I have decided that I will do a series of posts highlighting some fun gift ideas for the creative and crafty ones on your holiday shopping list. Sometimes these people can be the toughest to shop for because, by the look of their crafting spaces, it seems like they already have EVERYTHING. I have put together some ideas for some great gift ideas that your beloved crafter probably doesn’t have and would really enjoy.
First up is a personal favorite of mine, classes from Craftsy.com! I had signed up a year ago when I was interested in getting started with sewing. I had just about no experience, no knowledge of terms or techniques and minimal understanding of my machine. I ended up signing up for the Sewing Studio with Diana Rupp and I was so impressed. The class consists of 16 lessons with everything from sewing clothing and zippers to pillows and general understanding of my machine. This particular class I felt was a bit more suited to beginners but definitely offers a lot to an intermediate sewer.
Some of the other sewing classes offered by craftsy are Jean-ius!, focused on constructing the perfect jeans, Plus-Size Pattern Fitting & Design, Beginner Serging, Design Your Own Handbag and tons more.
Types of Classes Offered On Craftsy
If sewing isn’t your crafters thing then Craftsy offers a variety of classes in a number of fields. Some of the other areas to flex your creative muscles are in Cake Decorating, Crocheting, Food Craft, Home & Garden, Jewelry, Knitting, Paper Crafts, Quilting and Weaving.
If you are not sure what class to get for someone, you can always send them a gift card for them to decide on their own. I just did this for my mother for Christmas. She is very interested in cake decorating and it is something I also want to learn. I purchased a gift card for her to select the class she wants to do so that we can follow along together.
Benefits of Craftsy Classes
Some of the biggest benefits to Craftsy that I have found are the easy interactive tools and the ability to access the class at any time. Once you have purchased a class your lessons exist forever. You can go back and watch them any time you want to, they never expire, amazing right?
Another great feature is the ability to ask class questions. If you are just plain stuck on a section you can pop into the class question section and search previous questions or ask your own. The instructor of the course as well as other class participants can chime in to help you.
Once you have made something you are particularly proud of you can also share your projects with the class. I found some great sewing inspiration from the projects shared in my sewing class, maybe once I get something just the way I want it i will share my own.
Another discovery I just made over at Craftsy is their workshop section. Craftsy Workshops are tutorials from amazing designers that include the pattern, instructions, and step-by-step photos. They have everything from scarves to soap making. This is definitely on my list to try after the cake decorating class!