Sewing Tutorials

Frustrated with a particular sewing technique?  Here you’ll find detailed sewing tutorials that’ll reduce your sewing frustrations and get you through that pattern you’re working on.

ruched sleeve t-shirt

Fun texture: how to make ruched sleeves on a t-shirt

Ever wondered how to make ruched sleeves? If you love playing with texture, ruching is one of those sewing techniques you should try. It creates beautiful gathers that distribute a lot of volume in a concentrated area making for a distinct kind of look that designers love to incorporate. In this quick tutorial, I’ll show …

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hoodie with separating zipper and jacket zippers

How to sew a zipper on a jacket [surprisingly simple]

If thinking about how to sew a zipper gives you hives, I just bet you’ll find yourself loving learning how to sew a zipper on a jacket. It turns out separating zippers are really about the easiest zipper to sew around outside of an invisible zipper. Sounds too good to be true? Let me convince …

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buttonhole elastic buttons and jeans

Adding elastic to a jeans waistband (buttonhole elastic tutorial)

Today is all about adding elastic to a jeans waistband with buttonhole elastic. If you have kids, you’ve probably seen buttonhole elastic on pants. And if you have kids with smaller waists, you LOOK for pants with buttonhole elastic. Buttonhole elastic is great stuff it turns out for helping create an adjustable waist. For kids …

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finished diy v-neck t-shirt

How to alter a shirt neckline (DIY v-neck t-shirt)

Today I’m going to show you how to alter a shirt neckline through making a simple DIY v-neck t-shirt. We’ve all been there: you find a fun tee but it’s got a crew neck that’s not too comfy to wear. You love the v-neck style and yet, here you are staring at this crew neck. …

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how to shorten a zipper, finished zippers

How to shorten a zipper every which way to Sunday

Let’s talk about how to shorten a zipper. Sewing zippers is one of those tasks in sewing where the devil is in the details. One of the problems you’ll run into is having a zipper that’s too long. In fact, many times it’s EASIER to sew with zippers that are too long. (Hello annoying zipper …

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Learn how to gather fabric 5 fail proof ways

Let’s talk how to gather fabric. Gathering fabric is one of those sewing tasks we often end up doing, but yikes, it can often be a headache! Threads can break and gathers can get all uneven on you. On the worst days, you might even miss sewing a whole chunk of gathered fabric into your …

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A fast DIY magnetic pincushion to keep the pins out of your feet!

Hey it’s a non-sewing sewing project today but it’s one I think you’ll like. If you’ve sewn for any length of time you know that dropping pins happens. And if you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to step on a pin, I can only say ouch in sympathy. One of the best things that the sewing …

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