Improv Piecing Tote Bag - Improv Piecing for Perfectionists (or not) With Shibaguyz Designz (Online)

  • Friday, October 23, 2020
  • Sunday, November 01, 2020
  • 3 sessions
  • Friday, October 23, 2020, 1:00 PM 3:00 PM (PDT)
  • Sunday, October 25, 2020, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (PDT)
  • Sunday, November 01, 2020, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (PST)
  • BARN Fiber Arts Zoom Room: Class Code: FI102320OH
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    Registration will close on Thursday, October 22nd at 3:00 PM

Registration is closed

**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

Break through the barriers of the fabric industrial complex and create your own FAB improv fabrics! Let go of pre-made and pre-printed fabrics and start creating our own textiles starting with one simple shape and working outward to build a one-of-a-kind improv fabric panel. No experience necessary! If you have a basic machine, random fabric, and thread, we will have you creating your own Improv FABric in no time then we’ll transform that fabric into a one-of-a-kind designer tote bag. Be the envy of everyone in the market!

Want to recycle/upcycle your own wardrobe? Feel free to use some of your own garments to cut apart and sew into new textile pieces. Anything goes… denim, linen, cotton… bring it on!

Session One – 2 hours

  • How to make fabric from scraps… WHEEEEEEE!
  • Basting three ways
  • End of day: measurements for the handles

Homework: finish your fabric panel and baste it to the tote template; make the fabric for the handles

Session Two – 1.5 hrs

  •  Trim, mark, and quilt

Session Three – 1.5 hrs

  •  Putting it together
  •  Handles
  • Top edges
  • Sew bags body
  •  Attach handles

Supplies to have on hand:
  • Sewing machine – Nothing fancy. As long as it can sew a straight stitch, you’re good.
  • Neutral colored thread – We use Aurifil 50 wt in our machine for this class.
  • Hand sewing thread – We use Aurifil 50 wt
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Washable glue stick
  • Bag base fabric – 12” x 24” muslin or very light canvas. Lightweight cotton will do as well. This what your bag will look like on the inside.
  • Scrap Fabric – The more the better! Quilting and garment cottons are the easiest to work with when you first learn this technique so have plenty on hand. Scraps of all shapes and sizes are perfect. That said, don’t be afraid to have some old jeans, linen shirts, ties, and even boxer shorts on hand to cut up and reuse.
  •  Rotary cutter
  •  Cutting mat
  •  Quilting ruler
  •  Iron
  • Fabric scissors


(You don’t HAVE to use these if you don’t have them on hand but you’ll see us using them in the workshop.)

  • Appliqué or duck bill scissors for trimming seams
  • Patchwork foot
  • Straight stitch plate
  • Second color of thread for the “quilting” stitching. We use the same neutral for our quilting to allow the stitches to blend in with the improv fabric.

  • Registration will close October 22nd at 3:00 PM
  • A link to join online will be sent to the email address you registered with one day before the class. Please watch for this email.
  • In gratitude to our members for their continued support during the closures, BARN is offering all classes for free to BARN members through December 2020.  Members are still responsible for paying materials and mailing fees, where applicable. If a class is full, please add your name to the wait list in case a space opens up or we are able to offer another class. Check our calendar frequently as more classes are being added each week! 
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
  • Skill Level: Can turn on, and sew a straight stitch, on a standard sewing machine. Yup… that’s it.
  • Ages 14+ Welcome.

Meet the instructors: 

Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby are the dynamic DIY duo known as the Shibaguyz, the inspired creators of Shibaguyz Designz studio.

The Shibaguyz’ award winning crochet, knit, and sewing designs have been featured in and on the covers of dozens of domestic and international publications. Together, the Shibaguyz team currently has over 300 published patterns and 11 books credited to their name since their first design was featured on a magazine cover in 2010. 

Their fashion and portrait photography work can be seen in four of their books. They are sought-after freelance book-packaging designers having created books for major publishing companies like Sterling Publishing, Leisure Arts, and Creative Publishing. The Shibaguyz have been teaching adults for 30+ years. Their enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and relatable teaching style have made them sought after teachers in both local and national venues like STITCHES Events, Vogue Knitting LIVE, and DFW Fiber Fest. They also have a wide range of online classes available from Blueprint and Interweave.

Shannon and Jason are proud ambassadors for Aurifil, Clover, BERNINA, Soak Wash, and the Daylight Company. They are working on a new book with C&T Publishing. Look for it in December 2020.

Shannon and Jason live in Seattle, Washington with their three Shiba Inu who, more or less, support their ventures in sewing, stitching, and crafting… so long as enough time is taken for walks and treats.

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