Turkey Applique Placemats | Tues. Nov. 13th | 7-9pm

Just in time for Thanksgiving, we’ll help you to make 4 of these simple holiday placemats. You’ll learn how to applique adorable turkeys in the corner, as well as how to construct the placemats using fabric and batting.

Project inspired  by the tutorial from Smashed Peas and Carrots Blog.

Bring or Buy your fabrics at the studio

Upcoming Dates
Tuesday November 13th, 2012 | 7-9pm |$35 (2 Make it & Take it Credit) |  Sign Up

Please sign up online or call 201.876.1198

Supplies needed:
-1 Yard of 45″ wide solid cotton fabric for front of placemat
-1 Yard of 45″ wide solid or printed fabric for back of placemat
-1 Yard of Quilt Batting

Scraps of fabric for turkey applique will be provided free of charge

 

Thanksgiving Table Runner Workshop – Sunday Nov. 18th 12-2pm

The perfect way to get into the holiday spirit is learning how to make a holiday project. Nothing says Thanksgiving sewing like a Thanksgiving Runner for the Thanksgiving Table. We’ll teach you how to make this practical & stylish quilted Thanksgiving runner just in time for the big day. Your guests will be blown away by more than just your sweet potato’s this year!

No experience needed for this class, but it helps to have take the Intro to the Sewing Machine Class. (But is not required)

Upcoming Dates
Sunday November 18th, 2012 | 12-2pm |$35 (2 Make it & Take it Credits) |  Sign Up

Please sign up online or call 201.876.1198

Bring or Buy your fabrics at the studio

Supplies needed: Thanksgiving Colored Fabric Scraps totaling 1/2 Yard for top of runner. 1/2 yard of solid fabric for bottom of runner. 1/2 yard of quilt batting.

 

Home Decor Lab

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About

Learn the basics of sewing in our Home Decor Lab where you'll be sewing beautiful things for your home. This is a 3 week adult sewing class that will meet for 2.5 hours each week. See schedule & sign up tab for schedule info.

Students will focus on learning basic sewing skills used to make items for your home. We've designed a 3 week  (7.5 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 Include:

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.

 

Garment District Tour & Fabric Class

Everyone who sews absolutely loves fabric!  But how much do we really know about it? And where are the best places to buy it?

This class will 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. You’ll get handouts for easy reference after the class.

This class will take place in New York City’s Garment District. We’ll give you a tour of all our favorite fabric & trim spots and you’ll have the opportunity to take homes all kinds of free swatches of each the fabrics we study.  You’ll leave with a keen awareness of all kinds of fabrics you never even knew existed. Ages 12 & up.


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You must sign up for this class in advance. When you sign up for this class, the designated meeting place in New York City will be emailed to you 24 hours prior to the class.

*If you are signing up for two people, please follow up with an email to let us know the full name & email address of the other person you are signing up.

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.

The stuff dreams are made of… when you’re six.

We had to share some photos with you with a project we finished up for Christmas. This pink, dreamy canopy was commissioned for one of our favorite 6 year old sewing students by her mom. In all our holiday frenzy to get orders finished up, we did not have a chance to photograph the finished project. But luckily her mom sent me these photos of the canopy hanging in Ruby’s room.

Gosh, I wish I had one of these when I was six.

Curb Alert – Before & After


Found these two chairs yesterday when I was parking my car in Hoboken. Thought they had great lines and a kind of cool back. Since we have a dinner table that seats like 17, thought it couldn’t hurt to give these babies a face-lift with some awesome upholstery fabric I had stashed.


Here is the result. Not a massive change, but it’s amazing what a new new seat cover will add to a piece of furniture and it only took about 20 minutes!

And even though there are only two of them, they look great around the butcher block table with the other chairs, even if the other chairs are orange vinyl and metal ; )

These photos really don’t do them justice. One of these days I will photograph them with my real camera (not the camera phone) and you can see for yourself, a little better.

Curb Alert – Before & After


Found these two chairs yesterday when I was parking my car in Hoboken. Thought they had great lines and a kind of cool back. Since we have a dinner table that seats like 17, thought it couldn’t hurt to give these babies a face-lift with some awesome upholstery fabric I had stashed.


Here is the result. Not a massive change, but it’s amazing what a new new seat cover will add to a piece of furniture and it only took about 20 minutes!

And even though there are only two of them, they look great around the butcher block table with the other chairs, even if the other chairs are orange vinyl and metal ; )

These photos really don’t do them justice. One of these days I will photograph them with my real camera (not the camera phone) and you can see for yourself, a little better.

Make and adorable Plant Pot from a coffee can and a piece of fabric


Huge shout out to my friend Mary that brought me the most aromatic Basil plant yesterday. I lent her some bins for moving and she brought them back yesterday and went above & beyond and ALSO brought me this plant!

After enjoying the wonderful smell of the basil and shoving it into the noses of all the kids I was teaching at Fashion Lab Afterschool yesterday, I got to work on making it a planting pot from an old Chock full’o Nuts coffee can I had here at the store.

Obviously, it’s pretty simple, but I thought it was such a good idea cause it turned out so well with such minimal effort, and it’s a great way to re-use and recycle.

Here is what I did:

1. Measure the height of the can as well as the diameter of the can.
2. Cut your piece of fabric (a kitchy vintage fabric is what I used here and thought it worked really well!) an inch taller than the can x 1.5 inches longer than the diameter.
3. Fold over the top and bottom of the piece of fabric 1/2″ and topstitch. This creates a nice finished edge on the top and bottom of the can.
4. Fold over one side edge of the fabric 1/2″ and topstitch. This is the side that is going to be visible on the can.
5. Make about 10 tiny holes (for drainage) in the bottom of the coffee can. I made mine by hammering a Phillips head screw driver into the bottom of the can with a rubber mallet. I thought this worked quite nicely.
6. Take the fabric and starting with the edge that is not topstitched, begin to glue the fabric piece to the coffee can lining up the topstitched top and bottom fabric edges with the top and bottom of the coffee can.
7. Keep hot glueing the fabric around the can until you come to where you started. The fabric should run out about 1 inch past the edge that you started at.
8. Pot your plant.

Any questions, let me know.