{C’mon, let’s learn how to sew! // Featuring Home Ec.}

This giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to our winner, comment #176 Lindsay of A Design Story. Lindsay, please check your email for information on how to claim your prize {free pass to Home Ec Online for you AND a friend!}. xoxo

One question frequently sent my way is, “How did you learn how to sew?” It was just over four years ago when the trade of sewing caught my eye, and without anyone nearby to teach me I headed off to the library to check out about 30 books. Some books were amazing + filled with the right teaching style {lots of large photos + easy to understand text}; others made me want to pull my hair out. I kept on with learning the trade and found myself searching YouTube any time the process felt hopeless, just like many of you :)

I quickly learned the value of a well-taught sewing lesson, like Home Ec Online. And ooohhhhhh, if only I would have learned how to sew by taking Home Ec — I can’t quite imagine how lovely that would have been :) I’m a former student of Home Ec and absolutely love how beautiful the eCourse is laid out, not to mention easy to follow.

Read on to read more about Home Ec + Leigh-Ann’s inspiring words — and be sure you read through to the end, we have something fun to offer two of you!

xoxo, Gussy

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1. What inspired you to create Home Ec Online?
While working on a craft project in 2010, I made a YouTube video that walked beginners through the first steps of sewing, How to Use Your Sewing Machine! A few months later, I visited my YouTube channel and saw there was over 200,000 views on my sewing video! I took that to mean that a lot of people are searching for How to Sew, and I wanted to help! So, I designed and co-taught (with Rachel Denbow & Courtney Tucker) an e-course that teaches you how to sew, from your own home! Home Ec Online has had a huge response and it’s been a really fun journey :)

2. Tell us a little bit about the Home Ec eCourse?
In the Home Ec eCourse, we begin with guides to gear you up, then we teach at least one new sewing skill in each of our 28 sewing projects. Our sewing projects are fun, easy to follow and practical! We start super easy and we consistently use step-by-step instructions (ours are written with plenty of example & progress photos) that break a project into manageable steps with everything you need to know and do. As you move through the Home Ec projects, you’ll gain a toolbelt of sewing skills, practice what you’re learning and get more and more comfortable using a sewing machine and creating handmade sewn goods!

Take a look at all of the projects Home Ec Students make during the eCourse:

Visit Home Ec Online and take a look at our Course Outline, FAQ’s, Student Testimonials and Registration/Printable Gift Cards!

3. How much does Home Ec cost and how can our Gussy Readers register?
The Home Ec eCourse has a one time fee of $50 and your registration does not expire (this way you can take it at your own pace and refer back to the projects and tools at any time). If you want to learn to sew, you can register for Home Ec here.

{click here to register for Home Ec Online}
4. LA, do you ever hear from Home Ec students?
Yes! I love receiving proud emails & pictures from Home Ec students saying “LOOK, I just made this!”… it’s so cool :) I follow a gal named Sarah on Instagram who had no sewing experience, took the Home Ec eCourse 5 months ago and is sewing pretty things out of ying yang (quilts are her fave). The Home Ec eCourse has been a powerful tool for Sarah and thousands of women, men and young adults who registered and jumped right in. Plus, a cool aspect of the course is that we allow students to take the projects we teach and reproduce them for Commercial Use. This means that if you have a small business (or have always wanted to), you can expand your range of products and potential!

Sneak Peek: This year, I’m working on a way that Home Ec students can share their progress pictures with each other!

5. What sewing projects/techniques are your favorite?
I love piecing fabric together… I call it casual quilting and I can’t get enough of it. Most of all, I love projects that are useful, like Home Ec’s bags & purses, hemming jeans, dress making, shoe organizer, home decor and my fave… organizational stuff!

6. Where do you draw personal inspiration?
I love connecting with people that have things in common but do it differently from each other (for example: My friend Jill and I have grown our companies alongside each other since 2006, but we have different businesses, styles and ideals). I am very inspired hearing about a.) the processes of things and b.) peoples stories. My favorite sources of inspiration are autobiographies, blogs about people and businesses, documentaries, tv shows and articles about how things work. I’m really visual and I gather a lot of inspiration from the small details around me and from collection websites like Pinterest. I can’t get enough of Pinterest.

7. Help us get to know Leigh-Ann a little better :) Where do you live + work, what’s your day-to-day like, what are your hobbies?
I have a cottage-y house in Winnipeg, Canada (born & raised) and Kyla Roma + I own a web design company called Freckled Nest Design :) I get to work with creative people and small business’ every day, creating online spaces that tell their story and represent their brand. It’s the dreamiest career and I really love what I do :)

I’m a big fan of Technology and Pop Culture, Crafts (album making, sewing, embroidery and things that make life better) and I love inventing things… making ideas come to life :) I have a small black lab named Lola, a close family (we’re building a big cabin together and it’s brought us even closer) and my business is my baby.

I’m a fun-loving person, introvert, quoter of TV characters, passionate about small business, and I love sharing about the creative things I’m consumed by!

I tweet instagram, pin, sell handmade, design, teach and blog come say hi :)

Thanks for having me Maggie and Gussy readers!
xo, Leigh-Ann & the Home Ec Team

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS // Open to all residents {U.S. + outside countries}, Leigh-Ann is giving away 2 *free* registrations for Home Ec, one for you and one for a friend! Simple leave a comment below and you’re entered {$100 value}.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY // Share this giveaway with your social media communities. Simply tag myself {@GussySews on Twitter or @Gussy Sews on Facebook} + include this post permalink: http://bit.ly/VaIAw2. Don’t forget to leave an extra comment for your additional entries!

EXTRA DETAILS // Up to two additional entries can be gained for this giveaway for a grand total of three entries {leave a comment below {mandatory #1} and share across two social media platforms {optional #2 + #3}}. This giveaway will be open through Thursday, January 31st and a winner will be announced at the top of this post + emailed on Friday, February 1st. Good luck + have fun!

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    Stacy says

    This course sounds amazing! I saved up for a new machine, and am a little scared to turn it on for the first time by myself. :-)

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    Marilyn says

    Oh, this would be awesome! I just bought my first sewing machine and I am staring at it, completely clueless and intimidated!

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    Jenn K. says

    What a grand giveaway! Like Maggie I have taught myself what I know and would love to learn more from fellow sewists. thanks for the opportunity! p.s. My friend would be my mom.

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    Kelly H says

    Ahhh! This is soooo cool, my Mom bought me a sewing machine last year and I would LOVE to learn how to sew better!

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    SB says

    I’d love to win this. I’ve got basic skills like sewing 2 pieces of fabric together, but that’s about it.

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    Laura says

    This is a terrific thing to find out about! I think I will include it in our homeschooling.Oh, I need this course too! I have a sewing machine – brand new that I don’t even know how to set up – much less use. :( So I will have to take it along with my daughters. :)

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    Jennifer Sollecito says

    Hi, I’ve been wanted to learn to sew now for a few years. Then I could hem my own pants since I’m short and need all tog them hemmed. I would also do lots of DIY projects for around the house and for my upcoming wedding (if the class is within the next few months).
    Thanks for the chance to win!!

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    Jennifer Kontyko says

    Wow! I have been so frustrated trying to teach myself, & I can’t go to a class at night because of my kids. Thank you for the chance!

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    Stephanie Kussler says

    This is such an awesome giveaway! What a wonderful opportunity to learn such an important skill :)

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    Maranda says

    This is awesome! I have owned my sewing machine for 2 years and have no idea how to use it–this is perfect for me!

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    I would love to win this. I have been wanting to learn to sew for years and would love to be able to expand my product line in my Etsy shop!

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    Britney Smith says

    OW! I would absolutely loove this gift, I received a sewing machine as a wedding gift back when me and my husband got married in 2011, I’ve tried a couple of really simple projects with it and love the thrill you get when you complete something and have a finished project… sadly, my husband knows how to sew better than me and often times has to help me with even the simplest of projects, I would loove to truly learn how to sew, so I can 1) stop pestering my husband for sewing help ;) haha, and 2) so I can use the gift of sewing to create things for others! Thanks, xoxo.

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    Lorena Mora says

    Sounds like the perfect class. Just was given a sewing machine last month and I need all the help I can get.

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    This is amazing!! I just stumbled upon this the other day and thought how great it would be to take this course!! I would love to win it! I am so anxious to learn how to sew!

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    Melissa says

    This would be amazing. I would love to learn how to sew and this course looks so helpful and like so much fun!!

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    Kimberly says

    I just bought a sewing machine a few months ago and I am pretty sure I am doing this “sewing” thing all wrong.. lol… Home Ec would be a God-send!