Special Interest

​​​Here you will find a list and description of all of our current Special Interest (Kids, Naptime, and Serger) 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 policies apply to all Special Interest Classes. Please familiarize yourself with them. Please refer to each class below for a list of supplies.

Prerequisites for Kids Classes:

  • We keep our kids classes small. This ensures that each child gets all the help and attention they need. Please make sure that your child understands that this is a class that will require their attention and maturity. We will be using tools that can hurt ourselves and our friends if we aren't careful.
  • Be a kid! (8-12 years of age)
  • No Sewing Experience Required!
  • All fabric and supplies can be purchased in store or provided by yourself. It is recommended that all fabric is washed prior to the course date.
  • Minimum registration is 3 students. Maximum is 5 students.

Prerequisites for Naptime Classes:

  • basic sewing machine experience
  • Non-mobile babies are welcome to attend with their parent.
  • All fabric and supplies can be purchased in store or provided by yourself.  It is recommended that all fabric be wash prior to the class date.
  • Minimum registration is 3 students. Maximum is 5.

Prerequisites for Serger Classes:

  • Sewing Machine Basics or equivalent
  • Minimum registration is 3 students.  Maximum is 4.

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.

Special Interest (Kids, Naptime, and Serger) Classes - November, December, & January 2018-2019

Introduction to Punch Needle Embroidery with Arounna Khounnoraj of BOOKHOU


Fabrications Ottawa is pleased to welcome Arounna of bookhou for a very special workshop.  Join Arounna in creating your own design using the Oxford punch needle, you will learn the basic fundamentals of this fun and addictive technique. This traditional technique of rug hooking is fun and a quick way to create an image that can be used for wall hangings, pillows and rugs. 

In this workshop you will create a beautiful art wall hanging.

Included with purchase of workshop each student will receive a kit that consists of the oxford punch needle, frame pre-stretched with monks cloth and a selection of yarn.  No experience is required.  Workshop limited to those over the age of 18.  

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Parent and Me Quilt


Join us for our very first Parent + Kid class!!

This class is designed as a true beginner class. Learn the basics of using a sewing machine by sewing a simple quilt. This bindingless quilt is a perfect beginner piece that can be used and loved for a very long time. Kids 7+ can join their parent in this fun and creative 3 part class.

In this class you’ll learn how to square up fabric and organize your pieces into a quilt top. You’ll focus on seam allowances, straight sewing, pivoting and top stitching.


  • ​six fat quarters in coordinating colours
  • 1.5m of flannel for backing (44inches wide)
  • 1 crib size package of quilt batting (40 by 60 inches)
  • coordinating thread for quilting

Please note that each Parent + Kid couple will work on 1 quilt together and share 1 sewing machine together.  

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Naptime: Maxaloones

These grow-with-me pants are super cute and fit even the biggest of diaper bums! Sizes from newborn all the way to 5t. Learn the basics of using PDF pattern, how to sew with knit fabrics, and how to sew in a curve. Maxaloones are a fabulously unisex, remake-able, and versatile pattern. In the smaller sizes, they use hardly any fabric at all and are a great scrap buster.

We will be using the Maxaloones pattern by Max and Meena. You can purchase the PDF pattern here. Please print out the pattern and bring it to class with you.

This class is part of our Naptime Series. This series of classes is aimed at the creative parent or grandparent who is available during the week day. We've kept this class short, using two 90 minute sessions to make up the normal 3 hour class to accommodate fussy babies. This will allow parents to take the class 'while baby naps'. Non-mobile babies are welcome to attend with their parent.

Supply List: 

  • 1/2metre of cotton lycra or similar knit fabric with at least 5% spandex for the legs. We have lots of appropriate fabric in stock  
  • 1/2metre of cotton lycra or similar knit fabric with at least 5% spandex for the bands and bum circle. We have lots of appropriate fabric in stoc
  • matching thread

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Naptime: Advent Calendar

Have you ever thought that you'd like to make a family Advent Calendar someday?

Well, here's your chance! Join us for our Advent Calendar class and make an Advent Calendar you can use for years.
Both sizes of the Fabrications Advent Calendar are perfect to hang over a door or other narrow wall, with 24 (of course!) numbered pockets ready to be filled with candy, small toys or personalized message cards.​
This class will use the Fabrications Advent Calendar kits sold in store and online. The kits contain everything you need to make your calendar. Just add a dowel for hanging!

Supply List:

  • one Fabrications Advent Calendar kit in the size and colour of your choice.​
The kits offer two pocket sizes in six colour combinations.
The Regular Pocket Advent Calendar has 4.5by 5 inch pockets and a finished size of 21 by 37 inches. 
The Jumbo Pocket Advent Calendar has 5.5by 6 inch pockets and a finished size of 24 by 44 inches.

This class will split the regular 4-hour session into two 2-hour sessions to accommodate the needs to new parents.  Non-mobile babies are welcome to attend with the parent.

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Serger Basics 1

​Do you have a love hate relationship with your serger? Are you too afraid to use it? Maybe you just can’t figure out how to get started. 

Do you want to rent the store serger to use outside of class hours?

If so, our beginner serger class will teach you the basics of serger use including the following techniques:

  • Threading the machine.
  • The purpose of 3 or 4 threads and how to convert to a rolled hem.
  • How to sew inside and outside curves.
  • How to make gathers with the differential feed.
  • How to finish a hem and make a neck binding (time permitting)
  • How to use the Coverstitch machine (time permitting)

**The studio has two sergers available for students, and this class is required for renting the serger by the hour in store.**

****If you want to use one of our sergers during the class, please select the appropriate ticket when checking out.  We CAN NOT and DO NOT guarantee that we will have one available for use during class if you do not select the 'Borrow our Serger' ticket.*****

The class fee includes a Sewing Club card which entitles the holder to 10 prepaid hours in our sewing studio (a $65 dollar value). At the end of the class, students will be given a 'Serger Certified' card that entitles them to use the store sergers during studio rental time.

Supply List:

  • Serger and instruction manual
  • 4 different coloured spools of thread
  • Fabric for practicing
  • Notebook 

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Garment Making School for Girls

A modern curriculum to introduce kids ages 10-16 to the basics of operating a sewing machine and sewing their own garments.


Using 'Ms. Figgy's Garment School for Girls' as our textbook, this 8-session course will take a more curriculum based approached to sewing than we use in our traditional single session kids classes.

This longer, more in-depth course will allow us to focus on hand stitching, machine use and the principals of sewing and garment making. This course is designed for youth who want to learn the necessary skills to create independently outside of a classroom setting.

The textbook is included in your class registration fee.  Fabric and other supplies are not.

Supplies for the first 4 projects:

  • 1 skein of embroidery thread
  • set of hand sewing needles
  • roll of Swedish tracing paper
  • 2 metres of medium weight cotton woven fabric such as quilting cotton
  • coordinating thread
  • 1 metres of ¾” no roll elastic
  • 2 coordinating fat quarters
  • 9” zipper
  • 0.75 metres of medium to heavy iron on interfacing
  • 2 metres of mid weight knit 4 way stretch with at least 5% lycra/spandex, such as jersey

The supplies above will be used in the first 2-4 weeks to learn about different stitches, drafting a simple A line skirt, sewing a unique asymmetrical clutch, and sewing a dolman top.

Further supplies will be needed to create pants, a woven tank top, and possibly more; supplies will be discussed and a list will be provided well in advance to unsure you have time to purchase and prewash fabrics.


Students should bring a small journal/workbook and a pencil case to each class so they can takes notes, jot down ideas, and sketch out plans!! Students must also bring their textbook and ALL supplies and in-progress projects to class as more than one project may be worked on in any given week.


  • students must be between 10-16 years of age
  • students must be prepared to participate fully and with respect for their colleagues
  • students must understand that some tools can cause injury to themselves and others and must therefore be used with caution
  • no sewing experience is necessary, although some previous sewing experience would be beneficial
  • all fabric and supplies can be purchased in store or provided by yourself. It is recommended that all fabric is pre-washed before the start of class.
  • minimum registration for this class is 4 students. Maximum is 6.

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