Fabric
Save the money you would've spent on a designer pillow with this glam DIY dupe! It's the perfect accent to brighten up your neutral couch or add a splash of color to an all-white bedding theme. And if you've never used this kind of iron-on transfer before (it's super easy), you're about to discover a fave new craft technique!
Beginner
Sometimes the thought of measuring and cutting fabric is totally unappealing, and other times you just want to play around with all of the variations in a given fabric collection — without dropping a ton of cash on yardage. Precuts give you the chance to do just that!
Sherri McConnell
Sew
Unless you're a circus contortionist, you may need to unzip, unbutton, untie or otherwise open up a fitted garment in order to wriggle into it. Closures like zippers have an important function, but they're also a fun way to give a garment a little personality. Think about what's in your stewing stash: You probably have some buttons in there that you can't wait to use!
Rochelle New
Sew
If you need a zipper for a project, you can just sew one in and be done with it — or you can take the extra step of covering the zipper ends with fabric. You'll have a functional zipper either way, but the zipper with the covered ends will look more professional. And that's what you're here for, right?
Beginner
Sew
Elastic is one of the great inventions of the modern era. Think about it: We no longer need suspenders to hold up our pants, or garters to hold up our socks and stockings. Getting squirmy babies dressed is way less of a struggle. And the stretch of elastic makes clothing easier to wear — not to mention way more comfortable — whether you're sewing underwear, building bathing suits or constructing workout clothes.
Beth Galvin
Sew
Every craft has it's own lingo, and sewing is no exception. If you want to sew a jacket, you've got collar notches, a collar roll, a collar gorge, and more. Brush up on alllll the key elements (who knew there were 37 parts of jacket?!) — it'll make things so much easier when you're actually ready to pull out your machine and start sewing.
Christine Haynes
Sew
If you ever made a piece of loose-fitting clothing and thought, "Ugh, this kinda looks like a sack," we have one word for you: shirring.
Ashley Little
Sew
We've all been there: A pattern tells us to staystitch and we, um, don't. Given that staystitching is done on a single layer of fabric and doesn’t even show in the finished piece, skipping it doesn’t seem like a big deal. How important could it really be?
Maris Olsen
Sew
The outer construction of a garment gets all the likes. But no dress, coat or pair of pants would look nearly as good (or feel nearly as nice) if it weren’t for the interlining, lining, facing and interfacing.
Julia Garza
Sew
Faded fabrics can make your hand-sewn quilts look lackluster. Don't let your fabrics suffer this sad fate — these hacks are all-natural, using ingredients that are likely already in your kitchen. Genius!
Lindsay Conner
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