​​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
  • 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 6.

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 


​​Underwear for Kids and Adults!

In this class you'll learn how to make underwear for men or women! Use up your scraps to make super comfy, customized and colourful underwear. This is the ultimate in 'sew instead of doing laundry' project.

You can purchase the briefs/women's pattern by clicking here.

You can purchase the boxers/men's pattern by clicking here.

You can purchase the kid's pattern by clicking here.

Please bring the printed out and taped together pattern. Each pattern has the option of only printing the size that you need!

Supply List:

  • 3/4m of cotton lycra jersey for the body of the underwear (depending on size)
  • 1/4m of cotton lycra jersey with at least 5% lycra if you are making the waist and leg bands, can be the same fabric as body (depending on size)
  • matching thread as desired

September 23rd


Forager Vest

Make this simple vest style layering piece in this two session class!  Learn about reading sewing patterns, tracing pattern pieces onto fabric, and assembling a garment.  The pattern is one size, and if you necessary, you will also learn how to make simple alterations to make the garment larger or smaller.

Choose a lightweight linen for that amazing crinkly look, or a soft tencel twill for a more fluid and drapey accessory.

This pattern is only available a  PDF download.  Please purchase your pattern here.  We will provided students with a large scale print out.  Please bring the instructions with you. 

Supplies:

  • 2m of 54-60inch wide woven fabric such as linen, chambray, tencel twill, ikat, or double gauze. 
  • coordinating thread if desired

November 2nd & 9th

 

Learn to Quilt: Pluses and Minuses Quilt

​Join Vicki and learn the basics of quilting!  Accurate and fast cutting, playing with colour and contrast, square seams.

Supplies:

  • ​24 fat quarters, in pairs of light and dark coordinating shades for the plus signs (if you prefer fewer colours or want be more economical, choose a smaller number of fat quarters as long as you have a total of 2m)
  • 1 fat quarter for the minus signs
  • 1.25m of background
  • 0.5m of binding fabric
  • 3.5m of backing fabric
  • Twin sized batting
  • Coordinating thread for top stitching

September 10 - October 8th


York Pinafore

Perfect for all year round layering, the York Pinafore from Helen's Closet is a fantastic entry into sewing your own wardrobe!  And, it now comes in 16 sizes!  

Learn about sewing curves, applying bias binding, and combining different pattern elements for a customized look! 

This pattern is only available as a PDF download.  Please purchase your pattern here, and show proof of purchase at the first class.  We will provide you with a full size print out. 

Supplies:

  • 1.25m to 2.5m mid-weight to heavy woven fabric such as cotton twill, denim, wool, linen, corduroy, and canvas. Crisp lightweight fabrics such as cotton and lightweight linen can also be used for a warm-weather pinafore. 
  • 4m of 1/2"wide double fold bias tape
  • coordinating thread

September 9th & 16th

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Zippered Pouch

 

Zippers are easy once you learn all the tricks!  In this class you will learn all about using a zipper foot on your sewing machine, and how to insert a zipper.  This pouch is so handy for carrying and organizing all your little things, that pretty soon you'll making many more!

Supplies:

  • 2 fat quarters of quilting cotton
  • one 9" zipper

 September 21st

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Boxy Pouch

Deceptively basic, this Box Pouch (also known as Dopp Kits, or Toiletry Bag) really shines in its simplicity.  Make it in a pattern canvas for a fun gift, or in Merchant & Mills Oilskin for a truly rugged and hardwearing travel companion.

Supplies:

  • 0.75m of mid to heavy weight fabric such as canvas, twill, denim, or oilskin
  • 12inch separating zipper
  • 3 metres of coordinating bias tape
  • coordinating thread

September 27th

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Invisible Zippered Pillow Cover

Image coming soon!

Don't fear the zipper, it is simply the next step to rounding out your sewing skills. During this class you will create a lovely throw pillow cover and continue to practice your existing skills, all while conquering installing an invisible zipper.  Invisible zippers are a bit different than regular zippers, and are often used in garment applications, making this class a great stepping stone to making your own wardrobe!
Supplies:
  • 1/2 to 1 meter of fabric (depending on size of form)
  • 1 pillow form
  • coordinating thread
  • 22" invisible zipper​
October 18th

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Rope Bowl

 

Join us as we join the craze over Rope Bowls. Perfect your precision stitching as we go around and around and around and around making sure to catch each side of the rope with each zig and zag of the zigzag stitch.
This class includes enough cotton rope to make a medium sized bowl. You can bring scraps of fabric from home for decoration or you can use what you can find in our scrap box.

Supplies:
  • smalls scraps, 1inch by 4-6inches, for decoration, optional
  • 2 spools of thread in your choice of colour, or you can use white thread which we supply

 October 4th

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Wiksten Haori Jacket

With large pockets and a fold-over collar, this oversized jacket is functional, comfortable, and stylish. Fully lined and reversible (but with pocket on only one side), it looks more complicated to make than it actually is. The design includes three different lengths to choose from-- short (hip length), mid (below-hip length), and long (thigh length).

Supplies:
  • ​Main fabric: between 1.75 metres and 2.75 metres (depending on size and jacket length chosen) of medium weight woven fabric with good drape, such as textured cotton, chambray, linen, soft denim, cotton/linen blend, twill, and wool.
  • Lining fabric: between 2.25 metres and 3 metres (depending on size and jacket length chosen) of light to medium weight woven fabric with good drape, such as textured cotton, chambray, linen, cotton/linen blend, and silk.
  • 2.5 metres flexible, lightweight fusible interfacing

October 16, 23, & 30th