Sewing Classes

Dear Sewing Friends;

Happy New Year to all!  2018… It’s hard to believe we are saying this number.  I hope you all had a great Christmas celebrating with family and friends.  Now we just face the long winter so a sewing class might just be the thing to keep you busy during the cold winter months.  So much has been going on here at R.B. Fabrics.  Our customers have been busy doing all sorts of projects.  It is so inspiring to see all your fantastic work so please keep it coming.  Many of you received new sewing machines for Christmas this year so hopefully you will have the time to take a class and learn how to use your new “Baby”.  We are happy to introduce a new teacher to our teaching staff.  Liz Dicrescenzo is an enormously talented sewer, quilter and bag maker.  She will be adding a great bag class and quilting class this season.  Welcome Liz, we are so happy to have you on board. Registration starts Monday, January 8th.  You can drop by the store or call in your registrations over the phone.  Hope to see you Monday! Happy Sewing, Liz



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Meet the Teachers:

 Liz Badiuk

Sewing has been a huge part of my life since I was 16 years old. In 1983, I went into the sewing business and never looked back.  I have been teaching since 1988 and have found it to be the most rewarding part of my job.  The last fifteen years of my teaching career, I have really branched out, obtaining many certifications and training throughout Canada and the US.  I have obtained my Serger Heirloom certification, Omni Grid Certification, as well; I have trained with some of the top sewing celebrities such as Nancy Zieman, Martha Pullen, Eleanor Burns and the most amazing education team from the Babylock Sewing Machine Company.  Training at this facility is top notch and allows me to bring back some of the best sewing techniques ever.  This year, I am proud to say that I have been a part of the sewing industry for 33 years buying, selling, and teaching.  I love to make the class room fun and can guarantee to teach you something new with each class. I teach all genres of sewing but my specialty is in Serging, Embroidery and Apparel Wear.


 Francine De Meyer

Francine’s first love is fabric. She learned to sew as a young teen and also learned other hand crafts such as embroidery, needlepoint and crochet.   During the late 1980’s, she took design and textile courses at Ontario College of Art and continued to pursue learning new sewing techniques by attending the Creative Festival in Toronto over a period of 15 years.  Now she would like to share her knowledge with others. She hopes to make sewing fun for everyone.

Liz Dicrescenzo

I began sewing when I was 12 years old and have never stopped. Over the years I have taken many courses and when I retired from teaching high school, I got interested in (maybe fascinated with might be a better word) quilting and bag/purse making. I am a member of our local quilt guild and have taught a couple of workshops for them.  Doing the workshops reminded me how much I enjoy teaching and sharing what I have learned.


Registration starts Tuesday, Sept 6th

Registration Policy:

  • Payment in full is required at the time of registration to guarantee your seat in class
  • Gift Certificates can be used for supplies but not for class fees
  • All supply sheets will be distributed upon registration
  • Please be available to attend class as fees cannot be refunded or transferred unless the class is cancelled by us.
  • Minimum number of students is required for a class to run.
  • We appreciate that you purchase the supplies at our store so we can assure you are purchasing the proper products for your project, and to thank you we will give you 20% off all fabrics and 10% off all notions purchased.
  • All Classes are subject to HST
  • The class room is a perfume free environment as I am highly sensitive to fragrance



log cabin

Log Cabin Quilt-  This classic quilt is the perfect project for beginner and experienced quilters alike.  With some simple rearranging of the blocks you can change the entire look of this quilt while only making one block.  Come watch the magic happen and complete a quilt.  Elements learned are cutting, piecing, squaring up, quilting and binding. 5 Sessions, Feb 19,26, March 5,19 & 26  (March 12th is a homework week) $90.00 Plus HST and Supplies Instuctor: Liz Dicrescenzo






The Butterfly Sling Purse- This great bag features 2 exterior zipper pockets, a top closure and an adjustable strap.  The surprise really happens when you open the bag.  The inside offers plenty of room for cards, change, drivers licence, smart phone and more! This class is for the confident sewer and will have homework prior to class to cut out your pieces.  2 Sessions, Monday, Apr 9th & 16th,  10-2 $60.00 Plus HST and Supplies Instructor: Liz Dicrescenzo







 free form runner




In the Hoop Table Runner-  Same Pattern, two completely different looks.  This is so versatile, you can make it into placemats, runners or a quilt.  Add more blocks to customize the size.  2 Sessions, Wednesday, Feb 21&28th , 10-2pm $60.00 Plus HST and Supplies Instructor: Liz Badiuk


sergerSerger workshop– This is an action packed day where you will gain the confidence to do all those things you know your serger is able to do but have never had the nerve to try on your own. A workbook is provided so all your work can be logged for future reference.  If you have a serger, then this class is definitely a must for you.

1 session, Wednesday, Jan 31,  10-3

$50.00 Plus HST ( $15.00 Kit fee on the day of class)

Instructor:Liz Badiuk

tshirtT-Shirt Workshop-This is a great opportunity to use your serger and learn to make a t-shirt. Learn how to put ribbing on properly and tricks for hemming the professional way.

1 session, Wednesday, April 11, 10-4

$ 50.00 Plus HST and Supplies,

Instructor: Liz Badiuk




Triaxel weaving

Triaxle Weaving-Strips serged with decorative thread pushes the serger to a whole new level. Then we will create this beautiful piece of fabric using a weaving technique that you can use your imagination as to where you will use it.  Make a bag, a pillow or add it as a detail element on a jacket.  The choice will be yours.

1 Session, Wednesday, March 21, 10-4

$50.00 Plus HST and Supplies

Instructor: Liz Badiuk




Get those feet working-  Do you own a 6 foot package with your Imagine Serger and are afraid to try them.  Join us for this 4 hour workshop of hands on learning and you will be amazed how easy those Imagine feet are to use.  (Serger Workshop is a pre-requisite)  1 session, Wednesday, February 14, 10-3 $50.00 Plus HST and Kit (  $20.00 Kit Fee on the day of class)    Instructor:   Liz Badiuk



industry1Industry Sewing Class- No Pins, No Basting, No Kidding…This class is for sewers with experience who are ready to take their sewing to the next level.  We will spend the first 5 weeks sewing samples exploring sewing techniques used in the garment industry.  The last 5 weeks we spend using the tecniques learned and apply it to making this great jean jacket.  Master topstitching, welt pockets, sleeves and collars while never using a pin.  Intrigued…You should be. After this class, be prepared to have your sewing techniques transformed.

10 Sessions, Tuesday, Feb 6-Apr 17th, 9:30-12:30

$200.00 Plus HST, Plus supplies for the Jean Jacket and a $15.00 Kit fee for the first 5 weeks of sampling

Instructor: Liz Badiuk






lounge1Adult Learn how to sew

Lounge Pants – Beginner 1

This class is designed for people with little or no sewing experience. In this class we learn how to read a pattern, layout, cutting, and constructing a pair of lounge pants or shorts.

1 session , Saturday, Feb 10, 10-4

$50.00 plus HST and supplies

Instructor: Francine DeMeyer


self bound receiving blanket

Self-Bound Mitred Receiving Blanket-  Want to impress all the guests at your next baby shower?  Come learn this easy technique for making this beautiful mitered blanket.  Don’t just stop there… use this technique for table runners valances and more.  1 Session,  Saturday, March 24th,  10-4 $50.00 Plus HST and Supplies Instuctor: Francine De Meyer





Cozy Cape-  Spring is just around the corner and the perfect time of year to sew this cozy cape. Make it dressy, or casual for running errands.  It is the perfect project for beginners and sewing enthusiasts alike.  1 Session,  Saturday, March 3, 10-4 $50.00 Plus HST & Supplies Instuctor: Francine De Meyer



Big Block Quilt Big Block Lap Quilt

Be the envy of all your friends when you show them this great quilt that was “Made by You” This class will focus on an introduction to using a rotary cutter and ruler as well as an introduction to ¼” seam allowance used in quilting.

1 session , Saturday, February 24,  10-4pm

$50.00 plus HST and supplies,

Instructor: Francine De Meyer








Kids Sewing Classes

lounge2Kid’s Flannel Lounge Pants- A great class designed for kids who want to learn to sew clothes. We will concentrate on how to lay out a pattern, pinning and make a pair of flannel lounge pants. Sewing machines will be supplied but there are a few supplies you will need for this class. We will be teaching this class in three afterschool sessions.

3 Sessions, Thursday, Feb 8-22, 4-6:30

$   50.00    Plus HST and supplies.

Instructor: Francine De Meyer

fantastic pillow

Fantastic pillow case–  Make a statement in your bedroom with this fun and colourful pillow case.  This technique is so fun and cool you will want to make them for every birthday party you are invited to.

1 Session, Saturday, April 7th, 10-4

$50.00 Plus HST and Supplies

Instructor: Francine DeMeyer

Mother's+Day surprise


Mother’s Day Gift-  Sorry mom!  It’s hard to surprise you and post a picture of this project so you will have to just trust us that your kid’s are going to have so much fun making you something special while improving their sewing skills.  1 Session, May 5th, 10-4