Private Parties & Workshops

We have an adorable, creative space that is perfect to hold your next Girls Night Out, Birthday Party, Networking Event, Private Class, Baby Shower or whatever type of awesome get together you’re looking to have.

  • Or just about any project you’d like

Contact us with questions or to find out availability or call us at 201.876.1198.

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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 ‚Äėn Stitch Class,¬†Garment District Tour,¬†Intro to the Machine/Hem Workshop¬†or the¬†Dress Makers Club.

 

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Upcoming Dates

Charity Cat Toy Sewing Workshop – Free Class for a Great Cause

All who love CATS & love to Sew are invited to attend!

Even if you’ve never sewn before, you are more than welcome to ¬†join us! (We always need expert catnip distributors and cat toy stuffers!)

Monday November 20th, 2017 from 7-9pm

This is a free night of sewing to support a local Cat Adoption Group called JerseyCats.

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We’ll be sewing catnip filled cat toys that JerseyCats Organization will sell at upcoming adoption events. The money raised from selling the toys we make will go towards the Jersey Cats Mission.

Kids age 8 & up are welcome when accompanied by at least one adult.
There are no child drop offs for this event. 

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JerseyCats has simple and clear objectives to help cats:

  • Homing – finding homes for cats in need by facilitating foster care and adoption

  • Reducing overpopulation – supporting and encouraging the spay/neuter of cats

  • Outreach – improving people‚Äôs understanding of cats and their care through community education

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All the supplies and instruction will be provided free of charge by JerseyCats & M Avery Designs. We’ll even 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 a $5 raffle for some cool giveaways courtesy of M Avery Designs. All proceeds from the raffle will go straight to the organization!

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

 

3-Week Knitting Cables Class

You’ve got the basic knit & purl down, now what?!?! In this adult knitting class, students will get a little bit more in depth with learn¬†knitting terminology, stitch execution and how to follow a pattern while creating beginner/intermediate level projects that include gorgeous cables (as shown in the project photographs). Projects include: matching set of cabled hat & mittens.

Next Session:

3 Classes – Wednesdays 7-9pm February 13th, 20th & 27th, 2013
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$100 + Yarn

Click here to Register Online or call studio 201.876.1198

Knitting outside of class will be encouraged.

There are 8 spots per session.

Materials needed:
-1 x 16″ circular needle size 6.5mm or 7mm
-1 set double pointed needles size 6.5 mm or 7mm
-1 cable needle
-Lion Brand Wool Ease Chunky (At least 2 – Please note: It’s important to purchase the recommended yarn in order to have a successful finished project)

Instructor Vickie Sargeant has lived in hoboken for 18 yrs and been knitting for most of her life.  She has taught adult friends and after school groups everything from the basics of how to knit to more challenging techniques such as cables.  She has created in a variety of yarns and worked with many levels of pattern as well as creating her own designs.  She has been described by students as passionate about the craft as well as patient when teaching. She just finished up teaching her first adult knitting class at M Avery Designs and is looking forward to more teaching. 

Zipper Style Pillow Cover Tutorial

You’re not going to believe just how easy it is to make a pillow cover for any size square or rectangle shaped pillow.

I have outlined the steps below. This should only take you about a 1/2 hour and just about anyone with any sewing skills at all will be able to do this.

Supplies:
-1 Yard of Fabric (per 16″ pillow)
-1 Invisible Zipper or Dress Zipper 16‚ÄĚ or longer
-Matching Color Thread

Tools:
-Sewing Machine
-Scissors -Straight Pin
-Iron

Step 1. Measure the pillow you are going to cover and write down the width (w) and height (t) of your pillow.

Step 2. Cut fabric to use for the front & back of the pillow. The measurement for both the front and the back should be 1 inch wider and 1 inch taller than your pillow (1/2 inch larger on each side for seam allowance).

For Example if your pillow is 18 inches x 18 inches, your pillow cover pieces will be 19 inches x 19 inches.

Step 3. With the right side of the zipper facing the right side of the fabric, place zipper along top edge of the front fabric piece. Secure with straight pins and stitch it into place, stitching along the zipper tape that is closest to the top edge.

Step 4. With the right side of the zipper facing the right side of the fabric, place the other side of the zipper along top edge of the back fabric piece. Secure with straight pins and stitch it into place, stitching along the zipper tape that is closest to the top edge.

Step 5. Open the zipper about 1/2 of the way.

Step 6. Place the right side of the pillow back and the right side of the pillow front together and secure with pins so all the sides line up.

Step 7. With 1/2 inch seam allowance, sew the back piece to the front piece along the sides that don’t have a zipper. You will want to sew and back stitch over the zipper ends.

Step 8. Open the zipper the rest of the way, turn pillow cover right side out and iron.

Holiday Patchwork Table Runner Tutorial

What will adorn your table this year for your holiday meals? This easy holiday project will look great on any Thanksgiving or Christmas table. Heck – you could even just use colors to match your dining room decor and have an every day table runner.

I am not a very formal person, but you can see that this runner looks cute even on my little retro yellow table.

 

 

 

Here are the steps to make a table runner of your very own:

Supplies:
-4 different 1/2 yard pieces of holiday print cotton fabric
-2 yards of cotton fabric
-6 Yards of ¬†1.5″ wide binding tape
-2 yards of quilt batting
-Matching color thread

Tools:
-Sewing Machine
-Scissors
-Straight Pins
-Ruler/Yard Stick/Measuring Tape

1. Determine the finished width & length of your table runner and what might work on your table. The runner that I made ended up being 72″ long and about 24″ wide.

2. Determine how wide you want your strips of fabric to be. Keep in mind, the thinner the strips are, the longer it’s going to take you to make the project. The one that I did above, the strips were only about 2″ wide. It took awhile to get them all sewn together, but it’s worth it in the end.

3. Figure out how many and which fabrics you’ll be using for the patchwork portion. I would suggest in order not to get overwhelmed, choose 4 fabrics to repeat in your patchwork design.

4. Okay – here is where the math comes in. Ugh, I know.
Divide the desired length of your runner by the desired finished width of the strips in inches + 1″ (seam allowance). So in my example with the dimensions I mention above, I would divide 72″ (finished desired length of runner by 3″ (2″ strips + 1″ for seam allowance) = 24. Do you follow?

So this means that you will need 24 different strips 3″ strips to get your desired length of 72″ long. Now – Based on how many different fabrics you are using, ¬†you now divide 24 by how many fabrics you are using. In our case, the equation looks like this 24 / 4 (different fabrics). This means you will need SIX 3″ wide strips of fabrics of each of the 4 fabrics you’ve chosen for this project. Make sense?

5. Okay math is OVER. Cut out your strips of fabric based on the equations above. Arrange them in the order you’d like them to be in your runner design.

6.  Start to pair up the fabric strips that are next to each other in groups of two. Pin them together with rights sides facing.

 

 

¬†7. Sew the strip pairs together using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

8. Press opens the seams on the wrong sides.

9. Arrange the paired strips on the table in the original order you had placed them before. Pair up the paired strips with right sides facing and pin them together. Sew the doubled strips together using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Press seams open.

 

 

 

 

 

¬†10. Now arrange the strip groups of 4 back in the order you had originally planned for the design of your runner. You guessed it, put the groups of four together with right sides facing and sew them together using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Press seams open. It should start to look like this:

11. Once you have all the strips together in the order you are happy with, iron the entire runner top again to make sure you have all the creases out. You want it nice and flat for this next step.

12. Cut the quilt batting and the fabric you will using for the back of your runner the same size as the patchworked piece.

12. Place the patchworked piece with the wrong side down on the quilt batting and pin all the way around the edge. Then place the fabric and batting on top of the bottom fabric so the batting is touching the wrong side of the bottom fabric. You should have a quilt sandwich with the patchwork as your top bread (facing right side up). The quilt batting as your center (or filling of the sandwich). Your bottom fabric should act as the bottom bread with the right side of the fabric facing down. Now pin everything securely in place all around the edge of the runner.

13. Stitch in the ditch to “quilt” the fabric to the batting. ¬†To “Stich in the Ditch” you will topstitch over all the seams that connect the strips of fabric together.

14. Place the edge of the binding tape with the right side facing down onto the right side of the table runner. Do this along the two longer sides and cut the binding tape to be as long as the runner. Pin securely in place.


 

 

 

 

15. Using 1/2″ seam allowance sew the binding tape to the sides of the runner.


16. Flip the binding tape around the edge of the runner so it folds in half and wraps around the edge of the runner and pin securely in place. Do this along both the left & right side of the runner.

17. Topstitch the binding tape along the inside edges.

18. Place the edge of the binding tape with the right side facing down onto the top & bottom sides of the table runner. Be sure cut the binding tape so that it’s 1″ longer than the width of the table runner on both sides. Fold in the extra 1/2″ on each side. Pin securely in place.

17. Using 1/2″ seam allowance sew the binding to to the top and bottom of the runner.

18. Flip the binding tape around the edge of the runner so it folds in half and wraps around the edge of the runner and pin securely in place. Do this along both the top & bottom side of the runner.

19.¬†Topstitch the binding tape along the inside edges. Snip all your threads and you’re finished

Make it & Take it Sewing Workshops

Bag of the Month Workshop: Pleated Messenger Bag

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

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Skirt of the Month Workshop – Side Cinched Knit Skirt
Thursday June 6th, 2013 | 6:30-8:30pm | $35  (2 Make it & Take it Credits) | Sign Up

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Pillow Cover Workshop – Basic
Saturday June 8th, 2013 | 12-2pm | $35 (2 make it & take it credits)| Sign up

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

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Beach Tote Workshop | Saturday June 22nd, 2013 | 2-4pm |  $35 (2 Make it & Take it Credits) | Sign up

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Bag of the Month Workshop: Fanned Handle Tote Bag
Thursday July 11th, 2013 | 6:30-8:30pm | $35  (2 Make it & Take it Credits) | Sign Up

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Skirt of the Month Workshop – Asymmetrical Folds Skirt
Thursday July 18th, 2013 | 6:30-8:30pm | $35  (2 Make it & Take it Credits) | Sign Up

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Please sign up online or call 201.876.1198

 

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

 

There’s nothing like Christmas ruffles! You’ll learn how to make rows and rows of ruffles in this holiday class. You’ll attach the ruffles into 5 rows and turn it into this circle skirt for under your tree on Christmas morning.

Once you learn how to make this project, you won’t wanna put any presents under the tree. This statement of a Christmas tree skirt will look perfect all by itself.

Cost: $35 (2 Make it & Take it Credits)

Bring or Buy your fabric & supplies at the studio

Upcoming Dates

Saturday December 8th,  2012 | 2:30-4:30pm| Sign Up |
(Please note, we changed the date on this. Originally it was on Sun. dec. 9th)

Please sign up online or call 201.876.1198

Supplies needed:
-An assortment of Holiday themed cotton quilting fabric (or it doesn’t have to be holiday themed) that totals at least 2 Yards

 

Holiday Table Runner | Sat. Dec. 8th | 2:30-4:30pm

 

What would make your holiday table more festive this year? You guessed it – This holiday table runner you stitched all by yourself. We’ll show you how to make this holiday decoration for your dinner table ¬†in a style similar to the example.

The actual holiday theme and design is up to you, but we’ll teach you how to quilt fabrics together in a pattern and finish them off to be wonderfully attractive runner your guests will be oooing and aaahing over for years to come

Bring or Buy your fabric & supplies at the studio

Upcoming Dates

Saturday Dec. 8th 2012 | 2:30-4:30pm|$35 (2 Make it & Take it Credits) | Sign Up

Please sign up online or call 201.876.1198

Supplies needed:
-An assortment of Holiday themed cotton quilting fabric (or it doesn’t have to be holiday themed) that totals at least 2 Yards
-2 Yards of quilt batting