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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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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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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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Beginner Sewing: Make a Super Simple Elastic Waist Skirt

Do you have 30 minutes or so? This skirt is yours!

Can you tell we’re dedicated to beginner sewing? We are going to convince you that you CAN sew, and that it IS easy. Truly. Here’s another project in our beginner series, and this one is a real win for several reasons. Obviously it’s easy. But did you consider that elastic waist skirts are ideal for both kids and adults? Also, you can determine the seasonality of your skirt based on the fabric you choose … soft, light cotton for warmer months, or heavy denim or corduroy for fall/winter. Ready to sew?

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Beginner Sewing: Make an Incredibly Easy Fabric Book Mark

Ten minutes is all it takes. (Yes, we said 10 minutes.)

This project is easy. Period. You’ll use scrap fabric plus a few basic Dritz® sewing supplies to make these super cute bookmarks in just a few minutes. They are great for getting the feel of using the sewing machine, and they make creative gifts – so you can never have too many on hand.

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