Sewing and Fiber Arts

woman sewing pillowcase at the Library

Library Patrons Give Back, One Pillowcase at a Time

Spirits soared in the Community Room this past June as residents of Glenview came together for a charitable cause—the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. The challenge, from American Patchwork & Quilting, called for volunteers to craft pillowcases in hopes of donating a collective total of one million pillowcases to charities across the country. With that goal in mind, novice and experienced crafters alike gathered to partake in the challenge.

Eve Michelini of Reader Services was the visionary behind bringing the challenge to the Library. Though she and her volunteer instructor Marsha Gordon teach a variety of sewing classes at the Library, Eve thought that this program would be a special opportunity for both teens and adults to learn a life skill while also helping people in need. “It’s a service to yourself and a service to your community,” she said.

She expressed that a gift as small as a handmade pillowcase can show kindness and great care. A firm believer that working towards a shared goal can bring people together, Eve believes that the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge helped foster a sense of community in Glenview.

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Sewing and Fiber Arts Programs

colorful threadOpen Sewing Studio

Wednesday, September 19, October 17 OR November 14, 2-4 PM • Community Room East • Ages 18+

Use the Library’s sewing machines and sergers to work on your own project or choose one of ours. Staff is available to provide basic instruction on projects and equipment, limited to beginning sewing topics. No online registration. Visit or call the Reader Services Desk at 847-729-7500 x7600 for questions and to register for a one- or two-hour session.

sewing notionsLearn to Sew: A Three-Part Series

Mondays, October 22, 29 & November 5, 6-8 PM • Community Room East or Multipurpose Room
Adults & High School Teens

Learn basic machine and sewing construction techniques to make cozy pajama pants. You bring fabric, matching thread, and elastic to the first class; we provide the rest. View the required supply list here. Attendance required at all three classes; registering for the first reserves your seat for all three. Glenview Library card required. Registration begins September 22. Limit 8.

woman arm knittingDIY Arm Knitting: Infinity Scarf

Monday, November 12, 6-8 PM • Multipurpose Room
Adults & High School Teens

Learn how to create a beautiful, stylish infinity scarf with yarn and your two arms. No hooks, no needles, and no experience necessary. Please bring two 64-yard, 10.5 oz. skeins of #7 jumbo weight mega bulky yarn, one or two colors. Limit 12.

Sew With a Friend

Thursday, November 29, 6-8 PM • Multipurpose Room • Adults & High School Teens

Learn the basics of operating a sewing machine and use your new skills to make a lined gift bag. You bring two coordinating fat quarters of fabric; we provide the rest. Registration and Glenview Library card required for each participant. Limit 8.