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Teaching & Attending Pinners Conference

by | Nov 9, 2018 | Home Decor Projects, Posts by Kira, Sewing with Cotton Fabric Projects | 0 comments

Kayla and Sheila had attended Pinners Conference 2 years ago, but this was our first time all going together, and our first time teaching a class! We didn’t even know they did sewing classes at Pinners but a friend told us about it and recommend us, and we got in at the last minute! We designed a special super easy Christmas Placemat to teach. We wanted to make our project fun but simple enough to teach even the newest of sewers. We all thought the class went really well, and our attendees enjoyed it, learned something new, and were happy with the project! 

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Then on the second day we got to play and have some fun of our own!

Our first class of the day was a watercolor florals class by the very talented artist & illustrator Natalie Malan. You should definitely follow her on Instagram @nataliemalanstudio if you don’t already! Kayla really enjoys Natalie’s stories on Instagram. If you have the opportunity to take a workshop from Natalie it was super fun and I hope I get a little better at watercolor. My first attempts at flowers weren’t terribly successful in my opinion, but it takes more practice!

Our next class was a DIY class taught by Rachel Clark of Sahuaro Lane making a super cute buffalo plaid “believe” Christmas sign. She has created tons of cute crafty things, definitely check out her Etsy Store! Someone else in the class changed it up and did theirs in white & black buffalo plaid which we loved, so I got a second kit to make a black & white version and Kayla decided to repaint hers.

After that we managed to get the last 3 spots in the class to make an adorable Merry Christmas Sled door hanger. This class was taught by Laura Hutcheon of the Handmade Sign Co. We used paint and stain to make the sled, she showed us how to make a pretty bow, and I loved how it was rustic chic!

We took a break from classes to have some lunch, do some shopping, and take some goofy pictures at the Home Depot booth. My “Kittycorn” shirt was quite the hit and so naturally mom and Kayla thought I needed to wear a matching headband around! (It was really a gift for Coco who is obsessed with unicorns, but I wore it for the day).

Then we took our last classes of the day! I went to a free class offered by Darice where we made this cute Llama sign decoration- I think it will look adorable in my girls room. Kayla and Mom went to a free class put on by Persnickety Prints where the teacher explained how to use the free Lightroom App on your phone and how to install and use Pre-Sets that enhance your pictures. She gave out some of her Pre-sets and we played around with editing some pictures. And lastly I took one more class from Michelle Golightly of Golightly Sewing Studio, where I got to make an adorable little clutch purse. It was actually super cute, and I got it together in less than an hour! We made an un-pleated version of the Mint Chocolate Truffle clutch in her Sweet Clutches Pattern, I’d definitely recommend it!

After mad dash shopping the end of day deals from the booths we were pooped! But check out this haul! Between VIP swag bags for being teachers, shopping, projects and supplies we got from the classes, it was like Christmas!

We spent the next day at Kayla’s house finishing up some of our projects. Including a diy gnome that was a free class Darice was doing in their booth, but we missed it, so we got the supplies and had our own gnome making party! Check out all of our beautiful finished projects!!

If you get the chance I would definitely recommend going to a Pinners Conference! Check out their schedule here. We will definitely be teaching at one again! I’m hoping we could do Ontario, CA in March but my mom and sister are skeptical that I’ll be able to do it a month after having my baby! We will let you know which ones we will end up doing!

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