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Camps, Projects, Fall Sewing Classes! | September News from JoLene’s Sewing School

What A Great Summer!

What a great summer we’ve had here – these past few months have been filled with wonderful classes and even MORE wonderful students! We had a ton of great summer camps going on this summer. However, the most popular was Emoji Camp – we had 14 participants for this camp alone! The kids had a great time sewing their own Emoji pillows and footy pajamas out of Emoji fabric. We even made Rice Krispy treats for snack, and decorated them with our favorite Emoji faces! Everyone had a blast, and I’m excited to be doing more of these camps moving forward.

Want to know about more of the classes I’ve offered this summer? Be sure to Like and Follow my Facebook page, where you can keep up with class updates and other information. Click this link to visit my page.


Student Spotlight

I truly enjoyed all of my students this summer! However, there is one that stood out in particular. Cerra is 13 years old, and this her second year attending my camps. Each year, she flies to Oregon all the way from Hawaii in order to see her family and take my sewing classes! This year, she participated in Around The World Camp, where she had fun sewing her own french berét, french skirt, stuffed panda bear, and bag that says “Hello” in 13 different languages. It was a joy having her in class, and an honor to have her come all the way out here to see me. I’m looking forward to seeing you again!


Upcoming Class Information & Important Dates

Fall sewing classes have officially begun!

My one-hour Children’s Classes are being held Mondays – Fridays at 3:15pm, 4:15pm, and 5:15pm. There are still plenty of spots open for those of you who have not signed up yet. Please click this link to view all class availability and information.

Are you adult who would love to learn to sew? My Adult Classes are lots of fun, and you’ll leave knowing all the basics you need to sew your own clothing, accessories, and more! There’s still a few spots left if you’d like to sign up. To view up-to-date availability for my Adult Classes, please click this link.

You can also call me at (503) 804 -7259 for questions or to set up an appointment.

The holidays are coming up, and my sewing school will be taking some much needed breaks to celebrate! Please note the following dates that we will NOT have class:

  • Columbus Day – Monday, October 9th
  • Halloween – Tuesday, October 31st
  • Thanksgiving Week – November 20th – 24th
  • Christmas Break  – December 18th – January 1st


Exciting News: I Have A “New” Sewing Studio!

As some of you know, my sewing studio recently got a huge makeover! With help from my sister and some friends, we transformed my old studio into a work of art. I love it!

Want to learn more about the studio, and stay up-to-date with what’s going on with Jolene’s Sewing School? Click here to read my blog! I have a new blog up every month with sewing school updates and fun sewing tips.

What’s New With JoLene?

I was lucky enough to take a trip to Hawaii in April with my family! My husband, daughter, son-in-law, four grandkids and I all spent a week in Kauai. We went snorkeling, ziplining, swimming, and spent some time relaxing on Hanalei Beach. We also went to Turtle Cove, which is a small cove at the base of a cliff. There were tons of turtles swimming around! It was such a great trip, and an excellent way to spend time together as we got ready to head into summer. Here’s a few pictures from the trip:


I’m looking forward to seeing you all as we head into Fall! If you have any questions, please let me know.

Happy Sewing!


April 2015 Newsletter from JoLene’s Sewing School

April 2015 Newsletter

Upcoming Events, Summer Camp Opportunities, Sewing Tips, and More


Hello! Spring has sprung early and it is glorious to watch everything come alive. I’ve been enjoying my new flowers and lovely weather, and I also enjoy the rain. A recent windstorm took out part of our big tree in the back yard, but it luckily just missed hitting our trampoline! There are only two months left of after-school classes, but there is a lot happening during these last two months!  See below for more information, and all my best for your spring showers and flowers!

Multnomah County Fair

The Multnomah County Fair is a highlight of my sewing school’s annual events, and I’ve been talking to students about it for the last month or so.

Just knowing that they might enter a fair where a judge will look at their project helps them to pay more attention to detail and become more skilled in their sewing. The benefit of careful work is one of the most important part of participating, whether or not they win a prize (but is a bonus if it happens!).

Consider encouraging your child to enter the fair; having a public place to showcase work is an incredible motivator! Here are details of how and when to enter:

  • Fair will be May 23 – 25th, 2015, from noon to 7:00 PM each day, at Oaks Park in the Sellwood Area. Admission and parking are both free.
  • Entries need to be to me by Wednesday, May 20 by 9:00 PM
  • Entrants may submit one Item per lot (one shirt or one dress, etc.), with a maximum of four items. (If you want to enter them yourself rather than going through me, you can enter more.) You don’t have to be present to win or enter, so even if you’ll be out of town you can submit items for entry.
  • Logistics: I will take all the entries to the fair on May 21st and will pick them up on May 25. For entries that I submit on your behalf, you must have my permission to pick up items from the fair yourself. Fair officials won’t let you take them unless I give the okay. Also, the fair won’t release any items before 7:00 PM. I will bring the entries to my house and give it to you the week after the fair.

Fashion Show & Second Annual Picnic

This year’s fashion show will be held at my home studio and will include a picnic!

Mark your calendars for June 20, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. The fashion show will be held first with the picnic following, about 5:00 PM.

For the picnic, I will provide hamburger, hot dogs, buns, condiments, and beverage. I am asking that each family bring a salad or dessert to share.

For the fashion show:

  • Each child can model two outfits. They need not match.
  • Each outfit can include as many items as you wish. For instance, a student can wear shorts and a sport shirt while carrying a bag or stuffed animal that they made.
  • Students can wear something they did not make, such as wanting to model a top but did not make pants.
  • Please have your child wear their first modeling outfit and bring their second outfit to change into.

This will be a great gathering! Please sign up with me the items that you child is modeling and what food items you are bringing. We will have this rain or shine; outside for sun and inside for rain!

Other Dates to Note

May 29 is the last day of after school classes.

I take off the first two weeks of June for vacation, so there will be no classes during this time.

Recap of Past Camps

The sewing camps held over spring vacation were great! Both camps were full and we had so much fun.

Who’s Hooting Camp is always a favorite and this time was no different. We made owl bags, owl pillows, and pajama pants. One girl made a nightgown with a matching one for her doll.

In the Sewing Supply Camp we made scissor holders. pin cushions, sewing bags, and donut pillows.

 Sign Up For Summer Camps!

Camps start the June 15th and go through to the third week of August. All camps are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, either 9:00 am – 12:00 PM, or 1:00 – 4:00 PM. 

June 15, 16, 17

#1  9-12: Summer Outfit Camp

#2  1-4: Who’s Hooting

June 22, 23, 24

#3  9-12: Hearts Hearts Everywhere

#4  1-4: Fun at the Beach

June 29, 30, July 1

#5  9-12: Kitty Cat Quilt

#6  1-4: Circle Skirt and Cotton Tee

July 6, 7, 8 

#7  9-12: Skirt a Day Camp

#8  Everything Fox Camp

July 13, 14, 15

9-12 and 1-4 Giving to Others Camp. CAMP IS FREE!

I think it is important to give to others that are in need for whatever reason. We will be making cancer hats, Christmas socks for servicemen and women, teddy bears for police department etc. Sports for eight kids per camp, and I need one adult per day to help. Donations of fabric will be appreciated but not mandatory. Must commit to all three days. Each child in camp will be able to keep one item each day, and I will provide a great snack each day

July20, 21, 22

#9  9-12: Sock Monkey Camp

#10 1-4: Hoodie Camp

July 27, 28, 29

#11 9-12: Cats Galore

#12 1-4:  Freshen Up Your Bedroom

August 3, 4, 5

#13  9-12: Harry Potter Camp

#14  1-4: Camping Fun with Your 18 Inch Doll

August10, 11, 12

#15  9-12: Renaissance Cape Camp

#16  1-4:  Toothless the Dragon Camp

August 17, 18, 19

#17  9-12: Back to School Camp

#18  1-4:  Make Clothes for Your 18 Inch Doll

For more information see my website.

 Tip of the Month: Reinforce Seams

Reinforce your seams by back stitching at the beginning and end of each seam. Start by sewing forward only a few stitches then back stitch all the way to the edge. Then sew to the end of the seam and then back stitch again and sew off the edge. This keep the seams together and makes it easier to sew the next step.

Project of the Month

Check out this adorable long-sleeved shirt made by a 9-year-old girl in my school. I love the way the orange pattern goes down the middle of the front of the shirt, and the blue pattern goes down the sleeves. The neck facing is perfect, too. She did a wonderful job! We are so happy how it turned out.

May 2014 Newsletter

Greetings!  Welcome to the May 2014 Newsletter for JoLene’s Sewing School!

Once again the end of the year comes way too fast! It feels like yesterday that leaves were starting to change and the September after school classes were just starting. And now all of a sudden here we are already with blooming trees in May. This is the best time of the year! We have the fair, the fashion show, my fifth anniversary party, and the beginning of the summer camps. Here we go with all the info!

Multnomah County Fair 5/24-26

The Multnomah County Fair is fast approaching, and will be held May 24, 25, and 26 at Oaks Park. Admission and parking are free, and the fair is open daily from noon to 7:00 PM.

All entries for the fair need to be to me by 9:00 PM on May 22, and I will deliver them to the fair at 11:00 AM on Friday the 23rd. The entries are judged Friday night and Saturday morning and are displayed before the fair opens at noon on the 24th.

Each student can enter two items through me. (You may enter more but you will have to go the fair and enter them yourself. See me for more details.)

Contact me for entry forms, rules, and lot numbers. Only one item per lot (one shirt, one pair of pants, etc).

Everyone is a winner, and I encourage all my students to enter the fair. It is a wonderful experience!

Fashion Show Slated for May 31

The Fashion show is May 31th from 1:00 – 2:00PM. The show is held at Courtyard Plaza at 60th and Division In SE Portland. This is a hugely popular event as the kids enjoy showing off their wonderful creations.

  • Each student models two outfits. They don’t need to match. Pleasecontact me for the form for what your child is going to wear and return it to me.
  • Please arrive at lease 15 minutes before starting time, wearing the first outfit. I start right on time so try not to be late.
  • Three volunteers needed for the event.
    • 1- Door person tells the kids when to go out and model. (This person can see the whole show).
    • 2- Music person plays music from their phone or iPod with speakers (I have speakers if you don’t).
    • 3- Photographer to take photos of the kids as they model.Just let me know if you are interested in a volunteer position!

This takes place rain or shine. Courtyard Plaza has a beautiful outside area with a fountain, but if the weather is cold or raining we will have it in their Mt. Hood room. Looking forward to seeing you there!

JoLene’s Sewing School Is Celebrating Its Fifth Anniversary!

To mark the occasion and milestone, we’ll be having a big party! We hope that you will come and celebrate with us.

June 21st 4:00 – 7:00 PM.

Enjoy a picnic, displays, games, door prizes, and a drawing for five prizes, including a year of free after school classes!  (Must be present to win.)

Bring friends, family, neighbors – anyone that might be interested.


The last day of after school class before Summer Camps is May 30th. I take the first two weeks of June as my vacation.

Upcoming Events! Summer Camps!

This year I have twenty summer camps! There is a great variety and something to appeal to everyone. The first camp starts on June 16th and the last camp starts on August 18th. Come and bring a friend! Note that if your friend has not sewn with me before they need to take the free preclass before the camp. See the website for camp details and availability. Don’t wait too long to sign up as they fill up fast!

Tip of the Month: Beeswax to the Rescue!

Doing hand sewing such as putting on a button or repairing a hole can sometimes be frustrating if the thread gets tangled and forms a knot. Simple solution: Beeswax. Just run your thread through beeswax, which coats the thread and keeps it from tangling. Beeswax can make you life a bit easier!


As we approach this busy end of year time, don’t miss out on registering for a camp! You cancontact me for questions or registration.
Happy Sewing,

JoLene Tunison
JoLene’s Sewing School

April 2014 Newsletter

Greetings! Welcome to the April 2014 Newsletter for JoLene’s Sewing School!

I love Spring. The daffodils, tulips, and even dandelions are so beautiful against the bright green grass. Take a stroll through a fabric store this time of the year and all the new spring fabrics just pop out in bright yellows, pinks, and greens, loudly proclaiming spring! Spring brings thoughts of the Multnomah County Fair and the fashion show and a little bit of sadness as the end of the schoolyear brings the end of after-school sewing classes until Fall. But there is also joy as Summer is just around the corner and a series of camps begin. Camps are a different kind of sewing, and the opportunity for new friends, creative summertime outlets, and fun different projects. Summer camps ensure a fun time to be had by all – me included!

Multnomah County Fair 5/24-26

The Multnomah County Fair is fast approaching, and we are working on our fair entries now. I find sewing entries for the fair helps the kids to pay more attention to detail and improve their sewing skills.

The fair will be held May 24, 25, and 26 at Oaks Park. Admission and parking are free, and there are plenty of fun exhibits and rides to enjoy. The fair is open from noon to 7:00 PM daily.

All entries for the fair need to be to me by 9:00 PM on May 22, and I deliver them to the fair at 11:00 AM on Friday the 23rd. The entries are judged Friday night and Saturday morning and are displayed before the fair opens at noon on the 24th.

Everyone is a winner, and I encourage all my students to enter the fair. It is a wonderful experience!

Go on the fair website http://www.multnomahcountyfair.org and look at the exhibitor’s handbook and see what else you might want to enter. Maybe you are a cookie baker or a artist? You might want to enter in those categories! The sky is the limit. See you at the fair! And don’t forget to get your entires to me by May 22.

Fashion Show Slated for May 30

The annual fashion show is the last activity of the year.  Everyone in the school is invited to come and show off what they have made this year. Each child can model two outfits.

The show is held at Courtyard Plaza at 60th and Division in SE Portland and every year has been a wonderful experience. It is a retirement community and the residents so enjoy having us come share our accomplishments in sewing.

Save the date! May the 30th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. If it is nice weather we will be out side in their courtyard; if the weather is cold we will be in the lovely Mt. Hood Room.

More info to come.


The last day of class before Summer Camps is May 30th.

Upcoming Events! Summer Camps!

A big part of the summer for all kids are summer camps. I try to make a variety of offerings that will appeal to everyone.

See the website for more details. Don’t wait too long to sign up as they fill up fast!

June 16-18

9am – 12pm Summer Fun

1pm – 4p  On the Wild Side

June 23-25

9am – 12pm Sock Monkey PJ’s

1pm – 4pm Summer Outfit

June 30th – July 2

9am – 12pm Summer Dress for You & Your Doll

1pm – 4pm Teddy Bear Picnic

July 7-9

9am – 12pm Who’s Hooting

1pm – 4pm Slumber Party in a Bag

July 14-16

9am – 12pm Giving to Others

1pm – 4pm Giving to Others

We will be making a variety of items to be donated to a family homeless shelter. Some items made will be hats, pillowcases, warm socks, plush animals, scarves, etc. Eight kids per camp. This camp is FREE! Must commit to all 3 days. 

July 21-23 

9am – 12pm Everything Fox

1pm – 4pm Red Riding Hood-Style Cape for You & Your Doll

July 28-30 

9am – 12pm Sock Monkey Camp

1pm – 4pm Quilt Camp

August 4-6

9am – 12pm On the Wild Side

1pm – 4pm Back to School Camp

August 11-13

9am – 12pm Teddy Bear Picnic

1pm – 4pm Nitey-Nite

August 18-20

9am – 12pm Hoodie Camp

1pm – 4pm Sock Monkey PJ’s

Project of the Month: Dragon Quilt

This is my daughter Stephanie’s project. She wanted to make a dragon quilt for her 5 year old son for Christmas. She made up her own pattern and bought the fabric, and I helped her figure out how to sew it so she received the desired affect. I love the fabric she chose and how she put the dragon head and feet on. She wants to put a spine down the quilt from the head to the bottom with a tail off the quilt. Love the soft minky fabric on the back and the body part.  Fabulous job, Stephanie!

Tip of the Month: Keep Extras

Keep an assortment of extra notions like thread, snaps, elastic, bias tape, and zippers. You never know when you need some, and having extras will save you heartache and a trip to the store at closing time.
As spring blossoms, don’t miss out on registering for a camp! You can contact me for questions or registration.
Happy Sewing,

JoLene Tunison
JoLene’s Sewing School

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