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 


Charity Sewing Workshop – Free Sewing Class to Make Kids Surgical Gowns

Anyone who loves helping kids in need & loves to sew are invited to attend!

Even if you’ve never sewn before, you are more than welcome to  join us! We can teach you sewing and/or find other important jobs to help with.

Wednesday September 26th, 2018 from 7-9pm

This is a free night of sewing to support a New Jersey non-profit organization called Healing the Children NJ

Their program called Medical Teams Abroad sends volunteer medical teams to other countries to perform surgeries on children who otherwise would not receive the care they needed.   In addition to medical supplies and equipment  the medical teams bring hospital gowns for the children to wear.  All of the gowns are sewn by volunteers and this is what we’ll be sewing in the free workshop.  Medical teams abroad does approximately 4-6 trips per year.

For more information about this organization, check out their website here.

All the supplies and instruction will be provided free of charge by M Avery Designs Sewing Studio. We’ll have some light refreshments.

Please join us! It’s sure to be a fun night of sewing and supporting this very worthwhile cause!

There will also be fundraising for HTC and M Avery Designs will have some cool giveaways.

Please sign up by clicking the link below so we can keep an accurate count of who will be coming! Please sign up all who will be attending.

Please do not “no show”. There are only 20 spots due to the size of our studio. If you sign up, you’re expected to attend. It’s only right.

Kids are welcome if accompanied by a sewing adult.

Sign Up

Weekly Garment Workshop Series

NEW For Summer 2018 we’re teaching a bunch of brand new workshops to learn garment sewing.  All of the projects we are offering are great for beginners, as well as fun and challenging for experienced seamsters. 

Check the schedule below for project details.

Each project workshop is 2 hours long. You might finish, you might not.*
We do guarantee you’ll learn a ton and get pretty far into the process, no matter what your skill level is walking into the class.

We want to make sewing clothing accessible to everyone so we’ve made the classes quick and the projects easy, yet super wearable.

2 Hour Workshop $50

2 Spots $85**

All Fabric is Included – Just Show up! 

*Don’t finish? Don’t Stress! All participants can come to a free Sew Club within one month of class to finish, if needed.

**The two spots can be used by you and a friend or both spots by you. Please follow up with an email to let us know if it’s for one or two people. If only one, confirm which two classes. If two people, we’ll need name & email address of second person.  

Learn to Sew Your Own Jeans

Have you ever dreamed of making the a custom fit pair of jeans? Well now we have a sewing class for that!

Students will focus on learning more advanced design & sewing skills used in making a pair of jeans that is custom made to fit your body!  We’ve designed a brand new 3 week intermediate level sewing class that will take you through the steps of measuring, cutting and then sewing your very own jeans.

We ask that you have at least a little sewing experience to take this class. Maybe you’ve take some sewing classes somewhere else, or taken our Beginner Sewing Boot Camp?

Keep scrolling for the upcoming schedule! 

Week 1: Cutting the Jeans – This is the week that really counts. We’ll be taking all our body measurements and cutting all the fabric pieces in the size required to make your custom fit jeans. There are a lot of pieces and they need to be cut out pretty precisely. If there’s time after we cut,  we’ll be starting to do a little bit of sewing this week, as well.

Week 2: Sewing the Jeans – This is the week the bulk of the sewing will be done. We’ll start putting the jeans together by cutting & sewing the pockets. Followed by the fly & zipper. Finally we’ll be sewing the front & back of the jeans together

Week  3: Finishing the Jeans – This is the class we’ll be finishing up anything that’s not done. Yolk, waistband, hemming and button. Can you believe you’ll be leaving this class with your very own jeans?

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Supplies: All supplies included to construct one pair of dark blue, stretch jeans are included in the price of this class!

We’ve done a lot of research into the best denims and will provide our favorite denim to all students in this class. There is no need to buy any thing or bring any supplies to this class. The class will go over which supplies are used & why and where you can purchase all of the supplies needed to make additional pairs of jeans at home or in Sew Club.
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Small, Personal Classes | There are only 6 spots per session.

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3 Week Class – Make your Own Jeans:  $179
Includes all fabric & supplies
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Skirt Pattern Drafting – Design Multiple Skirt Styles

Join us for our brand new one day intensive course on learning the art of flat pattern drafting. In this course you will learn how to create 3 different customized skirt patterns based on your measurements.

This course will include a thorough understanding of skirt flat pattern construction, dart construction, as well as simple adjustments that can be made to your patterns to add design elements to your sewing projects.

You’ll leave the class with basic fitted, a-line, & pencil skirt pattern that you can use over and over again to design & create your very own clothing.  We will provide hand outs that outline the step-by-step process creating patterns for a perfectly fitting skirt.

Supplies Needed:  None

1 Day – 4 Hour Course $139

Please note: There is no sewing in this course. The is an instructional class where we’ll be creating customized paper patterns during each class time. Each student will be encouraged to participate in our monthly Sew Clubs to create muslins of each of the patterns that you create in class and really customize your fit properly.

Pattern Drafting

Learn the fine art of flat pattern drafting in one of our upcoming 4 hour workshops.

Join us for Skirt Drafting where you'll learn how to draft the perfect customized skirt based on your exact body measurements.

Or Join us for Bodice Drafting where you'll learn how to draft the perfect customized top or jacket based on your exact body measurements.

This course will include a thorough understanding of skirt or bodice flat pattern construction, dart creation & construction, as well as simple adjustments that can be made to your patterns to add design elements to your sewing projects.

You'll leave the class with basic fitted skirt or bodice pattern that you can use over and over again to design & create your very own tailored skirts, shirts, dresses and/or jackets.  We will provide hand-outs that outline the step-by-step process creating patterns for a perfectly fitting customized skirt of bodice.

4 Hour Workshop:  $139

Both Skirt & Bodice Workshop: $222 (save 20%)

All Supplies Included

Please note: There is minimal sewing in this course. The is an instructional class where we'll be creating customized paper patterns during each class time. Each student is encouraged to participate in Sew Club to create muslins of each of the patterns that you create in class and really customize your fit properly.

"I just wanted to say how incredibly enlightening and awesome the bodice drafting class was today. I had a great time and feel like I've taken a major step forward in understanding how clothing works!  Thank you for all your hard work." 

Kids Runway Show – Spring 2018

Our sewing students work very hard on all of their their sewing & design projects. We always like to show off all their hard work at the Runway Show!  (Not just clothing projects go down the runway, BTW!)

The Spring Kids/Tween Runway Show is open to any & all students who are taking or have taken sewing class either in our studio at the Monroe Center or in one of kids mobile sewing classes in local schools between January – April 2018.

Click here to check out photos from our last fabulous runway show.

We sincerely hope you, your student and your family will be interested participating in this super adorable event! Please reserve a spot for your student in the show by signing up at the link above! Participation is free for all participants in any after school, Saturday or homeschool kids sewing class.

Kids are dropped off at 2pm. Runway Show starts at 3pm.

There are only spots for 30 participants and we’ll need all sign ups by April 30th, 2018, so don’t delay.  Once we hear from you, you’ll get our updates with more details.  We hope that you and your family can attend this fun event!

Sewing Dresses Boot Camp

Learn all the basics of sewing beautiful dresses that fit you in six 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.

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.

Projects in this Class:

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.

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


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.

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?

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.


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


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 1: 

  •  3 Yards of light to medium weight woven fabric (no stretch or very little stretch). Some examples of suitable fabric types include silk or rayon crepe, shirtings, lawn, silk twill, light wool gabardine, wool crepe.
  • 22″ invisible zipper
  • one small hook and eye
  • 2 yards of bias tape
    We’re happy to provide the bias tape and hook and eye to each student free of charge. 

Dress 2: 

  • 3.5 Yards of light to medium weight woven fabric (no stretch or very little stretch). Some examples of suitable fabric types include cotton voile, lawn, rayon challis, batiste, dotted swiss, georgette, light to medium weight silks.
  • 1.5 Yards of bias tape
  • 1.5 Yards of 3/4″ or 1″ wide elastic.
    We’re happy to provide the elastic and bias tape to each student free of charge. 

Dress 3:

  • 3 Yards of medium weight fabrics such as poplin, denim, corduroy, velveteen, twill, flannel, wool crêpe or gabardine. Top is lined with same fabric as dress.
  • 22-inch coil zipper (not invisible)
  • Hook and eye – We’re happy to provide these.

Sewing Separates Boot Camp

Learn more advanced sewing skills to make clothing in our 6 week class!

Students will focus on learning basic sewing skills to construct 2-3 articles of clothing that actually actually fit your body. We’ve designed a six week (15 hour) sewing class that will take your skills to the next level and have you sewing a top, pants and unlined jacket.

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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Some of the things you’ll learn in this class:

  • 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.
  • 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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    Projects in this Class:

How many garments 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 you work.
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Price: $329

Price includes free Sew Club classes during AND one month past your class.  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.

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There is 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

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

Please note: Fabric is NOT included in the price of the class. Fabrics are available for purchase at the M Avery Designs Studio for $12 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.

Fabric & Supplies Needed:

Top:

  • 1.5 Yards of fabric. Fabric can be any lightweight woven fabrics, such as cotton, cotton voile, lawn, rayon, linen, or cotton blends.

Fitted Trouser Pants: 

  • 2 Yards of medium weight woven fabrics with some stretch, such as stretch cotton twill, poplin, suiting, gabardine, pique, wool blends.
  • 8″ or longer invisible zipper

Unlined Jacket: 

  • 3 Yards of medium weight woven fabrics, such as suiting, cotton, linen and linen blends, poplin, twill, silk dupioni, wool challis, gabardine, crepe.

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.

Sewing Knits Boot Camp

Learn all the basics of sewing with jersey, stretch & knit fabrics in SIX (super fun) weeks!

Students will focus on learning basic sewing skills using stretch knits. Everybody loves to wear knits because of the comfort they bring. Did you know that sewing knits really isn’t as hard as everyone seems to think. We’ve designed a 15 hour sewing class

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.

Each class is project oriented and each student will leave classes with their finished wearable projects.

Projects in this Class:

 

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:

  • Introduction to sewing with knit fabrics.
  • Which needle? Which Stitch? Seam Allowances for knits?
  • Review of threading & operating the sewing machine.
  • Learn basic clothing construction.
  • Project: Leggings/Workout Pants

Part 2:

  • Review of sewing with jersey & knits.
  • Introduction to reading sewing patterns
  • Project: Knit Skirt

Part 3:

  • Fabric School: Learning different types of knits, Which fabrics work best for which projects? Determining which knit is which?
  • Introduction to reverse applique with knits.
  • Project: Knit Top

Part 4:

  • Introduction to sewing with knit fabrics.
  • Which needle? Which Stitch? Seam Allowances for knits?
  • Review of threading & operating the sewing machine.
  • Project: Wrap Dress

Cost of 15 Hour Workshop: $329

This includes free Sew Club classes during AND one month past your 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.

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There is 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

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

    • Skirt: Fabric that is 45″ wide – Approx. 2 yards. Fabric that is 60″ wide 1.5 yards.

    • Top: Fabric that is 45″ wide – Approx. 2 yards. Fabric that is 60″ wide 1.5 yards.

    • Leggings: Fabric that is 45″ wide – Approx. 2.5 yards. Fabric that is 60″ wide 2.5 yards.

    • Dress: Fabric that is 45″ wide – Approx. 4 yards. Fabric that is 60″ wide 3.5 yards.

If you are buying fabric from somewhere besides M Avery Designs Sewing Studio, be sure to purchase,  good quality knit jersey fabric made of cotton or polyester. Make sure it isn’t very thin knit fabric. Make sure the stretch is at least 50%.