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Bright Ideas Sewing

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LAST UPDATED: July 20th, 2023

Bright Ideas Sewing is a Utah-based Sewing  studio with a specific focus on teaching children six and older a variety of practical and creative sewing techniques. Founded in 2017by Mary Alice McCarlie, Bright Ideas Sewing holds sewing camps for children of all skill levels, all designed to bolster student confidence and inspire creativity in a fun, group atmosphere.


The Good

  • Experienced Instructor
  • Variety of Classes

Experienced Instructor

All sewing classes and camps are hosted and taught by founder Mary Alice McCarlie, an experienced seamstress and educator with more than  seven  years of professional experience, as well as a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and starting her 5th year of teaching high school sewing.

Variety of Classes

Bright Ideas Sewing offers students of all skill levels a variety of classes and tiered workshops with clear student outcomes. Unlike other sewing schools in Utah, Bright Ideas Sewing provides students with all the necessary materials. Summer Camp Classes are distinguished by the following:

Tiny Beginner Sewing Camp (Ages 6 to 8)

  • Covers basic sewing skills, including how to use a sewing machine and other sewing supplies
  • Outcomes of at least three projects: a small bag, stuffed animal, pillow case, and/or other small crafts
  • Costs $210 (includes 3 three-hour sessions, materials, snack, and take-home workbook)

Beginner Sewing Camp (Ages 8 and up)

  • Covers all basic sewing techniques, plus additional skills for Tiny Beginner Sewing Camp graduates
  • Outcomes include a pincushion, wallet, drawstring backpack, and customized t-shirt
  • Costs $225 (includes 3 three-hour sessions, materials, snack, and take-home workbook)

Experienced Sewing Camp (Ages 9 and up)

  • Covers basic sewing techniques, as well as how to work with industrial supplies like snaps and zippers
  • Outcomes include a chapstick holder, roll-up travel case, duffle bag, and matching set of knit-material clothing
  • Costs $240 (includes 3 three-hour sessions, materials, snack, and take-home workbook)


In addition, there are small group classes offered throughout the school year and a one day camp each month.


The Bad

  • Single Location
  • No Bright Ideas Sewing Reviews
  • More Expensive but More Convenient than Other Sewing Schools

Single Location

Bright Ideas Sewing is limited to a single studio location in American Fork Utah. While smaller operations like Bright Ideas Sewing (especially ones taught by a single instructor) can provide a more hands-on approach to teaching, they’re also limited in the number of students they can reach.

No Bright Ideas Sewing Reviews

As yet, no online reviews for Bright Ideas Sewing are available online. Online reviews, particularly verified reviews that are tied to actual customer identities, are crucial to establishing a company’s reputation online; they provide potential customers with important insights into how classes are run, student satisfaction, and value for the money spent.


The Bottom Line

If you live in Utah, and your child or children have expressed an interest in sewing, Bright Ideas Sewing could be a great place for them to develop their skills and learn from an enthusiastic and caring instructor. Because it’s a small operation compared to other sewing schools, classes at Bright Ideas Sewing can fill up quickly. That said, students will literally be given all the tools needed to succeed.

Interested parents are encouraged to reach out to the company’s founders for more details not covered in this review.

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Bright Ideas Sewing

Hello! My name is Mary Alice. I am so excited that you are here! It has been a dream come true to teach sewing through Bright Ideas sewing camps.

I love seeing my student's confidence grow and to help them discover something they are passionate about.

Growing up sewing and creating was (and still is) my happy place, and I hope you can find that same joy in creating with me!

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