Meet Your Teachers


Sewing is my jam!  I can't get enough of it.  I started at my mothers knee when I was around 9years old and haven't stopped. 

I began Usefulbox as people would always ask me to teach them how to sew on their machine that was still in the box.  So I gave it a go and LOVED it!  Seeing someone sew something and how proud it makes them, makes my heart sing!

Sewing is my creative outlet and my me-time activity.  I love to sew with woven fabrics for myself and my family.  My wardrobe would also exclusively me-made and that makes me feel so proud and individual.  My kids also love to order their own outfits and costumes.  

I'm also a huge supporter of sewing for mental health and really do believe that sewing, or any craft, has healing properties.  I know it has gotten me through the high and lows of life. 


In 2008 Kelda started teaching sewing in her own studio to teenagers and adults. She knows that there's nothing like the satisfaction of making your own clothing and home furnishings. She will teach you all the shortcuts to save time when sewing to allow you to finish garments to a high standard.

Kelda loves unusual and quirky fabrics. Designing or finding a new pattern and making it her own is always exciting. When she's not sewing, her other passions are baking, pottery and spending time with her family and friends. She loves learning anything creative.

Kelda believes that everyone can sew. You just need the right teacher and to have fun while you do it!


Stella began sewing in the first years of high school and continued on to attain a Diploma in Fashion Design after school. There she has learnt all the principles of patternmaking and developed her sewing and design skills. A certified bowerbird, she loves to re-use materials like retro tablecloths and vintage towels to create unique pieces. Find her scouring op-shops for second hand bed sheets and fabric scraps as she has firm belief in recycling materials to lessen the impact of garment production on the planet. Stella thinks sewing should be in the skill set of all who wear clothing and encourages the reuse and repair of textile items. She is currently attempting to stop buying new clothes all together, learning how to make her own undies and socks!