Quick Links

Course Materials


There are no prerequisites for this course. Any information you know about patterns, fabrics and sewing machines will be an advantage to you.

Learning Outcomes

When you have completed this course, you should be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze your figure type and select styles that are flattering to you.
  2. Operate pressing and sewing equipment.
  3. Determine compatible patterns and fabrics, and properly care for those fabrics.
  4. Assemble projects based on patterns, guide sheets, and envelopes.
  5. Sew a doll with a medical gown and make a pair of pajama pants.
Photo of a bag of batting.
Image 0.8. A bag of batting.
© BYU Independent Study
A photo of binding.
Image 0.9. Some binding.
© BYU Independent Study
A photo of some sewing bobbins.
Image 0.10. Some sewing bobbins.
© BYU Independent Study
A photo of some buttons of different shapes and textures.
Image 0.11. Some buttons.
© BYU Independent Study
A photo of sewing elastic.
Image 0.12. Sewing elastic.
© BYU Independent Study
A photo of some needles for hand sewing and some needles for sewing with a sewing machine.
Image 0.13. Needles for machine sewing and needles for sewing by hand.
© BYU Independent Study
A photo of a 6-inch seam gauge.
Image 0.14. A 6-inch seam gauge.
© BYU Independent Study
A photo of interfacing, a rough fabric used in sewing.
Image 0.15. Interfacing.
© BYU Independent Study
A photo of a steam iron and an ironing board.
Image 0.16. A steam iron and an ironing board.
© BYU Independent Study
A photo of some fabric squares.
Image 0.17. Some fabric squares.
© BYU Independent Study
Photo of fabric-marking pens.
Image 0.18. Marking pens used in sewing.
© BYU Independent Study
A photo of a pincushion and some pins.
Image 0.19. A pincushion and some pins.
© BYU Independent Study
Photo of regular scissors and sewing shears.
Image 0.20. Scissors and shears.
© BYU Independent Study
A photo of a seam ripper.
Image 0.21. A seam ripper.
© BYU Independent Study
A photo of a sewing machine manual.
Image 0.22. A sewing machine manual.
© BYU Independent Study
Photo of a tape measure.
Image 0.23. A tape measure.
© BYU Independent Study
A photo of spools of sewing thread.
Image 0.24. Some sewing thread.
© BYU Independent Study
A photo of a tracing wheel and some paper.
Image 0.25. A tracing wheel and paper.
© BYU Independent Study
Photo of pinking shears.
Image 0.26. Pinking shears.
© BYU Independent Study
Photo of a sewing thimble.
Image 0.27. A sewing thimble.
© Clément Bucco-Lechat.

Course Materials

You will need

  1. access to a sewing machine and the sewing manual (this is the manual that came with the sewing machine).
  2. My Sewing Kit (see below).

My Sewing Kit

Consider signing up for the Jo-Ann’s Student Discount Program to save money on the supplies for this course. Other fabric stores also have newsletters and coupons that you can sign up for. (The photos in this course are not meant to promote any particular brand.)

You will need the following:

This course has a pretest to help measure your progress in the course. There are additional helps in the course resources folder such as an appendix, PDFs of the course content, a course wiki and a virtual red carpet where you may post your creations.

(Back to top)


Each of the six units will have a brief introduction followed by objectives, lesson material, ungraded assignments (including self-checks), and graded assignments (including a quiz and a portfolio assignment).


Self-Checks do not count towards your grade. They are meant to help you assess your knowledge of the course content and prepare you for the assignments and final exam that do make up your grade.

Unit Quizzes

Unit quizzes are graded assignments which include multiple-choice and true-or-false questions. You’ll use each computer-graded quiz to demonstrate mastery of the concepts taught in the course and prepare for the final exam. The unit quizzes are 30 percent of your final grade.

Portfolio Assignments

As part of this course, you’ll turn in seven portfolio assignments in which you will apply the skills and principles learned throughout the course units. The portfolio assignments account for 45 percent of your final grade.

(Back to top)


After you have completed all other portions of the course, you will take the final exam. The questions on the final examination will be taken from the lessons, computer-graded quiz questions, and self-check questions. All questions are multiple-choice. The final exam is 25 percent of your final grade.

(Back to top)


The following tables show the weight for each graded event and the grading scale used for this course:

Grading Weight
Unit Quizzes 30%
Portfolio Assignments 45%
Final Exam 25%
Total 100%

Grading Scale
A 93–100
A− 90–92
B+ 88–89
B 83–87
B− 80–82
C+ 78–79
C 73–77
C− 70–72
D+ 68–69
D 63–67
D− 60–62
E (fail) 59 or below

(Back to top)

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is defined as the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work. This may also include when a student copies and pastes directly from another source and passes it off as his or her own, copies computer-generated text from a translation tool and uses it as his or her own, or fails to cite a source after loosely summarizing its content in his or her own words.

As determined by your instructor or the BYU Independent Study administration, if evidence of academic misconduct on assignments or exams is established, one of the two following consequences will apply to each incidence:

First Offense of Plagiarism

Second Offense of Plagiarism

(Back to top)

Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

(Back to top)

Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

(Back to top)

Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


6 computer-graded quizzes, 7 instructor-graded portfolio submissions. May resubmit once for a fee. You must pass portfolio assignments 2, 6 and the final portfolio assignment with a 60 percent or higher in order to pass this course. 


1 proctored, computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee. You must pass the final exam with at least 60 percent in order to pass this course.

Course Duration

You have 1 year to complete this course, but if you need more than a year, you may purchase one 3-month extension. Because of the nature of some assignments, you will not be able to complete this course in less than 2 months.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor.

University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.