Intro to Sewing Camp

IN PERSON.  Perfect for beginner level students who have not sewn before (or with very little experience). All new students ages 6 and up will make a pillow, drawstring backpack, pj pants or shorts and choose an additional 4th project of their choice. (As I review signup there is a possibility for a space or 2 to open up in a closed camp, please let me know if you want to be on a wait list)

Pre-Requisites

Recommended Experience Level: No Experience – Beginner/Newbie

Supplies

Be sure to stop by Firecracker Fabrics online or in-person – our beautiful and local fabric partner shop, located right inside Cut & Sew Studio and offering all the fabrics, notions, patterns and supplies needed for class!

You may now shop in person at Firecracker, see hours below – please note that you will not be able to shop for supplies the day of camp before camp (or during camp).  Shop is closed Monday and Tuesday.  Please make sure to plan in advance.  We also ask that in an effort to keep number of shoppers to a minimum in store, that you shop alone with your camper and do not plan group shopping meetups with other camper friends at the same time.

  • Wednesdays-Fridays 12-6pm
  • Saturdays-Sundays 11-4pm

Firecracker Fabrics also offers online shopping for your convenience, you may select curb-side pickup and then simply ask the instructor for your supplies the day of camp.   Be sure to order AT LEAST 3 days in advance of the camp and note that the store is closed Monday and Tuesday! You will still be able to pick up supplies from your instructor on Monday at camp!  Please check Firecracker’s website or social media for any store hour updates!

We will make 4 projects.  It is best to have all supplies sent together for the first day of camp.  Supplies will come home with students each day and students will be responsible for bringing back supplies the next day.

Fabric Suggested for all projects – there are other fabrics that you could use, but most students choose from these options:
Quilting Cottons Printed or Quilting Cottons Solid

PROJECT #1 – PATCH WORK PILLOW

  • 1/2 yard Fabric A (must be non-stretch, med-weight woven fabric. No thick fleece,faux-fur, velvet etc. Must be easy fabric for beginner sewer, cotton quilting fabric, canvas or home decor fabric is fine).
  • 1/2 yard Fabric B (same notes as above-use contrast or coordinating fabric, whatever you like together!).
  • 1 spool of all-purpose thread to match
  • one 16″ pillow form.

PROJECT #2 – DRAWSTRING BACKPACK

  • 3/4 yard of cotton quilting fabric or similar fabric – non-stretch
  • Grommets – 3/8″ in size (it will say 3/8″ on package) – typically in silver or gold. There will usually be more in the package then needed, but you need 2 sets – so if siblings or friends are in a class together they can share them if it’s a larger package.  If you purchase the grommets I have linked above it will be exactly what you need for one backpack. Firecracker breaks down the package so you only get what you need for class so it’s cheaper and no waste.  Just purchase one! (it already includes the set)
  • Cord — 4 yards- something to use for drawstring cord (not too thick, about ¼” diameter). (for tiny/short students you will need 3.5 yards only)
  • 1 spool of ALL-PURPOSE thread to match

PROJECT #3 – PJ Pants

  • 2.25 yards of woven fabric (or 1 yard ONLY for PJ shorts) Making shorts will be a bit less expensive since you will need less fabric.
  • 1 yard of 3/4″ wide elastic
  • thread

PROJECT #4 – students choice – choose ONE ONLY from the following for a scrap buster project:

Zipper pouch 
We can use remaining fabric scraps – you will just need a regular all-purpose closed bottom zipper 7″ or longer

Scrunchies
we can use remaining fabric scraps
Need 1/4″ wide elastic – 1 yard makes a few scrunchies

Masks
We use remaining fabric scraps
Need 1/4″ wide elastic if you want elastic loops for ears.  if you use elastic we need about 1/2 yard for 1 mask
feel free to check out the mask making supplies at Firecracker

*Any student who works fast through the week will of course be welcome to get additional supplies if they would like to choose another larger project to make – this can be discussed with the instructor!

 

Aside from project supplies, as you know from my FAQ page online, I am asking all students to
bring their own scissors (please make sure they will cut fabric), pins, seam ripper and chalk or other drawing tool for fabric(such as fabric marker, chalk pencil – usually yellow, red or blue works best).  If you are ordering from Firecracker and need sewing tools as well please click on the link for what I would suggest.  Any supplies students do not have and need to borrow will of course be sanitized between use.
Pins or these pins
Seam Ripper – HERE or HERE
Tailors chalk pieces – available in white, yellow, blue and pink if you search
**I suggest having a fabric shopping bag/tote or book bag for students to keep all their supplies in and bring back and forth to camp each day.  All of their tools can be kept in a sewing bin, or a zip lock bag or something to keep them easily accessible.  Students will  not be leaving their supplies at the studio but will take home and return with supplies each day.
Any questions about the supplies just reach out to me :)

 

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