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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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Spring 2014 Sewing Retreat in the Catskills

A grand time was had by all at the First Ever M Avery Designs Sewing Retreat! You can view our photo album here. And stay tuned for details on our Fall 2014 Sewing Retreat coming soon!

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The very first M Avery Designs Sewing Retreat is finally here and we have found the perfect place to host it.

Join us for a weekend of sewing, crafting, relaxing, enjoying nature & getting to know other people who love to sew. We’ll be offering mini classes and demos all weekend long and you can enjoy them without the interruptions of every day life!

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You’ll also have the opportunity for tons of open sewing time, so bring a project or two that you’ve been meaning to tackle. You’ll have almost 48 hours of uninterrupted sewing time in the wonderful natural setting of the Turqoise Barn Bed & Breakfast, located in Bloomville NY.

The B&B is set on many beautiful acres in the Western Catskills. You’ll have ample time to explore the grounds and commune with nature, if you so choose.

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Date
Friday May 2nd – Sunday May 4th 2014

Location
Turquoise Barn Bed & Breakfast
8052 County Highway 18
Bloomville, NY 13739

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Turquoise Barn is a Green Certified, eco-friendly Bed and Breakfast, Retreat, and Education Center located approximately 3 hours from NYC on an organic farm in the Western Catskills.  The former dairy farm is home to 3 historic buildings which are now the residence, studio, workshop, and gallery (Turquoise Barn) of two artists formerly of East Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY – Michelle Premura & Michael Milton.

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Living Arrangements
The retreat will be open to only 8 guests. We’d like to keep the group intimate and have the sewing classes and groups remain small. There are are 4 gorgeous rooms at the B&B, each with their very own bathroom equipped with shower so everyone will be  sharing a room.  If you are coming with a friend and want to share a room just let us know when you sign up. Otherwise we’ll assign you a room-mate. Anyone who wishes to have a room all to themselves will  have to purchase 2 spots.

Rosa Room | Mountain & Pond View | Private bath with claw-foot bathtub | King size bed and full-size futon

Moss Room | Mountain & pond view |  Private bath, queen bed and full size futon

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Sunset Room | Mountain & Pond View | Private Bathroom, Queen Bed, two single beds

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Sunrise Room | Mountain & Turquoise Barn View | Private Bath, Queen Bed, two single beds

 

Beds & Rooms are available on a first come first serve basis! Book early to get the bed of your choice!

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What’s included:

  • Sewing demos by Megan & assistant instructor on a variety of topics, with an emphasis on clothing & accessory creation

  • Mini classes throughout the day Saturday & Sunday with topics including garment & accessory construction, sewing tips & tricks, new sewing skills

  • Sewing instructions and guidance throughout the entire weekend on any sewing projects you choose. There will not be more than 8 students. With 2 instructors for the weekend, that’s a 4:1 ratio of student to teacher!

  • Megan’s personalized fitting and sewing help with any garment project you bring along

  • Two nights stay at the beautiful Turquoise Barn B&B

  • Breakfast on Saturday & Sunday

  • Boxed lunch on Saturday & Sunday

  • Additional Refreshments to keep us fortified while sewing

  • An old fashioned good time making beautiful things in a beautiful setting & you might even make a new friend or two

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Vegetarian Breakfast & Lunch on Saturday & Sunday are included in the price. There is a vegetarian kitchen in the house we’ll be staying in so feel free to bring snacks and extra beverages. We’ll be heading into town for a group dinner on Saturday at one of the tasty local restaurants.

The main area of the B&B is big and open and gives us plenty of room for sewing machine tables, design space & cutting room. We recommend that you bring your own sewing machine, but machines can be rented from M Avery Designs for the weekend for the low cost of $20.

We’ve done our best to keep the price very reasonable.

We’ll be offering the low introductory price of $475 per person if you commit  by paying the $225 non-refundable deposit before March 15th, 2014.

All spots for the retreat are now full – Please send us an email if you’d like to get on the waiting list

We’ll follow up with you regarding your room choice as soon as we get your registration.

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Tenative Weekend Schedule

Friday May 2nd:

Arrive anytime between 5 & 8pm
8-12pm Dig right into some Sewing

Saturday May 3rd:

Breakfast 8am
Sewing & Mini Classes 9am-12pm
Lunch 12pm
More Sewing, Mini Classes & Free Time 1-6pm
Dinner 6:30pm
More Sewing & Free time 8pm-Midnight

Sunday May 4th:

Breakfast 8am
Sewing & Mini Classes 9am – 12pm
12pm Check out & Bag Lunch for the Road

Please note: All guests are responsible for getting to & from the B&B for the weekend. We are happy to try to help facilitate ride shares if requested.

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More about the Turquoise B&B

Rustic . . Simplistic. . . Elegance……..Our 3-story 3,000 sq. ft, converted 1800’s Carriage House has large loft-style open spaces with high ceilings, artist designed & renovated with handcrafted furnishings and art throughout the house.Upstairs are four large bedrooms, each equipped with a private bathroom, tastefully designed and decorated, and each with AMAZING views of the sunrise, sunset, moonrise, mountains or pond.

Downstairs has an additional 5th full bathroom, open kitchen (vegetarian), large handcrafted dining table, radiant heat floors, wood stove and back sun porch.

NATURE THERAPY…….Outside are acres of meadows, mountains, wooded areas, organic flower & veggie gardens, a fishing/swimming pond and streams. Fire pit for evening gatherings and open large field for special events. Also on the property are chickens, roosters, ducks, & cats (outdoor only). Hiking in our backyard or up the mountain road and just minutes away from the Catskill Scenic Trail for biking/walking/running/skiing.

Taking the time to relax & create is very good for all of our souls! This M Avery Designs Retreat is designed for anyone who shares a love for creativity, no matter where your skill level lies. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or have yet to thread a needle, you’re welcome to join us for this weekend of sewing fun & creativity.

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Interested in adding a special activity to your visit?  Turquoise Barn offers a variety of additional services for our guests including:

​♥ Bicycle & snowshoe rentals
♥ Botanical culinary workshops & retreats
♥ Dietary & Lifestyle consultations
♥ Wild edible ID walks & Herbal consultations (seasonal)
♥ Massage
♥ Private or Group Yoga
♥ Reiki
♥ Raindrop Therapy
♥ Aromatherapy
♥ Re-connective Healing (Energy Work)
♥ Intuitive readings

Advance registration required – Contact the Turquoise Barn directly for pricing and availability. info@turquoisebarn.com

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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Bye Bye Bell Sleeves – Sewing Tutorial

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I have been putting off altering this dress for a long time. I love it, but just can’t stand the bell sleeves.

I had an extra few minutes (seriously that’s about how long it took) and I thought, let’s do this.

So here are the step by step instructions for how to get rid of the bell sleeves on a top or dress. (It took longer to write this post in WordPress then it did to alter both sleeves. Not kidding!)

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Step 1: Determine how big you want the arm opening. You can figure this out by measuring the circumference of your arm where the end of the sleeve is on your arm. Then divide this number in half to determine how big the sleeve opening should be. If the fabric has some stretch, you’re golden. If the fabric doesn’t have any stretch, you may want to add 1/2″ – 1″ just so it’s not cutting off the circulation of your arm. This is your preference.

Step 2: Make a line in pins (or tailors chalk if you have it handy) from the armpit seam to your sleeve opening point.

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Step 3: Sew along this line. (Check out the photo below with the tape measurer showing you the line to follow.

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Step 4: Repeat on the other sleeve. Don’t forget to back-stitch at the beginning & at the end. And voila – There you have it. A more tapered short sleeve. LOVE!

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Please forgive the photography on this post. It’s not the best & I was a little lazy, not bothering to make my bed for the shots. Ah well.  So much for the illusion that I am some sort of together person. Don’t hate me.

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 – 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.

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.