411 Park Avenue • River Forest, IL 60305    |   ph 630-309-1606   |   www.thelittlebitsworkshop.com


The Little Bits Workshop is a cozy DIY maker-space tucked away in the heart of River Forest, Illinois where people of all ages and abilities can come and learn the empowerment of craft through traditional skills such as: Sewing, Knitting/Crochet, Fiber & Paper Arts, Building with Hand Tools, Bookbinding, Multi-media, Printmaking, Assemblage.

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The Math of Craft.... a week measuring five times and cutting once. Kids built tables with repurposed materials: a local carpenter’s scraps (Thanks Bob!!). Then we tiled the table tops with left-overs from a bathroom tile project (Thanks Kathleen). Kids learned how build and scavenge for free materials. The cherry on top is the little drawer on the shelf under the table top: cigar boxes embellished by each child with paint and Mod Podge.

During our first Camp Runway (2012), eight girls created clothing and accessories, then put on a Fashion Show on the last day of camp.

During Extreme 2012 Knit & Crochet Camp, we yarn bombed Lake Street with a little bit of magic.

The Little Bits Cottage is an all time favorite project that kids LOVE to make. Here’s one made this summer by one of our very happy campers

Our campers hand sewed 6 beautiful street banners for River Forest in 2012 all from repurposed scraps and vintage doilies. They were displayed all summer along Lake Street between Park & Franklin.

Extreme Knit & Crochet Camp 2014

Our Good Guerilla Artists continued the mural in 2013 with words of wisdom along Central Ave in River Forest.

Highlights from 2014 Summer Maker Camps...

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Our Marc Chagall mosaic of bits on display at the River Forest Public Library...thanks Sophia for letting us put on a show!

Art Quilt Camp 2014

For DIY folks download

The Little Bits Cottage

Instruction Booklet

                 for only $10

Camp Runway 2014, every student made their outfit from scratch from a pattern.

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Little Bits Cottage Kits

As featured in Green Craft Magazine Summer 2014

Our Cottage kits are made of repurposed materials and encourage kids to learn many life skills: sewing, sculpting, bookbinding, building, measuring and more!



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2015 Summer Maker Camps

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Our Afterschool Workshops and Saturday Classes will resume in September.

Check out our

Summer Maker Camps

We still have a small handful of openings.