sewing projects

Refashioning: How to Make a T-shirt Quilt

Turn that stack of old T-shirts into something you love.

We all have them – piles of old T-shirts stashed in closets or drawers, saved with the hope that someday you’ll transform them into something special. Well here’s that something, and it’s something you’ve been wanting to make: a T-shirt quilt! See how Laura at Trash To Couture refashioned a stack of her husband’s sports Ts into a one-of-a-kind quilt that’s not only cozy, but packed with fond memories, too.

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DIY Gifts: D-Ring Belts

Last-minute stocking stuffers? You’re looking at them.

It’s almost time … If you’re spending this week wrapping up your list with last-minute stocking stuffers, check out these belts! Easy to achieve in less than hour, you can make some of these DIY belts with materials you may have on-hand. Use Dritz® D-rings to finish them off, and give them a professional look.

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Great Gifts: Easy-to-Sew Fabric Trays

Make them special with custom fabrics & design details.

Trying to come up with great gift ideas? Here’s one to consider: check out our giftable fabric trays. These make the list because they offer so many options for personalizing – you can tailor them specifically to those on your gift list. How? Start with favorite fabrics and then add details with Dritz® rivets and eyelets. Finish them off by declaring they’re “handmade” with a Dritz® metal or leather label.

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Easy-to-Sew: Gift Card Wallets

Handmade wallet + gift card = winning the “best gift-giver” award.

Are there folks on your list who really want gift cards? If you’re feeling like that’s a bit impersonal, why not make a handcrafted wallet to hold the card? It’s really a win-win situation. They get the cash they want, plus something a bit more thoughtful. This is a beginner sewing project, so it’s easy to knock out several of these beauties in an hour or so. Lots of variations, too, depending on the Dritz® fasteners you choose. Come on!

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Cosplay Inspiration: Locked & Lovely Steampunk Costume

This DIY ensemble delivers the goods. 

We’re learning about cosplay and DIY costuming and we want to share our insights with you! This is one of our recent creations, and we’re calling her Locked & Lovely. You agree, right? The Dritz® press locks feature dominantly on the corset and pretty much steal the show. But the skirt is solid, too. See how we made this costume, and get tips for creating your own!

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Cosplay Inspiration: Belted Beauty Steampunk Costume

Bring your creation to life with cool fabrics, DIY hardware & hacked patterns.

So, this whole cosplay thing is new to us here at Dritz®. We typically think of the folks who use our sewing products as seamstresses, design students, couture sewists, beginners, casual DIY enthusiasts, makers, home decorators … the list goes on. We’re excited to learn more about cosplay and those of you who like to wear costumes as part of your daily attire. Read more to learn about one of our first costumes, Belted Beauty. 

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Refashioning: Sweater Boots with Dritz® Espadrilles Soles

Old kid sweater turned hip & cozy house shoes.

What a super cool upcycle. Really. Who doesn’t have a constantly growing “kid-giveaway pile” stashed somewhere in the house – aren’t there always clothes that are ready to pass along? But here’s an idea: sort through that pile periodically and make sure there’s not a hidden upcycle waiting to happen. An outgrown kid’s sweater combined with Dritz® Espadrilles soles is one such gem. Check it out!  

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Sewing Tutorial: DIY Elastic Waist Pleated Skirt

Hot look for holiday happenings.

Talk about a dramatic entrance. This full pleated skirt combines Dritz® metallic waistband elastic with a metallic brocade fabric to steal all the looks. Perfect with a simple sweater, or paired with a festive jacket or scarf, this skirt just moved to the top of your holiday must-make, must-wear list.

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Sewing Tutorial: DIY Bucket Backpack

Love. This. Bag.

Make this bucket backpack in attention grabbing bold vinyl. It looks fabulous, plus provides hands-free shopping and kid wrangling. In addition to the fantastic material, you’ll use Dritz® eyelets and pliers to create the cinched effect at the top. Rings and slide buckles add functionality on the straps. Its petite size has no bulk at all – just perfect for stowing the essentials.

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Sewing Tutorial: Make a Fall Door Banner

Personalize your message & fabrics and use it any season!

Celebrating the seasons is as easy as hanging a festive door banner to welcome friends and family. This door banner proclaims a love for fall! It’s a great project because it can be customized to suit your style based on the fabrics and hardware you choose, and the message you craft. You’ve got options when it comes to finishes for the Dritz® swivel hooks, D-rings and rivets. Dritz® iron-on letters will communicate your message – they’re easy to apply and come in many fonts and sizes. And that bow! It’s attention-grabbing for sure.

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