TAG: Sewing

Make Kids Clothes Last Longer

Make Kids Clothes Last Longer

Children are notorious for growing out of their clothes in record speed. And their clothing is notorious for being fairly pricey for items that will not be worn very long. Still quality hand-me-downs are always great to receive, but upcycling other items into new digs is another way to make clothes last longer. Adults or older siblings who have outgrown their clothes are the perfect go-to for fabric. Check out this DIY idea to turn old shirts or other clothes into a dress. The tutorial has great pictures and patterns, and any larger sized shirt could work. This pattern turns and… read more

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

It’s A Wrap With These DIY Dresses

It’s A Wrap With These DIY Dresses

Wrap dresses and skirts are comfortable and easy to wear, but their popularity and versatility can sometimes also come with a way off the budget tag. With some extra fabric, scraps, sheets, linens or even other dresses and skirts, they can be transformed into a stylish wrap-able fashion. Famous for starting the wrap dress craze, Diane Von Furstenburg’s dresses are fabulous and sought-after, but they can also be made do it yourself style with some sewing know how. This vintage looking vogue inspired wrap dress imitates a stunning Diane Von Furstenburg style, minus the 100’s of dollars in costs. Tips are… 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

DIY Refashions: Dresses And Shirts

DIY Refashions: Dresses And Shirts

T-shirts make great material for refashioning into other clothing. The fabric can be used from oversized or unworn t-shirts or other items and transformed into one of a kind dresses and shirts. This tutorial shows how to refashion 2 t-shirts into a tunic style dress using just scissors, a sewing machine and a needle and thread. The easy to follow instructions include visuals and pattern guides. If you are into basket weaving, or have enough spare time to finish the project, this pile of t-shirts – can be upcycled into this basket weave-t-shirt dress: Patience required. For a look that… read more

7 New Uses For Old Sweaters

7 New Uses For Old Sweaters

Organizing and cleaning out closets can sometimes turn up clothing that doesn’t get worn often. Sweaters are one item that normally either receives a lot of wear during cold months, or is pushed to the back of the pile if the style is outdated or uncomfortable. The following are a range of ideas for reusing old sweaters that will give them an updated look and a new life. Knitted sweaters that are soft can be cut and easily turned into hats. A homemade elfin hat is a great way to upcycle an ugly or stretched out sweater. Also, this tutorial… 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

Umbrellas – Not Just For The Rain

Umbrellas – Not Just For The Rain

Umbrellas come in handy during inclement weather, but their flimsy design can often cause them to fall apart. Some have found durable designs and upcycled uses for them that are creative, but are also weather ready and waterproof. Crafty Moods has a clever idea for less than perfect umbrellas. This do it yourself canopy costs much less than a purchased one and can be personalized. Just affix a sheet, curtain or favored fabric around it by sewing to the end of the umbrella. Or, for a no sew project use a grommet punch and run ribbon or string through the… read more

Totally Simple to Make Tiered Dresses and Skirts

Totally Simple to Make Tiered Dresses and Skirts

If you have a supply of extra fabric or unworn skirts or dresses, think about transforming them into custom tiered fashions. Using mainly old clothes, fabric remnants or inexpensive thrift store finds, you can make your own tiered dresses and skirts, and the same technique can be used to make designs to fit both child and grown up sizes. Additional supplies needed are scissors, thread or fabric glue and a sewing machine or endurance abundant sewing hands. Portions of clothing or other recycled fabrics are ideal for this project, as are things that are never worn, like old miniskirts or… read more