Monday, July 31, 2023 at 8:30 AM CDT
Friday, August 4, 2023 at 11:30 AM CDT

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Summer Sewing Camp

Monday July 31st - Friday, August 4th


Our Summer Sewing Camp is for kids ages 8+ and takes place Mondays through Fridays from 8:30am - 11:30am each day. Each week allows up to 6 students with 2 instructors. Double check the dates above to make sure you are signing up for the correct week.

Each student will be able to select a large project to work on for each week they are in camp. Options for large projects include a lap blanket, decorative stuffed pillow, pillowcase, elastic waist skirt, apron, zipper pouch, drawstring backpack, stuffed animal, laundry bag, elastic waist shorts/pajama shorts or a quilt (this project requires two weeks of camp and prior sewing machine experience which can be learned on one of the above projects).

Students who finish their projects before camp ends can choose a smaller project to continue with, including a pin cushion, set of coasters, needle book, potholder, sunglasses or cell phone pouch, washcloth or hair scrunchy.

Camp Includes:

• use of one of our sewing machines for the duration of the camp (or students may bring their own sewing machine)

• use of the iron and ironing board, which will be shared by all students and supervised by one of our instructors

• use of 7" fabric shears, seam rippers, measuring tapes, safety pins, glass head pins and heat erasable markers

• all materials for the projects listed above including fabric, thread and bobbins

Students will take home their completed project(s) at the end of the week.

What a week of camp looks like:

Monday - Students will choose their sewing station for the week and learn about all the sewing tools they will use. They will learn about the different parts and functions of a sewing machine, including how to wind a bobbin and thread the machine. This day will include lots of time to practice various stitches on the machine and use the other sewing tools. After learning about the use of applique and embroidery to embellish sewing projects, students will choose their first project.

Tuesday - Students will learn how and when to use the iron for sewing, under supervision, then how to trace and cut out their pattern. Optional appliques and hand embroidery will be done at this time, and then onto the sewing machine.

Wednesday - Friday -  Students will sew their project on their machine. Those who finish their project can keep working on one of the smaller projects from the list above. Students will head home after Friday's session with a completed project or two!

Students enrolled in multiple weeks of camp will continue to build on their sewing skills and can choose to work on more advanced projects as they progress, such as a quilt.

All attendees must be at least 8 years old, no exceptions! No sewing experience is necessary. Children can be signed up for a single week or as many as you like. Multiple session sign-ups do not have to be consecutive weeks. All sessions will be capped at 6 students and any sessions with low attendance may be cancelled.

All camp registrations are non-refundable. We are unable to offer make-up sessions, so please plan to have your child attend the full week.