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Etsy Meet & Make: September DIY Workshops

Aug 22, 2013

by Julie Schneider handmade and vintage goods

You’re invited to September’s line-up of crisp autumnal crafts for this month’s Etsy Meet & Make workshops. Meet & Make is a series of hands-on creative community events hosted each month by creative partner organizations, with support from Etsy. For our September roster, join in the fun and learn how to sew a sunglasses case in San Francisco (September 12), try your hand at screenprinting in Los Angeles (September 5), stitch reusable sandwich bags in San Jose (September 6), and find inspiration in the leaves in Chicago (September 6). Mark your calendar and make time to make with us.

Thanks to support from Bernina, the Meet & Make locations are now equipped with shiny new sewing machines, many of which are making their debut this month!

Craft Night in Los Angeles: Screenprinting

Join author, designer, and craft star Mark Montano to remake and resurrect your favorite pre-loved T-shirts, tote bags, or jeans. Equipped with stencils, silk screens, and fabric paints, you’ll transform old patterns and logos into new designs, and in turn, recycle, save money, and  exercise your inventive muscles. When you’re ready, take a break from crafting for a casual tour of the current exhibitions led by Craft and Folk Art Museum staff.

Admission is $7 at the door or free for CAFAM members, and covers materials, snacks, drinks, and instruction. RSVP is required. A big thank you to Speedball and DecoArt for providing supplies.

Be sure to bring a garment with you – something made of absorbent fabrics and pre-washed.

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When: Thursday, September 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. PT (Doors open at 6:45 p.m.)
Where: Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA (In the courtyard!)

Craft Lab in San Francisco: Sunglasses Case

Add machine sewing to your list of crafting super powers in this short drop-in workshop! Etsy expert Rebecca Saylor of OodleBaDoodle will teach you the basics of using a Bernina sewing machine as you sew a fun and very functional little case for your sunglasses. Choose from a variety of materials from Eddie’s Quilting Bee and FabMo, such as reclaimed denim or gingham. This simple pattern can be reused for future craft projects to create grocery bags, laundry bags, and more. To complement your crafting, check out the museum’s current exhibitions.

Admission for this 21+ event is $10, or $5 for museum members, and covers supplies, instruction, and adult beverages sponsored by Lagunitas Brewing Company and Anchor Brewing Company.

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When: Thursday, September 12, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. PT (No walk-ins after 8 p.m., please.)
Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94107


Fiber Salon in San Jose: Fabric Sandwich Bags

Join local artist Jen Johnson from SF Etsy to learn how to make reusable fabric sandwich bags. After you have fun sewing with the museum’s new Bernina sewing machines, you’ll be able to pack those back-to-school lunches with eco-friendly style! Some sewing experience is helpful, but don’t worry if you’re not an expert. Jen will teach you the basics needed to complete this enjoyable and practical project. While you’re at the museum, be sure to visit the current exhibits, including the “Tasty! Food Inspired Quilts,” the source of inspiration for this month’s Meet & Make project.

RSVP required through Eventbrite. Space is limited.

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When: Friday, September 6, from 7 to 10 p.m. PT (Sessions start at 7, 8, and 9 p.m.)
Where: San Jose Museum of Quilt and Textiles, 520 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Craft Bar Chicago: Autumn Leaf Projects

This month’s workshop celebrates the changing of the seasons with nature-themed projects designed to get you energized for cooler breezes, warm coats, and long walks amidst colorful, falling leaves. Join us to make three leafy projects: hand-stamped leaf bookmarks, personalized journals, and autumn-scented leaf sachets.

As always, all supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own project to work on. The $5 admission covers materials, snacks, and instruction for the projects.

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Where: Craft Bar Chicago at Mignonette, 1747 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657


More Events | Projects to Make

Vintage Staffordshire England Fine Bone China White and Orange Berries and Silver Leaves Tea Cup and Saucer with Gold Gilt
Vintage Staffordshire England Fine Bone China White and Orange Berries and Silver Leaves Tea Cup and Saucer with Gold Gilt
leaf rubber stamp | botanical stamp | hand carved stamp by talktothesun | stamp for card making, summer & autumn crafts | plant lady gift
leaf rubber stamp | botanical stamp | hand carved stamp by talktothesun | stamp for card making, summer & autumn crafts | plant lady gift
$10.00 USD


  • Cupsweet

    Sweetie Cake from crumbtastic said 8 years ago

    I wish I lived in California! I would love to attend these. They sound like so much fun. I especially like the screen printing. I a always wanted to try that.

  • LanaManisDesigns

    Lana Manis from LanaManisDesigns said 8 years ago

    I'd love to learn to screen print. Too bad that's in CA and I'm in TN. Have fun, everyone!

  • vinylclockwork

    Scott from vinylclockwork said 8 years ago

    Looks like a great time

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns said 8 years ago

    These look like they are so much fun. I wish we had something like this here in Dallas.

  • PartyDollPlaythings

    Chris Parson from PartyDollsBoutique said 8 years ago

    yeh, a class in San Francisco! I sew costumes etc. so this will be a nice lesson on something new. Also look forward to meeting some local etsyites.

  • michelsun

    Michel Sun from SunspotGlassShop said 8 years ago

    beautiful! that looks like so much fun!

  • leninmadrid462

    Lenin Madrid said 8 years ago

    waw ,beautiful!!! i like those tiny things!

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC said 8 years ago

    Never tried screen printing but, the leaves look nice! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Dreams2Designs

    Melissa from Dreams2Designs said 8 years ago

    I wish I still lived in CA so I could attend :( Hope you all have a blast!

  • CheersJewellery

    JoJo from TrendJewellery said 8 years ago

    Amazing, so wonderful things. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • theowlinthearttree

    The Owl in the Art Tree from TheOwlintheArtTree said 8 years ago

    Sweet and simple leaf prints look SUPER CUTE :) LOVE the owl xx

  • scarvesinfinity

    Le Chelle from ScarvesInfinity said 8 years ago

    Love the owl! I wish I were closer to Chicago :(

  • teresafraser111

    T T from TiffaneeTwisted said 8 years ago

    I would love to attend these workshops but am too far away! :(

  • ke1996

    Kathy Winemiller from abbyartsandcrafts said 8 years ago

    I would like to get a art and craft diy workshop together in my community to donate desparately needed items for the native americans in the USA. Also at the same give those participating the opportunity to create something beautiful to take home as well. We could make things needed such as clothing, boots, shoes you name it. Anyone have any suggestions how I could do something like this in my small community? I am a native american indian as well and an artist her on Etsy, and my friend has made me aware of the dire circumstances the native americans in the United States have to endure daily. Even if people only wanted to donate money, they would still be able to make a craft item as a result of the workshop. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks so much for listening to my request here. I did start a team here on etsy called First Nation Gallery and crafts. Sincerely, Kathy Winemiller

  • smallfamilies

    Julien Martinez from POTOKandFriends said 7 years ago

    i love handmade ! I'm so fare away to participate...

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  • tasyafmt

    Tasya Meletiou from MellisaFMT said 7 years ago

    Wow thats gorgoeus

  • WhitneyAngel

    WhitneyAngel from WhitneyAngel said 6 years ago

    Any meets in Seattle??

  • jellomyths

    jellomyths said 6 years ago

    Since I came across MaNithyana's web, I went crazily over each and every web she introduced about the revered Paramahamsa Nithyananda Swamiji, for 8 to 12 hours aday. I am exhausted. I got so excited about everything. But Besides the Etsy shop e-mail address, is there a contact address that this old woman, me, can contact Nithyana for a reading? I did sort of see the website somewhere in one of her YouTube videos, but can't find it now. Also is there a physical address that I can go to to her shop, Etsy in Canada? I feel stupid, cause everyone was saying they wish it was here or there as if they know the address already, and I am the only one who is still floating in the cloud unable to find anything.

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