TAG: Patterns

DIY Kaftans and Kimonos

DIY Kaftans and Kimonos

For comfort and style in one, kaftans and kimonos are go-to items. They are easy to wear, can be dressed up or worn casual, and look effortlessly glamorous. Though sometimes a good thrift store hunt may produce an unfound treasure of a vintage kaftan or a worn-to-the-perfect-softness kimono, they can sometimes be pricey investments if purchased new. Though well-made ones will last for many years, sewing a handmade version will be a project that will leave you feeling accomplished – and comfortable. Check out La Maison Bohéme for some flowy, visual inspiration to get started. If you have a pattern… read more

Make A Maxi Dress And Skirt From A Sheet

Make A Maxi Dress And Skirt From A Sheet

Dresses and skirts can be pricey wardrobe staples, especially if they are well made from quality material. However, with some sewing skill and for the price of a bed sheet, maxi dresses and skirts are just a few stitches away. The following patterns are good examples of how to turn an ordinary sheet into a new wearable style, and some were made for only around $2.00. Investing in a wrinkle free sheet may cost more, but it will make the outcome require less fuss. The style below is really rocking the sheet look, but the waist shown on the dress is… read more

Creative Ways To Reuse Tote Bags

Creative Ways To Reuse Tote Bags

In attempts to alleviate using plastic bags, reusable tote bags can pile up. Whether from trips to the market or handed out at free events, if you have a pile of them laying around consider the following clever craft ideas to give them a new use. Tote bags can make perfect throw pillows. By inserting a pillow or batting inside, cutting off the straps and sewing the top together a new pillow is born. For a no-sew design place fabric glue just inside the opening. Tote bags can also be turned into many other types of bags. A zipper, snap… read more

These Projects Turn Pillowcases Into Fashion

These Projects Turn Pillowcases Into Fashion

Pillowcases can make the perfect fabric for many projects, including handmade clothing. Often more inexpensive than fabrics, it is also a neat way to utilize old pillowcases that aren’t being used. From girl’s dresses to grownup skirts and blouses, the following are inspiring ideas and patterns for pillowcase fashion designs. Make pajama shorts or lounge pants for kids, like these old-fashioned print pajamas. Not only do they look cute, but they are also comfortable and using a ribbon or a drawstring as the tie allows room for adjusting. This easy pillowcase dress tutorial also has a handy cutting and sizing chart for figuring out… read more

Back To School On A Budget

Back To School On A Budget

The return of school means the onset of shopping for necessities and long days that require organization and durable gear. Get school ready with these do it yourself alternatives to store bought stuff. Backpacks to carry supplies are a must, but retail options are pricey. Also, the bottom portions of many are thin and not sturdy enough so pencils and playgrounds wreak havoc and holes begin to form. If you have leftover fabric or come across a textile sale and can work a sewing machine, try a homemade backpack. Complete with a side drink holder this one lays it all… read more

Do It Yourself Upcycled Skirts

Do It Yourself Upcycled Skirts

If you love comfortable, tailor made skirts but don’t enjoy their non-adjustable price tag, try designing your own. Look in the closet or at secondhand stores for fabric bargains and chances are inspiration will strike. With tons of free online resources and a little imagination you don’t need supreme sewing capabilities to upcylce skirts for the whole family. Skirts of any size can be made from an endless list of materials. Take a look at what you have lying around that can be resalvaged. It is likely that you already have most of what is needed to use for a… read more

Make Your Own Moccasins

Make Your Own Moccasins

Moccasins were originally worn to shield the feet from the elements and were always made from available materials. Native American moccasins were constructed with outdoor wear and specific geographical areas in mind. Though similarly made with animal hides, different tribes wore diverse styles. Moccasins remain a popular shoe choice for their interesting history as well as their looks. Although you can buy a kit, they can be handcrafted by reusing fabric materials, making a pattern and sewing portions together. If using leather, it is recommended that a medium thickness be used for moccasin making. However, if you prefer not to use leather, any type… read more