Sew? Me? Why yes, yes I do. You?

Thank you Barb for a great space to work in! This is her "Stampin' Up" studio where she teaches her stamp classes. Once a month, presto chango - it's a sewing classroom!

Some of you sew.  Some of you don’t.  But if you don’t…is it fair to say you wish you did?

I hear it all the time.  “I wish I knew how to sew!”.  Seriously – anyone can sew!  And so, I’ve been teaching a few classes about once a month on some original and other projects.  Fun for beginners.  Fun for those advanced sewers.

Last week, we had our TOTES! class.  The idea was that I would share how I draft…ha!  How I “draft” a bag pattern.  Um, a tote bag is a rectangle basically.  Add straps.  Boom!  You’re done.

With a few patches and a basic pattern, I introduced them to using offset blocks and a little no sew trick.  Two different ways to make the gussets and how to make the straps.  How to create pockets from whatever scraps you have.  How to use interfacing.  How to insert a snap.  I think that about sums it up.  Wanna see what they came up with?

Check them out!

Love these prints together

Love this bird print! Jayne really wanted this print. I had a bit of it left. We swapped homemade soap for this fabric. I'm happy. She's happy. And what a fabulous tote!

Would you believe that Katie, who made this, had NEVER sewn before?! This was her first ever attempt! She was AWESOME! A real natural!

Kim picked these wonderfully warm pretty prints from Feather Your Nest.

February, we are sewing up some fabulous accessory bags and learning how to make little rolled roses and more to pin on or attach to barrettes.

March, we are getting ready for Spring with some home dec sewing.  Pillow covers and table runners.  I love making the table runners actually into placemats which you can use on an end table too.

April, preparing for Mother’s Day we will be making aprons.

May, end of school year so we will be making teacher thank you gifts.  Notebook covers and coffee cup cozies.

June, ready for the summer – we will be making a classic, pillowcase dresses.

Want to join us?  If you sign up for any 3 classes and pay in advance, you’ll receive a $20 discount.  If you’ve taken a class with me – I’d love to hear what you think and share with everyone.  I love seeing what you all create!  Thanks for sewing with me!




12 Responses

  1. Just wanted to say thanks for the class Trish… Katie and I had a lot of fun. She was just over here trying to get her Grandma’s machine working, and she is going to use your wristlet tutorial to make one with her leftover fabric. We also made it to Feather Your Nest yesterday and got some fabric to try making a simple shift dress. Quick question: Is your pillowcase dress class to make a child’s dress or adult dress?

  2. you must be so proud of your students! (and of yourself.) congrats on Sew Hip, by the way!

  3. Every class is more fun than the last and I learn so much! I bought fabric for my next tote. You’ve created a monster! Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog too. 🙂

  4. Wow! They look great! I’m planning to sew a tote real soon. Thanks for the inspiration!


  5. CUTE! Can’t wait to get my stuff:)!

    • I’ve got it all cut and packaged…just waiting to get a free moment to get to the post office. I’ve got this thing…um, a real job, that occurs every few days. Kind of puts a kink in my schedule. Phooey! But, I did put a little something extra in there for you! You can share with little Emma if you want but I think you’ll like it!

  6. I love that bird tote too! Especially the pairing of the patterned fabric with the natural one. Looks like your students are learning a lot from you!

  7. I “sew” wish I were close enough to take one of your classes. I’ve been mostly going it on my own, but it would sure be nice to be able to actually learn the right way to do a few things.

    • I don’t know if we learn everything the “right” way Dusty :>) As I tell them, this is “Trish” sewing…it includes usually lots of shortcuts and perhaps not technically correct but get the job done during nap time sewing hints :>) LOL!

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