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.


Check out our local network of crafters’ websites here.

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

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.

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

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Lisa Polderman’s 
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Are you thinking about buying or giving a sewing machine?

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

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Our Weekly Schedule::

come earn badges when you learn skills, upcycle and make to give meaningful gifts. details...

The Little Bits Cottage Kit is a launching point for your imagination as well as a self-guided scavenger hunt. We’ve included:

    the main structure for one cottage

    four wall paper choices

    wood pieces to make furniture


    a grab bag of bits to get you started

    detailed instruction booklet

$25 plus tax & shipping



Afterschool & Saturday Workshops:


Tuesday Sewing

Thursday Sewing

Friday Afterschool Workshop

Saturday Knitting

Saturday Sewing

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Tuesday: Hatch, Afterhours

Wednesday: Irving, Eagle Extras

Thursday: Lincoln Afterschool



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a Gift Certificate to our Workshops & Camps



Our Birthday Parties
are fun & innovative plus kids learn new skills! details...

During our Afterschool Workshops in River Forest & Oak Park this fall, kids learned about Paul Klee, Georgia O’Keeffe and Marc Chagall. They learned their stories, made drawings in the style of these artists in sketch books, painted on muslin, then each student sewed the paintings into a quilt...

A total of 65 QUILTS......WHEW!!!