Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday Finds: Craftsy Online Craft Classes

(This post sponsored by Craftsy.)

I only recently discovered the website Craftsy.  They offer a large number of crafting classes in a wide range of different crafts, from sewing to photography to cake decorating.  They also sell independent downloadable patterns and I'm selling my sewing patterns there now.

I haven't had the opportunity to take any of their classes yet, but they really look tempting.  Right now they have a number of "mini-classes" that are free to try.  Plus, TODAY ONLY they are having a Flash Sale on classes.

Here are a few classes that I thought might be of interest to my readers.  I know I have people visit who are interested in sewing, but don't know where to start and some of these may be perfect.

Free Mini-Classes

Sew Ready: Machine Basics - This class teaches the basics of how to use a sewing machine and how to deal with problems when they crop up.

Sewing Machine Feet from A-Z - I'm probably going to take this class soon, as I have a lot of feet for my new machine that I have no idea how to use.

Bag-Making Basics: Drawstring Bag and Bucket Bag and Bag Making Basics: Reversible Tote and Zipper Pouch - Both these free classes are good beginning projects.  I highly believe when you're learning a new skill you should be making something while you learn and bags are great projects.

Micro Torch Basics - This jewelry making course is an intro to the butane micro torch and it's use in jewelry, but it might be useful knowledge for a range of steampunk projects.

Paid Classes

Sewing Studio: Fashion Fitting, Home Decor and More - This in-depth beginning level sewing class teaches the skills necessary to make a pillow and a pencil skirt.

Tailoring Ready-To-Wear - This is a class every sewist needs.  How to take off the rack clothing and make it fit perfectly.  I'll admit I probably need to take this class because I sort of skipping learning to alter clothes and went right into making them from scratch.

Sewing Vintage: The Flirty Day Dress - I adore the style of this retro dress.  This class takes you through the patterning, fitting, and construction process to make your own.

Metalsmithing at Home - Learn to solder rings, bracelets and earrings in this jewelry making course that again could have wider applications.

Drab to Fab Furniture Upcycling - You probably know that I have an interest in slowing making my home's decor more steampunk, and furniture upcycling plays a big role in that.  If I ever have time to tackle another piece.

If anyone does try these classes out, please report back!  I'd love to hear feedback about them.


  1. I have paid for a few of tier classes, mostly quilting. They are *really* well done and paced nicely. (almost too slow if you know the material - so excellent if it;s new to you.)

    It;s a one time fee, so you can access the courses forever and they have the instructor there to answer forum posts. You can even stop the videos and ask a question right about that particular segment.

    They also encourage the class to share info and progress.

  2. So far, I really have enjoyed the classes I've taken from Craftsy! I'm working my way through their Costume Box by Anne Weil, and next up I want to do Gertie's Bombshell dress. The platform is awesome. I watch it on my iPad as I work, and it's been really helpful.

    I hadn't seen that they added another retro dress, though! Thanks for posting that link. Also I'd never looked at their other classes. Like the mini torch? That looks super cool.