The City's Best DIY Classes


Life's a Stitch
Self-taught sewing skills just so-so? The gals at Craft Haven in Potrero Hill offer a three-part learn-the-basics package called “The Works” that turns your butterfingers into instruments of needle-and-thread wizardry. Dates ongoing, 520 Hampshire St.,

Pattern Behavior

Decorate your old hardcovers 18th century-style with paste papers. The SF Center for the Book teaches this glorified finger-painting technique using pattern-inducing materials such as Bubble Wrap, plant leaves and sponges. June 26, 300 DeHaro St., 415-565-0545,

Child's Play
In conjunction with the exhibit, “FourSite: 4 Artists, 4 Materials, 4 Sites,” the SF Museum of Craft and Design gets kids in on the act with a sculpture-making class using materials featured in the big show: paper, fiber, metal and wood. July 17; 560 Sutter St.,415-773-0303,

To Dye For
In Gravel and Gold's natural-dyeing workshop, taught by SF textile artist Zee Boudreaux, you'll learn how to take brilliant dyes—derived from roots, flowers and, yes, bugs—and transfer them onto silk scarves and wool yarn. June 6, 3266 21st St., 415-552-0112,

Summer Lovin'

After Workshop's one-day DIY BBQ Kits class, you'll have crafted a mini-charcoal grill, a silk-screened picnic blanket with matching wine-bottle and beer koozies, and a tote bag to lug around your masterpieces. Ongoing, 1798 McAllister St.,415-874-9186,

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