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Fresh Face, Same Place: My “New” Sewing Studio!

You may remember the look and feel of my sewing studio – its last update was in December of 2013. The room has been lovely, and it’s been such a joy using it to hold sewing classes for children and adults over the last few years.

However, my sister and I decided the room needed a fresh, updated look to go with my fun new summer classes. The two of us put our heads together and decided to take on one of my biggest projects yet – giving my sewing studio a brand new look!

Fresh Face, Same Place: My “New” Sewing Studio!

Here’s a picture of what my studio looked like before:

sewing studio

This project has been a few years in the making, but it’s been worth the wait!

Slowly but surely, my sister and I (with the help of her wonderful foreign exchange student) were able to turn the room into a masterpiece. Here’s some of the new additions:

  • We took my collection of wooden spools and made a heart design out of them using a wire frame.
  • My sister and I found some great vinyl stickers that would work perfectly for the main wall.
  • We used some old flags I had kept from my 5th anniversary, and sewed them into a banner.
  • My sister and I took my collection of antique dress patterns, as well as some old picture frames I had in storage. We painted the frames black, and placed the patterns inside.
  • I hand-stitched some new sewing machine covers for my machines. This was a project I had forgotten about from a year ago, but decided to finish it for my new studio.

Here’s a few pictures of the studio coming together:

sewing studio

sewing studio
Here’s a picture of the finished project! Many thanks to all the help I’ve had in getting this project completed. I love it!

sewing studio

Remember, my summer classes are now underway. Be sure to sign up now to see the new studio and to save yourself a seat!

Stay tuned for more details on my latest project: new, hand-stitched sewing machine covers.

Happy Sewing!


sewing studio

New Sewing Studio

My new sewing studio is finally finished!

 sewing studio

We moved into a new home with our daughter Stephanie and her family in August 2012. Hard to believe that it’s been over a year already! The first thing we did in our new home was put together my sewing studio, where I held classes throughout the year as I continued to work on getting it where I’d like it to be. Putting together the sewing studio has been a lot of hard work and there are still things I would like to do,  as always, but for now I will call it finished.

After moving a door, adding new lighting, and painting, the room was ready to start looking like a sewing studio. There are many small (and not-so-small!) elements that came together to make this lovely space in which to sew and to teach sewing.

  • I bought used cupboards from someone remodeling an apartment. They fit perfectly.
  • My daughter Stephanie ripped out her breakfast bar from upstairs and we recycled her counter top with a lot of help from my husband. After adding a ton of elbow grease we made it fit and it looks lovely.
  • I bought four black desks from Ikea for sewing stations. They were just what I wanted. I used to use long plastic fold up tables, but I think the individual stations work much better.
  • I bought four  brand new Janome sewing machines from SAVE Stores on Foster and 67th in SE Portland. I’m a big fan of Janome machines, and last year I replaced my computerized machine with this same brand.
  • My mother-in-law left us her table and chairs and with nowhere to put the chairs I decided to use them in my sewing room, giving the room an added charm.
  • My antique walnut table is serving as a cutting table. With square ends and the ability to become longer if I need it, I just love having it there.
  • The rest of the room includes shelves that house the rest of my supplies and fabric.
  • My sister Tonya has come a couple of times and helped me organize and decorate, which has been invaluable. The last time she came we decorated the big wall above the sewing stations. It says it all: SEW in big red letters with hoops in a variety of fabric.
  • And last but not least the door. I bought an antique door, stripped and painted it, and put different handles and hinges. It really tops off this simply lovely space.

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sewing studio 3

My dream of having a sewing room/studio has come true. Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I am at my own sewing machine sewing to make sure I’m awake!

Happy sewing,


Fashion Show 2013-215W

End of Year Fashion Show

A fashion show is great fun. With shows like Project Runway taking America by storm, we find that the energy of the participants and the fun in seeing a variety of clothing generates a lot of excitement.

Fashion shows are especially fun to watch expectantly when kids are showing off the items they have made themselves. Most of my students spend one day a week from September to May learning to sew. They start with the basics and make items according to what they have learned.

June 1st was my fourth annual student fashion show. It is held every year at the Courtyard at Mount Tabor on 60th and Division in Southeast Portland. For my students to share their projects with friends and family and residents of Courtyard is often a highlight of the year. This year was no exception. With sixteen of my students participating, and great weather, we were thrilled to show off our sewing projects in the beautiful outdoor courtyard.

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Click on the photos below to see the students in their clothing projects!

Happy Sewing!


December 2012 Newsletter

There are many exciting developments with JoLene’s Sewing School. Now we have two locations to serve you! With classes and workshops held in both Woodstock and Happy Valley, you have even more options to learn to sew or further hone your sewing skills. Join us!

This Weekend: Last Chance for Gift-Making Workshops

Last month we had Christmas Workshops During Thanksgiving Vacation. They were mostly full and we had a fun time making gifts for our families. I just love these workshops; seeing these kids make heartfelt gifts for their friends and family members is so satisfying.

I know a few of you were unable to come and had friends who wished they had signed up. So I’ve decided to add two more last-chance options!

Join us on Friday, December 7th, from 4:00 – 7:30 pm, with pizza and pop served in the middle as a dinner break, or Saturday, December 8th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

Cost is just $30, which includes all the materials and gifts that the students will produce. The workshops will be held at my Happy Valley location, 16661 SE Rock Creek Court.

Contact me to register or for more information.

This is an amazing gift-creating opportunity. 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!

Winter Break Workshops

I am offering four workshops for kids over the Winter Break holiday:

On the Wild Side (NEW). December 26th, 27th, 28th; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Make three wild animals stuffies – monkey, elephant, and giraffe. All supplies included. $130.

Become a DIVA. December 26th, 27th, 28th; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. After this camp you will be one step closer to being a diva. Come make a tutu bag to carry your diva supplies, a diva skirt, leggings, diva tee shirt. $120. Supply list provided at time of registration.

Sock Monkey and More (NEW). January 2nd, 3rd, 4th; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Make the old-fashioned sock monkey and sock monkey hat, made from brown, pink, blue, or the original red heel socks. All supplies included. $130.

Animal Hat Camp. January 2nd, 3rd, 4th; 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Come and make the cutest animal hat out of faux fur with scarf and mittens attached, plus matching animal slippers! All supplies included. $130.


Holiday Class Schedule

Monday, December 24th – Monday, January 7th: NO REGULAR CLASSES

Classes start back up on Tuesday, January 8th


Open Spots in the Sewing School

Have you been waiting for the perfect time to enroll in JoLene’s Sewing School? With two locations, in Woodstock and now also in Happy Valley, you have even more opportunity!

Classes are taught in Woodstock on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:15, 4:15, and 5:15.

Classes are taught in Happy Valley on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 3:00, 4:00, and 5:00.

For more information, and to register, click here.


Project of the Month: Make Your Own Umbrella!

A while ago, a student asked me to help her make an umbrella kit. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to make my own.

So here it is! I had such fun with this, from picking the fabric to the quick and simple assembly. It’s very easy to make; you just purchase the frame and pattern, all available at cool cottons, a fantastic fabric store on Hawthorne in SE Portland. There is only one pattern piece that you cut out 8 times, sew them together, and finish the seams. You put the finished cover on the frame, tack it down, and waterproof the fabric.

For more pictures and information on this project, see my blog, and stay dry this rainy season with your own personalized umbrella!

Tip of the Month: Beautiful Finished Edges

Do you need to own a serger sewing machine to have beautiful finished edges? No! While sergers are nice to have, you can finish your edges without one with the following tips:

  • The easiest way is just to use pinking shears. After you are finished sewing each seam, use the zig-zag pinking shears to trim the bare edge of seam, then press the seams open.
  • Alternatively, pink the edge as described above, then sew next to the pinked edge, and press open as before.
  • Finally, you can make a zig-zag stitch close to the edge and then press open the seams.

These tips help your project stand the test of time while looking and feeling good inside and out.
Don’t let the season pass you by without registering for a class or a workshop! You can contact me for questions or registration.

Happy Sewing,

JoLene Tunison
JoLene’s Sewing School

Weekly Classes are now open for registration! Find them under Child/Teen Classes. Dismiss