I confess: I have an addiction to www.craftsy.com. I have never found a web based platform that works so well to integrate practical instruction with documentary patterns and an entertaining format.
Craftsy allows you to “enrol” online for short courses in anything from cake decorating to sewing, knitting to painting (and much more), and uses instructional online videos, PDF equipment lists, recipes, patterns and general resources like conversion charts, to help you get the most out of your hobby.
I started using Craftsy to improve my baking and decorating for some special occasion cakes I wanted to make for family and friends.
Before long, I was using it to improve my sewing. I can really see the difference in the quality of my finished work.
Here’s a lined library/tote bag that I made for a friend’s son using a course on Craftsy. Using Dr Seuss fabric, it’s light and fun. With the instructions from a free Craftsy course, I was able to whip it up in about 20 minutes.
I would never have had the confidence to sew a lined, three dimensional item without the course. If you’re keen, give it a try: it is called Bag Making Basics: Lined Tote and Zipper Pouch, presented by Kristin Link.
Some courses are free, others have a fee. All of those I have completed have been, in my view, worth my time and money.
If you’ve always wanted to get better at a craft-based hobby, this could be the answer for you. It’s like having a tutor available whenever it suits you. Give it a try. The only warning I’ll give you is that you might get addicted too!
(I should add: nobody is paying me to say this.)