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Absolute Beginners

We're certain to succeed!

Instructor: Toni Maeck
Do you ever wish you knew what to do with all of the beautiful fabric at Beetle and Fred? In this class, you'll learn how to thread and operate a sewing machine, and leave with a beautiful tote bag you'll be proud to say you made yourself! Designed for first-time sewers, this is also a good class anyone who hasn't sat down at a machine since middle school. Trust us, it's like riding a bicycle...

Tuesday 6/4, 6-9PM

Fee includes materials.

Absolute Beginners
50.00
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Knitting Studio

Level: Beginners/Intermediate

Instructor: Kit Burke-Smith
Have you always wanted to learn to knit? Or maybe you've made a simple hat or scarf and you're ready to try something new? Want to learn to cable, follow a chart, or something even spicier? We keep this class small to accommodate all those desires and more! Grab a seat on the couch, make some new friends, and knit your heart out.

NEW DATES: Sundays 10AM-12PM, 4/28, 5/5, and 5/19 (no class 5/12)

Knitting Studio
75.00
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TGIF Crochet

Level: All!

Instructor: Marisa Frederick
Been wanting to learn how to crochet? Got a project you need help with? Or maybe you’re just looking for something fun to do at the end of the week! Come hang out with Marisa and get hooked.

Ongoing Fridays, 6-8PM, please call to confirm.

TGIF Crochet
25.00
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Quilting 101

Level: Confident Beginner. You can thread a machine with minimal assistance, and maintain a steady seam allowance.

Instructor: Katy Hope
Making Jeni Baker’s “Giant Vintage Star,” you will learn the basics of quilting: selecting and preparing your fabrics, using a rotary cutter, basic piecing, layering and basting your quilt sandwich, machine quilting, and binding. You—yes YOU—will complete a 36" square quilt! (You may also choose to make the snuggly 74” version, but this will require extra sewing outside class hours.) Ta-da! You're a quilter!

NEW DATES!!
4 sessions: Mondays 8/5, 8/12, 8/19 and 8/26,  11AM-2PM

Quilting 101
110.00
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Kids Can Sew!

Level: Beginners ages 8-15

Instructor: Marisa Frederick
Start off the long weekend with a new skill! Marisa will cover the basics of machine safety and operation, and help students create a one-of-a kind banner featuring the creature, symbol or motto of their choice!

Friday, May 24, 9-11AM

Kids Can Sew
40.00
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Sewing School

Level: Beginner

Instructor: Katy Hope
Learn to sew—or remember what you already knew—in a fun and supportive environment! Using Shea Henderson's School of Sewing as our primer, we'll cover fabric selection, essential tools, and basic techniques while making a bunch of great projects: pillowcases, aprons, zipper bags, and more!

NEW DATES: Mondays 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, and 6/21, 6-9PM

$120, includes book

Sewing School
120.00
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Stitch Out Loud

Level: Beginner

Instructor: Andrea Lenci-Cerchiara
Got something to say? A family motto, favorite expression, or words to live by? Well, now's your chance to learn how to stitch it in color for all to see!  This lettering class will include examples of designs and places to find inspiration, how to produce your own designs, and different lettering techniques. A bit of hand embroidery experience is helpful but not necessary. Materials included.

Monday 6/3, 6-9PM

Stitch Out Loud
50.00
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Thread Gardens

Level: Advanced beginner. You have done some basic hand embroidery and are ready to expand your stitch repetoire and design skills.

Instructor: Andrea Lenci-Cerchiara
How does your garden grow? In this class, Andrea will show you how to make your very own fresh-picked arrangement, employing roses, daisies, leaves, stems, and more French knots than you ever thought possible. Materials included.

Monday 6/10, 6-9PM

Thread Garden: Floral Embroidery
50.00
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Lodo Dress

Level: Confident beginner. You're comfortable with your sewing machine and have used a commercial garment or bag pattern before.

Instructor: Toni Maeck
Learn to sew knits with the easy to sew and wear Lodo Dress from True Bias! You'll learn basic skills for working with stable knits on a regular sewing machine, as well as how to use facings for a professional looking finish. The ultimate in simple summer dressing!

Wednesdays 6/12 and 6/19, 6-9PM

Lodo Dress
60.00
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Bondi Top

Level: Confident Beginner. You feel comfortable on your machine and can maintain an even seam allowance. A great first garment!

Instructor: Toni Maeck
Have you always wanted to move into garment sewing? Try it out with the Bondi Top from Sew to Grow!  You'll learn how to read and cut out a commercial garment pattern, as well as basic garment making techniques such as making a yoke, attaching binding, and hemming. The Bondi Top has just three pattern pieces, but with its sleek back pleat and curved hem, it creates a shirt you'll be proud to say you made yourself!

FULL March 31, 1-5PM

NEW DATE: Saturday 6/15, 1-5PM

Bondi Top
50.00
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Wiksten Haori

Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate. You're comfortable working with commercial patterns and have a few garments under your belt.

Instrutor: Toni Maeck
You've seen it everywhere online... now come make the Wiksten Haori! This jacket is the perfect introduction to sewing outerwear, with its professional-looking lining and chic, oversized shape. Make a linen version for summer nights, denim for everyday wear, or line it with flannel for fall!

Tuesdays 6/25 and 7/2, 6-9PM

Wiksten Haori
65.00
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Introduction to English Paper Piecing

Level: Beginner

Instructor: Marisa Simon
Are you down with EPP? Well, you should be! It's simple, portable, and fun. Covering the basics of fabric selection, cutting, glue-basting and the whipstitch, Marisa will get you hooked with simple hexies, but the possibilities are endless!

Saturday 6/29, 10AM-1PM

Intro to English Paper Piecing
40.00
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Lucy Boston

Level: Basic EPP skills.

Instructor: Marisa Simon
Did you know that beloved children’s book author Lucy Boston was also a prolific quilt maker?  In this class you will learn how to use English Paper Piecing to make her most well-known quilt, Patchwork of the Crosses.  Marisa will also provide tips and tricks for fussy cutting and choosing fabrics.   

Saturday 6/29, 2-5PM

Lucy Boston
40.00
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Folk Dress

Level: Confident Beginner. You can thread your machine and maintain a steady seam allowance.

Instructor: Cal Patch
Inspired by the iconic “Mexican wedding dress,” you can sew this simple folk blouse, tunic or dress in just a day! The options are all yours: make it with or without sleeves, design your own neckline, and add pockets if you’d like. Cal will bring the easily customized pattern, and guide you through sewing your own garment that you can make again and again. This classic style is ripe for embellishment, so you may wish to embroider, appliqué or print on it after it’s made, or incorporate a piece that you’ve already worked.

Sunday, 6/30 11AM -4:30PM (lunch provided)

Folk Dress
120.00
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Easy Peazy Pajama Pants

Level: Confident Beginner. You can thread a machine and keep a steady seam allowance. This is a great class for graduates of Absolute Beginners or Sewing School who want to make clothes!

Instructor: Katy Hope
Pajamas. Do you sometimes wonder why you'd ever wear anything else? Take this class and you might wonder why you'd ever make anything else! Comfy and forgiving, pajamas are the perfect beginner garment. You'll learn to read a pattern envelope, lay out and cut a pattern, and decode the instructions.

Friday, 7/12 10AM-2PM

Easy Peasy PJ Pants
40.00
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Quilting FUNdamentals: Disappearing Nine-Patch

Level: Confident Beginner. You can thread your machine and maintain a steady seam allowance. Perfect for newbie quilters!

Instructor: Julietta Appleton
They say quilting is the art of cutting up perfectly good fabric and then sewing it back together again…and the Disappearing Nine-Patch is the trick of sewing up perfectly good blocks, cutting them up, and then sewing them back together again! Sounds crazy? Nope: Julietta will reveal that it’s actually a simple way to create some visual magic. And when you start with pre-cut charm packs, it’s easier still!

Saturdays 7/13 and 7/20, 10AM-1PM

Quilting Fundamentals: Disappearing 9-Patch
75.00
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Ogden Cami

Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate. You've made several garments and are comfortable with commercial sewing patterns.

Instructor: Toni Maeck
Want to make a chic tank you'll wear all summer? In this class you'll to learn sew with drapey fabrics while making a simple and beautiful wardrobe staple! You'll learn tips and tricks for working with rayon, lawn, and other slinky fabrics, as well as how to make spaghetti straps and a sleek partially lined bodice.

NEW DATE! Tuesday, 7/16 6-9PM

Ogden Cami
40.00
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Boxy Tee/Drapey Tunic

Level: Advanced beginner. You are comfortable with a sewing machine and have a few simple projects under your belt.

Instructor: Cal Patch
Sewing your own clothes is satisfying and practical. Drafting your own patterns goes one step further and puts the entire design process in your hands. Cal will teach you how to draft a pattern for a simple woven top that can easily be customized in myriad ways. As a shorter, loose-fitting top it’s a “Boxy Tee,” but make it longer with a bit more ease in a fabric with good drape like linen, and it’s a “Drapey Tunic.” This is a perfect intro to pattern-drafting if you’ve been wanting to dip your toe in the water, and the sewing couldn’t be simpler. This basic t-shirt shape makes a lovely “blank canvas” pattern to use as a foundation for all sorts of techniques: piecing, quilting, embroidering, dyeing, eco-printing… and of course you can combine and layer the treatments to create the most special garments.
In this workshop, we’ll begin by drafting the basic pattern to your measurements, then cut and sew a quick muslin (fit sample) to check fit, and tweak the pattern if necessary. Next you’ll either continue by turning your sample into a wearable muslin, or cut a new one, perhaps adding extra seams or pockets. Beginner stitchers will keep it fairly simple, and those with more advanced skills can customize to their hearts’ content. Everyone will leave with a shirt that reflects their personality and ideas to make endless variations!

Wednesday 7/24, 11AM-4:30PM (lunch included)

Boxy Tee/Drapey Tunic with Cal Patch
120.00
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Design and Sew Your Own Dress

Level: Students must have some sewing experience and be comfortable using a sewing machine.

Instructor: Cal Patch
Are you frustrated with the clothes you find in stores? Tired of silly styles and limited fits? Make it YOUR way! In this two-day intensive, you'll learn how to draft a pattern (using your own measurements) for your own custom shift dress with sleeves, make a muslin to test the fit, alter the pattern, and then sew a real dress! Skills covered will include invisible zippers, hemming, bias tape facings and more. This classic and versatile style can also become a blouse or tunic, with infinite sleeve variations. Caution: more than one previous participant has described this class as “life-changing.”

Wednesday and Thursday 8/7-8/8, 11AM-4PM

Dress Intensive with Cal Patch
300.00
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Quilting FUNdamentals: Strip Piecing

Level: Confident Beginner. You can thread your machine and maintain a steady seam allowance. Perfect for newbie quilters!

Instructor: Julietta Appleton
Precut 2.5” fabric strips wound into a cake go by various names—jelly roll, design roll—and with their satisfying heft and swirl of color, make tempting objects to purchase. But what do you do with them? Let Julietta show you with the Honeycomb quilt, a fun, colorful and easy quilt from Pam and Nicky Lintott's Jelly Roll Quilts in a Weekend. All you need is a jelly roll of fabrics with a good range of contrasting colors that you love (if the fabrics are too similar you will not see the effect of the hexagons), some fabrics for the border and the binding, and a 60-degree triangle ruler measuring at least 8 inches. 

Saturdays 8/10 and 8/17, 10AM-1PM

Quilting Fundamentals: Strip Piecing
75.00
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Quilting FUNdamentals:
Duck, it’s Geese!

Level: Confident Beginner. You can thread your machine and maintain a steady seam allowance. Perfect for newbie quilters!

Instructor: Julietta Appleton
Julietta returns to introduce another versatile classic to your quilting repetoire: Flying Geese. From traditional to modern, this pattern is always fresh and fun. Using a special Flying Geese ruler, you'll cut perfect triangles, then learn different ways to use your flying geese triangles, putting them together in a crib-sized quilt.

Saturdays 9/21 and 9/28, 10AM-1PM

Quilting Fundamentals: Duck, it's Geese!
75.00
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And don't forget about...

THE MAKE OUT!

Thursday nights are craft night! Sewing, knitting, embroidery, whatever you've got, we want to see. We'll be open until 9—bring a snack, bring a project, bring a friend! Machines are available at $10 for the evening, make sure to reserve ahead of time.

Class Policies

  • Full tuition is due at time of registration.

  • You may withdraw from a class and receive a full refund up to one week before class begins. After that time, no refunds will be issued, although you may send a friend to take your spot, just let us know who to expect!

  • If we need to cancel a class you will receive a full refund.

  • Class materials are not included except where noted in the class description. Students receive a 15% discount when shopping for class supplies, just let us know at the register.

  • Sewing machines are available for class use or you may bring your own; please let us know which you prefer when you register as this may affect enrollment. If you are bringing your own machine, make sure to arrive at least 10 minutes early so you can get set up and comfy!