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Woman Using Serger on Blue Fabric
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Sure, you read (or at least skimmed) the manual that came with your serger. But let's be honest: there are a lot of stitches and thread options to choose from. So it's no surprise if you still feel a little stumped over exactly which stitch to use with the fabric you have on hand and the project you're ready to tackle.
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detail shot of floral hand embroidery pattern around the collar of a gray t-shirt with stabilizer
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It's a given: 88 percent of T-shirts end up in the back of your closet. But before you Marie Kondo said closet, bring those shirts to the forefront. These upcycle projects are simple to make and will refresh your garments so they're oh-so-ready to wear again.
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striped pink T-shirt with a long diagonal dark pink bottom
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It happens: Sometimes your favorite T-shirt gets a hole near the hem. But that doesn't mean you have to throw it away! This project takes care of that pesky tear while giving your garment a fresh new look.
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Bust Dart Pattern
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Darts are an essential part of garment construction but, uh, what exactly is a dart? It's simply a folded wedge of fabric that's tapered and stitched down, allowing flat fabric to take on a shape that fits the body well.
Rochelle New
a green fabric bag and pink fabric nesting baskets on a white table filled with sewing notions
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Admit it: it's easy to lose control of your sewing space to fabric, thread and other tools. But we're here to fight back against clutter and keep your craft room mess-free. Say hello to your new favorite organizers — that you get to DIY!
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gray T-shirt with white sheer back on a mannequin
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You know that old T-shirt that's tucked away in the back of your closet? The one you never wear, but for some reason can't get rid of? Grab it and shake off those moth balls — it's time to give it new life! In this upcycle, you'll transform that plain T into a fabulous summer top by adding a sheer back panel. (You could also use a colored fabric that contrasts well with your shirt). Best part: You'll be done in three (count 'em — three!) easy steps.
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Old Jeans Upcycled Into New Shorts
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Looking for some instant summer wardrobe gratification? Grab those old jeans out of the dresser and transform them into fun, stylish shorts! With these three quickie tutorials, you'll soon be ready for all the warm-weather adventures.
Beth Galvin
Straight on view of red waxed canvas bag with leather details and zipper
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Grab your sewing machine, and start dreaming of your next vacay as you stitch up this handmade beauty. With waxed canvas, a metal zipper and leather details, this dopp-kit style bag is ready for any adventure.
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Handmade Travel Kit Bag
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Get ready to travel in style with the Woodland Bag! In this video tutorial, designer Ellie Lum helps you sew and construct a unisex dopp-kit-style pouch made with waxed canvas fabric. Learn techniques for inserting metal zippers, canvas lining, leather trim and more. The class materials include detailed instructions to make your own, and a kit is also available.
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Get ready to travel in style with the Woodland Bag! In this video tutorial, designer Ellie Lum helps you sew and construct a unisex dopp-kit-style pouch made with waxed canvas fabric. Learn techniques for inserting metal zippers, canvas lining, leather trim and more. The class materials include detailed instructions to make your own, and a kit is also available.
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