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Explore your creativity and learn new skills using a variety of crafting materials, tools and techniques.

Using handsewing techniques and a variety of materials you can create all kinds of different projects. You'll not only make the project yourself but also learn the skills to make more on your own.

When registering let me know which project you want to make. I'll provide you with different patterns to select from, then during the class I'll guide you through the steps and techniques to make the project.

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Project Options

Several projects to make and different techniques you can learn.
Plush Toy
Make stuffed animals and other plush toys.
Cross Stitch
Create unique designs with this easy form of embroidery.
Embroidery
Apply creative stitching to your clothes, bags, accessories, pillows and more.
Felt Embellishments
Create felt toys and characters, or embellish other items with unique designs.
Applique and Patches
Repair or personalize your clothing, accessories and decor with unique fabric or patches.
Sashiko Stitching
A unique embroidery stitch for reinforcing or decorating garments, accessories and other items.
Want to make your own designs?

Depending on how complex the pattern or your design it may require more than 2 hours to complete that I can show you how to make in personalized lessons.

Prerequisites

None!

This class is for the absolute beginner with no experience or someone who wants a quick refresher on the tools or techniques learned in this class.

Tools & Supplies

Here are the materials based on the project you want to make, as well as other general tools and supplies that you will need:
All Projects

In addition to the materials for the project you select, you'll also need these materials and tools:

  • Scissors
  • Pins or clips (recommended for kids)
Cross Stitch

Embroidery

  • Embroidery kit
  • Cotton or felt fabric - large enough to stretch across the hoop plus a few extra inches
Applique and Patches

Applique and patches can be applied by hand or machine. If you want to applique, please have your fabric cut out and ready before class, otherwise most of the time may be dedicated to cutting and there won't be enough time to complete the project.

Sashiko Stitching

Price

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ON-DEMAND CLASS

Schedule as an instructor-led private class at a time that is best for you.

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Discounts
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On-Demand Group Classes

Discounts are available when you sign-up multiple people for on-demand classes so get friends or family members together too. Select the number of students above to see the discounted price per person.

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New to Sewing Class

As part of the "New to Sewing" group of classes a discount has automatically been applied to the standard prices shown above for this class.

Online Sewing Classes

Not sure if online lessons are right for you?

We've developed an advanced online learning experience to make it as close as possible to being in person that may be quite different from what you've seen elsewhere. I make the same project along with you and show you the actions from multiple cameras as I guide you step by step. Learn more or contact me to schedule a demo to show you what it's like.

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Duration

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2 hours
One, 2-hour session

About the Instructor

Vanessa has been teaching children and adults for over 20 years. In addition to offering beginner to advanced sewing 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 Vanessa has taught art, yoga and English, and her experience extends overseas when she was in the Peace Corps. She has taught adults and kids of all ages and enjoys seeing her students apply their newfound sewing skills to express themselves.

Vanessa is a full-time designer and seamstress working with clients on a wide variety of custom sewing and product development projects for fashion, wearable tech, decor, accessories and soft goods that keep her current with the latest sewing trends and technologies. She is also a machine service technician and has intimate knowledge of a wide range of sewing machines that enables her to personalize sewing lessons for the types of machines students are using.

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Private, online sewing lesson scheduled when you want.

Please complete the form below to request a private lesson and I'll get back to you with my availability and next steps. After coordinating details I will send you an invoice that can be paid online. You will also receive scheduling confirmations and automatic reminders.

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