I enjoy teaching apparel sewing and quilting workshops here in my home town of Madison, Wisconsin. My goal is to teach sewing, travel and inspire others to create! Need a motivational public speaker for your large group? Email me for current rates and availability: Jessica@chambrayblues.com.
I have been sewing for a long time. Teaching sewing is one of the things I enjoy most. Anyone can learn to sew with the right instruction! Here are the classes I am currently offering. Classes will be available in video format soon, to get put on the waistlist email me at Jessica@chambrayblues.com.
Available Sewing Classes and Workshops
1. Basic Sewing Skills: Students will make a simple decor pillow. In class they will learn basic sewing terminology and techniques, how to wind a bobbin, thread their machine, cut fabric, straight stitch, pivot corners, and slip stitch an opening closed. Class runs 1 1/2-2 hours. Sewing Level: Beginner.
Basic Sewing Skills Class Supply List:
•Two Fat Quarter pieces of fabric in the same color or coordinating prints and colors
•1 medium bag of polyester fiberfill stuffing
•Sewing machine with bobbin
•Matching All Purpose Sewing Thread
•Needle for hand sewing
•Scissors, pins, seam ripper
•Iron for pressing (I have several I will provide)
2. How to Make Unisex Pajama Pants: Students learn how to piece together a PDF sewing pattern, read a pattern fit chart, measure for correct fit, layout and cut a PDF sewing pattern, sew a straight stitch, make a casing for elastic and hem their pajama pants. Class is 2 hours long.
Sewing Level: Beginner.
Pajama Pant Class Supplies:
•2 yards of cotton woven fabric 44-45″ wide or 1 1/2 yards of knit fabric 58″ wide
•Basic Pajama Pant PDF Sewing Pattern (available soon in my shop)
• 3 yards 1 1/2″ elastic
•Printed pdf pattern pages listed above, scotch tape
•Matching thread, pins and measuring tape
•Paper scissors and fabric scissors
3. Quilting with the Cricut Maker: Students learn essential quilting terminology and techniques to assemble the Spinning Wheels Quilt. Including how to cut pieces with a rotary cutter and mat, how to cut fabric on the Cricut Maker, how to match fabrics, sew and assemble quilt blocks. Students will “sandwich” their quilt batting between quilt top and bottom, stitch in the ditch quilt, and finish their wall hanging with quilt binding. About 3 hours total time, or two 1 1/2 hour sessions.
Sewing level: Intermediate.
Quilting with Cricut Class Supplies Needed
•Riley Blake Spinning Wheels Quilting Kit from Cricut
•Cricut Maker with Fabric Cutting Blade, Rotary Cutter and Fabric Cutting Mat
•Sewing machine, bobbins, quilt thread, pins
•Polyester or Cotton Quilt Batting in Crib Size
•8″ Quilting Ruler or square
4.Quilted Table Runner Class: Students learn to make a simple quilted table runner from fat quarter pieces. Techniques taught include cutting with a rotary cutter and mat, “sandwiching” layers together, quilt stitch in the ditch, and hand finishing with whip stitching. Class runs approximately 2 hours.
Sewing level: Intermediate.
Quilted Table Runner Supplies Needed:
•4 or 5 Fat Quarters (usually in the cotton quilt fabric section of the fabric store)
•Polyester fiberfill quilt batting in craft size
•2 packages 1″ quilt bias binding
•Pins, scissors, thread
Advanced classes are available for apparel sewing, draping, drafting, and alterations. Custom class topics may also be requested to fit your audience. Please inquire by email Jessica@chambrayblues.com for availability.