397 posts tagged sewing
One thing I love buying from op-shops is hand embroidered table cloths. When you think about how long it must have taken someone to embroider a whole table cloth - wow! So I feel like I’m saving something quite special. This gorgeous collar won’t take you as long to stitch as a table cloth, but it will be just as special. There’s a free template with the pattern to follow for the hand stitching - just make sure you do your stitching before you sew together your collar!
Pineapples are everywhere - skirts, shirts, shoes, pillows, wall art, fruit bowls. The spiky fruit is fun, tangy and makes me think of hot Summer days. If you’re into tart treat as much as me, this sparkly pouch will be right up your alley. Perfect for keeping makeup in check, a pretty pencil case or even to store your ipad in!
I’m currently re-reading Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett for the… sixth time?! You can tell I’ve read it a lot because of all the dog ears throughout to keep my place. That’s right, I’m a dog-earer-er. I’m ashamed to admit it. So I’m going to whip up one of these easy fabric bookmarks to keep my place from now on - and give my poor book a break!
Do you love your state? I have to admit, I have seen a bit of the world and I’ll always love South Australia! Where else can you be hiking through the hills in the morning, shopping in the city at awesome bars at lunch, and enjoying dinner next to the ocean all in one day?! I love my state! If you love your state as much as me, show the world with this multi-coloured embroidery. Just Google your state and follow the directions to make your own stately masterpiece!
There is nothing like an easy, cool, soft & comfy dress that you can chuck on in Summer. This tshirt dress ticks all those boxes! It’s created from a tshirt and elastic, and Melly has some great tips on sewing with elastic (at the waist) if you’ve never attempted before.
To celebrate her book launch, Tilly & The Buttons is sharing one of the projects from her book on her blog - the very 60’s Brigitte head scarf! This is a very simple sewing project which is embellished along the edge with one of the decorative stitches in your machine. And if you’re wondering how to style your new scarf, Tilly has created a Pinterest board with lots of inspiration!
Detachable collars are a great way to change up an outfit without a lot of fuss. Great over tops or dresses, they’re a nice alternative to a necklace. This pretty sequin piece is fun and glitzy without being too over the top. Of course, if you’re not keen on sequins you can go for any colour/pattern/fabric you like!
I live every day in a dress. If I won the lottery I would go mad on ASOS just buying a million of them! But as I’ve said many times before, it ain’t gonna happen, so instead I think it’s time to bite the bullet and get to learning how to sew them! This is a great tutorial because you just use a top you already have as a template. I’m loving this chartreuse colour - and it goes so nicely with the nautical style accessories!
If you’re wanting to get into sewing your own clothes but not sure where to start, a simple skirt is a great place to start. The nice part about sewing your own clothes is you get to choose how long/short you want it to be and it will fit you perfectly. This project includes a covered elastic waist band which is probably the most difficult part. Then make a few more in different colours and lengths to fill out your wardrobe!
I’ve always been a bit fearful of sewing with zippers. They seem pretty complicated, but I think it’s time to get over my fear, because I really like this clutch! I think the thing I like the most about it is the oversized bow, plus the fabric colours. I know this is a clutch, but I think it would be great for toiletries when I’m travelling. Or you could make it smaller for a pencil case, or add a strap if you want it hands free!
Take a plain jumper and make it sparkly and fun with a little bit of sequin trim! I like ‘meow’ but you can choose whatever you want to write, or you could make a shape - star, heart, etc. So easy to create but so fun!
I love the combination of embroidery and fabric paint on these pillowcases! Because the design is just on the edges of the cases it doesn’t overwhelm the rest of the patterns on the bed. If you wanted you could make these in colours to suit the linens you already have, or if you’re looking for a challenge you could use these as a jumping off point to making your own bed set!
Kimonos seem to be still going strong in fashion world - which I love because they are great for covering up arms, are lightweight and… I just like the look of them! But for some reason they’re so expensive for what is essentially a piece of fabric with a few stitches! Anna + Evers shows us how to make a kimono in two very easy steps - the hardest part will be finding your fabric!
Wrap skirts are great! Easy to pop on (and you can fasten it to any length!). Don’t let the pleats on this skirt scare you away from trying to create this pretty piece - it’s all about pinning, pinning, pinning! This tutorial uses buttons to fasten the skirt, but there’s nothing stopping you from extending the waistband so you can tie the skirt closed.
This sweet little pin will hopefully ensure that you stay pinch free come March 17th! A fun sewing project that is really easy to create - I love that little smiley face!