Summer Sewing Camps 2016…

We had a great holiday break–so great, I am already dreaming about summer break and fun with my family!  I am also excited to see my sewing students again this summer, and meet new students!!  For those who have not taken classes from me before, here is a little about me;)…

My mom started me hand sewing at a very young age, and she let me start sewing with her machine when I was about 8 or 9 years old.  She would let me use up her scrap fabrics in the summer and I would create all sorts of clothes and sleeping bags for my dolls and stuffed animals.  I loved figuring things out and making up stuff on my own.  My mom and I started taking quilting classes when I was 14 or 15 and I was hooked!  We have taken many quilting classes together since then and I have also designed quilting patterns that in my Etsy shop.  I started bartering sewing lessons for piano lessons and eggs from some of my friends 3 years ago and found out that sewing isn’t taught in school anymore!?!?  I started offering a few sewing classes to my friends and their kids and then a year later started offering Summer Sewing Camps.

Sewing has helped me create beautiful things for my family, friends, and home and has been my creative outlet.  My goal in teaching young students to sew is to help them 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.  Most beginners come in very nervous and wonder if their projects will turn out or if they will finish–it is priceless to see their proud smiles when they finish, and they always do!

Classes are taught out of my home.  I have a sewing classroom set up in my finished basement…

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Here are the camps offered for 2016

Sew Little Beginner Summer Sewing Camp is for ages 6 and up. Students will have lots of fun learning how to thread the machine, sewing machine safety, hand stitching, and making: tic-tac-toe boards, bookmarks, button closure clutch, lined tote bag, and owl pillow.

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Sew Basic I Summer Sewing Camp is for ages 8 and up. Students will have lots of fun learning how to thread the machine, sewing machine safety, sewing bias tape, sewing a zipper, and making: an infinity scarf, pillow case, Anna tote bag, lined zipper pouch with ruffle.

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Match with Me I Summer Sewing Camp is for ages 8 and up. Students will have lots of fun learning how to thread the machine, sewing machine safety, sewing zippers, and making: necklaces for student and doll, headbands for student and doll, embellished elastic skirts for student and doll, and zippered sleeping bag for doll.

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This is a new class this summer! Match with Me II Summer Sewing Camp is for ages 8 and up. Students will have lots of fun learning how to thread the machine, sewing machine safety, hand sewing fabric yo-yos for headbands, how to make ruffles, and making: headbands with hand sewn embellishments for students and doll, pillowcase dresses for student and doll, bracelet bags for student and doll, and ruffle apron for student and doll.

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Sew Basic Plus Summer Sewing Camp is for ages 11 and up, or students who have taken classes with me previously. Students will have lots of fun learning how to thread the machine, sewing machine safety, sewing vinyl, using pellon, sewing on velcro, sewing zippers, and making: zippered shark pencil case, Travel pillow with piping, fabric stand-up bin, and vinyl velcro closure pouch.

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Classes run from Mondays through Thursdays and specific dates and times are listed in the photo. Cost of the class is $135. Please contact me through FaceBook (https://www.facebook.com/SewSweetCottage/) if you are interested and I will send you an email with registration information. I am requiring a $35 registration fee which is non-refundable to reserve your spot. This amount counts towards your total tuition, so the remaining $100 will be due on the first day of class. Fabric supply lists will be emailed out in May and students do not need a machine to attend–my classroom is stocked with machines for each student!

Summer Sewing Camps 2015…

Here is a list of my Summer Sewing Camps for 2015!!  Some of these are almost full–email me or comment if you are interested in signing up.  You can email me at sewsweetcottage@yahoo.com.

I have a special new camp for younger students, ages 6+ called Sew Little Beginners…

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also running this camp the last week in July…

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And for students 8 years and older, I have some returning favorites from last year…

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and a new Sew Basic II class for students who have had previous sewing experience or who are 11 or older.

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I will be running my most popular class, the American Girl Match with Me again in July as well…

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Class fee includes use of my classroom machines, and instruction for the week.  I will email you a supply list once you have signed up for class!!

It is going to be a great summer full of sewing!

Sewing Class Schedule 2014-2015…

I am a little late on posting my Sewing Class schedule this year!!  Summer sewing camps were a big success and now an annual event!  Thanks to all my summer students and the great parent feedback after classes.  Summer Sewing Camps will be an annual event now!  Summer camps 2015 will be between June 8-12, June 15-19, and June 22-26. Save the dates!

My Sewing Studio is now set up with four, Brother machines and is a perfect environment for students to learn how to sew.

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Here are a few new things to note about my Sewing Studio…

  • All classes are now $25 each(2 hours of group instruction).  Adults and children ages 8 and up.
  • If you are interested in private instruction(one-on-one lessons), the cost is $35 per hour.
  • Birthday parties for a group of 4 children (ages 8+) can be scheduled on Saturdays with supplies included for $150.  (More than 4  children can be accommodated if needed, please contact me for more info)
  • Girl’s Night Out classes can be scheduled with a minimum of 4 students for $25 per person for a 2 hour class.
  • Summer Sewing camps are $125 for 5 days of instruction, (10 hours total), ages 8+.  If parents are interested in having the supplies included, the cost is $175.

I know it is still the beginning of October, but I am already planning Christmas!  These classes are great for teaching how to make personal, hand-made gifts with the intent that you can also make more on your own after class!  If you are interested in a class, email me and let me know to reserve your spot and then I will send you an email with a list of supplies needed.

Sewing Class Schedule 2014/2015

Reversible Headbands and Necklaces

Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 1-3pm, $25.  You will be making 2 headbands and 2 necklaces during class time!  This is a perfect gift for girls and my 3 year old loves wearing these necklaces!

Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 12-2pm $25.

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Bunting Class

Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 10-12am, $25.  You will complete 2 buntings in this class!  These are so fun for picture backdrops, holiday decorating, or just home decorating!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 9:30-11:30am, $25

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Beginning Quilted Placemat

Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 1-3pm $25.  This is a perfect beginning class for quilting.  Don’t be scared to quilt—I will teach you the basics in this back-to-front binding that doesn’t require any hand sewing!  You will complete two placemats in class.  These are wonderful presents for any holiday—Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas.  They would also be great for kids in their favorite character fabrics!  This is a great class for kids as well as adults and would be fun as a parent/child class together!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 9:30-11:30am $25

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 7-9pm $25

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Ruffle Pillow

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 9:30-11:30am $25.  These pillows can be made in any size, and become a beautiful accent in any room!  Can be made with holiday fabric as well!

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Pieced Skirt *Matching AG skirt*

Saturday October 25, 2014 from 9:30-11:30am $25.  This is a sweet and easy pieced skirt for girls, with an elastic waist.  Matching American Girl skirt can be made during class time if desired!

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Burlap zipper pouches

Saturday October 25, 2014 from 1-3pm $25.  The contrast between character burlap and bright lining makes these burlap zippered pouches adorable!  You will complete two pouches during class.

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Pleated zipper pouches

Saturday October 25, 2014 from 3-5pm $25.  These are my favorite things to sew!!  I have made probably over 40!  They are a perfect gift for teachers, therapists, friends, or family!  You will complete two pouches during class.

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Ruffle Apron *Matching AG Apron*

Tuesday November 4, 2014 from 9-11am $25.  Whether you make one for yourself, or a daughter, mother, mother-in-law, or friend—this apron is sure set the holiday mood!  Can be made in non-holiday fabric as well.  There will be time to make a matching AG apron if desired.

Saturday November 8, 2014 from 10am-12pm $25

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Apron for Dad and Key Fob

Tuesday November 4, 2014 from 12:30-2:30pm $25.  Dads don’t have to be hard to shop for—or sew for!  Come make this styling Grinch apron, or use whatever fabric you would like!  There will be time to make a key fob as well!

Saturday November 8, 2014 from 1-3pm $25

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iPhone or iPod charger

Saturday November 22, 2014 from 9:30-11:30am $25.  Here is another gift that would be great for the men.  This case will hold an iPhone or iPod while charging—keeping everything together in one place, and looking stylish too!  You will complete two in class.

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Drawstring Bag

Saturday December 6, 2014 from 9:30-11:30am $25.  I love these bags because my kids can use them for lunches, vacation day bag, ballet bag, music lesson bag, or library book bag—they are great at helping me stay organized!  They would also be a cute and practical gift wrap for another present!

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Christmas Pillowcases

Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 9:30-11:30am $25.  Start a new tradition this year of Christmas pillowcases.  We get ours out every year after Thanksgiving, and my kids love their Grinch pillowcases!  You will complete 2 in class.

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If you have any questions or ideas for classes, I would love to hear about them!  You can always email me at SewSweetCottage@yahoo.com.

Lennon Jane Quilt Pattern…

Just finished a new quilt that I had to share…it has special meaning for me because I made it for my Aunt.  She has been there for me at every crossroads of my life and she is now fighting cancer.  I felt so helpless when I found out.  I live far away from her and my cousins, so I couldn’t even give them a hug!!  So I got busy sewing.  I wanted something that she could pass on to her granddaughter, so it needed to be happy and girly!!

Here is my new design in honor of my Aunt—the Lennon Jane Quilt…

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Summer Sewing Camp Schedule 2014…

I hope your school year is wrapping up nicely!!  We are getting ready for recitals and starting to make our summer plans.  I have decided to teach two weeks of sewing camps this year!!
All camps are 5 days a week, and cost $125 per week. Space is limited so please contact me to reserve your spot if you are interested.  I will email a supply list by the end of May for all camps.
Here are the camps available and their dates:
American Girl “Match with Me” class
(June 16-20, 9am-noon)
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Embellished pillow case, headbands and necklaces, ruffled bag, skirt, and sleeping bag.
Beginner girls—ages 11+
(June 16-20, 1-4pm)
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Headbands and necklaces, Double strap tote bag,  zippered pouch and infinity scarf,  pajama pants,  and ruffle skirt.

 

Beginner girls—ages 7-11
(June 23-27, 9am-noon)
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Necklace and headbands, tote bag, ruffle bag, zippered pouch, up-cycled denim skirt.
 
Beginner Boys—ages 8-13
(June 23-27, 1-4pm)
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pillow case, wallet and fleece hat, ear bud case, pajama pants, and drawstring backpack.

Purplicious Birthday Balloon Wreath…

I had a custom order from my Etsy shop to create a purple balloon wreath for a special Purplicious Birthday Party!!
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I used 12 inch balloons that were plain purple mixed with purple and white polka dot.  I added white and purple corkscrew pipe cleaners to finish it up—and I love the way it turned out!!  I am a bit partial since purple is my favorite color too!

Avenger Neckties for Boys and Toddlers and Boys Sewing Classes…

Just finished making these ties for Justin and my Little Man—they are really easy to make!!  I followed, mostly, the tutorial from here.
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I had a request from a friend to start teaching sewing classes for boys.  We had our first class already and I LOVED IT!!
I can’t believe it was just a year ago that I happened upon bartering sewing lessons for eggs from a friend—I have had so much fun teaching and watching kids feel the joy of creating something on their own!!
My tie class is this Saturday, March 15th, 2014 from 2:30-4:30pm, for $15
Supplies needed:
  • A good pair of sewing scissors
  • 1/2 yard 100% cotton fabric
  • 1 package of 1/2 inch elastic

Spring 2014 Sewing Class Schedule…

Here’s the list of all my sewing classes being taught through May 2014.
Quilted Table RunnerBeginning Quilting Class
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This class if for beginners and will cover how to use a rotary cutter, strip piecing fabric, quilting with your sewing machine, and how to sew on a binding.  The cost of this class is $65 and will be taught in two classes and includes table runner kit with fabric and pattern, and beginner’s quilting folder with written instructions for all steps.  (If you want to pick out your own fabrics, I can email you the amounts needed)  This is the perfect beginning quilting project that you could easily replicate on your own and make as gifts for Mother’s Day, Christmas, or other holidays!!
Part 1: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 7:00pm
Part 2:  Wednesday, March 19, 2014 7:00pm
 Materials needed for this class:  Sewing machine, Quilting thread, Rotary Mat, rotary cutter, rotary mat clear ruler, quilting pins, quilting adhesive spray, and water soluble quilting pen.
Zippered Owl purse
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This is a great beginner class that incorporates some strip piecing techniques and also includes learning how to sew a zipper and sew on bias tape.  The class is $15.
Saturday, January 25, 2014 10:00am-noon
Materials needed: 6 coordinating fat quarters(or 6, 1/4 yards), 4 buttons for owl eyes(2 large, and two smaller coordinating), one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 your choice of felt for nose, one package double fold bias tape to match fabrics and matching thread, 7 inch zipper.
 Reversible, double strap Jessica Market Bag
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 This beginner bag is great for grabbing on the go—whether throwing in your gym clothes, or packing your groceries, or my daughter can use it for her ballet clothes—this stylish bag gives you luxury of choosing either fabric for the outside—depending on the day!!  This class is $15.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 7:00pm
Saturday, March 1, 2014 10:00am-noon
Materials needed:  2/3 yard of 2 coordinating fabrics and matching thread.
Reversible Fabric Headbands
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 These headbands are the perfect mix of beauty and practicality!  You will be able to finish 3 headbands during class time.  These make great presents!!
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 7:00pm
Saturday, February 22, 2014 9:00am-10:30am
Materials needed: 6 fat quarters(or 6, 1/4 yards) and 3, 6 inch coordinating fold over elastic.
A-Line Skirt—intermediate level
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This pattern has darts and a hidden zipper closure and is super fun to make.  If you have used a sewing machine before or have taken one of my other classes, you can make this skirt!!  The pattern is $10 and will be included in the class fee of $30—you will be able to use the pattern over and over as it will be yours to keep!  SassyPants is the pattern designer for this Super Simple Skirt.  Sizes included in the pattern are from waist 24-32”, and hips 34-42”
Saturday, April 5, 2014 9:00am-11:30am
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 7:00pm
Materials needed: 1 1/2 yards of main fabric, one 9 inch zipper.
Zippered Pleated Pouch
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I can’t tell you how much I love these pouches!!  Skip to My Lou has a free tutorial to make these here.  These make the perfect gifts and are a great way to teach how to sew a zipper.  This class is $15.
Saturday, March 15, 2014 9:00am-11:00am
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 7:00pm
Materials needed: 9 inch zipper, 2 fat quarters(or 2, 1/4 yards) of coordinating fabric.