Canvas Fabric Workshop Recap

Last night, Milwaukee Makerspace held a workshop in the Craft Lab to sew something out of canvas. Using cotton canvas drop cloths from the hardware store, we made aprons and messenger bags custom fit to each person.

Here are some of our members (and family of members!) sewing up a storm and Joe B showing off his new messenger bag!


As always, you can learn about upcoming workshops and events by joining our public mailing list!

Etsy Craft Party 2013 Recap

Every year, Etsy throws a global craft party where people from local communities organize, come together, and craft. This year, Milwaukee Makerspace joined forces with Hannah K., a local DIY crafter, to be the Milwaukee location for this event.

Etsy’s theme this year was “Crafting for the Community” and our members crowdsourced some great community themed ideas for the event along with wedding craft goodness. One of community themed projects was assembling lil’ libraries from wood pieces that Makers Brant H. and Vishal R. pre-cut for the event using our awesome wood shop.  (Psst, you can use the tools too, become a member!) We had two designs, a gabled house and a double decker and in classic do-it-yourself style, we provided the wood and a drawing but left it up to people to figure out how everything went together.

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While people were drilling and gluing away, we had pet crafting stations set up to make cat nip toys and dog chews along with some wedding crafts and a button making station.  If the dog chews look familiar it’s because they were created in the same way you made lanyard friendship bracelets in summer camp!

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We hope you all had a great time at our little shindig and if you missed this event, be sure to join our public mailing list so you don’t miss the next one!

Happy Towel Day

In the Guide, and we all know what guide that is, a towel is considered one of the most important items one can have on hand or claw for  interstellar travelers. According to this Guide, a towel can provide warmth, comfort, and even sustenance (provided it’s been absorbing bits and pieces of your meals during your travels). Just wet it a bit and suck in the nutrients of meals gone by.

Since one can never know when one’s planet might be blown up to make way for interstellar highways, I thought it’d be appropriate to appropriate a towel and well, make it my travel towel, one I could carry around always just in case my best friend turned out to be an alien from Betelgeuse and not, you know, Hartford.

I printed out “Don’t Panic” in large, friendly letters and pinned them to my fabric. Then I cut the letters out and pinned them to the towel, sewing them on using a tight zig zag. There may or may not have been copious amounts of fusible interfacing involved.

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Happy Towel Day everyone. And thank you, Douglas Adams. There’s a frood who really knew where his towel was.