Linnet Finley

With a fine artist’s sense of colour, a problem-solver’s sense of design, and a tree-hugger’s commitment to sustainability, Linnet Finley of Linnet Bird Designs offers soft, colourful, innovative products for kids, simple yet ingenious patterns for makers, and patient, joyful, empowering classes for those who want to develop their own sewing and handwork practice. Finley comes from a long line of textile artists and handworkers, and though she flirted with musical theatre, and detoured into environmental studies, she has arrived at a way to marry all her loves into one. Linnet Bird Designs is for those who prioritize locally handmade goods, and who look for a thoughtful approach to making.

Current / Upcoming Courses

35. Sewing Fundamentals Session 3: Tote Bag

Carry your stuff in style! Over two days learn how to make this simple but classic tote (customizable with both outer and inner pockets) and see just how rewarding sewing can be! Bring 1/2 meter of fabric for the outside of the bag, 1/2 meter of fabric for the lining, plus an additional fat quarter of fabric for the pockets. 3 meters of cotton webbing or an equivalent strap material (between 1"-2” wide, your preference).

35. Sewing Fundamentals Session 2: Zipper Bag

Learn how to sew zippers with this incredibly useful project. You will gain zipper-sewing confidence and will leave wanting to make more pouches for all your friends! Bring two fat quarters of fabric (one for the outside of the pouch, one for the lining) 100% cotton is preferred but not mandatory.

Students who have their own sewing machines to learn on are encouraged to bring them to class. A few machines will be available in the studio for those who do not have their own.

35. Sewing Fundamentals Session 1: Bunting Banner

A fun and decorative project perfect for the beginner sewer who wants to develop some basic cutting and machine sewing skills.

Students who have their own sewing machines to learn on are encouraged to bring them to class. A few machines will be available in the studio for those who do not have their own.