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Inspiration: Ideas for Refashioning Jeans

See how to turn old jeans into a corset, apron or clutch with easy sewing techniques.

Jeans: the styles are constantly changing! High-waisted or low? Skinny or bell? Faded or dark? Who can keep up? If you’ve got a pile of jeans from years past that you just can’t part with, we’ve got some denim refashioning inspiration for you. Check out our easy sewing and repair tips and get inspired to give those old favorites a new life, or simply add some trendy embellishments to them to bring them up-to-date. 

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Inspiration: Best Refashioned T-Shirts

How to quickly & easily transform a basic T-shirt into a stylish top.

We’ve got the ideas – we know you’ve got the T-shirts! It’s time to transform some of those Ts that are hanging out in your stash. Or maybe you want to create an Athleta-type look for a fraction of the price? Either way, we’ve got the goods! Check out our best refashioned T-shirts and see how easy it is to make some.

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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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