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Stitching Stallions are back!

Yes folks, it’s time for Round 2 of Friday afternoon learning clubs at The River.

This time up, we have 12 students (9 girls + 3 boys)  and 8 sewing machines (3 computerized and 5 mechanical). Today, they actually learned how to wind a bobbin, thread the machine and sew a couple of small “pockets.”

I’m a firm believer that the best way is to learn by doing. I demonstrate on one machine, point out the threading and bobbin winding diagrams on the machine and in the manual – then turn them loose. Of course, I have to step in and help…but they learn so much more by doing it themselves!

For a group of kids who were deathly afraid of sewing machines, today they learned that the machines don’t bite!  They were so proud of themselves when clubs ended today.

Sorry, we got so involved I forgot to take pictures! 🙂

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Kid’s Club Schedule for 2019

Believe it or not, Miss Jackie and I have set the monthly classes through December 2019!

January – Hot Chocolate Mug Rug
February – Chenille Heart Door Hanger
March – Fabric Bunny Basket
April – Oven Mitt
May – Big Chicken Door Stop/Tablet Holder
June – no club
July – Drawstring Travel Bag
August – no club
September – Lined Pencil Pouch
October –  Pumpkin Coasters (set of 4)
November – Bowl Cozy
December – Gift Bags/Card Holders

We meet the 2nd Saturday of every month from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Class fee is $15 plus supplies.  Snacks are included.

We prefer that you bring your own sewing machine in good working order.  Stitch N Quilt offers machine service, as do Sewing Doc and Ashby Sewing.

A limited number of sewing machines are available for student use. Please let the shop know when you register. I bring sewing machines with a speed controller.

Policies:

  • Students must be 8 years old/rising 3rd grader to attend classes.
  • Students must be good listeners and able to follow directions.
  • Parents/caregivers are welcome to stay; however, realize your child is going to want you to participate along side them!
  • Classes are limited to six students. Payment is required at time of sign-up.
  • Some sewing machine familiarity is helpful, but actual sewing experience not always required.  That said, the January and November club projects are more involved and best suited for kids who have attended at least 3 sessions with us.

 

 

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Happy Turkey Day!

Mom asked me to remake my Grandmother’s vintage placemats that were literally worn out.  (She originally asked in 2017, but I am happy to report she got her placemats in time for Thanksgiving 2018.)  I decided to turn this into the November Kid’s Club project. I’m also happy to announce that thanks to numerous requests, an official pattern will be coming soon. 🙂

 

 

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Look, Mom! I made a skirt!

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Yes, these young ladies made their very own skirts at the most recent Kid’s Club at Stitch N Quilt in Mableton.  The girls chose the Roxy Skirt Pattern from Simplicity. I dusted off garment sewing skills learned long, long ago to teach these eager stitchers how to read a pattern, the importance of grainline and how cut out pattern pieces. Fortunately, each girl had an adult (grandma or quilt guild volunteer) to assist her.  I’m so proud of them!

 

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Check out this super cute pattern!

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Meet Josefina and Jeffery!

Ira Rott is a well-known designer in crochet circles, but decided to translate one of her most popular crochet patterns into a sewing pattern.  This is the result!

Although rated for intermediate sewists, an advanced beginner would be fine with this pattern. It does introduce some techniques with which you might not be familiar, but it’s all part of the learning process, right?

And yes, yours truly assisted by tech editing this delightful pattern.

It’s available in her Etsy shop as a pdf download.  Get yours here.

Happy sewing!

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Fun Stitchy Things to Do With Your Kids & Grandkids This Summer

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That’s right!  The Row by Row Junior experience is back for 2018.  If you like to shop hop, be sure to take your mini-me along for the ride!  Your little one(s) will be able to enjoy Row by Row activities geared just for them. Go here for more details.

 

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Designed for kids and adults, this weekly downloadable sew-along-series starts at the very beginning. Week 1 covers sewing machine basics, sewing vocabulary and simple stitches. Week 2 features a really cute popsicle project that can be made in an afternoon. Be sure to visit the Janome summer camp site each Monday for a new activity.

 

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Finally, be sure to check out your local library to see what crafty activities are scheduled as part of the Summer Reading Program.  Maker Space and Crafternoon programs are very hot right now in libraries!  Best of all – most are absolutely FREE!  (Oh, and if your library has one – be sure sign up to read to the READing dog if your ‘lil stitcher is in grades 1-6).

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Let’s make some magic…

Travel pillowcase

Miss Teresa’s Magical Travel Pillowcase that is!

Join us on Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Stitch ‘N Quilt in Mableton to learn how to make a travel size pillowcase.

Cost:  $10.00 + supplies

The shop is offering kits (including a pillow) in either a pink or turquoise colorway. If you prefer to DIY, please bring your fabrics cut and ready to sew.

This is an EXCELLENT first class for those with no or minimal sewing experience.

Learn:
* Basic sewing vocabulary.
* How to maintain a consistent seam allowance.
* How to construct a French seam.
* Finishing details that make a difference.

We prefer that you bring your own sewing machine in good working order. If you need to borrow machine, please let the shop know when you register for the class. A limited number of machines are available for student use.

Not able to join us on 1/13/18? Here’s my magical pillowcase tutorial  with supply list and basic directions.