Can’t sew? We can fix that. Try one of our beginner workshops.

Want to sew better or work on improving your skills? Try an intermediate or advanced workshop.

Don’t care for sewing? Silk-screening workshops are also available. Find us at 1018 Wellington Street West in the heart of Hintonburg.


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Doodle Piecing with Patricia Belyea

Being able to add complex curves to your quilt designs is like being given keys to the universe. It opens up so many possibilities for creating new directions in your work.

In this one day class, you make two big blocks for a curvy-pieced quilt top. You start by translating simple doodles into your block designs. The line work is transferred to freezer paper for making patterns. You then walk through the steps for making fabric versions of your patterns. (Final two blocks, sashing and finishing at home.)


Patricia Belyea

Ottawa born and raised, now Seattle based, Patricia Belyea is a quilt maker, speaker and teacher who imports vintage Japanese yakuza cottons. Arty and global are the best ways to define her artisan quilts. Patricia has taught Doodle Piecing in the US, Canada and the UK. Visit her website

Please bring a lunch, snacks and a  drink.

Supply List:

Sharp Machine Needles, not universal needles (2 or 3)

Fine Back Sharpie

Colourful Fat Highlighter pen

Fabrics and Thread Needed:

Six different fabrics. Five that coordinate and one that is somewhat unexpected.

For 45" fabrics, .5 to 1 meter each.

For yukata cottons (14" wide), 1.5 to 2 meters each.

For larger patterns, bring the greater amount of fabric.

(feel free to bring extra fabrics and Patricia will help you select your project fabrics)

Matching thread, preferred is Mettler Silk-Finish 100% cotton No.50


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

Sewing machines

Doodling pages and take home instructions

Freezer paper and Prismacolour pencils for use during the class



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Hintonburg Sewcial Club

We're holding our December gathering of the Hintonburg Sewcial Club a little earlier in the month than usual - hoping to squeeze in some sewing before the holiday chaos hits!

Our project this month doubles as a great, quick to make, holiday gift...pillow cases! We'll be donating most of our finished pillow cases to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. They have asked for fabrics and colours that are either gender neutral or appealing to boys.  

For this month, since it's so close to the holidays, why not also take home a pillow case that you've made for yourself (or a friend)? Get rolling on your holiday gifts! All levels of experience welcome - this is an easy, quick and fun sewing project.  

We'll be using this simple French Seam Pillowcase Set Tutorial from Maggie at as our base for the evening, if you want to get a head start in choosing your fabrics and trims!

Skills focus:

  • French seams
  • Making and applying flat piping
  • Choosing fun colour combinations

Supply List:

100% Cotton - good quality- quilting weight fabric prints and colours that are either gender neutral or would appeal to boys.

For each pillow case you will need approximately:

  • 27"x45" Main body fabric
  • 10"x45" Contast hem/cuff
  • 2.5"x45" flat piping

For the pillow case(s) that you take home, you can also use trim such as giant rid-rac or lace instead of flat piping.

All HSC projects are made from donated materials. Please bring what you can from the list above, or purchase supplies in the shop the evening of the gathering.


A charitable nature and desire to learn!


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Homeschooling: 8-12 year olds. Christmas Sewing

Homeschoolers, we want to teach your kids useful skills! This 3 week course is designed specifically for kids aged 8 to 12 and will teach the fundamentals of sewing with a festive focus.  

Project #1 - Tissue envelopes
How many of these can we make in 2 hours?  3?  Maybe 4?
You'll need 12 pieces of 3.5x5.5inch rectangles of assorted fabrics.  Mix and match! Or coordinate! You can use quilting fabric or recycled fabrics that you find around your house.  Alternatively, you can bring a single 1/4 meter cut, or 2 fat quarters.

Project #2 - Tote all the Things!
Again, it will be a race to the finish to see how many we can make in 2 hours.  Come ready to sew like an Elf!
You will need 1 meter of heavy fabric such as canvas, twill, ticking or denim, and 6 meters of 1 inch wide cotton webbing in a coordinating colour. You could also use lighter weight fabric such as a fun Christmas print quilting cotton for a lighter tote bag.

Project #3 - Up-cycled Jeans Pillows
Kids, you all have some old jeans that you've grown out of.  Lets give them a new life as a styling room accessory.
You will need a pair or two of old jeans, pillow stuffing material.  

This series of classes will help you learn about sewing machine basics, measuring and cutting, pattern assembly, ironing, seam finishing and turning.

Class participants will come away with 6-8 gifts, depending on how fast they can finish a project, for giving at the holidays or birthdays next year.



*All fabric and supplies can be purchased in store or provided by yourself. It is recommended that all fabric is prewashed prior to the course date.