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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Refresh your decor with two modern patchwork projects that you can finish in a weekend! Designer Meghan Buchanan shows you how to make a matching pillow and quilt top with only straight line sewing. Plus, get tips for choosing colors, assembly line sewing, and managing large projects in your machine.
Most knitters will tell you that having a good project bag is essential — you can store all the necessary needles, notions and, you know, the actual knitting, so that when you're ready to stitch everything is ready and waiting. Plus, if you have multiple WIPs (works in progress), keeping each one in its own bag is the key to staying organized. And while you could buy a project bag (and there are tons of cute ones out there), we're all makers here — so why not stitch up a few of your own?
Sewing your own dress gives you a creative freedom that you’ll never find in ready-to-wear clothing. You get to pick the style, choose a fabric that inspires you and tailor the fit for a completely custom look. Plus, our favorite dresses are the ones that fit well and make us feel proud of our sewing! So consider these dress techniques next time you’re picking out a pattern (or shop our starter kit to get everything you need to sew your new favorite look!), and soon you’ll have a design that’s perfect from top to bottom.
DIY meets fashion and function with this wonderful Woodland Waxed Canvas Maker kit. Perfect for traveling, this toiletry pouch is durable and water-resistant, spacious enough to stay organized, and stylish enough to pause and admire on your hotel vanity. The kit comes with all the tools you need, including waxed canvas, leather, hardware, and zipper. Watch the companion video [Handmade Travel Kit Bag](https://mybluprint.com/playlist/11834/22968) to get expert instruction for your bag.
Ready to try your hand at this stylish and rugged take on the classic colorblock bag? The Portsmith Tote Waxed Canvas Maker Kit is perfect for everyday errands, whether you’re running to the pharmacy or loading up with a laptop. The kit comes with all the tools you need, including waxed canvas, leather straps, and hardware. Watch the [Mixed-Media Tote Bag episode](https://mybluprint.com/playlist/11778/23020) of Runway Remake to get expert video instruction for your bag.
Are you sew ready to learn a new craft? Learn the basic tenets of sewing with designer Sarah Alm’s “Jump Into Sewing” class. You’ll start with simple projects—a placemat and a pillowcase—as you learn the ins and outs of threading and stitching. The kit features our Boundless 100% cotton woven fabric, pins, pin cushion, supplies for tracing, needles, and thread—and it’s even kid-friendly!
Have you been flirting with the idea of sewing your own frocks? This curated course kit has everything you need to get started! It comes with a floral watercolor stretch cotton fabric, interfacing, thread, an invisible zipper, and McCall pattern 7681. Simply follow along with Startup Project: Sew the Flirty Dress, and you’ll become a bonafide seamstress in no time. (This is a great next step after you have completed the Sewing Bluprint Box Projects.)
If you love bragging rights, this DIY Fremont tote is your big ticket item. The gorgeous waxed canvas bag has a classic two-toned exterior, with real leather straps and metal hardware. The completed look is so contemporary and stylish, everyone will ask, “Who makes this bag?” And you’ll get to wow everyone by declaring, “I did!” For step-by-step video instructions watch the companion class, [Sew the Fremont Bag.](https://mybluprint.com/playlist/11723/22254)
Have you ever wanted to sew some of your own fashion statements? Well, we’ve rounded up everything you need for your first projects, including the fabrics, interfacing, patterns, and professional tools! We’re excited to see what you stitch up with the help of activewear expert Sara Alm — so buy the kit and then head on over to our [Startup Library: Sewing class](https://mybluprint.com/playlist/startup-library-sewing/11299) to dive in.
A breezy summer scarf is an instant mood-booster. For this versatile infinity style, we used a cotton voile fabric, which is ideal for warmer weather (as are linen, cotton and chambray). But once you've nailed the how-to, you can easily make the same project in a heavier fabric come winter. (We see you, flannel, French terry and lightweight wool.)
Let's be real: everyone can use more pajama pants. After all, you need a pair at the ready whenever the idea of changing into jeans sounds like the actual worst. Plus, it's a quickie sewing project — especially if you whip 'em up using your own pattern. That's exactly what we did here, right after choosing a fun, floral fabric that simply screams vacation. Pack 'em in your suitcase — along with these embroidered travel accessories — or slip them on at home. Either way, you're guaranteed to feel stylish and comfy.
Last night's red-hot finale of Project Runway had us drooling over all three of the designers' collections. While we're not in the business of dishing out spoilers (you've gotta go watch to see who won!), that doesn't mean we're not using the final looks as major sources of inspo at the sewing machine. Here's what we're starting ASAP.
Sure, you've been gifting dad a tie since you were, oh, four. While it may feel a little been-there-done-that, making that tie yourself — in a fabric that pops and totally channels his personality — changes the game completely. And if you're really feeling the love, you can go the extra mile and make two or three!
This week gave us our first peek at the designers’ final collections, and we’re beyond excited. Even though we still have to wait for the final runway show, we’re ready to start making NOW with these projects inspired by the designers’ works in progress.
Between the interactive, larger-than-life rooms and the big, bold looks coming from each designer, this week's episode of Project Runway has us revved up and ready to create. If your fingers are buzzing with maker mojo too, here are a few ideas to get you started.
Designing for models and a high-fashion runway is obviously tons of fun. But creating dream dresses for everyday women — especially those who give their all serving their communities — gives creative satisfaction a whole new meaning. That's exactly what the designers were tasked with this week, and their gorgeous dresses (and the awesome women who rocked them!) have us feeling inspired to twirl in our own eye-catching DIY looks.
The designers tapped into the spirit of social causes this week, reminding us that creativity is one of the most powerful ways to make a meaningful statement. Below are just a few ways to raise your own creative voice and let your message be heard!
Glitter, sequins and fringe — oh my! It was all glitz and glamour this week on Bravo's Project Runway, as the designers created larger-than-life looks inspired by Sir Elton John. Now, we're busting out our own notions to make these beyond-fabulous projects.