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


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 a 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...

Click HERE to check out 
Lisa Polderman’s 
Sewing Machine 
Buying GuidejF.Bootcamp_Grownups.html

Are you thinking about buying or giving a sewing machine?

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Afterschool Workshops 
1st - 6th grade
In our River Forest Workshop & Oak Park Schools
Fall Session: Cloth & Fiber Arts Workshop
See details HERE

Sewing Workshops 

 Kids - Thursday Afterschool 
 Kids - Saturday Morning 
 Adult Sewing Monday Mornings 

Saturday Knitting Club
(OCTOBER knitting classes are FULL)
Beginners (ages 7-10) 9-10:30am  
Advanced (ages 10+) 10:30am - noon

See details HERE


As featured in Green Craft Magazine Summer 2014

Little Bits Cottage & Shadowbox Kits
are available for $25 - $45 plus shipping. Click Here to Order

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

The Little Bits Cottage

Instruction Booklet download is available as a PDF for $10

Our current afterschool project:

Circle Zipper Bag