How to Start a Children's Sewing Classroom

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Starting Your Classes

Planning classes is just like anything else you do. Start at the beginning. Do the easy, free things before the harder, costly things. Generalize first, add details later. Here is a checklist, in order, to get you started in the right direction. This list starts you out with the things you can do with no cash outlay, then gradually builds to more committed decisions. You can do all this in as little as one week if you're Jill-On-The-Spot. Most teachers will prefer taking about 4-5 weeks to satisfactorally cover all the tasks.

  • Qualities checklist (click here for sewing teacher qualities checklist)
  • Decide full-time vs. part-time, charity vs. profit
  • Tools checklist (click here for sewing tools and notions checklist)
  • Talk up your plans with friends, family & strangers (network!)
  • Choose a name for your sewing school
  • Buy book #73 as Start Sewing Class ebook -OR- (Start Sewing Class hard copy)
  • Make planning decisions (eg. students, place, fees, policies, etc.)
  • Order DIRECTIONS lessons for each student (click here for sewing lessons order form)
  • Prepare classroom while waiting for shipment (about a week)
  • Package arrives with Line Art
  • Prepare advertising / marketing materials
  • Start marketing
  • Make up sample garments if desired
  • Hold Open House if desired
  • Process registrations and money
  • Fine tune classroom
  • Hold first class
  • Voila! You're a teacher!

    Seems easy now that it's done, right? Remember the confusion and details you had to work through a month ago? Yet it all works out just the way you want it. That's probably the scariest part. You CAN have the classroom the way you want it. You CAN have the self-employed income and status you desire. It's all within your reach, and you are the only one who can do it.

    As your students grow in sewing skill, you will grow in teaching and business skill. Start out small and easy, and let your new sewing class business snowball on itself. As your Level 1 students graduate into Level 2, you'll be ready to add another session for new Level 1 students. And so it goes.

    DIRECTIONS Lesson Plans
    the discounts
    how to be a teacher
    starting your classes
    income calculator
    to teach or not to teach
    some other stuff
    pdf lesson downloads
    curriculum checklist
    contact information
    student readiness checklist
    tools & supplies