Intro to Sewing Course

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

The complete intro to sewing course is three, 3-hour private sessions covering all of the fundamentals that will introduce you to the basics of sewing, plus you'll advance your sewing skills by learning techniques for bags and garment making. This is great for beginners who want an in-depth introduction to sewing and the confidence to take on a wide range of projects.

What You'll Learn

  • Common sewing terminology
  • Patterns and the information they contain
  • Basic operation, parts, and functionality of a sewing machine
  • Fabric grain lines and direction
  • Seam allowance
  • Straight stitching
  • Seam matching
  • Sewing circles using a free arm and alternate techniques for sewing cylinders
  • Introduced to interfacing
  • Bag lining
  • Pattern matching
  • Working with curves
  • Create and place pockets
  • Introduced to making garments
  • Test fittings
  • Hemming
  • PLUS you get a custom-made pattern exclusively for you


None! This course is for the absolute beginner.

Materials to Bring

For in-person lessons tools and a sewing machine are provided for all sessions, as well as fabric for the first project (throw pillow cover). This way you can get to use them, and understand different features and uses, before going out and buying your own. If you already have a sewing machine and sewing tools, feel free to use those. For online lessons you'll need the tools found in a basic sewing kit and a sewing machine.

Here is the complete list of everything you'll need to bring for each session:

Session / Project 1 - Throw Pillow Cover

  • 16x16 pillow form/insert

Session / Project 2 - Farmers Market Tote Bag

  • All fabric should be quilting cotton
  • 1 yard of fabric for the outside of the bag
  • 1 yard of fabric for the inside of the bag
  • 1 1/2 yards of decor bond (Pellon 809)
  • Thread

Session / Project 3 - Skirt or Pajama Shorts/Pants

  • Flannel or quilting cotton - see the table below to determine your size and amount of fabric to bring
  • 1/2" or 3/4" elastic - see the table below to determine your size and amount of elastic to bring
  • Thread

IMPORTANT: Please email me with the size you are making no later than 48 hours before the day of the session so I can have your pattern ready to go. The pattern can be adjusted if necessary during the session to get a perfect fit. If you don't send your size then a general size will be provided for you to learn the process.

Size Hip Elastic Fabric (Shorts) Fabric (Pants)
XXS 34" 1 yard 1 1/2 yards 2 yards
XS 36" 1 yard 1 1/2 yards 2 yards
S 38" 1 yard 1 1/2 yards 2 yards
M 40" 1 yard 1 1/2 yards 2 yards
L 42" 1 yard 1 1/2 yards 2 yards
XL 44" 2 yards 2 2/3 yards 3 yards
XXL 47" 2 yards 2 2/3 yards 3 yards
XXXL 51" 2 yards 2 2/3 yards 3 yards

Make sure to pre-wash and dry your fabric before the session. All materials must be purchased before the session.

Contact me with any questions or where to get really cool fabric in town.


Sewing classes when and where you want with discounts for multiple people.

Number of Students
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9 hours
Three, 3-hour sessions.


Group Classes
Discounts are available for multiple people so get friends or family members together for the class too. Select the number of students above to see the discounted price per person.

Sewing Machines
For in-person classes sewing machines are provided for free if you don't have your own.

Fabric & Materials
For in-person classes, in some classes all fabric and materials are provided. In other classes you will need to bring fabric and materials, or they can be provided for an additional fee.

Learn to Sew Where You Want

In Your Home

If you want the class/lesson to take place in your home input your address to find your travel zone and related travel fee. The travel fee is charged per trip.

Zone 1 = $15 / trip
Zone 2 = $20 / trip
Zone 3 = $30 / trip
Zone 4 = $40 / trip

Zone 1 = $15 / trip
Zone 2 = $20 / trip
Zone 3 = $30 / trip
Zone 4 = $40 / trip
* Outside the travel zones, please contact us.

Online Video Chat

If you're not in Austin or unavailable to arrange an in-person lesson you can still take this class via live, online video chat. On the registration form below select "Online Video Chat" as your preferred method. Learn more about our online video chat, get links to download one of the necessary apps, and be sure to review the requirements and terms to get the best experience.

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About the Instructor

Vanessa has over 18 years of experience teaching adults and children. In addition to offering sewing classes and lessons she is an instructor in the Fashion Design Program at Austin Community College. Previously, Vanessa was an instructor at The Stitch Lab where she taught intro and specialty sewing classes, gave private lessons, hosted parties, and ran summer camps. Beyond sewing she has taught art, yoga and English to children as young as two through high school-aged kids. She has taught adults and kids of all ages and enjoys seeing how everyone applies their newfound sewing skills to express themselves.

Vanessa is a full-time designer and seamstress working with clients on a wide variety of custom, small-scale manufacturing and consulting projects that 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 that she shares with students on how to properly use and maintain their sewing machine.


Intro to Sewing Course

Our sewing classes are taught on-demand, meaning they're scheduled when and where you want. Submit the form below, and we'll get back to you with our availability and next steps. Please also feel free to contact us with any questions.

Online Video Chat Only

Taking into consideration information provided by local and national health agencies we have decided to temporarily stop accepting new requests for in-person sewing classes and lessons. However, we know that life can't completely stop, and that creativity and personal interaction are very important to overall well-being. To continue providing sewing instruction most of our sewing classes can be taught via live video chat and scheduled at a time that works best for you.

Please continue with registering below for online video chat, learn more about our online video chat or contact us with any questions.

Name *
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Phone *
Experience Level *
Number of Students *
What are your sewing goals?
Select your preference for day(s) and time(s). We'll let you know the soonest availability for your preferred days and times.
Anytime OR 9am - 11am 11am - 1pm 1pm - 4pm 4pm - 6pm
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Anything else I should know to ensure you get the most out of the training? (e.g. special needs, accessibility requests, specific dates, etc.)
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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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