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About Us

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Welcome

Fabricate originated from a love of textiles and all things handmade. It is a place of craft inspiration and education in lovely downtown Boulder, Colorado, and was founded in 2011 by fabric aficionado, Linda Spillmann. At Fabricate we aim to inspire people to learn to sew, quilt, embroider, felt, mend, upholster, up-cycle, in a word: create. We set ourselves apart with our offering of carefully sourced designer knit, quilt-weight, and home décor fabrics. We also supply unique sewing patterns, books, and notions, as well as embroidery, felting and hand-sewing kits, which are all chosen with the purpose of inspiring people to create.

Our cozy, light-filled studio, just east of the Pearl Street Mall, has an assortment of craft tools for use, including sewing machines, sergers, cutting mats, rotary cutters, irons, threads, books, and more. Our talented and experienced team of instructors offer a wide range of adult classes, as well as private and semi-private sewing lessons, and kids classes and camps. The sewing machines in our studio are provided courtesy of Blakeman Vacuum & Sewing of Boulder, who we’ve partnered with to bring you the highest quality sewing machines from the best manufacturers in the industry.

We invite you to visit us and ask our friendly staff any questions you may have, or for any assistance you may need. We hope our offering of beautiful fabric, craft supplies and kits, and hand-made items from local artists, kindles your curiosity and motivation. We love “show-and-tell” and chatting with other crafty-minded souls and we are thrilled to play a part in the growing do-it-yourself movement.

Private & Semi-Private Sewing Lessons

We offer private lessons in quilting, sewing, pattern and garment alteration, felting, embroidery, and more. We can help design, trouble shoot, and create within the context of your project’s specific needs. Private lessons are $40 per hour, and semi-private lessons for two people are $25/hr per person, and $20/hr per person for three or more persons. To set up a private lesson, please email contact@fabricateboulder.com or call 303.997.8245

Private Parties & Events

Fabricate’s large studio is a perfect venue for any kind of party or crafty gathering. We love to host children and adult birthday parties, baby showers, holiday parties, team building work parties, mom’s night out gatherings, Trunk Shows and more. For craft party ideas, prices, and more information, please email us at contact@fabricateboulder.com or call 303.997.8245

Custom Services

We complete custom projects, large and small, including items such as curtains, pillows, napkins, light upholstery, and garment mending and repair at a rate of $45/hour.

Our Instructors
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Ann Sather

As a child Ann would sew herself into clothes before she learned how to install a zipper. In Junior High and High School she took every sewing class available. Ann went on to graduate from Colorado State University and the Paris Fashion Institute with degrees in Fashion Design.Ann’s sewing adventures also took her to New York City to make costumes for a dance entourage.

Ann has owned two clothing businesses: a children’s clothing wear company and a yoga clothing company. She has worked in every aspect of the clothing industry including design, pattern making, and sewing prototypes and sample lines. She loves being able to share her passion for and knowledge of sewing with others.

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Sara Sanderson

Sara is a visual artist with both a BA and MA in Fine Arts and over 18 years of experience teaching children and adults how to create and appreciate the arts. She attended the Pratt Institute of Art, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She currently teaches Art at the Alexander Dawson School and she specializes in design, drawing, and painting. Her love of fabric and sewing comes from her talented mother who is an interior designer in Boulder.

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Annlee Landman

As a child Annlee loved making her own clothes and making costumes for her teddy bears. While visiting the Shelburne Museum as a teen she discovered traditional patchwork and quilting, and her real fascination with geometric design and fabric began. In 1983, she moved to London and lived across the street from another museum, The Victoria & Albert, where she discovered her love for antique textiles and decorative arts.

Her children were born into handmade baby quilts and hooded towels replete with European toile, homespun plaids and quilting fabrics. Annlee eventually became the curator of Museum Quilts Gallery, one of the largest private collections of antique American Quilts outside of the U.S. and she published a book titled, “Learning to Quilt the Traditional Way” in 1994. She has taught quilting since she moved to Boulder ten years ago and has recently discovered the pleasure of working with contemporary fabrics.

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Stephanie Ruyle

Stephanie has been sewing for over 40 years, quilting for more than 20 years, and teaching both for eight years. She belongs to the Front Range Modern Quilt Guild and Denver Metro Modern Quilt Guild. Stephanie was chosen to present one of her gorgeous quilts in the inaugural Modern Quilt Guild exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Houston , TX and had two quilts displayed at the International Quilt Festival in 2014.

Stephanie lives in Denver, grew up in New England and is a physician who now quilts full time. She has had her Houston quilt in two publications, and it is currently hanging at the Colorado State Capitol in the “Quilts at the Capitol” show and she has also displayed quilts at Quiltcon. She teaches Free Motion Quilting at Fabricate. You can follow her blog, Spontaneous Threads and see some of her most recent work on Instagram. She was also recently covered in the popular blog, SewMamaSew.

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Stephanie Sterling

Stephanie has been sewing for as long as she can remember. She started sewing clothes for her dolls by hand and never looked back. Her mother designed women’s clothing and Stephanie enjoyed going to work with her and pilfering from her fabric, buttons, and trim collections.

Stephanie now primarily sews for her three adorable daughters. She has learned to embrace the joys of sewing with little time and is having a wonderful time sharing what she has learned with others. You can find her patterns in all three volumes of the “One Yard Wonders” books. She enjoys quilting and participating in the online sewing community. You can follow her on Instagram.

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Lynne Troup & Michele Obermeier

Between the two of them, Lynne and Michele bring over 30 years of quilt-making experience to their teaching. Coincidentally, both began the quilt-making journey during their years as expats, Lynne in London, England, Michele in Sydney, Australia. Grounded in traditional methods, they have evolved into contemporary quilt enthusiasts, with a passion for fabric, color, design and the endless possibilities of the creative process of modern quilting.

Their training has been at the hands of some of the most prominent names in the quilting world through countless classes and workshops. They cherish the camaraderie of those who love to engage with beautiful fabrics and intriguing designs and love to share their commitment to discovery and learning.

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Alex Niehaus

Alex has been sewing since she was eleven, but her love for the craft truly took hold in college when she made her first pattern in a costume design class. She loves the design component of sewing and the idea of making something from beginning to end. Alex graduated from The University of Tulsa in 2008 with a BA in fine arts (painting and ceramics) and a minor in art history.

Alex loves to sew for her two children and her favorite things to make are useful things such as tote bags, pillows, clothes, scarves, quilts, and hats. She appreciates the usefulness of these things and that they bring warmth, beauty, and color to people’s lives. Alex teaches felting and instructs in our children’s classes.

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Carol Gantos

Since studying at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, where Carol graduated with a B.F.A. in Apparel and Accessory Design, Carol designed for companies such as Banana Republic, Halston, Randolph Duke and for Lilly Pulitzer in PA. In each role, she was inspired to enhance the creative process with handcrafted techniques that she’d been playing with since age six. She has always been fascinated by “what you can do to the fabric”—being resourceful with what you have. She was drawn to embroidery, beading and appliqué, and still remember that thrill that comes with making something with your own two hands and imagination.
Fashion design sketching has also been a joy for her. She’s taught this craft using her method many times, and she’s always amazed at how students thrive when they’re given some tools, technique, inspiration and the space to explore the possibilities.