sewing lessons and drop-in art classes for Chicago kids

You’ve found the right spot for our sewing lessons and art classes for kids and families, joyfully weaving academic subjects into creative exploration and play, every day.

Sew Spooky™   Fall 2017
Kids ages 7+ learn to sew and craft the Halloween costume of their dreams. Class size is small and all students have access to a speed-controlled sewing machine with which to work. All supplies are included and no previous sewing experience is required. LEARN about using a sewing-machine, designing a garment and accessories and planning a project while applying math.  $195 per session plus $50 materials fee (included in the online registration price.)

This class runs for 3 weeks on various weekdays to provide lots of flexibility for students with other afternoon commitments. Each session includes a 1-hour kickoff (430pm-530pm) and then two 2.5-hour workshops (430pm-7pm). Get their group of friends ready– registration is open and space in each session is limited. Click on a session below to get started.
Session 1– Tuesdays Sep 12 (430pm-530pm), Sep 19 (430pm-7pm),  Sep 26 (430pm-7pm)
Session 2- Wednesdays Sep 20 (430pm-530pm), Sep 27 (430pm-7pm), Oct 4 (430pm-7pm)
Session 3– Thursdays Sep 28 (430pm-530pm), Oct 5 (430pm-7pm), Oct 12 (430pm-7pm)
Session 4– Fridays Oct 6 (430pm-530pm), Oct 13 (430pm-7pm), Oct 20 (430pm-7pm)
Session 5– Tuesdays Oct 10 (430pm-530pm), Oct 17 (430pm-7pm), Oct 24 (430pm-7pm)
Session 6– Wednesdays Oct 11 (430pm-530pm),Oct 18 (430pm-7pm), Oct 25 (430pm-7pm)

5-Visit No Plan, No Problem Drop-In Pass
This pass can be used to drop-in for single visits in art classes and lessons including:  School-Year* Crafternoons (Monday-Thursday 4pm-6pm), any of the 430pm-545pm weekday classes offered as individual workshops (see below), Pincushion Social Club (Fridays 430pm-545pm) and Weekend Crafternoons (Saturdays 430pm-6pm). *Crafternoons are also offered throughout the summer season, 330pm-6pm.

 [These same funordinary art classes are part of our Crafter-School after-school program. Want to learn more?]

Use our calendar to view the complete schedule of children’s and family activities at the workshop.

School-Year Crafternoons Monday-Thursday 4pm-6pm (choose a date from the calendar to register)  Drop-off, open-ended art, craft, making and building for kids ages 5-12.

Weekend Crafternoons Saturdays 430pm-6pm (choose a date from the calendar to register)  Open-ended art + play for families. Adults + kids ages 2-12. Each child registers separately– adults may choose to register more than one child. Children ages 2-5 must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver. Children 5+ years may be dropped off.

Classes are offered as 6-week courses with most courses open to single-meeting registration (register for one or more single class meetings). Registering by the course is encouraged if you’re really excited as learning can be amplified with larger projects and your per-class price will be lower. Our policies can be found on this page– please read them before registering. We keep it small on purpose and we think you’ll be glad we did. Class prices vary (click a class name for price and details.)

  • Register for a course– After creating an account, select a course name. Use the “register for group” option.
  • Register for a single-meeting class—  After creating an account, choose that activity from the class meeting date on the calendar. Use the “register for session” option for a single class meeting.
  • Drop-in to Crafternoons or Pincushion Social Club–  After creating an account, choose a single date from the calendar (or use a No Plan, No Problem.)

 Most of our classes include a STEAM component (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, and it starts with the art™). Students may qualify for Chicago City of Learning digital badges.

Click on a date using the calendar below to find offerings by date. Click on an offering to register.

Brownie and Girl Scout Troop Badge Central

innovative art and sewing classes for girl scouts that that build skills and celebrate creativity while applying math, science and art.

Brownies and Girl Scouts looking for an outing or an opportunity to learn and earn (a new badge, that is)? Contact the workshop to plan your troop’s creative adventure.

Private and Small-Group Lessons

Do you know someone with a sewing machine that doesn’t know how to use it? Just need a 30-minute refresher on how to cast-on? Or someone who would love to start and complete a project with a little help and support?  Our sewing lessons include an overview of the basics taught within the context of a project. Prices start at $35.