And goes out like a lamb

Or at least it feels quiet and peaceful and the temperature is warming up!

April is a new month and the flowers are on their way. I watched Peggy Sagers on her YouTube channel last night and was, as usual, inspired to get sewing for spring. She had a good overview of what the world says we should be wearing this season along with some sage advice on whether or not we need to wear it 🙂

Here’s our calendar for April. Hancock Fabrics will most likely be open for most of the month. We’ll keep you updated.

April 2016 Fashion Sewing Club Dates:
Saturday, April 9, 10:30 at Treadle
Tuesday, April 12, 10:30 at Treadle
Thursday, April 14, 6:30 at First Sewing Bloomington Hancock

Classes:
Treadle Yard Goods: 651-698-9690,www.treadleyardgoods.com
Design And Sew:
Saturday, April 9, 16 and 23, 1:30-3:30

Fit That Matters:
Tuesdays, April 12, 19 and 26, 6:00-8:00

Kids After School Sewing Club:
Tuesdays, April 12, 19, 26 and May 3, 4:00-5:30

Serger Workshop:
Saturdays, April 16 and 23, 10:30-1:00

First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics
*Please register in advance with Material Girls on their website or call us at 952-201-3863
Sew Studio:
Tuesdays, April 5, 19 and 26,12:00-3:00
Thursdays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28, 1:00-4:00

Beginning Sewing:
Thursdays, April 7, 21, and 28,6:00-8:00

Beginning Serger:
Thursdays, April 7, 21, and 28,6:00-8:00

Kids After School Sew Club:
Thursdays, April 7,14, 21 and 28, 4:30-6:00

Here are a few photos that have been waiting to be posted. So much creativity out there. Thanks for letting us be part of it!

First project :)
First project 🙂

Repurposing dad's jersey
Repurposing dad’s jersey

Not only did she learn to love sergers but she completed the Disney 5K in her Princess creation!
Not only did she learn to love sergers but she completed the Disney 5K in her Princess creation!

The family that sews together...
The family that sews together…

Some of my mom's old things...
Some of my mom’s old things…
..with all the embroidery silks still in the holder.
..with all the embroidery silks still in the holder.
Why we love our sergers!
Why we love our sergers!
Rub-a-dub-dub, four grand boys in a tub.
Rub-a-dub-dub, four grand boys in a tub.
The last snowstorm and who I spent it with :)
The last snowstorm and who I spent it with 🙂
Using up knit scraps
Using up knit scraps
Snowed in and happy to be
Snowed in and happy to be

Happy Spring Sewing!!

What Are Your Kids Doing This Summer?

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Let the games begin! Three girls, three skirts, one pillowcase dress and a brand new sewing machine! We’re having fun at Hancock this week. More classes scheduled throughout the summer-

June 22 & 24, 10:30-3 pm, Chanhassen Vacuum Center
June 23, 30, July 7, 14, 3-5 pm, Treadle Yard Goods
July 15, 16, 17, 10-12 pm, Hancock Southtown
July 28, 29, 30, 10-12 pm, Chanhassen Vacuum Center
July 28, August 4, 11, 3-5 pm, Treadle Yard Goods
Young Designer Targeted at teen sewists, beginning to advanced or younger sewists with experience that want to go further in garment sewing.
August 5, 12, 19, 10-1 pm, Hancock Southtown
Sewing for Parents Who Want Their Kids to Sew We know you don’t need a new hobby but would like to be supportive of your budding sewist. What you need to know about how a sewing machine works and what your child “needs” to purchase along the way.
June 24, 6:30-7:30 pm, Southtown Hancock
Click on Classes in the bar above for more details and registration.
Need a Sewing Machine?
First Sewing (inside Hancock Southtown) is offering a great basic machine in conjunction with our summer classes.
It’s an Elna with everything you need to get started. There are more Sew Green machines but Bruce has a few of the Sew Zebras so they will go on a first come, first serve basis. Let us know which one you’d like. These machines are good for beginners of any age so we’ll offer them to the beginning adults also.
Material Girls strongly advises you to purchase machines from dealers as opposed to big box stores or Amazon/eBay. Private dealers will help you out with your machine, guarantee their work and most will allow trade-ins should you want to upgrade to a fancier machine.
Material Girls receives no commission on machines-we just want to see happy sewists!

New Classes for Young Sewists/Show and Tell

We’ve added three Saturday classes in addition to our after school classes for younger students at the Hancock Southtown location:
Saturdays, March 14, 28 and April 11.

Spring Break classes will be held on Thursday, April 2nd at Chanhassen Vacuum Center and Friday, April 3rd at Hancock Southtown. Students can choose from morning and/or afternoon sessions. Stuffed creatures will be our focus at Chanhassen while several options will be offered at Hancock because of the availability of supplies at the store.

For registration and more information click on Classes on the website.

Saturday is the last Fashion Sewing Club meeting for March. We’ve had fun at the first two-great attendance at the Thursday Hancock meetings!
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And Pattern of the Month-McCalls 6796
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The Younger Set is Sewing!

We’ve been having fun and meeting some wonderful girls and parents in our after school classes in Chanhassen and at Treadle (we’d love to do it at Southtown Hancock too, just haven’t gotten much interest yet…)

There are a few more opportunities before the end of the year-
Chanhassen-Thursday, Dec. 4th, 4:30-6-we’ll be sewing holiday stockings
Southtown Hancock-Friday, Dec. 5th, 4:30-6:30, holiday stockings or bags
-Monday, Dec. 15, 4:30-6, learn to sew or holiday sewing

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Log Cabin Pillows
Log Cabin Pillows

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Holiday Sewing
Holiday Sewing

Serious Learners
Serious Learners

Summer Kids’ Classes

photoThanks to Maja Beckstrom and the staff at St. Paul Pioneer Press, our sewing classes for kids have gotten some great publicity.

We still have a few after school kids’ classes available at Hancock/Southtown on May 12 and 19 from 4:30-6. Kids will choose projects according to their ability.

The summer camps will vary from five consecutive days in the afternoon or weekly in July at Treadle Yard Goods to two day camps in June and July at Hancock/Southtown and Chanhassen Vacuum Center. The summer camps are geared toward 8-12 year olds. Projects range from a beginning tote bag to sewing garment separates from a pattern. Skill level ranges from beginner to advanced beginner.

We also have 4 sessions of our Junior Project Runway class in Chanhassen. This is an ongoing class of sewists ages 13-18 who are ready to choose their own projects and sew with guidance-older beginners are also welcome.

Registration for classes at Hancock and Chanhassen can be done online on our website. To register for Treadle classes, please call 651-698-9690.

Please click on the Classes button above and use the drag down menu to choose the location of the class you are interested in. As always, please email materialgirlsewing@gmail.com or call 952-201-3863 with questions.

Bagging It Update

We’ve had great feedback on the red bag and the great news is that Hancock still has the red faux leather PLUS a very dark brown and a more caramel brown color.
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While browsing at Treadle on Tuesday, we found this fun, fun cotton that would be great for a lining.
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And there are some webbings…
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We can put together kits if you can’t join us at Southtown or would like some of the fabric from Treadle (I bought some 🙂
We already have two people making bags today at Southtown Hancock from 2-4 pm and our last February meeting of Fashion Sewing Club is also at Hancock today at 10:30 and 6:30. You could get inspired to sew clothes, make a bag and run errands or share a meal with someone TODAY!!

Bagging It

Taking a break from strictly garment sewing, we thought we’d try offering a Bag of the Month class for the new year. Here are the featured bags for January and February. Quick and easy with lots of design possibilities.

Blue Take Along Tote
Blue Take Along Tote

Loaded Owl Version
Loaded Owl Version

February Bag- Red Leather Purse-sonality
February Bag-
Red Leather Purse-sonality

January fits into February!
January fits into February!

Stash bags from leftovers
Stash bags from leftovers

You can make either or both of these bags by signing up for a Serging and Sewing class on the website at either the Chanhassen or Southtown location on the following dates in February. Just let us know you will be making a bag so we can bring appropriate supplies and samples.

Southtown
Mondays, Feb. 10 or 17, 10-12, 2-4, 6-8 pm
Thursdays, Feb. 13, 2-4, Feb. 20, 1:30-3:30

Chanhassen
Thursdays, Feb. 6 or 27, 1-3 pm

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Who-who would like to make one of these bags?