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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

For September, the Hintonburg Sewcial Club (HSC) will be making simple, re-usable drawstring bags filled with toiletries, to be donated to a local women’s shelter.  

In 2014, over 900 women in Ottawa were homeless. We are fortunate to have a number of shelters for women across the city, including Interval House, Harmony House, Cornerstone, and Nelson House. These organizations provide emergency housing and services for women and children facing domestic abuse, and who often come with little more than the clothes on their back.  

We’re aiming to make 30 bags (each filled with basic toiletries).  It will be a tall order in just the 3 hours we have allotted for our gathering, but we can do it!

A specific supply list is provided below.  In addition to fabric for the bags, we ask that you bring (new, unopened) toiletries to fill the bags.  Don’t be shy -- ask friends and families to donate a few items, and before you know it we’ll have enough for all the bags!

All levels of sewing experience welcome.  As with all our HSC gatherings, our aim is to bring together people with different levels of sewing experience, share our skills, and leave a little sewing love behind!

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

Skills Focus:

  • French seams incorporated into a drawstring bag.

Supply List:

We make all our HSC projects from materials donated by class participants (that’s you!).  For this project please bring:

  • Good quality cotton fabrics - solids or prints (adult or children’s prints)

  • TOILETRIES - unique for this month, we ask participants to bring items that can go in the bags - travel or small size of the following: toothbrushes and toothpaste (kids and adults), shampoo and conditioner, body wash/soap, womens razors, body lotion, kids sunscreen.


A charitable nature and a desire to learn!

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Introduction to Hand Appliqué

Learn hand appliqué, using the needle-turn technique, and make a Mexican Rose block. From this, you can make a pillow (2 versions will be demonstrated), a table runner, a wall quilt, or even a full bed quilt should you be so inspired.

In the morning session, you will learn how to hand appliqué simple shapes and make stems and circles. In the afternoon session you will assemble and start to appliqué one Mexican Rose block.

Some advance preparation is required. It is recommended that you pick up your pattern ahead of time to familiarize yourself with it and the instructions.  Your fabrics should ideally be washed and ironed.  For this class we ask that you kindly use fragrance free detergent and dryer sheets due to sensitivities.

Pattern, needles, thread and practice fabric included.

Please let us know if you're a lefty prior to the class.

Supply List:

Pen/pencil and paper for note taking
Fabrics for the Mexican Rose block, including:
Background piece cut out and ironed (see pattern instructions).
Note: If you are making an 18 in.  pillow with a border, cut out a piece of fabric 15 in. x 15 in.
Sew a line around the block next to the edges to prevent fraying
Some additional fabrics, in case you decide to make some changes
Small scissors to cut small fabric shapes
Marking pencil(s) and eraser
Thin permanent marker that contrasts with the background fabric to use on the plastic
Helpful but not essential: fine sandpaper to keep the fabric from shifting while tracing the shapes



Sewing Machine Basics or equivalent. Comfortable with the basic functions of a sewing machine.

*All fabric and supplies can be purchased in store or provided by yourself. It is recommended that all fabric is pre-washed prior to the course date in fragrance free detergent.