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Fashion Hacking

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Have you ever dreamed of making your own accessories? Can you picture the perfect bag but aren’t sure how to make it? Once a month at Fashion Hacking, children from ages nine to twelve have the opportunity to create clothes and accessories that reflect their own personal style!

From no-sew to hand sewing to machine sewing, the children who attend Fashion Hacking have spent the past several months growing their skills. Since many of the children attend every month, they have gained confidence and abilities each time they take a seat in front of their fabric.

girl using a sewing machine

All of the projects chosen for Fashion Hacking are intended for beginning sewers, can be completed in an hour (or an hour and a few extra minutes for those finishing touches), and are useful! Fashion hackers have made pillowcases, wallets, tote bags, socks, scarves, and drawstring pouches. They’ve even tie-dyed t-shirts! I know for a fact that one fashion hacker sleeps with the pillow she made every night, and another fashion hacker uses the drawstring pouch he made to bring crayons on the go.

two small drawstring pouches on a yellow background

The sewing doesn’t only happen inside the library. Fashion hacker Grace was so inspired by the projects she was making every fourth Tuesday of the month that she wanted to be able to sew at home. Her dad bought her a sewing machine, and now she can keep using the skills she gained at the library! Her sister will design them and she will bring them to life.

girl adjusts fabric on a sewing machine

Two of our fashion hackers talk about the projects they made this past Tuesday, July 26th in this video.

Fashion Hacking runs year-round on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Dundee Library. Due to its popularity and the number of sewing machines that are available, you can register for one of two programs held on the same day, one from 5 to 6 p.m. and the second from 7 to 8 p.m.

Looking for sewing projects to begin on your own? Check out these books available in our library catalog.