Contract Sewing Instructor


Muses Conscious Fashion Studio is hiring an engaging, community-oriented instructor as part of its Community Upcycling Team (CUT), a partnership program between Muses and the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA). The instructor will lead weekly sewing workshops for residents, facilitate monthly/bimonthly public Pop-Up Sewing events, and report to Muses’ Program Manager with oversight from SHA.


Timeline: October 2018-June 2019
Classification: Contractor, 15-20 hours/month, background check required
Location(s): See ‘responsibilities’ below
Salary: DOE
Apply: Cover letter and resume to


  • Weekly Friday Night Workshops
    5PM-8PM at Kebero Court, an SHA residential building at Yesler Terrace
    • Creating sewing curriculum, providing structured but flexible instruction, allowing participants to be creative and direct their work
    • Providing short, weekly demonstrations of basic sewing and upcycling skills
    • Preparing course materials and creating handouts to participants
    • Making participants of all sewing levels feel welcome, and developing projects for a multi-level classroom
    • Reporting and tracking students' attendance, progress, and class needs
    • Collaborating with community/class leaders to develop instruction and outreach
    • Developing participant leaders who promote upcycling and perform outreach in their extended communities
    • Contributing to the creation of a toolkit for use by other organizations
  • Monthly Pop-Up Sewing Workshops
    Open sewing events held at Yesler and surrounding area community locations
    • Transporting sewing machines and setting up/taking down Pop-Up space, WADL/Vehicle not required
    • Working with volunteers to make sure guests of all ages are engaged at Pop-Up events
    • Welcoming and assisting visitors in Pop-Up events, instructing and performing repairs with and for them
    • Developing small projects for participants to complete at Pop-Up events
    • Preparing and organizing workshop materials

Experience and Skills

  • Knowledge of professional sewing standards and techniques
  • Interest in and experience upcycling techniques or equivalent
  • Comfort using a variety of home sewing machines
  • Adaptable teaching methods to allow for individual abilities
  • Experience teaching a class of approximately ten participants
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, and cultural competency skills
  • Ability to teach participants with varying English language proficiency
  • Respect for participant confidentiality at all times
  • Possess an optimistic and nonjudgmental attitude
  • Respect for the participant communities’ beliefs, cultures, and religions
  • Strong work ethic and consistent attendance
  • Desire to work with participants of all sewing ability levels
  • Willingness and flexibility to meet participant and program needs