Private sewing lessons for adults and kids with a professional seamstress and experienced teacher

Personalized Sewing Lessons

Private sewing lessons with personalized lesson plans developed to cover exactly what you want to learn.

Private sewing lessons are available for adults or kids to provide help with specific techniques, or to go in depth on an entire project from start to finish.

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Contact Ronkita Design with any questions, comments or custom orders:


How It Works

With all private lessons, the focus is on what you want to learn.

Based on the project, skill level, and location, a personalized lesson plan is developed to meet your needs. Whether you want to make something specific, like clothes, bags or other items, or want to learn specific techniques, or you need help getting through a challenging part of a project. This not only includes the time I spend with you, but often also includes research, creating custom templates/patterns, and developing individual curriculum. This way we maximize our time together and you get the most out of each session.

In-Person Lessons

In-person sewing lessons can be arranged for one person or up to a group of five.

The private sewing lessons can be taught just about anywhere to make them as convenient as possible.

In Your Home

Learn to sew in the comfort of your home or in other spaces you're familiar with. We've also taught in schools, community centers, and other venues. See the travel fee map to look up the fee for me to come to your location.

Ronkita Design Studio

Our home studio has been designed for sewing production, and is a great place to immerse yourself in a sewing environment. You'll learn in a dedicated sewing space that includes all of the necessary sewing equipment and tools.

Shops / Rented Spaces

We have connections with studios around Austin that are perfect for lessons, group activities, parties, and more. Additional fees may apply to rent the space.


We coordinate with school administrators to organize after-school programs, drop-in enrichment sessions, or summer camps. Learn more about after-school programs.

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Standard Hourly Rate
1 student
$50 / hour
2 students
$40 / hour / person (20% off)
3 students
$30 / hour / person (40% off)
4 students
$25 / hour / person (50% off)
5 students
$25 / hour / person (50% off)
More than 5 people? See options for scheduling large sewing groups for parties or camps.

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Travel Fee

Learn to Sew Where You Want

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

Zone 1 = $10 / trip
Zone 2 = $20 / trip
Zone 3 = $30 / trip

Zone 1 = $10 / trip
Zone 2 = $20 / trip
Zone 3 = $30 / trip
* Outside the travel zones, please contact us.

Online Lessons

If you're not in Austin or we can't connect for an in-person lesson, no problem! With one-on-one video chat, we can go in depth on a project or answer any questions you have on specific techniques.

The personal instruction is performed using Skype, and provides a real-time, first-person perspective so you can see the actions as if you were doing them yourself.


Online lessons are $25 per 30-minutes, and to get the best results are limited to one student.


Please review the requirements and settings that are necessary to participate in the online lessons using Skype.

  • A microphone, speakers and webcam are necessary so we can communicate during the session.
  • A Skype account is required. If you don't already have a Skype account you can signup here for free.
  • To get the best experience, a high-speed internet connection is highly recommended. Please review the bandwidth recommendations, and you can also test your connection speed. For optimum performance, your speed test numbers should be at least 1.5 Mbps for both upload and download.

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Online Learning

Looking for more online learning options? Check out the Ronkita Design YouTube channel and tutorials.

Large Groups & Parties

Large sewing groups are organized when there are 6 or more students.

These work well for parties and camps where the projects are usually simpler, students can get plenty of attention, and everyone has fun working on the activity. These are great for birthday parties, scouting events, after-school programs, and summer camps. These aren't just for kids, but can be organized for adults too.


Projects and plans are tailored to the age group, skill level and location, and can also be customized to match a specific theme. Often there's a mix of crafting activities, not just sewing, so there are endless possibilities for projects, new skills to learn, and creative expression.


These can take place at a location of your choosing, or if you need a place that can accommodate a large group, space can be rented from locations I regularly use in central Austin and Cedar Park. Let me know what you need and I can suggest options.


Prices will vary based on factors like the number of students, length of time, and specific activities.

Get Started

Submit the form below to get started and we'll coordinate all the details to help put together an awesome experience, or contact me with any questions.

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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.


Personalized Lessons

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.

Name *
Email *
Phone *
Input your address if you want any of the sessions to take place at your location.
Experience Level *
Number of Students *
Sewing Machines
Will you need sewing machines provided for some or all of the students?
Fabric & Materials
Are you interested in having needed fabric and materials provided for this class/lesson?
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
More Info
Anything else I should know to ensure you get the most out of the training? (e.g. special needs, accessibility requests, specific dates, etc.)
Terms & Conditions *
Yes, I have read and agree to the classes/lessons terms and conditions
How did you hear about Ronkita Design?
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