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Upcycling…Refashioning…Repurposing…

Instructor: Kathy Holmes

Upcycle a wool jacket into great accessories at Artistic Artifacts!
Turn a no longer worn wool jacket into a great accessory and learn
several key sewing techniques in these classes! Supply list »

Whatever you call it, it’s a trend that keeps growing, with publications like Altered Couture, dedicated to altered and embellished clothing and accessories, and articles on the topic featured in traditional sewing magazines. Anyone who knows Artistic Artifacts knows that Judy has always seen the value in giving vintage items new life. These classes tie in to the philosophy of taking something unused or outmoded and transforming it into something “new,” beautiful and useful.

These classes are taught by Kathy Holmes, an experienced sewing instructor who not only excels at teaching beginners of all ages, but loves to do so. Also ideal for someone who may have inherited a sewing machine, or who has been inspired by the DIY movement to buy one only to find themselves intimidated, these classes will successfully get you sewing. Of course, even those experienced with sewing enjoy these classes, as students learn step by step how to deconstruct and reuse garments to design new accessories and clothing!

Coming Soon! Full details on an additional upcycled sweater class from Kathy that will take place Saturday, March 29: Upcycled Sweaters: Spring Swing Top.


Upcycled Jacket = Purse: Simple Sewing

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Sunday, January 26, 2014 | 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

learn rewarding and fun deconstructing and upcycling skill
All upcycled sewing classes are designed for all skill levels,
teens and up.

Even beginning sewists will have fun creating and designing a custom purse that fits their needs and shines with style. In Upcycled Jacket = Purse: Simple Sewing, students will learn rewarding and fun deconstructing and upcycling skills — dig in your closet or shop a thrift store for a wool jacket (or think about combining two!) in colors and patterns you love. Repurpose a pocket...or turn a sleeve or cuff into a pocket. Take advantage of the graphic shapes of a label notch to add visual interest. The sky’s the limit as you create an in-fashion bag for today using outmoded clothing from yesterday. See supply list below.

During this class you’ll become familiar with your machine and its setup, plus learn sewing skills that include adding a zipper, piping, adding straps and more. You’ll leave with a completed bag after just a few short hours, with the inspiration and skills to keep on sewing!

Not a beginning seamstress? You’ll still enjoy learning Kathy’s tips and tricks on how to best deconstruct and reuse material as as you design and create your own a one of a kind purse.

Upcycled Sweaters: Gathered Grommet Bag

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Monday, February 17 (enjoy your President's Day Holiday!)
10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Upcycle a sweater into a great tote!
Upcycle a sweater into a great tote! Register now!

Have a favorite sweater that has been accidentally shrunk in the laundry, or snagged, stained or outgrown? Fallen in love with the color or pattern of a sweater in a thrift store, but it isn’t your style? In this class you will salvage portions of that favorite sweater, add hardware usually used in home decorating projects (curtain grommets) and sew up a creative and functional tote purse. You’ll enjoy this upcycling project and refresh your knowledge of key sewing techniques, creating a sturdy, all-season bag that will draw compliments whenever you carry it!

Upcycled Sewing Supply List

Students should bring the following supplies to any of these upcycled sewing classes, in addition to those specific to the class (see below). Questions about supplies? E-mail the instructor »

Instructor Kathy Holmes with student
Instructor Kathy Holmes guides one of her upcycling students
as she sews her own unique purse from a wool blazer.

Please note the following specific supplies regarding garments and materials for these upcycled classes:

For Upcycled Jacket = Purse: Simple Sewing on January 26:

For Upcycled Sweaters: Gathered Grommet Bag on February 17

* If you do not own a sewing machine and want to explore sewing before making the investment, email us to reserve one: a limited number of class machines are available for use.

** The sweater(s) may be fulled prior to class — learn more about how to full a sweater. Note, many use the term felted when they actually mean “fulled.” A felted wool sweater is usually much stiffer than a fulled one, and can even be too thick to cut or sew.
         Non-fulled sweaters (cottons, acrylics, blends) can also be used for these classes, but usually will need the pellon craft bond or decor bond as a backing. Don’t worry, this process can be done in class, and Kathy will assist! Adding a backing stablizes a loose knit or un-fulled sweater so that it can be cut without raveling and sewn without stretching, and if used for a purse, adds strength.

If you have questions about supplies or process, please e-mail Kathy so she can advise you.

Note that if needed, additional specialized purse hardware and sewing supplies (e.g., fusible interfacing if fabrics or sweaters are thin) will be available for purchase during class time for a nominal fee.


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