The Home Ec eCourse features 28 step-by-step written tutorials that are accompanied by plenty of demonstrative photos. This is an example of the tutorial format.
A video guided tour of your new Sewing Machine… filling & loading your bobbin, threading your machine, adjusting stitch length, needle alignment, using the presser foot and backstitching. Plus a few tips for straight & even stitch lines and my favorite sewing habits!
* Video transcripts are available for the Hearing Impaired upon request.
Instead of wrapping a gift with paper, create this pretty drawstring gift pouch that acts as a bonus gift and reusable bag! You’ll learn how to create a pouch, Also great for business owners packaging products and making a great impression!
Set a more beautiful table with handmade cloth napkins! You’ll learn how to make two styles with basic techniques that will help you master larger projects later in the class. You can feel good about setting your table in style because cloth napkins reduce waste and help save money!
The perfect caddy for your supplies, your boyfriends wrenches, your kids markers or your sharpie collection! Made with an oilcloth or vinyl exterior and an adjustable strap, this roll-up is durable, flexible and just what everyone needs!
Replace your dingy old ironing board cover with a shiny new one, and make everyone’s least favorite chore a little bit more fun.
We can’t all have an industrial “jean machine” in our homes (though I’m definitely hoping I someday will!), but it’s still possible to end up with a nice looking hem when you’re either pressed for time or pinching pennies. You’ll pick up techniques for shortening your favorite denim using both hand and machine sewing.
Don’t throw out your grandma’s vintage mumu! With a few basic tricks, you can resize vintage clothing to fit your body type.
This super-basic skirt, which you will draft from your own measurements (using math–gasp!), is both forgiving to your figure and to your skill. Lots of finishing techniques are not only difficult, they’re time consuming. By leaving the edges raw, we leave time for more important things, like creating the perfect fit. And looking totally cute in your new skirt because, hey look at that, you’re already done making it!
Babies grow out of their adorable clothes so quickly but you can give them new life in the form of their favorite new plushie! Using a provided pattern and easy directions you can make these gender neutral creatures for your favorite little one.
Take your pillows to the next level with piping that makes them pop! You’ll learn how to create a removable pillow case and add piping to add depth and create a more finished shape.
A duvet can be a quick and affordable way to update the look of your bedroom…and it can be a lot more affordable if you make it yourself! We’ll give you a few different options for fabric, dimensions, and construction so you can decide what works best for you.
Those square shelving units and fabric cubbies are really popular, but sometimes it’s really hard to find cute ones, especially in the right size. We’ll show you how to make your own! And, if you don’t have a shelving unit, you’ll also be able to use the techniques to make neat little fabric trays, perfect for office desk organization or craft show displays.
There’s no reason your laptop should be in a boring black sleeve… let’s create a case that makes you smile each time you use it (while still being protective)! Sized to your computer, this padded case is built to last, beautify and protect.
Make an Anthropologie inspired apron sure to flatter any shape. This simple pattern allows your fabric selection to stand out with a chic bow detail at one shoulder. Give them as gifts this Christmas!
Dress up your tea party with a table runner than calls all eyes onto your pretty table display! Similar to quilting, this tablerunner is made by joining materials to create visual interest and seamed in a way that flattens your piece and shows a level of craftsmanship that impresses all your guests!
The purse that actually looks like you bought it at a boutique. Learn how to add rich details to your creations by using leather and hardware like the pros.
Shoe organizers are not a new invention but cute ones just might be! These hanging shoe organizers are a stylish way to display and store 12 pairs of shoes (or more) and use vertical space to your advantage.
One of the fastest ways to learn how clothing is constructed is to tear it apart. If not literally, then visually (we’ll cover both options). Using a basic piece of clothing from your closet, we’ll recreate it “quick and dirty” style. These make great projects for late at night when the fabric stores and mall are closed and you really want to wear something new the next day!
This grey & yellow corduroy messenger bag feels like the ‘safe purse’ for girls who don’t love handbags (also great for students). Built to last with looks that impress, you’ll love carrying your books and belongings in your handmade messenger bag that’s sure to make you proud of your new sewing & construction skills!
They’re tempting, they’re intimidating. You’re pretty sure they’re written in a different language. Commercial patterns open up a whole new world of clothing (and accessories/craft) construction that would otherwise be impossible for “civilians” (read: not trained fashion & pattern designers) such as us. From selecting a pattern, to learning how to read the “step by step”, we hope to give you the confidence and knowledge you need to conquer these wonderful little mysteries.
The cherry on top of this crafty class! Use your new confidence to create a beautiful, large quilt for yourself or a loved one.
Different from any of our past online classes, in Home Ec, we are allowing you to take the projects we teach and reproduce them for Commercial Use if you choose (but not to reteach). This means that if you own a business, taking Home Ec can expand your range of products and potential! We hope that you will find ways to personalize the projects to make them your own, and in this Tips post, Leigh-Ann will give recommendations for adapting a few of the projects into your own style and brand (also beneficial for gift making!). Even better, learn how to think like an inventor… how to use the skills you’ve learned in Home Ec to invent and design completely new projects exclusive to YOU!