Recycled Clothing


Be your own Fashion Designer!

Friday, May 17, 6:00-8:00pm

Adults and adults with children 8+

Bring the clothes that no longer work for you, or thrifted items that you want to transform into something simple for spring. Learn basic handstitching techniques to mend holes in basic and creative ways. Brainstorm about the many ways to convert existing clothing to make it fit better or just make it your own. Learn how to add small pieces of new fabrics (like fat quarters or just a 1/4 yard) to revitalize what you have already. Prepare to be inspired. You will go home after this class and look at your closet in a whole new way.

Needles, thread, pins and other small notions provided for your use.

Supplies needed:

Clothing to recycle

Any new fabrics you might want to add

Sewing scissors

All levels welcome.

Note: If you have sewing experience and are comfortable threading, winding and replacing bobbin and troubleshooting tension issues, you are welcome to bring your machine along. Remember your foot pedal and an extension cord, please!

If you are a beginner, please join us for the class on Sunday to put your ideas into action with your machine.

Cost: $20 adults, $30 adult with one child 8+

Instructor: Victoria Velting of Recycled and Revamped


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Sewing 101: BYOM (Bring Your Own Machine!) (CLASS CANCELLED)

Sunday, May 19, 1:00-4:00pm

Adults and adults with children 10+

Brush off the dust on your sewing machine and learn to use it! This class includes threading, bobbin winding and insertion and troubleshooting tension.  We will practice these techniques as well as straight and curved stitching while mastering the use of the foot pedal. You will then make a small drawstring bag that you can show off to all your crafty friends!

Supplies needed:

Sewing machine

Sewing machine manual if possible

Old clothing or fabric to practice stitching

1/4 - 1/2" yard of woven cotton fabric or a large buttondown type shirt

Sewing machines needles

Extra bobbins


Sewing scissors


All levels welcome.

Already know how to use your machine but want to come sew anyway, and maybe help your neighbor? Please join us, and bring your revamped clothing projects.


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Victoria has been sewing since third grade and has made everything from doll clothes to gypsy patchwork tote bags to wedding gowns with both new and recycled materials. You can find her at art fairs during the summer, locally at 27 Stitches in the Mercato North and online at





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