Get creative and GO GREEN (or pink, flannel or denim)!

Local classes, super-simple machines make it easy – and fun! – to up-cycle

You love cosiness of that old sweater, but not the style anymore. Maybe your favourite flannel has a stain on the sleeve, but you can’t bear to part with the shirt…

Castle Sewing has the ideal solution!

As more and more people get bitten by the creativity bug, there’s also a big push to reduce what we’re throwing into the landfill. The two come together beautifully through programs like “Don’t Just Recycle, Upcyle!” Oct. 19, exploring great ways to give new life to old clothing. You’ll even learn how turn that old shirt into a reusable shopping bag!

“These are some of our most popular classes,” notes Stephannie Bulman, who with husband Clint owns Castle’s Sewing, serving and inspiring local sewing enthusiasts for 77 years!

In fact, Castle’s is the oldest independent, third-generation, family-run sewing centre in Western Canada, the oldest and No. 1 Brother Dealer for Western Canada, and one of the oldest Pfaff Dealers in Western Canada. And that speaks to both their expertise and enthusiasm at sharing what they know with new generations.

Turning what you love into something new

Of course, it’s not only the landfill that sees the impact of a throw-away culture. With consumers growing more aware of issues such as the amount of water used in manufacturing, it makes get as much use from materials as we can.

Quilters and crafters have long embraced the chance to use up colourful material scraps, but how about turning that flannel into a cosy throw-cushion – perfect for fall! Or maybe that beautiful blouse with the awesome pattern but outdated style could be cut up to embellish something new?

These are some of the many possibilities sewers and crafters are exploring more and more, Stephannie says.

Discover – or rediscover – your passion!

Many of these projects are also easy ways to rediscover the possibilities and pleasures of sewing.

“If you haven’t sewed since Grade 8, or maybe you’ve never picked up a needle before, the new machines make it simple to get started,” Stephannie says. “You can easily turn that old pair of jeans into a pillow or apron, for example.”

New digital cutting machines add to the possibilities for people having fun with home decor projects, accessories like wallets, or seasonal projects like felt Advent calendars your family will love for years to come.

In-house expertise and special events

Whether inquiring about a new class or a new – or new-to-you – machine, the Castle’s team offers exceptional, personalized service.

“We want you to ask questions, to try out the machines, and try a new project,” Stephannie says.

In fact, there’s an array of new classes and workshops on the calendar to take you through fall and winter… including some very special guest instructors coming from as far as Oregon and Australia!

To learn more. stop in at 18543 Fraser Hwy. or more information, visit at and on Facebook.


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