Sallie Tomato Educator Program

Teach Others to Create Confidently

We are excited to announce our Sallie Tomato Educator Program! We get numerous requests to have one of our staff come teach, and unfortunately, we can’t honor them all. We decided that this is a great opportunity for our dedicated Sallie Tomato customers to share their love of bag making and their treasure trove of knowledge with their peers and local quilt shops.

The Sallie Tomato Educator Program is developed to provide you with all the tools and support you need to teach Sallie Tomato patterns as a Certified Sallie Tomato Educator wherever you are interested in teaching.


  • Freedom to earn income as a Certified Sallie Tomato Educator* 
  • Sallie Tomato Merchandise & Nametag
  • Educator Discount
  • “Teaching Toolkit” of Sallie Tomato Notions
  • Marketing Templates to use for Educator & Class Promotion
  • Prepared Class Curriculum
  • Listing on Sallie Tomato Website with bio and contact information
  • Upcoming classes listed on our website and promoted on social media
  • Inside track, and option to buy new products, patterns, and kits before the general public


Certification Cost: $1,000**

Application Requirements: Application Form, including teaching references and photos of completed Sallie Tomato bag projects.

Application Process: 

  • Applications Open: March 15th, 2025
  • Applications Close: April 15th, 2025
  • April 16th-25th, 2025: Application Reviews and Interviews
  • April 28th, 2025: Applicants Notified of Acceptance
  • June 24th - 25th, 2025: Two Day In-Person Training, Madison, Wisconsin

Annual Recertification Requirements: 

  • $100 Renewal Dues
  • Teach at least four times per year
  • Maintain Current Listing on Sallie Tomato website
  • Attend annual Sallie Tomato continuing education seminar
  • Must maintain positive reviews from students and local quilt shops


  • Do I have to share any of the money I make with Sallie Tomato?
    • No! Anything you make as a Sallie Tomato Educator is yours.
  • Are there specific patterns I can teach?
    • We have a list of 12 Sallie Tomato patterns that we have created a curriculum for. We will revisit and add/change this list annually based on Educator feedback.
  • Am I an employee?
    • No. You are a completely independent contractor to run your class bookings and your business as you see fit! Since you will be representing the Sallie Tomato brand, we have a Code of Conduct & Contract that we will expect Educators to abide by, and recommendations based on our experience. Also, to ensure that our customers are getting the best experience, we will ask you to provide surveys at your classes and we will review the responses. This is to ensure that we are providing the best tools and information we can. 
  • What if I am unable to attend the in person training?
    • We want to get to know you! The best way for us to do that is to eat all the Wisconsin cheese together that we can…. kidding, we mean sew together… with cheese. If there are reasons as to why you cannot attend in person, please note it in your application and we will evaluate on a case-by-case basis.
  • Can entire stores participate as “certified educators”?
    • Not at this time. Only individuals can become Certified Sallie Tomato Educators.
  • Can I provide feedback since this is a new program?
    • Absolutely! We want to hear from you! You are the boots on the ground and we want to hear what you are experiencing and how we can help you be successful.
  • Are travel expenses to training included in the certification fee?
    • Travel costs (hotel, mileage, airfare, etc) are not included.

For any additional questions, please email with the subject line: Educator.

Thank you for considering being a part of this inaugural program! We look forward to getting to know you and helping you share your knowledge!

*Your income is based solely on your participation as an independent freelance teacher and does not include monetary compensation from Sallie Tomato.
**One Time Fee if Accepted
***Applications only open once per year