McDonald’s Sewing and Vacuum has a variety of classes scheduled during the next several months.

The store has instituted free open sewing on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

This is a new opportunity for individuals to use classroom space to work on their own projects.

“Bring your machine — whatever you are used to working with — and your project any time on those days,” said owner Patrick McDonald.

McDonald’s Sewing and Vacuum is located at 222 S. Summit St. in Arkansas City.

Call (620) 441-0939 with questions, or visit McDonald’s Sewing and Vacuum on Facebook or at www.mcdonaldsvacuums.com.

Kids Can Sew classes

McDonald’s also offers a Kids Can Sew series of classes.

“Kids Can Sew class for Mondays is FULL, but if anyone is interested, we will open a new slot at the same times on Thursdays,” McDonald said.

This class series is for children aged to 8 to 12 who want to learn to sew.

Students will use classroom machines, but participants need to purchase a basic sewing supply kit.

The class fee is $20 per week or $80 per month, and includes fabric and patterns.

Tool of the Month

In addition to the free open sewing and Kids Can Sew opportunities, many other classes scheduled.

For instance, the Tool of the Month class is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday.

“This month begins our new series based on different quilting and sewing tools,” McDonald said.

“This is a fun way to learn about handy tools, gadgets, templates and sew on.”

The $29 class fee includes quilt templates by Nancy Zieman.

But those who enroll will need to bring the following items to class:

  • a sewing machine;
  • half-yard cuts of two contrasting fabrics for practice;
  • lightweight fusible interfacing or stabilizer;
  • thread;
  • pins;
  • rotary cutter;
  • scissors;
  • a fabric marking tool.

Ombre Star

The Ombre Star class is scheduled for 10 a.m. March 3.

This quilt is part of a series of classes for beginners and quick projects for more advanced quilters.

“The Ombre Star quilt uses our awesome new ombre fabrics,” McDonald said.

“This pattern is made from just ONE ombre fabric in easy, big half-square triangles and nothing more.”

The $29 class fee includes the pattern. Quilt sizes of 63 inches by 63 inches up to 72 inches by 72 inches are offered.

The project requires 4 1/2 yards of one ombre fabric for the top of the quilt.

Participants in this class are asked to bring a sewing machine, thread, pins, scissors, a rotary cutter, a clear acrylic quilting ruler, a seam ripper and a marking pen.

PEP Club: Recipe Tea Towels

This event is open to all ages and is hosted by Dalene McDonald.

Those interested in this class will need to bring with them a tea towel and their favorite recipe.

This class will require a Perfect Embroidery Pro machine.

“The $20 class fee is waived if you bought Perfect Embroidery Pro software from us,” McDonald said.

The class will take place at 11 a.m. March 10.

Machine Embroidery Clinic: Machine Felting

This class is scheduled for 10 a.m. March 10.

“Learn how you can make felt shapes from wool roving, transform denim into beautiful designs and felt two pieces of fabric together into a pattern with just one tool — the Felting Embroidery Set,” said Patrick McDonald.

Participants are asked to bring their Viking embroidery machine and water-soluble stabilizer.

The class fee of $20 is waived if the participant has purchased the Felting Embroidery Set.

Molly Mine Crazy Quilt Sew-Along

Starting at 9:30 a.m. March 12 and April 9, this event is less of a class and more of a quilting guild.

“This is a group of machine embroiderers who are working on Molly Mine crazy quilts,” McDonald said.

“Any machine embroiderer is welcome to join in.”

Anyone is free to join the sew-along.

The Bunny Hop

“Celebrate National Quilting Day and welcome spring by participating in the first Bunny Hop Quilt Shop Hop that features Beehive Quilt Shop in Wellington, Field to Fabric in Winfield and, of course, McDonald’s Sewing and Vacuum in Ark City,” McDonald said.

Starting at 9:30 a.m. March 17 and lasting until 5 p.m., this is an opportunity to be entered in a drawing to win one of three gifts valued at $50 apiece.

“Pick up your fabrics and tools from each shop, watch demos on the tools used to make the quilt, and get the pattern free,” McDonald said.