We're proud to be Philly's #1 sewing spot!
Teach a kid to sew and they'll never have reason to be bored. Sewing is fun, but kids also use critical problem solving skills, spatial reasoning and math when they turn fabric into three-dimensional shapes. Sewing also makes kids proud! We witness incredible moments of celebration when a child finishes a hard-earned project. And, for anyone who has popped a button off a shirt or taken pants to a tailor to be hemmed, you know sewing is a lifelong skill.
In 2014, Butcher's Sew Shop opened our first studio in an old 1920's butcher shop (what was 'Guarerra's Quality Meats' for 80 years) a few blocks from the Italian Market in the Bella Vista neighborhood. With our name, we chose to pay homage to the Guarrera family and the generations of butchers who earned a living for their families by working with their hands in a skilled trade. It is in this spirit that we hope to revive the art of sewing for a new generation of Philadelphians.
Our creative community doubled in 2016 when we added a second studio on South Street in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood, reaching even more families in the heart of the city of Philadelphia. In both neighborhoods, we partner with local schools for afterschool pickup on select days of the week, thus making our program a convenient option for parents. In 2019, Butcher's Sew Shop was honored to be voted Best of Philly for Afterschool Programs by Philadelphia Magazine.
Our talented staff work hard to make our sewing studio a warm, welcoming environment that encourages creative risk-taking. Our programs cater to those students who have never touched a sewing machine before, as well as those who have been sewing with us for years and want to tackle more advanced projects and techniques. Our curriculum is structured and progressive, with carefully-designed projects that help build on skills throughout the program.
We'd love to add your child to our growing family of young stitchers. Still have questions? Please reach out to us and we'd be happy to help.
"My son absolutely enjoyed his classes. He looked forward to making a new creation each week. It was amazing to see his projects, even more so, it was wonderful to see how his abilities in sewing developed over the span of the course."
"My daughters loved the summer camp program! They came home happy every day, eager to show me what skills they had learned and what amazing creations they had crafted. One of them now wants to become a fashion designer when she grows up."
"What a brilliant program! Here my child learns the very old art of sewing in a bright, beautiful, modern space in a group facilitated by the kind and patient tutelage of the Butcher's Sew Shop staff. Each week she comes home with an adorable, useful completed project."