Sewing Advanced Beginner Classes

​​Here you will find a list and description of all of our current Advanced Beginner classes. Scroll down to see all the options and when you see the one you want to take follow the Book Now link to be taken to our Booking site to reserve your spot.

The following prerequisites and class policies apply to all Advanced Beginner Classes. Please familiarize yourself with them. Please refer to each class below for a list of supplies.

Prerequisites:

  • A couple of Beginner classes such as Infinity Scarf, Triangle Scarf, Cocoon Wrap, Envelope Pillow Cover or Pet Bandana OR
  • Basic sewing experience such as knowing how to thread and use a sewing machine, wind a bobbin, construct simple seams, and be familiar with sewing terminology such as "right sides of fabric together" and "seam allowance." 
  • All fabric and supplies can be purchased in store or provided by yourself. We recommend washing fabric before the start of class.
  • Minimum registration for this class is 3 students. Maximum is 5.
  • These classes are for those ages 16 and up.

Space in our classes is limited, therefore in order to reserve your seat, a 100% non-refundable deposit is required. You may register for a class in person, online, or over the phone (613-854-9091) with a credit card.

There are no refunds for classes. Please note that we reserve the right to postpone and reschedule a class because of unforeseen circumstances. ​We will make every effort to contact our students to inform them that a class has been cancelled and arrange makeup classes.

Please refer to our Class Policies for more information before scheduling a class.

Advanced Beginner Classes 


How to Finish Your Quilt Top

You've completed a quilt top (or three) - yay! Now what? In this class, you'll learn the basics of basting, quilting and binding your quilt, and come away with an individualized plan to complete your project, plus the skills to complete future quilting projects.

Please note: you will not finish your quilt during this class, but practise the skills needed to finish your quilt on your own at home.

Prerequisites:

  • a completed quilt top (any size)
  • how to thread and use a sewing machine
  • how to wind a bobbin
  • how to sew a consistent line
  • be familiar with sewing terminology such as "right sides of fabric together" and "seam allowance"

You will learn:

  • how to baste a quilt (glue and pin basting)
  • simple quilting (with time devoted to planning out finishing the project you bring with you)
  • how to bind a quilt with single, double and bias binding, and facing a quilt

We will provide:

  • 1 package of Craft size cotton batting (46" x 36")
  • 1 bottle 505 Spray & Fix Temporary Repositionable Fabric Adhesive 7.2oz

You will need:

  • 1 metre of fabric (fat quarters or equivalent)
  • 1 completed quilting top (any size)

Click here to sign up: December 4 & 11, 2022 (Full but you can join the waitlist), February 1 & 8, 2023 $170 plus HST

Construction Basics: Zippers!

Does the thought of sewing zippers scare you? Then this class is for you! You will learn how to install zippers four different ways: centered, lapped, invisible and exposed. Please note that this class is for learning the skills only and you will not have a finished project at the end of the class. You will be sewing zipper samples that can be used for future reference.

Prerequisites:

  • how to thread and use a sewing machine
  • how to wind a bobbin
  • how to construct simple seams
  • be familiar with sewing terminology such as "right sides of fabric together" and "seam allowance"

You will learn:

  • how install zippers four different ways: centered, lapped, invisible and exposed

We will provide:

  • 4 zippers
  • muslin to use for zipper installation
  • thread to use in class
  • use of sewing machine during class
  • any tools needed during class

You will need:

  • Nothing!

Click here to sign up: December 4, 2022 (Full but you can join the waitlist), January 15, 2023 (Full but you can join the waitlist), February 26, 2023 $80 plus HST 

Holiday Billie Sweatshirt/Sweatshirt Dress

Do you need to add a little cozy comfort to your holiday wardrobe? Do you want to learn the basics of garment construction? Make a holiday-themed Billie Sweatshirt or Sweatshirt Dress with this class! It's perfect for the person that has taken a few beginner classes and wants to branch out to garment sewing.

You can see the pattern here: https://fabricationsottawa.com/products/billesweatshirtdress?_pos=1&_sid=2b6a30743&_ss=r(you do not need to purchase the pattern as it is provided in the class fee)

Prerequisites:

  • how to thread and use a sewing machine
  • how to wind a bobbin
  • how to construct simple seams
  • be familiar with sewing terminology such as "right sides of fabric together" and "seam allowance"

You will learn:

  • how to take your measurements and choose the appropriate size
  • how to trace a pattern and follow pattern instructions
  • how to sew with knit fabric
  • basic garment construction

We will provide:

  • a copy of the pattern
  • any sewing tools needed during the class

You will need:

  • tracing paper
  • knit fabric with at least 25% stretch, between 1.5-4.5 metres depending on size and view
  • matching thread

Click here to sign up: December 8 & 15, 2022 (Full but you can join the waitlist), January 7 & 14, 2023 $155 plus HST

Sew Together Pouch

Use the Sew Together Bag paper pattern from Sew Demented to make a beautiful bag to hold your sewing supplies and more! Finished Size: 10in x 5in x 5in

Prerequisites:

  • how to thread and use a sewing machine
  • how to wind a bobbin
  • how to construct simple seams
  • be familiar with sewing terminology such as "right sides of fabric together" and "seam allowance"

You will learn:

  • how to read and follow a pattern
  • how to install a zipper
  • how to make and sew bias binding

We will provide:

  • A paper copy of the pattern for you to keep
  • white or black thread

You will need:

  • 1 FQ for exterior fabric
  • 1/2m for lining fabric
  • 1/3m for pocket fabric
  • 1 FQ for binding
  • 1/2m fusible interfacing
  • 1 x 18" zipper
  • 3 x 9" zippers
  • matching thread

Click here to sign up: January 3 & 10, 2023 $140 plus HST

Learn to Quilt with HST - The Diana Quilt

Build your quilting skills and make a cozy, rainbow-coloured quilt with this course! This class is perfect for someone who has never quilted before, but is familiar with using a sewing machine. Learn about HST (half-square triangles), piecing and binding with the Diana Quilt . All fabric is provided, including everything needed for piecing the top, background, binding, and backing for a total of 11.4m. You will need to complete the quilting of this top on your own.

Prerequisites:

  • how to use a sewing machine (winding a bobbin, threading, sewing with a consistent seam allowance)

You will learn:

  • how to cut with a rotary cutter and ruler
  • the basics of piecing and machine quilting
  • How to sew HSTs
  • common quilting terms
  • how to use binding to finish your quilt

We will provide:

  • a copy of the Diana Quilt pattern by Kitchen Table Quilting
  • one bundle of fabric in "Acid Wash" by Libbs Eliott that includes fabric for piecing, background, binding and backing for a total of 11.4m
  • one 4.5in square quilting ruler by Creative Grids
  • use of sewing machine during the class
  • any tools needed during class

What you need to bring:
Nothing!

Click here to sign up: January 17, 24 & 31, 2023 $390 plus HST

Divided Basket

Dip your toes into the world of bag making with this easy and versatile basket! Once you start making them, you won't want to stop. They're perfect for organizing sewing patterns, knitting, children's toys and so much more.

Prerequisites:

  • how to thread and use a sewing machine
  • how to wind a bobbin
  • how to construct simple seams
  • be familiar with sewing terminology such as "right sides of fabric together" and "seam allowance"

You will learn:

  • How to sew a structured bag/basket using foam stabilizer
  • How to sew a drop-in lining
  • How to box corners

We will provide:

  • a printed copy of the Divided Basket Pattern
  • a kit containing all the materials needed to make one (1) basket

You will need:

  • Nothing!

Click here to sign up: January 18 & 25, 2023 $185 plus HST

Raglan T-Shirt for EveryBODY

Does sewing with knits seem daunting? Learn to sew with knits by creating a raglan t-shirt for anyBODY. Using the Jalie Nico Raglan Tee or the Jalie Marie-Claude you will make a knit tee shirt that can be sized age 2yrs to adult XXL. (If you fall outside of the size ranges, please email us as we can provide another pattern.)

Prerequisites:

  • how to thread and use a sewing machine
  • how to wind a bobbin
  • how to construct simple seams
  • be familiar with sewing terminology such as "right sides of fabric together" and "seam allowance"

You will Learn:

  • how to take your measurements and choose the appropriate size
  • how to trace a pattern and follow pattern instructions
  • how to sew with knit fabric
  • how to use a band to finish the neckline and hem knit fabric

We will provide:

  • a copy of one of the patterns (you pick which one when booking the class)
  • any sewing tools needed for use during the class

You need:

  • knit fabric with at least 40% stretch, between 0.5-2.0 metres depending on size and view. Please wash your fabric before the first class
  • matching thread
  • tracing paper

    Click here to sign up: January 20 & 21, 2023, February 14 & 21 $140 plus HST

    Sewing for Kids: Leggings NB-16

    Want to learn to sew knits and make your child a cute and comfortable pair of leggings? This class will help you get over your fears of sewing with knit fabric while making a simple garment. This is an adult sewing class.

    Prerequisites:

    • how to thread and use a sewing machine
    • how to wind a bobbin
    • how to construct simple seams
    • be familiar with sewing terminology such as "right sides of fabric together" and "seam allowance"

    You will learn:

    • how to cut out and sew together a simple pattern
    • how to pick the correct size
    • basic properties of knit fabrics
    • how to sew knits on a sewing machine
    • how to hem knits
    • how to add elastic to a waistband

    We will provide:

    • use of sewing machine during class
    • any tools needed during class

    You will need:

    Click here to sign up: January 22, 2023 $60 plus HST

    Blackwood Cardigan

    The Blackwood Cardigan is a cozy and versatile addition to your wardrobe. Designed with layering in mind, it has minimal excess fabric in the front and a close fit around the neck and shoulders. Its fitted shape and extra long sleeves make it perfect for wearing under jackets and vests, while also looking stylish over tank tops and dresses. View B ends at the hips, while View A extends down to the mid-thigh and includes patch pockets at hand level. The Blackwood is intended to be worn open and is not designed to close at the front.

    View the pattern here: https://helensclosetpatterns.com/product/blackwood-cardigan-pdf-pattern/ (the pattern is included in the class fee - you do not need to purchase it)

    Prerequisites:

    • how to thread and use a sewing machine
    • how to wind a bobbin
    • how to construct simple seams
    • be familiar with sewing terminology such as "right sides of fabric together" and "seam allowance"

    You will learn:

    • how to take your measurements and choose the appropriate size
    • how to trace a pattern and follow pattern instructions
    • how to sew with knit fabric
    • basic garment construction

    You will need:

    • tracing paper
    • knit fabric - Light to medium weight knit fabrics with at least 40% stretch widthwise and 20% stretch lengthwise. Try a cozy sweater knit or French terry for a warm layer or make it in jersey for a lightweight cover-up - 1.5m to 3m depending on size and view.
    • matching thread

    Will be provided:

    • printed copy of the pattern
    • sewing machine to use during class
    • any sewing tools or notions needed during class

    Click here to sign up: February 12 & 19, 2023 $150 plus HST

    Cosmos Sweatshirt & Elemental Skirt

    Do you need to add a little cozy comfort to your wardrobe? Do you want to learn the basics of garment construction? Make a Cosmos Sweatshirt and Elemental Skirt with this class! It's perfect for the person that has taken a few beginner classes and wants to branch out to garment sewing.

    You can see the pattern here: Size 0-20 here: https://fabricationsottawa.com/products/cosmos-sweatshirt-elemental-skirt-0-20?_pos=3&_sid=6dde43767&_ss=r and Size 16-34 here: https://fabricationsottawa.com/products/cosmos-sweatshirt-elemental-skirt-curvy-16-34?_pos=1&_sid=6dde43767&_ss=r (you do not need to purchase the pattern as it is provided in the class fee)

    Prerequisites:

    • how to thread and use a sewing machine
    • how to wind a bobbin
    • how to construct simple seams
    • be familiar with sewing terminology such as "right sides of fabric together" and "seam allowance"

    You will learn:

    • how to take your measurements and choose the appropriate size
    • how to trace a pattern and follow pattern instructions
    • how to sew with knit fabric
    • basic garment construction

    We will provide:

    • a copy of the pattern
    • any sewing tools needed during the class
    • use of sewing machine during class

    You will need:

    • tracing paper
    • For the top: knit fabrics with at least 20% horizontal stretch going around the body such as stretch fleece, stretch French terry - 1.6m to 2.9m depending on size
    • For the skirt: knit fabrics with at least 50% horizontal stretch such as cotton lycra jersey, lightweight French terry, ponte - 1.1m to 2.2m depending on size and view.
    • 1.5" elastic - length = waist measurement + 0.5"
    • matching thread

    Click here to sign up: February 17, 24 & March 3 2023 $200 plus HST