10 SkillsFuture-Claimable Fashion Courses For Beginners To Pick Up Sewing, Knitting, & Jewellery Making

SkillsFuture fashion courses

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You may have just hit 25 – or maybe you’re past that and have been hoarding your $500 worth of SkillsFuture credits all these years. Whichever it is, if you have an interest in making your own clothes from scratch, or want to pick up a useful new hobby, these fashion courses are worth checking out – they’ll teach you the basics of knitting, jewellery making, and even sewing your own dress from scratch.

And get this: they’re all fully SkillsFuture claimable, so you won’t have to fork out a single cent. Many of these courses are so affordable, you’ll still have plenty of credits to spare for a second round. 

1. Kids’ cheongsam

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Attend a beginners’ 4-day class at Fashion Makerspace that’ll teach you how to sew a cheongsam for kids. 

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You’ll learn how to draw, cut, construct and finally assemble the garment using a sewing machine. At the end of the class, you will have put together a little girl’s cheongsam ready for your daughter to wear for the next Chinese New Year.

Find out more about the course here

How much you save: $194.39

Address: 258 South Bridge Road #02-00 Singapore 058807
Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Fri: 10AM-7PM | Tue, Thur: 9AM-9.30PM | Sat-Sun: 9AM-5.30PM
Telephone: 6802 5482

2. Self-designed romper

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Good rompers and playsuits are hard to come by, they have to be the right length so they’re not too short or long. This time around, skip the hunt and customise your own playsuit based on your body measurements in a 4-day class at Sew Into It

You’ll learn how to draft a sleeveless playsuit pattern, transfer it onto fabric, and cut, prep, and hem it. 

Find out more about the course here

How much you save: $240

Address: 333 Kreta Ayer Road #02-32 Singapore 080333
Telephone: 8777 9924

3. Swarovski bead jewellery

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We’ve oohed and aahed at the pretty pieces over at Swarovski. At KME Academy, you’ll be able to make your own jewellery with Swarovski beads in a 3-day class taught by Swarovski’s very own authorised instructors.

This course will focus on bead weaving, stringing, and beadwork, and at the end of it you’ll be going home with your very own handmade bracelets, earrings, and a certificate of completion. 

Find out more here

How much you save: $165

Address: B1-23&24 , People’s Park Centre, 101 Upper Cross Street, Singapore 058357
Telephone: 9627 7292

4. Basic patchwork and quilting

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Sew Into It’s 4-day class will teach you basic patchwork and quilting to create a 45”x45” star-patterned quite suitable for a toddler or baby. You’ll learn how to prepare fabric and create heart and star-shaped patchwork blocks, along with techniques of chain stitching and nesting. 

Find out more here

How much you save: $280

Address: 333 Kreta Ayer Road, #02-32, Singapore 080333
Telephone: 8777 9924

5. Men’s business shirt

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Besides wallets, belts, or plain tees, gift choices for men are pretty limited. At Sew Into It, take part in a 5-day workshop, that’ll teach you how to sew a men’s business shirt perfect for surprising your partner with. 

It’s recommended that you have prior experience in basic sewing before you enrol for this course. Some of the things you’ll learn include measurement and pattern drafting, attaching a collar, attaching a cuff to the shirt sleeve and creating buttonholes.

Find out more here

How much you save: $300

Address: 333 Kreta Ayer Road, #02-32, Singapore 080333
Telephone: 8777 9924

6. Knitted scarves and vests

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Knitting isn’t just for the older generation; it’s a therapeutic activity that helps you unwind. Learn basic knitting to create clothes such as a simple vest or scarf in a 1-day class at Hwi Yoh Community Centre.

There are various other locations for this class, which you can check out here. New classes will be released regularly, so keep your eyes peeled!

How much you save: $70

Address: 535 Serangoon North Avenue 4, #01-179, Singapore 550535 Hwi Yoh Community Centre
Opening hours: 2PM-10PM
Telephone: 6484 0338

7. Women’s straight cut, flared, or cropped pants

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Sew Into It offers a 6-day class that’ll teach you how to create a pair of women’s pants that’ll fit your body shape perfectly. You can choose to create straight cut, flared or cropped pants – no more spending ages hunting for a pair of pants with the perfect style and fit.

You’ll learn various sewing techniques which include adding a center-front fly, side pockets and waistband. Plus, you’ll learn how to alter the garment to get a better fit, a skill you can apply to your other clothes.

Find out more here.

How much you save: $430

Address: 333 Kreta Ayer Road Singapore 080333 
Telephone: 8777 9924

8. Basics of clothing alteration

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We’ve probably been to the seamstress countless of times to get our clothes altered. Those trips may become a thing of the past after you’ve attended Astitchworks’s 1-day class that’ll teach you how to alter your own clothes

You’ll learn the techniques of making adjustments to your garments by pinning and tacking, sewing, and finishing them off. Don’t worry if you don’t have prior experience in sewing because this course is suitable for beginners.

Find out more here.

How much you save: $295

Address: 20 Joo Chiat Road #03-08 Singapore 427357
Telephone: 9185 7267

9. Self-designed dress

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People’s Association offers a class on how to design and sew a dress, which is just one of the 4 fashion classes available. This class will teach you how to use dressmaking equipment to hand and machine-stitch seams and fastenings. 

You’ll also learn the proper steps in the creation of a dress, such as basic figure drawing. Those intending to complete the course will be pleased to know that the total cost of the 4 modules is $500, which is fully skillsfuture claimable.

Find out more here, and check out the next module here

How much you save: $120

Address: 1 Tampines Walk, Singapore 528523
Opening hours: 9AM-10PM
Telephone: 6785 0004

10. Children’s tops, pants, and skirts

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Nothing beats being able to design your own outfit for your little bubs, which will serve as nostalgic pieces long after they’ve outgrown them. At Mendaki, you’ll be able to do just that in a 4-day class

During the course, you’ll be taking measurements from samples of clothes and use a sewing machine to design patterns, cut fabrics and piece them all together to create a unisex top, pants for boys, and a skirt for girls. 

Find out more here

How much you save: $467

Address: 116 Changi Road WIS@Changi #05-01/15
Telephone: 6708 6407

Cheap sewing and jewellery-making classes in Singapore

From making quilts to putting together a cheongsam, this list will have you creating something you can be proud of. The best part? Besides bragging rights, you’ll also be leaving the class with a new skill that’ll benefit you for years to come.

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