The Finishing School

Draper kids’ new favorite place to whip up some fun!

Extracurricular activities have been shown to provide students a multitude of benefits including a stronger mind, training in targeted skills, a wider social circle, time management skills, and exploration of interests. While it may seem difficult to squeeze any sort of extracurricular activity into the business of life these days, the benefits definitely pay off.

The Finishing School of Draper provides a place to participate in a range of extracurricular activities and broaden your horizons. They teach the basic principles of cooking, sewing and art skills to children of all ages. Students are learning, making, and creating, while their skill level and self-confidence grows.

To attest to The Finishing School’s creative learning atmosphere, students told us all about their fun experiences in classes and the new skills they have been able to take home and share with family and friends.

Addi & Amanda




Addi Cutler, Age 10, One Year with The Finishing School

What do you like best about The Finishing school? “My favorite thing about The Finishing School classes is that they are FUN and I learn new things every time! I never like to miss a class!”

Favorite sewing project completed? “My favorite sewing project is my quilt. It took me about five weeks to finish. I loved choosing the different fabrics and deciding how I wanted to put the pieces together.”

Most valuable lesson learned while working with the sewing machine or serger? “The most important thing I have learned in sewing is that if the presser foot is not down, don’t try to sew!”

Which fabric do you enjoy working with the most? “I love the Minky fabric; it is hard to sew on, but it is so soft and I love it.”

What is your favorite thing you have made in cooking class? “My favorite things we made in cooking class were the soft pretzels and the pumpkin spice doughnut holes.”

Do you prefer cooking meals or baking treats? “I like to make treats more than making meals, because they are yummy to eat!”

If you were a chef, what type of restaurant would you work at, and who would be your sous chef? “If I had a restaurant, I would want it to be a bakery, and my best friend Amanda would be my sous chef. We love to bake together!”

What have you learned to make in cooking class that you have made at home for your family? “I made some cookies for my family that I learned to make in cooking class. My family loved them, and they were so impressed that I knew how to do all the measurements and the different steps to make them.”

Amanda Sullivan, Age 10, One Year with The Finishing School

What do you like best about The Finishing school? “My favorite thing about the Finishing School is seeing the teachers each week. They are awesome and help me so much!”

Favorite sewing project completed? “My favorite project that I have finished is my quilt. It took me about four weeks to complete. It is super comfy and soft.”

Most valuable lesson learned while working with the sewing machine or serger? “I have learned to always keep the preset foot down or your project will turn out crazy!”

Which fabric do you enjoy working with the most? The least? “My favorite fabric is the regular cotton and my least favorite is the fuzzy fabrics, because they are hard to work with.”

What is your favorite thing you have made in cooking class?“I loved making donuts because it was fun to put them in the fryer.”

Do you prefer cooking meals or baking treats? “I like to cook meals because I feel like it will really prepare me for my future.”

If you were a chef, what type of restaurant would you work at? “I would want to own a lunch place that serves soups and salads.”

What have you learned to make in cooking class that you have made at home for your family? “I have baked cupcakes and cookies for my family. They always turn out yummy and everyone is impressed with my new skills.”

Joey, Maddie, Lola, & Ruby

Joey Garrett, Age 12, Six Months with The Finishing School

What do you like best about The Finishing school? “That you get to take the project home.”

Favorite sewing project completed? “I made a quilt! it is super soft. It took me six classes to complete and I have enjoyed it the most! I loved how many fabric choices there were!”

Most valuable lesson learned while working with the sewing machine or serger? “To never sew when there is no fabric under the foot of the needle!”

Which fabric do you enjoy working with the most? The least? “I love the Minky fabrics because they are soooo soft. My least favorite fabric is also the Minky, because it is hard to sew!”

What is your favorite thing you have made in cooking class? “I liked making the popsicles the best! There were so many different combinations we could do in one day and they were all delicious!”

Do you prefer cooking meals or baking treats? “Baking goodies! Because it is way more fun and I enjoy eating them!”

If you were a chef, what type of restaurant would you work at, and who would be your sous chef? “I would be a dessert chef because I love making sweets. My sous chef would probably be my friend Ashlyn, because she is super fun to work with.”

What have you learned to make in cooking class that you have made at home for your family? “I made homemade tortilla chips and homemade salsa for my family. My family ate them up!”

Madeline Ross, Age 13, Six Months with The Finishing School

What do you like best about The Finishing school? “It’s one of my favorite things I do! I look forward to my classes each week! Stephanie and Diana are the best, and I’ve learned so much from both of them!”

Favorite sewing project completed? “My reversible apron! It took me three classes to finish! I liked how it was challenging and it ended up looking really cute!”

Most valuable lesson learned while working with the sewing machine or serger? “Most valuable lesson is to make sure you put the foot pedal down!”

Which fabric do you enjoy working with the most? The least? “My favorite fabric is cotton, I used it to make my pajama pants! My least favorite is the Minky, it shifts while you’re sewing, I made three rice bags using the minky!”

What is your favorite thing you have made in cooking class? “I loved the April fools day treats! We made “hamburgers” out of Nilla wafers, grasshopper cookies, and frosting, and “French fries” out of poundcake!”

Do you prefer cooking meals or baking treats? “I love baking treats! They are so yummy!”

If you were a chef, what type of restaurant would you work at, and who would be your sous chef? “I would work at a bakery and make all sorts of yummy treats for people! My sous chef would be Lola!”

What have you learned to make in cooking class that you have made at home for your family? “I made the cheesecake bites and my Mom served them at her book club she hosted! They were a hit! We put Cadbury eggs on the top!”

Lola Garrett, Age 13, Six Months with The Finishing School

What do you like best about The Finishing school? “We get to sew whatever we want and bring it home or give it as gifts! We get to eat what we make and bring it home to share. We also started a cookbook for ourselves to add to at home.”

Favorite sewing project completed? “My favorite sewing project was a full-length, reversible kitchen apron with sliding ties. The sliding ties make it possible to fit anyone. It only took me three classes. I made mine with a fabric with pineapple prints!”

Most valuable lesson learned while working with the sewing machine or serger? “To never play with any of the buttons or dials on the sewing machine, unless you understand what they do!”

Which fabric do you enjoy working with the most? The least? “I like the Minky fabric the best! It makes really fun blankets and pillows. My least favorite fabric is felt.”

What is your favorite thing you have made in cooking class? “I liked making the ravioli from scratch! It was so cool! I also like that we could make foods from other countries!”

Do you prefer cooking meals or baking treats? “I like making the meals because they are delicious recipes and I can use them at home and in the future.”

If you were a chef, what type of restaurant would you work at, and who would be your sous chef? “I would be a pastry chef because I love to share treats with others! My sous chef would be my friend Maddie who I took The Finishing School classes with!”

What have you learned to make in cooking class that you have made at home for your family? “I made a delicious Yakisoba Japanese dish! My mom loved it!”

Ruby Winget, Age 12, Three Months with The Finishing School

What do you like best about The Finishing school?

“The teachers’ funny jokes.”

Favorite sewing project completed?

“I love my backpack. It took about five classes to complete and it holds a lot of stuff.”

Most valuable lesson learned while working with the sewing machine or serger?

“Be patient. Speed isn’t the key, accuracy is.”

Which fabric do you enjoy working with the most? The least?

“I love to work with flannel. I do not like working with Minky because it stretches.”

What is your favorite thing you have made in cooking class?

“The taquitos were amazing.”

Do you prefer cooking meals or baking treats?

“Baking treats because I have a sweet tooth.”

If you were a chef, what type of restaurant would you work at, and who would be your sous chef?

“A steak house because it brings in lots of money and my friend Macie Granger would be my sous chef because we work well together and she always makes me laugh.”

What have you learned to make in cooking class that you have made at home for your family?

“I make the parmesan edamame all the time. My family loves it!”

Nora, Sydney, Elise, Lila & Sophie

Nora Balderson, Age 8, Six Months with The Finishing School

What do you like best about The Finishing school? “My favorite thing about the finishing school is the teachers because they are so nice and make everything so fun!”

What is your favorite thing you have made in cooking class? “My favorite thing I made in cooking class was the Irish soda bread for St. Patrick’s Day. It was so yummy and I loved that we dyed it green! I also learned to make roasted chicken and vegetables in class, it was really good!”

What have you learned to make in cooking class that you have made at home for your family? “I made the Irish soda bread again at home for my family and they loved it and couldn’t believe that I made it!”

Sophie Balderson, Age 10, Six Months with The Finishing School

What do you like best about The Finishing school? “My favorite thing about The Finishing School is how the teachers are all nice and make cooking and sewing fun to do!”

Favorite sewing project completed? “My favorite sewing project was a pillow I made for my dad for Father’s Day. He loved it! It took me about a half-hour to make it.”

Most valuable lesson learned while working with the sewing machine or serger? “The most important lesson I learned in sewing is that the serger cuts the fabric as it sews it, so you have to be careful with the fabric!”

What is your favorite thing you have made in cooking class? “My favorite thing from cooking class was the Irish soda bread. It was really fun to make it and I loved that it was green for St. Patrick’s Day. The Irish butter was so good too!”

Do you prefer cooking meals or baking treats? “I like cooking treats more than cooking meals, because when you make treats, whatever you make is good!”

If you were a chef, what type of restaurant would you have? “If I had a restaurant, I would want to own a pastry shop!”

What have you learned to make in cooking class that you have made at home for your family? “I have made lots of things at home for my family that I learned to make in class. I made Irish soda bread, cookies, and roast chicken and vegetables.”