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An intermediate-level sewing program for kids who already know how to use their sewing machine and want to learn more advanced skills.

Is your child ready to take their beginner sewing skills to the next level? The zipper pouch and rucksack sewing projects teach many beneficial skills that they'll use when making a variety of other projects.

If your child is new to sewing check out the Beginner Basics class or Intro to Sewing Course for Kids where they will learn how to use their sewing machine and fundamental sewing techniques.


What You'll Learn

  • Adjusting settings and hardware on your sewing machine for use with different projects
  • Determine amount of fabric and plan for your project
  • Prepare fabric and work with sewing patterns
  • Proper ways to pin and cut
  • Install a basic zipper
  • Working with PDF sewing patterns
  • Many other tips and useful techniques that can be applied to other sewing projects


This class is for kids who already knows how to sew, or the confident beginner who knows how to use their sewing machine and basic sewing techniques.

Necessary sewing skills are:

  • the ability to thread the sewing machine and needle, and wind and load the bobbin on their own
  • measure and cut fabric

If your child is new to sewing check out the Intro to Sewing Course for Kids or the in-depth Beginner Sewing Program to help prepare them for this class.

Tools & Supplies

Here are the materials needed for each project plus other tools and supplies that you will need:
All Projects
  • All-purpose thread
  • Sewing kit: pins, scissors, ruler, snips, seam ripper, thread, extra needles, fabric markers or chalk, etc. Find links to these common sewing kit items in the shop.
  • Sewing machine
Project 1 - Zipper Pouch
Project 2 - Rucksack Backpack


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

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Learn to Sew Holiday Special

Take advantage of this limited-time offer to start or continue your sewing journey!

As a special gift we're offering a one-time 15% off coupon that can be used for all sewing classes and personalized sewing lessons.
  • The coupon can be used on "New to Sewing" classes that are already discounted
  • The coupon is available to anyone who contacts me before the end of January
  • Use the coupon for a single class or lesson, or group several together if your aim is to take many lessons
  • The coupon is only available to use one time per customer
See complete details
Learn to Sew Holiday Special 15% Off Sewing Classes
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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.

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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10 hours
Five, 2-hour sessions

About the Instructor

Vanessa has over 20 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.


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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