Monday, April 22, 2013

Fall Sewing Class Schedule 2013…

I am posting my sewing class schedule so my local friends can easily check the calendar and see what new classes have been listed.
All classes are $15 and usually last about 2 hours.  The Anna Tote Bag is my first beginner class (for ages 8 and up) and is the only requisite for other classes.  If you have experience with sewing you may sign up for any class in any order.
I now have 2 Pre-beginner classes for ages 6-8.  They focus on a little bit of hand sewing, and sewing a straight line, and following a curve.
I teach sewing because I love it, not because I am an expert.  My goal is to help my students get excited about creating something independently and feel empowered to try something new—and hopefully continue sewing on their own and use their own creativity to make new things.  My classes are designed as project based so that you usually have something to go home with that is finished(excluding the Anna Tote Bag which is takes two class sessions to complete.)
All classes require the following supplies:
  • a good pair of sewing scissors that will cut fabric 
  • straight pins
  • seam ripper
  • Individual class material lists will be emailed to you when you contact me to sign up for the class.  The class materials are usually under $10 if shopping at Hobby Lobby or Walmart.
You are welcome to bring your own machine, but my classroom is equipped with machines that are perfect for beginners.
2013 Fall Class Schedule
(The Pre-Beginner classes are $15, but include all materials in the class fee)
Crayon Roll
Skills taught: straight lines, how to use a sewing machine(all class materials included with class fee)
Crayon Roll:
Saturday, September 14, 2013 9:30-11:30am
Saturday, November 16, 2013 9:30-11:30am
Bunny Hand Puppet
Skills taught: sewing curved lines, hand sewing, sewing on buttons, pinning(all materials included with class fee)
Bunny Hand Puppet:
Saturday, October 18, 2013 9:30-11:30am
All class are $15 per student and usually last 2 hours.
Anna Tote Bag
**First beginner class and a pre-requisite for all other classes.  Taught in two, 2 hours class sessions**
Skills taught: cutting a pattern, pinning, sewing straight lines, pivot turns, sewing curved lines, backstitching, seam ripping, sewing boxed corners, finishing stitches
Anna Tote Bag
First Session($15):
Saturday, September 7, 2013 9-11am
Thursday, September 12, 2013 7-9pm
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 1-3pm
Second Section($15):
 Saturday, September 21, 2013 9-11
Thursday, September 19, 2013 7-9pm
Saturday, November 9, 2013 1-3pm 
Ruffle Embellished Canvas Bag
Skills taught: gathering, pinning ruffles, sewing ruffles, straight stitches
Ruffle Embellished Canvas Bag:
Saturday, October 12, 2013 1-3pm
Thursday, October 17, 2013 7-9pm
Saturday, November 23, 2013 1-3pm
Up-cycled Ruffle Denim Skirt
Skills taught: pleating, pinning ruffles, sewing ruffles, straight stiches
Ruffle embellished denim skirt:
Saturday, October 26, 2013 1-3pm
Pleated Zipper Purse
Skills taught: pleating, basting, sewing zippers
Pleated Zipper Purse:
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 7-9pm
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 12-2pm 
Saturday, September 21, 1-3pm
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 7-9pm
Saturday, November 16, 2013 1-3pm
Ruffle Embellished Pillow
(choose one design, either 12 x12 or 12x 16)
Skills taught: gathering, pleating, sewing ruffles, finishing stitches
Saturday, October 26, 9:30-11:30am
Saturday, November 9, 2013 9:30-11:30am
Lined Pencil Case or Sunglass Case
Skills taught: lining, button holes, sewing on a button
Lined Pencil Case or Sunglass Case
Saturday, September 7, 2013 1-3pm
Saturday, November 23, 2013 9:30-11:30
Maisy Daisy Necklace
Skills taught: sewing tubes, knot tying, finished stitches, fabric yo-yo’s(hand gathering), sewing on a button
Maisy Daisy Necklace
Saturday, October 12, 2013 9:30-11:30am
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 7-9pm
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 7-9pm
Sharon Burlap Market Tote
Skills taught: Sewing burlap, sewing tubes, boxed corners, finishing lining
Sharon Burlap Market Tote:
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 7-9pm
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 7-9pm
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 7-9pm

And here is a list of classes by month, just in case that is easier…
Saturday, Sept 7--9-11 Tote Bag I
1-3 Pencil Case
Thursday, Sept 12--7-9 Tote Bag I
Saturday, Sept 14--9:30-11:30 Crayon Roll
1-3 Ruffle Bag
*Wednesday, Sept 18--11:30-1:30 Ruffle Bag
7-9 Zipper pouch
Thursday, Sept 19--7-9 Tote Bag II
Saturday, Sept 21-- 9-11 Tote Bag II
1-3 Zipper pouch
Tuesday, September 24--7-9 Sharon Market Bag
Saturday, October 12--9:30-11:30 Maisy necklace
1-3 Ruffle bag
*Wednesday, October 16--11:30-1:30 Ruffle pillow
Thursday, October 17--7-9 Ruffle bag
Saturday, October 19--9:30-11:30 Bunny puppet
1-3 Tote Bag I
Tuesday, October 22--7-9 Sharon Market Bag
Wednesday, October 23--7-9 Zipper pouch
Saturday, October 26--9:30-11:30 Pencil pouch
1-3 Ruffle skirt
Tuesday, October 29 7-9 Maisy necklace
*Wednesday, November 6--11:30-1:30 Zipper pouch
7-9 Maisy necklace
Saturday, November 9--9:30-11:30 Pilllow
1-3 Tote Bag II
Wednesday, November 13--7-9 Sharon Market Bag
Saturday, November 16--9:30-11:30 Crayon Roll
1-3 Zipper pouch
Saturday, November 23--9:30-11:30 Pencil case
1-3 Ruffle Bag
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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Sew and Show Saturday #20—Quilt for Autism…

This is another beautiful quilt made by my mom, and this one is truly all about the heart.  My mom is donating this quilt through a silent auction with the proceeds going to Autism.
Here are some close ups of some of the button, ribbon, and applique details…
The heart machine quilting detail on the border is one of my favorite parts about this quilt…
So appropriate that my mom is giving away her heart quilt—thanks mom for giving your heart to my kids, and especially to Justin!!
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sewing frenzy…

March flew by this year, only because it was full of craziness!!  We had a medical emergency with Justin, since resolved, but of course it happened while my husband was out of town—that just adds to the heightened stress level around here!!  I was so emotionally exhausted afterwards, and still enduring my annual winter blues, that my parents took pity on me and flew me out to visit for a long weekend!!  I am feeling SO much better now—and I stocked up on fabric while I was with my mom.  So now I am in a sewing frenzy!!
We are on a debt diet this year, and with all our saving money tactics we kept the Easter gifts to a bare minimum.  I made a tote bag (pattern coming soon!!), headband, and two boys’ neckties for the kids and ended up only spending $10 total for all four kids—SWEET!!
Here’s how they turned out…
Cheesy matchy-ness at its finest—I love it!!
The best part about Easter this year was meeting a family who also has a son with Autism.  About six months ago, I received an email from someone who had come across my blog.  She emailed me to ask some questions about Autism because her son was recently diagnosed.  We sent lots of emails back and forth to each other and found out she lived over 2000 miles away!!  We had never met, but quickly became friends through shared emails.  I got an email from her about 2 months ago saying they were moving and would be living an hour and a half away!!  What are the chances!!  We invited them over for Easter dinner and met this sweet, sweet family.  It was like having family to share Easter with—so great!!  I am so grateful for all the many friends we have made through sharing our joys and challenges with Autism.
Besides all my Easter sewing, I am now teaching sewing lessons as part of our debt diet plan—and I absolutely love it!!  I have 6 students now and was shocked to find out they don’t teach sewing in schools anymore—WHAT?!?  I’m determined to bring sewing back—one student at a time!!
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