Do you have a little one in your life needling you about sewing? The following beginner sewing classes will have them stitching to their hearts’ content with patient instructors, simple projects and working sewing machines. Here are our favorite spots where your young seamstresses can sharpen their sewing skills and those fabric shears.
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My Little Prints Fabric
As a mother of three, Jennifer started making things around the home after learning how to sew from her seamstress grandmothers. Jennifer took her background and love for the craft and started My Little Prints Fabrics. Housed in her darling cottage studio in Rancho Penasquios, Jennifer teaches kids, parents, teens and everyone in between how to sew and get creative. You can enroll your mini maker in weekly classes for three months with kids grouped together by age and skill level. New projects are tackled each week and are super creative – cute outfits, fun flags, poufs, dolls dresses and beach bags just to name a few! Fabrics, threads and notions are all provided to students and you can bring your own machine to class, or rent one for $5 per class.
Via Caballo Rojo
San Diego, Ca 92129
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Home Ec Studios
If teaching your wee one how to sew seems overwhelming, Home Ec Studios might just be the place for you. Run by two South Park mamas, Yvonne and Roselle, the shop aims to take the mystery out of sewing. Beginners of any age can register for one off classes from the basic quickie sew series like machine anatomy 101 and sewing 101. Check out their project workshops like a simple tote bag or an easy maxi skirt. Kiddos can take part in their after school workshops with two hour, project based classes, or check out their two-day camp classes for kids during the breaks and holidays. Classes include all materials and while you are encouraged to bring your own sewing machine, there are some to hire for each class. Parking is on street and can be tricky during peak hours so expect that you may need to walk a block or two.
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Get your wee ones creative with a set of lessons from the fun loving ladies of Sew Inspired. Nestled in Encinitas, this one-stop lesson shop has plenty of options on how your kiddos can learn the basics of sewing and then let their imaginations run wild as they create original pieces like critter dolls, hats and pajamas After school lessons are broken up by school grades and fueled by a mid-lesson healthy snack. Sewing camps are daylong workshops of creative fun. Choose from a Saturday, holiday camp or project-specific camp like their American Girl Doll Sewing workshop. If you feel like some one on one time might be needed, check out Sew Inspired private lessons that take the mystery of sewing and get you set for the right track.
531 Encinitas Blvd. Ste 105
Encinitas, Ca 92024
Photo: Platypus Kids
If you’ve already got a young seamstress on your hands who knows the basics of making simple creations, you’ll love Platypus Kids sewing classes. This studio is the perfect way to take sewing skills to the next level while still fueling the creative fire. Kiddos aged 10 – 14 can learn about garment construction, from how to work with patterns, choose fabric all the way through to learning about pockets, zippers, sleeve placement and button holes. All sewing machines, fabrics and notions are provided. But if you can’t be without your own trusty machine, you’re welcome to bring it along. This class runs after schools for a four-week period on Tuesdays and Thursdays out of the cool Encinitas resale store of the same name. There are also beginners class to touch up on anything beforehand.
1441 Encinitas Blvd, Suite 126
Encinitas, Ca 92024
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— Lenya McGrath