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 come to learn the fine craft of upcycling through traditional skills—

Altered Art & Clothing

Jewelry Making







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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.


Needle Felting


Paper Crafts            



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.

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

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.https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=526240417431060&set=vb.396722607018002&type=2&theatershapeimage_10_link_0

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

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Register NOW for SUMMER CAMP

Adult Sewing Workshops with Lisa Polderman
     Monday & Wednesday Mornings 9:15-11:15am
     Click Here for Details

The Little Bits Workshop is in 5 of Oak Park’s
   afterschool programs: St Giles, Irving, Hatch, Whittier
   & Beye. Contact your PTO to register.

  1. Check out our Thursday Afterschool Sewing &
        Saturday Morning Sewing too!

Saturday Knitting Club

age 9+ ...9:30-11:30am

For knitters with some experience who would like to continue working on new projects. Come join us in a warm and cozy setting to knit and chat with other knitters. Susan will be available to help you get started on your projects and to help interpret patterns. Saturdays: $20 drop-in per class or $75/month. Materials available for purchase or you can bring your own. For former Little Bits knitting students or those with similar experience. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Afterschool Workshops

In our River Forest Workshop & Oak Park Schools

Our Afterschool Workshop projects are designed to be age appropriate for 1st-5th grade and are designed to help children develop classic skills. Through the use of upcycled materials, our projects inspire an inventive, problem-solving spirit in each child as they create projects that they are proud to bring home.


Contact your PTO to register for workshops at Hatch, Beye, Whittier, Irving & St. Giles Schools in Oak Park.


Our Columbus Day project: A table runner made with leaves, dye and perfect weather!

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The Little Bits Cottage:

Kids’ #1 favorite project made

from repurposed materials.

Little Bits Kits are now available for your DIY Birthday Party , Camp or Block Party. DETAILS