January 19, 9am - noon, Ages 6+
It’s never too late to say, “Thank You” and not too soon to get those Valentine Cards checked off your kids’ to-do list. And of course, there’s no end to Birthday Parties. So, sign up your kids for Card Camp and stock up for the whole year!   FULL

Afterschool Workshops 
1st - 6th grade Fall into Winter Session: 
Paper Arts & Yarn
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Thursday Afterschool Workshops 3:15-4:45

Ages: 6+       Jan 15 - Feb 12 Cottage Workshop
Kids LOVE this project even if they’ve made 1 or 2 already!
 It’s a skill-builder and our introduction to a little of all we do. 
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Sewing Workshops 
Kids - Thursday Afterschool 
Kids - Saturday Morning 

Saturday Knitting Club
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411 Park Avenue • River Forest, IL 60305    |   ph 630-309-1606   |


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 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 Camps...

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Lisa Polderman’s 
Sewing Machine 
Buying GuidejF.Bootcamp_Grownups.html

Are you thinking about buying or giving a sewing machine?

What’s Next::

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

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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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Adult Sewing Workshops:

Sewing Bootcamp

Mondays, 9:30-11:30am,

Jan 12 - Feb 2 (4 weeks)

This is a great class for beginners and those returning to sewing after a break.  Instructor Lisa Polderman of PoldaPop Designs will teach students how to thread a machine and perform basic machine maintenance. You'll also learn a variety of sewing skills while completing a series of fun projects. Possible projects include: zippered pouch, PJ pants, tote bag, fleece hat, apron, and piped pillow cover.  $150


Intermediate Sewing

Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am,

Jan 13 - Feb 17 (6 weeks)

This class is perfect for folks who have completed a number of projects and want to take their sewing to the next level. You pick the challenge: first commercial pattern, first pants, sewing with jersey, structured bag, creating a pattern from a favorite garment, or anything else that is scary for you! Instructor Lisa Polderman of PoldaPop Designs will teach more advanced sewing skills in a workshop setting depending on each student's needs. $195