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Bias tape, whether you make it yourself or nab a ready-made version at the store, is commonly used to bind quilts. It can even be used to create modern quilt designs all on its own. But here's the thing: these strips of bias-cut fabric can be used in so. many. other. ways. Choose your bias tape color, thickness and pattern, then come this way for a few hits of inspo that'll get you back in your sewing room, stat.
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No matter how many scarves and cowls you have under your belt, knitting your first sweater can be totally sweat-inducing — especially if the pattern you've chosen is riddled with a gorgeous (and intricate!) embroidery design. But knitting queen Annie Lupton, who teaches Boho Style: Embroidered Sweater, wants you to kick those first-time jitters to the curb. She gave us her best tips for overcoming any hesitations, dished on how she started blurring the lines between crafts, and shared her top secrets for knitting novices who want to begin their love affair with fiber.
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If you're looking for a sewing project that can provide some instant gratification, here's a suggestion: socks. Not only can you knock out a pair in just a few hours, but they're also super easy and inexpensive to make. Whether you're using a drafted pattern or making one from a pair you already own, these thrifty tricks will help you sew up some socks that are cozy, comfy and easy on your craft budget.
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If you're like us, your closet is likely littered with clothes that no longer fit, items that just aren't your style anymore, or things you simply forgot you had. But before you Marie Kondo the place and throw everything out, stop and ask yourself: Can I upcycle this? We bet the answer is yes — here are a few fun ways to get started.
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With the sleeves attached and side seams complete, it's really starting to look like a shirt! Learn how to precisely stitch and press the shirt collar. Then attach it to the neckline and facings with Peter's pro tips.
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Your shirt is almost done! All that's left is to attach the pocket and finish the lower edge with a narrow hem. Add buttonholes based on your machine instructions, sew on buttons, and you're done!
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Learn all about the style known as the camp shirt, then learn about fabric and pattern choices (including vintage patterns), and tips for matching prints at the center front, a sign of a well-made shirt!
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You're ready to sew! Start your shirt by interfacing and finishing the edges of the front facings. Then form and stitch pleats for easy wearing in the back, and construct the pocket to attach later.
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Next, see how to quickly attach the yokes to the back and front of your shirt using the popular burrito method. Add an optional button loop at the neck for a convertible collar that you can wear open or closed.
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Easily insert the sleeves with a flat insertion method, then sew the sides of the sleeve and shirt in one step and complete it with a classic flat-felled seam finish. Afterwards, finish the lower edges of the sleeves with a neat hem or faux-cuff treatment.
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