Workshops

Jump into one of Ragfinery’s workshops and find inspiration and a lively creative community! Our sewing and crafting classes are taught by local artists and are geared toward helping participants learn creative new ways to keep textiles out of the landfill and to bring new life to things they already own. Browse our list of offerings below and contact us if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions.

If you’re interested in a class which is full, please call us at (360) 738-6977 to be added to our waiting list.


 

Eileen Fisher Renew Pop-Up Shop

Wear Your Flaws On Your Sleeve. Join Seattle’s Eileen Fisher Renew and Ragfinery for Bellingham’s Not-Quite Perfect Sale! Shop gently worn, slightly flawed Eileen Fisher pieces at $10 and up! Every purchase of a Not-Quite Perfect item extends the life of the clothes we love, and helps to reduce fashion’s footprint, one garment at a ...Read more >

2019-07-29T14:42:49-07:00

Intro Garment Sewing: Rectangle Top

Learn to sew an easy, stylish and comfortable top!  Based on the timeless design of Daisy Braid (@_diydaisy), this rectangle top comes together easily without a pattern and can be customized in endless ways.  Experience the freedom and satisfaction of making your own clothing. Impact: Sewing garments from unwanted fabric is a sustainable and ethical way ...Read more >

2019-07-02T12:56:10-07:00

No-Sew Braided Rugs

Learn how to craft a beautiful no-sew braided rug from old sheets! This four strand technique eliminates the need for sewing braids together and results in a sturdy rug able to withstand the modern washer and drier.  Impact: Worn, torn, or stained fabrics are diverted from the landfill. Participant and Materials Requirements: Please bring sharp scissors, 2 old ...Read more >

2019-09-11T16:18:06-07:00

Upcycle Sewing

Note: This workshop is held on two consecutive Saturdays, 10/5 and 10/12. Fondly called Sewing Bootcamp in the past, this popular workshop now features increased instruction time and a new name! It focuses on teaching you to upcycle or alter your own clothes and is taught by the patient and personable, Brigitte. Start with the basics, ...Read more >

2019-09-12T10:37:29-07:00

Knitting Basics: Scrappy Banner

In this class, you’ll not only learn the basics of knitting, but you’ll come home with your very own garter stitch banner - perfect for bringing whimsy and brightness to any part of your house! This class will teach you all you need to know to start knitting: how to cast onto the needles, how ...Read more >

2019-08-30T12:28:13-07:00

Sashiko Style Mending

Sashiko mending is a Japanese style of visible mending that uses embroidery stitching to create beautiful surface designs. It’s simple to learn, but has endless style variations. In this workshop you’ll learn the basics of sashiko and various sashiko patterns and styles of mending. You will design a sashiko patch, and go home with a ...Read more >

2019-09-11T16:21:00-07:00

Tapestry Weaving

Note: This class runs three consecutive Saturdays from 10/12 to 1o/26.  This Intro to Weaving class will be quite experimental and fun! Students will learn the basics of tapestry weaving, experiment with new techniques, and will take home a small wall hanging of their own creation. We will be weaving on pre-warped looms – just come in ...Read more >

2019-08-22T15:56:59-07:00

Toymaking: Little Scrap Crows

Spend an afternoon reclaiming the tradition of sewing toys from the scrap basket. Make a little black crow from discarded fabric with a primitive tattered look. From machine-sewn basic shapes, use classic toymaking techniques to finish and add character to your basic crow. Keep it simple or dig through the stash of provided fabrics and ...Read more >

2019-09-11T16:22:15-07:00

Fables & Tales: 2019 Upcycle Runway Challenge

Friends of the Ragfinery and enthusiasts of all things fanciful – our annual Upcycle Runway Challenge is back, and bigger and better than ever at our new venue, BTC's Settlemeyer Hall. Every year brave participants of all skill levels are tasked with transforming discarded garments and textiles into runway-ready designs. This exciting event is a ...Read more >

2019-09-04T12:14:21-07:00

No-Sew Braided Rugs

Learn how to craft a beautiful no-sew braided rug from old sheets! This four strand technique eliminates the need for sewing braids together and results in a sturdy rug able to withstand the modern washer and drier.  Impact: Worn, torn, or stained fabrics are diverted from the landfill. Participant and Materials Requirements: Please bring sharp scissors, 2 old ...Read more >

2019-09-11T16:48:43-07:00

Introduction to Weaving

Note: This class runs three consecutive Saturdays from 11/9 to 11/23, 10am-1pm. Learn to weave with Aurora Lindquist!  In a series of three Saturday morning sessions, learn to plan a weaving project and what materials to use, warp a loom, and create your own 2’ by 4′ rug. Impact: Scraps of fabric and used clothing are saved from ...Read more >

2019-09-11T16:48:22-07:00

Toymaking: Little Winter Mice

Join in the time-honored tradition of sewing toys from the scrap basket. Inspired by children’s books, make little mouse finger puppets from boiled wool and scraps to cheer the chilly days. From basic pre-sewn shapes, learn traditional toymaking techniques to finish, personalize and costume your winter mouse in upcycled fun. Think ornaments, stocking stuffers, Hanukkah ...Read more >

2019-09-11T17:23:06-07:00

Embroidered Hoop Art

Create your own unique, hand embroidered wall hanging! Using a few basic stitches, each participant will make an original Pacific Northwest inspired design of mushrooms, ferns, a pinecone and a blueberry. No experience necessary. Includes stitch guide and printed instructions to complete 6″ hoop art.  Get a good start on your design, then go home ...Read more >

2019-09-11T16:59:30-07:00

Sashiko Style Mending

Sashiko mending is a Japanese style of visible mending that uses embroidery stitching to create beautiful surface designs. It’s simple to learn, but has endless style variations. In this workshop you’ll learn the basics of sashiko and various sashiko patterns and styles of mending. You will design a sashiko patch, and go home with a ...Read more >

2019-09-11T17:01:54-07:00

Coiled Fabric Baskets

This class will teach you to make sturdy baskets from almost any kind of scrap fabric! Thick strips of fabric are twisted and bound together with yarn, strong cotton string, or thin strips of more fabric. Learn this simple technique, then take your new skills home with you and continue creating to your heart’s content. ...Read more >

2019-09-11T17:19:18-07:00

Introduction to Sewing Machines

Ever wanted to learn how to use a sewing machine? Then this is the class for you! Learn to use and care for sewing machines with this hands-on workshop on Ragfinery's Baby Lock sewing machines. You will receive a take-home chart of common sewing machine functions that are standard for most electronic and computerized machines, ...Read more >

2019-09-12T10:37:56-07:00

CLASS FULL – Needle Felted Gnomes

These adorable little creatures come together like magic! In this workshop you will sculpt wool roving into charming gnomes to give as one-of-a-kind, handmade gift or keep all for yourself. Your gnome can be turned into a magnet, pin or travel sized friend. Ages 7+ Impact: Castaway natural wool roving is transformed into an ornament ...Read more >

2019-09-18T11:56:16-07:00