Announcing – Sew Sweetness Retreat September 28-October 1, 2017

Sew Sweetness Retreats

Last month, I announced the first Sew Sweetness Retreat (which will be in June), and I’m very excited to let you know about a second retreat (all about bags!!) that I’ll be holding in September! Our second retreat will be September 28-October 1, 2017 in Chicago at the beautiful Aloft Hotel, just 2 miles away from O’Hare Airport.

Sept 28-Oct 1, 2017

Sew Sweetness Retreats

I’ve been to several sewing retreats before, and decided to cap the retreat at 25 students. I feel that this gives everyone a chance to meet each person at the retreat, and you’ll go home with 25 new sewing friends. Plus, with a smaller group, this will allow plenty of one-on-one time with the instructors!

Our retreat location, the Aloft Hotel, is a beautiful modern hotel and I’ve secured a gorgeous room for sewing all weekend long – large windows with lots of natural light coming in, and a convenient outdoor patio with seating just outside the sewing room!

As I’m local to this area, I found a great hotel with lots of restaurants right outside the hotel steps. There’s also a fireworks show just outside the hotel on Thursday night – I spent many Thursday nights last summer with my family watching this amazing fireworks display.

All of this makes for an unforgettable sewing weekend that you won’t want to miss!!


Your first instructor is Janelle MacKay of Emmaline Bags. Janelle was a designer with Bag of the Month Club for the first few years, and her site is a destination for purse hardware. She will be teaching her Necessary Clutch Wallet, famous around the world and affectionately nicknamed the NCW. This is the ultimate wallet pattern!



Your second instructor is yours truly – I’ll be teaching my Crimson and Clover Train Cases pattern, which is great to hold cosmetics or other accessories. Learn techniques such as installing zippers and making piping. I’ll take you step-by-step through the pattern so you can take your own custom train case home with you!


Train Cases made by Rock Baby Scissors

Our timeline for the weekend is as follows:

  • Thursday, Sept 28 – Check in at the hotel at 6pm, followed by a welcome mixer at 7pm
  • Friday, Sept 29 – Workshop with Janelle MacKay 9am-4pm, followed by open sewing til midnight
  • Saturday, Sept 30 – Workshop with Sara Lawson 9am-4pm, then open sewing until midnight
  • Sunday, October 1 – Open sewing until 12 noon, check out

Your ticket price of $450 includes all workshops and use of the sewing room for free sewing, drink ticket for the welcome mixer, lunch on Friday and Saturday, and use of the beautiful sewing machines provided for the retreat by Quilter’s Quest! Payment plans are available.

We have discounted hotel rooms available for retreat attendees with free shuttle service to O’Hare Airport; you may consider sharing a room with two queen beds, or you can also drive in for the day if you are local!

I hope you’ll join us for the Sew Sweetness Retreat this September! Remember, there are only 25 spots available, so make sure to lock down your spot if you’re interested! See you soon!!

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5 replies on “Announcing – Sew Sweetness Retreat September 28-October 1, 2017

  • Theresa Castillo

    Sounds like so much fun. But…Have fun to all. I want to see pictures. That makes it fun to see what everyone did.

  • judy

    This sounds terrific, and I have to laugh as I lived about 45 minutes from O’Hare in Indiana for 35 years. Now in Virginia so won’t make the retreat. would love to be there.

  • Jocelyn

    Wishing for a Canadian retreat – unfortunately not economically feasible from Vancouver Island, B.C. for a weekend! Would love to participate in such a retreat otherwise.

  • Dianna Otte

    I am very interested in attending…im from Florida and need more information.. Will I need to bring my sewing supplies, fabric, pattern, or anything else..


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