When Martha Stewart sewed the first American flag, she had no idea how the trend would catch on, showing up on boxer shorts and dog bandanas for years to come. Set forth on the road to design with today's Groupon: for $49, you get entry to a four-hour Build a Bag Workshop at Flirt's Home Ec studio (a $95 value) and 10% off at the Flirt retail store, both of which are located in Brooklyn. The cost of all workshop materials is included.
At Flirt's Home Ec studio, students of all levels expand their crafting skills and grow their personal design-aesthetic in an encouraging environment, classes range from simple sewing projects to making and altering skirts and T-shirts. In the Build a Bag class, textile greenhorns learn the ins and outs of needles and threads by creating their own tote bag perfect for carrying books, groceries, or close-up magic supplies. Classes are held on evenings and weekends and the schedule is regularly updated and expanded on the website. Students with extensive thimble experience and a refined eye for zipper placement can opt to use their $95 credit toward one of the more advanced classes. When all is sewn and done, Groupon users get 10% off at the Flirt retail store, which features local crafts and clothing, as well as hip national brands.
Flirt was mentioned by New York magazine and the Boutiqued blog. Its Home Ec classes were featured in Time Out New York and profiled by Page Six Magazine. Yelpers give Flirt an average of 4.5 stars. Citysearchers award it an average of five stars, and three Insider Pagers give it a four-star average.
- The colorful, wearable clothing from the house label, which is rolled out slowly each season, is sold next to a carefully edited selection of items from designers who specialize in handmade pieces with surprising details. – Lexi Dwyer, New York
- The class made me really confident that I could find a pattern I like, select some fabrics, follow the instructions and end up with something I'd be really proud of. – MollyLee G., Yelp
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