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sewing 201 series: skill builder projects

This five-week sewing intensive is a great way to expand your sewing skills. Perfect for intermediate sewists or those who have completed our Sewing 101 6-week intensive or our Garment 101 Series.

Over the five weeks, our instructor, Lauren, will guide you through step-by-step instructions on how to make three very different sewing projects: The Tote-ally Easy Market Tote, The Completer, and The Essential Pillow.

Skills taught during this course include:
- garment pattern adjustment
- sewing with different weight fabrics
- using an overlocker
- inserting an invisible zipper
- how to make and insert a piped edge

We will start with making the Tote-ally Easy Market Tote by Studio M Squared. This pattern offers two different bag styles - The Simple Tote and the Market Tote - but in class we will be making the Market Tote. The Market Tote is dressed up with an accent fabric at the bottom and uses cotton webbing for straps. Fusible interfacing gives the bags some structure and sturdiness, but it's still lightweight enough to fold up and store! This is a great beginner bag project to advance your sewing skills.

We will then move on to make The Completer by Studio M Squared. The Completer is a simple but elegant garment that when thrown over basics like jeans and a tee, "completes" your outfit. Sew it up in a pretty floral or animal print and then wear it over shorts and a tank top, or choose a more sheer fabric for a flowy beach cover up. The Completer works as an outfit-finished for so many occasions. Features wide sleeves, a rounded front, and the perfect length for covering your "assets"! Pattern includes three sizes: small/petite, regular and large/extra large (which fits up to a 54" bust measurement). While making The Completer, students will learn how to make alterations to a garment pattern to suit their figure, gain experience in sewing with a light-weight fabric such as rayon and how to use an overlocker to achieve those professional looking seams.

The final project in the series will be The Essential Pillow by Studio M Squared. Pick out your favorite fabric and make an 18" pillow to match your home decor. This project teaches students how to sew a piped edge as well as how to insert an invisible zipper.

Important Notes: Please arrive to class on time with your materials. Fabrics must be purchased in our shop to ensure you have the appropriate materials for the project. Only the Tote-ally Easy Market Tote materials will be needed for the first class. If you plan to shop for materials on the day of class, please arrive at least twenty minutes early to ensure you have enough time to browse through our fabric + material collections.

Required Materials: Tote-ally Easy Market Tote
- (1) Pattern: Tote-ally Easy Market Tote by Studio M Squared

- main fabric: 1/3 yd
- accent fabric: 1/4 yd
- lining fabric: 1/2 yd
- fusible interfacing: 1-3/4 yds
- 1-1/2" wide straps: 1-1/2 yds
- (1) spool of coordinating thread

We have specially curated Tote-ally Easy Project Kits in our shop for purchase.

Required Materials: The Completer
(1) Pattern: The Completer by Studio M Squared
- 3 yds of 44" wide light-weight woven fabric or 2 yds of 50" wide fabric (or wider)
- (1) spool of coordinating thread
- We suggest using light-weight woven fabrics such as rayon, linen, cotton lawn or crepe
- As with all garment classes, we recommend that you pre-wash your fabric before attending class to reduce fabric shrinkage

Required Materials: The Essential Pillow
(1) Pattern: The Essential Pillow by Studio M Squared
- pillow body: 5/8 yd of medium-weight fabric such as quilting cotton, canvas or linen
- piping fabric: 1/8 yd of quilting cotton
- 2-1/2 yds of 1/8" cording
22" invisible zipper
- 18" pillow insert
- fabric glue pen, we recommend Sue Daley Sew Smart fabric glue pen
- (2) spools of thread - (1) to coordinate with the piping fabric and (1) to coordinate with the pillow fabric

Required Tools: (for all classes)
fabric scissors
chalk or frixion pen
pins and/or clips

Cancellation Policy:
If you are unable to attend the class, a refund will only be provided if you notify us 72 hours in advance in writing by email, there is a waitlist for the class, and we are able to fill your spot. Otherwise, a credit for a future class will be issued.

No refunds or credits will be provided if you notify us less than 72 hours in advance. By registering for this class, you are agreeing to this cancellation policy.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: Must have completed sewing 101 or be have a similar level of sewing experience
Materials Included: No - must purchase before class
Instructor: Lauren Simpson

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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.
  • Tel: 908.232.0600
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  • 361 South Avenue E.,
  • Westfield, NJ 07090