The one thing I have wanted to do was take a sewing class and this past weekend I had the chance to take a class at Jo-Ann’s. The class focused on making a fabric bin. At first I thought it may have been a little above my skill set, but then I realized it was just straight lines.
I started out with 5/8th of a yard of fabric for the main fabric and the liner as well as the interfacing. I needed to get the eye-let kit and rope trim for the handles, although in the end I opted to leave the handles off the bin. Jo-Ann’s provided me with the single piece pattern. I cut the pattern out three times and then began the process of sewing it all together. The sewing class was supposed to be a mere three hours long, but almost five hours later, I was done.
As it turned out, I was the only one to sign up for the home decor project sewing class and was able to get individualized attention. I wasn’t he only one there to sew though. There were a couple of 10 year olds there with their own sewing machines learning to make patch work pillows. I was struck by their level of interest, concentration and creativity. In a day where most millennials aren’t learning to sew, it was refreshing to see girls much younger learning to.
One of the young girls was a cancer survivor and she hadn’t been to a sewing class in a few years. I felt fortunate to meet the young lady. She’s very talented, creative and inquisitive. After she complimented me on the Paris print I was working with, I gave her the scrap material I had. I am sure she will do something amazing with it. I spent most of the day chatting with her mother as I diligently sewed my project.
The cool thing is the pattern for the fabric bin was so easy; I can replicate it at home and make a bunch of bins for other organizational needs. It will make a gift too.
As for taking a class at Jo-Ann’s, I would happily take another. It was a fun day working on a project where my only focus was what I was working on. The instructor was patient and helpful. I think it helped that she really enjoyed being there with all of us.
If you want to learn to sew, I suggest checking out their sewing classes. They have a sewing 101 class that teaches you the basics. You will learn about the various hems, stitches and the like. I may actually go back and take that class, even though it’s a bit remedial for me.