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Beginner Sewing: Make a Card Wallet with Snap Closure

‘Tis the season to make something thoughtful.

Pair a gift card with a handmade folding card wallet and you’ve got a winning gift on your hands. Our free sewing pattern download makes it super easy to sew this project. The new Dritz plastic snap fastener you’ll use as a closure is super cute. This is a great project to try your hand at applying the snap with the snap pliers – be warned though, you’ll want to add them to everything!

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Beginner Sewing: Make a Tote Bag with Adjustable Strap

The best basic: if you can make one tote, this is it.

We talk a lot about tote bags (because we love them), and we give you lots of options for bag making. But if you want to cut to the chase and make just one tote bag, this is it. This is our basic tote, with an adjustable, removable strap. We really dig the new Dritz striped belting and think that this is the perfect way to highlight it. Hope you’ll agree!

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Beginner Sewing: How to Make an Adjustable Strap for Bags & Totes

A couple key ingredients + some basic know-how is all you need.

Adjustable straps are pretty easy to make, and oh-so-handy to have. Think about that clutch that would be easier to carry as a cross-body bag. There are many occasions when it’s nice to have a hands-free option, right? Dritz belting and hardware are the two key ingredients that you need to make a strap that is both adjustable and removable. The bonus is, you have lots of options when it comes to colors, widths, finishes and hardware styles. Check it out!

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Sewing Tutorial: DIY Fanny Pack

It’s a clear winner.

Are you a fan of the fanny? We are! Learn how to make one with updated materials like Dritz racer stripe belting and a parachute buckle fastener. Couple these bag making supplies with transparent vinyl, and simple sewing techniques and you’ll be wearing one in no time. Hands-free convenience for sporting events, concerts and just plain fun!

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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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