Three Little Birds Sewing Co.
Learn to Sew Series for Adults
In this five week series, you’ll learn the very basics of how to use a sewing machine while continuing to expand your skills each week. Throughout the course, you’ll finish four projects and gain confidence in using a sewing machine, understanding sewing terminology, and learn how to read a sewing pattern.
Can’t make a week? We’re happy to accommodate. Contact us prior to registration to plan a makeup class.
Sundays at 11am: July 28th, August 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th.
Next session begins August 29th. Meets Thursdays at 6:30pm: August 29th, Sept 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th.
Each class is about 2-3 hours, depending on project.
Week 1: Intro to Machine Sewing -- How to thread the machine, wind a bobbin, machine settings, and basic terminology. Project: Lavender Eye Pillow
Week 2: Basic Sewing Construction -- expansion of skills learned in week one, use of interfacings, and how to insert a magnetic snap. Project: Essential Tote
Week 3: Quilting Basics -- How to use a rotary cutter & mat, simple piecing, and basic quilting skills. Project: Quilted Placemats
Week 4 & Week 5: Intro to Garment Sewing -- how to take measurements, making simple pattern adjustments, how to read a pattern, and garment construction. Project: Hudson Pants or a T-Shirt
Below you will find a list of supplies required for each class. It is not necessary to have them all at the beginning of week one. All supplies are available for purchase in our store and students always receive a 10% discount on anything they purchase for their class. It is recommended that you come 15-20 minutes prior to class to get your supplies so we can start on time.
Week 1: 1 Fat Quarter and ¼ yard of muslin. We will supply the filling for the eye pillow.
- ½ yard of each exterior and lining fabric.
- ½ yard of medium weight interfacing
- 1 ½ yards of webbing for straps
- 1 magnetic snap
Supplies are to make one placemat. If time allows, you can make more than one or may want to purchase supplies to make additional ones on your own.
- 3-4 Fat Quarters or assorted scraps
- ½ yard of fabric for backing
- ½ yard of fabric for binding
- ½ yard of batting
Week 4 & 5:
- Hudson Pants Pattern by True Bias or T-Shirt Pattern
- Tracing Paper (Optional but recommended)
- 1.5-2 yards of knit fabric
- 2 yards of drawstring
For all projects, you will need coordinating thread.
If you’d like to take just one of the classes in this series, please contact us and we’ll see if we have room. Individual classes are $60 each. Each class takes place in our Hyattsville, MD studio, just outside of Washington, D.C. Sewing machines are provided for each class, free of charge, however you are welcome to bring yours if you'd prefer to learn on yours.
Please read our class policy here.