Private Lessons

In-person, groups/parties, and online sewing instruction

Private sewing lessons are available for adults or kids at all skill levels, whether you're just starting and want to learn the basics, need help with specific techniques, or want to go in depth on an entire project from start to finish.

Lessons can take place in your home, school, meeting centers, online using Skype, or in my studio. Topics can cover the full range of sewing projects, like learning to make clothes, accessories, doll clothes, home decor, items for your pets, quilting, and just about anything else you want to learn.

Setup Private Lesson

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

What You Get

With all private lessons, the focus is on exactly what YOU want to learn. Based on the project, skill level, and setting, a personalized lesson plan is developed to set a strong foundation of skills that build toward your end goal. Whether you want to make something specific, like clothes, bags or other items, or you want to learn specific techniques, or maybe you need help getting through a challenging part of a project. Each lesson is tailored to meet your unique needs. This not only includes the time I spend with you, but often also includes research, creating custom templates/patterns, and developing individual curriculum. This way we maximize our time together and you get the most out of each lesson.


  • In-Person Lessons
  • Online Lessons
  • Groups / Parties / Camps

In-person sewing lessons can be arranged for one person or up to a group of five.

Prices
Standard Hourly Rate
1 student
$50 / hour
2 students
$40 / hour / student
3 students
$30 / hour / student
4 students
$25 / hour / student
5 students
$25 / hour / student
More than 5 students? See options for scheduling large sewing groups for parties or camps.

Bulk Lesson Discount
Do you have a complex project or want to learn many techniques that will take multiple lessons? For consecutive lessons, up to 8 hours within 60 days, the prices are:

  • Hours 1-2: standard hourly rate
  • Hours 3-4: 10% off standard hourly rate
  • Hours 5-6: 15% off standard hourly rate
  • Hours 7-8: 25% off standard hourly rate
See terms and conditions.

Get Started

Submit the form below to get started and we'll coordinate dates, times, location, and all the details to get you on your way to sewing greatness, or contact me with any questions.

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Travel Fee

I can come to you if you want the lesson to take place at your location, instead of my studio near East 51st. Input your address in the map to find the travel zone you're in and the related travel fee. Travel fees are per trip each time I meet you, and will be included on your final invoice.

Zone 1 = $5 / trip
Zone 2 = $10 / trip
Zone 3 = $15 / trip

Zone 1 = $5 / trip
Zone 2 = $10 / trip
Zone 3 = $15 / trip
Outside the travel zones, please contact me.

If you're not in Austin or we can't connect for an in-person lesson, no problem! With one-on-one video chat, we can go in depth on a project or answer any questions you have on specific techniques. The personal instruction is performed using Skype, and provides a real-time, first-person perspective so you can see the actions as if you were doing them yourself.

Prices

Online lessons are $25 per 30-minutes, and to get the best results are limited to one student.

Skype

Please review the requirements and settings that are necessary to participate in the online lessons using Skype.

  • A microphone, speakers and webcam are necessary so we can communicate during the session.
  • A Skype account is required. If you don't already have a Skype account you can signup here for free.
  • To get the best experience, a high-speed internet connection is highly recommended. Please review the bandwidth recommendations, and you can also test your connection speed. For optimum performance, your speed test numbers should be at least 1.5 Mbps for both upload and download.
Get Started

Submit the form below to get started and we'll coordinate dates, times, and all the details to get everything setup, or contact me with any questions.

Setup Private Lesson

Online Learning

Looking for more online learning options? Check out the Ronkita Design YouTube channel and tutorials.

Large sewing groups are organized when there are 6 or more students. These work well for parties and camps where the projects are usually simpler, students can get plenty of attention, and everyone has fun working on the activity. These are great for birthday parties, scouting events, after-school programs, and summer camps. These aren't just for kids, but can be organized for adults too.

Projects

Projects and plans are tailored to the age group, skill level and location, and can also be customized to match a specific theme. Often there's a mix of crafting activities, not just sewing, so there are endless possibilities for projects, new skills to learn, and creative expression.

Locations

These can take place at a location of your choosing, or if you need a place that can accommodate a large group, space can be rented from locations I regularly use in central Austin and Cedar Park. Let me know what you need and I can suggest options.

Prices

Prices will vary based on factors like the number of students, length of time, and specific activities.

Get Started

Submit the form below to get started and we'll coordinate all the details to help put together an awesome experience, or contact me with any questions.

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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.



Lesson Request Form

Submit the form below to get started and I will contact you to coordinate the details.

Name *
Email *
Phone *
Topic & Goals *
Please decribe the topic or technique you are looking for training on and your expectations for the session.
Lesson Method *
Experience Level *
More Info
Anything else I should know to ensure you get the most out of the training (e.g. special needs, accessibility requests, specific timelines, etc.)?
Preferred Contact Time
How did you hear about Ronkita



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.



Private Lessons Terms and Conditions

  • Up to 8 hours of lessons must be taken within 60 days to receive the bulk lesson discount
  • After 8 hours of lessons or 60 days from the first lesson, whichever occurs first, any bulk lesson discount will reset and the next 1-2 hours of lessons will be at the standard hourly rate





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