Fabric
When you think of die cutting, you probably think of paper. But there are so many kinds of paper you can die cut, transforming them into shapes that make up the coolest projects. lf you're ready to go beyond the basic card stock (though that should definitely be used, too!), here are a few ideas to get you started.
Julia Stainton
Floss often gets the spotlight in hand embroidery, but the fabric that floss is stitched on is just as critical to the finished look of your project. The right background fabric (or “ground”) will support and showcase your gorgeous stitching. But if you use the wrong kind, you can stretch, pucker and even distort your design, ruining all that hard work.
Kristen Valencia
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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.
Ashley Little
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Gathering fabric is one of those techniques that seems complicated, but doesn't have to be. It's really just about scrunching one piece of fabric to fit a smaller piece, which adds a nice puff to the shape of your project. You’ve seen it a bunch — it’s the volume you love in the waist of a skirt, or the fun ruffles on a pillow sham.
Beginner
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Couples who sew together, stay together! In this Bluprint original series, sewing sweethearts Mimi G and Norris Dánta Ford work in friendly competition to create two stylish outfits, one for him and one for her, from the same fabric. See their design process in action as they take their projects from start to finish.
Mimi G &  Norris Dánta Ford
Mimi G & Norris Dánta Ford
When we say "tie dye," you might immediately think of making T-shirts at camp or the screaming color combos of the '70s. But we're here to make you forget all that. Tie dye is back, and this time it's modern, sophisticated and totally wearable.
Beginner
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
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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
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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
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