

Project: A-Line Skirt

Home Decor Specific Concepts and Skills You Will Learn:

Week 1:

  • Introduction to the sewing machine & basic sewing.
  • Learning to thread & operate the sewing machine properly.
  • Basic Pillow Construction.
  • Right side vs. wrong side of fabric.
  • Learn to measure fabric accurately & create a perfect fit for your pillow cover.
  • Learn tips for cutting straight and with accuracy.
  • Learn how to insert regular zippers and/or invisible zippers so you cannot see them on your pillow cover.

Project:  Custom Pillow Covers with zippers


Week 2:

  • Review of machine & sewing.
  • Mastery of threading & filling the bobbin on the sewing machine.
  • Review of cutting & measuring accurately.
  • The magic of french seams.

Project: Bedroom Pillow Case with French Seams


Week 3:

  • Understanding and learning how to cut fabric on the bias.
  • Learn to create your own matching piping.
  • Mastering the technique of adding piping to any of your sewing projects.

Project: Bolster pillow with piping and zipper


Week 4 

  • Introduction to patchwork.
  • Working with quilt batting.
  • Using a regular sewing machine to do small scale quilting work.

Project: Quilted Table Runner / Placemat / Potholder


Week 5 

  • Patchwork (non-square)
  • Working with Interfacing
  • Optional: Covered Buttons

Project: Pouf Floor Cushion


Week 6 

  • Learning how to accurately measure windows.
  • Learning appropriate curtain sizing for windows.

Project: Custom Curtain(s)








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Price: $329


Tuesday Classes:
Wednesday Classes: No Class on Wed. 10/31/18 & 11/21/18
Thursday Classes: No Class on Thurs. 11/22


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. 

There is also the option of taking a private lessons to make up a missed class. The rate for a private lesson while you are enrolled in a 6-week class is $40/hour (normally $65/hour).    Buy Now | Send email to schedule


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


Supplies:
Fabric needed for this class is not included in the price of this class. Woven Fabrics are available for purchase at the M Avery Designs Studio for $12 per yard. Interfacing is $6 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 and amounts you will need are below.

Quick note about buying fabric - If you have no experience purchasing fabric, don't worry about buying any before the first class. We have plenty of selection for the first project that we sell for $12/yard. The instructor will go over what type of fabric for the following projects.


Wearables - Supplies Needed


Envelope Clutch Bag:

  • 1/2 yard cotton, denim or upholstery fabric for outside
  • 1/2 yard cotton fabric for lining (not satin please)
  • 1/2 yard heavy interfacing


Messenger Bag:

  • 1 yard cotton, denim or upholstery fabric for outside
  • 1 yard cotton fabric for lining (not satin please)
  • 1/2 yard heavy interfacing


Apron:

  • 1 yard of cotton or canvas fabric for outside
  • 1 yard of cotton or canvas fabric for lining


Zippered A-Line Skirt

  • 2 yards (45″ wide) cotton, canvas or linen fabric
  • 8" zipper (or longer)
















Home Decor -  Supplies Needed


Zippered Pillow Covers:

  • Approximately 1/2 Yard Quilters Cotton, Linen, Home Decor weight or something similar for each pillow up to 17" Square.
  • Zipper - Length should equal the width of your pillow.
  • Optional: Pillow Form (size of your choice)

Pillowcase:

  • 3/4 Yard Quilters Cotton for Body of pillow
  • 1/4 Yard Quilters Cotton (matching other fabrics) for pillow cuff
  • 1/4 Yard Quilters Cotton (matching other fabrics) for pillow band

Bolster Pillow - Suggested Size 16" x 6"

  • 3/4 Yard Quilters Cotton, Linen, Home Decor weight or something similar for bolster pillow project.
  • 1 Yard of cotton piping (1/2" or 1/4" thick will work) for bolster pillow project.
  • 16" Zipper for bolster pillow project

Table Runner/Potholder/Placemat

  • At least four different fat quarter fabrics that go together.  More if making large table runner or multiple placemats.
  • 1 Yard of quilt batting. More if making large table runner or multiple placemats.

Pouf Floor Cushion

  • Amounts coming soon.

Curtains 

  • Will talk about this in 1st  class. Amount of fabric needed is based on your your window size and curtain design.

"I wanted a creative outlet and I'm so glad my friend told me about this place! I signed up for the beginners boot camp and I can't wait till next week to learn more! Our teacher is great, explains everything step by step and takes her time to help you individually if you need it! 5 stars!!" -Thanee 


"I'm so glad I signed up for Beginner Sewing Boot Camp! I sort of taught myself as a youngster, w/grandma to help, but didn't sew for years. Happy to be diving in and finally doing it again. We made so many useful items in the Beginner Sewing Boot Camp and I'm looking forward to more classes this summer! And there's a parking lot! In Hoboken!" -Eileen 


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