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Don’t care for sewing? Silk-screening workshops will be coming soon. You can find us at 1018 Wellington Street West in the heart of Hintonburg. 


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Hintonburg Sewcial Club

The Hintonburg Sewcial Club (HSC) is going super local in February! We’re making adult and kid-sized kitchen aprons for the participants of the Crock Pot Cooking Classes at the Parkdale Food Centre (which is housed just a few blocks from our shop).

Have you heard about these cooking classes? Local chefs donate their time to teach simple, wholesome and nutritious dishes that can be cooked in a crock pot. Best part – not just the expertise of local chefs, but participants take home a crock pot at the end of the class. Awesome, eh? Well, we thought it would be fun to offer up some made-with-HSC-love aprons to add to those take-home package!

We’ll be making a unisex apron design in an adult and child size. We’ve got some yardage of solid coloured cotton twill canvas, to which we’ll add a fun pocket and ties around the neck and waist.

As we do at each HSC sewing night, all finished items go to the charity we’ve chosen for that month – and you go home with a pattern and the know-how to make something for yourself!

All levels of experience welcome – this is an easy, quick and fun sewing project.

Skills Focus:

  • Very basic pattern-making – we’ll be tracing an existing apron, adding seam allowances and making a pocket from scratch

  • Sewing with heavier (canvas) fabric

Supply List:

All HSC projects are made from donated materials. Please bring what you can from the list below or you can also purchase supplies at the shop the evening of the gathering.

  • We have some canvas twill yardage in solid green, blue and brown to use as the base for the aprons, but please feel free to bring your own canvas or pick some up at the shop. Here’s a little sampling… Would be great to add some patterned canvas to the mix!

  • Scraps (at least 12”x12”) of canvas or quilting weight cottons to use for pockets.

  • Cotton twill tape or cotton fabric yardage to make ties for the neck and waist.


A charitable nature and a desire to learn!


Fully Booked

Kouki Improv Quilt by Patricia Belyea

If you’re ready to start making quilts without patterns, this is a great intro class for “stepping outside of the block.”  The one-day class works with solids and patterns to make a lyrical quilt top with playfully changing strip widths and block directions.

Look forward to a fun day where you can experience the freedom of making your own design choices that result in a completely unique graphic quilt.


Patricia Belyea

Ottawa born and raised, now Seattle-based, Patricia Belyea is a quilt maker, speaker and teacher who imports vintage Japanese yukata cottons. Arty and global are the best ways to define her artisan quilts. Patricia has taught in the US, Canada and the UK. She is currently working on an improv quilt book. Visit Patricia’s website:

Please bring a lunch, snacks and a  drink.

Supply List:

Thread snips or small scissors

Fine pins and a pin cushion

Fabrics and Thread Needed:

Start this project in a novel way—choose your solid colors first and then add the


Five solids that you like together—with one being somewhat unexpected: 1/2 yard each.

Five patterned fabrics that look good together with the solids and with each other: 1/2 yard each.

Feel free to bring extra fabric—solids and patterns if you feel unsure of your choices.

It’s recommended that you don’t bring scrap fabrics but instead a well-chosen palette of solids and coordinating fabrics for a pleasing result.

Any neutral piecing thread, preferred is Mettler Silk-Finish 100% cotton No. 50


Any additional sewing tools required (scissors, seam rippers, rulers etc...)

Sewing machines


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