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 the empowerment of craft through traditional skills such as:

  1. Sewing

  2. Knitting/Crochet

  3. Fiber & Paper Arts

  4. Building with Hand Tools

  5. Bookbinding


What’s Next?

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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 last summer (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 a all time favorite project that kids LOVE to make. Here’s one made this summer by one of our very happy campers

Camp Runway 2012

The LIttle Bits Workshop partnered with the Oak Park Education Foundation to produce Camp Runway during their BASE Camp July 10-14, 2013. Students refashioned clothing from their closets and thrift stores. Each item was sewn by hand. In addition to the items that the girls brought in, Goodwill Industries made a generous donation of gently used clothing for the girls to work with and also came to make a video of the grand finale... The Runway Show can be seen by clicking HERE.
Back at The LIttle Bits Workshop Camp Runway starts with patterns and yardage. Kids learn how to run a sewing machine as well as all those detailed tricks that it takes to create a garment. The finale on the last day of of camp is the runway. Check out our video HERE on our Facebook page.
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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.

Miles & Smiles of Yarn Camp, 2013

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

Flashback...


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As featured in Green Craft Magazine May 2014

Little Bits Cottage Kits are available for $45 plus shipping. Click Here to Order

Coming Again Next Fall.....

Afterschool Workshops
1st - 5th grade

In our River Forest Workshop & Oak Park Schools

Sewing Workshops
Ages 8+

Kids - Thursday Afterschool
Kids - Saturday Morning

Adult Sewing Monday Mornings


Saturday Knitting Club
Ages 9+ ...9:30-11:30am