Category Archives: Kids’ Classes

Summer Sewing for School Age Starts This Week

Looking for sewing opportunities for your student? Our first summer camp at Joann begins tomorrow-Monday, June 19 and at Treadle Yard Goods on Tuesday, June 20. We have openings!

Summer Classes for School Age Students

Kids’ Sewing Camp at Joann Fabrics, Yorktown Mall, Edina

The student has two options-fun beginner projects-puppets and pillows or

for students who have already sewn with a pattern-continue your sewing journey and choose a pattern and sew with guidance.

Cost per 10 hr. session: $99

June 19-22, Monday-Thursday, 10:00-12:30 (you can’t sign up online anymore-just sign up for afternoon session and email us that you’ll be there in am)

June 19-22, 1-3:30

July 10-13, Monday-Thursday, 10-12:30

July 10-13, 1-3:30

July 24-27, Monday-Thursday, 10-12:30

July 24-27, 1-3:30

August 7-10, Monday-Thursday, 10-12:30

August 7-10, 1-3:30

You can register online at and we’d love an email to let us know you are coming.

Kids’ Summer Sewing Club at Treadle Yard Goods

Come as a beginner and we’ll get you started and suggest a first project or come as a seasoned young sewist and we will guide you through your choice of sewing projects for the summer.

Cost per 6 hr. session: $60

Session 1:

Tuesdays, June 20, 27, July 11, 18, 4:00-5:30

Session 2:

Tuesdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 4-5:30

Register with Treadle Yard Goods at 651-698-9690 and we’d love an email to let us know you are coming.

Happy Summer!

Time for Club and more-

Last night kicked off February Fashion Sewing Club at Joann. Thanks for coming!
Saturday and Tuesday we’ll be at Treadle-both meeting at 10:30.
Hope to see more of you-

Here’s a bit of what we’ve been up to the past few weeks:

Homeschool group threading elastic in pj pant waistband

Need inspiration? The Oval Room is now located in the Southdale Macy’s!

Removing 30 year old elastic from baby pants-brittle is an understatement!

First in-seam buttonhole in my Cynthia Guffey blouse

Happy grand baby!

Happy stitching!

Holiday Break Sewing for Kids

Even though we’d love to spend the week between Christmas and New Year’s with your kids, we’ll be spending them with ours 🙂
But there are classes offered at Treadle Yard Goods that week if you’d like.
OR if you have Monday or Wednesday of next week off (Minneapolis and Bloomington to name a few school districts) we are offering classes at Joann Yorktown:

Monday, 1-4 pm and Wednesday, 10-1

Students can dream up their own projects or finish something they may have started or we will have a few ideas of our own. Cost is $35 for a three hour class.

You can sign up online at Joann’s. The class is called Kids’ Pillowcase just because it worked for their system. Or email us and you can pay on the day of the class.

Happy Holidays!!

This Week’s Sewing

Between MEA, After School Sewing at both Treadle and Joann and Sew Social, many projects made it to the finish line!

You can also find all Fashion Sewing Club Sheets and Garment Photos for 2016 on the website-finally got caught up. Show and Tell highlights will come next week.






Tuesday After School Sewing begins again in November at Treadle and is ongoing at Joann, Yorktown on Thursday afternoons. Workroom Social also begins in November at Treadle and is ongoing at Joann, Yorktown on Thursday afternoons.

A New School Year-A New Location

We are grateful to First Sewing for having allowed us to teach at their new location across from Schuler Shoes but we missed not having fabric, patterns and notions available while we taught classes. So we approached Joann Fabrics at Yorktown in Edina (across from Target) and they are very excited to have us teaching classes there!
There are a few kinks to work out but we will be offering our usual Sew Studio (now called Sew Social) on Thursday afternoons from 1-4 pm and After School Sewing from 4:30-6 beginning September 8th.

Fashion Sewing Club will also have its Thursday evening meetings at Joann beginning this Thursday, September 8th at 6:30. The classroom is in the back of the store just to the right of Framing. You will still pay Material Girls for Club.

Debbie and I will also teach Joann classes (Beginning Sewing, Lazy Day (pj) Pants, Pullover Knit Top, that are offered nationally. These classes should be registered for through Joann online or in a store.

We hope you aren’t inconvenienced too much. We’ll all have a little more elbow room too!

And, of course, we are still teaching at Treadle Yard Goods. Here’s a link to the new class schedule.
Fashion Sewing Club meets at Treadle on Saturday, September 10 and Tuesday, September 13.

Last Chance For Kids’ Summer Sewing

…with the Material Girls, anyway 🙂

We’ve had a fun summer of sewing with the next generation of sewists. Treadle has been a younger group and Southtown has been predominantly teens and most afternoons we’ve had our maximum of six students!

Here are a few pics to share the creativity and hard work of these students-



Our remaining August classes-click on the class title to go to online sign up-

Teen/Kids’ Weekly Sewing:
Thursdays, August 25, 10:00-12:00
Thursdays, August 11, 18 and 25, 4:00-6:00

Teen/Kids’ Sewing Camp:
Wednesday and Thursday, August 17 and 18, 10:00-2:30 (you may come only one of the days if you want)

If students want to make one of the projects listed, we will need to know so we can bring fabric and pattern otherwise a student may also work on a project of their own choosing. If the student is a new beginner, we will make a pillowcase and then move on as time allows.

Registration will close at 8 pm on Tuesday, August 17th for the two day camp. Weekly classes are open till the day before.

Our summer schedule ends August 25. We are working on fall classes. A weekly after school class will be offered and we are happy to schedule classes on school days off but there are many districts so if you send us a few dates we will work with them to schedule a class. Homeschool classes are also welcome.

Enjoy the last month of summer!

January Fashion Sewing Club begins Saturday

Happy 2016! Are you a resolution maker? Any of them pertaining to sewing? It’s always in the back of my mind but who is brave enough to say them outloud?

Anyway, Fashion Sewing Club 2016 begins tomorrow (Saturday, January 9)! Please notice that we have discontinued the Thursday morning meeting at Hancock Southtown for the winter. We apologize if that messes up your schedule, please let us know. If there’s a critical mass, we can start it up but the migration of the snowbirds leaves us with empty chairs.

January Fashion Sewing Club meetings-

Saturday, January 9, 10:30 am, Treadle Yard Goods
Tuesday, January 12, 10:30 am, Treadle Yard Goods
Thursday, January 14, 6:30 pm only, Hancock Fabrics, Southtown

The website is current with the new class offerings at Hancock and Treadle. We have had quite a few inquiries about sewing for school age kids. If after school isn’t an option we can always schedule something on a day there is no school so contact us if you are interested.

Here’s the January calendar. Hope to see many of you this month-stay warm this weekend! Click on Classes above for more info and registration.


Treadle Yard Goods: To register call: 651-698-9690

Before You Buy a Serger: Saturday, January 9, 1:00-2:30
Kids’ After School Sewing: Tues., Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 4:00-5:30
Basic Serger and Beyond: Tuesdays, January 12, 19 and 23, 6:00-8:00

Hancock Fabrics, Southtown, Bloomington, First Sewing
*Please register in advance with Material Girls on our website or call us at 952-201-3863

Sewing Studio: Thursdays, January 7, 14, 21, and 28, 1:00-4:00
Tuesdays, Jan. 19, 26, 12:00-3:00
Sewing for Homeschoolers: Tuesday, January 19, 10-11:30 am
Kids’ After School Sewing: Thurs., Jan. 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 4:30-6:00
Beginning Sewing or Serging: Thursdays, January 14, 21 and 28, 6-8 pm

Happy November

Halloween is just behind us and busy holidays ahead. Here are more photos from the Playful Hoodies book. Definitely a keeper!

Frog that can read AND walk

Frog that can read AND walk

Cutest dragon

Cutest dragon

wings and tail

wings and tail

Goldilocks and the three bears

Goldilocks and the three bears

Unicorn horns

Unicorn horns

and tails

and tails



Would you like to make this?


-the pajamas-grandboys are a highly guarded family secret 🙂
Then come to Fashion Sewing Club!

Tuesday, August 11, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods
Thursday, August 13, 10:30 and 6:30 at First Sewing, Bloomington Hancock Fabrics
*Note change: Saturday, August 15, 10:30 at Treadle Yard Goods

This will be the last meeting of the summer-we won’t meet in September but we’ll be back in October. We will still have classes in September.

Hope to see you this week!

PS-there’s also one last opportunity for the school aged sewist, beginner to experienced. We have enough students to hold the class but would be happy to have more. Wednesdays, August 12, 19 and 26, from 10-1 pm at Hancock Southtown location.

What Are Your Kids Doing This Summer?



Let the games begin! Three girls, three skirts, one pillowcase dress and a brand new sewing machine! We’re having fun at Hancock this week. More classes scheduled throughout the summer-

June 22 & 24, 10:30-3 pm, Chanhassen Vacuum Center
June 23, 30, July 7, 14, 3-5 pm, Treadle Yard Goods
July 15, 16, 17, 10-12 pm, Hancock Southtown
July 28, 29, 30, 10-12 pm, Chanhassen Vacuum Center
July 28, August 4, 11, 3-5 pm, Treadle Yard Goods
Young Designer Targeted at teen sewists, beginning to advanced or younger sewists with experience that want to go further in garment sewing.
August 5, 12, 19, 10-1 pm, Hancock Southtown
Sewing for Parents Who Want Their Kids to Sew We know you don’t need a new hobby but would like to be supportive of your budding sewist. What you need to know about how a sewing machine works and what your child “needs” to purchase along the way.
June 24, 6:30-7:30 pm, Southtown Hancock
Click on Classes in the bar above for more details and registration.
Need a Sewing Machine?
First Sewing (inside Hancock Southtown) is offering a great basic machine in conjunction with our summer classes.
It’s an Elna with everything you need to get started. There are more Sew Green machines but Bruce has a few of the Sew Zebras so they will go on a first come, first serve basis. Let us know which one you’d like. These machines are good for beginners of any age so we’ll offer them to the beginning adults also.
Material Girls strongly advises you to purchase machines from dealers as opposed to big box stores or Amazon/eBay. Private dealers will help you out with your machine, guarantee their work and most will allow trade-ins should you want to upgrade to a fancier machine.
Material Girls receives no commission on machines-we just want to see happy sewists!