Advanced Beginner

​​Here you will find a list and description of all of our current Advanced Beginner classes. Scroll down to see all the options and when you see the one you want to take follow the Book Now link to be taken to our Booking site to reserve your spot.

The following prerequisites and Class polices apply to all Advanced Beginner Classes. Please familiar yourself with them. Please refer to each Class below for a list of Supplies.


  • A couple of Beginner classes such as Infinity Scarf, Triangle Scarf, Cocoon Wrap, Envelope Pillow Cover or Reversible Apron
  • All fabric and supplies can be purchased in store or provided by yourself. We recommend washing fabric before the start of class
  • Minimum registration for this class is 3 students. Maximum is 6.

Space in our classes is limited, therefore in order to reserve your seat, a 100% non-refundable deposit is required. You may register for a class in person, online, or over the phone (613-854-9091) with a credit card.

There are no refunds for classes.

Please refer to our Class Policies for more information before scheduling a class.

Advanced Beginner Classes - June, July, & August 2018

York Pinafore

This extremely cute jumper is a fantastic introduction to sewing and making your own clothing!  So much more satisfying than making yet another pillowcase.  Learn about selecting a size based on your measurements, making simple alterations for height, applying bias facing, and topstitching!  Create a special dress that will take your from summer strolling to fall layering!

The York Pinafore from Helen's Closet Patterns is only available as a PDF download.  Please purchase your pattern here and come to class with proof of purchase.  We will provide you with a large scale print out.

Supply List:

  • ​1-2m depending on size and version of medium to heavy weight woven fabric such as cotton twill, denim, wool, corduroy or canvas.  Crisp lightweight fabrics such as cotton and linen are good options for  a warm weather version.  Drapier fabrics such as tencel twill, tencel denim, rayon challis, or viscose poplin are also good options for a softer less structured look.
  • 4m of double fold bias tape.
  • coordinating thread.

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Rope Bowl

Join us as we join the craze over Rope Bowls. Perfect your precision stitching as we go around and around and around and around making sure to catch each side of the rope with each zig and zag of the zigzag stitch.

This class includes enough cotton rope to make a medium sized bowl. You can bring scraps of fabric from home for decoration or you can use what you can find in our scrap box.

Supply List:

  • smalls scraps, 1inch by 4-6inches, for decoration, optional
  • 2 spools of thread in your choice of colour, or you can use white thread which we supply

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Underwear for Kids and Adults!

In this class you'll learn how to make underwear for men or women! Use up your scraps to make super comfy, customized and colourful underwear. This is the ultimate in 'sew instead of doing laundry' project.

You can purchase the women's pattern by clicking here.

You can purchase the men's pattern by clicking here.

You can purchase the kid's pattern by clicking here.

You may also choose to use the children's Speedy Pants pattern from Made By Jack's Mom, which is available for free when you sign up for the email newsletter. Find the details here.

Please bring the printed out and taped together pattern. Each pattern has the option of only printing the size that you need!

Supply List:

  • 3/4m of cotton lycra jersey for the body of the underwear (depending on size)
  • 1/4m of cotton lycra jersey with at least 5% lycra if you are making the waist and leg bands, can be the same fabric as body (depending on size)
  • matching thread as desired

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Easy Zippered Pouch

Zippers and curves. Learn how to sew both and go home with a cute and functional pouch. Use it for make-up, pencils, sewing supplies, anything! You will learn some great new techniques in this single session course.

Supply List:

  • 1/4 meter outside main colour
  • 1/2 meter outside coordinating colour & inside main colour
  • 9" or 10" zipper
  • 1/4 meter medium or light interfacing
  • Matching or contrasting thread as desired

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​Gardening Apron

Practice topstitching, and working with heavy fabrics while making your own functional and handy tool belt for all your gardening essentials. 

Supply List:

  • 0.75m of heavy woven fabric such as denim, canvas or twill.  
  • 1.25m of 1" wbbing
  • two 1" D-rings
  • 4-6 rivets
  • coordinating thread

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​Invisible Zippered Pillow Cover

Don't fear the zipper, it is simply the next step to rounding out your sewing skills. During this class you will create a lovely throw pillow cover and continue to practice your existing skills, all while conquering installing an invisible zipper.

Supply List:

  • 1/2 to 1 meter of fabric (depending on size of form)
  • 1 pillow form
  • Thread
  • 22" invisible zipper

​​Yoga Bag

​Lear​n about using a sewing machine while making your own functional bag for a yoga mat! Learn about using a sewing machine, cutting fabric, sewing in a curve, and assembling a simple pattern in this beginner class!

Supply List:

  • 1.25m of medium weight fabric for exterior of the bag such as quilting cotton, canvas, twill or denim
  • 0.75m of medium weight fabric for the lining and accent fabric such as quilting cotton
  • coordinating thread
  • for the optional strap: 1m of 2.5inch wide twill strapping

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Simple Kimono Duster

Learn how to sew with delicate, slippery fabrics while making this simple and versatile kimono style duster.   Tips and techniques will include basting, which needle to choose, stitch length, seam finishes, and ironing delicate fabrics.  

​In this super easy advanced beginner class you will make a kimono style wrap. This piece is great for throwing on over a tank top, tee shirt, dress, or swim suit. It can dress an outfit up or down, and take you from daytime to evenings out.

Supply List:

  • For a mid-length kimono:
  • 2m of fabric of light weight fabric with some movement and drape such as lawn, voile, chambray, swiss dot, shirting etc. We have lots to choose from in store.
  • matching thread as desired
  • For a long or duster length kimono:
  • 3m of fabric of light weight fabric with some movement and drape such as lawn, voile, chambray, swiss dot, shirting etc. We have lots to choose from in store.
  • matching thread as desired.

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Ogden Cami

​The Ogden Cami is a simple blouse that can either be worn on its own or as a layering piece under blazers and cardigans. It has a soft V neck at both center front and center back necklines, and delicate spaghetti straps. The neckline and armholes are finished with a partial lining for a beautiful, high end finish.

As this is an Advanced Beginner class, we won't be covering how to add bust darts or how to do Full Bust Adjustments. Please refer to the size chart to determine if this pattern accommodates your sizing. If you feel you would need a full bust adjustments, we can refer you to other classes and patterns that would better suit your needs.
Supply List:
  • 1.25-2m of light weight woven fabric such as lawn, voile, chambray, rayon, etc depending on size and width of fabric. We have lots to choose from in store.
  • matching thread as desired

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​Lined Tote Bag

Has it been a little while since you last used a sewing machine? This is the perfect project to dust off those forgotten skills and get you back on the sewing band wagon. This class is also a great 'next-step' after our beginner classes to challenge your new skills! In this class we will practice the basics and show you how to create a functional tote bag with lining and top stitching.

Supply List:
  • 1/2 meter main fabric
  • 1/2 meter coordinating fabric
  • coordinating thread as desired
  • 2-4 meters of heavy twill tape depending on how long you want the straps

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