10 Children’s Garment Construction Techniques to Master


Our new online licensing begins in just a couple weeks: Children’s Garment Construction! There are more than 30 projects included in this course curriculum, with wonderful details and techniques designed into each one. You’ll receive beautifully illustrated written instructions and patterns plus step-by-step video tutorials for all of the projects and a wide variety of sewing techniques.

We shared a preview of the projects with you a few weeks ago, and now I’d like to tell you more about all the techniques! We’ll begin with general techniques like different types of seams, beginning heirloom techniques, working with knits and more. Then we’ll move into more specific sewing techniques, including:


Pleating and Hand Smocking

Pleating and Hand Smocking: Smocking is one of the most popular embellishment techniques for classic children’s garments. We’ll teach you how to pleat fabric and smock by hand to create this timeless technique.

Smocking in the Hoop: Speaking of smocking – it is not just created by hand anymore. Learn how you can achieve a similar look to traditional smocking using an embroidery machine, pre-pleated fabric and “smocking in the hoop” embroidery files.

Madeira Applique: This is a lovely technique that encases raw edges of fabric. We like to call it “Magic Madeira” because it is truly magic! We’ll teach you how to achieve this technique.

Tucks of All Kinds: Folded tucks, double needle pintucks and other tucks are great for adding dimension and interest.

Machine Embroidery: Machine embroidery adds a special touch to any project, and we’ve included an overview of stabilizers and embroidery tips in the course. You’ll also get embroidery design files you can use on your projects if desired!


Applique by Machine Embroidery

Applique by Machine Embroidery: Of course, applique by machine embroidery is another popular embellishment technique for children’s clothing. We’ll teach you all the steps to take to create precious appliquéd projects.

Plackets: A lot of sewists struggle with plackets. Don’t let plackets scare you! You’ll learn how to sew them the easy way.

Sleeves, Collars and Cuffs: If you’ve ever wondered how to best construct collars, sleeves, cuffs and more, we’ll show you how! You’ll never struggle again once you learn our simple methods.

Piping: Piping can beautifully frame collars, cuffs and bodices to really turn a garment into a masterpiece. We’ll teach you our tips and tricks to help you achieve perfect piping, every time.


Whimsy Stick Flowers

Whimsy Stick Flowers: Kari Mecca’s Whimsy Stick tools can be used to create an endless variety of flowers and trims that add a perfectly whimsical, boutique look to garments.

Other techniques we’ll cover include lace shaping, covering buttons, gathering, pinstitch and entredeux and much more.

Our course instructors – Connie Palmer, Missy Billingsley, Sis Hutchison, Alicia Welcher and I – will be just a quick email or phone call away to answer any question you have during the course. Plus, you can interact with other students on the message board and share your project images in the photo gallery.

To receive your teacher’s license at the end of the course, you’ll need to complete a handful of the course projects. This license will give you shared copyright ownership with Martha Pullen Company for all the projects in this curriculum and their written directions. That means you can teach these exclusive Martha Pullen Company projects in your own classes, make them for resale, or just enjoy making them for yourself or as special gifts.


As an added bonus, if you register for the course by Oct. 20, you will receive a FREE copy of Connie Palmer’s Construction Techniques Made Easy video download! On this video, you’ll learn even more wonderful construction techniques for quick hems, embellishing collars, quick sleeve bands and more.

Visit our online licensing site to learn more or register for our Children’s Garment Construction Online Licensing.

Much Love to You All & May God Bless,

Kathy McMakin

One thought on “10 Children’s Garment Construction Techniques to Master

  1. Meredith

    I would like to purchase the pattern for the 3 watermelon dress shown in the picture – where would I go to do that? Thanks!


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