We are so excited that one of our favorite sewing teachers, Missy Billingsley, will be teaching at our upcoming School of Art Fashion Boutiques in Lakeland, Fla. March 2-4 and Atlanta, Ga. March 9-11! Missy, a Martha Pullen Licensed Teacher and a Sulky Certified Instructor, travels around the country teaching classes on sewing, serging, embroidery and software with a special focus on heirloom sewing by machine and serger.
She’ll be teaching the “Organize Me! Embroidery School” at our School of Art Fashion Boutiques, where she’ll guide students in creating four stylish, coordinating pieces – a tote and three coordinating pieces – all developed to help you stay organized. I caught up with Missy this week to learn more about the school.
“I love creating projects that are fun and functional and everyone needs a little organization in their lives, so this was the perfect set,” Missy said about the class projects. “The tote has several pockets to keep items in along with the coordinating wallet, zippered bag and portfolio.”
The trendy tote displays a pieced-in-the-hoop French braid front pocket accented with embroidery and trim. Several inner pockets hold all of your necessities, while the boxed bottom adds the perfect amount of interior inner space. The straps are shoulder length and stabilized with Annie’s Soft and Stable for added strength and comfort.
The companion projects include a notepad portfolio, zippered bag and wallet. The front of the portfolio is pieced in the hoop, and pockets are added to the inside to hold a paper notepad or some tablet devices. Bound edges and heavy stabilizer finish this handy accessory. The zippered bag can be personalized by adding an embroidered monogram. Of course, design placement is never a problem with Missy’s tips and tricks. Putting in a zipper has never been easier, either – it is installed in the embroidery hoop! A girl always needs a touch of bling, and that being the case, Swarovski Hot Fix Crystals show up on this piece if you like. The wrist strap, created on a Baby Lock serger, adds the finishing touch. The companion wallet has it all – zippered pockets plus slots for cash and credit cards; and you will make it completely in the hoop.
Missy shared that the “Organize Me! Embroidery School” will also include a small bonus project – an easy-to-make USB jump drive holder.
“The class is going to be fun and informative for the anyone from the beginner to the seasoned sewing enthusiast,” Missy said. “They’ll be sewing on the top of the line Destiny Sewing/Embroidery combination machine from Baby Lock and learning so many cool features the machine has and many sewing and embroidery techniques they can apply to any project.”
Missy has appeared many times on Martha’s Sewing Room and our DVDs, and her work has also been featured in several magazines, including Sew Beautiful. She teaches regularly at the Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion, Baby Lock’s Love of Heirloom events with Martha Pullen and at Baby Lock’s Dealer Convention.
“My favorite part about teaching others about sewing is the look they get on their face when they finish a project or realize they really CAN create something from scratch and that is quite an accomplishment,” Missy said. “Many people doubt their skills and when they have finished a great project, that brings a smile to my face.”