Sewing Classes: A Cool Business Idea

sewing classesIn the last couple of years, sewing is getting new and enthusiastic interest from kids and teens, so much so that starting a sewing classes business is becoming a cool idea!  We’ve written a lot before sewing for profitsewing and selling and how to transform your sewing passion into something profitable.  Here’s what I think is another great sewing business idea.

There is no doubt that the growing interest in sewing amongst young people is enhanced by the popularity of the long running Project Runway TV show, a popular reality TV show  where new and promising designers compete by designing and creating their own clothes. There is also a growing trend in turning old clothing into teen accessories like tote bags and the like. Plus if you’ve been browsing the internet lately, you will likely notice that there’s a subculture online that is dedicated to sewing and people are linking their sewing projects to their Facebook pages; there’s a lot of interest in sewist’s blogs too. The takeover of Information Technology has definitely helped to make sewing cool, accessible and popular today.

So what do you need to start offering sewing classes?

This is a relatively new business idea.  While there are plenty of online classes such as at Craftsy and Creativelive, these lack the personalized approach that I have in mind.  I think sewing is best learned in a one-on-one or small group environment with coaching and customization if required.  This is how we’ve been learning (and teaching) for thousands of years.  It is certainly how I, and probably you, learned how to sew.

With an initial capital outlay of $2,000 – $10,000, you can get the ball rolling.  Sewing classes can be a home based business and can also be operated part time. The potential income is estimated to be between 25 to 35 US dollars per hour and this rate could still go up.

You can market your sewing class using traditional means of advertising as well as online. To start with a small capital outlay, you can also go into a joint venture with a local fabric store and offer sewing classes in the evenings and weekends with them. An added advantage here is that you can profit from the store’s existing customer base. Additional revenue can also be generated by selling patterns and other sewing notions to your students.

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Sewing Classes success story

Here’s a success story in Minneapolis that I want to share with you: Miss Gianopoulos, who’s offered sewing classes for a number of years, has seen such an increase in the number of kids and teens in her class that she decided to open a school vacation camp called Sewtropolis. Her sewing classes are now available to all ages and skill levels. She is also selling patterns, notions and fabrics to her students. Originally intended for adults, she found out that kids and teenagers are highly interested in learning how to sew as a creative outlet.

For sewing students aged eight and above, they should have the patience to work on sewing projects and know how to use a sewing machine. Students are also allowed to rent time on a sewing machine at the rate of $5 per hour if they don’t have a sewing machine at home.

Gianopolous has also noticed that math skills and sewing go together because sewing needs careful attention to detail and it also involves measurements and fractions. This means enrolling children in sewing class will also increase their knowledge in mathematics and problem solving.

How to make people interested in sewing:

Success in business means you are fulfilling some kind of need in the market.  There is a need for people to become autonomous in their finances and in the use of their time.

Curiosity killed the cat or so the saying goes.  I know how to sew but every time I see someone in a shop or a fabric store making something, I stop to watch.  I am fascinated by the amount of people that do the same.  Like me, many find that there is always something knew to learn or a better easier way to do things.  So volunteering your time to teach a demonstration class will pay up in time.


Schools in your district are a wealth of potential customers.  After school activities keep kids busy until mom comes home giving children a great way to hone in their hand eye coordination and improving their attention span.

Community service support groups:

Nothing is more attractive to people than to share a common hobby, and sewing allows a great opportunity to talk whilst doing something creative.  It’s also a great way to conduct a class tailored to many different skills levels.  Approaching your council for space availability rules an regulations would be a very practical way to utilize underused resources.

As we have written about before, sewing helps fight depression, so it would certainly be in the interest of your community to help get people sewing!

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Church Halls:

Since time immemorial the church premises have been a point of gathering for town’s people to come together and many churches enjoy the privilege of open spaces and an empty hall in which you can accommodate a sewing class, talk to you local parishioner for more information.

Project Based Sewing Clubs at Your Home:

There is really nothing more exciting for a sewer than to get together with other sewers sharing a common goal.  We know many groups who have used our popular Conference Tote Bag Pattern Sew-Along as the basis of their first group project.  We certainly encourage that as long as each participant gets their own log-in and account.

Also, while it is impossible to sew, text and post in social media at the same time, you can be sure that our young generation is still very much interested in learning the old fashioned art of sewing.  Believe it or not, even they get tired of sitting on their phones all day!

I hope this give you some ideas and motivation to start your own sewing classes business.  Good luck and do let us know how you go in the comments below.

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10 Responses to Sewing Classes: A Cool Business Idea

  1. Cathy Tippens says:

    What kind of credentials do you need for teaching sewing?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Cathy, I can’t answer for your specific location. If you’re in the US, I guess it would technically be a local or state thing, but my sense is it should not be a regulated profession. So potentially no credential required.

  2. Caren marks says:

    I have had fantastic luck in the past teaching homeschooling students sewing classes. You have the that they can schedule classes during the day if needed and are used to being very well behaved and can focus on a project much easier than some students can. Also remember homeschooling groups when you are cleaning out your closet of fabric and scraps that you want to get rid of because sending a huge bag to a group of homeschooling students creates a frenzy of excitement and happiness.

  3. Teaching is so satisfying!!! I energizes me. There is a big demand for child classes. I have a full series on How to Run Your Own Summer Sewing Camp and it can be adapted for after school classes as well.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Ana, thanks for sharing. You seem to have developed a great program there for summer sewing camps. Congrats!

  4. Excellent article. I have been teaching sewing lessons to children, teens and adults for a few years. I have recently found that kids and parents are so over booked with activities that they ask me to come to them. I have become the “Traveling Sewing Instructor”. I pack up my machine and projects into a pull-along file crate and “travel” to them. I try to schedule classes in the same area to save on time and gas. Sometime even literally finishing one class and going next door to the next. Word-of-mouth has been my best advertising method.

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