Youngsters learn how to navigate a sewing machine courtesy of the Cleveland Public Library’s Lorain branch “Sew Lorain Kids” program. Debuting this past fall, the low-tech drop-in maker class has students producing finger puppets, lunch napkins, and hand warmers.
At the suggestion of one boy in the program, kids are also experimenting with upcycling older garments (see below), a process in which students modify the design of existing clothes to make them more fashionable. The results will be shown at a library fashion show in early May. The classes were made possible by the library’s purchase of two Husqvarna Viking sewing machines last summer.
Examples of upcycled fashion crafted in
the “Sew Lorain Kids” program.
Photos by Crystal Tancak