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.

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

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 and Crafternoon Social Clubs (Monday-Friday 4pm-6pm), and Weekend Crafternoons (Saturdays 430pm-6pm). *Crafternoons are also offered throughout the summer season, 330pm-6pm.

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

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

Crafternoon Social Clubs Monday-Friday 4pm-6pm (choose a date from the calendar to register) Drop-off for kids ages 5-12.

Every weekday at Wishcraft Workshop, with or without a reservation, with or without previous experience, kids can drop-in for a creative adventure that is enjoyable and relaxing, instructional and inspiring. Say hello to our Social Clubs, offered every weekday afternoon alongside Crafternoons for the ultimate in flexibility on your part and the ultimate in no-pressure enrichment for your kiddos.

Plan ahead or don’t, be spontaneous, use it to keep the kids busy while you do whatever it is you need or want to do — we want to see you either way. A Crafternoon membership gives your child ages 5-12 access to everything we just described, Monday-Friday 4:00pm -6:00pm. Once you’ve set up your membership, you’re done. Drop them off. Exhale. Yeah, it really is that easy.

Choose your own adventure.
: Do they want to knit? Drop in on Wednesday’s for Two Sticks and a Ball.
: Do they want to sing or play music? Drop in on Thursday’s for Key Notes.
: Do they want stretch their problem solving skills? Drop in Mondays for Tink Tank.
: Do they want to learn how to communicate in other parts of the world? Drop in Tuesdays for Language Lab.
: Do they want to learn machine-sewing? Drop in Friday’s for Pincushion Social Club.
: No idea what they want to do? Drop in Monday-Friday for a Crafternoon. Kids have access to materials and ad hoc instruction and can follow their own creative muse. Or if they discover a club in progress they like while at the workshop that day, they’re welcome to join in.

Weekend Crafternoons Some 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.