Learn to make your own throw pillows

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A great project for the beginning sewer is a piped throw pillow. I have instruction that one of my students composed and I edited. You can make any size pillow. We created a 16″ pillow which is perfect for the couch. The piped edge makes the pillow look professional. The pillow top can be almost anything.

Dscn2474I have made lots of pillow gifts. My favorite is when I use embroidery or lettering. For wedding I usually place the bride and grooms names and wedding date  in the pillow. I like using built-in sewn writing the best and usually try to incorporate the writing into strip quilting. My favorite technique is using crazy quilting. Here are a few pillows I have made and a few I like a lot. The gold pillow is a link to the pillow instructions. Enjoy the project or join me in class at Jenny’s Sewing Studio! 

You can also visit my Pinterest pillow favorites at this link to see more pillows I have collected.
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Quilted Fabric Purse

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Quilted Fabric Purse

In a recent class of the Quilted Fabric Purse my student made this lovely purse.  If you zoom in you can see she personalized the pocket with her name “Jeannie” and framed the name with decorative stitches built-in to her sewing machine. The technique used on this purse was strip piecing. Jeannie used a prequilted base and about 6 different 1/4 yard fabrics cut 2 1/2″ wide strips. The purse has 6 inside pockets and 2 outside pockets. Everything is complimented with the contrasting black trim.

I hope to see you in our next Fabric Quilted Purse. This class is easy enough for beginning sewers but interesting enough for all to try. Enroll now! $40.00
Wednesday March 18th 10:00-4:30pm
Saturday May 2nd 10:00-4:30pm

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New classes are now available at Jenny’s Sewing Studio

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singer 90s twinSewing Classes at Jenny’s are now “one on one” and held at Jenny’s Sewing Studio 1030 South Schumaker Dr. Salisbury, MD 21804 by pre paid appointment only. You can register and sign up at this link. Once you register on line Jenny will contact you for a scheduled date to attend.

Sewing Machine Basics– Learn the basics of using your machine. We will wind a bobbin, thread the machine and work on the stitch functions. Please make sure you bring your instruction book with the machine. Learn the blind hem, appliqué, mending stitch, buttonhole, sewing on buttons, over edge, and more. Bring thread, your machine and scissors plus your book. Fabrics and materials will be provided. 2 hours one on one. Fee payable on-line is $40.00

Serger Sewing Basics – Learn to thread and use your serger. We will cover the ¾ spool stitch, flat lock and narrow roll hem. You will practice the stitches and make a few projects as you learn. Make sure you bring your serger and instruction manual, 4 cones of thread ( prefer one cone of yellow, blue, red and green) scissors, and tweezers. Fabrics and materials will be provided. 2 hours one on one. Fee payable on-line is $40.00

Embroidery Machine Basics– This is a great basic class to learn to use your embroidery machine. Learn where to start with embroidery. Bring your machine USB thumb drive to class. We will cover stabilizers, threads, marking and positioning tools, templates, and give you some great ideas to try with your machine. Demonstration will include a generic embroidery software that will work with all machines. We will practice one transfer and a monogram. 2 hours one on one. Fee payable on-line is $40.00

beginnersBeginner Sewing Basics – Here is a description of how you will learn to sew. Everyone is different so time is approximate. It is suggested you schedule this session in 2 weeks. Lesson 1 will take 3 hours and lesson 2 will take 3 hours. Please bring the apron pattern Simplicity 2319 and 1 3/4 yard of quilter’s cotton broadcloth fabric to lesson one. Also bring one small spool of all-purpose sewing thread.
Step 1 – Learn to use your sewing machine to do basic sewing. Learn to sew seams, pivot, clip corners, stuff, hand stitch, insert a zipper. You will make 2 projects in the class: a pin cushion and a zipper pouch. We will read your pattern and prepare it for layout. 3 hours. 1:30-4:30pm
Step 2 – Make an apron – Learn to read a pattern and guide sheet, layout the fabric and cut out the apron. Follow the guide sheet and complete the apron. 3 hours. 1:30-4:30pm 2-3 hour sessions in 2 weeks – register on line, fee $100.00.

Continue Sewing!! Continue sewing and get help making more sewn items. Get help with collars, cuffs, buttonholes, setting in sleeves and more. Suggest you cut out the garment before class to get the maximum from the session. Sign up for a 3 hour session from 1:30 to 4:30pm – Tell me the day you wish to come on and I will email you confirmation. $50.00 for a 3 hour session.
Terry sept2014Singer Futura! Class will be scheduled 10:00 am till 4:30 pm with one hour scheduled for lunch break. The cost is $80.00. Materials provided include stabilizer, bobbin thread, needles, and project materials. I have a Futura Quintet and laptop that I will provide for you to use. All the technique and software is the same on all Futura’s so supplying the machine will make the class easier for both of us. Please bring a thumb drive so files can be copied to the drive. We will design the class for you. Basic information on stabilizers, files saving, the base software, auto punch, lettering, hyper font, advanced editing, photo stitch and cross stitch can be covered. We can do the endless hoop and multi-hooping. You pick 4 basic subjects involving the Futura and I will try to cover it all.
Home Decorating Basics- Beginners welcome! Learn to put in a zipper and make a piped pillow, try a cording foot, do some binding. This class will give you some skills to use in projects you make for the home. Bring 1 ¼” yard of a pillow fabric, matching thread and 2 yds of 5/32” cord and a 24 “ zipper to make your 16” piped pillow. $40.00 for a 3 hour session

Quilted Fabric Purse – Learn to make a Designer looking handbag and quilt your own fabric. This is an all day class. You will need:
1 yd prequilted single faced fabric for lining, 3/4 yard of trim fabric.
5 to 6- 1/4 yard coordinating prints (No Fat Quarters)
This will create a lovely strip pieced purse.
Bring matching and contrast thread plus one 22?zipper and one 18? zipper. Bring your sewing machine and a walking foot if you have one. $60.00 for a session from 10:00 to 4:30pm

New! Learn to quilt by Machine– Learn to stipple and use the walking foot. You will need 1 yard of off white quilter’s solid broadcloth, 1 spool of off white thread about 2 shades darker than fabric and 1 yard of fusible fleece plus one wash away marker. Please enroll at least 1 week before the start date. We will need your machine make and model number to fit your machine for a free motion foot and a walking foot. Using an off white broad cloth we will learn to do free motion machine quilting and create a pillow top. $40.00 for a 2 hour session
If you have an unfinished quilt from one of our quilt classes , you can learn to quilt and bind the quilt in this class. This would be a substitute for the free motion project. Bring enough pre quilted single faced fabric to cover the back of your quilt and 5/8 yd for binding.

grannyBeginner Crochet skills– Learn to chain, single, double, half double, and triple crochet. Learn the basic granny square. You will need one ball of a worsted weight yarn in any color for Practice. Bring crochet hook in size 8. 1-2 hour session $40.00
Beginner Knitting skills– In 2 hours learn to cast on knit, purl, decrease and increase. Make a knit swatch for gauge. You will need one ball of worsted weight yarn in any color for practice. Bring knitting needles in US 8. 1-2 hour session $40.00

 

 

 

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Private one on one lessons with Jenny

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Sewing Machine 05Many customers have asked me to do private lessons. My schedule is very full so that is why I must ask for certain procedures to be used when you wish to schedule private classes with me. No phone calls, please inquire about topic and times by email. Also tell me your sewing machine make and model and your sewing experience and sewing problems and times you wish to meet so I can be prepared for you. I can call you if you will give me several call times available and a phone number.

Email is Jenny@jennys-sewing-studio.com

This is instruction, not sewing machine repair, alterations or a fix it session. I can help you understand how to use a sewing machine or a serger, but it should be in good working order. I might be able to get you out of trouble on a sewing machine error but that information should be explained in your email to me before we schedule a session.

lesson.jpgYou want to learn to use your machine, embroidery software I am familiar with, or you have issues with sewing construction, sewing attachments like rufflers and hemmers, measurement and fitting, or even crochet.. you can schedule a one on one class with Jenny at her small shop at home in Salisbury, MD. Space is restricted, so give me your need and I will see if it can be addressed. All students will need to supply a sewing machine and all sewing supplies, threads and fabrics needed to complete the session. This session is scheduled in advance with Jenny for a specific date and time. Class will be held at 1030 South Schumaker Dr in Salisbury, MD. Jenny will offer a “one on one class for 1 hour increments for one person”. If you need more time than scheduled, however many hours you need, please schedule the session for your needs. Instruction is by appointment only and payment is made in advance through this internet shopping cart. You can leave me notes in comments or email before you enroll as to what you want to learn and how long you want to take. ( No phone calls please. Leave me your phone number and a time to call you and I will try return a call to you.) Once I set aside time for your class, it is nonrefundable. Questions? Email me first for an appointment time agreement. jenny@jennys-sewing-studio.com. Please allow at least 2 weeks in advance for a scheduled date. Please note that the class hour starts at the hour you schedule, so if you are late, you will lose the late minutes scheduled in your hour. Remember all payments are made first, before you attend and are non-refundable. To enroll use this link.

Also consider taking a regularly scheduled class at Hancock Fabrics in Salisbury, MD. To enroll at Hancock please call 410 677 3461. Here is a schedule of the classes offered.

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Make a placemat and learn a new Sewing or Quilting Technique

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Placemats– For Beginners and Intermediate sewers. Our placemats will explore many different sewing and quilting techniques. This is a great way to learn binding, strip piecing, use of decorative stitches, free motion quilting, and some placemats will cover the use of your serger. Let’s make some creative mats braid in dayfor each season of the year. The first ½ hour will be used to pick your colors and purchase fabrics. Choose between Braided Mat, Free Motion Mat, Applique mat, Reversible Quilted Mat, Strip Pieced Mat, and Watercolor Mat. Free Pattern for most classes. Take this class again and again to learn a new technique. Fee is $30.00.  See more information on the placemats at this link. To enroll call Hancock at 410-677 3461

Wednesday May 7th 1:30-4:30pm (your choice)
Wednesday May 21st 1:30-4:30pm (Flag serger placemats..Bring your serger)
Wednesday June 25th 1:30-4:30pm (your choice)


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The Baltimore Ravens in Polar Fleece at Jenny’s Sewing Studio

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ravensjacketAre you a football fan? Our team is the Ravens. Hancock Fabrics carries team polar fleece and prints. Learn to sew Polar Fleece  and make a team jacket in our  all day class at Hancock Fabrics. Make a hat and scarf accessory in a 3 hour class. Learn to Quilt the team fabric to create a matching purse . I have a class for the quilted  fabric purse too.

Learn to sew this great Polar Fleece Jacket for Fall– Buy your fleece , thread, zipper and pattern before class. Kquicksew 3297. Learn to sew a center seperatng zipper, facings and more. This is a great jacket for Fall and Winter. Create one for yo urself or one showing your favorite team Hancock’s has a large variety of fleece to pick from.  Call Hancock at 410 677 3461 to enroll.
All day class from 10-4:30pm $50.00 #3466133
Wednesday November 13th

Polar Fleece accessories- Learn to make a easy fleece hat and scarf. The technique is easy! Great for Beginners. You will need 1/2 yd of polar fleece for the scarf. You will need 1/2 of a yard of fleece for the hat. If you want t 2 tone hat you will need an additional 1/2 of contrast fleece. #3466174 fee is $30.00
Tuesday October 8      1-4:30pm
Sunday October 20th 12:30-4:00pm

Fabric quilted Purse – Choose your favorite color combination for your  fabric quilted purse. ( I can help you purchase the correct fabric  from 9:30am to 10:00am.)
Learn to quilt your own fabric- Purchase 1 yd of purse body fabric to quilt. Also buy 1 yd lining and 1 yd fusible batting ( you can subtitute 1 yd of prequilted faric for lining and batting), 3/4 yd of contrast for handles and trim and matching thread. You will also need an 22″ zipper and one 18″ zipper. Bring your sewing machine, walking foot, open toe foot, rotary cutter and ruler. You will also need a fabric marker or a chalk pencil.  Enrollment fee is $40.00   1 session #3600921 .

Saturday November 16th
10:00- 4:30pm

See you in class! Call 410 677 3461 to enroll at Hancock’s in Salisbury, MD

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Strip pieced Wallet and Purse Class

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I am really exciteDSCN2202d to introduce my strip pieced quilted purse and wallet class at Hancock Fabrics.  Using the walking foot I sewed 2 1/2″ to 3″ strips to a pre quilted fabric to make the project fast and easy to make.  You can make the bag and wallet  together in one session on Wednesday November 20th from 9:30 till 4:30pm The strips can be shared for both projects. You will need 8 – 1/4 yard pieces of fabric to cut the strips for your purse and wallet ( one strip each project) . The wallet only takes a 1/4 yard piece of pre quilted background fabric and 5/8 yard of binding fabric plus 2 zippers and one snap.

I have written the instructions for the wallet but have not yet had time to assemble the purse. You are looking at the top flap. I used my Singer Futura to monogram the flap for a personalize look and I used some of my decorative stitches to embellish the strips. When I get the whole purse finished I will picture it here along with instructions.

I think I will makstrip wallet600 whitee wallets to give as Christmas gifts this year. They are pretty quick and once I have everything assembled I will be able to complete them quickly. When you look inside the wallet you will find 2 zipper compartments. One area is for folding money and the other is for the change. The wallet also has 2 folded pockets. Both are for credit cards and are very comvient

Make sure you check out the wallet pattern. It is free! Just like a good cook, I do not tell you all my secrets. You will have to take the class for that. Call 410- 677 3461 to enroll.

 

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Learn to Sew and make a Fabric Purse at the same time!

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Jenny’s Sewing Studio is offering a fabric purse class in June and July. You can learn to make a fabric purse and learn the basics of sewing. A  Pick from one of 3 new double faced quilted fabrics from Hancock to make your purse quick and easy or learn to quilt your own!

Go shopping at Hancock with the instructor and pick out your lining and outside fabric. You will receive a written pattern in class to follow for any other purse project you wish to make for yourself or as a gift. Learn to drawn off your pattern and cut the shapes out. Finish your seam allowances. We will also cover using the walking foot and inserting a zipper.

The monogram was added using the Singer Futura. Learn more about the Futura in our 2 day Futura seminars.

 

 

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Fabric quilted Purse Choose your favorite color combination for your  fabric quilted purse.

For fabric purse- Purchase 1 yd of purse body fabric to quilt. Buy 1yd base fabric and lining and fusible batting 3/4 yd of contrast for handles and trim and matching thread. You will also need an 22″ zipper and one 18″ zipper.

I will help you coordinate your purse and quilt your purse project. Bring your sewing machine, walking foot, open toe foot, rotary cutter and ruler. You will also need a fabric marker or a chalk pencil.  Enrollment fee is $40.00  1 session 10:00-4:30
Wednesday June 12th 10:00-4:30pm
Thursday July 25th 10:00-4:30pm

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