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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...

NEW DATES! Wednesday 7/17, 6-9PM; Saturday 8/10, 3-6PM, OR Tuesday 9/10 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 7/7, 7/21 and 8/11, 10AM-12PM

Knitting Studio
75.00
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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-5:30PM (lunch included)

Boxy Tee/Drapey Tunic with Cal Patch
120.00
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Teen Sewing Intensive

Ages 12-16

Instructor: Andrea Lenci-Cerchiara
This camp will teach you all the skills you know to confidently sew on your own! We’ll learn basic hand sewing stitches, how to use a machine, how to use a pattern, and how to embroider. Best of all, you’ll leave with a number of projects under your belt including a stuffed animal, a small bag to hold your supplies, and a stretchy headband. All materials provided, and so are snacks!

4 mornings: 7/29-8/1, 9AM-1PM

Teen Camp
200.00
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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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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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Farrow Dress

Instructor: Katy Hope
Our favorite summer dress is back! With angular panels, clever pockets, a hi-lo hem and NO zippers or buttonholes, the Farrow dress is as easy to make as it is to wear. The Sunday sessions are sewing only: you may prepare your pieces on your own or attend the optional Friday cutting session.

FULL: Friday 8/9, 5-8PM (optional) and Sundays 8/11 and 8/18, 2-5PM
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Popular Mechanics

Basic Garment Repair for EVERYONE

Instructor: Marisa Frederick
Whether you’re headed off to college or just looking to become more self-reliant, mending is a skill you need to survive independently. How do I hem the jeans I bought at Buffalo Exchange without using duct tape? What’s the best way to make my waist band a bit bigger to accommodate to freshman five I gained the first week of partying...err...studying! Learn to hem, replace buttons, darn, iron, patch, maybe even embellish your favorite hoodie or jean jacket.

Class includes a basic mending kit, which may or may not be as cute as the one pictured.

Monday 8/12, 6-8PM

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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!

NEW DATES—Tuesdays 8/13 and 8/20, 6-9PM

Wiksten Haori
65.00
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Wednesdays With Bonny

Level: ALL. There’s so much to learn!

Instructor:  Bonny Carmicino (Instagram @bonnycarmicino)
Wherever you are with your sewing, Bonny will help take you to the next level!  Whether you need help getting patterns to fit you, you want to whip up some quick pieces, or you want to delve into the wonders of tailoring or haute couture techniques, this is the class for you.  Come with a dream project, a UFO to resurrect, or ready-to-wear garments that you want to alter. The choice is yours!

Eight Wednesdays: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, (no class 10/9,) 10/16, 10/23,1 0/30, 11/6, 10AM-12PM

After 8/28, registration will open for single sessions at the rate of $45/class.  If you want to take the full session, sign up now!

Feedback for Bonny’s previous classes:  “I can’t believe how much I have learned!” “Makes the complicated simple by breaking it into easy-to-understand steps.”    “I couldn’t have salvaged this project without [Bonny’s] help.” “I love how Bonny helps me understand the ‘why’, so I can assimilate the information I have learned and apply it to future projects.”  “Exceeded my expectations.”

Wednesdays With Bonny
350.00
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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. Book included.

NEW DATES: Wednesdays 9/11, 9/18, 9/25 and 10/2, 6-9PM

Sewing School
120.00
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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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Lander Pants

Level: Intermediate. You should comfortable working with commercial garment patterns. Students will also be asked to cut out their pattern and fabric prior to class, so that we can get right to sewing!

Instructor: Toni Maeck
Make the high waisted pants of your dreams! The Lander Pants from True Bias Patterns have deep patch pockets, a snappy button fly, and roomy wide legs that can be made into shorts, culottes, or full length pants. In this class, we'll learn lots of useful techniques including sewing a waistband, belt loops, button fly, and more. Please note that this class will be primarily focused on learning pants construction, although students will also gain insight about any fit adjustments they might want to make for their next pair. 

4 Tuesdays, 10/1-10/22, 6-9PM

Lander Pants
140.00
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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 10/19 and 10/26, 10AM-1PM

Quilting Fundamentals: Disappearing 9-Patch
75.00
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The Art of the Button-Down

Level: Intermediate. You are confident making basic garments from patterns and are ready to advance your skills.

Instructor: Toni Maeck
Have you always wanted to make a button up shirt, but felt too intimidated to try? This is your time! In this 4-week class, we will take our time to break down the basic elements of shirt making. You'll learn many impressive skills—button and sleeve plackets, inserting a collar, setting a sleeve—and leave with a beautiful shirt you'll be proud to say you made. You can use either Grainline Studio's Archer Button Up, Liesl + Co’s All Day Shirt or Classic Shirt, Cashmerette’s Harrison, or the Oliver + S Children's Sketchbook Shirt pattern for this class.

Wednesdays 10/23-11/13, 6-9PM

The Art of the Button-Down
140.00
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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!

Saturday 10/26, 2-6PM

Bondi Top
50.00
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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.

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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!