Sewing Classes

Sewing classes and workshops at multiple locations in Austin and surrounding areas where you'll learn to make something great!

For kids and adults at all skill levels to get the basics or expand your skills, and taught by a professional seamstress and experienced teacher.

Where To Start

Intro to Sewing

If you've never sewn before, want a refresher, or just want to make some easy projects to get a taste of sewing

Beginner & Intermediate

If you've completed any basic sewing class or are a confident beginner who knows how to use a sewing machine

Intro to Sewing

If you've never sewn before, or just need a refesher, there are a number of options below to experience sewing based on what you want to do. From workshops that focus and how to make simple, quick projects, to more in-depth courses that give you expert information to build your skills and take on more projects. There's something for everyone to get you started with sewing!

Quick Project Workshops

No experience, sewing machine, or materials required - just show up and leave with something cool! A series of workshops where beginners can experience sewing with fun, easy-to-make projects. If you already know how to sew, come out and have a great time making them too. These projects provide a taste of sewing and the workshops will give you the skills to make more on your own so you can customize and show off your unique style. They also make great, personalized gifts for holidays and parties.

Protect your furniture and personalize your home decor with custom drink coasters

Keep your favorite canned drink cool with custom koozies

Carry your essentials in this custom tote bag

Add your unique touch when giving a gift of wine with a custom bag

Intro to Sewing Course

Learn to sew on your time! Do you want to make your own clothes, bags, home decor items, or many other things that are sewn? The sessions in this course pack in a lot of information for anyone who has never sewn before to get you sewing quickly. Based on your availability, budget, and what you want to learn, select from three options that build your sewing skills with different projects. These are setup like private lessons, and scheduled at a time/location that works best for you. You can take them one at a time for $75 each, or schedule as a package for a discount.

The perfect introduction to learn the basics of sewing and how to use a sewing machine, or a quick refresher if it's just been a while since you last used a sewing machine.

3 hours

Refine your skills on a sewing machine and learn techniques that will prepare you for more advanced projects.

6 hours

Everything you need to feel confident on a sewing machine and ready to take on more projects.

9 hours

Beginner & Intermediate Classes

For the confident beginner or those who already know how to sew, and are ready to expand their skills. The sewing classes below provide a diverse range of skills to learn so you can take your sewing to the next level in a number of directions with fun projects and technical instruction - clothing, home decor, for pets, and just about anything else you want to make!


Learn about garment construction and how to sew a wide variety of custom clothing for adults and kids.

Curious about sewing with knit fabrics? This class is a great intro to using knits and will also leave you with a pretty adorable finished project at the end!

An introduction to sewing with knits using a classic design that's simple to make.

Whether you wear them to exercise or just to go out, learn to create your own pair of custom leggings.

Learn to make some comfy pajama pants or shorts and advance your sewing skills in the direction of making garments.


Learn to create all kinds of custom accessories for your home, wardrobe, to give as gifts, and anything that you want to personalize with your unique style.

A beginner class that builds on basic sewing techniques, sets the foundation for more advanced projects, and you create a cool tote bag.

Home Decor

Futher personalize your home with custom items that you can easily make yourself and add your unique flare.

Spice up any room or outdoor space with a mix of designs and prints, or match a specific decor. Endless possibilities to get exactly what you want.


Learn to make custom items for your pets too!

Showcase your pup's unique style by learning to create a custom collar and leash.

Technical Series

Learn specific techniques that can be applied to any sewing project. These 2-hour sewing classes are perfect for anyone, beginners or advanced, who want to get more into the fine details of garment making, or just learn very useful techniques.

+ As an added benefit, you'll also receive a machine diagnostic coupon after registering for any of these technical classes. +

Learn everything that is involved with using vintage, modern, and downloadable patterns so you can feel confident creating new projects from patterns.

Learn different hemming techniques so you can modify and professionally finish your garments.

Learn to be an ace at installing all kinds of different zippers for a wide range of sewing projects.

Learn how to finish your garments to give them that professional touch.

Sewing Class
Sewing Class - Koozies
Sewing Class
How to Read a Pattern
Sewing Class - How to Read a Pattern
Sewing Class
Carry-All Tote Bag
Sewing Class - Carry-All Tote Bag
Sewing Class
Hemming Techniques
Sewing Class - Hemming Techniques
Sewing Class
Wine Gift Bag
Sewing Class - Wine Gift Bag
Sewing Class
Sewing Class - Zippers
Sewing Class
Seam Finishing Techniques
Sewing Class - Seam Finishing Techniques

Classes and Events Calendar


About the Instructor

Vanessa has a long history of teaching, and was an instructor at the Stitch Lab where she taught intro and specialty sewing classes, gave private lessons, hosted parties, and ran summer camps. In addition to sewing, she has also taught art, English and grammar to children as young as two all the way through high school-aged kids. Her teaching experience extends overseas as well when Vanessa was in the Peace Corps and she taught grades 1-12, and ran clubs and summer camps. Vanessa has taught adults and kids of all ages, and especially likes seeing how everyone applies their newfound sewing skills to express themselves.

Vanessa is also a machine service technician and likes to share helpful tips with her students on the operation and maintenance of their machines.

Request custom projects, or contact Ronkita Design with any questions, comments or custom orders at: 512-630-2115 /

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