Real talk: I often get caught up in the daily grind of running a small business and just trying to get everything done. I lose my sewing mojo (sewjo?), and get into that funk of eat, sleep, work, repeat.
I’ve realized over the past few years how essential it is to go out of my comfort zone and learn a new craft or skill every once in a while. I always thank myself afterwards, because without fail I will come away feeling refreshed and inspired.
One of the reasons why I love Skillshare is because it’s such an easy way to learn something new without a huge financial or time commitment. It works just like Netflix. For $10/month (USD) you get access to thousands of online classes that you can watch whenever you want, at your own pace.
If you signed up for my Skillshare class, you might be wondering what other classes you should check out. There are tons to pick from, so I totally understand that it can be overwhelming!
Here’s list of classes that I think sewists will love (and that I can’t wait to take!).
Sandal Making 101
Photos: Rachel See Snail Shoes
We sew our own clothes, so why not make our own shoes? Construct your first pair of sandals and learn all about making a pattern, working with leather, and basic shoe construction. Taught by Portland sandal and shoe maker Rachel Corry.
DIY Leather Bucket Bag
Photo: Ada Spragg
The lovely Sophie of Ada Spragg teaches you to sew a leather bucket bag complete with tassels and monogram. I took this class and loved it. I can’t wait to gather some supplies and actually make this bag!
Pattern Cutting & Making for Beginners
If you’re interested in learning more about pattern making, this class is a great introduction with excellent reviews.
Garment Construction: Introduction to Draping
Draping! Anya Ayoung Chee, winner of project runway season 9, is the teacher for this class. Her design style is breezy, effortless, and easy fitting.
You guys, draping was one of my favourite classes in college. It is awesome! If you’ve never tried it or aren’t familiar with the concept, you need to take this class. I would love to be able to pick up draping again after all these years.
Hand Embroidery Fundamentals
Photos: @cut_and_rum instagram
I’ve dabbled in embroidery but have never taken the time to learn techniques. I would love to learn more so that I can add embroidery details to my handmade garments or make even some pieces to hang as art. This class by Alice Mitev covers all the basics, and I love her style!
Leathercraft Basics: Create Your Own Leather Wallet
If working with leather sounds intimidating to you, this class is a great way to get started! Toronto designer Robin Fitzsimons will teach you about different types of leather, the basics of hand sewing leather, and how to set hardware. Plus your class project is to create a cool wallet like the ones pictured above! Lovely, right?
Basic Watercolors: Learn Painting with Paper Fashion
Katie Rodgers is an artist, fashion illustrator, and founder of the website Paper Fashion. This class will teach you the basics techniques of watercolour painting. I would love to apply this to fashion illustration and sketch out my summer sewing plans in watercolour. How beautiful would that be?
Create Your Own Fiber Art: An Introduction to Weaving
Weaving is one of those trending crafts that seems to be popping up all over the place right now. I would love to learn how to weave! This class looks like a great introduction that covers all the basics – taught by Savannah Kurka of Savvie Studio.
Normally you can sign up for Skillshare and get access to thousands of classes $10/month. With this link, enjoy three months for just $0.99 – yay!