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.

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.

Highlights from 2015 Summer Maker Camps...

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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

For DIY folks download

The Little Bits Cottage

Instruction Booklet

ONLY $10

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As featured in

Green Craft Magazine

Summer 2014

Birthday Parties

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• Fine Art Florals by Sabine Oberberger

  1. Re-Jeweled Workshop by Tania Wilson

Click HERE for details and registration

NEW:: Kindergarten Workshop

Ages: 5+ December 7 & 14

Morning 10:00am - 11:00am

Afternoon 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Bally Gill & Tania Wilson have wonderful beginning projects that incorporate basic sewing, weaving and fine plenty of fine motor skills.. $45


Afterschool & Saturday Workshops

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What’s Next:: Fall & Winter Workshops

NEW WINTER Workshops::


Dec 21-23, 9am - Noon

Keep your kids busy while you do your last minute shopping! They will make adorable gifts for family and friends. From jingle rings to snow bird ornaments, they'll dazzle you on Christmas morning with their handmade gifts—that is if they can keep a secret!! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Winter Cottage Camp (4 rooms)

Dec 28 – Jan 30, 9am - Noon

During Winter Cottage Camp, kids will create 4 cozy rooms using repurposed materials and lots of imagination. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Little Bits Cottage Workshop
Heartfelt in Glen Ellyn (1 room)

Jan 10, 2-5pm


Longfellow Neighborhood Workshop



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 for four different rooms


    a grab bag of bits to get you started

    detailed instruction booklet

Little Bits Cottage Kits $30

Little Bits Cottage Kits $45