Sewing 101 - Pillow/Cross-Body Bag | Intro/ Novice Class


For brand new stitchers who are curious about sewing or have a new machine that is intimidating, or if you haven’t sewn in a few years and want to get back into it and make sure you have the fundamentals before going on to our other classes. You’ll make a project in each session (an envelope back pillow cover and a cross body bag with optional zipper) to practice all the basic techniques and get to know your machine.


The Cloth Pocket Studio is proud to offer an Intro to Sewing course where one will learn:

  • How to use a sewing machine (wind a bobbin, thread your machine, features...)
  • How to lay out a simple pattern on fabric
  • Fabric cutting
  • Fabric pinning
  • How to properly use an iron
  • Troubleshooting and clearing jams
  • How to make an envelope pillow cover and a cross-body bag from start to finish!

This class will be taught by Niku Arbabi.

The course will take place over two days for three and a half hours each (seven hours total). It is designed to accommodate 4-8 students. 

There are NO prerequisites for this course!!!

Sewing machines can be rented for $5 for the course. It is recommended that you bring a machine if you own one so that you may learn to sew on the machine that you'll be using the most.

Once you've successfully completed this course, you will be eligible to take any beginner sewing class at The Cloth Pocket Studio! 

(those marked with * are available for sale at The Cloth Pocket at 10% off for those taking the course)
For the pillow:
-1/2yd medium weight woven cotton or two fat quarters*
-All purpose polyester thread coordinating*
-16” pillow form*

For the bag:
-1/4yd exterior fabric (medium woven cotton, linen/cotton blend, dec weight, canvas)*
-1/4yd lining lining (medium woven cotton, linen/cotton blend)*
-14” zipper*
-1/4yd strap
-All purpose polyester coordinating thread*
-Medium weight fusible interfacing*

-Fabric scissors*
-Straight pins *
-Seam/hem gauge*
-Thread snippers*
-Seam ripper*
-Fabric marking pen or tailor’s chalk *
-Extra sewing machine needles (size 80/12 and 90/14)*
-Clear grid ruler*
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