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News from the Etsy Labs: 10/13 Craft Night handmade and vintage goods

Have plans on Monday night? Well, you do now! Dust off your crafty pants and come join us for our weekly Craft Night at the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn. Each craft night is also broadcast live into in the Treehouse room of the Virtual Labs. All demos will be shown both in the Labs in Brooklyn and in the Treehouse online.

Craft Night occurs every Monday from 4-8pm EDT at 325 Gold Street, 3rd floor in Brooklyn, New York. Each week the Etsy Labs
organize a skill-sharing project. We provide supplies, tools, snacks,
and know-how. Participants are also welcome to bring their own projects
to work on independently. Craft night is a time to make things, learn
new skills, and hang out.

This week, on Monday, October 13, we’ll be performing a little eco-alchemy with seamstress extraordinaire Alexia of sakidesigns. She will show us how to transform old t-shirts into new totebags. These upcycled totebags are perfect for carrying your groceries, library books, and Halloween candy! We will demonstrate
how to cut, hand-stitch and machine-stitch, and embellish these bags. This
project is open
to people with all levels of sewing experience.

If you have 2 old t-shirts of the same size that you would like to use to create your
project this week, feel free to bring those along. Otherwise, we have everything you will need, including a big ol’ box of t-shirts, thread, needles, and sewing machines.

If you are joining us virtually for Craft Night this week and would
like to sew along with us, you’ll need a few supplies: two knit t-shirts in the same size, hand sewing needle or sewing
machine, thread for hand sewing (preferably embroidery thread) or for machine
sewing (any thread is fine), a sharpie to trace the pattern and that’s it!  Or, just be ready to take some notes and
see if this is a project you’d like to try out later on.

If you are joining us virtually for craft night this week, please be sure to download the totebag pattern PDF: download pattern piece 1 and download pattern piece 2.

Here is a sneak peek at a few upcoming craft nights:

10/20: Make Halloween-inspired coasters with kimmchi.

10/27: Carve pumpkins with Christine

(Photo by NicoAndMooMoo)

Would you like to lead a craft night project? Send your ideas to with “Craft Night idea” as the subject line. Have you participated in Craft Night? Share your photos with the Etsy Labs Show and Tell Flickr group!

Want to learn more about the Labs? Check out our FAQs. Want to receive email updates? Join our Etsy Labs mailing list.

Will we see you this Monday? Let us know in the comments!

  • NicoAndMooMoo

    NicoAndMooMoo says:

    Thank you Julie and thank you to the EtsyLab for your amazing Craft Nights!!! I always have so much fun!

    5 years ago

  • dogties

    dogties says:

    Yippy for Craft Night!

    5 years ago

  • ThePeachTree

    ThePeachTree says:

    :) crafty pants I swear, I'm not just totally terrified to come to one of these... really.... But I swear I will! We'll be in Providence until Tuesday though so I hear next week a-callin! Have a great time you crafty Brooklynites, you!

    5 years ago

  • RedBridge

    RedBridge says:

    Thanks for including Red Bridge!

    5 years ago

  • autumnsarrival

    autumnsarrival says:

    Great bags! I love all of the fabrics you bag-makers are finding these days! Beautiful work!

    5 years ago

  • EtsyStore Admin

    EtsyStore says:

    ThePeachTree--We're a friendly bunch! We'd love it if you stopped by sometime!

    5 years ago

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo says:

    Great tote picks! Can't wait to do some sewing on Monday :D

    5 years ago

  • BluCille

    BluCille says:

    This (Craft night) reminds me of the science fair from elementary school. I guess I'll always be a science nerd/geek...whatever you want to call it.

    5 years ago

  • GreenRoom

    GreenRoom says:

    Awesome bag idea and demo. Craft night is always the best. Thanks Julie and Alexia =)

    5 years ago

  • sakidesigns

    sakidesigns says:

    thanks for the fun everybody! great bags, hope to see some on flickr! xo alexia

    5 years ago