Summer Sewing School is almost here!

summercamp2017Registration is open for Summer Sewing School already! I’ve extended the March sale into the first week of April: $10 off each camp registration.













Email to register or call 216.220.4808!


Stay stitchy,



Student innovators are my inspiration! 4

img_5263As a freshman design student, my Textiles professor started our first day of class by bleakly stating that none of us would develop anything new… It’s all been done before, she boldly stated. She believed there had been nothing new in fashion since the Dior silhouette. It wasn’t until I transferred to my alma mater that I realized the possibilities – the open doors. Having access to textile printing machines, 3D printers, pattern design software, and embroidery machines was all new to me. And all of it was new technology!

Every week I am lucky enough to work with sewers of different skill levels and ages. I’m consistently reminded that innovation still exists. I regularly work with a young girl who is particularly inspired by Manga and comics. She is currently bringing to life a design that began on her computer screen. Another student I work with, a high schooler, will be holding his second fashion show at school this year. He has designed, sewn, and created 100% of the garments all on his own. He even learned how to mix music for the runway and pooled his friends to be models for his show. Yet another, much younger sewer, comes to my studio with an idea every time I see her. Together, we bring it to life! I’ll tell you much more about these students in future blog posts!

Often while we work I’ll ask them what they are doing after high school or college. Many of them know right away what their plans are, while some are more hesitant and unsure of what the future will hold. Some of them are unquestionably leaning towards careers in fashion, while others are hoping to sew and create as a hobby while working in other industries. I always encourage them to experiment with things while they are at this level of learning. It’s a great time to try new things without the pressure of having to make money or having an employer demanding that you produce or design specific pieces.

For the students that are considering fashion design or a job in the fashion industry, it’s hard to realize the possibilities – especially with all of the new developments in technology and textiles. When we think ‘fashion design careers,’ we think of designers sketching away on croquis and flats in a busy workroom or office, a room full of sewers on huge commercial machines, or a huge warehouse stocked with bolts and bolts of fabric. But what if fashion were more personal? More accessible? Downloadable?!

In this TED Talk you can learn about how Danit Peleg made her senior collection with the use of a 3D printer in her own living room. I especially enjoyed hearing her talk about her process. As with sewing and physical design, there was much trial and error as she sourced her materials and learned about new ones.

I don’t think that in the early 2000’s any of us saw the possibilities that technology brought to fashion. I wonder what that Textile professor would say now?



What have you been up to?

IMG_5153I can’t believe how quickly summer flew by. I was so busy with summer camps and private lessons – I am so lucky to have this job!

Now that fall is upon us, it’s time to think ahead about winter projects and classes! Need some ideas?!

Last weekend, one of my younger students made these adorable bunny slippers. It only took her two hours to cut and sew these cuties. Can you see the face? Her favorite part was using the Silhouette to design and cut out the bunny face and gluing the rhinestone on for the nose. We also used hot glue to write her name on the soles. The rubbery finish of the hot glue acts as a nice anti-slip aid!


You could also make one of these cuddly mermaid or shark tail blankets. With elastic at the top and a place to keep your toes warm, it’s the perfect rainy day accessory!

Private lessons will continue all fall and winter on Saturdays! Get in touch to schedule a class for yourself!



Beach Tote Class

IMG_0016I finished my sample for the beach tote class on Friday, June 10th from 12-3pm. I love it! It’s made from screen so sand and moisture can escape. The kids will choose their own contrasting fabric and handles and we’ll add a little clip to hold keys or a pool pass!

There’s still room in this class for your young sewer! Open to boys and girls 8+ and is totally beginner friendly. $100, includes all supplies.

Email to register.



It’s summer already?!

I can’t believe it’s summer already. I feel like we totally skipped over spring. It’s been such a busy year for Stitch!

Our classes have been going great, Thanks to all of you for following us to our new locations. Most of our classes are taught out of my home studio in Avon, although, Heidi will be holding a week long summer camp at her studio in Westlake. I’ve really enjoyed inviting you all into my home and I’m so happy that you have enjoyed sewing in my space!

Like I said, it’s been such a busy summer already and it’s only the beginning of June! Art shows, graduations, spelling bees, summer sunshine, and my sewing machine have all been keeping me so busy. I just finished adding the last of my Summer Sewing School to the calendar! These classes are held on Fridays from 12-3 all summer. Each week is a different project. When you sign up for Sewing School, you’ll receive 10% off each additional registration! I’m really excited about the line up of classes and for all of the time it allows me to still teach private lessons.


Moving westward!!!

Eight years ago, Stitch Cleveland started as a crazy idea we had for a social sewing studio and blossomed into what it is today! We can hardly believe what it’s become. Thanks to you, we’ve created a family business that we are proud of and that has enabled us to feed our creativity and develop professionally at the same time. We cannot begin to thank you enough for your support and generosity over the years.
The time has come for us to move on from our traditional brick and mortar storefront and turn to a less traditional but perhaps more comfortable way to do business. We’ve decided that in order to continue to be at our peak creativity, we should close our storefront and continue our classes in our own home studios! We’re certain you’ll love the change. We have the same setup… Lots of sewing space, cutting tables & creative energy! Without the worries of parking and the busy intersection! We’re excited for you to see where we get creative and inspired and hope it inspires you, too!
Heidi will continue to teach kids after school classes and private lessons in her Westlake studio, which is conveniently located on Center Ridge near Crocker Park.
Megan will be concentrating on several design projects and releasing her own line of PDF sewing patterns! She will continue to teach private and small group lessons out of her home studio in Avon near Avon Commons.
If you are interested in a Birthday Party or Girl Scout event – call to discuss details! We have had so many fun and memorable parties with kids – it’s become one of our favorite stitchy things to do. We are still working out the details but are looking forward to introducing our new party and troop events very soon.
Our store in Lakewood will host its last classes during the week before Christmas. (last day will be December 23) We are excited about the changes ahead and hope to see you all in our studios! Please stay connected… We’ll remain active on Facebook, our website, and our email newsletter. You can still reach us via email and phone!
Heidi & Megan


Our first location!



Our second location!


Sneak peek at Heidi’s Studio in Westlake. Change is good!


Thank You Sale Event!!!

We are thankful when someone stops in just to see what we’re about!

We’re thankful when one of our student starts a project!

We’re thankful when one of our students finishes a project!

We’re thankful to be in business for 8 years!

We’re thankful of our skills and passion & that we can share them with you!

We’re so thankful, we’re marking down all of our fabrics 50%!!! Starting on November 11 thru November 25 !!!  Stay posted for store sale hours.

( Minimum cut 1 yard.  )


Sew Along with us!

We love to sew, and know you do, too! So lets SewAlong together!

We have planned our first, with NewLook pattern 6323. Learn how to sew with knits and finish this top in a snap!  We’ll meet for 2 weeks, and your registration includes a StudioCard for 2 additional hours !  So, just in case you need more time to finish – or – want to make another one!

Advanced beginners,October 24 & 31, 10am-noon. Call 216-220-4808 to register




Happy National Sewing Month!

To celebrate this month, we are offering a free demo each Saturday !!

Join us on Saturday, September 5th to see how to make a simple skirt for kids without a pattern!  See how to add details such as borders, ruffles, pockets and even how to add shorts!!

No need to register, just grab a friend, a coffee and join us!!!

We are also offering FREE STUDIO RENTAL this month on Tuesdays & Thursdays from noon – 4pm!!  Come in and work on your projects. Cut them out on our huge cutting table, bring your machine if you want or use ours!  We ask that you call ahead to reserve your spot.

We hope to see you all this month at one of our free events!!!  Sew, Sew, Sew!!


xox-Heidi & Megan





Fall Class Schedule and hours

 Group Classes:

Tuesday   4-6pm        Kids Sewing – Thread Heads (after school drop off is flexible)

Thursday 4-6pm         Kids Sewing – Thread Heads (after school dropoff is flexible)

Friday       4-6pm        Fashion Design – teens & tweens

Friday       6-8             Fashion Design – adults & teens

Saturday  10am-noon  Beginner Bootcamps monthly- September-teen&adults



Studio Hours:

Tuesday & Thursday 2-6pm*

Saturday   10-4pm

Closed Wednesday

Expert womens alterations-call for appt

 *Open Studio Tues & Thurs, 2-4 & 6-8pm …$10hr call ahead

Monday – Saturday – Private lessons-by appointment

Saturday & Sunday private events by appointment (birthdays, scout events,etc)

We are a teaching studio and may be with students while you visit, if you need to discuss a project feel free to call and leave a voicemail-we’ll get back to you at our earliest convenience!

Call 216-220-4808 for appointment

Heidi & Megan

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Summer Camp Schedule

Our fun and exciting Summer Camp Schedule is now up on the calendar!

We have lots of new camps planned for kids (& grownups, too!) – Fashion Design, Fashion Sewing, Crafty Ninjas, BootCamp for Beginners, Beach Party, American Girl Sewing, Plushies, Mom & Me BootCamp & BootCamp for GrownUps!!

AND…new for this year is our very first end of summer runway Fashion Show & Open House!!  We’ll have camper projects on display and they will have the opportunity to walk the runway in their own creations with family & friends in attendance!

Camps are filling fast, so don’t wait to register!  Call 216-220-4808 or stop in!



We are in the Lakewood Studio Thursday & Friday 2:00-7pm and Saturday 10am-4.  You can call us Monday thru Friday to schedule lessons or answer any questions you  may have about classes.

Happy Stitching!!!


Summer’s around the corner…really???

Before you know it summer will be here!

We’re busy working on the Summer Camp Schedule…so stay tuned!!!!



But until then, After School Sewing & Saturday BootCamps are in full swing!

Check the schedule or give us a call for more info! 216-220-4808


December at Stitch

Whew! – what a whirlwind December has been !  We’ve had so much fun teaching our students many new skills! Birthday parties, Girl Scout troups & lots of fun classes for kids have really kept us busy! We have made a few changes to accomodate larger classes and have added an area for parents to relax while their kids learn,too!

Sewing Bootcamp- our most popular class for new seamsters is offered monthly on Saturday mornings.  This is a 3- week series for beginners – or to refresh your sewing skills.  Learn Sewing machine basics, make a pillow and a pair of PJ pants! This is a great class for kids to learn about their new machines! Saturdays, 10-noon. Ages 8 & up

Fashion Series for Girls is an ongoing fashion sewing class where students sketch, sew & chat fashion!  Last month they made circle skirts. This month we had a “jacket challenge”  Students all made a simple design jacket using sweatshirt fleece, then they added extras to make it their personal style! Thursdays, 6:30-8:15pm Ages 10-13

Sewing for Kids is an after school sewing session, where kids learn sewing skills and make all kinds of fun stuff!  Bags, apparel, stuffies, pillows and more!  They are encouraged to bring their own machine to get to know it as they learn new techniques. Last month they made Fashion applique totes that were quilted with a bow applique, corduroy skater skirts, plushies & pillows!  Fridays, 3:45-5:45. Ages 8-10.

Crafty Ninjas are fun classes for the younger crowd! Make a fun socktapus or fabric snake. Ages 5 & up, check the calendar for dates.

Gift Certificates are great gift ideas – give an experience – the gift of learning!

Here are a few photos of what we’ve been up to!  Love these kids! xox

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Fashion Series for Girls

We’re so excited to start this new series for girls ages 10-13!  We’ll be sketching fashions, talking fashion and sewing fashion!

Learn how to sketch fashions using croques, color and inspiration. Our first sewing project will be a lace & taffeta circle skirt for the holidays!  Fancy with a cute sweater or street smart with a denim jacket and boots!

Starts October 30th, 6:30-8:15 on Thursday for 4 weeks  $160 (not including supplies) Calll to register! 216-220-4808     **Since Oct 30 may be Trick or Treating for some communities-we will add an alternate start date of Sunday, Nov 2 1:00-2:30.


                                                                   2011 Pantone Sewing Machine Palette

Halloween Party for kids!!

Get your costumes ready and party with us!!  We’ll be sewing in our costumes – that’ll be fun!  Make a Candy Corn plushie and enjoy the party with other stitchy friends!  We’ll have pizza & snacks, too!

Saturday, October 25, noon-2:30   register by Oct 21, call us at 216-220-4808




Beginner Sewing Bootcamp

Learn sewing basics and make some fun projects, too!  This is a 4 week program which will get you well on your way into the fabulous world of sewing!  Whether you want to sew accessories, fashion or home dec – this will get you started.

Saturdays, November 1-22, 10am-noon.  $160 includes your supplies to make a totebag, pillow with applique and a pair of lounge pants!  We know you can do it!  (kids 8&up and adults) Call to register, 216-220-4808




We’re bringing Sewing back!

AFTER SCHOOL LESSONS FOR KIDS  will start up again on October 3.  Classes will be Fridays, 3:45-4:45. Cost is $40 per week, (includes all supplies)  payable monthly before the first lesson.  Payment holds a seat in the class. Machines are provided, however if your child has one, it’s a good idea to bring it along so they become more familiar with it.  Registration closes on Sept 19, class size is limited so we can give individual attention.

We’ll be working on all kinds of fun stuff this year!  Kids will be sewing projects geared to their skill level.  We do suggest they take a beginner lesson before starting in a group setting – they’ll feel more confident if they do-and that makes for a better experience!

SUMMER CAMPS were sold out this year – and were tons of fun for the kids – and us, too!  We’re planning HOLIDAY CAMPS, too!!  Call if you’re interested and get added to the wait list so you’re not left out!

We’ll be offering beginner KNITTING AND CROCHET classes again this year, too!  For kids & adults. Cowls, daisy chains & cute animal caps are among the beginner projects.

SUNDAY HOURS will be starting September 21.  We’ll be open 12-4pm !!

HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY is scheduled for OCT 25 – we’ll be sewing in our costumes and making a plushie candy corn pillow!  We’ve also scheduled another OWLIE workshop,which is always fun! We have lots of Halloween colors chosen so these Owlies will be ready for trick or treating!

Check the Class Calendar for additional classes, and as always-private lessons can be scheduled to fit your busy day!

Follow us on Instagram for the latest!!  And stop in to see whats new! (fabrics, patterns & notions)


End of Summer Sewing Camp

We’ve just added another Sewing Camp to our schedule!

3-day End of Summer Sewing Camp, August 7-9, 10am-2pm.  Lots of fun packed into 3 days!!  You’ll be making a cute sundress, fabric necklace and more as time allows!

Call the store to register, 216-220-4808.


Fashion Sewing Camp, June

Fashion Sewing Camp, June 2014


Summertime is in full swing!

Yay!  It’s finally here…summer!    Our sewing camps are in full swing, too!  Our first camp, Fashion Sewing was a riot! The girls made fashionable sun dresses, headbands, fabric necklaces & more!  They all enjoyed learning new skills and making dresses to show off!

Fashion Sewing Camp, June

Fashion Sewing Camp, June

Fashion Design Camp is starting this week, where students will sketch, create mood boards, collages & learn all about being a Fashion Designer.

Then we have Plushie Camp followed by Sleepover Camp and Bags! Camp & more Crafty Ninjas for the younger kids & their moms!!

What a fun summer of sewing we have planned for you!!  After Sewing Camps, kids can take all kinds of fun classes that we have planned…maxi skirts, pillowcases, pencil cases, stuffed turtles & more!

We also have Open Studio hours, where they can come in and work on their own, repeating projects that they learned in camp.

Check the calendar for more classes & Open Studio hours…

After school Sewing Lessons will start in October – call early to register!!


What a year – and it’s only March!




Wow! It’s been a whirlwind of a year for us already!

We’ve been so busy remodeling the shop. You’re going to love it… We’ll be officially unveiling it next week during our monthly Sewing Happy Hour on April 4th from 6-9pm (we’ll be kicking off early for some extra fun and a raffle to win a $50 gift certificate)!

Camps have been added to our calendar along with a few other great classes in April! This summer, the kids will be doing some fun things in our Sewing Camp, Fashion Design Camp, Crafty Ninjas Camp, and Sleepover Camp! Check out our June and July calendar for more details and pics!