Bring your machine (in good working condition and with the owner manual!) and come sew with us!  

Although this class will be geared towards novice and beginners, there will be adaptations available for all abilities. This 3 week class will teach to the students' interests which creates a fun sewing circle atmosphere.

Please feel free to e-mail Ellen Crary with any questions at

Bags! Totes! Purses! Oh My!

Come make a bag, tote, or purse in this class. Students will either design their own or choose one of several patterns available. This is a great project to adapt to all levels. Please bring; sewing machine, scissors, and one yard each of two coordinating fabrics (quilting cotton for lining and either quilting cotton or decor weight cotton for main fabric) and coordinating thread. Students are also welcome to bring a decorative button or magnet for a purse closure. It is recommended that students also bring a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler to class.

Pretty Pillow

Add some fresh color to your home! In this class we will make a simple pillow cover. *Please choose non-directional quilting cotton or decor weight cotton fabric* Bring to class; machine, pillow insert, fabric, coordinating thread, scissors, and pins. It is recommended that students also bring a rotary cutter, mat and ruler to class. For sewers with a little more experience you are welcome to bring 2 yards of piping, 1/2 yard of fabric to cover the piping, a zipper three inches smaller than your pillow, or buttons for a button closure.

Beginner Quilting

In this class we will make a table runner, doll or crib quilt to learn some basic quilting skills. Please bring to class; machine, scissors, rotary cutter, mat and ruler, .25" quilting foot (not required but it makes sewing a straight line much easier!) eight fat quarters that coordinate for a quilt

Sewing Circle

  • Day: Wednesday

    First Class: January 20th

    Last Class: February 3rd

    Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Location: Room 114

    Instructor: Ellen Crary
    I grew up wearing handmade clothes by my grandmother. I was always in awe of her skill and talent and wanted to make sure that these skills were not lost. I love the mix of creativity and precision that sewing requires while at the same time creating something beautiful and useful! Teaching sewing to others combines my love of teaching with my love of sewing.

    Along with teaching at MMU After Dark for several sessions, I have previously had a small boutique children's clothing business on Etsy, local shops and at holiday and farmers markets. I love to sew gifts, bags, quilts and home decor.
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