Searching for sewing classes in Gainesville? I’m sorry to say that I’m no longer teaching any sewing or craft classes. My work life and family life take up all of my time, so I just don’t have the time to teach. Other places in town that offer classes include A-1 Sewing and Vacuum (352- 371-9464) and JoAnn Fabrics (352-338-4511).

I am still coordinating GLAM Craft Show, which always takes place the first Sunday in December. If you appreciate cool, handmade items, please consider coming out to the event and doing your holiday shopping with us!

GLAM Craft Show

May your stockings be full!

May your stockings be full!

Tomorrow is Halloween. You know what that means. Costumes. Candy. Shenanigans. And the official start of the holiday season.

I know, I know. Most of us aren’t ready to start thinking about the holidays yet. Christmas seems like it’s months away. But if you plan to sew gifts or holiday decor, now is the time to start. My goal this year is to make matching Christmas stockings for my family, and if I have time, possibly a tree skirt. We’ll see!

Speaking of sewing, I won’t be teaching sewing classes again until the new year. I needed more time in my schedule to handle the details for GLAM Craft Show, the annual holiday craft show that I organize. Be sure to join us on Sunday, December 8 from 11am to 4pm. We’ll have 70 vendors selling awesome, handcrafted gifts, and there will be food, drinks, and even beer and wine for sale. Drinking and shopping? You can’t do that at the mall!

But back to sewing. If you have the itch to take more sewing classes, be sure to check out the upcoming classes my friend Shona is teaching at A-1 Sewing.

Learn to Hem Your Pants
1 Session: Friday, Nov. 1 — 6-9pm ($35)
Tired of paying to have all of your pants altered? Come to this class and learn how to do it yourself! You will learn how to hem a pair of trousers using a blind hem stitch. This can be done by machine or by hand. Bring a pair of pants that need to be shortened and some matching thread (you can purchase that here before class if you’d like). If you have a sewing machine with a blind hem stitch, bring it. You will also need the blind hem foot that goes with it. If you don’t have a machine, no worries! Bring a hand sewing needle or pick up a pack here.

Beginner Garment Sewing: Sorbetto Top
3 Sessions: November 6th, 13th, and 20th — 1 – 4pm ($55)
If you’ve ever wanted to make your own clothes, here’s your chance! In this class you will learn all the basics of sewing clothing and working with patterns.

This swingy, sleeveless top is a wardrobe staple that is easy to fit and easy to make. It’s the perfect first project for anyone wanting to learn how to sew clothing! In three sessions you will learn the basics of garment sewing. We’ll start with some basic fitting techniques, learn about sewing pattern sizing, fabrics types, and cutting from a commercial pattern layout. You will learn how to sew darts, pleats, and apply bias binding to necklines and armholes. Pattern will be provided with class fee. You will need to bring your sewing machine to the last two sessions and purchase materials.

Call A-1 Sewing at 352-371-9464 to sign up for either class.


So what about you? Do you have any special sewing projects on your to-do list for the holidays?

If you’ve been wanting to take my beginner sewing classes in Gainesville, your wait is over! I have two classes that I’ll be teaching at A-1 Sewing and Vacuum, and the first one is this weekend. If you’re interested, call A-1 at 352-371-9464  by the end of the day on Friday 9/13/13 to reserve your spot.

Learn to Sew: Pincushion or Coasters ($35)

Saturday, Sept. 14 — 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
beginner sewing class
This crash course will get you comfortable with using a sewing machine, whether you’re brand new to sewing or just need a refresher course. You’ll learn the basics of threading a machine, winding a bobbin, straight stitching, back stitching, zig-zag stitching and other key topics. We’ll make a project you can take home with you — either a cute pin cushion or a set of functional coasters.

Supply list:

  • your sewing machine, pedal, and power cord, along with a few extra bobbins and the manual, if you have it (if you don’t have a machine, contact A-1 Sewing & Vacuum about the possibility of borrowing one)
  • pre-cut charm square pack, or several pieces of fabric you like that are at least 5″ x 5″
  • spool of all-purpose sewing thread to coordinate with your fabric


Learn to Work with Patterns — pajama pants ($45)

Saturday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 26 — 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
beginner pajama pants
Ready to enter the mysterious world of using sewing patterns? Then this is the class for you! Together we’ll make a cute pair of pajama pants, and you’ll leave understanding the terms and markings on commercial sewing patterns. Students should already know the basics of using a sewing machine before taking this class.

I’ll provide the pattern in exchange for a $14 lab fee that must be paid at the beginning of class (pattern: Sleep Well, by Favorite Things).

You are responsible for bringing these supplies:

  • 2 2/3 yards of prewashed 44″ or 54″ wide fabric**
  • coordinating thread
  • 1 yard of 1-inch non-roll elastic, or enough to go around your waist
  • your own sewing machine, extra bobbin, and the manual for your sewing machine (if you have it)

**It’s best to use 100% cotton woven fabric, including quilting cottons and flannels.


At least three students must be registered for each class to take place. Otherwise, class will be canceled and refunds will be issued. Call or stop by A-1 Sewing & Vacuum to register (352-371-9464).



learn to sewMany of you have been asking me when I’ll return to teaching sewing classes in Gainesville. The short story is that I’m still not ready — spending time with my 10-month-old baby is still my top priority.

However, you can now sign up for modern sewing classes at A-1 Sewing at Vacuum. That’s right! My friend Shona Tomberlin Roon will be teaching two new classes there. If any of you spend time looking at sewing blogs, you may recognize Shona as the winner of the Colette Patterns Hawthorn dress sew-along. How awesome is that???

Shona is starting out with two classes:

Learn to Sew: Basic Tote Bag ($35)
Saturday, August 17 — 9:30am to 12:30pm

Simple Gathered Skirt ($35)
Wednesday, August 21 — 2pm to 5pm

For more details, visit Shona’s blog. To register, call A-1 Sewing at (352) 371-9464.

baby onesiesI wanted to let everyone know that I won’t be offering any more sewing classes until January 2013 at the soonest. That’s because I’m about to give birth to my first child! I’m super excited, both about his impending arrival and because I can’t wait to sew so many cute items for him.

If you’re a brand-new beginner and want to try taking a class before I come back from maternity leave, feel free to check out the beginner sewing classes offered by Vanessa Wilson, aka The Crafty Gemini. She offers these classes in her home studio outside of Gainesville, and you can view her full class schedule here.

Or if you already know the basics and are ready to put them to use, you can also contact Natalie at Chickadee Shops to see what exciting project-based classes she has on the schedule.

Been wanting to learn how to sew? Join us for our last class of the summer on Saturday, Sept. 8 from noon to 3pm. “Get Started with Sewing!” will take place at Gainesville’s only locally owned fabric shop, Chickadee Shops, in the Oaks Mall Plaza. You can register and get more information in the classes section of our website.

After this class, we won’t be offering classes again until 2013, since Kim will be out on maternity leave. Feel free to add your name to our mailing list if you’d like to receive updates on future classes as they become available.

Chickadee Shops logo

Sew Make Do is officially closing. After eight great months, I’m closing the doors at my cute little studio on NW 23rd Avenue to make way in my life for other exciting changes — namely, the birth of my first child.

Thanks so much to everyone who supported my dream to make Sew Make Do a reality — students, friends, and sewing enthusiasts in the community. I couldn’t have done it without you!

I will still offer group sewing classes here in Gainesville and will post details here as new classes become available. Currently, I have two upcoming classes that I’ll be teaching at Chickadee Shops, a locally owned fabric store that opened last year here in Gainesville.

There are two spots still available in the “Get Started with Sewing!” class and three spots in the “Learn to Work with Patterns” class, both of which will take place on Saturday, June 9 at Chickadee Shops in the Oaks Mall Plaza. You can register via the links in this paragraph if you’re interested in joining me.

Thanks again for your support of Sew Make Do!

Hugs and stitches,
Kim Kruse

Open Sewing will not be offered on April 5, April 19, May 3, or May 17. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please feel free to join us on any other Thursday night for help with your sewing projects!

Art JournalingTap into your inner artist with our new classes by Tessa McSorley of How to Make Art! For more information, just click on the course titles.

Art Journaling — $60
Monday, March 12, 19, and 26 — 6pm to 9pm

Bookbinding — $60
Wednesday, March 14, 21, and 28 — 6pm to 9pm

Printmaking: Fast, Cheap, and Dirty — $35
Friday, March 16 — 6pm to 9pm

Experimental Drawing — $60
Monday, April 9, 16, and 23 — 6pm to 9pm

Experimental Painting — $60
Wednesday, April 11, 18, and 25 — 6pm to 9pm

Photo by Flickr user yvestown

We’ve posted our class schedule for January, February and March over on the Classes page. You’ll see a few familiar classes, as well as a few brand new ones, including “Learn to Knit!” If you’ve been itching to knit, this is your chance. Sharon Emery will be the instructor for the class. She’s one of the owners and instructor from Hanks, the yarn store that used to be in Millhopper Plaza. We’re really excited to have her teaching at Sew Make Do! If you want to check out all of the classes, here’s the link.

We’re constantly trying to add new classes to the schedule. If there are particular classes that you’d like to see, let us know! You can either leave a comment here or shoot us an email at sewmakedo{at} Thanks y’all!