Camps at The Little Bits Workshop are a collage of creativity, ingenuity, learning, upcycled projects, outdoor explorations and fun with friends. The underlying theme of each camp is to learn the necessary skills to create useful beauty and to be good stewards of the natural beauty all around us. 

   We are a bunch of nurturing, creative moms & “mums” who love teaching kids to use their hands, not just their thumbs!! Our goal is to develop independent and confident MAKERS who have skills for life so they don't bring their pants home from college to be hemmed!!! We believe they should be able to DO IT THEMSELVES!

CAMPS

Check out our 3 NEW camps below!

 

Teaching Young Makers Classic Crafts

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR MakerCamps @

The Little Bits Workshop, 411 Park Ave, River Forest


June 12 - 16, 9am-noon

Quilt Camp - ages 8+
Each Camper will create their very own quilt, start to finish. Hand and machine sewing are necessary skills for every quilter. Math, precision and engineering also make a successful quilt. Campers will be so proud of this accomplishment by week’s end. Materials included. $250 (younger siblings check out Princess & the Pea Camp below!! Sibling discounts apply when registering for both.)


June 12 - 16, 9am-noon

Princess & the Pea Camp - ages 6+

(This camp will be held in the Thatcher Woods Pavilion)
Young beginner sewers itching to stitch up something adorable will LOVE this project: sew a princess doll, make a felted pea, build a bed and sew 20 feather mattresses!!!! By week’s end young seamstresses will master the skill of threading their needles, knotting their thread, sewing running & whip stitches and will take home an irresistible project that they will be “SEW” proud of! (Sibling discounts apply if registering older siblings for Quilt Camp). $250


FULL JUNE 19-23, 9am-noon
Cottage Camp 7+

Campers will build, furnish and decorate four rooms of our favorite Little Bits Cottage while learning to sew, sculpt, make books and use their imagination. It’s a house where the Borrowers could live! $269


June 26 - 30, 9am-2pm

FULL Camp Runway 10+
Kids will make and show their own outfit from start to finish while learning how to read a pattern and implement all the instructions. Patterns are included in the camp fee. Materials are not part of the camp fee. Prior to camp, instructors will schedule a shopping trip to purchase fabric, notions, thread, etc. $325

We are accepting 3 Jr. Fashionistas (8-9yrs old) for this camp. They’ll attend 9-noon and 9-2pm on Friday materials included. $269


FULL July 3, 5-7, 9am - 11:30am

FULL July 10-14, 9am - 11:30am

The Good Guerilla Artist OPEF BASE CAMP

At Washington Irving School in Oak Park
This is like a mini public art project. Campers will create small works of art for the community that they will place all around the Arts District, sure to surprise passers by...shhhh...we will be very sneaky....keep your eyes peeled for our treasures and take one if you like. Campers will make one to keep and many to give away. Each week will be a different set of art projects.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


July 5-7, 9am-2pm

FULL Sew Silly 8+

Three full days of sewing the most silly projects

ever!! A smiling Tea Cup Pillow, an adorable pineapple back pack, and some useful projects with a silly twist. $210



July 10-14, 9am-noon

The Good Guerilla Artist 7+
Kids will learn local history while we continue painting our wall of fame along Central Ave near the Workshop in River Forest. We’ll expand our historical mural to include paintings of special landmarks with fascinating stories. $250


NEW:: July 10-14, 9am-noon

Sew Knittin' Sneaky 8+

Good Guerilla stitchers, that's right! Campers will stitch up some happy, little projects to sneak around and install around town to make passersby smile... Yarn bomb some trees, hang some ornaments around here and there. It's summer and kids should be outside being a little bit crazy making silly projects to share and keep, all while learning to knit, crochet and sew. Beginners welcome! $215


FULL July 17-21, 9am-noon

Extreme Knit & Crochet Camp 8+
Knit and crochet deep sea creatures, from octopi to angler fish! No experience necessary. Campers will go home at the end of the week with adorable projects and their very own yarn stash. $250


FULL July 17-21, 1-4pm

Jr. Camp Runway 8+
For the beginner fashionista! Campers will learn the basics of hand sewing, how to run a sewing machine and how to cut out a simple pattern. What is seam allowance? How to sew a straight line? How to thread a machine? Campers will create a simple sundress, skirt and small accessories to be shown off on the last day when friends and parents are invited to attend a FASHION SHOW! $250


FULL July 24-28, 9am-noon

The Wild Fiber Camp 7+

From needle felting, to hand dyed fabric and weaving, campers will experience the vast range of fiber art while creating projects inspired by the wild nature around us.    $250


FULL July 31 - August 4, 9am-2pm

Camp Runway 10+
Kids will make and show their own outfit from start to finish while learning how to read a pattern and implement all the instructions. Patterns are included in the camp fee. Materials are not part of the camp fee. Prior to camp, instructors will schedule a shopping trip to purchase fabric, notions, thread, etc. $325


FULL August 7-11 Two Track Camp Runway:

Track one 8-9, 9am-Noon, all day Friday

Track Two 10+ 9am-2pm
Young Fashionistas will make and show their own outfit from start to finish while learning how to read a pattern and implement all the instructions. Patterns are included in the camp fee.

•Materials are included for Track One ages 8-9. $269

Track Two campers 10+ will meet with instructors prior to camp to be measured and given fabric and notions shopping list. $325


FULL August 14-18,
9am-noon
Cottage Camp 7+

Campers will build, furnish and decorate four rooms of our favorite Little Bits Cottage while learning to sew, sculpt, make books and use their imagination. It’s a house where the Borrowers could live! $269


FULL August 14-18, 1-4pm Cottage Camp 7+

Campers will build, furnish and decorate four rooms of our favorite Little Bits Cottage while learning to sew, sculpt, make books and use their imagination. It’s a house where the Borrowers could live! $269






 

$45 each or 2 classes for $80 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

WLR

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TO REGISTER

for MakerNature Camps

in Thatcher Woods


 

The Little Bits Workshop is partnering with the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Trailside Museum to offer the ultimate day camps for children 6 - 13. Children entering 1st - 3rd grade will be separate from children entering 4th - 7th grade and projects will be differentiated by age group.

2 spots left June 12-16, 9am – noon - The Whimsical Garden

A collaboration between the Little Bits Workshop and Trailside Museum. Kids will make Gnome and Fairy furniture, magical mushrooms, outdoor batik yard banners and garden ornaments. With Trailside naturalists, campers will enjoy an outdoor adventure in nature’s garden in the forest preserve. They’ll plant a garden for butterflies, explore wild plants and the many creatures that live with them.  $250


FULL: 4th-7th grade

8 spots left in 1st-3rd grade
(older campers my join younger group making drums)

June 19-23  9am – 3pm Celebrating Native American Cultures

Come celebrate Native American culture by learning the history of Thatcher Woods through stories, crafts and the traditions of regional tribes. First through third grade campers will create a drum and traditional Indian games. Fourth through seventh grade campers will make beaded moccasins with traditional patterns and symbolism. All campers will learn the role of these items in a contemporary inter-tribal pow-wow. Campers will also hike along historic trails and learn to make fire, shoot bows and arrows, and paddle a canoe.   $325


June 26 - 30, 9am – noon - Young Nature Artists 7+

We will get up close and personal with an owl, hawk, native plants, reptiles and insects so campers can learn to draw from real live models. They will also paint with watercolor and acrylic, learning the special attributes and techniques of each medium. The Trailside Naturalists will lead them on nature hikes so they can learn about our local habitat and identify everything they see around them in the forest. Our artists then will exhibit their artwork during the month of July in the Trailside Museum. Invite friends and family to the show! $250

   

NEW::Art Camp for Adults!

June 27 & 29, 9am – noon

Painting in the Forest for Adults!

Join us for 2 mornings of art journaling and painting and enjoy hot tea from Todd & Holland with locally baked scones:

Tuesday 6/27 The Painted Journal We’ll explore the art of the painted journal, perfect for experimenting with new techniques and a no pressure way to just be creative, jot ideas, compose and gear up for a painting on canvas. You’ll learn how to prepare the pages to hold acrylic paint, practice sgraffito, under painting, and blowing color.


Thursday 6/29 Painting The Tree of YOUR Life Using the techniques practiced in the journal, you’ll create a painting on canvas using acrylics. Inspired by the nature around us, or found objects and flowers in your garden, you’ll paint an abstract “Tree of Life” combining ideas inspired from your life, family, neighborhood and community.