Nothing makes us happier than helping our students realize their creative goals. Whether you’re working on your first project, or increasing your advanced skill set, we are here to help! Every student and every project is important to us. We provide serious sewing skills, allowing students to connect with their creativity, learn and leave with a renewed sense of empowerment and inspiration.
The Woven Wolf takes years of experience from our team at Toronto's Make Den Sewing School - and brings it to the larger creative community through amazing interactive online tutorials.
We are making it as easy and fun as possible for people to learn a new skill from anywhere at their own convenience and pace.
Some people feel like sewing is a skill which is out of reach and too complicated to learn on their own. The Woven Wolf changes that, as a fresh and concise improvement on out-dated and confusing instructional videos or books.
Our classes will appeal to anyone from a complete beginner to a master craftsperson with the most comprehensive and relevant online sewing packages available. We provide easy to understand demonstrations and explanations, plus tons of downloadable resources to enhance the learning experience.
The Woven Wolf brings together an incredibly fun team of skilled craftspeople and industry professionals who have spent years developing our class curriculum and honing their craft.
Additionally, your help will allow us to bring together and feature more of our favourite instructors from the larger community of makers and sewers.
By becoming a backer you’ll have unlimited access to high quality video content with clear, easy to understand directions presented in a fresh, concise new way.
We provide everything from physical pattern downloads to all support materials required that you can print up easily at home. Additionally, you'll have access to clear and illustrated instructions to accompany videos and projects.
To begin, we have chosen our most popular projects and classes as a jumping off point. Our online platform will be divided into four main categories: MEND IT, MAKE IT, WEAR IT, and QUILT IT! Within that, the tutorials will range from Beginner to Intermediate to Advanced.
Learn more about the Tutorials we are beginning this adventure with:
Intro to Quilting: Flying Geese Pinwheel Square!
In this beginner tutorial Stephanie Rose will walk you through all the basics with a classic block, the Flying Geese Pinwheel square. Learn fabric selection tips, precision cutting techniques and quilt block assembly. From there we will show you two staple quilting techniques, straight line quilting and free motion quilting. To finish off, learn how to clean finish any quilt with two different & easy binding methods. This tutorial builds confidence and skills, so get ready! You'll be calling yourself a quilter in no time.
Make it: How to Sew a Zippered Pouch!
Students love this adorable, useful project! Fill it with your favourite toiletries, tools, or crafting supplies and go. It's a great skill builder for anyone interested in tackling zippers, linings and boxed corners. Darcie will break down all of the steps for you as you make it together. Try this project over and over again in different fabrics & sizes for different effects. It looks great in quilting cotton, waxed cotton, laminated fabrics or canvas!
Make it: How to Sew a Market Tote Bag!
Is there ever a bag large enough to carry everything?! Groceries, a bottle of wine, sewing supplies, more sewing supplies... Industry expert Cat will walk you step by step through this adorable beginner project creating a reversible tote bag that can hold it all! Practice sewing curves, adding a lining and installing a zippered pocket.
Make it: How to Sew a Pillowcase!
Looking for a way to add an accent colour on your sofa or in your bedroom? Curious about the best way to install invisible zippers? Make a pillowcase with us! Sewing teacher Irene will walk you through everything you need to know about professional fabric terminology, how to trace a pattern and proper cutting techniques for directional and print fabrics. Make friends with the invisible zipper foot and you'll never need to shop for another pillowcase ever again!
Make it: How to Sew an Apron!
Are you new to sewing and want a fun project to hone your skills before moving on to more complicated garments? Join sewing instructor Darcie as she teaches basic skills and techniques that can be used on lots of other sewing projects. Learn how to sew a three sided hem with mitered corners, work with gathers & pleats and use fusible interfacing. Discover tricks for sewing a clean finished waistband and more!
Techniques: How to Use a Serger!
Get excited about sewing with knit fabrics! Threading up a Serger has never been easier. We've included lots of close-up shots and easy to follow demonstrations. Darcie uses 4 different coloured thread cones to thread up each part of the machine separately, giving students the opportunity to understand which part of the machine makes which part of the serged edge. Adjust looper tension, needle tension and differential feed for the perfectly finished seam!
Alterations: Mens Shirt to Mini-dress!
Take your Vintage shopping to the next level! Learn how to turn an old, oversized mens shirt into a fitted, short sleeved mini-dress for yourself! Sewing Instructor Irene shows all of her favourite tips and tricks for measuring accurately to get the perfect fit - every time! Tailoring vintage finds opens up the door to endless possibilities for a better fitting wardrobe.
Alterations: Hems & Tapers!
Do you find off-the-rack pants are always too long for you? Want to taper your flared 90s jeans? In this comprehensive mending tutorial, Darcie and Irene will show you how to taper pants and sew hems like a pro. Understand the difference between double fold hems, euro hems, blind hems and how to master the rolled hem setting on your serger!
Wear it: Drafting & Making Custom Jersey Tights!
Take measurements, adjust for stretch, draft a perfectly fitting pair of tights and then sew them up! This comprehensive introduction to pattern drafting for knit fabrics is a confidence builder - and a wardrobe builder! Try this project in cotton, bamboo, spandex or sweatshirt fleece for lots of different looks.
Wear it: Making an A-line "Tundra" Dress
Learn to set sleeves and sew an easy Peter Pan collar. This 60's inspired dress is versatile and wearable, easy to fit and goes from day to night. Try it in wool for a warm winter version, or make it sleeveless in cotton lawn for summer! The Tundra dress comes with a complete graded pattern to accommodate multiple body shapes.
Alterations: Fitting a Mens Dress Shirt!
Are you searching for that custom tailored cut in mens dress shirts? In this in-depth tutorial, join Irene as she shows you a wide range of advanced alteration options to properly and professionally fit oversized garments. Watch and understand the fitting process on a live model. See how to measure and adjust side seams accurately, how to raise the shoulder of the sleeve and reshape an armhole. Learn how to remove and raise the cuff, adjust pleats to fit, and how to raise a sleeve placket when necessary to shorten sleeves. We will show you the difference between a true flat felled seam and a faux flat felled seam, and how to replicate them both step by step. We’ll shorten and demonstrate how to maintain the shape of a baseball hemline.
Make it: How to Sew a Leather Tote Bag or Backpack!
Sewing leather on a domestic machine is easy once you have the right tools and tricks. Designer and Instructor Devlyn will show you how to select hides & teach you everything you'll need to know about leather dying and processing. We will show you you how to easily transform this pattern into either a tote bag or cute backpack. Finally, discover how to properly cut hides and sew up this beautiful leather bag like a pro.
We’ve already spent hundreds of hours working to make this a reality, but we need your help to keep going!
This start up funding will help us to complete our website platform, and consistently create more and more high quality video content. While our initial tutorial offerings cover a lot of ground, we cannot wait make more videos available to The Woven Wolf community, from leather working to shoe making as well as endless garment and accessory construction.
We want the The Woven Wolf to eventually host a vast variety of video content for all skill levels & creative pursuits. YOUR contributions to this project ensure that we will keep going strong, ensuring our ability to cater to all of our audiences, regardless of interests or experience.
Want a more in-depth breakdown of our timeline? Learn more below!
[Kickstarter Video Music by: Jason Shaw (http://www.audionautix.com) / Trailer Video Music by: Natalie Amber]
Risks and challenges
While we have already invested a lot of time, energy and love into this project, we're still working towards completing a comprehensive website platform, and finishing up our initial tutorial videos. This type of video production involves a lot of people, and we have assembled an incredible team of editors, videographers and sewing experts to help us develop and film our classes. Any setbacks that might arise would be due to personal issues on the part of one of our team members (for example if anyone had a health issue and was unable to continue filming). However, if a team member on any level needed to step away for any reason, we would find a suitable replacement immediately.
We're so excited and committed to this project, we are confident we could tackle any challenges that could come our way!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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