Class Schedule

In the Madison, WI area?

Join us for a day or part of a day as we explore alternative materials, time-saving techniques, and a whole host of design options in these crafty classes.  Mary Jo, the Missus of the Acres, instructs all classes and promises to impart you with some of her unique crafty know-how.

+ All classes are currently being held in the lovely upstairs studio space of Gayfeather Fabrics, at 1521 Willy (Williamson) Street in Madison.

+ All classes require pre-registration, as spots are limited, except for Open Sewing Factory, which is a drop-in-as-you-can event.    To register, shoot Mary Jo an email (fivegreenacres (at) gmail dot com) or head to the FiveGreenAcres Facebook page to view each class specifically.  From there, click “I’m attending” and Mary Jo will be in touch with detailed info.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

6-9  Dig it: Coffee Sack Garden Tool Belt.  $45, includes choice of one burlap coffee sack

+ A hip, sturdy must-have in the garden +
Burlap is the perfect choice for lugging soil-crusted garden tools – the wide mesh lets the soil fall right through. Sewing with it requires a bit of know-how, however, and you’ll get that here.
We’ll use a quick bias tape edging – being able to whip out your own in a hurry is a skill worth its weight in gold.  What about Mom? Get a jump on Mother’s Day, while you’re at it, you rockstar.


– Previous Classes –

Sunday, April 1, 2012

1-3  Easter Basket: Crochet it yourself, fast as lightning.  $30

+ Cleverly crochet a strip of fabric into a bouncy little basket +
Easter’s right around the corner.  How about a fresh little basket to usher in the spring?  If you can scrounge up a yard of fabric, a crochet hook, and three hours on Sunday, you can expect to leave with a sweet little basket to reward your effort.  NO CROCHET EXPERIENCE NEEDED!  We’ll cover everything you need to know to make one for every member of the family.  Don’t do Easter?  These make fantastic bins to sort, stash, or otherwise organize whatever’s cluttering your bandwidth.

Can’t make it to the class?  Find the pattern, complete with detailed photo instructions *here.*


Thursday, January 12 + 26  Open Sewing Factory 6-9pm

The doors are open for you – there will be music, wine, and camaraderie in the sewing studio above Gayfeather Fabrics. Bring your current project, machine and supplies, your sewing questions, your friends. I’ll be on hand to field tricky questions or regale you with the latest farmy news.  NOTE:  If arriving after 7pm, enter from the street door to the left of the storefront. (look for the sign)


A limited number of sewing machines are available to use – best to reserve one ahead of time.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

10-1  Learn to Sew (better)  $45

+ This is your class. +
Discuss the components of your sewing machine, learn basic sewing procedures through the construction of a zipper pouch and pattern weights.
Discuss the tools, materials, and supplies that are essential to sewing, as well as my very favorite (lesser-known) Must-Haves.

Class material list available here.

2-5    Pouches, Bags, and Bins  $45

+ A Robust Bag Making Primer +
Zipper pouches, storage bins, tote bags all share the same basic bones;  we’ll deconstruct both flat and square bottom techniques.
From there, we’ll discuss adding the details – linings, straps, zippers, closures, drawstrings, pockets

Sunday, January 22, 2012

12-4pm    Shirts + Shirt Dresses Sew-along  $45

Pick your pattern and join us as we demystify stand collars, plackets, cuffs, and set-in sleeves. The basic components of each of the following patterns is the same; cowboy styling is optional.  Hee hee.  All offer long sleeve options.

+ Liverpool by Amy Butler
Versatile women’s shirtdress/tunic
+ Negroni by Colette
Men’s classic collared shirt
+Jumprope Dress by Oliver + S
Lovely girl’s shirtdress
+Sketchbook Shirt by Oliver + S
Classic boy’s collared shirt

Given our time constraints, you’ll have to pre-wash your fabric and cut out all pattern pieces and fabric before class.

January 28, 2012

10-1pm    Embellished. A Design Primer $45

+ Make it yours with clever applique, printing, and other one-of-a-kind details +
Bring in your own tshirts, bags, plain fabric or whatever you wish to impart with your own designs.  It promises to be a printing, cutting, sewing extravaganza!

2-5    Kids Raglan Tee Workshop  $45

In which we demystify sewing with knits…LS tees are the foundation of a winter wardrobe – you’ll leave with a pile of them, made unique with your designs and sewn to fit your little ones. (Join the morning’s Embellished. class to design your shirt blanks)

February’s classes are in the works…sign up for the Class Schedule Newsletter to get email notifications whenever a new class is posted.

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