Step into a world of superheroes, comics, and handmade creations at First Contact Sewing, Studio 257 of the Flying Monkey Arts. Amanda Banks brings her love of books, video games and graphic novels to a recycled, reusable, functional form with wallets, purses, ID holders and more. Carefully laminated pages are cut and stitched into these one of a kind pieces based on patterns Amanda designs. She gathers materials from yard sales, libraries, and patrons’ donations, giving each piece a personal touch. Find Waldo in your Where’s Waldo clutch, store your belongings between the covers of an old romance novel, or represent your favorite superhero on your custom made wallet. Whatever your preference, Amanda is able to craft a unique creation to match your style.

Check out First Contact Sewing in Studio 257 and see what Amada’s been stitching lately, shop her Etsy store, and be sure to follow her in Instagram at @firstcontactsewing for a look at the process and inspiration behind it all. Amanda is available for private classes – if you’re interested feel free to contact her at