highlights from P&N children’s sewing classes…


Fall Children’s Sewing Classes are in full swing at P&N!

Our students are so excited about all the projects planned – – the energy is contagious!!!

Here are some project highlights…

We kicked the semester off with two simple stitching projects – –  STRAWBERRY PIN CUSHION and PENCIL POUCH – – a great way to get everyone warmed up!



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And if your child dreams of becoming a fashion designer or they want to learn more about sewing and crafting explore our program.

Our classes inform and inspire! Everything we do is focused on creative expression and teaching kids the fundamental skills of sewing.

Classes meet for 75 minutes (4pm – 5:15pm) once a week and cover everything from the basics of machine and hand sewing, working with patterns, creating mood boards, fashion illustration, choosing fabrics and much more!

Our projects focus on fashion, accessory, home decor sewing as well as other stitching techniques and crafts.

Unique to our classes is students choose from our curated collection of fabric and materials in our boutique – – students get to express their personal style and creativity.

We maintain small classes to ensure that all of our students get the instruction and attention they need. Groups are organized by age and skill level.


And of course it is never too early to sign your child up for our Winter 2017 Semester – – see the schedule HERE.

Can’t wait until January – make sure to inquire about our Private and Semi-Private Lessons.

Contact us at 212-535-6222 or e-mail at info@pinsandneedlesnyc.com.

Don’t forget to follow us on instagram @pinsandneedlesny.


kids summer sewing…


Do you have a budding fashionista or a child who just LOVES being creative and sewing? 

Join us at the Pins & Needles Studio for a summer full of creativity!

Our summer camps and workshops focus on the fundamentals of sewing and creative expression. Elements of the fashion design process are included as well as lots of sewing, D.I.Y., friends and creative fun!

There is garment, accessory and room decor sewing as well as fun and fresh fabric craft projects. You don’t want to miss this!!!

Our half day weeklong sessions run select dates in June, July and August. Each session is organized by age/skill level, with projects varying each week.

Some projects highlights this summer include…

A Stylish Bathing suit…


Summer Cover-Up made out of a towel…

Towel Summer Cover-Up

An Essential Summer Tote Bag…

Clear Beach Bag

A Stylish Romper…


Summer Shorts…


See the full schedule HERE and contact us to sign up! Spots are going fast!!!

More details on the program include…

HALF DAY week long session:

For the stylish stitcher! Explore and learn about the fundamentals of sewing through styling and stitching up garment, accessory and room decor projects. Each class is 3 hours with a snack break.

  • Projects focus on fashion, accessory, home decor sewing as well as other stitching techniques and DIY crafts.
  • Learn and practice using a sewing machine/tools
  • Class curriculums are fresh and relevant to the interests and skill levels of the students.
  • Unique to our classes and camps is students choose from our curated collection of fabric and materials in our boutique – – students get to express their personal style and creativity
  • Basic fashion illustration using croqui and stencils

If experience is needed, first time P&N registered students are invited to join us for a free Sewing Machine Basics Clinic before our camp starts (Date TBC). Please call us at 212-535-6222 for more information.




come celebrate the new p&n…

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We are so pleased to announce that the new face of the Pins & Needles Boutique will be ready to be unveiled in a few short weeks! To celebrate the fresh new look we are having a PARTY!!! And you know how we like to have parties especially CREATIVE PARTIES!

So stop by on Saturday, June 4th between 2:30pm and 5pm for some treats, DIY and CREATIVE FUN! This is an open house and for ages 7 and up – adults welcome too! See invitation above.

And with summer around the corner we thought we would theme the soiree a GROOVY SUMMER FUN DAY!!

We will be making Flower Crowns….


Groovy Necklaces


Awesome Tie Dye Wrist Bands…

Hope you will join us!!

Pins & Needles

a year since the GIRL’S GUIDE TO DIY FASHION launched…

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I can’t believe it has been a year since the official launch of my book…Girl’s Guide to DIY Fashion: 5 Outfits to Design & Sew…how quickly time goes by and what an amazing year it has been and continues to be. It may have launched last May, but the support and excitement continued well beyond when it was first introduced.

I continue to be so incredibly grateful and really blown away by the response to the book and all the support. I feel so blessed to be doing what I do and have this one of a kind opportunity to share my passion for creativity and especially sewing and DIY with my incredible P&N community – – it is unlike anything I have ever done in my life and such a gift.

To be able to witness the organic growth of what started as a few sewing lessons I was giving to my friends kids in their apartments into a sought after and growing kids sewing program with such an enthusiastic community of New York City girls and boys has been so amazing!

So it’s fun to look back and see all the party photos and re-share about the event and book! So I hope you all will join us in our “look back” and anniversary celebration!

For the launch party we outfitted the boutique with everything Girl’s Guide To DIY Fashion – – we got really creative with the decorations – – which we LOVE to do and it was all inspired by elements of the book!
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I am sharing lots of photos because there was so much excitement!

There were lots of books being signed…

Signing CollageLots of creativity and making…

Atmosphere 2

The DIY projects were all from the book…fabric name necklaces and bracelets…

DIY Fabric Necklaces Collage

Customized bibs from the necklace dress project…

Bibs Collage

Make your own garlands…

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There was table dedicated to fashion illustration with our exclusive fashion cards and “live” drawing by  the incredibly talented Monica Lee who created all the illustrations in the book…

Fashion Cards

A photo booth with handmade fashionable props…

Party Photo Booth Collage

A temporary tattoo station with tattoos of some of the playful doodles from the book…


Lots of sweet treats including a fabulous and amazing cake replicating the cover of the book and cookies with some of the signature illustrations…

Party Food CollageSweet Treats Collage

And lots of smiles…

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See more about the book here, get a glimpse behind the scenes here, and see some AMAZING press the book received at launch.

 Two Peas In A Pod Designs

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Design Mom

Merriment Designs

Mostly Food and Crafts

If you have not picked up your copy of the book, stop by the boutique or it’s also available on Amazon  – – please make sure to leave a review – – it is always so helpful to hear what you think and share the feedback to encourage others to get stitching!!

Thank you so your continued support!!

Happy Sewing!

p&n boutique is getting a new look…


Recently the Pins & Needles Boutique had a flood and although we were sad about the damage it caused to the space we are “SEW” excited to share that the boutique will now be getting a brand NEW LOOK!

The boutique will be closed for a few weeks, but our kids classes and lessons will still be happening in our studio – – we are sorry for the inconvenience but we will be pleased to announce our RE-OPENING!

Stay tuned for our official announcement. In the meantime, if you need some sewing notions, fabric, felt, ribbon and trim or other creative supplies we hope you will support our creative neighbors in New York City including City Quilter, Purl SohoMood and Tinsel Trading.

We want to make sure that you have all you need to keep creating!!!!

Please contact us with any questions at 212-535-6222 or via e-mail info@pinsandneedlesnyc.com.

We are so grateful for your understanding and support!

Happy Sewing!


more handmade gifts for mother’s day…

Tea Cup Pin Cushion 1

We will soon be paying tribute to all the mothers in the world and there is no better way to celebrate than with a gift you have made yourself – as we often say for all holidays and celebrations – – we think it is the best kind of gift!

It has become a tradition to share the Tea Cup Pin Cushion that I made a while back – – it gives me great pleasure to pay tribute to my mom especially with something I have sewn especially since she was the inspiration behind the project and behind Pins & Needles. She collected pretty vintage tea cups and I had thought what better way to celebrate her – – combining two things she was so passionate about – sewing and yes, her collection of tea cups.

I know she would be “sew” excited that I used her tea cups in a project to share with the P&N community and also that over the years we have grown our community to include so many passionate creators and makers!! Especially all the kids!

Here are the simple steps how to make one…



Vintage Tea Cup (you could also use a new tea cup that you like)

A handful of stuffing

Fabrics Scrap

Heavy paper or card stock to make a pattern – I like to use an old file folder

Pencil or Marker

Fabric Marking Pen

Packing Tape (or any tape that is pretty strong)


Hand Sewing Needle and Thread

Circle Pattern

Cup and Pattern

Step 1:

Trace the saucer of your tea cup set on a peice of card stock or I like to use an old file folder. Add approximately 1 – 1.5″ around the diameter of the circle. Cut out pattern. Pin and trace onto your fabric scrap and then cut out.

Step 2:

Along the edge of the circle stitch around about a 1/4″ in – this should be a large running stitch so that you are gathering the circle together – leave about an 1″ – 1.5″ gap.

Step 3:

Fill with stuffing where you left the opening – stuff it so that is a pretty tight ball. When you feel you have enough stuffing continue to stitch it closed pulling tightly. Finish with a knot or two so that the stuffing is secured inside.

Fabric Ball

Step 4:

Put a few peices of packaging tape along the bottom and sides of the tea cup. You can also use glue if you are ok with not re-using the cup. Place your ball inside securing it to the tape/glue – make sure to push down so that you just have a mini dome about an 1″ high sticking out beyond the edge of the tea cup. Also stick a bit of tape or glue to the bottom of the tea cup and secure to the saucer.

Add some pins and you are finished!

Tea Cup Pin Cushion 2

Not only are these great Mother’s Day gifts, they are also perfect for the stitcher or crafter in your life or as a sweet addition to your own sewing kit.

Make sure to follow us on instagram @pinsandneedlesny to see more handmade gift ideas for Mother’s Day and beyond!

a handmade mother’s day…

Mother's Day Book Cover

With Mother’s Day around the corner it’s time to start thinking about what the best way to tell your “MOM” I love you – we think you will agree that the best gifts are always those that are handmade especially for MOM!!

A simple and quick gift using a little felt, glue, thread and a bit of imagination create a personalized book cover that any MOM will surely LOVE!

Mother's Day Book Cover 1

Here is the how-to…



Felt – 2 different color sheets measuring 18”X12”
Felt or fabric scraps at least 4”X4”
Embroidery Floss or Yarn
Large Eye Needle
Frixion Pen (Fabric Marking Tool)
Leather Hole Puncher
Heat N Bond (Glue Gun)
Fabric Markers
Appliqué and Inside Flap Patterns

Step 1:

Download and print your appliqué pattern and inside flap pattern – we have sized ours based on a standard book measuring approximately 11”x8”. Cut out. Iron your Heat N Bond onto the felt scraps except for the felt you have chosen for your inside flap. Pin, trace and cut out your stencils in the felt and put aside.

You can get creative and design your own appliqués for the book cover – create your stencils on regular white paper and follow the same instructions as above.

Step 2:

Cut a rectangle of your main felt to measure 14”X10”. Cut out your flap pattern and pin, trace and cut it out of your felt.


Step 3:

Match your two thinner felt rectangles – inside flaps along the edges of your longer felt piece and pin – we recommend putting two or three pins in the center. Using your Frixion Pen (Fabric Marking Tool) mark dots along the three sides – this is where you will stitch – leave approximately 1/4” – 1/2” between each. You can either go straight to stitching or using your hole puncher create the holes – – this is great way to introduce a new stitcher to hand sewing – guides them to where to put the thread and needle in and out.



Once your holes are created or you are ready to stitch thread your needle with embroidery floss or yarn measuring approximately 36” – 40” long. Depending on how big your stitches are will determine whether you need more thread.

Stitching Mother's Day Book Cover

Stitch both flaps using a straight stitch – in and out.

Step 4:

Iron on your Heat N Bond (fabric adhesive) to the back of your fabric scraps, pin, trace and cut out your designs.



Lay out your design on the front and or back of your cover. Iron in place (you can also use a glue gun).

Add a solid piece of felt to the back and hand write a note using a Sharpie and or fabric marker.


The options are endless – – add buttons, hand stitch or draw additional decorations – – it is all about customizing it and of course having fun!!

Happy Stitching and Happy Mother’s Day!

hand-stitching inspiration…


One of the best parts of having a passion for creativity especially in the world of sewing and crafting is there are so many ways to express yourself and endless projects to make – well at least the team at Pins & Needles finds their list of projects constantly growing!

Recently, many of the crafty girls at P&N have been exploring the various forms of hand-stitching – – needlepoint, cross stitch, embroidery and even hand-sewing!

A favorite project I hand-stitched was the cross stitch of Molly that was inspired by the “Cross Stitch Family Portrait” from the Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts For Kids. I did my portrait of my most lovable family member – MOLLY!!

Cross Stitch of Molly

More hand-stitching…a framed embroidery Emily stitched up to test drive the CozyBlue DIY Embroidery Kits we carry at the boutique. It incorporates so many of the classic embroidery stitches – stem stitch, french knot, back-stitch and more! These kits are a great go-to for stitchers of all skill levels.


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A signature project for our hand-stitching birthdays is our mini dog pillow (well you can actually do any animal) – this is a simple project that can be completed with some extra fabric scraps, hand sewing thread and felt! Check out all the doggies stitched up during a recent b-day celebration!


Look out for more “hand-stitching” inspiration here and on Instagram (@pinsandneedlesny)!!!

kids spring sewing project preview…

We are “sew” excited to be kicking off our first week of our Children/Teen Sewing Classes this week. Everyone is back from Spring Break and ready to get stitching!!

Here is a preview of some of the exciting projects we have in store for our fabulously creative community this semester!

Key Fobs and Bag Charms is our “kick-off” project…


Next up…our signature P&N Fruit Bags…students can make any fruit they want – watermelon, orange, lemon and even a kiwi…


We tested our Raglan Top in the Winter with a few of our classes and it was a favorite “sew” we are bringing it back and the fun is using Pellon Deco-Foil to design and create a unique appliqué…


New this semester is our P&N Track Pant – not only are they the perfect lounge pants students will be able to add a fun stripe up the side in their favorite color with a matching drawstring…


And finally…we are bringing back our Romper from last Spring and Summer, but have re-designed the top giving it a fresh, new look!


The best part will be seeing how our students add their personal style to each of the projects – – make sure to follow us on Instagram to see all their creations and other fun projects, DIY and inspiration we share…@pinsandneedlesny

Also, if you have a little one in your life that wants to sew and missed out this Spring make sure to check out our P&N Summer Sewing Camps in June, July & August!!! You don’t want to miss it – lots of creativity and summer fun. See all the details here.

curious jane is coming to P&N…

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Let’s empower girl’s to get CREATIVE!!!

Join us for an exciting FREE workshop P&N is hosting with our friends from CURIOUS JANE!

The CJ team has a growing community of inquisitive, confident girls who like to make things! Check out their website to learn more here. They have created exclusive creative kits and their magazine Curious Jane Magazine which we are featuring at the boutique. Come check them out.



Come celebrate “GIRLPOWER“, the new Curious Jane Magazine, learn about summer 2016 programming and your child can complete an exclusive D.I.Y. project – DIY JUICY FRUIT SCREEN PRINTING – a colorful, hang-able piece of wall art for your room! There will be snacks, a raffle and more!


3:00pm – 5:00pm
P&N Studio

1045 Lexington Avenue – Second Floor

You don’t wan to miss this! Spots are limited so sign up fast. Call 212-353-6222 or e-mail info@pinsandneedlesnyc.com.

Ages 7 and up and no experience needed.

We are also excited to announce that we have the magazines and a selection of the Curious Jane Crafting kits available at the boutique so come check them out!

AND on 4/16 between 3pm – 5pm Rachel will be a guest teacher for a FREE beginner sewing workshop at the Curious Jane Studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Not only will there be lots of creative fun, guests (ages 7 and up) will learn to use the sewing machine and stitch up their very own mini pillow and Rachel will be signing and sharing some of the featured projects from her must-have book…Girl’s Guide To DIY Fashion: 5 Outfits to Design & Sew!  E-mail info@pinsandneedlesnyc.com to RSVP. Designed for ages 7 and up.

Happy Sewing & Crafting!!