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We love launching into long-term sewing projects as much as the next person, but trying to fit them into a busy schedule can be tough. If you're itchin' to create but only have an hour of free time, don't fret — we've got projects for you.
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detail shot of stitching purple bias tape onto white fabric
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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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Bring your holiday A-game this year and make your wrapping as unforgettable as your gift. These homemade ideas add *just* the right amount of love, so your recipients won't want to throw any part of their present away.
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A pair of feet with striped socks
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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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Makeup Bag With Assorted Beauty Products
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Bags can be such a fun sewing project to jump into, but if a full-size tote sounds like more than what you're ready to handle, we have the perfect solution: a makeup bag! It's the ideal way to start installing zippers, working with different fabrics and adding custom touches that truly make a bag your own. Plus, they make great holiday gifts — win, win!
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woman wearing an apron made from a blue button-down shirt
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Before breaking out your wallet to buy a new apron, take a peek inside your closet — we bet there's an old, oversized shirt in there that's just begging to be transformed. And with this quick and speedy tutorial, you'll be back in the kitchen making delicious dinners and decorating cakes in no time.
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Mixed-Media Tote Bag
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Bags, bags, bags! If you ask us, it's not possible to have too many in your closet — especially if you make them yourself. Add these fun projects to your queue and soon enough, you'll have the perfect handmade option for every occasion.
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Pocket, Hem & Finishing Details
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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!
Collar & Neckline Finishing
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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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