As most of our readers know, we've been long-time fans of Craftsy. We maintain a large and popular pattern library on Craftsy which I encourage everyone to check out. Our library has both free and paid patterns and tutorials that suit most any sewer from beginner to advanced and from those interested in clothing to those who love to sew bags, accessories and household items.
However, as you might note from some of the recent comments on our site, Craftsy has been undertaking a major upgrade to their site. Unfortunately, this upgrade seems not to have gone as smoothly as everyone would have hoped. I'm sure they'll get it together soon and be back up to their usual high standards, but the situation has led some of our readers to me ask if there are other good options for sewing classes and tutorials –a potential alternative to Craftsy, if you will.
You should have a look at Creativebug
The Creativebug model is a little different than Craftsy in that for one small monthly fee, you get access to their entire catalog of over 700 award-winning video classes. And each month, you get to keep one of the classes forever, even if you cancel your subscription.
Creativebug has a very large selection of sewing-related classes covering almost every conceivable subject from pattern drafting and sewing techniques, to fabric design and quilting. Classes range from absolute beginner to expert. They also feature mobile apps for iPhone/iPad and Android that let you take your classes with you on the go.
And take advantage of their 1 month free trial offer
So why don't you give it a try with the FREE trial? The one month trial is FREE and you get to keep one class FREE forever. There's absolutely nothing to lose. There's absolutely no commitment or strings attached.
To make the current offer even better, Creativebug has partnered with our friends at Joann.com to offer a 20% discount on any class supplies you purchase if you uses this link to sign up: exclusive offer from Creativebug and Jo-Ann Fabric: get a 30-day free trial to Creativebug + save 20% at Joann.com
If you decide to do this free trial and take a sewing course with Creativebug, it would be really great if you could share some feedback with the group in the comments below. That may help guide others whether this is a good product and resource. If anyone has had a lot of experience with Creativebug already, please share your thoughts.
For my part, I'm going to have a look at Nicole Mallalieu's Sew a Hobo Bag class. I had intended to do a project like this one for your all in the near future, so I'll see if there is anything I can learn and pass on.