Whether you have visions of designing your own wardrobe or just want to hem a pair of jeans, the Beehive’s mix of beginner-friendly sewing classes will have you whirring along in no time. Introductory courses teach first-timers how to thread a machine, wind a bobbin, insert a zipper, and whip together a seam; more confident novices can move on to “advanced beginner” workshops, where they’ll learn to decipher commercial patterns. Every participant leaves with a handcrafted project and the skills to mend that favorite skirt—or create a new one. 1250 Caroline Street, thebeehiveatl.com
3-D printing seems almost a magical process, but workshops at the Museum of Design Atlanta prove that all you really need to create your own 3-D masterpiece are imagination and a knack for geometry. Using easy-to-navigate modeling software, participants can create their own figurines, jewelry, phone cases, and more, printed with MODA’s Makerbots and ready for pickup in about a week. Instructors are on hand if you just can’t quite get the shapes to align, and classes are offered for kids, adults, and families. 1315 Peachtree Street, museumofdesign.org
No idea what a bedan is? At Highland Woodworking, owner Chris Bagby has assembled a faculty of artisans to teach even the thumbsiest among us the joys of bowl turning, wood carving, or bookcase building. Whether you’re a novice or a more serious amateur, expect to get up to your elbows in shavings and sawdust during the mostly hands-on classes (from $25) and multiday workshops (from $190). 1045 North Highland Avenue, highlandwoodworking.com
Mass Collective’s four-hour, $60 intro class is beginner friendly but labor intensive, as you’re cutting, pounding, and sewing cowhide. At the end, though, you’ll have a hand-cut, hand-stitched wallet or sunglasses/pencil case—customized with your choice of leather and thread colors, or even a monogram. Cord Shoes and Boots’ Sarah Green runs the small course (four people max) out of her basement studio, offering tips, coffee, and conversation as you go. masscollective.org
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This article originally appeared in our November 2015 issue.