Get creative with Common Threads Boulder! Call or stop by to register. Class size limited. We run our classes with a minimum of 3 students. We require payment at the time of registration so we can guarantee to the teacher and the interested students that class can run as listed. Cancellation allowed with 48 hours notice.
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Our schedule changes each month, with new classes appearing frequently. Some staples you can always count on: beginning classes, alterations classes, childrens’ classes, teen classes, and knitting.
Best Apron Class
Make one of three stylish and functional aprons in two short classes. Learn to gather seams, turn a strap, thread a casing and to make gorgeous hems and corners. Super cute, great coverage and fit and easy to make. Inspiring attire for home projects and they make great hostess gifts for all your summer trips. Students need 1 1/4- 1 1/2 yards of cotton woven for main fabric and 1 yard for contrast. Class meets twice. $55
Thursdays, May 16th & 23rd, 10:00am-12:00pm or
Mondays, June 3rd & 10th, 10:00am-12:00pm
Wish you could design your own clothes? Get basic instructions in this popular starter class and complete a skirt or a top of your own design. Learn to work from a sloper and how to manipulate patterns. Leave with a top or bottom sloper for your body and the know-how to create any number of designs! Basic sewing knowledge required. Adults and teens welcome. Five sessions. $145
Wednesdays, May 15th - June 12, 6:00-8:00pm
Wish you could hit "copy" then "paste" on your favorite garments? With some time and instruction, you can re-make those hard-to-replace pieces in whatever fabric you desire! Come to this five-part workshop to make a pattern from your favorite shirt, pants or dress and make it from start to finish. No fabric needed for the first class, but students should bring the garment they want to replicate. Must have sewing experience. 5 sessions. $145
Saturdays, May 4th - June 15th (no class 5/25), 4:00-6:00pm
Men's Shirt into a Skirt
Join us for an easy one-night class for one of the coolest and easiest restyling projects around: converting a men's dress shirt into a flattering, wear anywhere skirt! Raid a man's closet or hit the thrift store and bring in one or more shirts in cotton, flannel, courdouroy, denim, you name it! There are a few easy and attractive styles for you to choose from. Experience helpful, but not necessary. One session. $30
Monday, April 29th, 6:00-8:00pm
Tuesday, May 14th, 6:00-8:00pm
We’re excited to offer a fun getaway right here at Common Threads. Join us for an evening of simple stitching, easy clothing and wine! Gather your girlfriends together, pick up TWO 1/2 yards of woven fabric (inside and outside) and make a stylish, take-anywhere, custom made clutch. For this class students might also find great fabric options among our free stash. Beginning and non-beginning stitchers welcome. We’ll have wine, tea, and snacks but students are welcome to bring food and beverage to share. Sign up early as space is limited! One session $25
Wednesday, May 8th, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Love to draw or looking for an opportunity to better present your design ideas? Back by popular demand is this specialized art class taught by New York-Boulder-Denver designer Lauren Jones. Students work with a live clothed model, learn to create an elongated figure, draw convincing garments and add texture and details that communicate the designers' signature look. An important step in portfolio development or exploring new design ventures. Class is open to teens and adults. Materials needed for first class: Several sheets of computer paper, regular pencils and sharpeners, fashion magazines. Beginning and non-beginning students welcome. Repeat students will build on prior work to hone skills and learn to assemble a collection. $125
Sundays, April 28th - May 19th, 3:00-5:00pm
Alterations and Restyled Clothing Workshop
Come to this three-part-er to learn how to do some quick, professional alterations as well as how to transform that not-quite-right item in your closet into something smashing! Whether you are shortening your pants, or turning them into a skirt, letting out the coat or turning a shirt into a dress! This class is for the practically minded as well as the visionary. You'll be thrilled with how much more expansive your closet seems and how limitless the thrift and consignment store selections can be. Basic sewing knowledge required. Class meets 3 times with expanded hours. $95
Wednesdays, April 3rd - 17th, 6:00-8:30pm
A great starter project for the new stitcher or fun way to get acquainted with basic clothing for the person looking to move past pillow and bags. Learn to make one of three types of easy skirts with just your measurements or a simple pattern. Students should bring 1 1/2 yards of cotton or other soft woven (non-stretchy) fabric. Kids and adults welcome. Sewing experience recommended, but not required. $45 ($75 for 2 people registering together)
Saturday, May 18th, 10am-1pm
The Fat Quarter Bag
Fabulous three-hour workshop for anyone with basic machine experience to make a gorgeous bag that looks super advanced. It will be your go-to for errands, weekend trips, and your sewing classes! The Fat Quarter Bag, allows you to focus on choosing fun fabrics, sewing and simple construction, without too much pesky measuring, cutting, or tricky seams. This a great mother-daughter class (20% discount for multiple registrations in your party) Materials needed: 6 fat quarters, 2 yards cotton woven for lining and handles, 1/3 yard interfacing, 2/3 yard 1 inch elastic. Basic machine experience required. One session. $50
more dates to come...
Commercial Pattern Workshop
Find a great pattern at the fabric shop and have no idea how to read it? Before you get discouraged, know that it is not easy! And feel confident that will a little language and symbol reading training you’ll be able to handle any pattern. Come to this four week workshop to learn what all those diagrams mean and how to get on your way to whipping up garments in an afternoon. Materials list upon registration. Class meets 4 times. $95
Mondays, June 3rd - 24th, 6:00-8:00pm
Beginning Sewing Part I
This one-session class goes over the basics of machine sewing. Learn how to thread and operate a machine and get introduced to essential stitches with dozens of applications. Begin to envision a new world of functional crafts, simple and beautiful. Students make a slipcover throwpillow. One session (materials included)! $45
Saturday, May 11th, 10a-12pm
Monday, May 20th, 3:30-5:30pm
Thursday, May 23rd, 6:00-8:00pm
Beginning Sewing Part II
Spread your sewing wings to put together a more advanced project. Students who’ve learned the basics in Part I can join any of these workshops to make a zippered bag. You will get a chance to see how your design ideas can be implemented and will learn techniques to put in a beautiful zipper. Corral your purse items with a snazzy case, or use the zipper as a safety on a roomy carry-all. Either way you’ll be on your way to more advanced sewing confidence. We recommend students bring their own fabric or purchase ours for this one, but students are always welcome to continue to use our free fabric. One session $50 (sign up for both I and II together for $85)
Saturday, May 18th, 1:00 - 3:30pm
Amy Butler's Gumdrop pillow is one of our all-time favorite, all-ages projects! Come to this one session class to make this beautiful floor pillow. Great accent piece for a bedroom or living room. Often taken over by large and small dogs. Simple and fun - this is a great mother-daughter class. Materials needed: 120 ounces of fiber-fill stuffing; 2 1/4 yards of fabric or 1 1/8 yard of 2 kinds of fabric (for contrasting "stripes"). Students welcome to use our free fabric for this class - but may have trouble finding enough of favorite types. Basic machine experience required. One session. Price includes pattern. Ages 7 and up. $55 ($90 for two people registering together).
Saturday, May 11th, 12:30-3:30pm
Independent Project Workshop
This low cost monthly offering is a great way to get guidance and make headway on large and small proects. Bring whatever you are working on or something you want to start. Use our machines, cutting tables, materials and expertise. A great chance to take care of alterations, mending, gift ideas or ambitious quilting projects. Bought a commercial pattern and feel like it was written in a different language? Don’t give up! Bring it to us and have it translated. Sewing experience required. Must call ahead to reserve spot. only $15
Thursday, April 25th, 6:00-8:00pm
Thursday, May 16th, 6:00-8:00pm
Mark your calendar for our 4th annual incredible recycled material fashion show April 23rd at the Boulder Theater! Featuring culminating projects of super-creative, eco-minded, high fashion teens and tweens in grades 6th-12th, this Earth Day focused showcase is not to be missed. Participants work for 5 weeks to create garments and accessories completely from found materials which are presented on a runway and judged by area fashion authorities, environmental experts, and design stars. Recycled Runway rewards excellent outcomes for participants and gives widespread exposure to young artists and designers. Tickets availble now by contributing through Kickstarter or through the Boulder Theater Box Office
Recycled Runway Fashion Show at the Boulder Theater
Tuesday, April 23rd 6:30pm
Tickets currently available through kickstarter and the Boulder Theater
Workshop meeting dates:
Tuesday, March 19th, 6-8pm
Tuesday, April 2nd, 4-6pm
Tuesday, April 9th, 6-8pm
Tuesday, April 16th 4-6pm
Empower Women in Africa Pad-Making Workshop
Come to our first afterschool/weekday evening pad-making workshop for Empower Women in Africa! This is a one day service project for non stitchers and advanced seamstresses alike to make cloth re-usable menstrual pads for school age young women in parts of rural Africa. Such a simple item can be mean the difference between completing school and dropping out.
Want to help out but can't make the workshop? You can spread the word, donate supplies, make pads on your own or donate to this incredible Denver based non-profit. Contact us or EWA for information. Workshop is Free. Stop by for 20 minutes or stay for hours! We'll have snacks and fun tasks for everyone.
Check back for next session in July!
Afterschool Kids Sewing
This is one of our longest running classes! Workshop for the younger, crafty set. Kids ages 7-10 learn everything from machine sewing basics to advanced techniques. Projects include bedroom décor, easy garments, stylish accessories. Every creation is the child’s own vision. Beginners and non-beginners welcome. This class fills up, so please call early. Interested in class on a different day? Let us know and we’ll set one up. Class meets 5 times. $135
Mondays, April 15th - May 13th, 3:45-5:45pm
Thursdays, April 4th - May 2nd, 3:45-5:45pm
Boulder Runway Afternoons
This is the school-day version of our popular summer camp! Students ages 11-16 learn the ins and out of working with a pattern and how to put it together from start-to-finish. Everyone learns pattern reading, advanced sewing techniques and how to get a perfect fit. Great for the budding designer or the stitcher looking for a new challenge. Infinite design possibilities and new patterns ervy session, so repeat students are welcome. Adults want to get in on the action? Check out our Commercial Pattern Workshop. Class meets 6 times $180
Wednesdays, April 3rd - May 8th, 3:45-5:45pm
Kids Fabric Arts
Kids get technical with their creativity! This camp explores the ins and outs of machine sewing. All camper-directed designs, using fun fabrics and trims. Kids go home with new skills, creative passions and really fantastic, handmade projects. Make cool accessories while making friends this summer! Beginner and non-beginners welcome. Camp size limited, call early! Most materials included. $195 per session ($185 if registering by April 15)
4 sessions, All camps 5 days a week 10:00am-1:00pm
June 17-21; June 24-28; July 15-19; August 5-9
American Girl Doll Camp!
This camp is for girls with a passion for 18" dolls! Girls learn to make a simple garment for themselves and one that matches their doll too. Participants need to bring 2 yds of woven (non-stretchy) fabric and their doll to the first class. Beginner and non-beginners welcome. Some materials included but participants will want to bring their own fabric. $165 per session ($155 if registering before April 15)
2 sessions, 4 days a week 10:00am-1:00pm
June 4-7; July 9-12
Boulder Runway Camp
From fashion sketching to garment construction: Come to aweek-long camp to learn the basics of clothing and accessorydesign as well as some decorative techniques. Participantsadapt a garment design, adjust a pattern according to theirmeasurements, cut and sew the garment to completion.Camper-driven designs, really impressive results. A great firststep for budding designers, or a fun way to hone skills forthe more experienced stitcher. Everyone can learn advancedtechniques, get a perfect fit, install zippers and more. Eachweek is project centered, so multiple registrations accepted.Beginner and non-beginners welcome. Some materials included but participants will want to bring their own fabric on the second day. Camp size limited, so please
call early! $220 per session ($210 if registering before April 15)
4 sessions, all camps 5 days a week 2:00-5:30
June 10-14; July 8-12; July 22-26; July 29-August 2
Design your Own Class
Many of our creative lab bookings are privately formed classes. If there is something you want to learn and you have some friends who want to join you, give us a call.
Anytime, price depending on length of class and number of students
Classes we’ve had in the past and will likely have again:
PJ Pants, Gumdrop Pillow, Patternmaking, Hat Making, Simple Skirt, Breezy Top,
Silk Screening, Belt making, Jewelry Making, Draping.
Something you want to learn but don’t see on our schedule? Can’t work one of our listed classes into your calendar? Let us know! We can design a class just for you and your like-minded friends on the dates you choose.