We’re nearly halfway through the year, and the rest of our workshops for 2018 are filling up quickly. We recently hosted our largest Three-Day Workshop—with 20 guests—and the popularity of our workshops continues to grow.

We normally wait until later in the year to announce upcoming workshops, but we have already set dates through part of 2019 and wanted to give you as much time as possible to plan your trip to The Factory. Whether you’re a sewing novice or a seasoned pro, The School of Making has something for you.

Intro to Hand-Sewing Workshop

March 15, 2019
August 16, 2019

The Intro to Hand-Sewing Workshop is the perfect introduction to sewing, and it makes a great gift for a loved one (or yourself). During this workshop, you’ll learn the physics of sewing, reverse appliqué, and an overview of garment construction and other techniques from The School of Making. Work with our team to create a hand-sewn project from a selection of our most popular kits. Join us in The Factory Café for lunch immediately following the workshop and stay for a free, guided tour of our design and production studios as well as our Building 14 production facility.

Three-Day Workshop

May 16, 2019 – May 18, 2019
November 7, 2019 – November 9, 2019

Our popular Three-Day Workshop opens the studio doors at The Factory in Florence, Alabama, and allows participants to work with The School of Making team, a selection of our most loved DIY garment patterns, and our extensive DIY stencil library. Participants create a customized hand-sewn garment or project of their choice from The School of Making Book Series and newer styles from the Build a Wardrobe program. We offer a range of options that can be tailored to any skill level. The three-day schedule also includes a Swampette tour of the Shoals music scene, history of Alabama Chanin, and a studio tour.

Classic Studio Week

June 3, 2019 – June 7, 2019

This week-long event invites participants into The School of Making’s expanded studio for a total immersion into our philosophies, methods, materials, and products. Participants will experiment with several different techniques in hand sewing and will be guided through each step in the process of creating a garment from The School of Making. Techniques include design basics and the physics of sewing, stencil design and creation, airbrush and stenciling of garments, fit and basic pattern alterations, discussion, and critique. This Monday-through-Friday event includes yoga sessions, time for sight-seeing, and some delicious, locally sourced meals with optional time Saturday for any last-minute studio time, packing up, and purchases.

Keep an eye on the Journal for information about upcoming away workshops with The School of Making team, and check the Events calendar for added programming throughout the year.


P.S.: The Shoals is an area rich in history with many unique destinations to experience during your stay. We encourage you to plan an extra day or two to get out and explore. There are also a number of points of interest within a day’s drive if you want to see more of Alabama while you’re here.

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  1. Cindy Hansen

    One of your workshops has been on bucket list for a while now. Maybe 2019 will be my year.

    Can you give me an idea of how many participants are in the workshops? I’m travelling a long way so I’d probably do the 3 day or the week long.


    1. Alabama

      Hi Cindy,

      We cap the Three-Day at 20 guests and the Classic Studio Week at 13. We hope this helps and hope to see you in Alabama in 2019!

  2. tracy

    Will you be adding any patternmaking workshops?

    I’m still hoping to make it out there one of these days, if I can just figure out how to get to Florence from the airport without driving. 🙂

  3. BK

    Sorry to hear that you won’t be doing the Patternmaking workshop in 2019. Really wanted to do that one. One day studio just doesn’t seem to be a good substitute.

    1. Alabama

      Hi BK,

      We do not have one planned for 2019, but we do plan to have one in 2020. I hope you’ll come see us here at The Factory!