Friday, March 9, 2012

Beginner Sewing at Center 64- March 26, 27th & April 2,3/12

Come join me for Beginner Sewing Series at Center 64, Kimberly, BC

Day 1- Sewing Machine Basics, Basic Stitching and Finishing, Fabric Layout & cutting, Project Planning
Day 2- Project 1- Fabric bucket
Day 3- Project 2- Patchwork potholders or Hanging Hoop Pocket for sewing supplies
Day 4- Handbag or simple bias A-line skirt
  • Sewing Machine in good working order
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • measuring tape
  • neutral colored thread such as light grey, or white.
  • Fabric marking pen or dressmaker's chalk
  • seam ripper
  •  rotary cutter and mat
Day 1- The Fabric Bucket

This project is an easy, yet will test the beginner's skill at sewing around a curve, adding lining and top stitching for a nice finish. The fabric buckets below were featured in the Spring edition of Stitch Magazine and are lined with oilcloth so they can be used for plants or other potentially messy items. I didn't have oilcloth at the time when I tried the pattern but I would love to give it a try for the class. Below is my version without the oilcloth. 
Day 2 - There will be two options day 2. Option 1 is a patchwork potholder, which gives participants experience with stitching straight lines, patchwork piecing, and sewing through thicker layers. Option 2 is a bit more involved but would be very useful to decorate your sewing space. It involves making a simple patchwork pouch that is secured by a large embroidery hoop. Option 2 would enhance the same skills mentioned above for option 1. Below is a collage of some of my favorite Flickr finds for both options.

1. {SUTK} received - hotpads!, 2. _MG_3553, 3. Pot Holders, 4. happy scrappy pot-holder, 5. Hanging Hoop Wall Pocket Swap, 6. Hanging hoop swap, hope you like it, 7. Hanging Hoop Wall Pocket Swap, 8. Apple Hot Pad, 9. Hot pads

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