At The Children’s Corner Store, we celebrate the art of sewing through our quality fabric, patterns, notions and sewing classes. We focus on all children’s clothing trends, not just our heirloom and classical roots. In our shop we offer a weekly Sit And Sew, a full schedule of single-day sewing classes, in addition to special multi-day sewing events. Our class schedule is abundant and offers a variety of skill levels.
In addition to our quality products and classes, we offer custom pleating services, including cut, sew, and pleating services. We pleat fabric for bishops and straight yoke sections. Online we offer pleated inserts. If you desire other items to be pleated, call us at 615-292-1746 to arrange for your pleating services.
It’s been a whirlwind for Emily Douglas and Karen Gooch since they became the owners of The Children’s Corner Store in 2013. Both longtime customers and avid seamstresses, the duo has put their own stamp on the shop, while honoring and maintaining its traditions and heirloom legacy of more than 30 years.
Emily, co-owner of the Children’s Corner Store, fell in love with children’s sewing when she took her first smocking class a decade ago. The mother of a young daughter and son, Emily is passionate about the art of sewing and the sense of community that define the Children’s Corner. She has a master’s degree in higher education administration and a background in development.
Karen, co-owner of the Children’s Corner Store, sews for her young daughter and rediscovered her love for sewing, kindled by her grandmother, when she came to a Sit & Sew several years ago. Karen worked in finance in her prior life, has an MBA and brings her business background, as well as her devotion to sewing, to the shop.
When a customer comes into the Children’s Corner, if there’s a question, Pat usually can answer it – or works tirelessly to find a solution to a problem. A longtime employee, Pat worked at the shop from 1989 to 1995 and returned in 2005. She enjoys sewing and cherishes shop relationships. If she’s not sewing or working with customers, Pat, an excellent cook, is in the kitchen!
Having lived in Nashville for more than 25 years, Claudia has been an unofficial member of the Children's Corner family. Joining the team in December 2015 as shop manager, Claudia brings a wealth of knowledge in the needle arts. As member of SAGA, says she likes “all things textile – smocking, needlepoint – I like doing unexpected things – dyeing fabric.” She is also skilled at heirloom sewing.
Anne began sewing when her now-grown daughter was a baby, and has been a devoted seamstress ever since. She finds the art relaxing and therapeutic – a diversion from her other “day job” as a writer and editor. Anne works on the floor at CC and writes for the shop’s website and blog, as well.
When her niece was born nearly 32 years ago, Patti taught herself the necessary smocking stitches to complete a baby bonnet and dress for the baby. When her daughter arrived two years later, Patti began smocking for her, and developed her love for the art. When her daughter went to college, smocking became a comforting activity and Patti also learned to sew. A member of the shop staff, Patti is also a Sit & Sew regular.
With a head for numbers, plus a lifelong love of sewing, Cathy brings a plethora of skills to the Children’s Corner. Her grandmother taught her to sew when she was a little girl, and Cathy has sewn ever since for her children and five grandchildren. Cathy has worked for both the store and the pattern business more than 35 years.
Style oozes from Claudette from the moment you meet her. With a strong sense of colors and pattern, she loves working with customers to make one of kind heirlooms for their children.
Since her childhood, sewing has been a part of Karen's life. Studying with Mrs. Johnson at Watkins many years ago, Karen returned to children's sewing when her own daughter found Children's Corner and began sewing for Karen's grandchildren. With a career in teaching, she is a natural when it comes to helping you find the tools you need to complete your project. "I feel so blessed to be a very small part of the excellent staff."
Nicki, a Nashville native, learned to sew from both her mother and grandmother, and began sewing for herself in high school. Taking a break from fashion to pursue her degree and career in social work, her passion was re-ignited after the birth of her first daughter, and she hasn't looked back. The friendships fostered over the years are her favorite part of the Children’s Corner. She giggles when stating the "laughter in this place is the best."
Our heirloom world lost a giant. Betty Little (1926-2016) slipped away to heaven in July. Over the decades Miss Betty taught countless number of people how to sew and smock. In the 1980s, she had her own heirloom shop, Smock and Sew, near Hillsboro Village in Nashville. In her retirement we were lucky enough to see her each Tuesday as she taught her Sit & Sew class in our shop. Our hearts are heavy to think she will no longer have her capable hands on a needle, but we delight knowing that she was sharing her love of sewing up until her final days. We love you Ms. Betty.
Bonnie has been devoted to the needle arts since she first hand-pieced a quilt in Brownies at age 8. She began sewing for others at age 12, and is a devoted student to this day – learning from any teacher she can. She teaches beginning smocking, bishop construction, picture smocking and serger know-how at the Children’s Corner.
As a teacher for nearly a quarter century, Trisha loves sharing her knowledge and her love of sewing with students all over the country. She teaches many classes at the Children’s Corner and in the CC sewing schools, has a weekly Sit & Sew, and has her own pattern line, Trisha’s Treasures. Inspiration for many of her designs comes from her beloved granddaughter, Lily.
Lezette is a founder and owner of the Children’s Corner pattern company. She is renowned for her designing and pattern drafting skills and has taught legions of sewing enthusiasts all over the country. Her creativity and ability to adapt patterns is an inspiration to all.
With a dozen grandchildren to sew for, designing patterns and teaching a full complement of classes at the Children’s Corner, Susan keeps her sewing machine humming. As the previous owner of the shop, her relationship with the shop started in 1994 when she was hired to make custom-ordered clothing. Four years later, when her youngest daughter, Claire, started school, she began working at CC and teaching classes.