sewing projects

Sewing Activewear: How to Make an Easy Yoga Mat Strap

Ready to go in less than 30 minutes.

Another handy accessory to add to your repertoire of DIY activewear: this super simple yoga mat carrier. It literally has two key ingredients: Dritz belting and D-ring hardware. It comes together quickly and has you headed on to your practice in no time.

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Sewing Activewear: How to Sew a Sports Bralette

Hard-working elastics and performance fabric for the win.

We’re continuing to build our collection of DIY activewear items, and this bralette is a super cute addition to the team. Here you’ll see how to use tricot matte fabric in combination with a couple of different styles of Dritz elastic to make a low impact sports bralette. It’s so sporty cute – perfect for yoga, or just peeking out from under a casual, everyday top.

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Favorite Finds: Tote Bag with Signature Fabrics from Sharon Holland

Another stunner featuring Sharon’s new collection for Art Gallery Fabrics.

Sharon Holland is at it again, and we just can’t get enough of her pretty things. Her new Signature fabric collection has her in sewing mode, and we’re excited to share a couple of her latest makes here. Check them out and get inspired to sew with this lovely fabric.

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Sewing Activewear: How to Make a Water Bottle Carrier

DIY your workout clothes, and your gear, too.

Active lifestyle? Always dropping your stuff, or fishing through a large tote or duffle to find your phone, keys or ID? You can customize this multi-purpose water bottle carrier with a right-sized exterior phone pocket, an interior that’s insulated, and a hook for your keys –handy and organized for your trips to the gym, the trail, or a day out with the kiddos. Check out this sewing tutorial from Laura at Trash To Couture and see how to make this water bottle carrier using sporty (and upcycled!) fabrics, plus a variety of Dritz fasteners and fold-ever elastic. 

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Sewing Activewear: How to Refashion a T-shirt into a Workout Top

You’ll want to wear this athletic top whether you’re working out or not.

That is the thing with activewear these days, isn’t it? It looks so good, you want to wear it whether you’re headed to the gym or just to the grocery. (C’mon, we know you do!) That being said, why not try your hand at refashioning a basic T into this great looking top? With some Dritz elastic you can create cool ruched effects – add some simple cutting and twisting to the back and this is a go-to top.

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Favorite Finds: Bucket Bag with Signature Fabrics from Sharon Holland

This bag. This fabric. It’s simply beautiful.

Don’t you love it when you find something really special? We do. And we did. We stumbled across this bucket bag recently on Instagram from fabric designer, Sharon Holland. Sharon designs for Art Gallery Fabrics, and she also makes really pretty things. Take a look and learn about her latest fabric collection, Signature, and grab her free bucket bag pattern.

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Sewing Activewear: How to Sew Your Own Sports Bra

With the right fabrics, elastics, and tips for using them, you can sew activewear.

To successfully sew activewear you need to use specialty materials, combined with specific sewing techniques. This can sometimes be a bit tricky, because stretchy fabrics and elastics are typically not as forgiving as traditional, non-stretch materials. Sportswear is also expected to really deliver – it needs to fit properly, stretch while you’re moving, and be comfortable, too. This sewing tutorial shows you how to make a sports bra, which is an activewear basic. In the course of doing so, you’ll pick up some tips for working with specialty materials which you can use to make additional sportswear pieces.

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Beginner Sewing: 3 Best Elastic Waist Skirts

Your summer wardrobe needs them all.

The warmer temps are here and that means it’s skirt time! What better way to celebrate summer than with a closet full of these lovelies? An elastic waist summer skirt hits all kinds of marks: easy to make, fun to wear, appropriate for all ages, ideal for many occasions. The fabric you choose gives you all kinds of versatility. And that elastic. You’ll use colorful Dritz soft waistband elastic for the exposed elastic waist styles, and a basic non-roll for the hidden elastic waist. Oh, and did we mention that you can whip one up in an hour or less? That’s winning. 

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Refashioning: Make a Sassy Straw Bag with Inexpensive Placemats

Colorful straw bags for summer? Yes, please!

Oh, you are going to make many of these, friends, promise. This really is a DIY project that you may get addicted to. After all, there are so many cute, inexpensive straw placemats out there – each perfect for refashioning into a colorful summer bag. You’ll use the mats, plus Dritz hardware and some simple sewing techniques to make these beauties.

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Sewing Tutorial: Make a Faux Wrap Skirt with an Elastic Waist

A must-make addition to your summer wardrobe.

What a fun twist on an elastic waist skirt! The front seam/split and tie sash create the illusion of a wrap, while the soft wide elastic waistband delivers comfort and fit. This clever combination of details makes this a winning summer skirt. It comes together in about an hour using basic Dritz sewing supplies and colorful fashion elastic.

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