Sewing Classes Washington, D.C.

Discover the joy of creating your own stylish wardrobe with sewing classes in Washington, D.C.. Learn essential techniques, master patterns, and unlock your creative potential while gaining the skills to design and sew unique garments.

Unfortunately, no classes in-person in Washington, D.C. have spots left, but 15 classes live online are available.

Sewing 101: Basics (Virtual)

The New York Sewing Center @ Virtual Classroom

Ready to pick up that needle and thread for the first time? Or finally take that sewing machine you bought out of the box and put it to good use? With Sewing 101 we are going back to the basics, starting from scratch, and taking you step by step through all the essentials to make learning to sew a fun and inspiring experience. Sewing 101 is perfect for complete beginners & people who have sewn in the past but need a refresher, where they will...

Saturday Oct 7th, 2–4pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

Collar Sewing Boot Camp

Santa Monica College

Have trouble sewing collars on your garments? Collars frame the face and add striking style to clothing, so it’s important to sew them perfectly.  Learn how to use and sew various collar styles: the convertible collar, Mandarin collar, and classic two-piece shirt collar. Then construct an all-purpose sport shirt/Hawaiian-style shirt with the collar of your choice, and give your garment a polished, professional look.  Prerequisite:...

Saturday Oct 14th, 10am–1pm Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

Pattern Making for Beginners (Virtual)

The New York Sewing Center @ Virtual Classroom

Want to take your craft to the next level? Maybe you've been sewing for quite some time but still using commercial patterns. If you're ready to make your own patterns, or you've just completed Sewing 101 and you're ready to learn the next set of skills, this is it! In this class you will learn how to flat pattern your own skirt with your own measurements! Yep! Your very own custom-made pattern unique to your own body. In this class you will learn:...

Sunday Oct 8th, 5–7pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

Virtual Pattern Making II

The New York Sewing Center @ Virtual Classroom

Once you've taken Pattern Making for Beginners, this is the perfect next step! Now that you've focused on skirts, we're moving on to bodice drafting!  This course includes: How to properly measure yourself and others Instructions for drafting a bodice sloper from your measurements Techniques and terminology for pattern development Modifications for the bodice Different sleeve styles Collars This class can be used to make tops and...

Saturday Oct 14th, 4–6pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

Sashiko Holiday Napkins

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

This Sashiko workshop is offered both online as a virtual class or on-site as an in-person class. Sashiko is the traditional Japanese art of decorative textile mending using intricate and beautiful stitchwork. In this workshop, you will learn Sashiko stitching techniques to create one-of-a-kind holiday napkins with festive designs that will be a great conversation starter at your dinner table.  All materials are included. The...

Sunday Nov 12th, 1–4pm Central Time

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Global Textiles Exploration

New York School of Interior Design

This course will lead you through an exotic exploration of global textiles. Learn about the rich history behind the fabrics from Asia, Africa and the Americans and discover the symbolism behind their unique designs. Study how these ancient designs and color palettes informed modern textiles. Along the way, we will explore sources and review how interior designers incorporate global textiles into their projects

Tuesday Dec 5th, 10am–12pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Easy Crochet Hat

Roots Knitting Academy @ Live virtual class

Learn some more advanced skills including ribbing and crocheting in the round! You will leave class with a sweet chunky hat! Skills Required: Slip knot, chain, single crochet, double crochet Skills Learned: Ribbing, pick up stitches, in the round, decreasing Pattern: Roots Knitting exclusive pattern!

Saturday Oct 28th, 11am–12pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Crochet Kitchen: Breakfast Edition

Roots Knitting Academy @ Live virtual class

This class features a Roots exclusive pattern that is all about breakfast! Make these amigurumi-style breakfast foods for fun kids toys or decor!Skill Level: Easy Skills Required: Ch, SC, DC, in the round Skills Learned: stitch patterns, increasing, decreasing Pattern: RKA Exclusive Pattern Note: All courses are taught live via Zoom. 3 days prior to your class, you will receive a Zoom link in an email from us for your session.

Thursday Nov 2nd, 8–9pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Chunky Knit Blanket

Coastal Design Workshops LLC @ Live Virtual via Zoom

Use a no-needles knitting process to create the comfy blanket of your dreams in this online class. With DIY craft kit delivered to you If getting cozy is your jam, this virtual workshop is just the thing to help you snuggle up in style. In this hand-knitting for beginners class, you will learn how to make a chunky knit blanket. Your teacher will walk you through the steps so you can create an snuggly blanket that's like a warm hug. Even if you...

Sunday Oct 22nd, 2–3pm Eastern Time

Shibori Indigo Tie Dye for Beginners

Onyx Art Studios @ Online

Learn the ancient Japanese art of Shibori or indigo tie-dye. First students will learn techniques for tying, folding, and dipping your fabric. Then students will learn how to prepare a vat of indigo. I will go over 30 shibori folds and binds to give you a full understanding of the resist process. Due to social distancing this workshop will be a virtual workshop. I recommend setting it up in a place where you can get a little messy (due to the...

Sunday Oct 29th, 1–3pm Eastern Time

Easy Knit: First Hat

Roots Knitting Academy @ Live virtual class

Learn some more advanced skills including increasing and magic loop! You will learn shaping to bring your knitting to the next level! You will leave class with a sweet chunky hat! Skills Required: Cast on, knit, purl, bind off, in the round Skills Learned: Increasing, decreasing, magic loop Pattern: Roots Knitting exclusive pattern!

Saturday Dec 2nd, 10–11am Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Easy Crochet: First Granny Squares

Roots Knitting Academy @ Live virtual class

In this class, you will learn everything there is to know about granny squares! Leave class feeling confident with more advanced crochet skills! Skills Required: Slip knot, chain, single crochet, double crochet Skills Learned: In the round, increasing, granny square technique Pattern: Roots Knitting exclusive pattern!

Saturday Dec 2nd, 11am–12pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Sip N' Stitch: Crochet Ornaments

Roots Knitting Academy @ Live virtual class

Sip N' Stitch is a 90-minute class that is a little more laid back than our other classes. Join us to learn to crochet our Roots exclusive ornaments that will light up your holiday!Skill Level: Easy Skills Required: Slip knot, Chain, SC, DC, in the round Skills Learned: increasing, decreasing, stitch pattern Pattern: Roots Exclusive Pattern! Note: All courses are taught live via Zoom. 3 days prior to your class, you will receive a Zoom link in an...

Friday Dec 1st, 7–8:30pm Eastern Time

Chunky Knit a Square Pillow

Coastal Design Workshops LLC @ Live Virtual via Zoom

Use jumbo sized yarn to hand-knit your own pillow in this online class! With DIY craft kit delivered to you. If you're looking for fun and easy craft ideas, learn how to chunky knit in this online class, with no needles necessary! Using just your hands, a couple of skeins of jumbo yarn and a pillow insert, you will make the cozy chunky knit pillow of your dreams. Don't worry if you don't know how to knit, your instructor will walk you through...

Tuesday Oct 17th, 7–8pm Eastern Time

Crochet for Beginners

92nd Street Y

Crochet creates fabrics with infinite varieties of patterns and textures. Learn the basics of this flexible and creative technique and quickly gain the skills to make scarves, hats, blankets and bags. Projects: cell-phone pouch and a stitch sampler scarf. Supply List p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 2.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #454545} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #454545} p.p3 {margin:...

Wednesday Nov 1st, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

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Discover the Best Sewing Classes in Washington, D.C.

Sewing is a popular craft used to make and repair garments. To sew, you’ll stitch together fabric and other materials using a needle and thread. Sewing can be done by hand or with a sewing machine. During the Paleolithic period, people would stitch together animal hides to create clothing. Hand sewing remained the method of creating garments until the sewing machine was invented during the Industrial Revolution. When sewing machines became more affordable in the West, ready-made clothing became more common, relegating hand sewing to a hobby. 

Today, hand sewing is still done to create high-quality garments and to affix details to clothing. Hand sewing is also a popular cottage industry. Experienced sewers will often spend hours creating detailed pieces that they’ll then sell. Sewing shops and studios will also sell their services to repair or alter clothing. 

If you’d like to learn a new hobby and meet and socialize with others in the area, consider taking up sewing. ​​​​Some studios and shops can offer you classes in sewing to help improve your skills and allow you to meet with other passionate sewers who can offer you advice for your projects. 

Why You Should Learn Sewing in

Experienced sewers who can craft quality garments sell their services and products online. If you can get the basics of sewing down and can start projects, sewing can be a great way to make money on the side. 

Sewing is also a stress-relieving activity. As you focus on your projects, you won’t be thinking about other distractions and troubles that are on your mind. This attention to detail and focus also improves your hand-eye coordination. If this is something you struggle with, you can start sewing to work on it. Sewing will also make your fingers nimbler and loosen your joints. 

When you decide to sew something, you need to consider its design. Sewing, therefore, allows you to explore your creativity as you come up with project ideas. You can also of course get project inspiration from the internet and add a personal twist. 

In-Person Sewing Classes in

There are in-person sewing classes in that you can sign up for on CourseHorse. Classes may be available at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level. All classes are taught by expert instructors who will provide you with in-depth demonstrations and constructive feedback. Taking an in-person class is an efficient way to learn the basics of sewing and provides you with an instructor and other sewers whom you can ask for advice from. 

To begin sewing, you’ll need a few basic supplies, like sewing needles and thread. You’ll also need to invest in a sewing machine if you’d like to machine sew. You can buy a new machine or look for a gently used machine online or at your local thrift store. If you’re taking an in-person sewing class, these materials might be provided for you.

Artistic Artifacts, located in Alexandria, is hosting an embroidery class that can help you elevate your sewing projects. In this class, you’ll learn fun stitches that can be used to embroider designs on the garments you’ve created.

Check CourseHorse frequently to see what new and returning in-person sewing classes are available to you. In the past, beginner-level sewing classes and late-night sewing classes have been hosted by local studios. 

Virtual Sewing Classes 

If you’re interested in exploring more sewing classes available to you, check out the virtual sewing classes listed on CourseHorse. These remotely held classes are taught by professionals who will guide you through the class over an online video platform like Zoom. They’ll be able to answer your questions and provide you with tips for completing your projects. If you take a virtual sewing class, be aware that you’ll likely need to procure all necessary materials, including a sewing machine if it’s a machine sewing class. 

The New York Sewing Center offers a sewing class that covers the basics of sewing, including how to use equipment and how to read a pattern. Whether you’re picking up a thread and needle for the first time or returning to sewing after years, this class will prepare you to competently machine sew and create a garment. They also offer several virtual pattern-making classes which will teach you to create patterns for varying garment types. 

Santa Monica College holds a home sewing boot camp. In this class, you’ll work on creating a tote bag and a pair of drawstring shorts or pants. The goal of this boot camp is to gain mastery of sewing essentials and understand the basic construction of apparel. 

If you’re interested in virtual classes that will teach you crafts similar to sewing, the 92nd Street Y offers beginner-level crocheting and knitting courses. 

Private Group Sewing Classes in

Is your business or organization looking to book a private sewing class as a fun team-building activity? CourseHorse can deliver private group sewing classes to you. 

You can reach out to CourseHorse to discuss the private sewing classes they can offer you through the contact form on their website. You’ll be able to learn about class formats and the number of participants they can accommodate. If you’re unsure of how many team members will be participating but would like to book a class, you can book with the minimum group size and update the number before your class is scheduled. 

CourseHorse will supply your group with all the materials necessary for their classes. When booking a class, you’ll provide CourseHorse with the addresses of all participants. Their team will then work to send out a materials kit to everyone. 

CourseHorse does not charge a booking fee. If you need to cancel your class for any reason, you can do so for free up to two weeks before the class is scheduled. If you’d like to reschedule the class less than 48 hours before it is scheduled, you will be charged a $150 rescheduling fee. 

CourseHorse can accommodate several online video platforms. They recommend using Zoom, although you may also suggest using Microsoft Teams, Google Meets, or WebEx so long as you provide the meeting details. 

CourseHorse offers a variety of private craft classes that might also interest your group. If you’re looking for an activity that’s similar to sewing, check out their macramé workshop or their loom weaving workshop.