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.

If you've never sewn before then the options in Intro to Sewing are for you. If you've completed the Starter Workshops or are a confident beginner, then you're ready to take on more advanced projects in the Beginner/Intermediate classes.

Intro to Sewing

Starter Sewing Workshops

Do you want to make your own clothes, bags, home decor items, or many other things that are sewn? These starter workshops pack in a lot of information for anyone who has never sewn before to get you sewing quickly and with the essential knowledge to take on more projects. Each class focuses on techniques to complete a specific project and build your sewing skills.

The perfect introduction to learn the basics of sewing and using a sewing machine.

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

Continue learning the sewing fundamentals and get started with the basics of making your own clothes by creating some comfy PJ Shorts.

Kids Classes

The kids sewing classes are designed to engage kids with fun projects that enable them to experience sewing for the first time, or refine their sewing skills, in a positive and contructive environment. For girls and boys, ages 8-13.

After-School Programs

These after-school sewing classes run from 4:30-6:30pm on select days throughout the school year. Check the program details for exact dates and registration details.

Your child will learn essential sewing techniques while creating custom bags and pouches to protect and carry their (or your) electronic gadgets. All levels of sewing experience welcome, including beginners who have never sewn before.

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!

Technical Series

Learn specific techniques that can be applied to any sewing project. These 2-hour technical sewing classes are perfect for beginners who want to get more into the fine details of garment making, or experienced sewers who want to learn something new. You may have questions about a technique or process, and a full class may be more than you want, or trying to find answers on YouTube can be difficult, so these technical classes focus on common techniques that everyone can use.

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.


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

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

Versatile, ever-trendy, and flattering, learn to make a custom skater skirt to add to your wardrobe.

Learn how to turn a t-shirt into custom lounge shorts.

Home Decor

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

Learn how to turn a t-shirt into a custom throw pillow cover.

Not what you're looking for?

Check out all options for classes and private lessons, or contact me with classes and programs you'd like to see developed. You can also take this survey to let me know more about what you would like.

Sewing Class
After-School Program for Kids
Sewing Class - After-School Program for Kids
Sewing Class
How to Read a Pattern
Sewing Class - How to Read a Pattern
Sewing Class
Hemming Techniques
Sewing Class - Hemming Techniques
Sewing Class
Sewing Class - Zippers
Sewing Class
Seam Finishing Techniques
Sewing Class - Seam Finishing Techniques
Sewing Class
Wine Bag
Sewing Class - Wine Bag
Sewing Class
Tote Bags
Sewing Class - Tote Bags

Full Class Schedule

Monthly calendar view of class schedule

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 /