sewing lessons

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!

Nice pants

IMG_0684Meet Brian and Justin, star students of Stitch Cleveland.  They just finished their first apparel sewing project.  Completing a muslin first, with all the detailing, then moving on to their fabrics, thest pants are stitched so meticulously–well, you could almost check them with a magnifying glass!!  But, I’d check with the guys first.  

These pants were made from a Burda pattern, detailing includes a back welt pocket, waistband with belt loops.  Each seam is securely back-stitched, (they did this very well),  the hems are carefully blind-stitched by hand (every single stitch!)and the pant has a flattering tapered fit.  After completing the construction, they also learned additional tailoring methods to make them fit just right.  Don’t they look great??

Happy Summer

barcelona_cover_medYay summer!  Now that it’s warmer, it’s time to make some summer skirts-great to wear with camis, halters or tees.  A-line, fitted or tiers of ruffles-you can never have too many skirts in my opinion!  We also have Amy Butler’s Barcelona skirt pattern, an all time favorite of our students.  

Sign up for Skirt Bootcamp with Megan – 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!

We know you’re busy, so remember- you can always schedule a private lesson to fit your schedule.


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.


New fabric love

This fabric just arrived, Fairy Tip Toes from Tina Givens .  I just couldn’t wait to make something, and this quilted cosmetic bag worked up in a flash!



This is a great easy peasy project for beginner sewers, learn channel quilting, inserting a zipper and you have a fun bag that is an excellent gift, too…and isn’t Mother’s day coming up????  

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.


Cozy flannel fabric

What timing…this flannel  designed by Valori Wells arrived just in time to make cozy pajama pants to keep us warm during this freeze-and it has been freezing, can you believe this weather? It’s also perfect for a cozy quilt.


I love the print, cheery contemporary  little birds in orange, yellow and green, chirp chirp!  I couldn’t wait to make something right away, so our heating pad has a brand new cover-super easy-with a matching button closure.  We put it under our feet on the ottoman last night while we watched a movie-it kept our toes perfectly warm! 


School Break Classes





The Holiday rush has calmed down, whew!  We have some cool class projects this week for kids and adults…excellent for a little “mom and me” time during school break.







Glove Puppies are a fun little plushie made from cotton gloves. All supplies will be provided in the two hour class. (Isn’t he cute?)  Join us for this class on December 29th, 12-2pm. Please call ahead to pre-register!












Fleecie Hoot Owl is another great plushie that you can personalize! Made from fleece, this is an easy sew two hour project. All supplies are provided. Class meets December 30th, 12-2pm.







The Jellyroll Pillow is a cute accessory for any home.  Get a jump on spring decorating and  learn to create a unique look by sewing strips of coordinating fabrics together to create this envelope style pillow case.  This will give you plenty of ideas for other projects using this technique, like placemats, potholders, casserole covers, etc.  Supplies for the pillowcase are included for the class, but this is a great stash buster project, too!  (All those leftovers from Holiday projects?)  December 31st, 12-2pm.

Each class is $25 or sign up for all three classes for $60!  ** Please call ahead to preregister for these events. Remember, these classes are a great activity for all ages and skill levels. Bring a friend or your kids! What a fun family activity! Don’t forget about our Stitch Cleveland Gift Cards. Sold in any denomination, it’s the perfect gift for any stitcher on your list!







Also, one of our old favorites makes a return to the schedule! PJ Clinic! During this three hour class you will use a pattern to create your own pair of pajama pants. These are a great gift… or you can be stingy and keep them for yourself. Cost for the class is $55 and includes fabric and all supplies to complete the project. Please make sure to call ahead and preregister for class, don’t forget to let us know if you need a machine. This class is great for a beginner sewer. Join us on December 23rd from noon-3pm or on Janary 2nd from 1-4pm. 

We are looking forward to seeing you during the holiday season! Stay stitchy!

Happy Thanksgiving

As the holidays come and go again we’d like to thank you all for loving Stitch Cleveland as much as we do!! We’ve made many new friends over the past year, and for that we are very grateful.

Stop in and see what’s new over the next month as we’ll have new gift items for everyone on your list.  New fabrics, patterns and all kinds of fun stuff will be going on.

We’re planning fun classes for the kids while they’re home on break, bring them in and we’ll keep them busy. Adorable puppies made from work gloves, sock monkeys, fleece teddy bears, pincushions, aprons, pajama pants and plush toys are just some of the class projects they can make…and they make great gifts, too!  If your kids have friends we can create a class project just for them, stop in for details.