sewing projects

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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Inspiration: Make a Cozy Robe with Waffle Fabric and Dritz Grommets

Find a sewing pattern you love, then marry it with comfy fabric and special touches.

If you’re thinking about mom this week, and have a day that you can dedicate to gift making, check out this cozy robe.  With a favorite pattern, plus some clever choices when it comes to the fabric and special details, you can craft a one-of-a-kind gift that mom will really cherish. 

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Refashioning: Scarf to Kaftan Cover-Up

Easy, breezy – a great look for summer.

Lazy days at the beach and pool are ahead – who’s ready!? We are, for sure. And you can bet that this easy refashioning project is on the must-make list. You’ll start with a lightweight scarf and turn it into a flowy kaftan using Dritz eyelets to make an opening for a tie waist. Lots of pool days planned? You better make a few! 

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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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