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: 

Saturday Classes: No Class on April 20, 2019


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



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 


Embroidery Art & Hand Sewing Video Class

Learn the art of hand embroidery from the comfort of your own home.

So excited to announce M Avery Designs first video sewing classes!

Sign up for this embroidery class and we’ll meet you virtually each week for a series of four 2 hour classes to learn how to do beautiful hand embroidery techniques like the ones shown below. No sewing experience necessary to join this class.

Class Schedule

Week 1: The Basics – Running Stitch, Back Stitch, Split Stitch, Stem Stitch, Chain Stitch & Whipped Back Stitch – We’ll start a sampler to remember and have examples of all the foundation stitches.

Week 2: Decorative Stitches – Threaded Back Stitch, Pekinese Stitch, Blanket Stitch, Fly Stitch, Cross Stitch, Bead Stitch, French Knots & Satin Stitch.

Week  3: Lettering, Leaves & Flowers – Wagon Wheel Flower, Lazy Daisy Flowers & Leaves, Regular Fishbone Leaves, Raised Fishbone Leaves & Script Lettering.

Week 4: Embroidery Patterns & Final Project – We’ll spend this last class setting up a final project that will include stitches we’ve covered in class. We’ll talk about how to read an embroidery pattern, make your own pattern, where to find patterns, what stitches work best for different embroidery results & more.

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“I had never tried embroidery before and I have enjoyed the class immensely. It is fabulous to learn a new skill, meet new friends, and be creative! The classes are set up so you learn at your own pace and Megan provides a lot of encouragement and ideas so you can really develop your own projects and turn them into a finished piece of art (wearable or displayable).”

Home Decor Sewing Boot Camp

Learn the basics of sewing beautiful things for your home in our 6 Week Adult Sewing Class.

Students will focus on learning basic sewing skills used to make items for your home. We’ve designed a six week (15 hour) sewing class including challenging projects that will fill your home with gorgeous items you custom make yourself.  This class is great for all levels of sewing. Beginners and intermediate stitchers alike will find themselves challenged and learning new things in this course.

Projects Options 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.


Week 1 Project:  Custom Pillow Covers with zippers

  • Breathe new life into any existing pillows you already own by creating custom covers that can be removed.
  • 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.

Week 2 Project: Bedroom Pillow Case with French Seams

  • Review of cutting & measuring accurately.
  • The magic of french seams.

Week 3 Project: Bolster pillow with piping and zipper

  • 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.

Week 4 Project: Quilted Table Runner/Placemat/Potholder

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

Week 5 Project: Pouf Floor Cushion

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

Week 6 Project: Custom Curtain(s)

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

  • Cost of 15 Hour Workshop: $329


The price 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 if you think you’ll need a bit more guidance. 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.

Fabric & Notions Needed:

Week 1: 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)

Week 2:  Pillowcase Project

3/4 Yard Quilters Cotton for Body of pillow

1/4 Yard Quilter Cotton (matching other fabrics) for pillow cuff

1/4 Yard Quilters Cotton (matching other fabrics) for pillow band

Week 3:  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

Week 4:  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.

Week 5:  Pouf Floor Cushion

Amounts coming soon.

Week 6:  Curtains 

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

Macrame Wall Hanging Workshop

We’re super excited to announce we’ll be offering our very first macrame wall hanging workshop!

This popular craft from the seventies has made a come back in a really big way. Our workshop will help you to create a modern piece, using a couple of different knots. You’ll leave the workshop with a gorgeous wall hanging to decorate your home.

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Megan Avery, studio owner, long time sewing instructor and recently macrame obsessed, will help you through this process.

The price of the 2 hour workshop is $65 and will include all the supplies you’ll need to complete your wall hanging including cotton rope & driftwood.

Modern Quilting Lab

In this quilting & applique class, each of the three weeks we’ll focus on a few different modern, yet traditional quilting  technique per week. At the end of the class, your work can be put together to create a beautiful modern mini quilt. Whether you’re a complete quilting beginner, or if you’ve done some quilting before, there’s going to be a lot of information and different techniques pack into this 3 week workshop.

Only 8 Spots Available – Price $179

  • The price 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.

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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 multi-week class is $40/hour (normally $65/hour).
Buy Now | Send email to schedule

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Supplies Needed:

  • 8-10 Cotton Fat Quarters (1/4 yard pieces of quilting cotton sold in coordinating bundles)
  • 1 Yard Quilt Batting

Pinterest Fanatic Sewing Class

[slider id=”pinterest-fanatic-slider”] Are you Pinterest obsessed, but don’t have a clue where to start when it comes to making all the awesome sewing projects? If yes, this class is for YOU! And don’t worry – No sewing experience is ever required.

In our Pinterest Fanatic Sewing Class, you’ll be sure to improve your sewing skills, as well as make some new sewing friends! Each class we’ll teach you how to make a popular sewing project you can commonly see on Pinterest. We suspect this workshop will become habit once you see what an awesome way this is to unwind.  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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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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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’s 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!