Whether what you want to sew is a whole wardrobe of trendy outfits or a wide selection of home décor pieces, you can achieve either one or both with sewing. Beginner sewers who have never sewn anything in their entire lives will enjoy sewing as a craft if they start off with easy projects. Sewing is a practical skill to have that doubles up as a form of decorative art.
A Sheath Dress in 30 Minutes
- Fold fabric in half with the right sides together and smooth out.
- Lay down the dress which has a cut that you want. Make sure to lay the clothing and fabric flat and avoid wrinkles.
- Cut out fabric and include a half inch seam for allowances around the fabric. Cut three inches of seam allowance for the bottom part.
- If you want sleeves on your sheath dress, make a transition from your template dress’ body to the sleeves with a curve.
- Cut front and back necklines to be exactly the same; you can adjust neckline later.
- If your template dress has an a-line, trim down fabric to give it a sheath shape by going straight down.
- Sew sides and shoulders using the half seam allowances.
- Try on what you have made and do the necessary adjustments in your fit. Mark the spot where you want the front neckline to be.
- Take what you have made, line up all the seams together (you just fold the dress’ front half into another half), and find the marking of the neckline and this out.
- Hem the neck, sleeves, and bottom in the length that you want.
A Blue Jeans Bag in Half an Hour
What you need: a pair of one of your old blue jeans, snaps, needles, thread, a sewing machine, the straps of any old purse, snap fasteners, and a gold or silver chain. Note that the bigger the size of the jeans, the bigger your bag is going to be. Cut the pants where you prefer the bottom of your bag to end. Secure with pins.
The longer you cut the pants, the deeper the bag’s interior will be. Take out the pins and sew the bottom slowly, with two or three passes to ensure that the stitches won’t unravel. Embellish your bag by passing the gold or silver chain through the jeans’ belt loop; you can also use a belt instead of a chain. Clip your old purse’s strap onto belt loops and put on the snap fasteners to keep the bag’s contents from spilling out.
That’s it. You have got yourself a new, unique, and charming blue jeans bag. You can tie dye it, glue beads on it, make the strap with contrasting fabric like satin or velvet, stencil it with initials or hand- or spray-paint it. The possibilities are endless if you want your blue jeans bag to reflect your personality, look trendy, make a fashion statement or simply make you stand out in a crowd.
A Simple Necktie
You will need silk fabric, needles, thread, silk pins, rotary cutter or scissors, interlining fabric, marking pencil, and a necktie pattern or template for this four-fold type of necktie. Just follow these steps and you can finish a necktie in 30 minutes or less:
- Draw outline of necktie pattern on silk and interlining fabrics.
- Spread silk fabric on a table and then place pattern on one edge of the fabric.
- Draw an outline on the fabric’s wrong side using your marking pencil.
- The four-fold necktie should have the same number of patterns. Trace three patterns on silk fabric and the fourth one on interlining fabric.
- Cut the outlined pieces with the rotary cutter or scissors. You should have five silk fabric pieces and one of interlining fabric.
- Cut out silk fabric pieces to use for tipping and interlining piece.
- Ensure that no edges are feathered when you cut.
- Sew tippings to both ends of the necktie. Hold tippings so that both of their right sides, the triangular tipping, and main necktie’s part facing one another.
- After sewing tippings to the ends, turn these inside out; the fabric’s right side should be visible.
- Just stitch the three mentioned main parts of the necktie together.
- Place an interlining piece inside the necktie.
- To make the four folds, first fold necktie twice to centerline by using the silk pins to secure fold together prior to stitching.
- Choose a thread in the color that matches silk fabric’s shade.
- Go on stitching while removing the pins. Make sure you don’t stitch through the necktie.
Cozy Hand Warmers
These are the materials you will need: a quarter of your chosen fabric, sewing machine, rice grains, long pins, thread, and fabric scissors. Cut 2¾ inch squares from your chosen fabric using the fabric scissors; you will need two pieces of the fabric per hand warmer. Place together two fabric squares on their wrong sides and stitch ¼ inch outside seams around each.
Leave an opening of 1½ inch and backstitch in beginning and end. If pinking shears are unavailable, put fabric pieces together on their right sides, sew as per instruction and turn them right side out. Fill ¾ of the sewn pieces with rice. Use the long pin to block rice from spilling out of the openings and close them. Trim all edges to prevent fraying. Heat them in the microwave and let cool a little before using.
Your Own Coffee Cozy
Bring your own coffee cozy the next time you go to Starbucks. To make this, you need fabric scraps from 12 various fabrics, one 4.5” by 12” backing fabric, one elastic hair tie, a small button, coordinating thread, and one 4.5” by 12” fusible fleece. Your seam allowance should be ¼ inch.
Make sure there isn’t any scaling by measuring the one inch square. Cut along its dashed line. Remember to print two and cut the second template along its sold line. Cut 12 pieces measuring 1.5” by 4.5” each from your chosen fabric and sew the 12 strips along the sides measuring 4.5” and press the seams however which way you prefer.
Lay the template on this patchwork you just made with their right sides up and then trace them with a water-soluble marker or pen. Cut them out and set them aside. Take lining fabric, place template on fabric’s wrong side, trace, and then cut out. Fold hair elastic using a short length of coordinating thread and tie a knot – around a third of its way over – to yield a couple of uneven loops to hold the cozy in place.
Take template, cut off its seam allowance along the indicated solid line. Use the same template when you cut out the fusible fleece. Fuse to your patchwork’s wrong side. Center hair elastic along an edge of the patchwork with the larger loop holding it, securing it further with some stitches with a 1/8 inch allowance for the seam. Place back and front pieces with their right sides together.
Pin them around their edges. Sew all around four edges, using back stitches at the beginning and finish. Make sure you leave an opening of around 1.5 to two inches along bottom edges for easy turning later. Trim corner and excess hair elastic. Turn finished work inside out. Use a dull pencil or turning tool to poke out corners and then press them. Close up opening using top stitching close to the edges.
Tie center button some 1.5 inches from the short edge on the opposite side of the elastic hair tie and mark this with a pen. Sew button beginning from front side. If you did it correctly, you will now have the knot finishing underneath your button. This makes everything, especially the backing, neat and visually-appealing. Personalize your coffee cozy by monogramming the fabrics before using them.