​​​Here you will find a list and description of all of our current Special Interest (Kids, Naptime, and Serger) 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 Special Interest Classes. Please familiarize yourself with them. Please refer to each class below for a list of supplies.

Prerequisites for Kids Classes:

  • We keep our kids classes small. This ensures that each child gets all the help and attention they need. Please make sure that your child understands that this is a class that will require their attention and maturity. We will be using tools that can hurt ourselves and our friends if we aren't careful.
  • Be a kid! (8-12 years of age)
  • No sewing experience required for the Kids Can Sew classes.  
  • For the Kids Can Sew 2.0 classes, kids should be ages 10-16 and have taken several classes with us already, or be confident and proficient with threading a sewing machine, sewing in a straight line, and cutting fabric.
  • All fabric and supplies can be purchased in store or provided by yourself. It is recommended that all fabric is washed prior to the course date.
  • Minimum registration is 3 students. Maximum is 5 students.

Prerequisites for Naptime Classes:

  • basic sewing machine experience
  • Non-mobile babies are welcome to attend with their parent.
  • All fabric and supplies can be purchased in store or provided by yourself.  It is recommended that all fabric be wash prior to the class date.
  • Minimum registration is 3 students. Maximum is 5.

Prerequisites for Serger Classes:

  • Sewing Machine Basics or equivalent
  • Minimum registration is 3 students. Maximum is 4.

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.

Special Interest (Guest Teachers, Kids, Naptime, and Serger) Classes


Fabrications + Paddye Mann: Playing with Fabric

Paddye Mann is a renowned Canadian fashion designer. She is the winner of numerous design awards, including the Clairol Award for Top Canadian Designer.

Working from her studio in Pakenham with a dedicated team of talented artisans, Paddye has spent the last three decades dressing women from Canada and around the world. She has a unique philosophy about why we dress the way we do, and why it’s important to understand the choices we make about what we make and wear.

Paddye is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts. Her work can be found at her studio boutique in Pakenham ON, and at the Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland. Long-standing contributing author to Threads Magazine, her advice is trusted by home sewists the world over.

Fabrications is thrilled to be partnering with Paddye for a series of creative adventures given at our location on Wednesday evenings from 6-8:30pm. Registration fee is $15/pp and may be used as a credit for same day purchase in store. Registration is limited to 15 people.

June 5th: It Doesn’t Fit! - The crotch is uncomfortable? The sleeves dig into your underarms? There’s weird stretch lines? Bring in your problem project and Paddye’ll help you fix it. Bring a notebook too, Paddye’s classes are a goldmine of information!

June 19th: Build a travel wardrobe - Want to travel light, yet still look and feel fabulous in all situations? Join us as Paddye talks about creating a travel wardrobe that's perfect for you and your trip. 

September 4th: What can I do with Canvas? – Canvas is an extremely versatile fabric, and is often an overlooked yet affordable fabric option for lots of projects. Join us as Paddye gives us examples of different canvas projects.

September 25th : Playing with Skirts - Skirts are often an overlooked wardrobe staple. Learn about playing with circles and semi-circles and bring skirts out of the office and into everyday. As always, if you have questions, or problem projects, bring them with you.

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Fabric Marbling with Guest Teacher Julie Sinden of Love of Colour

In this class we will explore the centuries old art of marbling, usually practiced on paper, on fabric.  Students will make up their own bath for floating the paints on, create detailed swirling designs and learn how to transfer the patterns to the fabric so that it is permanent and colourfast.  An excellent class for beginners to the world of surface design, marbling is very easy and super fun.  All materials and supplies provided - each student will receive 12 pre-treated pieces of fabric to work with.

Julie is an award winning textile artist originally from the quiet shores of Lake Erie, now living and working in Toronto.  A lover of the fibre arts since she was a child, she studied textiles at the Kootenay School of the Arts, a small and eclectic school in the mountains of southeastern British Columbia, where she learned about the wonders of boiled wool from a fellow student. She began making her line of felted hats and accessories in 2006.  

Aside from hat-making, Julie is passionate about natural dyeing (with plants and bugs and barks and such) a world she has been exploring after she fell in love with it in her first week of art school, back in 2002.  In 2018, she launched The Love of Colour, a place to celebrate colour, plant dyes and making.  She teaches dye classes across Ontario.

October 5th 10am-1pm

October 5th 2pm-5pm

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Indigo with Guest Teacher Julie Sinden

Indigo is the world's only natural source of colourfast true blue.  In this day long workshop, we will begin by learning the history of this magical dye plant.  Each student will then create their own organic fructose indigo vat. We will also explore some basic shibori and surface design techniques for creating pattern on cloth, and dye our bound, stitched and bundled pieces with the indigo.  All dye and supplies are provided, students bring their own fibres to dye and can dye anything they like - fabric, yarn, garments, etc.   Light refreshments will also be supplied, but students should bring a lunch if they desire.

Julie is an award winning textile artist originally from the quiet shores of Lake Erie, now living and working in Toronto.  A lover of the fibre arts since she was a child, she studied textiles at the Kootenay School of the Arts, a small and eclectic school in the mountains of southeastern British Columbia, where she learned about the wonders of boiled wool from a fellow student. She began making her line of felted hats and accessories in 2006.  

Aside from hat-making, Julie is passionate about natural dyeing (with plants and bugs and barks and such) a world she has been exploring after she fell in love with it in her first week of art school, back in 2002.  In 2018, she launched The Love of Colour, a place to celebrate colour, plant dyes and making.  She teaches dye classes across Ontario.

October 6th 11am-5pm


Kids Can Sew:  All Zipped UP!

 

A fun project for kids who’d like to try their hand at sewing or build their skills!

Join us in learning how to make 2 very different zippered pouches! One’s perfect for hiding little treasures and trinkets, the other is perfect little pencil case.

This is a true beginner class and perfect for kids who have never sewn before. Focus will be spent on learning to thread the machine, sewing straight lines, understanding how to piece the project together and learning how to install a zipper.

Supplies:

  • 2 FT quarters of quilting cotton
  • 2 coordinating 6” zippers

June 2nd 10am - 1pm 

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Kids 2.0 (ages 10-16 + several Kids Can Sew classes)

Beach Cover Up

We are excited to continue our level 2 sewing classes!!

These classes  are for kids that have either completed the Kids Garment School Class, have taken at least 3 previous kids sewing classes or are 13yrs or older.  Come on out and continue to hone your skills!

Join us for this fun project, where will not only sew our very own cover up but you’ll draft your own pattern based on your own measurements. This lightweight, oversized cover up is perfect for the warm months ahead. Keep the sun off you at the beach or keep yourself warm when the breeze picks up.

This class is designed to allow you to start experiencing other fabric mediums beyond knits and quiliting cottons!!

Supplies:

  • 2m of light airy fabrics, gauze, double gauze, triple gauze, linen, linen blends if using 45” wide fabric
  • 1.5m of light airy fabrics, gauze, double gauze, triple gauze, linen, linen blends if using 60” wide fabric

June 9th 10am - 1pm

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Kids Can Sew: Beach Tote

This Beach tote will be a great addition to your summer!!  Big enough for hauling towels and suits to the pool, or for that big trip to the library for your summer reads!! Best of all the kids won't mind carrying their own gear in their very own bag!

This class is perfect for beginners, absolutely no experience required!!  In this class kids will learn the ins and outs of how to use a sewing machine, follow simple instructions on construction, learn about seam allowance and have a hands on experience with all the appropriate sewing tools!

Supplies:

  • 1m of quilting cotton for the interior
  • 1m of mid weight fabric such as canvas, home dec, or heavy linen for the exterior

May 26th 10am - 1pm

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Serger Basics 1

​Do you have a love hate relationship with your serger? Are you too afraid to use it? Maybe you just can’t figure out how to get started. 

Do you want to rent the store serger to use outside of class hours?

If so, our beginner serger class will teach you the basics of serger use including the following techniques:

  • Threading the machine.
  • The purpose of 3 or 4 threads and how to convert to a rolled hem.
  • How to sew inside and outside curves.
  • How to make gathers with the differential feed.
  • How to finish a hem and make a neck binding (time permitting)
  • How to use the Coverstitch machine (time permitting)

**The studio has two sergers available for students, and this class is required for renting the serger by the hour in store.**

****If you want to use one of our sergers during the class, please select the appropriate ticket when checking out.  We CAN NOT and DO NOT guarantee that we will have one available for use during class if you do not select the 'Borrow our Serger' ticket.*****

The class fee includes a Sewing Club card which entitles the holder to 10 prepaid hours in our sewing studio (a $65 dollar value). At the end of the class, students will be given a 'Serger Certified' card that entitles them to use the store sergers during studio rental time.

Supply List:

  • Serger and instruction manual
  • 4 different coloured spools of thread
  • Fabric for practicing
  • Notebook 

May 27th

June 15th


Parent and Me Quilt

Join us for our very fun Parent + Kid class!!

This class is designed as a true beginner class. Learn the basics of using a sewing machine by sewing a simple quilt. This bindingless quilt is a perfect beginner piece that can be used and loved for a very long time. Kids 7+ can join their parent in this fun and creative 3 part class.

In this class you’ll learn how to square up fabric and organize your pieces into a quilt top. You’ll focus on seam allowances, straight sewing, pivoting and top stitching.

Supplies:

  • ​six fat quarters in coordinating colours
  • 1.5m of flannel for backing (44inches wide)
  • 1 crib size package of quilt batting (40 by 60 inches)
  • coordinating thread for quilting

Please note that each Parent + Kid couple will work on 1 quilt together and share 1 sewing machine together.  

May 26th, June 2nd, and June 9th


Sew Summer Camp!

 Yay!

This summer we will be running just one session of sewing summer camp!  We will have two levels, Kids and Kids 2.0.  Please select the level that your child fits best carefully.  If you have any questions, just give us a call at 613-854-9091.

Kids - Ages 8-12 with little to no experience

Is your child interested in learning the basics of sewing and reading patterns then this week long half day camp is for them!!

 

Join us and learn how to use a sewing machine, prepare your fabric, cut and trace patterns and fabrics. This is an intensive week long dive into the world of sewing. Kids will learn how to sew and follow seam allowances, pivot around corners, use both woven and knit fabrics and use a variety of stitches. Kids will have a hands on opportunity to learn and use all the tools in the studio that a sewist uses.

 

This camp is geared towards kids 8-12yrs with little to no experience!

Camp will run from 9am-12pm. Monday-Friday

 

We will make:

  • a market bag, perfect book bag for trips to the library!
  • an envelope style pillow cover
  • a dolman top
  • a pencil skirt
  • a set of scrunchies

Supply list will be provided to students before the start date.

SOLD OUT

Kids 2.0 - Ages 12-16 with no experience OR those who have taken at least 3 classes with us previously or similar experience. 

Has your child caught the sewing bug!! Or is your teen curious about the world of sewing and fashion design, then this intensive week long half day camp is the perfect opportunity to rev up your skills!!

 

Join me as we explore the world of sewing and create our own outfit this week. The projects for this class have been chosen in a way to challenge kids to build their existing skills or for a keen beginner to dive into this fun world of self expression. Kids will learn how to sew and follow seam allowances, pivot around corners, use both woven and knit fabrics and use a variety of stitches. Kids will have a hands on opportunity to learn and hone their skills as they use all the tools in the studio that a sewist uses.

 

This camp is geared towards kids 12-16yrs with little to no experience!

 ***OR YOUNGER KIDS HOW HAVE PREVIOUSLY TAKEN AT LEAST 3 CLASSES IN STUDIO

Camp will run from 1pm-4pm. Monday-Friday.

 

We will make:

  • a set of zippered pouches
  • a cropped tank top
  • leggings
  • an infinity scarf
  • and a robe style cardi

It’s the perfect little wardrobe collection!

 

Supply list will be provided to students before the start date.

SOLD OUT