The following is a profile of Carol Robbins, instructor of Summer Sewing DYI — one- and two-session workshops being offered as part of the Belmar Community Makerspace Summer Maker Program.

BELMAR, NJ — Carol Robbins has been sewing since she was a child — a talent she now shares with others through her sewing and quilting classes at the Belmar Community Makerspace.

The longtime Jersey Shore resident also works as a library assistant at the Bradley Beach Public Library and a picture framer at Main Street Gallery in Manasquan. And the mother of four — and grandmother of five — also finds time to create beautiful quilts and heirloom dresses.

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About Summer Sewing DIY: Dress Shirt Pillows, Zippered Pouches, T-Shirt Quilts and Slosh Plush Toys

Below is a rundown of the fun and simple projects Robbins will undertake from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays from July 11 through August 15 at the Makerspace, located at Belmar Community Center/Library Annex at 503 Seventh Avenue.

Repurposed Shirt Pillows (July 11)

Participants will create a special pillow to hug — made from the shirt of a loved one.  Bring a shirt to make into the pillow.  All other materials and tools will be provided.

Zipper Pouches (July 18)

Participants will select their own fabric to create a pouch of any size, including putting in the zipper. All other materials will be provided.

T-Shirt Quilt (July 25 and August1)

During this two-session workshop, participants will learn how to layout and begin creating a T-shirt quilt using their own T-shirts — a minimum of 12 shirts are needed to start.

Sloth Plush Toy (August 8 and August 15)

In this two-session workshop, participants will layout and cut out the patterns during the first class and then assemble the pieces into a sloth plush during the second class. All materials and equipment will be provided.

No experience is necessary. Adults must accompany children younger than 12. Cost is $10 per person for single-session workshops and $20 for two-session workshops. To register, click here.

Belmar Public Library cards are not necessary to register for courses in the Summer Maker Program.

To learn more about all the create-and-collaborate classes of the Summer Maker Program offered by the Belmar Community Makerspace — a program of the Belmar Public Library — click here.

For more information on the Summer Maker Program or the Belmar Community Makerspace, email library assistant Luis Pulido at

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