Spicy Intermediate Sewing & Quilting Classes
Sewing with Simplicity: Pro Garment Sewing TechniquesDeborah Kreiling
Even more advanced sewists struggle with trickier techniques like inserting gathered sleeves, applying neckline facings, and finishing shaped hemlines. In this class, Deborah Kreiling of Simplicity shares a variety of professional garment sewing techniques that will help you sew your own wardrobe. Whether you’re constructing a v-neck knit-jersey top or a tailored woven blouse, Deb’s awesome tips and tricks will help you tackle any sewing pattern without feeling intimidated.
Tap PantsGretchen Hirsch
These vintage-inspired tap pants will become a sleeping or lounging staple. Expert seamstress Gretchen shows you how to draft a pattern based on your own measurement for a customized fit. She shares her tips and tricks for how to sew with slinky fabric and how to add two different kinds of lace to the waist and hem. You'll finish off this boudoir essential with a darling little bow - then get ready to get cozy.
Sailor's BlouseGretchen Hirsch
Learn how to make this sassy, vintage-inspired blouse right alongside Gretchen. You’ll learn how to adapt a pattern, change seam allowances and add a collar. These more advanced techniques can be fussy, so you’ll learn the best tailoring practices from Gretchen – including stay stitching, darts, tucks and a lapped zipper. You’ll finish with this versatile blouse as well as new techniques to add to your sewing repertoire.
Advanced Embroidery SamplerRebecca Ringquist
If you are looking to kick your embroidery knowledge up to the next level, this class is for you. Rebecca builds on her original embroidery sampler and teaches more than a dozen stitches that will add dimension and design to your projects. From two-color threads to elaborate textural stitches, this is a visual encyclopedia of advanced embroidery stitches.
Advanced Machine QuiltingSue Nickels
For everyone who wants to learn or improve free motion quilting at home, this workshop is for you. Free motion quilting gives you total control over the direction and stitch length of your quilting, which Sue shows you how to achieve. From machine settings to threads, tools and tips – Sue walks through the basics of free motion techniques, from stippling through cabling and feathers so you will be set up to create any number of designs on your quilt.
Sew a Boho BagNicole Mallalieu
With its trademark slouchy silhouette, this boho bag will become your go-to everyday purse. Nicole Mallalieu is known for her professionally finished bags, and in this class she walks you through every step of sewing this classic fashion staple. Nicole shares pro tips for accurately cutting the pattern pieces, as well as useful tricks for finishing seams perfectly, sewing curves, and sewing through multiple layers – all on a home sewing machine. You'll learn how to construct a lining, add a pocket and zipper, as well as how to construct an adjustable strap and attach it to the bag with hardware. In the process of making your boho bag, you'll learn loads of essential bag making skills, which will come in handy for future projects.
Sew a Snap-Clasp PurseNicole Mallalieu
If you’ve ever found yourself searching for that perfect purse for everyday wear, search no more. Professional bag maker, Nicole Mallalieu, shares how to make a snap-clasp purse using a rectangular purse frame, magnetic snaps, and a sturdy base with purse feet. It’s easy to customize the look and feel of your bag with fabric and hardware choices, and with so many professional-looking details, no one will be able to guess that you made the purse yourself.
Peasant DressGretchen Hirsch
This versatile peasant dress, inspired by the glamorous 1940s, will be a stylish addition to your wardrobe. Gretchen will show you how to adapt the Portrait Blouse Pattern from her book "Gertie’s Book for Better Sewing: A Modern Guide to Couture-Style Sewing" using basic vintage techniques along with techniques for elastic shirring, bias band necklines, and narrow hems. Simply elegant!
Sew a Weekender BagNicole Mallalieu
Expert bag maker and pattern designer, Nicole Mallalieu, shares an array of unique tips and tricks to construct your new favorite weekend-away bag. Featuring copious straps, clasps, and pockets, this roomy bag can be customized using a combination of your favorite fabrics. Although it is highly detailed and includes many steps, Nicole’s expert knowledge and extensive teaching experience will give sewists the confidence to make this skill-building bag step by step.
Flight BagBetz White
This structured bag offers great opportunities to learn all about bag construction and finishing. Betz walks through every step of the process – from stabilizing each piece of the bag through adding hardware. Along the way you’ll learn how to create pockets, pleats, zipper panels and straps. Ultimately, you’ll create a bag with structure that you can use to transport your essentials in style, and you can apply these sewing fundamentals to many other projects.
Pattern DraftingCal Patch
Design your own wardrobe as you learn the basics of pattern drafting from clothing designer Cal Patch. In this four-part course, Cal covers the basics of drafting a versatile pattern for dresses, tunics, shirts and skirts using nothing but your own measurements, a measuring tape, pencil and paper. Cal will also demystify how to make a muslin, adjust fit, and customize details. At the end of the course, you’ll have a master pattern tailored just for you, as well as the inspiration and know-how to whip up a brand new wardrobe from scratch.
Pattern Drafting with KnitsCal Patch
Working with knits can often be intimidating, but in this 2-part course, you’ll learn tips and tricks to help make stretchy fabrics your new go-to textile. Cal Patch shows just how simple it is to construct knitted garments on a home-sewing machine – no serger or overlock machine required. Not only will you learn how to adapt the patterns from her original Pattern Drafting course to work with knits, but you’ll also see how easy it is to design your own wardrobe, including custom tanks, jersey dresses, zip-up hoodies, and more.
Round Button Cartwheel PillowHeather Bailey
In this colorful class, Heather teaches you how to make a fun patchwork throw pillow using a mix of fabrics from her True Colors collection with FreeSpirit. Heather not only shows you how to piece together the front and back of this round, tufted pillow, but also how to make your own piping and fabric-covered buttons from scratch. The real magic happens once the pillow is stuffed and buttons are added to the center, pulling the fabric taut while creating the plush, tufted effect. The end result is a modern take on a classic retro design, sure to add a little flair to your home décor.
Dart ManipulationLiesl Gibson
Darts are practical elements of patternmaking that ensure a good fit. In this workshop, Liesl moves beyond the utilitarian and into the creative – showing you how to manipulate the placement of darts to customize your sewing. You’ll learn how to shift a typical bust dart to the neckline or waist, all without sacrificing fit. Along the way, Liesl provides tips for accurate marking and precise sewing. Once you learn the basics of dart manipulation, you’ll be able to sew more custom and creative garments.
Bust AdjustmentLiesl Gibson
When adjusting the fit of clothes you sew for yourself, the most important measurements are across your shoulders and bust. Most commercial patterns are made to B cup, leaving a lot of us with ill-fitting tops. In this workshop, Liesl will walk you through the steps of measuring and making adjustments to your pattern for a larger bust.
Paper-Pieced QuiltsCarolyn Friedlander
Explore the time-honored tradition of paper-pieced quilting with Carolyn Friedlander. In this two-part class, Carolyn guides you through her process of designing a paper-pieced quilt from beginning to end. Not only will you see how she turns sketches into schematics for paper piecing, but you’ll also learn Carolyn’s techniques for quilting using free-motion and straight-stitching techniques. This fresh take on paper piecing equips you with the knowledge you need to take your skills to the next level.
Hand-Stitched Appliqué QuiltsCarolyn Friedlander
Return to slow, thoughtful hand stitching with this pretty skill-building class by Carolyn Friedlander. With a nod to the symmetry and style of Hawaiian quilting, you will create your appliqué piece like a paper snowflake and arrange it on your fabric background. Carolyn teaches you how to baste your appliqué piece by hand, how to stitch inside and outside curves and points, and how to efficiently remove basting stitches. This technique is perfect for making individual blocks or larger designs for show-stopping quilts.
Gumdrop PillowAmy Butler
Learn to make stacks of these pillows in all different combinations of fabric. Their oversized scale lends a cozy drama to any part of your home. Amy shows you how to build the pillow in sections, insert an invisible zipper and finish the pillow. Bring one of Amy’s signature styles into your sewing repertoire and your home.
Rosita PillowLiza Lucy
This stunning zig-zag pillow will sharpen your cutting, sewing and patchwork skills. Liza patiently walks you through the step-by-step process of cutting parallelograms, with tips for accurate cutting and marking that will make the sewing process go smoothly. Each stripe sequence is created in a vertical row, then the rows are sewn together to create the striking chevron effect. Once you've practiced these skills on a pillow, you'll be ready to apply them to your larger quilt projects.
Rosy Quilt TopLiza Lucy
Expert quilt designers Kaffe Kassett and Liza Lucy walk you through every step of making the eye-popping Rosy Quilt top. Using vibrant large and small-scale prints, the version shown here is a modern take on the very first design Kaffe and Liza ever created together. Kaffe provides wonderful insights on how the colors and prints work together, while Liza teaches the basics of cutting and piecing the patchwork. Perfect for beginning quilters and anyone wanting to try patchwork for the first time.
Dreamy Hexagons Medallion QuiltKaffe Fassett
In this class, Kaffe and Liza work together to create a masterful medallion quilt in rich, warm tones. The quilt begins with a stunning medallion center that is comprised of English paper-pieced hexagon rings and hand-appliqued fussy-cut fabrics. From there, the quilt expands with several colorful borders—some patchworked, some solid—which come together to create a lush, harmonious effect. Throughout the making of this low-contrast quilt, Kaffe explains his process for selecting fabrics, demonstrating various options on a design wall. At the end of the class, enjoy bonus footage of Kaffe and Liza sharing stories about how they met and the creative journey they are on together.
Color Dive Half-Square Triangle QuiltAnna Maria Horner
In this gorgeous, color-filled class, Anna shows quilters how to make a vibrant quilt using half-square triangles and squares. This is a perfect class for combining scraps of fabric from your stash. Anna begins by walking quilters through the process of sorting their fabrics into color groups, and from there she demonstrates how to cut and piece the squares and half-square triangles. The real fun begins when Anna goes to the design wall to lay out all of the pieces—when assembled, the half-square triangles come together to create blocks of color that dive right down the center of the quilt. While the project involves a lot of patchwork, the cutting and piecing are easy and the process of sorting colors is pure fun.
Learn Raw Edge Appliqué QuiltingSue Nickels
Learn all about raw edge machine appliqué with quilting expert, Sue Nickels. In this class, Sue shares her signature technique for assembling a vibrant, floral appliqué quilt top. Each piece of appliqué uses just a bit of fusible web to keep it in place, and is then secured permanently with machine blanket stitching. You will learn how to stitch inner and outer points as well as curves and circles, complex units, and bias stems. This class will teach you everything you need to know to work any machine-appliqué pattern, large or small.
Learn all about raw edge machine appliqué with quilting expert, Sue Nickels. In this class, Sue shares her signature technique for assembling a vibrant, floral appliqué quilt top. Each piece of appliqué uses just a bit of fusible web to keep it in place, and is then secured permanently with machine blanket stitching. You will learn how to stitch inner and outer points as well as curves and circles, complex units, and bias stems. This class will teach you everything you need to know to work any machine-appliqué pattern, large or small.Learn how to:
What you’ll get:
Here’s what you’ll need:Tools & Materials:
- 1 yard Soft Fuse Paperbacked Fusible Web
- Appliqué pressing sheet or parchment paper
- Pencil and pencil sharpener
- Quilter’s pencil
- Small embroidery scissors
- Small tweezers
- Spray starch
- Light box (optional)
- Sewing machine with blanket stitch functionality
- Thread - 50/3 cotton in coordinating colors
- Sewing machine needles - 80/12 sharp
- Open toe appliqué foot
- Self-threading hand-sewing needle
- Hand-sewing needle
- Straight pins
- Circle templates
- Mat board
- Quilting ruler
- Rotary cutter
- Iron and small ironing board
- Appliqué Fabric - 8-10 fat quarters of colorful prints for floral motifs
- Inner Border - ¼ yard
- Outer Border - ¾ yard
- Background Block - 20” square plus a 10” square for practice (3/4 yard is enough for both squares)
- Batting - 32” x 32” square cotton blend batting
- Backing - 1 yard
- Binding - ½ yard
- Transfer an appliqué pattern
- Apply fusible web and cut out appliqué pieces
- Work Machine-quilting appliqué techniques
- Assemble complex units
- Make bias stems
What you’ll get:
- Easy-to-follow class by expert quilter Sue Nickels, on how to raw edge applique quilting
- 6 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
- Step-by-step instruction and downloadable PDF pattern included
- The ability the leave comments, ask questions and interact with other students
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Super instruction, she covered all the little areas that confuse when you are trying to make your blouse truly wearable and professional looking. The pattern is ADORABLE, and gets me excited to all kinds of patterns to make it in. LOVED LOVED LOVE EVERYTHING AND THE BEST INSTRUCTION, that I will use over and over again, glad I can refer back with this video when I have had time in between projects since I do not sew as much as I wish too. Thank you so much instructor Gretchen Hirsch.....YOUR AWSOME!
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Good pacing through out, knowledgeable of good sewing techniques and explains what she’s doing and why.
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Gertie is always comprehensive, thorough in her instructions, and makes clear, concise sense.
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