sewing projects

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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Beginner Sewing: How to Make a Pillow Cover

You can make a great looking envelope pillow cover in 30 minutes or so.

Fact: there is no easier way to update your home than to put out a few new pillows. Worried about the cost? Don’t want to toss the pillows you already have? (They’re fine after all, just a bit dated…) We’ve got a solution for you: make your own pillow covers! This beginner sewing tutorial guides you through the process (quick and easy!). And we’ll tell you how much fabric you need for many common pillow sizes. Home refresh? Done and done.

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Sewing Tutorial: How to Make a Floor Pillow with Exposed Zipper

Dritz® cut-to-length brass zippers deliver the details.

Decorating with floor pillows is an easy way to update a space. And when you make them yourself, you control the pillow’s color, texture, size and details. We are really loving the look the Dritz® exposed zippers add to our pillows. That, combined with some eclectic fabrics, makes for some really fresh, really on-trend accessories. Stack them in any room, and voilà – it’s an instant home refresh!

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Refashioning: Upcycle a Men’s Dress Shirt

A simple grommet sash adds huge impact.

That basic men’s dress shirt never looked so good, did it? It’s always delightful when something so understated is refashioned into a really powerful piece. This white men’s dress shirt is no exception. See how Laura from Trash to Couture shortened and altered this shirt, and then finished it off with that fantastic grommet sash. So simple. So incredibly stylish!

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Refashioning: Create New Looks with Elbow Patches

A hip update that gives garments new life.

These aren’t your grandpa’s elbow patches! Yes, these patches of old are a hip add-on to sweaters, button-ups and jackets. They’re all over ready-to-wear this season. And, guess what? If you’ve got something in your closet begging for a fresh look, we’ve got the patches! For a fashionable look, choose Dritz® sew-on suede patches. If whimsy is more your thing, twill iron-on patches in bright colors add a whole bunch of fun to clothing.

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Inspiration: 20 Best Tote Bags

Learn how to plan, make & customize the best totes bags ever!

If 2018 is the year you’ve resolved to really punch up your sewing projects, we’ve got some great bags to inspire you! We’ve got a beginner sewing tutorial that you can use to brush up on tote making basics. And here we’ll show you our 20 best tote bags, with tips for mixing and matching all kinds of Dritz® hardware. The Art Gallery Fabrics canvas we used for all of our bags proved to be just perfect. A printable planning sheet will keep you organized as you brainstorm. Ready?

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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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