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Some Sad News To Share…

My dear friends,

I am writing this post to let you know about the sad passing of my mother Joyce Louise Hurd Cote’. She was 87 when she died on September 19th, and had been suffering from Parkinson’s for the last few years.

11 days ago I rushed to her side because I knew her passing was near. We had four very good days together, and were able to celebrate her 87th birthday as a family. Her friends and family members gathered to wish her a happy birthday and to say their goodbyes. On Wednesday she was gone. All three of her daughters were with her as she passed to the other side.

Her funeral will be on Wednesday, September 26th at 2pm. It will be held at Reynolds Funeral Chapel on Addison Ave. in Twin Falls, Idaho. She is the last of her family; all six of her siblings and their spouses have all gone on before her (including my dad in 2005).

I won’t be holding sewing classes again until the first week of October. We will figure out make-up logistics after I come back.

Thank you for your understanding, love and friendship during this very difficult time.

Sincerely,

JoLene

Passion, Joy & Purpose: My Journey Of Becoming A Sewing Teacher

Believe it or not, I haven’t always been a sewing teacher. In fact, for most of my adult life I was doing something entirely different. But look at me now – it’s been almost 10 years and I’m still going strong!

10 whole years of teaching the art of sewing to children and adults… I still can’t believe it! If you would have asked me when I first started my sewing business if I would still be in business in 10 years, I would have said, “Probably not.” I hoped I would be – but I started this job during a recession, and a lot of people were out of work. I was hopeful, but I was also realistic.

I didn’t always aspire to be a sewing teacher, either…

In May 2009 I lost my job of almost 15 years. I had been working at a bookstore – one of the best  jobs I ever had. Part of the reason I loved it so much was I wasn’t an avid reader growing up… until my 5th grade teacher changed me forever. (She was also our nextdoor neighbor, which helped).

My teacher knew I didn’t like to read, so she told my mom she’d do what she could do to help me love reading. She hand-picked a book for me to start with – it was Where The Red Fern Grows. I remember starting to read it and instantly loving it. I loved it so much I hid behind the couch to keep everyone from bothering me until I finished it.

My 5th grade teacher changed me for sure –  and as I worked at the bookstore my love for reading (and my passion for helping others learn to love it too) grew. I thought of my 5th grade teacher often when I worked at the bookstore, and know she would be pleased with how much I’ve grown.

For all who are wondering: here’s a picture of me in 5th grade!

I believe there is a time and a season for everything – and after 15 years my season was over at the bookstore. What would come next? I wasn’t sure.

Times were hard. We were in the middle of a recession and jobs were hard to come by. After about a week of fruitless job searching, I knew this wasn’t going to be easy.

Alina, a dear friend and former coworker of mine, suggested I start teaching people how to sew. However, I was pretty sure that wouldn’t work either. I had attempted to start sewing businesses in the past, and they never worked out.

After more fruitless job searching, I finally thought to myself, “I might as well look online – maybe someone has a program about teaching sewing that I could buy.” Sure enough, I found Kids Can Sew. The startup costs were minimal, and it ended up being exactly what I had been hoping for.

Sewing has always been my passion. (Not that I’m the world’s best sewer, but I love it nonetheless). It was – and is – my joy and my therapy. Running this business has given me the purpose I’ve been looking for my whole life. I feel like I “have it all” doing my passion for a living – it brings me joy and purpose.

Sewing Tip: This is perhaps not a sewing tip as much as it is a life tip. Sometimes, seasons end and it’s time for us to engage in something new. If you have a passion for something, you really can turn a “hobby” into a career! It takes work and determination, but it CAN be done! (I’m living proof of that!).

It’s been 9 years now and I’m still in love with my job. As such, it’s got me thinking… next year I’ll have been in business for 10 WHOLE YEARS (in June 2019) – which is a HUGE accomplishment! I really want to “go all out” celebrating this milestone, and so I’ve decided to do something special.

For the next 9 months (including September) I will be writing sewing blogs that commemorate the last 10 years of owning JoLene’s Sewing School. I’ll also be sending out newsletters and doing Facebook updates – all with information on upcoming sewing events, giveaways, and service projects. You won’t want to miss this!

That’s not all… these next 9 months are leading up to something BIG. In June of 2019 I’ll be celebrating my 10th Anniversary Bash! This will be a very big event – and I want all of you to come!

Details and dates on the party, sewing events, giveaways and more will be coming. Keep your eyes peeled for updates, and make sure to check my website and follow me on Facebook for more information. This is going to be SO FUN!

 

Happy Sewing!

JoLene

P.S: Keep your eyes peeled for next month’s blog: “From Then To Now: The Makings Of A Sewing Teacher.”

Fall Sewing Classes, 10th Anniversary Updates, Important Dates & Info! | September News from JoLene’s Sewing School

This Summer Has Flown By!

Kids are back in school, there’s a crisp chill in the air and Fall Sewing Classes are about to be back in session! But first… a recap of the summer!

I had a wonderful summer, and I hope you did too! (It was a little hot for me, personally, but I made it through just fine).

I’ve been very busy this summer spending time with family. In June, my sister Tonya came to visit with her son Skylar and their Japanese foreign exchange student. We went to Kah-Nee-Ta Resort & Spa in Warm Springs for a fun day of swimming before heading up to my daughter’s house in Tacoma, Washington. They live right on the water in Puget Sound, so it was a very fun and relaxing time!

From there we went kayaking and hiking, and then went to the zoo in Gig Harbor. We had so much fun!

Then I was off to Idaho through Washington, where I stayed with my mom for a week. It was so good to see her and to have quality time together.

Afterward I went back to my sister’s house to help her prepare for her son Brandon’s wedding. (For all who are wondering, my time with my sister is usually like this – we fit A LOT of activities in a short amount of time!).

Here’s a few pictures from the Gig Harbor Zoo, Tacoma, and driving across Washington to Idaho.

Overall, it was an excellent and fun-filled summer. Now I’m back in town and am eagerly getting ready for my upcoming Fall Sewing Classes to start. I’m so excited to see all my students again!

 

Remembering This Year’s Sewing Camps

This year’s Summer Sewing Camps began on June 18th and lasted through August 22nd. I held 18 camps in total, so my students and I kept very busy! I love sewing camps – they are so much fun and it is such a delight to see my students learn, grow and improve their sewing skills week after week.

Here are some pictures of a few of the camps. I’ll make sure to do a few Facebook posts about them so everyone can see the fun we had! (You can follow me on Facebook by clicking here).

 

Upcoming Fall Sewing Classes

My upcoming Fall Sewing Classes begin on Tuesday, September 4th. There are still plenty of spots left, so check out my website right here for availability!

My 10th Anniversary Celebration! 

Next summer (June 2019 to be exact) is my 10-Year Anniversary! To celebrate, I’ve decided to dedicate these next 10 months (including September) to celebration. Each month will have something new and exciting to offer… and it’s all leading up to my Big Anniversary Bash!

Here’s a few things to expect in the coming months:

  1. 10 months of Sewing Blogs (to be posted on my website and on Facebook)
  2. Giveaways and Events (TBA)
  3. Facebook LIVE Videos (TBA)
  4. My BIG 10th Anniversary Party in June 2019 (Exact Date TBA)

There’s a lot of exciting things happening in the next 10 months – and a lot of preparations for my 10th Anniversary Party! Make sure to watch the website and follow me on Facebook for details!

Student Spotlight

This stylish apron was my student Olivia’s very last project of the year. She ended up bringing her own pattern to class, and the final product ended up looking great! I love her fabric choice, and the bright green bias tape she used really makes the fabric pop. Great job, Olivia!

I’m looking forward to seeing you all again this fall! Make sure to sign up for classes ASAP to reserve your spot!

 

Happy Sewing!

JoLene

Summer Sewing Classes & Camps: Important Dates & Info! | May News from JoLene’s Sewing School

I Can’t Believe It’s May!

I can’t believe it’s May already – that means it’s time to start thinking about summer sewing classes!

Spring is definitely a time of renewal for me as school winds down, spring flowers come forth, and gardens get planted one by one. The world around us is transformed, and I feel transformed along with it. I love it!

Speaking of growth and transformation, June 2018 marks the 9th year of JoLene’s Sewing School! I can’t believe I’ve been teaching kids and adults how to sew for nine whole years – the time has just flown by!

A BIG THANK YOU to all of you for helping me make my dreams come true! I love teaching every one of you, and I look forward to helping both my current students and my new friends learn to sew in the upcoming years!

 

Upcoming Summer Sewing Classes Information & Important Dates

As this school year comes to a close, I look back with fond memories of all my kids, parents, and adult sewers. You’ve all experienced many great achievements over the past nine years, and I am so proud of everything you’ve all accomplished!

Here are some important dates and information for Summer 2018:

  • Last Day of Spring Classes: The last day of spring sewing classes is May 25th.
  • Make-up Classes: If you need to make up any classes, please contact me.
  • JoLene’s Vacation: I will be taking a vacation from May 26th – June 16th. I will have no classes during this time. This is a time of renewal for me, as well as a time for cleaning, preparing for camps, and time away with family. I hope you enjoy this break, too, and come back refreshed!
  • Summer Adult Classes: My Summer Adult Classes will begin on June 18th. These will be at the same days and times as normal.
  • Summer Kids Weekly Classes. I will have Hourly Summer Kids Classes between June 21st – August 23rd on Thursdays from 9:00 am – 10:00 am, as well as any time between 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Please give me a call  and let me know what time works best for you.
  • After School Classes: My After School Classes will begin September 4th. Sign up now to hold your spot!

 

Exciting News: My 10th Anniversary Party!

In June 2018 I’ll be celebrating 9 years of owning Jolene’s Sewing School. And, while this is very exciting, it got me thinking… why not start preparing now for next year’s BIG 10th Anniversary Celebration!!!

From September 2018 – June 2019 Jolene’s Sewing School will have 10 full months of celebration. And it’s all leading up to my BIG 10th ANNIVERSARY PARTY!!!

There will be events, prizes, and more leading up to the Big 10th Anniversary Bash. And all of you are invited to celebrate!

Keep your eyes peeled for more information!

 

Summer Sewing Camp Information

Summer camps begin June 18th and my final summer camp begins August 20th.  

I am doing 18 summer camps total this year. I try to do a good variety of camps, from clothing to stuffed animals.

Below is a list of my upcoming camps. For more information, please check out my website: https://jolenesews.com

Pick your favorite camp and sign up quickly, as spots are limited!

 

Dates Of Summer Sewing Camps 2018:

June 18, 19, 20:  I Love My Dog Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

June 18, 19, 20:  Everything Fox Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

June 25, 26, 27:  Dress A Doll Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

June 25, 26, 27:  Camp Stitch-A-Lot Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

July 2, 3, 5:  Animal Stuffy Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) *Note this camp is Monday, Tuesday and Thursday because of the 4th of July holiday.   

July 2, 3, 5:  Summer Dress For You & Your Doll Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm) *Note this camp is Monday, Tuesday and Thursday because of the 4th of July holiday.  

July 9, 10, 11:  Hawaiian Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

July 9, 10, 11:  Skirt-A-Day Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

July 16, 17, 18:  Star Wars Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

July 16, 17, 18:  Pokémon Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

July 23, 24, 25:  Who’s Hooting? Owl Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

July 23, 24, 25:  Emoji Hoodie Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

July 30 & 31, Aug 1:  Harry Potter Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

July 30 & 31, Aug 1:  Heart Rag Quilt Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

Aug 6, 7, 8:  Va-Room Your Bedroom Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

Aug 6, 7, 8:  Minecraft Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

Aug 20, 21, 22:  Back to School Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

Aug 20, 21, 22:  Meow Meow Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

 

Student Spotlight

Announcing The Best Student Of The Quarter: Summer!

Look at this wonderful shirt that Summer made! I love her choice of fabric. It’s a vintage pattern that she’s bringing back with style. The neck was a little tall originally, and so she took out the facing, cut it down a bit, and put it back in. Now it’s perfect!!!

Great job, Summer!

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 What’s New With JoLene?

For spring vacation, I went to Idaho and took care of my mom. I visit her when I can, and help out so that my sisters can have some time off. I enjoy going, as it’s always quiet there and relaxing.

While I’m in Idaho I always do lots of snuggling with my mom, and make sure to fix her favorite foods. This time I made green pepper steak and chili rellenos. Yum!

While I was there, I was also able to wish my sister Donna a happy birthday. Then, my sister Tonya took me “the back way” to her home in Mountain Home through the city of Buhl, where we stopped and got homemade licorice ice cream. I managed to get a picture of it before it was all gone!
summer sewing classes

summer sewing classes

We also stopped to see Balanced Rock – a 48-foot tall, 40-ton wind-carved rock that balances on a pedestal. The pedestal is only 3 ft. x 17 in. It was very cool! Here’s a picture of it:

I also spent Easter with my sister, where we colored Easter eggs and played games. I made them my famous German pancakes for breakfast (they were so good I ate them before I could get a picture!).

Finally, I left early Monday morning to get back home. I love my family, and love spending time with them. I hope each of you have been able to get in some good family time, too!

 

I’m looking forward to seeing all of you in the summer!

Happy Sewing!

Jolene

An Update On My 2018 Resolution: Finishing My UFOs (UnFinished Objects)

Something wonderful happened on my way to find all my “UFOs” (UnFinished Objects)!

On my last blog, I challenged myself to find all my unfinished projects and make a plan to finish them.

Well, as I started looking, I realized that it was best to look in all my fabric bins – never know what might be hiding in there!

As I did this, I thought to myself, “As long as I’m doing this, I should sort and reorganize all my fabric bins at the same time.” As you can imagine, this turned out to be a much bigger project than I thought!

I do try to go through most of my bins at least once a year in order to get ready for my upcoming camps. This helps me figure out what fabric I have, and what I need.

However, you know as well as I do that, when you take stuff out of plastic bins, it’s never neat putting them back in (unless you take the time to refold and straighten them –  and for me that never happens).

Instead, it seems that I am always in a hurry and just shove everything back in. And for good reason – I have a busy life besides teaching sewing classes 5-6 days a week. I also homeschool my 7-year-old granddaughter!

Anyway, needless to say it all got done – and I am pretty proud of myself!

Here are the results of my UFO-search-turned-cleaning-and-reorganizing project:

  • Went through 33 bins total.
  • Purged 3 bins’ worth of fabric to donate.
  • Consolidated and sorted ALL my bins (some, I might say, have not seen the light of day for some time).

Now I bet you’re wondering: how many UFOs did I find? And how many did I actually work on?

The answer to the second question is… I have not had time to work on any. Sorry to disappoint you!

In addition, answering the first question is harder than it seems. So I will give you the short version: I found 8 bins full of UFOs.

Keep in mind not all of my bins are the same size, and not all of them were full (while others were stuffed to the brim).

However, the good part is now my UFOs are all together with their friends. And now it will be much easier to organize them and begin working on them when I have the time!

Here are some before and after pictures of my fabric organizing process – I use this method on a regular basis. Hopefully for my next blog I’ll have them all my UFOs counted, sorted, and some even completed!

BEFORE (Upper Shelving):

 

AFTER (Upper Shelving and Lower Shelving):

I did notice on Facebook that lots of sewing sites were doing this same thing, confessing how many projects they needed to complete, and then working on them. Must be time for Spring Cleaning!

Sewing Tip: If you’re anything like me, you have a lot of UFOs and stray fabric laying around, and not enough time to complete everything. This can be quite intimidating! Instead, focus on little victories, and accomplish small steps throughout the week whenever you get a spare 10-15 minutes. You’ll get a lot more done, and the project won’t seem nearly as overwhelming. In fact, you may even find it fun!

Wishing all of you luck in sorting, organizing and completing all your UFOs! 

Happy Sewing!

JoLene

 

2018 Resolutions: Completing My UFOs

If you’re on a mission to complete your UFOs (Unfinished Objects) and Sewing Projects, you’ll love this blog!

Welcome to 2018!

It’s overwhelming to think about how fast time flies; it seems like this year has flown by so fast. However, I know it’s good to keep busy, and life certainly keeps me busy!

Like most of you, I enjoy setting goals for the new year – and often find myself doing this several times a year just to stay on top of things.

For 2018, I decided to set a goal to work on my UFOs. Those of you that sew a lot probably know what that stands for – UnFinished Objects!

If you are a sewer or crafter of any kind, you probably have a few UFOs of your own hanging around.

I hate to admit it, but I have quite a few. In fact, I have three big bins marked “UFOs #1,” “UFOs #2,” and “UFOs #3.” However, what’s worse is I’m sure there are more than that!

Interestingly enough, most of these projects only needed a small amount of work to be completed.

So here are my goals for my UFOs:

  • Figure out how many UFOs I actually have.
  • Set a deadline to finish them.
  • Get to work on getting them done.

So here is my start…

In UFO bin #1, I found four different projects to complete. Luckily, they were easy to finish and fun to work on!

Project #1:  My sister sent me a pattern for what I call a “snap bag.” Many of my sewing students have made them over the years. I love them, and they are fast and easy to make.

One of my sewing students gave me this fabric. It was leftover from one of her previous projects, and I had enough to make two.

What makes them snap is metal measuring tape, cut into 8 inch pieces. One was already done, and the other one took me just 10 minutes to complete! Here is the finished product:

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Project #2: This project entailed finishing a small and cute drawstring bag. Again, a student had given me this small piece of fabric, and I had wanted to use it to make a bag to put my shoes in so I could put it in my suitcase while traveling to and from my mom’s house in Idaho.

This project was almost done – it took me just 5 minutes to finish! I love the fabric, and I know my shoes will be happy when I travel.

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Project #3: My daughter decided that the colors of her new kitchen would be green. So I made her an apron, and started a table runner in that color. And then she changed her color to turquoise.

As you can imagine, I never finished the table runner. However, I realized her dining room table is separate from her kitchen, and the colors in the room are fairly generic. So I decided to finish it.

The runner just needed to be machine-quilted and edge-finished. This project only took me about 30 minutes to complete. I gave the finished product to my daughter, and she loved it! Here it is:

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Project #4: I made an advent calendar for my daughter years ago, and it just needed refreshing. Numbers had fallen off, and animals (and their eyes) had gone missing.

Thankfully, it’s much better now – it only took me about an hour to make it look like new again. Here’s the finished product:UFOs

There you have it! In a flash, I already have four of my UFOs finished.

So, my challenge to you (if you want to join me) is to start finding and finishing your own UFOs!

Sewing Tip: It can be so much easier to let UFOs intimidate me and to let them go unfinished. That’s because my brain often tricks me into thinking they’ll take WAY longer to complete than they actually do. But, as you can see, I finished all four projects in under two hours! My advice to anyone is simply to take courage and start the process of finishing your UFOs. You’ll likely be surprised at how fun they are to finish – and how little time it takes to do so!

Next month, I’ll let you know how well I did on completing my goals. Happy New Year, and good luck to those of you that choose to join me on my quest to conquer UFOs!

Happy Sewing!

JoLene

 

hand sewn quilt

A Gift To My Mother: My Hand Sewn Quilt

I’m so excited to show you my new hand sewn quilt!

My mom is getting older, and has been ill for the last few years. Because of this, I wanted to make this upcoming sewing project extra special.

As her birthday approached in September, I wondered what I could make her for a present. Having my sister Donna being her full-time caregiver, and my other sister Tonya helping out too, most things are done around the house (so there aren’t many things she needs)

After a few weeks of racking my brain, I decided a quilt was in order. I went to my go-to place for ideas (Pinterest) and began looking. I wanted something that would show her that she has a ton of people that love and care for her.

After a little while of searching, I found the perfect idea: a family tree.

I figured out my next steps and, with fabric in hand, began this project of love for my  mother.

Step 1: I selected my background fabric (a white-on-white pattern looking somewhat like clouds), and the tree fabric (which looks like tree bark). I cut out the bark and placed it where I wanted it to go on the white fabric.

Then, I applied “Wonder Under” – an iron glue – to stick it firmly in place. It ended up looking exactly as I wanted it to.

hand sewn quilt

Step 2: I then sewed around the outline of the tree with a blanket stitch. This added subtle detailing and ensured the tree stayed in place.

hand sewn quilt

Step 3: I looked online and found the perfect phrase to add to my quilt, as well as a heart with my parents’ names in it. I machine-embroidered these on with my fancy sewing machine, and took a look at my handiwork. I loved it!

hand sewn quilt

hand sewn quilt

Step 4: Now I wanted to make sure the names of our whole family were on it. These included my mom’s three daughters, seven grandkids (and their spouses), and 12 great-grandkids.

I wanted her to be able to identify which children belonged to whom, so I grouped them each family together – each daughter with her kids and grandkids – and put these families in different colored leaves.

I machine embroidered each name onto a leaf, and applied them to the quilt the same way I did the tree. I also blanket-stitched each leaf (like I did the tree), but with black thread to make them stand out.

Step 5: I chose very soft minky for the back – this is a very soft fabric similar to fleece, but is softer and thicker. I also found a red border to go around it, since that’s Mom’s favorite color.

hand sewn quilt

I decided not to stitch the minky into the quilt, as I knew doing so would bunch and tear the delicate fabric.

Here’s how it looked when all was said and done:

hand sewn quilt

Note: I completed this project with the help of my baby lock embroidery machine – it has many fancy stitches! However, you don’t need to have a fancy machine to make a quilt or wall hanging like this.

Instead of a blanket stitch around the tree and leaves, you can do a satin stitch, or just a zigzag stitch. Whichever you choose, make sure to follow the directions in your machine’s book.

For the phrase at the bottom, you can use machine embroidery, or can sew it on by hand. You can also write the words using fabric pens. There are many ways to get the job done!

This project was very difficult for me mentally, knowing that my mom’s time here on earth is short. But, through it all, I was able to take comfort in knowing that this project had a very personal message: “I love you. WE love you. And we want you to know just how much.”

Sewing Tip: I have said this before, and I’ll say it again: homemade gifts from the heart are always the best. It may be tempting to purchase a present from the store, but in the end a homemade gift speaks volumes, and is so much more meaningful. Not to mention, the process of creating is fun enough to make it all worth it!

I’m not sure what my next sewing project will be yet – it will be a surprise!

Happy Sewing!

JoLene

ironing board cover

I LOVE My New Handsewn Ironing Board Cover!

Did you know? I now have a brand new ironing board cover!

Redecorating my sewing studio has been sew fun! I began decorating the walls, then made brand new sewing machine covers, as well as a beautiful and functional new seawing apron. I thought I was set, until I realized – I could use a new ironing board cover!

Pictured below is one of my original ironing board covers. I’ve loved having it, and it’s gotten a ton of use over the last three years.ironing board cover

Three years ago, I covered all of my ironing boards with the same material. I then separated them by type: one for clothing, one for making quilts, and a third for everything else.

I chose the one for quilts specifically because it has two square ends (rather than rounded ends), making it much easier to iron large pieces of fabric. Sometimes, I need two quilting boards just for one sewing class!

Unfortunately, ironing board covers really don’t last long in my studio since my students and I are constantly ironing our projects every single day. As you can see, my original cover now has a very large burn due to all the heavy traffic!ironing board cover

Sewing An Ironing Board Cover: My Process

As such, I thought it was high time to sew a new ironing cover to replace my old, burned one. Luckily, ironing board covers are surprisingly easy to sew! Plus, the fun part is picking out fabric to really make it your own. You can even choose material that matches your decor.

For my new ironing board covers, I chose a pattern with red and black scissors on it. You can buy patterns at a fabric store, get them online, or just make them yourself.

To begin, I took my old ironing board cover off, laid it on top of my new fabric, and cut around the edges so that it would be the right size.

Then, I placed bias tape over the edges of the fabric. The brand I buy contains iron-on tape on both sides, so I just ironed the tape onto the fabric, and then sewed it on to keep it in place.

I then threaded string into the casing that was formed after sewing on the bias tape. I pulled the string tight, and then laid it onto the ironing board to tie it. Easy as that!   

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I LOVE My New Handsewn Ironing Board Cover!

My ironing board covers turned out great! Here are some pictures of the final product:

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Sewing Tip: The bias tape I used for this project has iron-on tape on both sides. This makes my projects go much faster, with very little stress! However, there are brands out there that don’t offer this feature – and I could have wasted a lot of extra time and hassle had I not known! When you’re selecting new sewing supplies, I suggest doing your research first, looking at reviews of the products (if you’re online, specifically on Amazon), and seeing if there’s a brand out there that works more efficiently than the others. Even if it’s a little more expensive, trust me – you’ll thank yourself later!

Slowly but surely, my studio is coming together. Stay tuned for details on my next sewing project: handsewn pincushions.

Happy Sewing!

JoLene

Check Out My New Sewing Apron!

I’ve been teaching my sewing classes for over eight years now, but it took a while to realize I would need a sewing apron to make the job easier!

When I first began teaching, I was always running back and forth through the studio to grab supplies to help the students. This gave me quite the workout, but it was also frustrating not having everything on-hand whenever I needed it. Not to mention, this made it much easier to lose things in the process!

This process went on for a while, until I came up with an idea: I could make things much easier on myself by creating a customized sewing apron to fit my needs.

Check Out My New Sewing Apron!

This project came in stages, as I tried new things and figured out what worked best. The first version was a simple, 3-pocket apron sewn out of linen. This worked great for a few years, but as I got busier I came to the conclusion that I needed more pockets to hold everything.

I sat down and sewed a new sewing apron, which is the one I use today. First, I used some leftover fabric that I had made my sewing machine covers out of (along with some twill tape), so that my apron would match my new studio. (Haven’t seen my new sewing machine covers? Click here to see them!).

I then sewed two rows of pockets across the front, which would be ideal for organizing my supplies. The top row has small, narrow pockets – necessary for organizing my sewing gauge, fabric marking tools, writing pens, and other skinny, narrow objects.

I sewed larger pockets for the bottom row to hold things like my painters tape (to be a sewing guide on the sewing machine), receipt book, seam rippers, small screwdrivers, bobbins, cough drops, chapstick, etc.

I absolutely love my new sewing apron – it’s extremely useful! Now I have everything I need at all times, right at my fingertips.

Here’s a picture of the final product:

Sewing Tip:

One of my favorite things about my new sewing apron is that I can use it for a variety of activities. For example, it makes things like gardening, cooking, and cleaning much easier! Once you sew something you love, try to think up new, creative ways to use it. The more versatile your creation, the more you’ll appreciate it (and the less extra items you’ll have to sew unnecessarily).

Stay tuned for my next blog, where I’ll show you my new ironing board cover.

Happy Sewing!

JoLene

 

Camps, Projects, Fall Sewing Classes! | September News from JoLene’s Sewing School

What A Great Summer!

What a great summer we’ve had here – these past few months have been filled with wonderful classes and even MORE wonderful students! We had a ton of great summer camps going on this summer. However, the most popular was Emoji Camp – we had 14 participants for this camp alone! The kids had a great time sewing their own Emoji pillows and footy pajamas out of Emoji fabric. We even made Rice Krispy treats for snack, and decorated them with our favorite Emoji faces! Everyone had a blast, and I’m excited to be doing more of these camps moving forward.

Want to know about more of the classes I’ve offered this summer? Be sure to Like and Follow my Facebook page, where you can keep up with class updates and other information. Click this link to visit my page.

 

Student Spotlight

I truly enjoyed all of my students this summer! However, there is one that stood out in particular. Cerra is 13 years old, and this her second year attending my camps. Each year, she flies to Oregon all the way from Hawaii in order to see her family and take my sewing classes! This year, she participated in Around The World Camp, where she had fun sewing her own french berét, french skirt, stuffed panda bear, and bag that says “Hello” in 13 different languages. It was a joy having her in class, and an honor to have her come all the way out here to see me. I’m looking forward to seeing you again!

 

Upcoming Class Information & Important Dates

Fall sewing classes have officially begun!

My one-hour Children’s Classes are being held Mondays – Fridays at 3:15pm, 4:15pm, and 5:15pm. There are still plenty of spots open for those of you who have not signed up yet. Please click this link to view all class availability and information.

Are you adult who would love to learn to sew? My Adult Classes are lots of fun, and you’ll leave knowing all the basics you need to sew your own clothing, accessories, and more! There’s still a few spots left if you’d like to sign up. To view up-to-date availability for my Adult Classes, please click this link.

You can also call me at (503) 804 -7259 for questions or to set up an appointment.

The holidays are coming up, and my sewing school will be taking some much needed breaks to celebrate! Please note the following dates that we will NOT have class:

  • Columbus Day – Monday, October 9th
  • Halloween – Tuesday, October 31st
  • Thanksgiving Week – November 20th – 24th
  • Christmas Break  – December 18th – January 1st

 

Exciting News: I Have A “New” Sewing Studio!

As some of you know, my sewing studio recently got a huge makeover! With help from my sister and some friends, we transformed my old studio into a work of art. I love it!

Want to learn more about the studio, and stay up-to-date with what’s going on with Jolene’s Sewing School? Click here to read my blog! I have a new blog up every month with sewing school updates and fun sewing tips.

What’s New With JoLene?

I was lucky enough to take a trip to Hawaii in April with my family! My husband, daughter, son-in-law, four grandkids and I all spent a week in Kauai. We went snorkeling, ziplining, swimming, and spent some time relaxing on Hanalei Beach. We also went to Turtle Cove, which is a small cove at the base of a cliff. There were tons of turtles swimming around! It was such a great trip, and an excellent way to spend time together as we got ready to head into summer. Here’s a few pictures from the trip:

 

I’m looking forward to seeing you all as we head into Fall! If you have any questions, please let me know.

Happy Sewing!

JoLene

Weekly Classes are now open for registration! Find them under Child/Teen Classes. Dismiss