- Lists of needed quilting supplies and tools
- Sample quilts for show and tell
How to Teach a Quilting Class. If you are making the move from quilt hobbyist to professional quilter, one of the best ways to add to your resume is to teach a quilting class. As a teacher, you can set your own hours and be paid to travel to interesting locations to hold your classes. Your quilting skills will also improve as you work to learn and polish new techniques to teach. Read on to learn more.
Plan Your Class
Write your curriculum. You will want to begin by teaching classes on techniques that you have polished to perfection. Break each technique down into manageable steps for beginners and center your lessons on those steps.
Decide how you will structure your class. You will need to decide how many students you will allow in each class, where they will be held, how many sessions will be included, what supplies your students should bring to class and what fee you will charge.
Find a location. Many quilt stores have classrooms with sewing machines that you may be able to rent or you may be able to use a room in a school or community center. The fee for the facility will be an important factor to consider when setting your class fees.
Advertise your classes. Buy advertising in the local newspaper and distribute brochures at local fabric and quilt supply stores. Give yourself plenty of time to advertise before beginning your first class to give your students time to enroll.
Register your students. Charge a deposit to ensure your registered quilters appear at class time.
Hold Your First Class
Arrive early. You will want to get to the classroom early for every class, and especially early for the first class. This will give you time to organize the space to your liking and take a few deep breaths before you begin.
Distribute any needed information. This is an ideal time to give your students a list of the supplies they will need to bring. This may include sewing machines, quilting tools and fabric and notions for whatever type of quilt you are going to teach them to make.
Host a "show and tell" session. You will want to bring several samples of quilts you have made using the technique(s) that you will be teaching. This will allow the students to see exactly what they can hope to achieve in your class.
Answer any questions that your students may have. Whether you encourage questions during the class or have a specific question-and-answer session at the end, make sure that your students leave with all of the information that they need.
Plan Subsequent Classes
Review quilting basics. Your new quilters, may not know how to use the quilting tools that they brought to class. Discuss the vocabulary you will be using in each class to ensure everyone understands your instructions.
Introduce each new technique by breaking it into small steps. Demonstrate the proper technique and then watch to make sure your students are doing it correctly.
Invite the students to show off their quilting projects at the last session of your quilting class. This is also an excellent time for you to advertise any upcoming classes you have planned.
Give lots of positive feedback. Your students need to know they can learn this technique and your best tool for encouraging their confidence is positive feedback.