Lessons and classes to teach kids how to sew

Sewing for Kids

Sewing is a wonderful activity for kids that lets them be creative and teaches a number of valuable skills.

Sewing engages kids in a fun and constructive manner, that not only enables them to express themselves creatively, but also builds upon skills related to dexterity, design, problem solving, math, and engineering.

We offer a wide range of options for children to learn how to sew, including in-home private lessons, after-school programs, and classes.

Personalized sewing curriculum is developed based on age, skill level, and what they want to learn. Projects can include clothing and costumes, doll clothes, accessories, home decor, plush toys, hand sewing, and much more. Kids can also learn to use sewing patterns, and how to create their own designs. Kids sewing lessons and classes are available for children age 7+.

Sewing Classes

Sewing classes are offered at locations around Austin, and many are open to kids who have sewing experience. See the current list of sewing classes.

Intro to Sewing Course

For kids who have no sewing experience, a great option to learn is the Intro to Sewing Course. This is a 3-part series of private classes designed to provide the perfect introduction to sewing.

Popular Classes for Kids
Beginner Basics Beginner Basics
American Girl Doll Clothing and Accessories American Girl Doll Clothing
Zipper Pouch Zipper Pouch
Pajama Shorts Pajama Shorts or Pants
Throw Pillows Throw Pillows
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Private Lessons & Parties

Private lessons and classes can be scheduled when it's convenient for you, during the week or weekends, and take place in your home, our home sewing studio, or other spaces you're familiar with. Based on what your child wants to learn, select projects from the list of classes, or custom curriculum can be created just for them.

Private classes can be can be arranged for 1-5 kids, and the more kids in the group, the more you save. Learn more about private sewing classes.

If your child wants to learn something that's not currently available as a class, unique projects and plans can be developed that are tailored to exactly what they want to do. For groups of more than five kids and parties, simpler crafting activities are available. Learn more about private lessons.

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After-School Sewing Programs & Camps

Personalized, long-term sewing programs to provide in-depth instruction for all experience levels.

Working with private and public schools, and social groups, curriculum is developed based on the number of classes, skill level, and what students want to learn.

Programs include beginners who have never sewn before, to advanced students who design and create their own clothes. We also coordinate with teachers, administrators, and other instructors to integrate projects and curriculum from other courses. In some cases, multi-semester curriculum is developed so students can continue with the program and refine their sewing skills.

Do you want sewing offered at your school? Contact me to explore program options, or ask your school administrators to contact me.

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Sewing Machines & Supplies

Kids can learn on their own sewing machine, or sewing machines can be provided. Other tools and supplies are also usually provided to make each lesson as easy as possible to setup. This also provides you with the opportunity to learn about the necessary supplies before buying them yourself.

With some lessons, particularly for beginners just starting out, fabric is also provided to teach the essential sewing techniques. When fabric or other supplies aren't provided, a full list of everything needed will be provided based on the project.

Ready to buy a sewing machine? See recommended sewing machines and features below.

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Sewing Machines for Kids

If you're looking to buy a sewing machine for your child, these are a few I recommend.

While teaching and servicing sewing machines, I get to try out a LOT of different machines, and am frequently asked for recommendations. These recommended sewing machines for kids are simple to operate and easy to learn on. Plus, they have the one feature I always recommend for kids who are learning to sew - speed control. If you're not familiar with speed control, watch the demo below to learn more about this feature and why I suggest it for beginners.

Brother CS6000i
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Janome 7330 Magnolia
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Speed Control on Sewing Machines

Speed control is a feature found on many, but not all machines, and it maintains the speed of the sewing machine regardless of how hard you press on the foot pedal.

I teach many different students, and it's not uncommon for beginners to be intimidated by the speed of a sewing machine when they first sit down in front of one.

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About the Instructor

Vanessa has 18+ years of experience teaching adults and children. She 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 a full-time seamstress, working with clients on a wide variety of custom projects and production, that helps to keep her current with the latest sewing trends and technologies. She is also a machine service technician and has expert knowledge on a wide range of sewing machines. This experience is shared with her students by showing them how to properly use and maintain their sewing machine.

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Custom Sewing Services

Custom Sewing

Any of the items made in our classes can also be made custom for you. We specialize in creating custom clothing, decor, stuff for pets, and more.

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