Fall Class Schedule

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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 11/19 6-9PM is FULL—call to be added to waitlist
NEW DATE—Tuesday 12/10, 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 10/20, 10/27, 11/3 and 11/17, 10AM-12PM (no class 11/10)

Knitting Studio
100.00
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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
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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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Sewing with Stretch: Linden Sweatshirt

Level: Advanced Beginner

Instructor: Katy Hope
We love the Linden! It comes together quickly, wears easily, and makes a great introduction to sewing with stretch—no, you don’t need a serger! Come whip up a new wardrobe basic and discover the ironing-free (that’s right) world of knits.

2 Sessions: Mondays 10/21 and 10/28, 6-9PM FULL —call to be added to waitlist.

Linden Sweatshirt: Sewing with Stretch
60.00
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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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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.

Saturday 11/2, 10-12PM

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Barley Hat

Level: Beginner

Instructor: Kit Burke-Smith
Looking to try your hand at knitting in the round? Join us and make your very own Barley Hat from Tin Can Knits. We will make this bottom up knit hat in the round, and cover casting on, ribbing, decreasing, and finishing. This is a great first hat, and is customizable in 6 different sizes from baby to adult large. Bonus, it can be made as either a beanie or a slouchy hat! (Sample hat is an adult small slouchy hat, and is made with one skein of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter.)

Sundays 11/3 and 11/17, 1-3PM

Barley Hat
50.00
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Maria Wrap Apron

Level: Advanced Beginner

Instructor: Katy Hope
Studies have confirmed: Your guests will find your turkey 71% MORE DELICIOUS if you wear this apron while carrying the platter to the table. With cute lines, patch pockets, and no pesky strings, it just looks legit. Wear it as an artsy layer even if you’re not going near the kitchen…or make one for a gift! Pattern offers two coverage styles as well as a reversible option.

Saturday, 11/2 1-5PM is FULL—call to be added to the waitlist
NEW DATE: Friday, 12/6 10-2PM

Maria Apron
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Wiksten Shift Dress

Level: Advanced Beginner. You are comfortable with your machine and have made a few simple garments.

Instructor: Katy Hope
Simple is the new black. Elegant in its oversized simplicity, the Wiksten Shift is as easy to wear as it is to sew. Choose from two lengths (save the simple top to make on your own), add pockets, wear it belted or loose.

2 Sessions: Fridays 11/15 and 11/22, 10AM-1PM

Wiksten Shift
60.00
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Napkin Workshop

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

Instructor: Andrea Lenci-Cerchiara

Looking to set a festive Thanksgiving table while helping the environment? Or maybe you just love fabric and want a simple, useful project to indulge in? Napkins!! In this casual workshop setting, we'll go over a variety of hem techniques, including  simple double-faced, fringed, and mitered. 

Sunday 11/17, 2-5PM

Napkin Workshop
20.00
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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.

Mondays 11/25, 12/2, 12/9 and 12/16, 6-9PM

Sewing School
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.

Saturday, 12/7 1-5PM

Easy Peasy PJ Pants
40.00
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Fen Dress

Level: Advanced Beginner. You are comfortable with your machine and have made a few simple garments.

Instructor: Katy Hope
With multiple options for hem, sleeves, and neckline, Fen is the perfect Make-Your-Own-Adventure dress for beginners. You’ll learn to sew darts, gathers, and finish a neckline with bias binding. Worn over tights, jeans, or leggings, the Fen was designed for everyday wear—you’re going to want more than one!

2 Sessions: Sundays 1/5 and 1/12, 1-4PM

Fen Dress
60.00
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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: Sundays 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, and 2/9,  10AM-1PM

Quilting 101
110.00
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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!