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Learn Sewing Basics and Make a Tote Bag with Pia Andersson

February 5, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


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Join Pia for a sewing workshop at the beautiful Fibershed Learning Center on Black Mountain Ranch near Point Reyes Station, CA

Bring your machine (or rent a machine from Pia for $10 for the day) and learn the very basics of machine sewing. Six students maximum.

After practicing sewing straight, threading, spooling bobbins, understanding seam allowance, understanding thread tension, how to iron a seam, how to pin, choosing fabric, problem solving and all else basic, we’ll be ready to tackle our first project—a tote bag.

Pia will supply the pattern. Please bring your own canvas-weight fabrics. One-half yard is needed for the tote bag.

Please bring:

  • your sewing machine (in good working order)
  • 1/2 yard canvas-weight fabric for the tote bag
  • 1/2 yard medium-weight fabric for the lining
  • sewing supplies (thread, sewing pins, scissors)
  • personal snacks, lunch and beverage

Questions: Please contact Pia with any questions you may have about the class content: marinsewinglab@gmail.com or 415 328 4598.

Enroll here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/467063277837

Tuition Scholarships & Transportation/Childcare Stipends
Fibershed is offering two scholarships to most workshops; one scholarship if it’s a small class. In addition to scholarships for tuition, we are offering a limited number of stipends for transportation and/or childcare. If you would not otherwise be able to attend, and would like to be considered as a scholarship and/or stipend recipient, please answer a few brief questions on this Google Form. Responses will be reviewed by Learning Center staff and kept strictly confidential.

Pia Andersson has an educational background in the textile arts with a college degree from University of Gothenburg, Sweden, where she grew up and lived until her late twenties. She was the founder and CEO of Mimi the Sardine from 1990 until she retired in 2014, so most of her professional life was spent in design and textile product development in the SF Bay Area. Besides her own line of children’s accessories, she designed and produced children’s clothing for Hanna Anderson and Garnet Hill.

Currently Pia runs Marin Sewing Lab in San Rafael, CA.

Clothing Swap ClosetBONUS: The Clothing Swap Closet is now open during workshops and events at the Fibershed Learning Center!

Visit the Clothing Swap Closet when you attend a workshop or event at the Learning Center and exchange your natural fiber garments and accessories. Your clothing contributions must be clean and in good condition. Each contribution entities you to choose one item of comparable value.

You may arrive up to 30 minutes early for the workshop you are attending, and/or depart up to an hour after the workshop ends, to allow time to browse and try on items in the closet, and make your trade!


February 5, 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Fibershed Learning Center
14000 Point Reyes - Petaluma Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 United States
(415) 455-3070‬
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Fibershed Learning Center
14000 Point Reyes - Petaluma Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 United States
(415) 455-3070‬
View Venue Website