Interactive, online lessons and classes to teach kids how to sew

Sewing is a wonderful activity for kids that lets them be creative and teaches a number of valuable skills. It 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 variety of options for children to learn how to sew, including virtual classes and personalized lessons, after-school programs, camps, tutoring, and parties. Based on skill level and what they want to learn, select from available classes or personalized sewing curriculum can be developed. Projects 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.

Online classes and lessons are scheduled when it's convenient for you!

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No matter where you're located your child can learn new skills and make something great.

From my sewing studio in Austin, TX, I teach online sewing classes to students locally, across the United States and internationally.

  • For ages 7+
  • Options for all experience levels, beginner to advanced
  • Up to 5 people (simpler crafting projects are available for larger parties and groups)
  • Scheduled when you want, weekends and weekdays
  • Discounts for multiple people
  • Taught by a professional seamstress and experienced teacher with 18+ years experience teaching adults and children
  • Recurring and long-term lessons can be organized, including after-school sewing programs, tutoring, and camps

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Online Lessons

With more kids learning from home online sewing lessons are a great way to keep kids active and engaged.

The online experience is different from in a classroom that some may already be familiar with but for others it could be completely new and a little intimidating. My aim is to make the experience informative, enjoyable and as easy as possible.

Watch this video to get an idea of what my online lessons are like. I make the same project with my students to guide them through every step and show details from multiple camera angles so they can see everything up close.

If you're not sure if online lessons are right for you or your child contact me to review providing you with a short demo of how it works and what you can expect before you commit.

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Sewing Classes

These are popular beginner and advanced sewing classes so there's something for kids of all experience levels.
Beginner Basics
A great introduction to basic sewing techniques and using a sewing machine.
Duration: 2 Hours
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Intro to Sewing Course for Kids
Everything your child needs to feel confident on a sewing machine and ready to take on more projects.
Duration: 8 Hours
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Craft Projects
Get creative and choose from a variety of fun crafting projects, including many that are made with handsewing techniques.
Duration: 2 Hours
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American Girl Doll Clothes
Learn to make clothing and accessories for your 18" doll.
Duration: 2 Hours
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Zipper Pouch
Learn to create a custom, versatile zipper pouch at any size to store or carry anything you want.
Duration: 3 Hours
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Personalized Lessons
Get a custom sewing program developed just for you that covers exactly what you want to learn.
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After-School Sewing Programs

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

Working with private and public schools, homeschool groups and individuals, 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 projects. 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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Tutoring & Personalized Lessons

Lesson plans and projects created specifically for your child based on their interests and goals.

If your child wants to learn something that's not currently available as a class then personalized lesson plans and projects are developed that are tailored to exactly what they want to do.

I work with my students on using commercial sewing patterns, creating projects from their own designs, guide them on tools and materials, and craft custom lesson plans to build their sewing skills.

For groups of more than five kids and parties, simpler crafting activities are available.

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Sewing Camps

Keep kids active with engaging activities over summer and holiday breaks.

Flexible sewing camps that are personalized to fit your schedule. Arrange 3, 4 or 5 day camps at times that are most convenient for you.

Students will learn how to use a sewing machine and hand sewing techniques to make a wide variety of projects to take home. Starting age is 7, but for younger kids hand sewing projects are available.

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Virtual Learning and Enrichment

Options to supplement your child's education or keep them occupied with other creative and engaging activities.

Whether you're working from home and need someone to keep your child occupied, want to expand your child's learning options or just need a short break, we have a variety of other activities tailored for kids.

Arrange individual sessions when you want or recurring lessons to lock in a consistent schedule. Activities include crafting, storytime and reading, drawing, games and puzzles.

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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.

Janome DC2013
Janome 7330
Janome 8077
Janome MOD-100
Brother CS6000i
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.

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.