After-School Sewing Programs

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

During the school year sewing programs are available for students to learn how to sew as they design and create different projects. The programs engage students in a fun and constructive manner, and build upon skills related to problem solving, math, and engineering, while also demonstrating new ways to express their creativity. The knowledge gained will enable students to explore an endless array of possibilities to directly apply their new sewing skills.

  • For ages 7+
  • Up to 5 people
  • Sewing machines and tools are provided
  • Taught by a professional seamstress and experienced teacher with 18+ years experience teaching adults and children

Sewing programs cover a wide range of projects, experience levels, and time frames so there's something for everyone. In beginner programs students will first learn how to operate a sewing machine and basic sewing techniques. For students who already know how to sew we work on refining their skills with more complex projects and opportunities to design their own projects.

The types of sewing projects include design, fashion, accessories, and decor, as well as specific techniques that can be applied to any project.

Curriculum can be coordinated with teachers, administrators, and other instructors to integrate projects and learnings from other courses.


After-school programs usually run over several days or a full semester. Programs can take place on site after school if resources are available, at a student's home, my home studio, or other locations.

Multiple programs can take place simultaneously to provide flexible options based on age ranges, skill levels, and projects. I'm also available for drop-in enrichment sessions and demonstrations during classroom hours.

To make implementation as easy as possible, we can manage all registration, scheduling, payments, and reminders with parents.

Materials & Supplies

All tools and sewing machines are provided, and for many projects fabric is also provided.

Projects not only utilize commercial patterns and fabrics, but also include options for custom and student-designed materials that that can integrate student art, school branding, and more.


Programs are customized to meet the needs of students and the organization, and prices vary based on the program details.

Program Setup

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

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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.

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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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