It has been five years since I started JoLene’s Sewing School, so we are celebrating with a party! First I’ll tell you about the celebration

You are all invited to my

5th Anniversary Party and Picnic.

Saturday June the 21st 2014

from 4-7pm at my Studio

 in Happy Valley,Oregon at 16661 SE Rock Creek Ct.

Picnic, Displays, Games, Door Prizes,Tours of New Studio.

5th Anniversary Prizes: Grand prizes one year of after school classes,

Other prizes include a summer camp, one month of classes for child and

one month of classes for an adult, plus a sewing basket.

Over $1000 of prizes! To enter go to

I can’t believe it has been five years since I started my sewing school. I remember wondering what I was going to do after my job of 14 years ended. Starting JoLene’s Sewing School has been a dream come true. I always had a vision of owning a business utilizing my sewing skills, but wasn’t sure it would happen.

That vision began to be realized on that June day five years ago when everything fell into place and JoLene’s Sewing began. I remembered licensing with Kids Can Sew and receiving the information packet that taught you how to set up and run a sewing business. I read every section over and over and tried all of her suggestions. One of the first things I did was rent a space at my local street fair.  From that I got my first  student, Elise, who took lessons for four years. Many more students followed, and the school has taught many kids the wonderful skill of sewing.

Every year, we have done the Multnomah County Fair, annual fashion show, service projects (making items to donate) and summer camps making a variety of items including clothing, toys and gifts.

The second year of JoLene’s Sewing School, just weeks before summer camps were to start, I fell down my stairs and broke my leg. I had surgery and was to be bedridden for six weeks. I had no idea what I was going to do. A dear friend came and helped me all summer with my camps. I moved my bed in my sewing room and I pinned while Elaine helped with the sewing machines. I love her so much. What a blessing she was to me, and the students!

Hundreds of kids and adults have passed through my sewing school over the last five years. What fun it has been. I have loved each and every day.

Two years ago in August I moved my studio out to Happy Valley, while also continuing teaching for another year in the Woodstock area. I love my new studio. It is double in size, with a large cutting table and plenty of storage. I have many new sewing friends to teach and many new adventures.

Thank you to all of my students young and old alike for coming to learn how to sew. Please share this blog with your friends and please come and see me and help me to celebrate this milestone! Without all of you this would not be possible. Whether you have taken lessons, or just read my blog or taken your children to sewing lessons, I thank you all! I look forward to seeing you all on June the 21st at 4 pm.

Happy sewing,