We did it! We launched our Fleming Island Sewing Group on April 15th at the Fleming Island Plantation Amenity Center with about a dozen people attending and an additional dozen planning to join when they can. We are also joining Florida Sewing Sew-ciety to be a part of something bigger to share ideas, support charity projects, and take advantage of the amazing annual sewing conference held each year in Florida. The main point is, we are meeting every month to sew all night long if we’d like to!
We will meet up on the third Monday of each month at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm or later for our meetings. We have a nice mix of beginners and advanced sewists in our new group. Some of the projects suggested were PJ bottoms, slippers to match, placemats, sun visor hat, small project bags and table runners.
I plan to introduce some garment construction and get my sewing groove on! During the meeting we decided our next month’s sewing project will be both PJ Bottoms and a lined drawstring bag (School of Sewing. Henderson) since they are easy ones to do. We did these in our Cool Stitches workshops and they were quite popular. It’s a great scrap buster too as it takes smaller pieces of coordinating fabric.
The “School of Sewing” by Shae Henderson is one of my favorite books to teach from (request your copy here) because the small projects are approachable and provide introduction of a wide range of techniques you will use in a variety of sewing projects. The drawstring bag featured here is one of the first projects. Useful techniques are introduced from the very first project such as French seams, zippers, buttons and closures, topstitching, sewing around corners and curves, using a rotary cutter, and more. There are online resources for teaching yourself or others.