411 Park Avenue • River Forest, IL 60305    |   ph 630-309-1606   |   www.thelittlebitsworkshop.com

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The Math of Craft.... a week measuring five times and cutting once. Kids built tables with repurposed materials: a local carpenter’s scraps (Thanks Bob!!). Then we tiled the table tops with left-overs from a bathroom tile project (Thanks Kathleen). Kids learned how build and scavenge for free materials. The cherry on top is the little drawer on the shelf under the table top: cigar boxes embellished by each child with paint and Mod Podge.

During Extreme 2012 Knit & Crochet Camp, we yarn bombed Lake Street with a little bit of magic.

Our campers hand sewed 6 beautiful street banners for River Forest in 2012 all from repurposed scraps and vintage doilies. They were displayed all summer along Lake Street between Park & Franklin.

Our Good Guerilla Artists continued the mural in 2013 with words of wisdom along Central Ave in River Forest.

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What’s Next::

Registration for fall classes is open!

Fall Workshops begin September 8


We are excited about our new program called:


Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 9am-11am for ages 4-6

Fall Schedule:

MWF: RockPaperScissors

Monday: Sewing

Tuesday: Sewing/Knitting

Wednesday: Crafternoons

Thursday: MakerNature

Friday: Crafternoons

Saturday: Sew/Knit

Interested in hosting a

Westy-Workshops for 8 in your yard or driveway?

Starting September 30, we are taking the workshop on the road in our Westfalia BitsMobile! We can teach 8 children for a 1.5 hour outdoor workshop. This is great for birthday parties or after school workshops. We just need a driveway or a parking spot on the right hand side of the street and pretty good weather. Our van’s awning will fend off a little drizzle, but not a storm.  Call or email Liita for details:



Westy-Workshops are $200-300 per class depending on the project materials.

Covid-19 Check-in Procedures and class logistics:

  1. Workshops will have no more than 12 children and all programming will be outdoors in tents. In the case of extreme weather, that day of camp will be cancelled or rescheduled in advance. There will be no refunds for any cancelled days.

  2. We will take each child's temperature at check-in every day. Those exceeding 99 degrees will not be admitted.

  3. Children and instructors will wear face masks at all times. If a child needs a mask break, we will have a designated spot away from the group where they can take a break for few minutes.

  4. Programs will be 2 hours to minimize the need for snacks and restroom use. A staff member will wipe down all restroom surfaces with disinfectant after every use. 

  5. Each child will have their own space to keep their water bottle in for the week.  If they are thirsty, they can step away from the the group and remove their mask temporarily. Children should be given a substantial breakfast to minimize the need for snacks. We will keep prepackaged pretzels on hand for emergencies, but WILL NOT  be having an official group snack time.

  6. We have 2 large tents which will seat up to 12 children.

  7. Waivers must be signed by parents.


Enjoying snacks and hot cocoa in our Bushcraft Kid Cave made out of repurposed Christmas Trees

and built by our

Thursday scouts...

Junior Camp Runway 2017

MakerNature Camp


The Little Bits Workshop is a cozy DIY maker-space tucked away in the heart of River Forest, Illinois where kids of all ages learn to use their hands, hearts and heads simultaneously to make wonderful things.

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Our Summer Camp artists have made their mark in Thatcher Woods....