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Jeans Workshop

  • Bolt Neighborhood Fabric Boutique 4636 Northeast 42nd Avenue, Ste C Portland, OR, 97218 United States (map)


This class meets 5 times. Friday May 24th, 31st, June 7th, and June 14th, and 21st.

Sewing your own jeans can be a life changing experience. Never struggle through too small, badly lit fitting rooms again once you’ve made your perfect pair of jeans. This workshop, taught by Bolt’s own Mahri Gray, will give you the confidence you need to embark on your jeans making journey.

In this class you will learn:

  • Tips for sewing with denim or twill.

  • How to make minor pants pattern adjustments and minor fit adjustments.

  • Zip Fly or Button Fly construction.

  • Western style pockets.

  • Topstitching tricks.

  • Installing jeans buttons and rivets.


Prior sewing experience is required to take this class. Please have basic pants/trousers sewing experience ie; pajamas, leggings, boxers.

Supply List:

  • Choose a Jeans pattern:

    • Ginger Jeans by Closet Case

    • Morgan Jeans by Closet Case

    • Ames Jeans by Cashmerette

    • Ash Jeans by Megan Nielsen

    • Dawn Jeans by Megan Nielsen

    • Heroine Jeans by Merchant & Mills

    • Quadra Jeans by Thread Theory

    • Fulford Jeans by Thread Theory

  • 2-4 yds 8-14oz denim (depending on pattern requirement and fabric width)

  • 1/5 yd pocketing fabric

  • For zip fly:

    • Metal teeth zipper (5"-9" depending on pattern requirement)

    • 1 button

  • For button fly:

    • 4-5 buttons

  • 1 spool Gutermann Sew-All thread or 2 spools Gutermann recycled polyester

  • 1 pack Jeans Sewing Needles

  • Optional: Jeans Double Needle

Unsure which pattern is for you or what fabric to use? We will discuss all of your options in detail during the first class session and all materials can be purchased then.

Materials and supplies are NOT included in the price of the class. All materials are available to purchase at Bolt, either in store or online. Students will receive 10% off of supplies purchased at Bolt. Please pre-wash, dry and press fabric according to manufacturer’s instructions to achieve desired fit.

Earlier Event: May 24
Open Sew
Later Event: May 27
Open Sew