28 Holiday Classes for 2012

We are excited to announce¬†we’ve added classes for projects (sewing & non-sewing) you can wear, decorate your home with, give as gifts, wrap your gifts & definitely get you in the Holiday Spirit.¬† These classes are appropriate for adults & kids ages 12+.

No-Sew or Low-Sew Crafting Classes

Wed. Dec. 5th | Holiday Wreath | 7-9pm | Sign up | $25

Sat. Dec. 8th | Recycled Sweater Multi-Project | 12-2pm | Sign up| $25

Sat. Dec. 15th | Ornament Making | 2:30-5:30pm | FREE | Sign Up

Make it & Take it
Sewing Classes

Sat. Dec. 8th | Holiday Table Runner | 2:30-4:30pm | Sign up| $35

Sat. Dec. 8th | Ruffled Christmas Tree Skirt Workshop| 2:30-4:30pm | Sign Up | $35

Wed. Dec. 12th | Holiday Apron | 6:30-8:30pm | Sign up | $35

Sat. Dec. 15th | Mom & Me Holiday Banner/Garland | 12-2pm  | Sign up | | $60 Mom & Child

Sat. Dec. 22nd | Infinity Scarf | 12-1pm | Sign up | $25

Sat. Dec. 22nd |Detachable Peter Pan Fur Collar |2:30-3:30pm |  Sign up | $25

Holiday Skills Classes

Sun. Dec. 9th | Fabric Painting Workshop | 2:30-4:30pm | Sign Up | $40 | 2 Skills Classes


Pocket Workshop

Everybody loves pockets! In pants, in bags, in dresses, in just about anything we make! This class will show you how to make 4 different styles of pockets that can be applied to just about any sewing project.

Throughout the 2 hour class, you will learn how to make the following 4 pockets styles:

Classic Patch Pocket
Single & Double Welt Pocket
Gathered Patch Pocket
Zippered Welt Pocket

You will need some basic sewing experience to take this class.

Cost: $40 (2 Skill Credits) | Buy Now

Upcoming Dates
Saturday October 13th, 2012 | 12-2pm | Sign Up

Please sign up online or call 201.876.1198


Bag of the Month Workshop

We’ll be teaching ¬†you how to make a different style BAG every month.

Check out our schedule below to see what is coming up. All sewing levels are welcome. If you’ve never sewn before, show up about 15 minutes early to get a quickie intro to sewing.

Bring your own fabric or it can be purchased at the studio at the time of your class

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April 2013
Saturday April 6th, 2013 | 1-3pm | $35  (2 Make it & Take it Credits) | Sign Up
Project: Ruffled Ristlet

Supplies needed:  1/2 Yard of solid cotton or denim, scraps of cotton prints, zipper

Project inspired by Marci Girl Designs

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May 2013
Saturday May 18th, 2013 | 10am-12pm | $35  (2 Make it & Take it Credits) | Sign Up
Project: Pleated Messenger

Supplies needed: 1 Yard of Cotton Printed fabric for the outside, 1 Yard of matching solid cotton for the lining & 1 yard of interfacing

Project inspired by Ika Bags

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June 2013
Thursday June 20th, 2013 | 6:30-8:30pm | $35  (2 Make it & Take it Credits) | Sign Up
Project: Triple Zipper Cosmetic Bag

Supplies needed: 6 Fat Quarters (1/4 Yard Pieces) of cotton fabric

Project inspired by A Quilters Table

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July 2013
Thursday July 11th, 2013 | 6:30pm | $35  (2 Make it & Take it Credits) | Sign Up
Project: Fanned Handle Tote Bag

Supplies needed: Supplies needed: 1 Yard of Cotton Printed fabric for the outside, 1 Yard of matching solid cotton for the lining & 1 yard of interfacing

 Project inspired by Burda Style

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Please sign up online or call 201.876.1198


Zipper Workshop

This class will de-mystify the zipper! It’s really not that hard to put zippers into your sewing projects. In this two hour workshop, you will learn all the secrets and steps to putting in zippers, in all capacities.

In this workshop you will learn:

*How to put a basic zipper into a garment, skirt or dress
*How to make a zippered pocket in a bag or garment.

Cost: $40 (2 Skills Credits) | Buy Now | Buy Bulk Skills Classes (?)

Upcoming Dates
Sunday November 11th, 2012 | 2:30-4:30pm | Sign Up

Please sign up online or call 201.876.1198

“Date Night” Fashion Lab – Wednesdays 7-9pm in September

This Fashion Lab 4-week Sewing Series is based on sewing projects you could wear on your next “Date Night”.¬†In this weekly class, you’ll learn the basics of basics of clothing & accessory making while constructing all three of these simple projects.

This is a beginner level sewing class, but it helps if you have some prior knowledge of how to use the sewing machine as well as a project or two under your belt.

This is a great class if you have not yet taken any clothing project classes. The garments are easy enough to complete in the 4-week class, yet you’ll feel extremely accomplished when you are able to take home each of these very wearable projects. Or if you have some sewing experience, this is a great instant gratification sewing class.

Week 1- Date Night Blouse

Week 2 – Date Night High Waisted – Wide Elastic Band Skirt






Week 3 – Date Night Clutch






Week 4 – Completion of All Projects

Upcoming Dates
Wednesdays 7-9pm In September 2012
September  5th, 12th, 19th & 26th

$159+ Fabric

$139 Early Bird Pricing ‚Äď Valid only if you sign up 1 Month before the class starts.

Click here to Register Online or call studio 201.876.1198

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Supplies can be purchase ahead of time or at the studio on the night of the class

Supplies Needed:
Date Night Top: 2 Yards ¬†(45″ wide) or 1.5 Yards (60″ wide) silky fabric (silk or polyester)
Date Night Skirt: 1.5 Yards (45″ wide) or 1 Yard (60″ wide) lightweight cotton or silky fabric (silk or polyester) & 1 Yard of 2″tall elastic
Date Night Clutch: 1 yard cotton, silky or upholstery fabric, 1 yard of lining fabric, 1 yard of heavy weight interfacing or stabilizer.


Silkscreen Workshop

Introducing our step by step, silk screen printing class using water based/ non toxic ink.¬†In this¬†basics¬†class, we’ll be employing a 3 color process using 3 images or patterns.

The instructor will have 3 screens with images already on them, ready to print. She will demonstrate how to print by flooding the screen, then printing. She will show how you can use the same image on one screen to produce different outcomes using layering techniques.

Everyone will practice & get the feel for printing using scrap fabrics. Then everyone can have the chance to create a printed garment of their choice (fabric, scarf, t-shirt, onesie, etc). Bring one with you or purchase fabric at the studio.

Instructor Nicole Poko is owner and designer for Nightingale Projects in Newark, New Jersey. Nightingale Projects specializes in silk screen printed goods focusing on using drawings and designs both nostalgic and contemporary. The company began in 2005 exclusively creating wedding stationary, in May 2011 Nightingale Projects launched a home and gift-ware line. Nicole received a BFA in silk screen printing and drawing from Montclair State University. Nicole also works as a visual merchandiser in luxury retail which has given her the experience to trend forecast and persistently aims for high quality results.

Machine Embroidery Workshops – Free Motion

Free-Motion Embroidery 101: Learn how to use your basic home sewing machine to create your very own embroidered designs! Learn different techniques to transfer your designs to fabric and how to set up your machine to create outlines and fills for your designs.

In this two hour class we will be embellishing your choice of one embroidered square canvas pillow case or one canvas tote bag. Materials will be provided and the cost of the materials will be included in the class fee.

Prerequisite: None
Cost: $40

Upcoming Dates: 
Saturday February 23rd, 2013 | 3-5pm | Sign up

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Free-Motion Embroidery 102:  Learn how to put your new-found free-motion embroidery skills to new use by creating your very own free-motion embroidered necklace! Learn how to hone your skills to create tiny works of wearable art.

In this two hour class we will be focusing on how to control your stitches for accuracy when working small in order to complete one necklace. Silver tone pendant kits (you provide the chain) will be provided and the cost of the materials will be included in the class fee.

Prerequisite: Free-Motion Embroidery 101
Cost: $40 | Buy 2 Skills Credits for $40
Or Take Both Classes for $75 | Buy 4 Skills Credits for $75

Upcoming Dates:

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Johanna Wood resides in the adventuresome West Side of Jersey City. She is a Children’s Wear designer by day and a Silversmith at night. She has a BFA in Fashion Design from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia and has her very own jewelry shop on Etsy as well as an exclusive line of embroidered jewelry soon to be available only on Hearts.com. She loves licorice, 80s music, insects & dogs.

Crochet Lab

4-Week Learn to Crochet Workshop for Adults.
Crochet for Beginners is here!

Learn crochet terminology, stitch execution and how to follow a pattern while creating beginner level projects including:
Spiral Scarf, Water Bottle Caddy with flower/leaf detail, Drawstring Granny Square Tote, amigirumi octopi, headbands (or bracelets), butterfly, (and possible other projects if time permits).

¬†Each class will build upon the last, adding new stitches and techniques.¬† Rather than¬†rushed “make and take” lessons¬†that result¬†in disjointed information and poorly executed (if finished) projects,¬†this series provides a complete foundation of knowledge, skills and appropriate projects that enable everyone to continue crocheting independently.

 The first class is 3 hours long (learning intensive) and the remaining three classes will be 2 hours long.  Students will leave each class with finished projects.

Yarn can be purchased at class for $10 additional (highly suggested).   If you bring your own yarn it must be  worsted weight.  Hooks MUST be purchased on your own, size H (aluminum, Boye, Bates or Wright brand is suggested) and often stores like ACMoore, Joanns and Michaels offer a coupon discount weekly towards one item (which could be used to purchase your hook).  Hooks are sold individually and in multipaks.  If you purchase a multipak, be sure it includes size H.

Next Class:
4 Sessions
Sunday September 9th 1-4pm РThe first class is longer because it  is learning intensive (stitches/techniques, practice/execution, getting comfortable crocheting) and will include a quick project
Sunday September 16th 1-3pm
Sunday September 23rd 1-3pm
Sunday September 30th 1-3pm (2012) | Sign up

$159 + Yarn

$139 Early Bird Pricing – Valid only if you sign up 1 Month before the class starts.

Click here to Register Online or call studio 201.876.1198

Crochet outside of class will be encouraged. The instructor aims to go further than make/take crochet classes that provide “just enough” disjointed information to create rushed, possibly poorly executed (if finished) projects. It is her desire when classes end that everyone will continue crocheting independently.

There are 8 spots per session.

Students should purchase their yarn before the class or fabrics can be purchased at the M Avery Designs Studio.

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

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Make your Own bags – Absolutely no SEWING required!

Just saw this awesome project on the Martha Stewart show.

The publisher of my upcoming book”Bag Bazaar” is Potter Craft, which is a division of Random House. Apparently they also published the book of the author that is being featured on this episode of the Martha Stewart Show. Her book is called book author of another great book

Simply Sublime Bags: 30 No-Sew, Low-Sew Projects

and you can check out the video on the Martha Stewart website.


I am quite impressed at the durability of the bags, considering they have not used a sewing machine at all to create it! All they are using is fabric (with this cool vinyl like covering, which I had never seen before! ) staples, and duct tape! I might have to use some of these techniques in a workshop at the studio some time in the near future!