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.
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.
When: Thursday, September 12, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. PT (No walk-ins after 8 p.m., please.)
Where: 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.
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.