EcoMonth classes at PFI

Sometimes it’s not enough just to make something.  Sometimes you have to make something with purpose.

Sustainability. Everybody is talking about it these days. But how do you put it into action?  At PFI, we walk the talk.

Throughout February, expect displays, tours, talks and blogs showing and telling about the tools and techniques to help you live a sustainable life.  And of course, there are classes.

We start the month with “Mali Rising” — a special class where we teach Girl Guides to sew sanitary kits for the young women of Mali, Africa.  PFI is donating all materials and tools for this important event.  The idea is that by “each one teach one” we can start and maintain a momentum of helping and giving to meet the needs of others.

February continues with classes to show you how to:

— Use your fabric scraps to make a tote.

— Create a dress with zero waste.

— Sew a jacket using rag wool.

— Make vegan leather from mushrooms or seaweed.

Fit, fix, upcycle and mend with style so you can make best use of what you have in your wardrobe.

And a First Friday event February 1, 6-8 pm at 811 Burnside to visit Portland’s best sustainable designers and see a special exhibit from PFI’s Innovative Design class.

We aim to share ideas and show you skills from teachers who know and can help you take your desire for sustainability into reality — with fun.  Start by reading our blog post, “Sew Green” to learn more about organic textiles.

And as it has done for a decade, 10 percent of PFI’s profits go to The Nature Conservancy to protect the last best places on earth.