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“I’ve come to believe that craft, making, and creative endeavors toward producing sustainable products will create an enduring future for our community.” —Natalie Chanin

The School of Making® incorporates the best of fashion, craft, and design under one roof. 100% organic materials, how-to-books, kits for garments and home furnishings—gifts that you make yourself.

Our DIY collection of hand-sewn projects from our Studio Book Series features kits that include everything you need to complete your project.

100% Organic Cotton is at the heart of The School of Making. It is a perfect example of our core values: sustainability, fashion, DIY, and craft.

Studio Books

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— Alabama Stitch Book

Alabama Stitch Book offers a collection of projects and stories from the Alabama Chanin clothing and lifestyle company, known for the cutting-edge twist it puts on tried-and-true sewing, quilting, and embroidery techniques, applied mostly by hand to recycled and organic cotton jersey. 2018 celebrated the book's 10th anniversary and now that ten years have passed, our publisher has released a special edition of Alabama Stitch Book with a new cover and updated introduction. 

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— Alabama Studio Style

As part of an ongoing design series, Alabama Studio Style builds upon techniques explored in Alabama Stitch Book with new stitching, stenciling, and beading methods, applying them to twenty extraordinary clothing and home decor projects. Also included are recipes comprising three delicious menus. Alabama Studio Style shows us that true style encompasses not only what we wear, how we decorate, and what we eat, but also how we care for our environment. Please note, Alabama Studio Style was discontinued in 2019.

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— Alabama Studio Sewing + Design

Alabama Studio Sewing + Design presents techniques used to create your own organic cotton clothing. Included in this encyclopedic compilation are dresses, skirts, tops, a wrap, a poncho, a bolero, a hat, and fingerless gloves. Each piece is first featured in its basic form, then with embellishments, and is then mixed, matched, and layered to showcase its stunning versatility.

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— Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns

Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns: A Guide to Customizing a Hand-Stitched Alabama Chanin Wardrobe is a companion to the Studio Book Series. In this volume of the four-book series, we offer, by popular demand, three new core patterns—the A-Line Dress/Tunic/Top, the Long and Short Wrap Skirt, and the Classic Coat/Jacket/Cardigan—and a guide to customizing garments to fit and flatter. The book comes with a disc containing patterns for all of the garments from the previous three books in the Alabama Studio Series with additional sizing for XXL.

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— The Geometry of Hand-Sewing

The Geometry of Hand-Sewing: A Romance in Stitches and Embroidery from Alabama Chanin and The School of Making  by Natalie Chanin is a comprehensive guide to hand-stitching and embroidery. This book focuses solely on the stitches themselves rather than projects or garments. It takes embroidery stitches and breaks them down into different geometric grid systems that make learning even seemingly elaborate stitches as easy as child’s play. The Geometry of Hand-Sewing  presents this breakthrough method and features illustrated instructions for more than 100 stitches—from the most basic straight and chain to the more fanciful feather and herringbone—photos of both right and wrong sides; and guidelines for modifying stitches to further increase one’s repertoire. To simplify learning, the book also includes two plastic stitching cards die-cut with the grids on which every stitch in the book is based. These reusable cards can be stitched through for practicing or used as stencils for transferring grids to fabric.

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— Alabama Stitch Book

Alabama Stitch Book offers a collection of projects and stories from the Alabama Chanin clothing and lifestyle company, known for the cutting-edge twist it puts on tried-and-true sewing, quilting, and embroidery techniques, applied mostly by hand to recycled and organic cotton jersey. 2018 celebrated the book's 10th anniversary and now that ten years have passed, our publisher has released a special edition of Alabama Stitch Book with a new cover and updated introduction. 

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2/5 
— Alabama Studio Style

As part of an ongoing design series, Alabama Studio Style builds upon techniques explored in Alabama Stitch Book with new stitching, stenciling, and beading methods, applying them to twenty extraordinary clothing and home decor projects. Also included are recipes comprising three delicious menus. Alabama Studio Style shows us that true style encompasses not only what we wear, how we decorate, and what we eat, but also how we care for our environment. Please note, Alabama Studio Style was discontinued in 2019.

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3/5 
— Alabama Studio Sewing + Design

Alabama Studio Sewing + Design presents techniques used to create your own organic cotton clothing. Included in this encyclopedic compilation are dresses, skirts, tops, a wrap, a poncho, a bolero, a hat, and fingerless gloves. Each piece is first featured in its basic form, then with embellishments, and is then mixed, matched, and layered to showcase its stunning versatility.

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4/5 
— Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns

Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns: A Guide to Customizing a Hand-Stitched Alabama Chanin Wardrobe is a companion to the Studio Book Series. In this volume of the four-book series, we offer, by popular demand, three new core patterns—the A-Line Dress/Tunic/Top, the Long and Short Wrap Skirt, and the Classic Coat/Jacket/Cardigan—and a guide to customizing garments to fit and flatter. The book comes with a disc containing patterns for all of the garments from the previous three books in the Alabama Studio Series with additional sizing for XXL.

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5/5 
— The Geometry of Hand-Sewing

The Geometry of Hand-Sewing: A Romance in Stitches and Embroidery from Alabama Chanin and The School of Making  by Natalie Chanin is a comprehensive guide to hand-stitching and embroidery. This book focuses solely on the stitches themselves rather than projects or garments. It takes embroidery stitches and breaks them down into different geometric grid systems that make learning even seemingly elaborate stitches as easy as child’s play. The Geometry of Hand-Sewing  presents this breakthrough method and features illustrated instructions for more than 100 stitches—from the most basic straight and chain to the more fanciful feather and herringbone—photos of both right and wrong sides; and guidelines for modifying stitches to further increase one’s repertoire. To simplify learning, the book also includes two plastic stitching cards die-cut with the grids on which every stitch in the book is based. These reusable cards can be stitched through for practicing or used as stencils for transferring grids to fabric.

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1/5 
— Alabama Stitch Book

Alabama Stitch Book offers a collection of projects and stories from the Alabama Chanin clothing and lifestyle company, known for the cutting-edge twist it puts on tried-and-true sewing, quilting, and embroidery techniques, applied mostly by hand to recycled and organic cotton jersey. 2018 celebrated the book's 10th anniversary and now that ten years have passed, our publisher has released a special edition of Alabama Stitch Book with a new cover and updated introduction. 

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2/5 
— Alabama Studio Style

As part of an ongoing design series, Alabama Studio Style builds upon techniques explored in Alabama Stitch Book with new stitching, stenciling, and beading methods, applying them to twenty extraordinary clothing and home decor projects. Also included are recipes comprising three delicious menus. Alabama Studio Style shows us that true style encompasses not only what we wear, how we decorate, and what we eat, but also how we care for our environment. Please note, Alabama Studio Style was discontinued in 2019.

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3/5 
— Alabama Studio Sewing + Design

Alabama Studio Sewing + Design presents techniques used to create your own organic cotton clothing. Included in this encyclopedic compilation are dresses, skirts, tops, a wrap, a poncho, a bolero, a hat, and fingerless gloves. Each piece is first featured in its basic form, then with embellishments, and is then mixed, matched, and layered to showcase its stunning versatility.

slide image alt text
4/5 
— Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns

Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns: A Guide to Customizing a Hand-Stitched Alabama Chanin Wardrobe is a companion to the Studio Book Series. In this volume of the four-book series, we offer, by popular demand, three new core patterns—the A-Line Dress/Tunic/Top, the Long and Short Wrap Skirt, and the Classic Coat/Jacket/Cardigan—and a guide to customizing garments to fit and flatter. The book comes with a disc containing patterns for all of the garments from the previous three books in the Alabama Studio Series with additional sizing for XXL.

slide image alt text
5/5 
— The Geometry of Hand-Sewing

The Geometry of Hand-Sewing: A Romance in Stitches and Embroidery from Alabama Chanin and The School of Making  by Natalie Chanin is a comprehensive guide to hand-stitching and embroidery. This book focuses solely on the stitches themselves rather than projects or garments. It takes embroidery stitches and breaks them down into different geometric grid systems that make learning even seemingly elaborate stitches as easy as child’s play. The Geometry of Hand-Sewing  presents this breakthrough method and features illustrated instructions for more than 100 stitches—from the most basic straight and chain to the more fanciful feather and herringbone—photos of both right and wrong sides; and guidelines for modifying stitches to further increase one’s repertoire. To simplify learning, the book also includes two plastic stitching cards die-cut with the grids on which every stitch in the book is based. These reusable cards can be stitched through for practicing or used as stencils for transferring grids to fabric.

Techniques We Document, Preserve, and Teach

Reverse Appliqué

Couching

Negative Reverse Appliqué

Beaded

Backstitch Appliqué

Relief Appliqué

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DIY SEWING KITS

The School of Making® offers DIY Kits made for makers: pre-cut, pre-stenciled, and with all the thread and notions needed to create a garment made for you, by you. Explore an assortment of inspirations, accessories, and designs that will help you curate your ideal sustainable wardrobe.

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MAKER SUPPLIES + STENCILS

Explore tools and materials to inspire and create your next project. Our curated selection of notions, tools, and stencils are chosen with makers in mind. Use these products in tandem with our DIY Sewing Kits and Studio Book Series.

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STUDIO BOOKS + PATTERNS

The School of Making® books are comprehensive guides to processes and techniques for hand-making garments and home goods. Use them in conjunction with our DIY Sewing Kits. We choose to open source our methods and patterns to aid in our efforts to make our products more accessible to a wider audience. The School of Making is a natural outgrowth of the book series and our desire to maintain a sustainable, multi-faceted business.

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WORKSHOPS

Founded on the ideas of cultural preservation through education, The School of Making® is our platform for an open exchange of ideas, maker skills, supply chain transparency, and education. We invite you to be a part of the growing movement and join us at one of our workshops at The Factory or away—for a unique learning experience with our team.

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