Stitching School: Sewing Classes for Designers-in-the-Making

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Is there a little one in your life needling you about sewing? We have taken the guesswork out of finding a sweet little sewing circle that fits like a glove for your mini-designer in the making. Move over mega craft stores and fabric warehouses, there are sewing classes starting up and thriving for tykes all over the District.


Creative Youth
Ignite that passion and set your wee one’s burning desire for crafting and sewing on fire at Creative Youth’s Bethesda location. Classes here are sure to unleash a love for fabric mixed with skill. Breathe a sigh of relief because all supplies are included for each class. From elementary schoolers to big kids ready to walk the runway, there is a class for every age group. The studio is spacious with a wide selection of fabrics, plus a cutely-curated accessories or apparel department.

4805 St. Elmo Ave. (Bethesda, Md)


Bits of Thread Sewing Studio
Channel that inner Chanel in your tiny fashionistas by signing her up for one of the many small classes (up to four kids) at Bits of Thread Sewing Studio. Individual and group classes are available, with each kiddo learning the ins and outs of a sewing machine, basic hand sewing and how to create their own pillow, tote bag or pajama project. A fashion design camp is offered for the older set and runs daily for a week at a time with fabric dying, beading and other advanced techniques taught.

1794 Columbia Rd., NW, Ste. 6


Think Outside the Store
In the artsy Silver Spring area, a family full of outside the box thinkers can feel right at home while working on foot-pedal sewing machines and other salvaged sewing materials at Think Outside the Store. This little mecca of unique creations will get your tyke started on a path towards global and self-awareness that goes beyond the mannequin and sewing club. Kids can pick up basic skills, learn how to quilt, make doll clothes and bring their friends together for a sewing party.

816 Thayer Ave. (Silver Spring, Md)

Sew Lab
Located in the thriving arts community and charming neighborhood of Del Ray in Alexandria, Va, Sew Lab offers up some of the most supportive and tailored sets of classes for kids in the area. Complete with its own reference library and fully-equipped workstations for up to ten students at a time, this sweet sewing spot gives young ones the tools they need to get started or just experiment in the world of sewing. Kids can stop in for weekly sessions or go by season at this pick your own pattern place.

1315 Mount Vernon Ave. (Alexandria, Va)

Has your little one needled around at any of these sewing classes? Tell us about their experience in the comments section below. 

—Victoria Mason

Photos courtesy of Creative Youth via Facebook, Rain0975 via Flickr, Roger Mommaerts via Flickr