Upcoming Workshops for Kids 
Are you ready for Christmas Workshops During Thanksgiving Vacation? Once again I’m hosting this amazing gift-creating opportunity, in the form of a fun holiday break workshop! In just three hours, students can make between 7 and 10 items. What better way to get a significant jump on holiday gift-giving?

There will be 15-20 projects to choose from, which will provide a wide selection of potential gifts for children and adults, both male and female. All materials are provided, and will be cut and ready to sew!
You have four possible workshop options: Monday 11/19 or Tuesday 11/20, either morning (9am to noon) or afternoon (1pm to 4pm). Cost is just $30, which includes all the materials and gifts that the students will produce. All four workshops will be held at my Happy Valley location, 16661 SE Rock Creek Court.

Contact me to register or for more information.

I’m also considering holding one or two workshops during the December holiday break at my Happy Valley location, depending on interest. Call me at (503) 804-7259 or email to check availability.

Fashion Show Fun for Students

In June, twenty-two of my students participated in the Third Annual JoLene’s Sewing School Fashion Show. Along with two camp helpers, the youngsters had the opportunity to model two outfits they made, showing off their fine sewing skills!

Check out my blog for more details, plus a gallery of photos where you can see the students’ beautiful work.

Project of the Month: Wild Side Stuffed Animals
This summer I started a new camp called Wild Side, which gave my students an opportunity to make adorable stuffed toys.

This little girl did a great job; she made a giraffe, a zebra, and a monkey.

Tip of the Month: Straight Sewing

When I have new students a common question is that sewing straight looks so easy, but how do you actually make it straight? Here are some pointers:

  • You can purchase fabric guides that either screw into your machine or have a magnet that sticks. Line up your fabric on the edge of the guide and sew.
  • Create your own guide by placing painters tape on your sewing machine. Line up your fabric on the tape when you sew and voilà your line is perfectly straight!
  • Take an old sheet, cut into strips, and practice by sewing two strips together. Before you know it your stitching line will be perfectly straight!