Sewing with Knits

Learn how to make this fabulous tunic in our Sewing with Knits workshop in March.  And, no worry if you don’t have a serger, your machine most likely has knit stitches especially for working with knits, which you will learn in the class.    Knits are great to work with once you learn the tricks,  they are easy and fun to wear, too!

Quilted Stocking Workshop 1

These stockings are very addicting!   As you finish one, you’ll already be      planning the next one, and who couldn’t use another stocking??

I think one in every room to coordinate with the decor would  add just the right touch of Holiday Spirit throughout the house!!  Stripes of fabulouse prints ( I love the new black/white that just arrived) stitching in contrasting threads and stitches-gold & silver, too!  And a touch of Santa fur to top off the toe!  December 7th, 6-9pm, supply list includes embellishments of your choice(bits of ribbons, buttons, trims, etc).  Can’t fit it in??  Schedule a private lesson and make one, or two, or three….

Party! 1

Calling all sewers and pj wearers… Friday night is our next PJ sewing party! Come in and sew for three hours and leave with your very own finished pair of pajama pants! If you’ve been sleeping in the nude all this time you’ll need to brace yourself for the cold weather. What better way then with a pair of handmade jammies!

Friday, October 22nd 6 – 9pm. There is a supply list so call ahead to reserve a spot and find out what you’ll need to bring!

P.S… It’s adults only this time. Look for another pj party next month for the younger sewers…

Girls’ Night Out

You know you need one! For the last two month’s we’ve been having PJ Parties at Stitch. These usually include sewing pajama pants, pizza, dancing, lots of sugar consumption, and more sewing. It is a blast to get together with other sewers in the area and make new friends!

This month we are hosting a Girls’ Night Out… September 17 from 6 – 9pm. We’ll be making pajama pants and perhaps enjoying a few beverages of the adult variety… so this time it’s grown-ups only. Class is $45 and you’ll need to register ahead of time to reserve a space. This class is open to beginners and advanced students… It’s a great opportunity to meet some other like-minded individuals and enjoy some relaxing and fun sewing time!

You’ll leave the party with a completed pair of PJ pants that you can wear around your friends and make them jeal.

As with any of our classes, if you do not have a machine you can lease one from our collection to work on during class!

July Class Schedule

We have some cool classes planned for you this month!  How about a new sundress for those hot summer nights?  Whip one up using the shirred elastic technique–hardly any fitting is needed, and they are really comfortable, too!  And this means no zipper – wow, can it be any easier?

Did you buy dozens of patterns recently on sale?  Put them to use and take the Skirt Workshop, your choice of pattern we will guide you through each step – starting with choosing the correct size pattern all the way to the hem.  See how fun it is to sew in a group, share ideas and get inspired to try different techniques.

Also on the schedule is a stuffed animal workshop, toddlers applique bucket hat, alteration clinic, wrap skirt and a summer fabric necklace – we also have these fabulous necklaces for sale in the store if you need one for tonight!  Available in prints and gorgeous burmese silk – the perfect accessory for summer!

Oh, and don’t miss our Pajama Party!  July 22nd,  make a pair of PJ’s and enjoy a deelish pizza with us – a fun time for sure!

Make some new sewing friends in  our  sewing clubs.  Burdastyle, Church of Craft and Stitch by Hand.  All clubs are free.

Click on the Classes tabs for dates and times of classes & clubs.

It’s Summer-yay!!! June workshops

School’s out for the summer…now take some fun classes!

Pillowmaking workshop – using two patterned fabrics, applique a monogram on a simple square pillow with a zipper. Beginner.  June 12, 10am-1:00.  $45.

Pillowcase Dress /tunic – a very simple but very impressive project!!  (it’s not really made from a pillowcase)         Yes, you can finish it in 3 hours, too-even beginners!  June 15, 12-3, $45.

Stuffed animal workshop – Sock monkeys & glove  puppies, you choose the animal!   This is a fun & relaxed  class for all ages and levels of sewing.  June 17th, 12-3, $45.

Summer dress – Learn how to smock using elastic thread and make this super easy dress, which can me made shorter for a tunic.  An easy intermediate/beginner project.  This can be made in any size. (black gauze would make a sweet summer party dress!) June 19, 10am-2, $85.

Name applique pillow –  This is a very impressive intermediate/beginner project that will impress everyone!  Int/beginner.  June 20, 12:00-3pm, $65.

Easy Peasy Quilt – back by popular demand! Any sewing level, an excellent beginning quilt project.  June 24 & July 1, 6-8pm, $65.

Toddler T-shirt applique – use one of our silhouette stencils, or design your own!  June 26, 10am-1, $25.

Summer fun!  A Pajama Party & more great classes coming in July – wrap skirt, alterations clinic, toddler’s bucket hat to name just a few. Sound like fun?  Call for more details.

Supply lists available when you register with payment.  Please register 2 days in advance so we can prepare for the class.  Sorry, class fees are non-refundable.

We wanna hear from you!  Post a comment about the Pajama Party and be entered in a drawing to win a yard of Amy Butler fabric!

Free Motion Workshop

Once you try your hand at Free Motion, make this cool bag and get some experience under your belt right away!  This roomy bag features your choice of inside pockets, grommets, circle applique, a nice squared bottom , and we do have a limited supply of this fabric available!  Numbers, small prints, pure & simple words, sweet!  Purchase when you sign up.  This size is great for knitting projects, sewing projects or even a diaper bag!  …and looks awesome in Amy Butler prints, too!

March 27, 10am-2pm.  You’ll want to have some practice with free motion before starting this project, learn at our  demo/try-it class on the 14th,  or call to arrange a one-on-one.  Please register by March 25th.  See ya there!

Join our new Burdastyle Club meeting on the 2nd Saturday starting in April.

Check the classes we have planned for March & April, too!

It can all begin one Saturday CRAFTernoon…

We’ve had a lot of demand lately for a monthly class where kids and teens to get together and get crafty… so here you go!

Starting in February, we’ll be holding Saturday CRAFTernoon on the second Saturday of each month. The class will be held from 1 – 4pm and will be open to students ages 8 – 14. The class fee is $45 and will include a kit for that month’s class. Some of our projects will be french-seamed tote bags, pencil pouches/ cosmetic bags, binder covers, fabric cuff bracelets, softies, and MUCH more!

This is one of our younger seamsters. She is very gifted and we love having her and her sisters at Stitch! When customers stop in to see what’s new and they see such a young sewer they are always surprised. With one on one or small group classes, it’s amazing what these kids can do! It’s inspiring to see them leave with their finished products. Elizabeth has made a skirt, pajama pants, a tote bag, and an applique wall hanging during her lessons at Stitch Cleveland. On her own, she has experimented with her sewing machine and made many other fun projects! Keep it up, Elizabeth, you inspire us!

We are really excited to offer these classes and even more excited that there has been a demand for them. How great that sewing is making a huge comeback for our kids. Someday as they start sewing businesses, or go to fashion school, or stitch someone up on an operating table they will think fondly of how it all started… one Saturday CRAFTernoon!

SEWING + FRIENDS = FUN at Stitch Cleveland

Our Tuesday After School seamsters just completed their first project.  Here they are showing off their creations.


They are so much fun and amazing with their enthusiasm.   On their first project, they have learned how to channel quilt, insert a zipper and use the Fasturn tool for making the zipper pull.  As well as straight stitching practice and using the zigzag stitch on their machines.

They  have a very long a list of projects they want to make, including bean bag chairs, clothing, American Girl Doll clothes, pillows, fleece mittens  & hats,  and even a quilt.  Yay for sewing!

Call Stitch to set up a Sewing Club with your friends!

It’s October already!  Time to take some sewing classes and learn  new skills, add to your fall/winter wardrobe, or just keep the kids busy with a Sewing Club!  Below are some of the classes scheduled for October, click on the Class tab above for times and dates, or just give us a call.

Jacket & Skirt Workshops, Alteration Clinic, Free Motion sewing, Quilted Cosmetic Bag workshop, Zipper Clinic and After School Sewing Club (starting in November)

Call to schedule a Private Sewing Lesson to fit your schedule, we know you’re busy, too!  Private lessons focus on the projects you choose.

We also offer crochet classes , which include Beginning Crochet, Shell Stitch Scarf (I saw one in a knit shop in NY-it was awesome!), Crochet Embellishments and Chain Addiction Necklace (you can see a sample of this around our necks, or at River Colors).

Draping is so fun!

Today at Stitch Cleveland, the afternoon was spent draping a fabulous design by a young designer we are sure you will see a lot of in the future!

L has completed a croquis book this summer for ‘homework’ and has chosen five outfits to present in a portfolio! From the five, L and Megan have decided to make a few of their favorites. Well, L will do most of the work…


The first steps came today. Muslin was draped and pinned to shape the fitted top that will have boning, lining, and an inner support structure. L has thought out every detail with Megan’s help… thread color and topstitching, zipper application, and hand sewn details. We can’t wait to see the final products. Wait until you see the skirt that goes with this top!

This photo shows her work in progress. If you’re thinking…

“gee wiz… that looks great, I could never do that!”

… you are so wrong! L is 13 and came to Stitch Cleveland as a beginner sewer. She has been practicing and working hard on her own as well as with us in the shop.

Ready to start something fun like this? Stop in!

Soft Basket workshop

Another great project using channel quilting.  Great for organizing your projects or the kids toys, and they make great gift baskets, too!  Join us for this fun class where you’ll learn how to insert a round bottom and how to make different size baskets, too. Saturday morning, August 15th, 9am-noon.

I made this one for a baby shower, and stuffed it with disposable diapers.  Wouldn’t this also make a great gift for a new knitter, add some yarn and a pattern-she’ll love it!


Stop next door at Blackbird Baking Company for a scone and coffee on your way in, mmmm!

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Rainy day sewing

Rainy days are the best for sewing aren’t they??  Saturday morning we were thinking just that.  Check out these awesome  baskets made in this weeks Soft Basket class.  We had a great time sewing & watching the rain through the front windows.  And it did help that Blackbird had sticky buns and fresh coffee!!

IMG_0713Coordinating some old fabrics from fabric stashes and new fabrics  from our store, ducks, birds, flowers and prints-they each have a  personality of their own, don’t they?

In this class we learned an  easy technique on how to insert a round bottom, channel  quilting, how to apply a band, and handles.  The handles are  pre-made of heavy duty canvas with contrast topstitching to give  a utilitarian look to the basket, you could also make the handles  of a contrast fabric to give it a different look-all these options are  discussed in class.


Warm summer evenings are also great for sewing!

Check out these students and their projects from last Thursday nights Quilted Cosmetic Bags class.Can you tell we had fun?  We learned how to quilt, insert a zipper, made a loop handle and a cool zipper pull accent, too!


IMG_6503I was so inspired I made another one the next morning using Amy Butler home dec fabric to match my laptop cover.

Look for these classes on the schedule for August

Happy 4th of July

fireworkWe hope you had an enjoyable weekend celebrating with family and friends!  Finally, a sunny day-woo hoo!  The fireworks everywhere were amazing.  I just love all the events of summer, picnics, swimming, art festivals, carnivals, and just lazing around on a sunny day doing nothing!  I love to get up early and mozy down to my sewing studio with my morning espresso, open the door and just listen to all the birds chirp.

We’ll be open on Tuesday at noon.   You can still register for the Quilted Cosmetic bag class, scheduled for Thursday evening from 6pm-8:30.  Call to register and you can choose your fabrics when you arrive for the class.  This is a great project-once you make one you can make a bazillion!!  Learn the basics of channel quilting-which changes the personality of any fabric, insert a zipper, made a small loop handle and a zipper pull and it’s a super duper gift, too!  You’ll have plenty of time to finish it in an hour and a half-promise!!  …how many days til Christmas????

Zip it… zip it good!

IMG_0629Do you avoid adding closures to all of your garments? Did you use Velcro to close the sundress you just completed and called it a design detail? Maybe every garment you’ve ever sewn has been cast aside at the step that requires you to slap the zipper foot onto your sewing machine? 

Consider this an intervention. We care about you. We want you to succeed. Most of all, we want you to unzip. The sound of a well placed zipper makes my heart flutter! Reserve your spot now in our Zipper Clinic coming up this Tuesday, June 16th at 6pm. The cost of this clinic is $25 and includes supplies to complete samples of an invisible zipper, a fly front zipper, and a lapped zipper in class. You will leave class with three finished samples and written directions for each one that you can file in a binder for future reference. What a great way to start a sample library for yourself! Call to reserve your spot!

New for Summer!

Looking for something to keep the kids busy this summer? We have just what the doctor ordered. This summer at Stitch Cleveland you can find camps for all ages and skill levels! 

Fashion Illustration – a week dedicated to illustration techniques. Skills learned during these sessions are taught at a beginner level but will challenge an experienced art student. Topics discussed in class will include gestural drawing for fashion, outline and shading, illustrating clothing and fabrics, and rendering color and texture. Students will learn how to create their own croquis book and fashion illustration portfolio. All supplies for camp will be provided and are included in the cost! June 22nd – 26th, noon – 2pm, $150

Skirt Bootcamp – Learn to create a skirt from start to finish. We’ll begin by learning how to determine size and cut a commercial pattern. Discover the benefits of making a muslin first and learn to fit and move alterations to your pattern. You will have a finished skirt you can wear for the rest of the summer! Open to students 13 and up, this is also a great opportunity for a mother-daughter activity ($200 for both). August 10th – 14th, noon – 2pm, $135 All supplies included!

Elementary Students – Geared for the younger student, this week will take them through the basics of sewing straight lines and curved seams. Projects include a fabric bracelet, a bookmark, totebag, velcro pencil pouch, and applique greeting cards. If time allows and additional surprise project will be added. June 29th – July 3rd, noon – 2pm, $125 All supplies included!

Junior High Students – This week’s projects are appropriate for a beginner student but may also challenge a student with some sewing experience. Our projects will include a fabric bracelet, totebag, sock monkey, school ID lanyard, and a pincushion. July 13th – 17th, noon – 2pm, $135 All supplies included!

High School Students – The projects this week will challenge an older student. By the end of the week we will have completed several exciting projects including a messenger bag, school ID lanyard, pincushion, zippered pouch, and binder or portfolio cover. July 27th – 31st, noon – 2pm, $135 All supplies included!

At the end of the summer we invite all of our camp students to display their work during a special open house especially for them to showcase their work to friends and family. The open house will be held on August 21st from 6 – 8pm and is free to all!

Get by with a little help from your friends

and save some cash while ya do it!  Take a look at these projects friends, Ingritt and Darryl made together last week.  They caught the “I wanna sew” bug and signed up for a few lessons together while the kids are were in school.  Fun! Their first lesson was a pattern for a coin purse with a zipper, a little overwhelming for them at first, but with our help it was a breeze.  Their second project was this shoulder bag, Ingritt chose our fabric with the  bird from Tina Givens collection and Darryl has an endless stash of vintage fabrics, they had so much fun together and completed their bags with the perfect buttons.


Schedule a lesson with a friend, make the same project and the lesson rate is only $35 each for two hours.

There are still a few openings in the Sashiko playdate scheduled for Tuesday, March 31st.  Call the store to reserve your place.  You’ll learn the Sashiko technique of hand sewing, all supplies are included-and we’ll finish the purse construction for you.


Applique Pillow Workshop

Join us for this fun workshop with Heidi, make a cool pillow  and learn some new sewing techniques in the process. Using fabrics from designers such as Amy Butler and Anna Marie Horner, create this  pillow to freshen up your room for spring.  Inspired by a recent article in Sew News by designer Linda Lee.

 Saturday February 28, 10am-2pm     Class size is limited so please sign up early!  Call store to sign up.


Ironing board cover Playdate

Yay, a playdate, come on in and have some fun sewing an easy home dec project !  

Make a fashion statement with your ironing board.  Ditch that plain old cover and spice it up a bit!  This is a simple project, but basic sewing skills are required.  Choose from any of the fabrics we have in the store, Amy Butler, Anna Marie Horner, Heather Bailey, etc.  

Saturday, February 21, 11am-1pm.  Call store for info and to sign up for class.


What Heidi’s been up to…

Heidi’s been sewing and knitting like a madwoman for her soon to arrive grandson.  In case you haven’t heard, her daughter, Megan, is expecting her first baby in March.  First grandchild, yes, we’re all sewing, knitting and crocheting like crazy!!  We’re makers, and just can’t help it, it’s just what we do.  

This week, she started a quilt…

This is the quilt top, it will have a narrow border and free-motion stitching will be applied, similar to the rocket quilt that is on display in the store.  


Are these not the most adorable booties you’ve ever seen?  These are from Amy Butler’s new book, Little Stitches for Little Ones.  And by the way, Amy will be visiting us April 17th, details on that event to be posted soon.


And some knitting, too.  This weather is great for knitting and these small projects go quick!!  On her needles now is the baby Einstein bunting from Sally Melville , and on her hook is the Babette blanket from Interweave Press. 

And by the way, you can learn all of these techniques at Stitch Cleveland, because that’s what we do!