Primrose Sewing is ready to launch an amazing new year of sewing classes on the west side of Franklin, TN! Young seamstresses and tailors will learn basic skills for using a sewing machine with instructions by Abby, an award-winning seamstress, teen entrepreneur, and small business owner!
More than 185 different students have enrolled in classes, workshops, and summer day camps in the past 29 months with a total participation of 3,600 hours of sewing! Each session includes instructions, all supplies and sewing machines, snacks, hands-on learning, and creative projects! We will also e-mail a Google photo album of the classes in action each week!
ALL WEEKLY CLASSES (6 WEEKS): Each student will sew Flannel Pajama Pants, a Fleece Scarf with Pockets, a Valentine’s Surprise Project, a Flannel Pillowcase, and for our service project – Dog Bandanas for the Williamson County Animal Center! All levels of skill are welcome. Choose from Afterschool Classes, Homeschool Classes, and Saturday Classes!
INDIVIDUAL LESSONS & CONSULTATIONS: If your child prefers learning one-to-one to make specialty projects and/or wants to be confident using his/her new sewing machine, Abby can provide instructions and inspirations. Ask about our individual rates, by request.
For details about dates, location, and costs, please send us a message via the Contact Page! Thanks!
Primrose Sewing welcomed 46 campers to its Summer Day Camps in June and July – more than double from last summer! The students each received a camp T-shirt and sewed for three hours each morning or afternoon. Some of the projects included sewing a Stuffed Animal Whale, Personal Picnic Blanket, Doll Quilt, Stuffed Animal Owl, Summer Pillow, and much more!
The second annual Primrose Sewing: Spring Fashion Show was a wonderful afternoon to showcase the sewing skills and accomplishments of 27 young students! Close to 200 people (students, guests, volunteers, and staff) were part of the special event at The Lantern at Morning Pointe of Franklin!
The students modeled their skirts and dresses from the spring classes, shared a Mug Rug sewn in class with each resident, and sewed an All-Classes Quilt for a Charity Raffle. Ticket sales raised $385 to benefit Sew for Hope in Nashville, and a resident of Morning Pointe won the quilt! Enjoy seeing some of the photos below.
Primrose Sewing is offering a six-week session of Spring Sewing Classes which begin the weekend of Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2. They culminate in the second annual Primrose Sewing: Spring Fashion Show on Sunday, April 28 with the spring students modeling the dresses and skirts sewn during the classes! (Send us a message through the contact page for more event details.)
During classes on the first week, the students will sew a four-square pillow with cotton and flannel fabric! We will offer many fabric color and pattern choices. They will also design their skirts and dresses with colored pencils, so we can purchase fabric to their specifications.
Each student will create a paper design of her own Peasant Dress colors and then sew a dress to wear in the Spring Fashion Show!
Spring sewing students will also choose the colors for their simple skirt. They will sew a waistband, the seam, and a color-blocked hem. Students will showcase this project at the Spring Fashion Show!
MUG RUGS AND ALL-CLASS QUILT
For our service projects in spring, we will sew Mug Rugs for residents of a local assisted living community (fabric patterns will vary and mug is not included) and sew an All-Class Quilt to be raffled at the Spring Fashion Show to benefit Sew for Hope, a Nashville nonprofit that teaches refugee women to sew.
As usual, Abby is planning a surprise project during one of the weeks of Spring Sewing Classes! Past surprises have include a Bunny Bag and Fabric Ball. The students especially look forward to this class!
SPRING FASHION SHOW
The first Spring Fashion Show featured 20 students modeling their clothes for an enthusiastic crowd of more than 100 guests! The Quilt Raffle raised $270 for the Sew for Hope cause. We look forward to hosting the big event again this year!
Hey Everyone! Today I’m going to share how I made a Periodic Table of Elements Quilt! I was sitting in my high school chemistry class staring at the periodic table thinking of how the blocks would work together on a quilt, and then decided that I was going to sew one! I took a picture of the table at school for a guide to the colors. I then went to Google drawings to create my layout.
I convinced my mom to help me cut out fabric. We cut out 3.5″ x 5.5″ rectangles for each of the 118 elements, so that when I used 1/4″ seam allowance each piece would end up being 3″x 5″.
We used a black, fabric marker to carefully write each element symbol, name, and atomic number. Five hours later, my mom finished writing out all the elements. (Thanks, Mom!) Once all the lettering was completed, I sewed all the groups together to fully join the periodic table.
Then I heat set the ink with an iron, and set it further with a vinegar and salt bath. I laid out all the elements one last time to be sure that I had the right order.
I figured out exactly what dimensions I needed to use to frame the periodic table to make it the final dimensions I wanted. My finished quilt is 54″ x 75″ – roughly the size of a full bed. White strips were added to the sides and rectangles of fabric to the top and bottom. The next step was to cut out the batting and the backing. After I had everything cut out, I began pinning all three layers together. I quilted the layers together using simple straight lines, to keep with the square shape of this project.
The final step was to bind the quilt together, and breathe a sigh of relief. It is hanging on the wall in the Primrose Sewing Studio!