sewing & craft classes

Does your child dream of becoming a fashion designer? Do they want to know more about sewing and crafting or just love fabric? We’ve got a class, camp or lesson that will inform or inspire! Everything we do is focused on creative expression and teaching kids the fundamental skills of sewing.

Our semester long group classes are organized by age and skill level. We offer private and semi-private lessons that can be customized for each student. Special classes include “Boys Only”, The Art of Fashion Design” that teaches how to create mood boards and fashion illustration, a Girlfriend Lesson for 4 to 5 students or a Mother and Child lesson for a particularly fun option!

The P&N Team designs sewing and no-sew projects that are doable for beginning sewers but are challenging enough for those who are more advanced. For more information see our projects page and check out the Student’s creations page.

Getting Creative

Above all, our classes are about imagination and creativity. Students pick out their fabrics right here in the Pins & Needles Boutique. We encourage them to be unique, to find and express their own personal style.

Projects and Skills

In our classes, students make clothes and accessories they can personalize and enjoy wearing in their everyday lives. Some projects can be completed in a single class session or camp day, while others are completed over multiple lessons or days. Students learn how; to read and follow a pattern, sew using a sewing machine and utilize sewing tools. Our ultimate goal is for students to acquire the sewing skills and confidence to continue practicing on their own.

Having Fun!

Another important aspect of our classes and camps is social: Our students meet and bond with other kids who share their interest in sewing and crafting. We encourage our students to help each other and collaborate on projects.

Our Teachers

The P&N Team includes fashion designers and artists who are passionate about sharing their expertise and empowering a new generation of creative stitchers.  Our teaching approach is gentle, patient and nurturing with lots of personal attention: We aim for a student teacher ratio of 3:1.

If you have questions the Pins & Needles’ team is available to help. Materials are always an additional cost unless noted and can be purchased at our boutique.

Pins & Needles Class Info:

  1. There is a minimum of 5 students in all classes and maximum of 8 students depending on the type of class.
  2. Please read over our Registration and Cancellation Policies before registering for any courses.
  3. We require pre-registration for all of our classes. You can register in person, over the phone (212-535-6222) or by e-mail ( Please contact us by e-mail for a registration form.
  4. A registration form must be filled out including payment information to secure your spot. Classes fill up fast and it is a first come first serve.
  5. Classes are taught by a Pins & Needles Senior Teacher or Special Guest Teacher.
  6. We provide the sewing machines for use during class as well as all essential sewing notions except for materials for class project.
  7. First time students must complete a free sewing machine basics clinic before beginning a group class.

Private & Semi-Private Lessons:

Lessons are taught by a Pins & Needles Senior Teacher.

  • Private Lesson – $90 per hour plus materials
  • Semi-Private Lesson – $75 per hour plus materials per person (up to 3 people)
  • Girlfriends Sewing Lesson – 90 minute lesson with a choice of three skill appropriate projects – minimum of 4 students and maximum of 5 students – $90 per person plus materials
  • Mother & Child Lesson – 90 minute lesson with a choice of three skill appropriate projects – $220.00 plus materials (1 additional child is $75)
  • Private Lesson with the Pins & Needles Founder Rachel Low and recent author of the must-have sewing book for girls “A Girl’s Guide to DIY Fashion: 5 Outfits to Design & Sew” – $150 per hour plus materials



Pins & Needles is currently not offering any adult classes but private and semi-private lessons are available. Please contact us to schedule a time via e-mail at or 212-535-6222.

Cost:$90 and up

Dates:Based on teacher and studio availability.

Skill Level:All skill levels are welcome.


Children/Teen Classes

Children/Teen Sewing & Crafting Classes at Pins & Needles cover everything from the basics of machine and hand sewing, working with patterns, creating mood boards, fashion illustration, embroidery, choosing fabrics and more. Each semester, projects focus on fashion, accessory, home decor sewing as well as other stitching techniques and DIY crafts. The Pins & Needles Team keeps the curriculum fresh and relevant to the interests and skill levels of our students.

Unique to Pins & Needles is the curated collection of fabric and materials available that the students choose from for each project – offering students an opportunity to express their personal style and creativity. All our teachers are dedicated, patient and most importantly experienced skilled sewers and crafters. We maintain small classes to ensure that all our students get the instruction and attention they need. Registration is based on a first come first serve basis, so make sure to sign up fast as spaces are limited! Cost for materials are always additional and if you have any questions please call at 212-535-6222 or via e-mail at Classes are offered everyday after school and Saturdays and are organized by age (7-13) and skill level and are 75 minutes.

Day Time # of Weeks Class Fee Start – End Date No Class These Days
Monday 4pm-5:15pm 13 $975 9/18 – 12/18 10/9
Tuesday 4pm-5:15pm 13 $975 9/19 – 2/19 10/31
Wednesday 4pm-5:15pm 13 $975 9/20 – 12/20 11/22
Wednesday (Boys Only) 5:30pm – 6:45pm 13 $975 9/20 – 12/20 11/22
Thursday 4pm-5:15pm 13 $975 9/14 – 12/21 9/21 & 11/23
Thursday (6-7 year old) 3:30pm-4:30pm 13 $780 9/14 – 12/21 9/21 & 11/23
Friday 4pm-5:15pm 12 $900 9/15 – 12/22 9/22, 9/29 & 11/24
Saturday 10:45am – 12:00pm 12 $900 9/16 – 12/16 9/30 & 11/25
Saturday 12:15pm – 1:30pm 12 $900 9/16 – 12/16 9/30 & 11/25

*CLASS MATERIALS ARE ALWAYS ADDITIONAL. There must be at least five students to run the class. Class times and ages are subject to change. FIRST TIME registered students are required to join us for a complementary Sewing Basics Clinic – Dates- TBC In order to confirm your spot, please send completed registration form & waiver to ( or fax (212-535-6224). Cancellation Policy: A full refund is granted if cancellation is made more than 21 days prior to the start of the class. 50% of the class fee will be refunded if cancellation is made between 21 and 14 days prior to the start of class. NO REFUNDS are granted for any cancellation made less than 14 days from the start of class.

Cost:$780 - $975


Skill Level:Varied - Please contact a Pins & Needles team member to get help determining your child's skill level.

Summer Children Sewing & DIY Camps

Join us at the Pins & Needles Studio for a summer full of creativity! Our summer camps and 1-day workshops focus on the fundamentals of sewing and creative expression. Elements of the fashion design process are included as well as lots of sewing, DIY, friends and creative fun! There is garment, accessory and room decor sewing as well as fun and fresh fabric craft projects and even some basic fashion illustration. You don’t want to miss this!!

Our signature half day; week long, 2-day and 3-day sessions are organized by skill level and age and the P&N team can help determine the best fit for your child. The program is designed for children ages 7 – 13.

Projects will vary each week and sprinkled throughout the shorter sessions!! Students should have some experience on a sewing machine.

Day Time # of Days Class Fee
August 14th – August 16th 9:30am – 12:30pm 3 Days $395 + Materials
August 17th & August 18th 9:30am – 12:30pm 2 Days $260 + Materials
August 21st – August 23rd 9:30am – 12:30pm 3 Days $395 + Materials
August 29th – August 31st 9:30am – 12:30pm 3 Days $395 + Materials

* Class material costs are additional. There must be at least five students to run the class/camp. Class times and ages are subject to change. There are no make-ups for missed sessions for camp. Please send completed registration form and waiver to ( or fax (212-535-6224).

** Specific project details will be announced 4 – 7 days before camp starts. We usually plan for at least one garment, one accessory and one fabric craft or summer inspired project is included, but this is based on age, skill level, mix of students and program (full or half day).

*** Students should bring their own nut-free snack for half day sessions and lunch for full day sessions. Please let us know of any food allergies.

Cost:$220 - $395 (Cost of materials NOT included)

Dates:see detailed dates above

Skill Level:some sewing machine experience needed