Course Syllabus


Note: This course code has changed from FCS 235 to APD 235. You may occasionally see references to the old course code or title.

This sewing course is designed to teach basic construction techniques for children’s clothing. Projects will include knit clothing such as a shirt, pants, booties, and baby cap, as well as a bib, blessing dress, and a lined coat. Pattern designs will be included. One machine will be required (sewing machine), though students will be required to identify seams completed by other machines as part of their coursework. Students are required to own or have continuous access to a sewing machine, shears, pins, an iron, and other equipment detailed in the syllabus. Students are also required to furnish the fabric and notions for individual projects. Materials may cost approximately $45 to $70 or more, but the student is responsible for providing them. There is no course fee for this course.

Two Credit Hours



FCS 207

Required Resources

There are no required textbooks for this course, but there are many materials and pieces of equipment which are required.

Required Equipment

  • Sewing Machine with adjustable stitch length and tension, zig zag stitch, replaceable needles -with the capability using a double needle and various feet including the zipper foot.
  • Digital Camera or Smartphone with a Digital Camera (required for taking pictures of projects)
  • Shears
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Measuring Tape
  • Seam Gauge
  • Double Needle with single shank
  • Zipper Foot
  • Pins
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board
  • Seam Roll Pressing Tool
  • Printer (or access to a printer) to print patterns
  • Scissors
  • Tape

NOTE: Neither a serger nor a cover stitch machine are necessary to complete this online course.

Required Materials

  • Each project has different fabric requirements. You will need a combination of knit fabric, woven fabric, ribbed fabric, and so forth, depending on each project. If you do not have the ability to obtain more fabric over the course of the semester, as necessary, you may struggle to complete your coursework.
  • Other materials, depending on the project or assignment, will include thread, zippers, buttons or other fasteners, backing material of various kinds, and so forth.

Required Software

  • Your projects and portfolio samples will be submitted as a series of photos inserted into Microsoft Word worksheets. Because of this, Microsoft Office is a required resource for the course. See Downloading and Installing Microsoft Office for Free for more information on downloading.


Course Outcomes (CO)

  1. Demonstrate proper sewing sample construction techniques. 
  2. Learn proper construction techniques for children's apparel
  3. Use simplified methods of sewing construction without minimizing the quality of the finished product.

Major Assignments

The table below is meant to help you see the relevance of each major assignment as it pertains to the course outcomes (CO).

Major Assignment Description CO#
Baby Cap A knit baby cap 1, 2, 3, 4
Knit Booties Knit baby booties 1, 2, 3, 4
Sleeper A one-piece sleeper made from fleece or other knit 1, 2, 3, 4
Baby Bib A repurposed dish towel made into a bib 1, 2, 3, 4
Shirt A shirt with ribbed neck 1, 2, 3, 4
Pants Pants to go with the shirt project 1, 2, 3, 4
Dress A dress made from knit or woven fabric 1, 2, 3, 4
Coat A coat made from woven fabric 1, 2, 3, 4

Weekly Patterns

The table below displays typical weekly activities, due dates, and activity descriptions. 

Due Date* Learning Model Activity Title Description
Midweek Prepare, Teach One Another Project Check-in A discussion where you show timely progress on your projects, ask questions, and express concerns.
End of Week Prepare Sewing Techniques A worksheet where you will describe specific sewing techniques you study.
End of Week Ponder and Prove Portfolio Samples A sample of a specific technique you will demonstrate and submit.
End of Week Ponder and Prove Project Submission A series of pictures you will submit of your completed project.

*Set your time zone within user preferences so the dates and times for course activities will display correctly for your time zone.

Learning Model

This course uses the BYU-Idaho Learning Model. Students will Prepare by studying sewing techniques, gathering their supplies, and sharing their progress. Students will Teach One Another by asking and answering questions, seeking advice, and reporting progress on their projects. Students will Ponder and Prove by completing the projects according to the given instructions.



You can expect to receive grades and feedback within seven days of the due date for all assignments.


Though this is a two credit hour class, which indicates students should expect to spend 6–8 hours weekly on the course. It may take longer for you to complete your required coursework if you are less experienced with the equipment, do not have your materials ready early in each project cycle, or make mistakes that require correction prior to project submission.

Group Work

This course does not include interdependent group work.

Late Work

As a sign of professionalism and respect, you should complete your work on time. However, your instructor has the discretion to accept late work or extend due dates as appropriate. This is not guaranteed. Talk with your instructor ahead of the due date if you need an exception. 

Extra Credit

This course does not include built-in extra credit. Your instructor may allow extra credit at their own discretion.

Grading Scale

Letter Grade Percent
A 100%–93%
A- 92%–90%
B+ 89%–87%
B 86%–83%
B- 82%–80%
C+ 79%–77%
C 76%–73%
C- 72%–70%
D+ 69%–67%
D 66%–63%
D- 62%–60%
F 59% and lower

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office at (208) 496-9210 or visit their website and follow the Steps for Receiving Accommodations. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with students and instructors by the Disability Services Office.

This course may require synchronous meetings. If you are currently registered with the Disability Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at (208) 496-9219.

Other University Policies

Student Honor and Other Policies

Please read through the University Policies. It gives important information about the following topics:

  • Student Honor
    • Academic Honesty
    • Student Conduct
      • Sexual Harassment
  • Student with Disabilities
  • Complaints and Grievances
  • Copyright Notice

Go to the Student Resources module to review further resources and information.

Course Summary:

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