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.
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Instructed by Kimberly Irwin Design / Fashion
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  • Lectures 21
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • 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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Overview of course and what to expect.


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


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


List of supplies needed to complete this course.

Section 2: Sewing machine and iron safety

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


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

Section 3: Sewing machine basics

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


Student will learn how to wind a bobbin.


Student will be able to effectively thread a sewing machine.

Section 4: Stitching basics

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


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


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

Section 5: Preparing the fabric for sewing

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


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

Section 6: Construction of tote

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


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


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


Student shall assemble the entire tote bag.


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

Section 7: Conclusion

Course review and how to stay in touch.

Section 8: Bonus lecture

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

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Instructor Biography

Kimberly Irwin, 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.

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