Textile hangings are one of the best ways to make a major statement on your walls. The materials are inexpensive, and cloth pieces are a lot easier to manage than large, heavy framed art. Plus creating it yourself means you'll have a piece that's exactly right for your space: the ideal size, the perfect colors and completely one-of-a-kind!
Whether you have a bumper crop of button-downs or you've found your favorite one, but it doesn't come in a sleeveless version: this DIY is calling your name. Consider it instant air-conditioning for a basic blouse.
A beautiful handmade bag truly is the perfect accessory. This one-of-a-kind zippered pouch is great for traveling, a night on the town, brunch with your girlfriends — it even works for stashing cosmetics or those little-kid essentials mom always has to have on hand. Best part: you can whip it up the same day you want to show it off!
We know from experience that a sewing box can get out of control FAST. So we took a good, hard look and determined that, aside from a sewing machine, there are really only 10 things you need to tackle most projects.
Picture an electric blue polyester-satin tube dress with spaghetti straps and a beaded appliqué — on a seven-year-old. That was my first sewing project, and it was not a costume! Since then, I've learned to deploy my glam style instincts more selectively, and I've also learned a whole lot more about sewing.
Sun, sand and style — it's all coming in waves thanks to this week's Project Runway episode. After watching the designers create cohesive beach, day and evening looks that oozed vacation vibes, here's what we're making for our own great escape.
Sewing should make you feel happy, productive and totally in the zone. What it definitely shouldn't do is kill your back. But without a sewing-machine table that fits your body, all that hunching forward is eventually gonna cause some misery. You need a table that gives you support in all the right places.
Imagine slipping into a swimsuit and — gasp! — it actually fits perfectly. While it sounds like a total dream, it doesn't have to be. With the right materials, you can make a totally custom one-piece or bikini. Keep these tips in mind while shopping at your favorite fabric store.
Makers — and their lucky friends — have loads of love for homemade gifts. Sure, these projects are totally gorgeous. But maybe even more importantly, they show you care way too much to just pick up something mass-produced at the store. Bring on the personal touch!
Length is key to perfect fit, and luckily, it's easy to add or subtract length to top and dress patterns via a few different methods. Start by noting where other design features, such as the waist seam, land on your body — that'll determine if you need to lengthen or shorten within the pattern pieces, or if you can just alter the hemline.
Once you've found your way around the basics of a sewing machine, the craft is wide open for you to explore. Seriously! If you're nervous about garment fitting, wary of fancy fabrics, or not so sure about zippers, we're here to say: go for it. Pick a project and proceed with confidence — these tutorials are here to make it all go right.
Picture this: You go to the fabric store, pick out the perfect materials for your next project, and come home only to realize that — doh — you already have great fabric you could have used tucked away in a forgotten corner of your sewing room.