Beginner Sewing for Tweens and Teens
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Beginner Sewing for Tweens and Teens

Through the creation of a small tote bag your teen/tween will learn how to use a sewing machine safely.
5.0 (5 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
39 students enrolled
Created by Kimberly Irwin
Last updated 4/2016
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • 13 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Safely operate a sewing machine and iron.
  • Learn to effectively control a sewing machine
  • Create a small tote bag.
  • Become familiar with industry standard sewing practices
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  • Student will need a sewing machine, iron, fabric and a willingness to learn a new skill.
  • Student will need to collect some basic supplies before beginning the class.
  • A trip to the fabric or craft store may be in order to purchase some supplies specific to sewing.

Beginner Sewing for Tweens and Teens is an introductory course to sewing meant to show you everything you need to know to safely operate a sewing machine. I will show you everything from machine set up to the construction of a simple tote bag.

Learn Basic Sewing Practices And Challenge Yourself to Create Your First Sewn Item

  • Learn how to safely operate a sewing machine
  • Practice basic stitching skills like creating corners and curving lines
  • Recognize problems and learn how to fix them
  • Learn how to read a sewing pattern
  • Properly cut fabric in preparation of sewing
  • Use industry standard construction and finishing sewing techniques

A Lifelong Skill With Unlimited Possibilities

Learning basics sewing skills is not only a rewarding skill but it is also something that you can develop over your lifetime. Start with something small and eventually work up to creating your own clothing.

If you have ever considered going into the fashion field this is a great place to start. Unlike most home sewing courses I focus on industry standards and teach you how the professionals sew.

Course Overview

I designed this course for the absolute beginner. If your machine has never been out of the box, no worries, I will show you how to set it up, teach you about the parts of the machine and how to safely operate it to effectively sew together your very first project.

You’ll learn all of these things in 20 lectures with over 2.5 hours of video content plus a bonus lecture that shows you how to customize the pattern to create any size tote you wish.  Each lecture is broken down into easy to understand topics as to no overwhelm a beginner and created in real time so you can follow along or pause the lecture and pick it back up at any time.

By the time you finish this course you will be a confident seamstress well on your way to enjoying a skill that you can grow and develop over your lifetime. The machine will no longer be a scary machine but a place you visit for a creative outlet and a tool to help you construct some really cool stuff.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for tweens and teen who want to learn how to sew.
  • No prior sewing experience is necessary.
  • Younger students should have adult supervision especially while ironing and cutting fabric.
  • This course is probably not meant for someone looking to learn more advanced sewing techniques.
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
4 Lectures 09:11

Overview of course and what to expect.

Preview 03:32

Key information for adults supervising tweens and teens taking this course.

Preview 00:49

Student will understand which fabrics are and are NOT suitable for the construction of a small tote bag.

Lecture 3: Choosing fabric and thread

List of supplies needed to complete this course.

Preview 00:08
Sewing machine and iron safety
2 Lectures 00:35

Student will learn what to do and what not to do while operating a sewing machine.

Lecture 5: Sewing machine safety

Student will learn the best practices for using an iron while sewing and operating the tool safely.

Lecture 6: Iron safety
Sewing machine basics
3 Lectures 19:33

Student will learn the basic parts of the sewing machine and there purpose.

Preview 09:33

Student will learn how to wind a bobbin.

Lecture 8: Winding the bobbin

Student will be able to effectively thread a sewing machine.

Lecture 9: Threading the machine
Stitching basics
3 Lectures 26:44

Using the sewing machine to practice stitching straight and curving lines as well as clean, crisp corners onto a downloadable, paper template.

Lecture 10: Controlling the machine and stitching practice

After practicing on these template student will be able to confidently stitch using the sewing machine.

Lecture 11: More stitching practice

Student will be able to address common problems associated with sewing and the machine.

Lecture 12: Troubleshooting and tips
Preparing the fabric for sewing
2 Lectures 24:09

Student will understand what a pattern is used for, why it's created and what the symbols mean.

Lecture 13: Understanding the pattern

Student will be able to pin, cut and mark fabric in preparation for sewing.

Lecture 14: Cutting and marking fabric
Construction of tote
5 Lectures 01:07:04

Student will be able to sew the outside (or shell) of the tote bag.

Lecture 15: Constructing the outside of the tote

Student will understand how to construct the lining of the tote bag and how that differs from the shell.

Lecture 16: Constructing the lining

Student will lean how to prepare and construct the straps used in the tote bag.

Lecture 17: Constructing the straps

Student shall assemble the entire tote bag.

Lecture 18: Assembling the tote

Student will understand the importance of the finishing steps and how to complete them.

Lecture 19: Finishing the tote
1 Lecture 02:00

Course review and how to stay in touch.

Lecture 20: Course conclusion and staying in touch
Bonus lecture
1 Lecture 15:56

This lecture will show you how to alter your tote bag pattern to create any size you wish.

Altering the tote bag pattern
About the Instructor
Kimberly Irwin
4.8 Average rating
25 Reviews
516 Students
4 Courses
Professor of Fashion Design

I'm a fashion design educator with 7+ years teaching college aged students at a renowned art and design college.

The highlight of my career thus far is the publication of a textbook authored and illustrated by me called, Surface Design for Fabric and published by Bloomsbury Publications. It has been well received and has even become a part of the required curriculum in some of the top fashion design programs throughout the United States and England.

I began sewing as a little girl under the guidance of my grandmother, first learning quilting techniques eventually graduating to making clothes for my dolls and Barbies and then for myself and my friends. I believe that it is never too soon or too late a new skill.