Whether the temps are hot or cold where you live, this tutorial with videos has you covered! Sew a baby blanket in lightweight cotton or lined with fleece – either way, baby will be ready for snuggles.
Sewing rope or clothesline can be meditative as well as help create amazing projects like this one! Check out how to sew rope in this tutorial.
Chance are sewing a pillowcase was one of your very first sewing projects. The nature and ease of sewing pillowcases lends itself to those learning to sew but it’s a project that also brings character to any room. And they are SO addicting once you get started. Kids and adults alike would be thrilled to look upon their favorite fabrics as they drift off into dream land. But, did you know there were so many different ways to sew pillowcases? Twenty, to be exact!
Check out all 20 of these different ways to sew pillowcases. You’ll be amazed at how beautiful and varied these are. I just can’t choose which one is my favorite. Can you?
Did you know that you could print directly on fabric from your home computer? That’s right, you can! The Sewing Loft has mapped out 5 easy methods for you to print fun notes, labels and more onto your fabric of choice right from your desktop. It is much easier than you think.
Can’t find the fabric you want ANYWHERE? You can design your own! Here are a bunch of fantastic tutorials for filling the void yourself, based on how you want to go about making it. Digital prints, hand printing, hand painting and dye are all options for getting exactly what you want in a design. You can also save a bundle on by choosing an inexpensive base fabric and customizing yourself. The sky’s the limit!
Check out these resources with step-by-step tutorials:
- Print your own fabric with a digital design via Spoonflower – useful for both fabric and for labels and especially easy if you decide you want to create a LOT of it or tweak a design
- Create your own design withyour own custom block prints
- Use pre-made blocks and tape to make a striped print
- You can also block print with bleach by creating your own stamp pad and stamping a darker fabric
- You can dye fabric with ice for fantastic results
- Or tie dye with the Shibori method to get a more geometric effect
- Paint your own material with a watercolor effect
- Use a combination of paint and markers to create your fabric, especially fun for a collaborative project
Have you found other tips and tutorials that helped you? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!
I love teaching people how to sew. My default newbie sewing project is a basic banded skirt. But, you can only sew so many skirts and what about the boys that want to sew? These DIY reversible placemats are my new favorite newbie project because they give lots of straight line sewing practice and build on those first skirt skill with turning fabric right side out and top stitching.
It’s that time of year when we open the windows, clear out the clutter and begin to clean our personal space but what about our machines? With each stitch, small fibers break off and build up on the inside of our machines. Overtime, these fibers can cause havoc under the hood of our machines. So, it’s important to take a few minutes and clear these out.
Not only will a few extra minutes keep our machines purring like kittens every time we turn them on but basic sewing machine maintenance can extend the life of our machines.
Not sure where to begin? The Sewing Loft has a great step by step tutorial for general maintenance.
So consider this our Public Service Announcement to you and be sure to check under the hood to clear out those dust bunnies!
Anyone who sews, and keeps their fabric scraps, knows how quickly those fabric scrap bins start to pile up. Mine are absolutely overflowing right now which means I’m on the search for fun, fabric scrap projects. Have you ever given any thought to using your fabric scraps for door decorations? There are so many beautiful and unique ways to use up those scraps to create fabric wreaths. With that in mind, we’ve gathered together more than ten of our favorite fabric wreath tutorials to inspire your stash busting!
Twenty minute project! For when all the laundry is dirty and you have to get dressed. Get the easy tutorial from Melly Sews here.