Fabric 101 – Learn to Identify Different Fabrics

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Everyone who sews absolutely loves fabric!  But how much do we really know about it?

We have added this brand new class to help you all become fabric experts. We’ll help you identify all different kinds of fabric and we’ll help you determine which fabrics are best for which projects. You’ll see up close and personal what each of the fabrics looks like, feels like and the ways to determine the fiber content.

Swatches of each fabric discussed (over 40 different fabrics) will be provided to all students attending the class. And we’ll provide you with a handy take home information sheet including each fabrics¬†properties, how to work with it, how to care for it & little known hints and tips.

Some of the fabrics discussed include naturals (cotton, denim, chintz, chenille, poplin, corduroy, etc) silks (shantung, taffeta, brocade, tulle, etc), manufactured (acetate, acrylic, nylon, polyester, rayon, etc) sustainable (hemp, organic cotton, tencel, etc) & more.

This 2 Hour Class is $20 Per Person |  All Supplies Included

Upcoming Sessions

Monday March 3rd, 2014 6:30-8:30pm | Sign Up

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Ottoman Cover Tutorial

Need a quick way to refresh your living room without spending big bucks? That is exactly what I was looking for when I decided to recover our well worn ottoman. The old ottoman has been been around about 7 years. It is covered with stains and I am just plain sick of it.

I began scanning upholstery fabrics on fabric.com and found so many that I fell in love with. That’s when I knew this was a must-do project. Sew easy!

Okay so here are the steps to creating your very own cover that can be easily removed for washing.

Step 1: Measure the length, depth and height of your existing ottoman.

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Step 2: Cut your first piece of fabric, the top. This will be the size of the top of the ottoman, but you’ll add 1″ to the length & 1″ to the depth.

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So in my case, my ottoman measured 45 1/2″ long x 27″ wide. So my first piece of fabric measures 46 1/2″ long x 28″ wide.

Step 3: Cut your front & back fabric pieces. Front & back will be the same size and will measure 1″ larger than the length x 3″ larger than the height.

Step 4: Cut your two sides pieces. The two sides pieces will be the same size and will measure 1″ larger than the depth x 3″ larger than the height.

Step 5: With 1/2″ seam allowance and with right sides together, sew the front piece to the longer side of the top piece. Then repeat with the back piece, sewing it to the opposite side.

Step 6: With 1/2″ seam allowance and with right sides together, sew the first side piece to the shorter side of the top piece. Then repeat with the other side piece, sewing it to the opposite side. Quick hint: Leave about 1″ on either side un-sewn, this will help make the corners more symetrical.

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Step 7: With right sides together and using 1/2″ seam allowance, sew the side of the front piece to the side of the side piece. Repeat with the other side of the front piece and the other side piece.

Step 8: With right sides together & using 1/2″ seam allowance, sew the side of the back piece to the side of the side piece. Repeat with the other side of the back piece and the other side piece. Should start to resemble a 3D cube similar in size to your ottoman.

Step 9: Try it on your existing ottoman (after you’ve cleaned and febreezed it) and if it needs to be tighter you can reinforce your existing seams with slightly larger seam allowances.

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Step 10: Fold up the bottom edge of the cover to just above the floor and pin in place all the way around the cover.

Step 10: Sew this hem in place all the way around and you are finished.

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Holiday Sewing Classes

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Holiday Bunting Workshop

There’s nothing more festive than bunting. We’ll teach you how to make this simple sewing project just in time for the holidays. This project is perfect for beginner stitchers.

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Saturday December 7th 2-3pm

1 Hour Class
Class Cost: $20
Supply Cost: $10 or Bring your Own Fabrics – 4 1/4 yard pieces of Christmas colored/themed fabrics (1 Yard Total)

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Embroidery Hoop Christmas Ornament

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Join us to make this adorable hand sewing project just in time for the holiday season. We’ll teach you how to properly hand stitch this Christmas tree design and the button decorations. We’ll finish it up with a beautiful ribbon so you can hang it on your Christmas Tree or around your house.

Saturday December 7th 3-5pm

2 Hour Class
Class Cost: $35
Supply Cost: $5 or Bring your Own Embroidery Hoop. Fabric, Thread & Buttons will be provided free of charge.

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Holiday Stocking Workshop

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Are you looking for a sewing project that will get you in the Holiday spirit? We’ll teach you how to make a custom designed Christmas Stocking. You can hang this holiday project by the chimney¬†with care & You’ll have an adorable keepsake for years to come. Beginner stitchers are more than welcome.

Saturday December 14th 2-4pm

2 Hour Class
Class Cost: $35
Supply Cost: $10 or Bring your Own Fabrics – 4 1/4 yard pieces of Christmas colored/themed fabrics (1 Yard Total)

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Open Sew

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Come learn to sew in our relaxed environment, with instructors here to help you with your latest sewing project. This class is for beginners who would like to learn the basics OR stitchers with some experience  who would like to improve their skills and meet other people with similar interests.

We’ll focus on learning how to make the items you would like to make. We can help suggest appropriate projects for your skill level. This can include accessories, quilts, simple clothing, baby items, kids clothing and much, much, more. Kind of like a private lesson, but in a group setting. No more than 5 students per session.¬†All levels of sewing are welcome.
$25 Per Class

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Upcoming Open Sewing Sessions

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Wednesday December 11th, 2013 6:30-8pm | Sign Up

Wednesday December 18th, 2013 6:30-8pm | Sign Up

Saturday December 21st, 2013 10:30am Р12pm | Sign Up

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Fabrics & Supplies are not included.
We have a nice selection of fabric, trims and notions at our studio for sale.
All tools are provided.

Bring in your ideas, and we’ll help you make them. Or check out our¬†Pinterest¬†boards for some great sewing projects ideas.

Please note: When you reserve a spot and don’t show up, a class will still be used from you package. There is only room for 6 people per class.

Electronic Sleeve | Sun. Dec. 16th | 12-2pm

We’ll teach you how to make this padded sleeve to protect any of your electronic items. Just bring the dimensions of the your electronic items and we’ll show you to customize it to fit perfectly.


Bring or Buy your fabric & supplies at the studio

Upcoming Dates
Sunday December 16th, 2012 | 12-2pm| $35 (2 Make it & Take it Credits) | Sign Up

Please sign up online or call 201.876.1198

Supplies needed:
1 Yard of fabric for outside
1 Yard of fabric for lining
1 Yard of quilt batting
Black velcro will be provided free of charge 

 


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.

Envelope Style Pillow Covers

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. It 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)
-Matching Color Thread

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

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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 of the pillow. The measurement should be  1 inch wider and 1 inch taller than your pillow (1/2 inch larger on each side for seam allowance).

Step 3. Cut fabric to use for the back of the pillow. There will be 2 back pieces that overlap to cover the back of the pillow. The measurements for each piece should be 1 inch larger than the width of the pillow & 2/3 of the height of your pillow.

For Example:
If you have a 18 inch wide x 18 inch tall pillow
Front fabric piece measures 19 inches wide x 19 inches tall
Two back pieces measure 19 inch wide x 12 inches tall

Step 4. Fold & press fabric ¬Ĺ‚ÄĚ towards the wrong side. This should be along one of the width wise sides of each of the smaller back pieces. Fold & press another ¬Ĺ‚ÄĚ in the same direction along the same edge. Secure with straight pins. (For the example above, it would be along on of the 19 inch wide sides.)

Step 5. Top stitch along this edge to create a hem. Do this for both of the back pieces.

Step 6. Place the front piece on the table with right side up. Place each of the two back pieces (with right sides down) onto the front pieces, so that right sides are touching. The hemmed sides of the back pieces should be in the middle. Pin to secure.

Step 7. With 1/2 inch seam allowance, sew the two back pieces to the front piece. You can start wherever you want. You are finished when you return to where you started sewing.

Step 7. 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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