sewing projects

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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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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