Sneak Peek: Teaching Beginning Sewing

Teaching Beginning Sewing is coming back! Course runs: July 24 – Oct 24, 2017

It’s back! We are bringing back our very first online licensing course, Teaching Beginning Sewing. This course kicks off July 24 and includes a wonderful collection of projects ranging from garments to bags to home decor and more. You’ll receive patterns and video tutorials for every project, and when you’ve completed the course, you can teach the projects in your own sewing classrooms. Or you can make them to sell or just enjoy making them for yourself. The choice is all yours! Let’s take a closer look at the projects:

Patchwork sampler quilt

Quilting Projects
Quilts are always popular, and we have some great quilting projects for you in this course. There’s a rag quilt: the ultimate quick-and-easy quilt! Layered fabric blocks are pieced together with exposed seams then laundered to fray the fabric edges. The result is a fluffy, cozy quilt that is great when you need an extra layer to keep out the chill. There’s also the patchwork sampler quilt, a beautiful traditional quilt that features pieced blocks alternating with plain blocks. Other quilting projects include a quilted pillow sham.

Roman shade

Window Treatments
We have a whole host of window treatment projects in this course: first there are fabric looped curtains for a look that can go from casual to dressy, depending on your fabric choice and room accessories. There are rod pocket curtains: a simple style that will add a soft touch to any room. Next there’s the Roman shade, a tailored shade that can add a touch of interest in rooms where you don’t want curtains. And, as a special bonus, there’s also a shower curtain project! A touch of decorator fabric can really dress up a bathroom.

Pillow sham

Other Home Decor Projects
One of our favorite projects is the Madeira and bias shaped table runner. Tailored embellishment techniques and an elegant cream-on-white color scheme create this sophisticated heirloom runner. It will make a beautiful addition to your home! We’ll also show you how to create a separate set of coordinating table linens: reversible table napkins, a lined placemat (also reversible) and a table runner. Depending on your fabrics, you can make this table linen set for casual or formal dining. We have a beautiful throw pillow featuring coordinated fabrics, looped fringe and rope cording that is easy to construct and can easily be adapted for any decorating theme. There is also a pillow sham for a standard bed pillow featuring looped fringe or braided trim. And, you can try your hand at crazy patch with the crazy patch pillow — this technique is fun and easy and the perfect way to combine scraps to create a one-of-a-kind accessory. You’ll also get to play with decorative threads and all the embellishment stitches on your sewing machine as you make it.

Makeup bag

Bags and Totes
Want to make a new bag? You’ll love Martha’s Tote: a roomy tote that combines fun with function. This tote is lined and has several pockets; the finishing touch is a row of decorative trim. We also have Martha’s Purse, a designer-look accessory that uses multiple fabrics and features pockets and a zippered closure.There is also a fun and roomy makeup bag that is the perfect travel accessory (and makes a great gift)!

Martha and Patty with the pullover blouse

There are a couple of great women’s garments included in this curriculum: a basic pullover blouse made with set in sleeves (long or short) and a tailored A-line skirt. Both of these garments are such versatile wardrobe pieces; you’ll want to make several of each! The patterns are sized XS to 4XL.

We’ll show you how to create each one of these projects through both written instructions and video tutorials. The videos are taught by Kathy McMakin, Connie Palmer, Alicia Welcher, Patty Smith and Martha Pullen. You’ll also get Martha’s Beginning Sewing Notebook (a terrific resource for techniques), a video featuring business ideas from Martha Pullen and more. During the course, our Martha Pullen team will be available to answer any questions you might have about projects, patterns, techniques and teaching methods.

You won’t need to create all of the projects to receive your Martha Pullen teacher’s license at the end of the course, but you will need to complete the seven required projects. What does having this teacher’s license mean? It means you will share the copyright with Martha Pullen Co. for all the projects in this curriculum and their written directions. If you want to teach sewing, you will be able to teach all of the projects in this curriculum in your own classes and you can make as many copies of the project instructions as you need for your students. If you don’t want to teach (and we have plenty students who don’t), you’ll be able to make these exclusive Martha Pullen projects for sale. Or just for your enjoyment and to give as gifts!

Click here to learn more and register for Teaching Beginning Sewing.

Happy Sewing!
The Martha Pullen Team

4 thoughts on “Sneak Peek: Teaching Beginning Sewing

  1. Sandy Hooton

    When you say the pattern pieces are downloadable, does that mean that I will have to print them? How does that work with large pattern pieces?

  2. Patsy S Graham

    Does this course give you an outline or guide for classes and what to cover in teaching beginners to sew? In other words, do you just work and learn the projects or is it actual instruction in steps to take in teaching those new to sewing how to sew?

  3. Natalie Nettles Post author

    Hi Sandy: Yes, that’s exactly what it means. Our patterns are formatted for full-size printing, and we’ve included a video tutorial with Martha to guide you through the process. For patterns that feature multiple pages, you’ll simply print then tape together and use just like a normal pattern.

  4. Natalie Nettles Post author

    Hi Patsy: We will show you how to make each project through both the written instructions and the video lessons. In the videos, we share helpful teaching tips, too, to help prepare you — then you can use the written instructions/patterns in your own classrooms. In addition, videos are included on “the business of sewing” in which Martha talks about how to create a positive learning environment where students can learn beautiful techniques, feel encouraged and special, and leave with lasting friendships; as well as “how to teach and build your business” in which our instructors talk about their special teaching techniques and how they’ve built their businesses. Let us know if you have any more questions!


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