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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 – 12pm | 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.

Presidents Day Charity Sew Program For Kids & Teens

Join us for a half day or a full day sewing program for kids ages 8 & up on Presidents Day 2013, Monday February 18th.

We’ll be sewing & crafting projects specifically to donate to charitable causes!

Students who don’t already know how to sew by hand or with a sewing machine will learn. All students will  be making specific projects that will be donated to charitable causes. M Avery Designs will be donating all the materials and distributing all the finished projects.

Morning Session 9am – 12:30pm = $40
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Afternoon Session 1:30-5pm  = $40
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Full Day 9am – 5pm = $70
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Stay for Lunch (BYO) in addition to Morning or Afternoon 12:30-1:30pm =  Additional $10

Sign Up Online or Call 201.876.1198 to reserve your spot

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Charities & Projects for this Special Day Will Include: 

Mama to Mama’s Cap to Cap –  Haitian Newborn Cap Project

Little Dress for Africa

 

 

Caps, Gloves, Scarves & Other Cold weather items for our local shelters in Hoboken & Jersey City

Dog & Cat Blankets for the Liberty Humane Society

Stuffed Animals & Toys for kids at the The Children’s Society of NJ

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Please note: Our very reasonable rates for this program reflects our theme of charity. Our camps & classes typically cost about double this rate. We’d love to offer this class for free, but it is child care on a day when they are out from school 🙂 We must pay for our space and pay instructors. This class is sure to sell out fast. We only have room for 10 students per session, so don’t miss out.

 

 

Where do I start?

You want to learn a new skill? Now What?

M Avery Designs offers all kinds of  classes for kids & grownups.

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SEWING is our first love…

If you’d like to learn how to sew and have never done it before, listed below are some suggestions for regularly scheduled beginning sewing classes we offer for adults:

Intro to the Sewing Machine | 1 Hour basic sewing class | Learn to use the sewing machine, how to thread it & feel comfortable using it | Great first class if you are looking to take some of our project based classes in the future | Offered Monthly | More Info

Beginner Sewing Boot Camp | 4 Week Series Class – Meets 2x per week | Become a competent stitcher capable of making multiple fashion accessories and clothing in 4 weeks | Offered Bi-Monthly | More Info

Weekly  Sewing Lab |  Buy a package or just drop in when you feel like it – This class is offered 3x per week in the afternoon & in the evening | Complete beginners welcome | Work on the projects you’d like – We’re happy to offer suggestions based on your skill level – The possibilities are endless | More Info

Private Sewing Lessons | Not finding classes that match your schedule and/or interest? Think you might need a bit more hand holding than a group class can offer? We can work with you personally to learn how to sew | More Info

This is just the tip of the iceberg! We offer many more sewing & crafting classes.
Utilize the menu at the top of every page to see more of what we have to offer.

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” 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 ½” towards the wrong side. This should be along one of the width wise sides of each of the smaller back pieces. Fold & press another ½” 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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Please sign up online or call 201.876.1198

 

Holiday Apron | Wed. Dec. 12th | 6:30-8:30pm

 

You’ll earn the title of “Hostess with the Mostess” if you wear this apron for any of your holiday shin digs this season. We’ll teach you how to make this full length apron adorned with two rows of ruffles. Could it get any sweeter?

Bring or Buy your fabric & supplies at the studio

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday Dec. 12th 2012 | 6:30-8:30pm| $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

 

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

 

Recycled Sweater Multi-Project Workshop | Sat. Dec. 8th | 12-2pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are literally hundreds of things you can do with an old sweater! In this class, we’re gonna show you about 5-10 super cool things you can do with it. Just bring in an old sweater of yours and you’ll have the opportunity to turn it into  at least 2 or 3 different projects in this two hour class alone. Don’t believe us?

How about this: mittens, infinity scarf, fingerless gloves, bag, ear warmers… and the list goes on and on. For even more ideas, check out our “Old Sweater” Board on Pinterest.

Bring or Buy your fabric & supplies at the studio

Upcoming Dates

Saturday Dec. 8th 2012 | 12-2pm| $25 (2 Craft Class Credits) | Sign Up

Please sign up online or call 201.876.1198

Supplies needed:
-One Old Sweater

If the sweater is at least 50% wool, you can wash it with soap in hot water and then even throw it in the dryer before the class. This will obviously make it shrink and you’ll have less sweater to work with, but it will “felt” the fibers together making the wool more like actual felt, which can be pretty cool. But this is not a requirement.