BVSD Life Long Learning Kids.

If you're lucky enough to live in the Boulder Valley, CO area. I will be teaching sewing courses through their Life Long Learning program. 

The kids courses are going to be a lot of fun. You will need to sign up through the website. I will only be teaching a limited amount of students, so if interested sign up soon rather than later. Courses start in mid September and are mentioned below. 

Creative Sewing:
Enjoy the creative outlet that sewing can provide and learn a basic life skill. Students will learn how to thread a sewing machine, stitch, and create basic patterns at their own pace. We will work on a few projects to include: a drawstring backpack, t-shirt dress, arrow quiver, appliqué belt, and a pencil/trashie/shopkins case. This is considered a beginning sewing class, but each student can progress at their own pace and we will work on more projects if time permits.

More info here

Refashion Design:
Imagine, design, and create in this slightly more advanced course designed for students with a passion for fashion. Class will begin with a review on the basics of sewing such as threading, machine operation, and pattern making. We will then start our refashioned garment projects that may include an upcycled t-shirt, applique belt, and tablet pouch. This is a great class for DIY gift ideas for the holidays. All materials and sewing machines are provided. A $20 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the first class.

More info here

Halloween Costume Design
Who has a love for costume design? dressing up? Halloween is the perfect time of year to create your own costume.  Join fashion designer Laura Pifer of Trash to Couture, to embark on an introductory course to costume design and/or Halloween refashion. Their will options for beginner to advance sewing levels. The goal of this course is to create your one-of-a-kind costume for Halloween. 

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DIY Skirt Into Dress

Inspiration for this project
I don't wear skirts usually, especially longer ones that go beyond the knee. I had this gathered cotton skirt that I thought would make a better dress.  Below, I came up with a way to refashion a skirt into a trapeze style dress. You can even do this with a strapless dress to add extra coverage.


I've always been a watch person. It's a habit of mine to check my wrist for time even if I'm not wearing one. I'm also someone who loves hand-crafted, eco-friendly brands. I was introduced to Jord Wood Watches and immediately wanted one. Not only are they hand-crafted but they're made using sustainable sourced wood. Some of the wood they use comes from used furniture, guitar parts, and bamboo…just like Trash to Couture but for watches. 

 Open back blouse made from a table cloth. 

Beautiful photos done by Doug from Site07

In a world where cell phones are used as time keepers Jord Wood Watches provides a refreshing and new concept for an old idea.  Learn more at Jord Wood Watches

Watch Gift Ideas


DIY Chain Scarf Halter

DIY Supplies:
Chain, scarf, clasp, pliers, sewing machine/needle and thread
Pin over one corner of the scarf and sew where the pin is so you can string the chain necklace through. 
Cut chain to fit around your neck and use a clasp with pliers to secure it. Unless you have a chain necklace you can use. 
This part is optional, fold the bottom under and use a decorative stitch to secure it. I did a couple but you can do just one. You don't have to do this part because when you tie the side corners in the back it naturally folds up front. 


Revamped tablecloth to reversible jacket.

This originally was a table cloth that had a wine stain right down the middle.  I loved the detailing so much I created this blouse/jacket that can be worn both ways.  The eyelet and scalloped embellishments are showcased along the edges. No use crying over spilled wine…just make a blouse...