Online Class

Sewing Texture


Whether you're making something new, or livening up something you love, ruffles, pleats, gathers and shirring are easy ways to add style and depth.

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What You Get

  • 10 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Q&A in our virtual classroom with fellow crafters and makers
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Texture is in! Whether you're making something new or livening up an item you've had for years, adding soft ruffles, pleats, gathers and shirring lets you achieve a new level of style. Vanessa shows you basic texture techniques and how to apply them to garments, accessories, quilts and more. Pair each of your new skills with one of Vanessa's projects to showcase the techniques in a beautiful way! Great design is all in the details, and you'll discover all the details right here in "Sewing Texture." Proudly sponsored by Bernina!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction
Meet your instructor, Vanessa Christenson, sewist and author of Make It Sew Modern . Then find out what you'll learn over the course of this class!
2. Twisting Technique
3. Flower Pillow
4. Faux Pleats Technique
5. Pleated Baby Blanket
6. Ruffle Technique
7. Ruffle Quilt Blocks
8. Gathering Technique
9. Gathered Detail Bag
10. Bonus: Shirring

Taught by

Vanessa Christenson
Vanessa Christenson
Vanessa is the author of Make It Sew Modern and has been featured on Moda Bakeshop. With pressed faux pleats, twists, and other textured elements, her fresh, refined designs have made her popular on both Etsy and The Big Cartel. A mother of four, she lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where she designs and teaches.
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