Tutorials, Videos, and Websites
At Sew Dayton students will ask to have a tutorial or directions for the class we are about to teach. However, knowing what the student would like to make before the course, it’s not hard to give them the information they need. As a result, we will jump online to grab a good tutorial made from a trusted blogger if the student would like some added information.
Not to mention, this is an excellent way to give your students another avenue of information, if they are trying to build their skills on their own between classes.
When I started to sew, I learned from YouTube and “mommy” blogs. At that time, there were no small businesses around Dayton, that catered to garment construction. Therefore, I visited a lot of crafty, DIY blogs and YouTube to learn how to sew. As a result, I want to share a few of my favorites today!
Tutorial, Sew-A-Long & Pattern Reviews
Sew Sweetness – Sara Lawson has excellent reviews, tutorials, and pattern hacks. There is a lot of useful information on accessories, purses/totes, and garment sewing. She even is a part of a bag of the month program! Sara also has some fantastic patterns for sale on her site!
Crafty Planner – Has a phenomenal podcast and has some great reviews of sewing books, patterns and more!
Christine Haynes – Pattern designer, teacher, and traveler! Christine has been a massive inspiration to me. Chic and Simple Sewing was the first sewing book I ever purchased! She has sew-a-longs for her patterns and has great tutorials, and tips and tricks for garment sewing!
Crafty Gemini – Vanessa’s website and YouTube channel are where I learned how to make a French seamed pillowcase dress. Her production and videos have come a LONG way since 2010, but her information is still perfect and on point.
Pattern Makers – Tutorials and Videos
Made Everyday – MADE Every day with Dana is a fantastic resource for new and advanced sewers. She has a lot of tutorials and free patterns! If you have little boys, this will be a great go-to site. Also, she has a YouTube channel too that is super fun!
Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing – Gretchen Hirsch is impressive, cute, fun and does a great job breaking processes down step by step. She has sew-a-longs and a YouTube channel that work together!
Melly Sews – has a great tutorial, has PDF downloadable patterns for sale called Blank Slate Patterns, which cater to women, boys and girls. Super easy sewing projects, great tutorials and an excellent resource for sewing section
Tilly and the Buttons – Tilly is super adorable with a 60’s retro feel for her garments and patterns. She hasn’t been sewing very long (compared to a lot of bloggers/makers), but she was fantastic on The Great British Sewing Bee Season 1, where she competed for the best home sewer in England. Her bubbly personality made her a favorite of mine before I ever watched the show! I was following her blog as I was also learning myself.
Inspiration and Encouragement
LilBlueBoo – Ashley Hackshaw was an instant inspiration for me when I started to follow the blog she was living in California, raising her adorable daughter with her husband and was so super creative! I would be on her website for hours at a time trying her tutorials, reading her tips and tricks and using her free downloads to practice my sewing skills! I knew one day I wanted to help support my family just like she did with her blog and children’s clothing.
Sew Mama Sew – When I started sewing this was my go-to resource! Kristin Link sold fabric, patterns and had some super fun giveaways. The site has since revamped as her and Abby Glassenberg from While She Naps launched Craft Industry Alliance.
While She Naps – Abby Glassenberg has a lot of information on sewing, starting up and running a small business and her podcasts are excellent. If you want to branch out of your comfort zone, become a sewing teacher, or how to step up your newsletters check out her eBooks!
Gussy Sews – Now known as Maggie Whitley Designs – I did her mentorship program back in 2011. Her projects and posts are inspirational and helpful. She is a great resource!
Creativebug – A subscription-based website which has hundreds of video classes! A lot are even free!
Craftsy – Craftsy offers pay per class instruction. You can watch as many times as you like and you can interact with the teacher to ask questions! Another super helpful website to help build your skills!
Some extra info – YouTube Channels
Just remember the best way to learn, is to do the work. Even if, one night you study a technique and over time you practice it is the best way to learn.
Practice does make perfect!
Finally, use the websites and videos that help you the most and share them with your friends.
In fact, sharing is caring when it comes to helping someone learn a new skill or craft. No matter what, we will always need teachers to help us understand specific things that we may not understand completely. But, having a good list of websites bookmarked for reference will help you!