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Sewing Class Schedule

We’re starting to roll out our classes for the Fall!  Deb Gowling is back to teach sewing for us and we’ve got a fun line up of classes for you.  We’re still ironing out the details on knitting and felting classes since our dear Alexis has moved on to other projects but look for those classes coming soon!
Truly Beginner Sewing – Zippered Cushion Cover
 
A class for everyone who thinks that sewing might be a neat thing to try but isn’t sure where to go from there. We’ll help you demystify your sewing machine, learn about different fabrics, and get some basic techniques under your belt.
Four different class sessions to choose from!
Sundays September 10th + 17th 12-3pm
Mondays September 11th + 18th 10-1pm
Sundays November 12th + 19th 12-3pm
Wednesdays November 15th +22nd 10-1pm
Cost:$50
Minimum 3 students, Maximum 6
Materials: Sewing Machine, Basic Sewing Kit (thread, scissors, measuring tape, marking tool, pins) Please bring your machine manual if you have it.

Mitred Corner Placemats
 
Let’s talk about sewing something that you and your family are going to use day in and day out. Let’s talk about placemats! This workshop is going to teach you how to make neat and tidy mitred corners with fun fabrics on a set of reversible placemats.
Saturday September 23rd 11-4pm
Cost: $35
Minimum 4, Maximum 6
Materials list available in store.

Sewing Pattern Basics
 
Three triangles, two triangles, dots labeled with a 3, dotted lines, dashed lines, lines with dots AND dashes…sewing patterns can be complex! We’ll teach you to decode all the symbols, abbreviations and instructions and make a great garment while you’re at it. You’ll pick a pattern that YOU want to make and we’ll help you every step of the way.
Thursdays September 14th, 21st, 28th 10-1pm
Cost:$50
Minimum 3, Maximum 6
Materials: Sewing Machine, Basic Sewing Kit, EITHER a Kwik-to-Sew paper pattern OR a Burda “Super Easy” paper pattern (If you want to use a pattern from another brand or the internet please get in touch with us to make sure it’s going to be something we can complete inside of class time)

Secret Pocket Infinity Scarf
 
This scarf is perfect for the sewist on the go! For a wander among the trees, or a ramble on the beach, this stylish scarf does double duty keeping the breeze at bay and giving you a place for your keys, phone or ipod.
Sunday October 1st 12-3pm
Cost: $25
Minimum 3, Maximum 6
Materials list available in store.

CanadaDay

 It’s our nation’s 150th birthday this weekend and that sounds like a great reason for a weekend sale!
Sale in effect Thursday June 29th – Monday July 3rd!
CanadaKits
Canada Fabric, Kits and Precuts
25% OFF
Splash Outdoor Fabric
20% OFF
Solids Reg. $18/mt Now $14.40/mt
Prints Reg. $16/mt Now $12.80/mt
 
Ten fabrics left to choose from!
Pillow Forms
50% OFF
Select sizes only, while quantities last

14″ x 14″ Reg. $9.50  Now $4.75
16″ x 16″ Reg. $12  Now $6
20″ x 20″ Reg. $15  Now $7.50
24″ x 24″ Reg. $20  Now $10
12″ x 22″ Reg. $11  Now $5.50
Canada Day Hours
Saturday July 1st  12-4pm
Regular hours the rest of the weekend.
Remember, we are OPEN Sundays 11-4!

Take Your Sewing to The Patio

Hello Makers!

We are very excited to let everyone know that our outdoor fabrics are here!  This year we have sixteen options for you to choose from, so you can be sure to find the perfect match for your backyard oasis.

All the outdoor fabrics are both mildew and UV resistant, and we have outdoor rated threads to match!

All the outdoor fabrics are both mildew and UV resistant, and we have outdoor rated threads to match!

We have a few spring classes coming up, read about them below.  If there are any classes you’d like to see during the summer time, please let us know! We really value your feedback on what you’d like to learn, and while we may not be able to teach everything it helps us plan for the future.
Now go enjoy that sunshine!

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You won't be making this exact cozy, but one very much like it!

You won’t be making this exact cozy, but one very much like it!

Beginner Cable Knitting – Cup Cozy
Learn the basics of cables!   In this 3-hour workshop, participants will cover cable techniques and knitting in the round to create a warm and wonderful cup cozy.  You need only know how to knit and purl comfortably to take this class.
Saturday May 20th 12-3pm
Min. 4 students
Class Cost $25
Materials: 25-50g worsted (#4) yarn, set of 5mm needles, cable needle

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Adult Intermediate Needle Felting – Mice
This all day needle felting workshop is going to teach you to make the cutest, most wonderful woodland critters ever, MICE! You will learn how to make a simple armature (including sweet little toes) build up a felted base and then add unique details to your very own creation.  Previous felting is necessary, you must be comfortable with the basics of needle felting.
Saturday June 24th 10am to 4pm with break
Min. 4 students
Class Cost $60 materials included

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Kid’s Knitting
Four week and Drop -In Sessions for beginners and experienced young knitter’s alike! Alexis Bach will be teaching kids ages 6 and up how to create their first knitted bunny, then guiding them in expanding their skills with fun and unique projects of their choosing!
Weekly on Sundays until June 25th from 11:30-12:30 (Drop-In Room Only) and 1:30-2:30pm
4 consecutive classes – $40 per student
1 Drop-In spot will be available every week, first come first serve-$15 per session

Maximum class size of 5 students to ensure that all students receive individual attention.

Kids Hand Sewing 
Did you also know that we’re hosting a kids embroidery and hand sewing club? Well it’s true! Alexis Bach will be teaching kids ages 6 and up how to do three basic hand stitching techniques through making a needle case to hold their tools. Then guiding them in expanding their skills with fun and unique projects of their choosing!
Weekly on Sundays until June 25th from 12:30-1:30pm and 2:30-3:30pm
4 consecutive classes – $40 per student
1 Drop-In spot will be available every week, first come first serve-$15 per session
Maximum class size of 5 students to ensure that all students receive individual attention.
 
If classes are full we will happily take your information and let you know when there is a space available.

Help Keep Our Homeless Warm!

On October 17, 2015, Sew Easy and m1tog (Make One Together) invite you to help keep fellow Coasters warm this winter. Your skills can provide hats, scarves, mitts and blankets for those who will be using the cold weather shelter this season. There are many ways to participate, during the event and leading up to it.

If you’re available, you can come down to Trail Bay Centre on Saturday, Oct. 17 anytime between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. and knit or crochet in the company of others. Come for a little while or stay the whole day. There will be tea, coffee, snacks and giveaways. Come alone or bring a friend. Yarn, needles and hooks will be available for you to use if your donation is simply your time. You can drop off yarn (machine washable only, please) at Sew Easy anytime before Oct. 17.

You can bring also finished items to Sew Easy anytime before Oct. 17. You can join the Blanket Brigade and knit or crochet a 12-inch square prior to or on the event day. More details and patterns are available on m1tog.ca – a resource for people who wish to donate handmade items to local charitable organizations – and at Sew Easy, both in-store and at facebook.com/seweasysechelt. Come join in the spirit of giving and help make the Sunshine Coast a caring, cozy community for all.

Download a printable brochure to pin up on the fridge or share with your friends

Download suggested stitches for knitted blanket squares

Summer Sundays at Sew Easy

We hope you’re all keeping cool as the gorgeous weather continues!

We wanted to let you know about a great new workshop program we’re starting up in July, Summer Sundays at Sew Easy!  Summer Sundays at Sew Easy is going to provide you with a new workshop EVERY Sunday starting at 1pm through July and August. We’ve laid out the schedule below, please pre-register with us either in person, phone, email, on Facebook or Ravelry.  Payment must be made by the Friday before the workshop.

We would also invite feedback about workshop dates and times.  While it’s impossible to have a time that fits for everyone, we would love to be able to schedule workshops that work for as many people as possible so please let us know if you’re interested in a class but the date doesn’t work for you! If there are a few people with the same interest we can often reschedule or run another class for a time that works for your group.

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Yarn Dying with Kool-Aid (1 class) with Jill Sullivan

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Ever wondered how yarn dyers make such great colours?  You can do it too!  This super fun workshop is going to teach you how to dye basic wool yarn with food safe dyes in a microwave and in a pot to make the most amazing custom mixes of colour.  Please wear old clothes and if you have an apron please bring it too. This class will also be run on August 9th if you cannot make this session.

Materials:  Materials are included in cost of this workshop.
DATES: Sunday, July 5th
TIME: 1pm – 3pm
COST: $25

Super Simple Jersey Skirt (1 class) with Vivien Spry

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You’ll learn how to easily draft, serge and sew a simple skirt from an easy wear jersey fabric in just one day!  Pick your own fabric and length and customize your skirt to fit you.  You’ll have the chance to go over basic techniques and if you’ve never tried a serger before this is a great chance to give it a go.  Maxi, midi or mini, this base skirt design can be adapted to fit your whole summer wardrobe!  This class will also be run on August 9th if you cannot make this session.

Materials:  One meter of light to medium weight jersey knit fabric, scissors and basic sewing tools

DATES: Sunday July 5th
TIME: 1pm – 3pm

COST: $15 + cost of fabric

Carry All Beach Bag (1 classes) with Vivien Spry

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Make a beginner friendly beach bag to carry all your summer essentials in just a few hours! Using basic techniques and simple instructions you’ll learn to make this great bag out of water proof vinyl fabric with loads of pockets, perfect for the beach or errands in town.

Materials:  Cost of fabric is included in the workshop cost, please bring your own sewing machine, scissors, and a temporary marking tool.  If you don’t have a sewing machine we can provide you with one for the class, please let us know prior to the class that you will need one.

DATES: Sunday July 12th
TIME: 1pm – 3pm
COST: $25

Intro to Circular Knitting (1 class) with Jenny Margueratt

Socks, hats, sweaters, and cowls can all be knit faster and easier with the addition of knitting in the round.  We’ll cover knitting on double pointed needles and circular needles, preparing you to jump into circular knitting on your own or following up with any of our intermediate knitting classes later in the season.

Materials:  Please bring 25g-50g of worsted weight (#4) yarn in any fibre you prefer.  Needles will be provided.

DATES: Sunday July 19th
TIME: 1pm until we’re done!
COST: $15

Simple Jersey Dress (1 class) with Jill Sullivan

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Using about one metre of jersey knit fabric you can make a quick and easy dress or tunic! Like our jersey skirt class, this is going to show you how to draft and sew a dress fit to you in an afternoon using beginner friendly skills and techniques.  It’ll give you the framework to expand and embellish later at home.

Materials:  One metre of jersey knit fabric, your sewing machine and basic sewing tools.  If you do not have a sewing machine you may be able use one of ours, please speak to us if you need to use a machine.

DATES: Sunday July 26th
TIME: 1pm – 3pm
COST: $15 + cost of fabric

FREE Drop-In Cross-Stitch or Embroidery for Kids with Jenny Margueratt
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This is going to be a fun and simple drop in activity for elementary school age kids and their parents to play with thread and needle together!  We’ll have a variety of templates  and oodles of thread colours to choose from so kids can get used to hand embroidery and cross stitch either through making their own design or making a colourful sweater for a little animal friend. Pre-registration is not necessary for this workshop only.

Materials:  All materials will be provided!

DATES: Sunday August 2nd
TIME: 1pm – 3pm
COST: FREE

Yarn Dying with Kool-Aid (1 class) with Jill Sullivan

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Ever wondered how yarn dyers make such great colours?  You can do it too!  This super fun workshop is going to teach you how to dye basic wool yarn with food safe dyes in a microwave and in a pot to make the most amazing custom mixes of colour.  Please wear old clothes and if you have an apron please bring it too. This class will also be run on July 5th if you cannot make this session.

Materials:  Materials are included in cost of this workshop.
DATES: Sunday, August 9th
TIME: 1pm – 3pm
COST: $25

Super Simple Jersey Skirt (1 class) with Vivien Spry
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You’ll learn how to easily draft, serge and sew a simple skirt from an easy wear jersey fabric in just one day!  Pick your own fabric and length and customize your skirt to fit you.  You’ll have the chance to go over basic techniques and if you’ve never tried a serger before this is a great chance to give it a go.  Maxi, midi or mini, this base skirt design can be adapted to fit your whole summer wardrobe!  This class will also be run on August 9th if you cannot make this session.

Materials:  One meter of light to medium weight jersey knit fabric, scissors and basic sewing tools

DATES: Sunday August 9th
TIME: 1pm – 3pm

COST: $15 + cost of fabric

Final Thoughts
As always, feel free to share this with your friends, families and loved ones. The more people that know about out workshops, the more opportunity we have to build on them! You can follow our most up to date information on our Facebook page or in store.

November 11 Hours

Sew Easy will be open from Noon to Four for your after-the-cenotaph shopping. See you there!

Happy November. Love that extra hour today!

I’m off to the store for the Sunday noon to four shift. Will any knitters gather with their projects? There are a lot of knitting needles waiting to be put away. That should be fun! It’s so sunny and beautiful out, but maybe knitters will want to gather anyway!

Fingerless Gloves Knitting Project

Age: 12+
Basic Knitting Experience
Materials list:?This great little boxed craft is in the store, ready to go in a couple of colours. Each box has all the yarn you?ll need to make a pair of fingerless gloves, and the full instructions. At only $15 it?s a great easy-to-do affordable knitting project.

Fingerless Gloves boxed project set Sew Easy Sechelt


Or you can come on in and pick out your own yarn from our huge selection!

They?re great for the fall and the start of school. The combination of stitches separates these gloves from most other patterns. It takes a bit of extra work, but they?re beautiful when complete and well worth the effort.

Make sure to send us a picture of your gloves in action.

Get Punk’d – Punky the Monkey Hits the Road

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Meet Punky, the Sew Easy Mascot Monkey

Punky is going on a road trip around the Sunshine Coast for the next couple of months and we’re going to play a game of ‘Guess who got Punk’d!’

We’ll post photos of Punky exploring secret places on our Facebook page… guess correctly where he is and you’ll be entered into a weekly draw for Punky Stuff.

And hey, if you know where Punky is hanging out in this picture, have a guess!