Sewing Tutorial: How to Use a Dritz Quick Turn Tool

Learn how to turn fabric tubes for making straps, belts, sashes and more.

This is one of those sewing tools that once you discover, you wonder what you did without it. When you’re sewing, there are many instances in which you’ll need to sew a fabric tube. Tubes of fabric are most commonly needed for making straps and belts; they are also used when making softies, dolls and stuffed animals (when making the legs and arms). But once you’ve sewn your fabric tube, how do you turn it right-side out? That’s where the Dritz® quick turn tool comes into play – you’ll use it to quickly and easily “turn” those tubes. 

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Refashioning: Dress Shirt to Skirt, Halter Top with Dritz Elastic

Spring upcycles are the jam.

This skirt is just so sassy, we can’t wait to make (and wear) one! It’s another clever refashion from Laura at Trash To Couture, using a men’s dress shirt. The very cool thing about this sewing project is that you can also wear it as a halter top – and when you do, you’ve got options with how you tie it. And whether wearing it as a skirt or halter, rest assured it sits comfortably in place, thanks to the Dritz® elastic you’ll insert at its top. 

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Dritz Espadrilles: Make a Pair of Wedge Espadrilles

Spring into the season with a sweet pair of DIY wedge espadrilles.

You’ve always got the right shoe to pair with your outfit when you make them yourself. You choose the fabric, you choose the add-ons – it’s a win, win situation. Dritz® Espadrilles jute wedge soles are the key ingredient needed to make these sweet kicks. Read more and see how Laura from Trash To Couture whipped up this super pair of wedges just in time for Easter.

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Refashioning: DIY Shirred Top with Dritz Elastic Thread

Learn how to use elastic thread to create shirred effects on fabric.

This top is begging for warmer temps! Although spring is officially here, it’s still quite cool in many places. Why not get a jump on spring/summer sewing and at least dream about those warmer days to come? Enter this shirred top. We can’t wait to show you how easy it is to use Dritz® elastic thread to create shirred effects on fabrics. Shirring is a wonderful textured detail to incorporate into your next refashion!

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DIY Home Decorating: How to Make Curtain Panels with Grommets

Enhance your panels with a decorative band using the “burrito” sewing method.

That’s right we said burrito. We’re referring to a stitching method used to add an accent band or cuff to curtain panels. This method gives the band a clean finish with all the seams fully encased within the band – no hemming is needed. For the burrito sewing method, fabric is rolled up like a burrito and the accent band is wrapped around the “burrito” so seam edges can be aligned or stitched. After stitching, the rolled fabric is pulled out of the side of the band. Seam allowances are now enclosed within the band with no external stitches or hand sewing required. Finish your panel with Dritz® grommets and you’re good to go. Ready to see how?

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