Monday, July 6, 2020

Sewing masks is our superpower!

As we move into the glorious weather of a Minnesota summer, in my head it is still spring. So much of this year has felt like Groundhog Day - reliving the sameness every day. At Treadle we are working with reduced hours and the ambiguity of when, or even if, fabrics and notions will be available. Many times the answer is “it depends."

We are getting used to wearing masks, trying to recognize customers, and always appreciate a well-chosen print for a mask. We are thankful to all our customers - new as well as old - for your patience and good humor.

And we are still making masks and masks kits. Over 15,000 to date.

photo shared from a Treadle customer! Thanks!

We have been made aware of two communities desperately in need of masks.

Mask North Minneapolis Project has a goal “to increase masking by 80% in North Minneapolis and decrease the spread of COVID-19 virus. To mask all of North Minneapolis in collaboration with community partners.” The project was started by two family medicine physicians at Broadway Family Medicine in collaboration with the African American Leadership Forum.
Mixed Blood Theatre, in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, is committed to distributing over 1,000 masks for C-R residents over the coming months, along with information on the importance of masks in the fight against COVID-19.
Treadle, in partnership with Sew Good Goods, will continue to provide mask kits at no charge for these communities.

Will you help?

Mask North Minneapolis Project is asking for a 3-layer mask, which is included in our kits.
Find sewing info here:

More info here, Sewer Network Sign Up Form: 

Mixed Blood Theatre is accepting masks of any design.

Both mask initiatives are greatly in need of children’s sizes as well as adult masks.

Kits that make 12 or more masks may be picked up at Treadle during regular business hours.

We will also be a drop-off for finished masks for both initiatives, in addition to individual hand sanitizer for the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Hours Update: Now open late Wednesdays!

Our new store hours:

Mon 10-5
Tues 10-5
Wed 10-8
Thurs 10-5
Fri 10-5
Sat 10-5
Sunday Closed

Masks required in store.

Aboriginal Prints

We have a new shipment of Aboriginal Australian cottons prints in the store! Come get 'em while they're hot!

Thursday, July 2, 2020


Perfect for your summer table, in bright colors and patterns!

Closed July 4

We will be closed this Saturday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.

We understand that this holiday is more bitter than sweet for many this year. Let us all take the day to learn about our history as a nation and dream about what America could be. Stay safe, friends.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Raw Silk

Bright, cheery colors of silk matka and noil! A perfect summer suiting, matka and noil are both "raw" silks, with dreamy texture and a looser weave.

Not into brights? We've got you covered with these gorgeous neutrals.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Treadlette Tuesday: Julia's Linen Blouse!

It's been a while since we've had a Treadlette Tuesday feature, so let's all enjoy Julia posing with her new linen blouse!

Julia used New Look 6658 and blended sizes to get a just right fit!

Sunday, June 14, 2020

More New Arrivals!

First let's check out these shot cottons! "Shot" fabrics combine a different color warp and weft for an iridescent effect!

These loose cotton sweater knits are perfect for summer layering!

There's more in our new arrivals section!

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Summery New Arrivals!

We have bolts and bolts of new fabrics in the store!

Crisp, sheer linen!

Soft cotton shirting!

Cotton twill, chambray, and textures!

Perfect for your summer sewing!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Welcome Back!

We are excited to welcome back our customers and friends beginning Monday May 18.

Thank you all for your patience and support over the past weeks. We have been fielding countless phone orders and questions with very limited hours and just a skeleton crew. When we have been less than at our best, thank you for grace.

As we prepare to open our doors for walk-in business, we continue to ask for your patience.

For your safety as well as ours:

MASKS are required, for both staff and customers.

MAXIMUM 5 customers in the store; limit of 3 in a customer group.

Let’s catch up, but DISTANT socializing only - 6 ft intervals.

Hand sanitizer is available.

Hours will be limited - Mon May 18 thru Fri May 22 10 - 5 and Sat May 23 10 - 2
Please check our website or call for current store hours as we may need to adjust weekly.

Regular sanitizing of frequently touched surfaces may require more time - again, patience.

Curbside pickup will continue for those who prefer to place phone orders. We are also diligently working towards online sales capabilities and what/how sewing classes may continue. Keep your eyes open for exciting possibilities!

We have met so many new friends over the phone - we hope to see you soon!

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Say what?! How many masks??

We are 6 weeks into Minnesota’s shelter in place. It feels like 6 years. When this started, I am sure you felt like I did: we’ll just hang out for a couple of weeks and certainly by May, everything will go back to the way it was.

May is here. Nothing is the way it was. The one thing that has stayed the same is the generosity of our sewing community. 

From one simple request: would you be willing to put together and donate 50 kits to make 28 masks each for health care workers? Sure. Your willingness to step up has kept us with our heads down, cutting fabric and elastic, putting mask kits together as fast as supplies and womanpower will allow. Because of the commitment of Sew Good Goods, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Allina Health, here is what we have accomplished together: kits to make over 15,000 masks have been donated. Wow! Thank you!

The need continues: for health care workers, seniors, those who are vulnerable and the people who work with them. I will ask again. For those who continue to sew masks to donate, kits (each making 14 - 18 masks) are available. We welcome you to stop by and pick up a kit.

Thank you and I look forward to the day when I can thank you in person, maybe while fondling beautiful fabric and plotting a new project.

Treadle Yard Goods

We are open for phone orders:
10-4:30 Monday - Friday
10-2 Saturday

Curbside Pickup begins at NOON.
We are still NOT open for walk-in business. 

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Hours this week

We will be open this week for phone orders ONLY! Curbside pickup or mail order are available.

12-4 Mon-Fri & 10-2 Saturday. Call us at 651.698.9690.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Hours this week

We are still taking your phone orders for curbside pickups!

We'll be open 12-4 Mon-Fri April 13-17, and 10-2 on Sat April 18. 

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Mask Sewing Update! 4-5-20

Thank you to everyone who has helped out our community with mask-making!

Allina is still collecting masks for health care workers, as are most other health care systems. Please make sure the masks you are donating meet the guidelines of the system you are donating to. 

The free mask kits provided by Treadle in cooperation with Sew Good Goods are to benefit health care workers. As demand is still so great in health care settings, we respectfully request that if sewing for family and friends, you sew from your stash or purchase additional supplies.

If you pick up one of our free kits, donate those masks! 

Looking for a free kit? Use our contact form on our website to give us your email address - we'll add you to our list and notify you about kit availability!

- Use the PATTERN AND DIRECTIONS HERE to sew your masks, or follow the guidelines from the organization you plan to donate to.

- Remember to use 2 different fabrics for the inside and outside - tightly woven 100% cotton for the outside and flannel or other soft cotton for the inside.

From the Blue Cross website:
Where to donate masks
Completed masks can be dropped off at the following locations:
(updated with new facilities on 3/27/2020) 
Important note: Donations are still being accepted following the Governor's "Directing Minnesotans to Stay Home" Emergency Executive OrderPlease follow all state-issued guidelines when dropping off masks. Do not, for any reason, go inside any health care facility to drop off your donations. Specific drop-off instructions for each location are included in the linked PDF for that location.
After drop off, the masks will immediately be sent to laundry/processing sites at the individual health facilities to be sanitized for medical use.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

My Mask Protects You; Your Mask Protects Me

Treadle will be open 12 - 4 today, Thursday April 2, for mask kit pickup and curbside pickup of phone orders.

Thank you to all of you who are generously donating your time and sewing talents to make masks for health care workers. We have given out close to 300 free mask kits, totaling over 4000 masks. As many of you have been sewing masks from fabric in your “resource center” and recently purchased fabric, I can guess that the total number of masks is easily double or triple that.

Many of you have also generously donated fabric, elastic, and funds. Treadle will continue to provide free mask kits as long as there is a need.

Be like Stitches the Bear - wear your mask!

It is time for all of us to step up in one more important way: wear a mask you have sewn every time you are out in public. Countries that have slowed and stopped the spread have that one important cultural norm in common. You can read how and why here:

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Hours for curbside pickup! More mask kits!

Treadle is not currently open for walk-in business. Hours for curbside pickup and mail order will vary; please check our website for the most up-to-date info.

Mask sewing kits are now available! We have kits to make 12, 14, or 18 masks! If you would like one, please call the store to pickup curbside. (651)698-9690

You can stop by to pick up a kit, or work on mask sewing with materials you have at home. 
Please remember:

- Use 2 different fabrics for the inside and outside - tightly woven 100% cotton for the outside and flannel or other soft cotton for the inside.

 - Elastic is in short supply. If you don't have elastic, you can use ties, made of fabric, bias tape, or cotton twill tape. Each tie should be 18" long.


Friday, March 27, 2020

Treadle Weekend Hours

Need fabric? You can still place an order by phone and pick it up! 

Call us at (651)698-9690. We'll be open 11-5 tomorrow, Saturday March 28. 

We will be closed Sunday, March 29.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Japanese Fabrics

There are always a few more treasures you may have missed in our Japanese imports section!

Sunday, March 22, 2020

COVID-19 - Sewists you can help!

3-24-20 Updates on mask sewing:

For availability of free kits,
Keep an eye on our emails, website, and social media pages.

You can keep working on mask sewing with materials you have at home, or stop by our store to purchase materials. Please remember:

 - Elastic is in short supply. Instead, you can use ties, made of fabric, bias tape, or cotton twill tape. Each tie should be 18" long.

- Remember to use 2 different fabrics for the inside and outside - tightly woven 100% cotton for the outside and flannel or other soft cotton for the inside.


Many of you may have seen the grassroots efforts to sew masks in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. With the scarcity of masks and the reports of health care workers doing without, it is time to help where we can.

Instructions and drop-off points for the CDC-approved design, ok’d by Allina Health, are available at

If you would like to use fabrics you currently have in your “resource center”, please note the following guidelines:

Be sure to use fabric that is 100% cotton (tightly woven for the front, flannel or other soft 100% cotton for the back). If you have any doubts about the content of your fabric, please do not use it. (Treadle staff can assist you in determining fiber content.)
Please prewash all fabric on hot and dry on high heat. This step is to ensure pre-shrinkage. Area providers will sanitize the masks.

You will note the instructions involve the use of elastic. If that is not available, you can use fabric ties (self-made ties, twill tape), one in each of the four corners. Each tie should have a finished length of 18 inches.
We have also been working to find more 1/8, 1/4, and 3/8” elastic. If vendors ship as promised, we should have renewed supply on Thursday March 26.

Thank you in advance for your generosity. Treadle customers are the best!

Michele Hoaglund and all the Treadlettes

Friday, March 20, 2020

Tula Pink Limiteds

Limited Edition 1 yard precuts from Tula Pink!

Monday, March 16, 2020

Treadle Update re: COVID-19

Dear Treadle customers,

Each day brings us news of the coronavirus reaching further into our lives. As we move into uncertain times, Treadle will remain open regular hours, keeping things normal as long as we are able.

We are following current best practices: washing hands often and wiping down frequently touched surfaces - frequently (door handles, cutting counters, scissors, keypads, and more). Employees who do not feel well stay home.

Classes will be modified to accommodate social distancing. As classes are limited to 6 students or less, we are able to do this using both our classroom and Sew Together Space. Classes that are not able to be split will be postponed. If you are registered for a class in the next 2 weeks, you will be contacted regarding the status of that class.

We have seen many of you in the past few days as you plan for some down time. We hope to continue to share project ideas, new fabrics as they arrive, and the joy of success at a completed garment. We love doing that in person and being there for our customers. Treadle has always been a wonderful community of creative sewists.

Yet if you are no longer comfortable coming in, we will be happy to supply your fabric and creative needs in several ways. For inspiration, continue to check Facebook, Instagram, and our website/blog for new fabrics and projects. For purchases, we are happy to ship (as always) or we can supply curb-side pick-up.

I like to think that Treadle will always be here as a resource for our customers, many of whom we call friends. Right now, for the good of our community, doing business responsibly takes precedence. I also recognize that there may be small businesses that do not survive this. These are your neighbors and friends. For all of us, be kind.

Treadle Yard Goods

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Peacock Print

We're in love with this romantic new cotton print covered with peacocks!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Treadlette Tuesday: Rebecca's Drapey Soft Pants!

Rebecca used our viscose/linen Silky Noil blend to make these cute pants!