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Completion of the July Summer Sewing camp for kids

July 22, 2014

WE had a great time in the July summer sewing camp at Glen Allen. I Hated for this class to end. The students were a wonderful group. This young lady sewed a pencil skirt in black and white, DSC_0018-3 then made a clutch purse to match.

This student made 2 pairs of PJ pants, 2 zippered pillows, 2 zippered 3-D pouches and a canvas tote bag. DSC_0018 Some of her work was done at home, but as a part of re-inforcing what she was learning in class. Great job. She is quite the crafter other than sewing. Not her lovely earrings, which she made.DSC_0021

I love this tunic.DSC_0019 This student choose a more challenging project. Her top had a collar and a self-faced button placket down the front. She not only was working with very fine fabric, but learned to make button-holes and to install a collar with a collar band. Good Job!

Our fourth student made a pair of PJ’s, and 2 tops for her American Girl dolls. One was a stretch knit (challenging) and the other was a woven fabric. 

Thanks for a great week girls and hope you have a great time sewing the rest of your summer.

If you are interested in enrolling, or in enrolling your child in one of my sewing classes, I have 1 session left for kids this summer. It’s 8/11-15. The two locations are the Chesterfield Hobby Lobby and the Glen Allen Hobby Lobby. The Chesterfield classes are 9am-noon and the Glen Allen classes from 3-6 pm. 

The next adult classes being on 9/3. Adults wanting to take a beginners class with me can register for the Wed. night Chesterfield class, which meets from 6-8 pm on the 4 Wednesday evenings in Sept, or the Glen Allen class on Thursday evenings from 6-8 on the 4 Thursdays in Sept. 

email me for a registration form

or call me at 804-869-7920   or 804-313-9717

Let’s have some sewing fun!

More on the summer sewing fun

July 17, 2014

What a great week. My advanced student is making great progress on her project and learning a variety of seam treatments along the way. She has done several encased and bound seam treatments on this project. It’s a very filmy fabric, which adds to the complexity of the project. DSC_0002This student gets a lot done both in class, and at home. I never hesitate to push her a bit to stretch her capabilities and she’s always up to the challenge. Tomorrow, we do a little disassembly on a previous project, to see if we can find a better fit. 

Another student, who I hope to see again is a very independent and aggressive learner. Unlike students who get the cart ahead of the horse and have to seam-rip excessively because they didn’t wait for instructions, she listens attentively and acts immediately. Despite the fact that she is busy with athletics this summer also, when I suggested that she make a duplicate project at home, DSC_0009to insure she was grasping the concepts, she surprised me by bringing it in the next day….. COMPLETED! DSC_0011She has finished a third project and tomorrow, will complete a fourth! That’s a first for one of my beginners.DSC_0019 What a go-getter.


This student zipped through her first project, DSC_0006to be sure she had the basics down pat, and then dove into her real passion for sewing right now, clothes for her American Girl Doll. DSC_0016 These aren’t easy to make and I’m putting fairly close-up pics so you can see that she has done nice seam finishing with seam tape and narrow hems or shirttail hems and sewn-in velcro. DSC_0017 BTW, yes, that is stretch knit and those are 1/4″ seams.DSC_0018That’s no small challenge with a sewing machine, not a serger. 

Check out this final student’s work. DSC_0010

She made a beautiful pencil skirt that looks custom tailored. She worked diligently to get every seam correct and a great fit. She was determined to fix any error and complete any repetitive work at home, to make the most of class time. The hem is a blind hem done without a blind hem foot. I am proud of her. That was a real challenge for a beginner, and something many folks come to me to learn. Tomorrow; a clutch bag!


Almost everyone did a little hand-sewing today to give their projects a little polish and to finish some facings. DSC_0014Tomorrow is the last day of this session and I’ll miss these girls and their commitment to learning to sew. I’ve loved this week.


July summer sewing class

July 15, 2014

We are having fun in the July summer sewing camp. Here are pics: DSC_0034I’m a stickler for technique. Starting from the beginning, the students learn that they will get the best results by always pressing those seams. DSC_0033One student is making a blouse with shaping darts in the body of the shirt and the bust. DSC_0032Two are making pajama pants as a first project. DSC_0029Everyone learns that pinning is essential. DSC_0028I do teach them to trace their patterns, so they can be re-used. DSC_0026 It’s not work, it IS funDSC_0025Careful cutting is important for a good final result. Good scissors are a big part of that. DSC_0024 Read that pattern twice before taking a step.DSC_0023 Fabric selection is very individual. DSC_0020Day one, everyone traces DSC_0018 DSC_0016 I highly recommend books from the Singer Sewing Reference Library, especially “Sewing Essentials”.DSC_0015 Homework!DSC_0013 Tomorrow, we will cut these out.DSC_0008 Working on a collar.DSC_0006Threading the machine is repeated over and over, so when these folks get home, they’ve got it down. DSC_0005We are having a great week. These students will make pj pants, a pencil skirt, a sleeveless tunic, a zippered pillow, doll clothes and a clutch. Not everyone will make everything, but Everyone learns a lot, gains a lot of confidence and leaves having had a fun week. 

Our next session is Aug 11-15. There is a class at the Chesterfield Hobby Lobby from 9 am – noon and at the Short Pump Hobby Lobby from 3-6 pm. Hope you will join us, there are openings. All you need to  do is email me for a registration form.


July summer sewing camp

July 14, 2014

I’m preparing to walk in for the second summer sewing camp this year. Can’t wait! More in a while :)

Sewing summer camp for kids – July, 2014

July 9, 2014

Monday the second sewing camp for kids begins. We will begin at 3 pm at the Short Pump Hobby Lobby. This class is a fee-based class. Although the registration date is past, I still have an opening. The age for the class is 8+. We meet from 3-6 pm Monday-Friday.

If you can’t make this one, I’m still registering for the August camps at both Short Pump and Chesterfield. The Chesterfield camp meets from 9 am – noon.

Cost for the camps is $250. The students will spend approx $50 in addition to the registration fee, on their materials and supplies.

Contact me for more info.

8O4 869 792O

WE use the sewing machine, class is 15 hours. I have students who have gone on to NY FIT. I also have students who are now teaching sewing, themselves. 

Kids sewing summer camp in Glen Allen

June 29, 2014

We just completed the first Kids Sewing Summer Camp of 2014 and it was sew much fun :)

Check out the pics below for images of the girls making their PJ pants, a formal gown, a pencil skirt, a pleated skirt with exposed zipper and a summer top. Each girl expanded her personal sewing horizons and made a couple of fun things to wear and use.DSC_0026 DSC_0032 DSC_0035 DSC_0037 DSC_0051 DSC_0058 DSC_0059 DSC_0065 DSC_0067 DSC_0076 DSC_0077


The next session begins 7/14. There is a camp in the mornings in Chesterfield and in the afternoons at Glen Allen. Cost is $250 for the week and kids learn the basics of sewing using a sewing machine. If they have their own machine, they bring it and learn to use it. If they don’t, I will bring one for them to use and learn on. Students who are already sewing will continue to build upon their skills and increase their abilities.

For more info, call me at 8O4-869-792O

or email me at cherri.hankins at

Busy time

May 25, 2014

I haven’t posted in a while because my husband just retired and we took a vacation to go see my baby graduate from college and visit my grandbaby and my other kids. They are spread across the south from Texas to Virginia and soon to be MO also.

Right now, I’ve been quilting more than sewing larger projects because our new house is still under renovation and I don’t want to make the curtains and drapes until it’s done. And there isn’t space anywhere in the house to cut out larger projects until I could get my kids things to them and out of my studio….. Now, we need to get power in the studio. I’m thinking I’d like to use solar power, but don’t know if WV winters will support a couple sewing machines and a few flourescent tube lights.

Classes begin in just under a month. I have a kids class at each of the Richmond Hobby Lobby’s. AND an adult “intensive” each month this summer.

The kids sewing summer camps are:

at Chesterfield from 9 am-noon, Mon-Fri

at Short Pump from 3 pm – 6 pm, Mon-Friday

the sessions are as follows:

June 23-27  (Chesterfield class has 3 openings; Short Pump has 2 openings)

July 14-18 (openings available)

Aug 11-15 (openings available)

the cost for the kids sewing summer camp is $250/week-long session (each participant will also need a $50 gift card so they can purchase their materials and supplies throughout the week)

The adult “intensives are from 12:30-2:30 during the same weeks and at the Chesterfield location. The cost for the adult class is $190 for the week and again, you will need approx $50 for materials and supplies throughout the week.



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