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“Just an FYI for mini fashionistas: The fashion programs have sold out the past few years. So enroll stat!” – Time Out Chicago Kids Camp Guide

“I really sweated whether or not to send my 9 yo daughter to a week long camp here. I mean, $350 per week? Park district (if you can get it) is cheaper. Way. As it turns out, the camp my daughter went to was the most worthwhile activity I’ve ever paid for her. Yes it costs, but it’s worth every penny. The activities fostered individual creativity while giving the kids some guidelines with which to work in and mentoring. The pacing was great and my child came home reporting an exciting and engaging list of activities. The camp made her existing interest in arts and sewing burn even brighter! Wishcraft struck a chord with my child and it has left a lasting impression and seeded what I suspect to be long term inspiration and creativity.” -Jill, yelp.com

“My 6-year-old daughter visited 3 summer camps this summer and Wishcraft was her absolute number 1 winner. When I asked her why she simply said “Because they did not cheat on me. They said I would have fun and I did.” Sometimes I had a problem picking her up – she just would not like to leave! Thanks to all Wishcraft team for the wonderful work!” -Ewa, parentsconnect.com

art, design, craft and sewing camps for creative chicago kids

Funordinary Creative Art Camp

October 13, Novemeber 7, November 11 (Winter Break dates to be added soon!)

The only thing predictable in this art camp is the fun. Each camp offers a new theme, new skills and new friends. The day’s activities are planned just before the camp date to consider the ages and interests of our enrolled campers. Each day includes multiple art+craft projects, mid-morning snack, outdoor play/hang-out time (weather permitting) and games. All materials are included unless otherwise specified. Grades K-5 suggested. Talk to us about your child. 9am-3pm $65/participant ($50 for Crafter-School Students) After-Care 3pm-6pm $25 9am-3pm camp registration is required for After-Care enrollment.

Tween Machine℠ Sewing Camp

Fall 2014 dates coming sooner than we know! Look to our workshops page for summer dates.

Learn to machine-sew or practice budding skills in this workshop for tweens and teens. Follow along with the fun + relevant project we’ve planned or take it freestyle using the project as a starting-point. Bring your ipod and get ready to rock ‘n sew. All participants have use of a dedicated sewing-machine for the duration of camp and the teacher:student ratio is 1:6. No experience required and all tools and materials are included. Ages 9-13 suggested. Talk to us about your child.

9am-3pm $85/participant After-Care 3pm-6pm $25 9am-3pm camp registration is required for After-Care enrollment.

Did we miss a day? We might be able to schedule something for your school and your friends. Just ask!


Summer Camp 2015!


Summer Camp 2015 dates are TBD and registration open January 2015. Join our mailing list now or follow us on Facebook to be the first to know. All Summer Camps have been sequenced so that frequent-campers can join us for subsequent weeks without a repeat. Register online for 3+ camps and get a 10% rebate on all camps in the transaction (may not be combined with other discounts.) See below for camp descriptions and details. Chicago Summer of Learning in art camps and sewing camps at The Wishcraft Workshop

Wishcraft Workshop campers learn about their world, their style and their own creative voice. Each art camp and sewing camp builds skills, friendships and confidence. Activities take place both indoors and out at our Roscoe Village facility including two floors of fun and a backyard with sun and shade. Small camp sizes ensure lots of learning and attention in a comfortable environment great for the most gregarious or shy camper. Natural and nut-free (or gluten-free upon request) snacks are provided, and campers bring their own lunch. The Wishcraft Workshopbest kids art camp and sewing camp in chicago is planet-friendly and allergy-conscious. Weather permitting, our outdoor space is used for lunch and other weatherproof activities. See below for specific camp descriptions. Ages are recommended- talk to us about your child. Camp policies can be found below– please read them before registering. Register online, by email, phone or at the workshop. Pre-register, please.  Ages are recommended- talk to us about your child.

Summer Crafternoons℠ 3pm-6pm drop-in and drop-off for Grades K-3
Pincushion Social Club℠ 3pm-6pm drop-in and drop-off for Grades 3-8
2015 Summer dates TBD
$75/week for enrolled campers or $95 for a 5-visit drop-in punch-card. Punch-cards make pre-registration unnecessary after your initial visit.

2015 Summer Camp programs dates TBD

Sewing and Fashion Camps for Older Campers
Grades 3-8*

Project Wishcraft fashion campers show their designs in camp fashion show in Chicago

You know that camp, Project Wishcraft (the one that sells out every year?) It breaks our hearts to turn people away so we had an idea. This year, summer number 6, we’ve taken a new approach.  There is so much to learn and make and do while building confidence and making new friends.

What’s the same? Like bootcamp for blossoming fashion designers (and stylists fashion journalists, pattern-makers, buyers…) campers design and construct clothing and accessories while learning machine- and hand-sewing, studying silhouette at Project Wishcraft fashion camp in Chicagoelements of personal style, silhouette, fit, flat-patterning, garment construction and industry basics. No previous sewing experience is required and those with experience take on new challenges. All Project Wishcraft camps include a walking field trip to one of multiple local, independent fashion-related businesses.learn to sew with a sewing machine at summer camp at Wishcraft Workshop in Chicago

What’s new? A collection of 4 styles of their favorite camp that delve deeper into the topics to inspire their ideas and sharpen their skills! Camps includes smart and funny industry guest-speakers from around the country. We’ve replaced the public fashion show (we’re outgrowing our space!) with one just for campers and added additional mementos that will last and last (think DVDs of the fashion show to share, photobooths and more.) Read on for details…

Project Wishcraft℠- The Editor  “Know-one” knows more about fashion than the magazine editors. Campers become experts by taking a closer look at costume history, how historical events have shaped what we wear and how fashion history continues to influence the designs of today. Campers will design and construct a garment and be able to articulate the historical influence.Mandy Moise vfish guest speaker at Project Wishcraft summer fashion camp Includes a walking field-trip toshangri la vintage field trip for Project Wishcraft fashion campers in Chicago Shangri La Vintage, a vintage prop photo session and Guest Speaker Mandy Moise, Owner and Creative Director of vfish.

Project Wishcraft℠- The Maker   Fashion requires a lot of creativity and also a lot of technical expertise. This camp goes in-depth into the technical side of the design process including textile selection and flat pattern-making. Campers will design and construct a garment from scratch using their own measurements and all the tools of the trade. Includes a glossy photo shoot and Guest Speaker Diane Reichenberger guest speaker at Project Wishcraft summer fashion camp in ChicagoDiane Reichenberger, product-development and garment-industry expert (Gap, Inc., Levi Strauss, Mattel, North Face, Joe Boxer, LA Gear…) and active supporter of girls and women.

fashion merchandising at CRUSH with Wishcraft Workshop summer campProject Wishcraft℠- The Merchandiser  How does a garment go from idea to your closet? Campers will learn about the entire fashion life-cycle and the industry while learning how to make a pattern from and reproduce a version of one of their favorite pieces of clothing. Tres Fontaine of Gap, Inc. guest speaker at Project Wishcraft summer fashion camp in ChicagoIncludes a walking field trip to Crush Logo HeaderCRUSH, a DVD of a camp fashion show and dynamic Guest Speaker Tres Fontaine of Gap, Inc. in San Francisco.

Project Wishcraft℠- The Stylist   Clothes are just clothes without the unique person that makes them their own. Campers will explore developing a signature personal style, getting the most out of what’s in their closets (or the floor) and pulling it all together with accessories and grooming. Campers design and construct a garment that honors today’s trends while respecting creative ownership. Full-day camps include a walking field trip to CRUSH, a photo strip of 4 different looks and Guest Speaker Jenny Flynn, the styling guru behind the irresistible mix at Chicago’s Glam To Go boutique. (Half-day camps do not include a field trip nor Guest Speaker in order to have time for garment construction.)Crush Chicago walking field trip fort Project Wishcraft fashion campers

Sew Long Summer℠   What better way to welcome a new school year than with accessories made by hand (a book bag? a zippered pencil case?) A week of machine- and hand-sewing is mixed with art+craft techniques. No previous sewing experience is required and those with experience take on new challenges.

Art + Sewing Camps for Younger Campers
Grades K-3*


learn to sew at summer camp at the Wishcraft Workshop in ChicagoCraft Picnic℠  A feast for the fingers! Cooking camp without the crumbs! Campers will prepare and enjoy the best picnic ever with hand-crafted games and “food” that can be used indoors and out. Hand-sewing, embroidery and other crafting techniques are taught in this half-day camp. No sewing experience is required and those with experience take on new challenges.


All Dolled Up℠  Who will be happier, the camper or her doll? Using a variety of traditional and modern techniques, campers will learn/practice skills while spoiling their 18” doll 1008574_10151677470184709_871869224_oor stuffed animal. Hand-sewing, embroidery and adult-assisted machine-sewing are taught in this camp. No previous sewing experience is required. Includes a fancy Tea Party.

Sew Fabulous℠ Shirtses, Skirtses and Purses   Sew Fabulous has been so popular that we’re offering more weeks this summer and to give each week a different focus. We’ve added adult-assisted machine-sewing to these camps so that the little kids get to make machine-sewn quality garments and accessories. It’s a “big kid” camp experience for younger campers to learn garment design and construction, hand-sewing, elements of personal style and fashion-history. Start practicing now for the “runway”– each camp includes a fashion show for the designers during camp and a photo shoot to take home memories of their time as designers and makers. No previous sewing experience is required and those with experience take on new challenges.making skirts at summer sewing camp at Wishcraft in Chicago

Sew Fabulous Skirtses    Each camper designs and constructs a machine-sewn skirt or pair of shorts.
Sew Fabulous Shirtses    Each camper designs and constructs a machine-sewn top.
Sew Fabulous Purses     Each camper designs and constructs a machine-sewn purse and more.

Hi School, Bye Summer℠ Artists looking for a final summer adventure prepare for the new school-year with fun crafts and go back to school with supplies that you can’t find just anywhere. *Ages are recommended- talk to us about your child.