Behind the Scenes
The year is off to a busy start! Our workshop is bustling as we fill all the orders that are coming in. We thought it would be fun to give you a glimpse behind the scenes at Classy Threads so you can learn a little about how we work.
Our workshop is stocked with rolls and rolls of all the colourful fabric we use to put together your kits: Cotton, Flannel, Fleece, Canvas, Twill, Minky, Faux Fur, Felt, Nylon, Interlock and Polyester. Large tables are used to roll out and cut the fabric in the various sizes required for our kits. If a kit requires the pattern to be printed on the back of the fabric, each piece of fabric is silk screened by hand and carefully hung on a rack to dry. For kits that aren’t silk screened, there are boxes filled with patterns that are folded to the correct size prior to packaging. When we prepare our kits, we carefully lay them out in the same order and count and count again to make sure each one is complete.
No space is wasted in our workshop and if you look around you will see how carefully everything is organized. There are containers filled with the eyes, noses and bits of felt that make up our notion packs. One shelf holds boxes of Gutermann thread along with the chart we have made listing which colour goes with which type of fabric. Another shelf has a box of elastics we have measured and cut for waistbands for boxers and PJs. A corner of the workshop is devoted to storing our bags of stuffing. Each of the small bags have been weighed and filled by hand so they are ready to go.
Underneath the tables and in filing cabinets you’ll find patterns and instructions sheets for all our kits which have been designed by our owner, Karen. Drawers of felt and small pieces of fur for Dice stand at the end of a rack holding large boxes of packaged kits. Everything is labelled and organized so that we can keep track of stock. All the scraps of material are put aside and used for small kits or stored until we design a kit that can use them. We try to waste as little as we can!
Cardboard boxes in many sizes are piled high on top of shelves ready for orders. Kits are gathered or assembled as required, bags of stuffing are collected and numbers of everything are double-checked prior to an order being packaged. Once sealed, orders are weighed and labelled and accumulate throughout the day in a pile ready for the end of day postal pickup.
Our workshop is a busy place and we have a lot of fun as we work hard to make sure you get exactly what you have ordered. Every once in awhile we make a mistake but just let us know if that happens and we will fix it right away!
If you love to create, you would find our workshop a delight. Being surrounded by so much colour and texture would be sure to inspire you! We hope you have enjoyed this peak behind the scenes at Classy Threads!