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By Wunderlabel on 05/02/2024

Sewing Projects - the ultimate guide

Sewing Projects - The Ultimate Guide

Welcome to 'Sewing Projects - The Ultimate Guide'! Whether you're a seasoned seamstress or just picking up a needle and thread for the first time, this comprehensive guide is your go-to resource for inspiration and instruction. From beginner-friendly projects to advanced techniques, we've curated a diverse range of sewing ideas to cater to every skill level and interest. Whether you're looking to spruce up your wardrobe:

- Add a personal touch to your home decor, or

- Embark on a creative adventure,

- Join us as we explore the world of sewing and discover the endless possibilities it offers.

- Get ready to unleash your creativity and dive into the art of stitching with confidence!


15 Sewing Projects to Recycle Old Jeans

Sewing Projects to Recycle Old Jeans

You love your jeans! Fitted or flared, acid wash or just a classic blue, there's something about a pair of jeans that makes them hard to let go, even when they're worn or damaged beyond repair. But never fear! There are lots of ways to make old jeans new again and give them a second life as something fun or practical. Check out these ideas!

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1. Blue Jean Rag Rugs

Even if your jeans don't have much solid material left, you can still turn them into something useful! This braided rag rug doesn't even require sewing or special tools to make, which is perfect for denim, since it can be too tough for some sewing machines. Cut the fabric into long, narrow strips, removing any rivets and metal fastenings. Make sure to also remove pockets, and avoid seams as much as possible, as these can make your rug lumpy. Loosely knot strips together, and begin to braid. This will be the center of your rug, if you're making it round or oval. Make a braid that's about half as long as you want your rug to be, and then begin braiding in the opposite direction, linking into the original length of braid by pulling each strip through the loops along the side. Check out this tutorial for a full explanation!

2. Gardening Apron

Sturdy fabric, plus built in pockets and a waistband already attached? You're halfway to a gardening apron already! Cut away the legs of the jeans and all the material in front of the side seams, including the zipper, but leaving the waistband intact. The back of the jeans becomes the front of the apron. Stitch along the edges of the raw material about ¼" from the edge. This will give you a raw, frayed edge without letting your apron fall apart. Alternatively, you can double-fold bias tape to finish the edges and provide a pop of color.

3. Boho Skirt

There are lots of ways to change your jeans from pants to a skirt. The biggest challenge is dealing with the curve of the crotch seam. Make sure you either cut the legs off high enough to avoid this, or that you change the line of the seam to allow it to lie flat. The easiest way to transform your jeans into a skirt is to cut them off just below the bottom of the zipper, being sure to keep the front and back pockets. You may have to adjust the length of your skirt in the back to account for the depth of the pockets—or you can create a hi-lo skirt! To the bottom of your newly cut jeans, stitch a panel of loosely gathered fabric. Cotton voile is great because it's so lightweight and breezy, but you may need a couple layers as it can be semi-transparent.

4. Frayed Denim Flowers

Bits of leftover denim are perfect for making these shabby-chic embellishments. Trace the outline of a simple flower onto several piece of denim. Stitch around the outline—brightly colored thread makes for an excellent design feature here. Cut the flowers out, leaving extra space the edges, then snip into this space to create a fringed edge and encourage the denim to fray up to the stitch line. Layer these flower pieces together, and stitch together, adding a button for the center. Add your denim flowers to all kinds of projects, from headbands to purses to pillows!

5. Jeans Pocket Coin Purse

Not looking to make your jeans into something wearable? How about turning one of the back pockets into an easy coin purse? It's as simple as adding a clasp to the top of the pocket, or a zipper, if you prefer. It's also a great excuse to try out all those embellishment techniques you've been eyeing, from rivets to rhinestones and everything in between!

6. Market Bags

There's a surprising amount of fabric in a pair of blue jeans, and even a bit worn and frayed, it's quite sturdy, perfect for whipping up some bags to take grocery shopping or to the farmers' market. For optimal fill-ability, add a gusset to help the bag stand open, like this version.

7. Denim Cuff Bracelets

Another great scrap busting project for those leftover bits of denim. All you need is a length of denim long enough to go around your wrist, with a bit extra for overlap, and your closure method of choice. Everything from snaps to buttons to leather lacing, or even findings meant for making ribbon jewelry. All that's left is to embellish to suit your personal style.

8. Keepsake Quilt

Despite its reputation as a workhorse of a fabric, denim can also be quite homey and comfortable. Save up squares of denim to make a beautiful patchwork quilt top. You can even include jeans pockets or existing embellishments on some of the squares to remind you of the jeans that make up the quilt. Remember to use a denim needle in your sewing machine when working on this project, and slow down when crossing over bulky seams.

9. Pocket Placemats

Heading out for a picnic? Turn old jeans into convenient placemats! Cut rectangles of denim to the size required, and pair with a second rectangle of backing fabric for color (red gingham, anyone?). With right sides together, stitch the two rectangles around the edges, leaving a gap to turn the placemat right side out. Clip corners, turn, and press. Top stitch around the edges (this will also close the gap where you turned the placemat). Cut one of the back pockets from your old jeans, and apply it to the placemat, stitching slowly through the layers. When you're packing for your picnic, you can tuck a napkin and silverware into each pocket, roll up the placemat, and store the whole thing in your basket!

10. Scrappy Ornaments

Since denim will fray, but not too much, it's an ideal material for shabby chic holiday ornaments. You can even get the kids involved with helping to cut and stitch them together! Just make sure to do any heavy duty stitching yourself, as denim can be too tough for little hands. Check out this resource for some ideas!

11. Denim Coil Coasters

Think denim rug, but in miniature! Rather than braiding up a lumpy coaster to protect your tables from water stains, though, these dainty coiled coasters rely on your sewing machine and some thin cotton cord. Cut strips of denim with no seams, and use them to wrap around ¼" cotton cord. Using a denim needle and heavy thread, set your sewing machine to a zig-zag stitch and start coiling up the denim-wrapped cord, joining each loop to the last with the zig and zag of your stitches. Keep going until your coaster reaches the desired size, then back stitch and trim the cord and leftover denim close. Ta da! A set of these stylish coasters also makes a great gift.

12. Outdoor Cushions

Tough and washable, denim holds up well to the elements. Turning your old jeans into comfy cushions for your outdoor furniture is a great use of material! It can be as easy as cutting off the legs and stitching the ends closed to make bolster pillows. Opt for a lightweight synthetic fill, as this will dry faster and is less likely to mold or mildew if the cushions get caught in a rainstorm. Try to keep the cushions out of constant direct sunlight; this will prevent the color from fading too quickly, and help keep the fibers from breaking down due to sun damage.

13. Easy Appliques

Another way to take advantage of denim's beautiful fraying? Cut it into shapes for raw-edged applique! You can even layer fabrics together and use existing holes or wear in the denim to create peek-through or reverse applique. A perfect technique for visible mending or shabby-chic embellishment on all kinds of projects.

14. Pet Toys

Denim holds up well to Fido's teeth or kitty's claws. Braid strips together into chew toys for dogs, or cut out shapes, stitch, and stuff to make quick and easy cat toys. As with all pet toys, make sure to supervise your pets, and remove toys that become damaged. These can easily be choking hazards, especially for dogs that try to eat their toys instead of just chewing on them!

15. Kitchen Hot Pads

Yet another use for those handy back pockets! Cut the pockets free and set aside for later use. Cut two rectangles of denim about eight inches wide and 18 inches long—the precise measurements will depend on your personal preference. Sandwich a piece of cotton batting with these rectangles and secure using your prefered basting method, such as safety pins, basting spray, or hand basting. Always use cotton batting or a synthetic that's rated for high heat so there's no risk of melting. Quilt your sandwich in your preferred pattern (straight lines work just fine if you're not looking for something decorative!), and bind the edges. Stitch the jeans pockets at either end of the quilted hot pad with the openings facing toward the middle. Slide one hand into each and you can handle any hot dishes with ease!


Top 40 Sewing Projects for Beginners

Sewing Projects for Beginner

So you’ve decided to try your hand at sewing?

Hooray! Welcome to a world of crafting and handmade possibilities!

A lot of people are intimidated by the prospect of sewing, but it’s easier than it looks. It just takes practice (and patience). But, once you complete your first project, you’ll want to keep making new ones and learning new tips and tricks. Don’t be afraid to start!

You will make mistakes. 
You’ll rip out stitches. 
You’ll get frustrated. 

But keep at it. It’s a great skill to know, and there’s an unending library of tutorials, patterns and instructional out there so you can learn to make just about anything you want.
To get you started, we’ve assembled a list of the Top 40 Sewing Projects for Beginners for you to peruse and start creating!

For the Home

These ideas will allow you to make items that you can use in your very own home. Start practicing humbly receiving praise from guests. “Why, yes, I did make that myself!” Good job.

Curtains

That’s right, let’s start at the beginning. Curtains are the foundation of any DIY home decorator’s handbook. Not only are they functionally necessary (hello, privacy!), they add decor to any room. All you really need to know how to do is hem an edge, and then choose where to go from there. This tutorial will show you how to make back tab curtains, but with grommets, Roman shades, valances, cafe curtains, etc., there are so many possibilities!

Throw Pillow

The throw pillow is one of the projects we all learned to make in seventh grade Home Ec (when that was still a thing). The grown-up version is chic and will tie your room together expertly. This Big Oak Tree will tell you how to turn your fave fabrics into comfy pillows so you can customize your room’s color pop.

Envelope Pillow Case

Want to recover an existing pillow? This tutorial has got you….covered. The envelope pillow case is super simple and requires no zippers, snaps or buttons. Simply sew and slip a pillow inside, and you’re done! It’s a quick and easy way to create custom pillows for even the beginner-ist of sewers.

Seat Cushion

Don’t let sitting on hard, uncomfortable chairs be a pain! Make these cute and easy seat cushions in a few simple steps. These would be great for dining room or patio furniture, or to take along when you’re going to be sitting at outdoor events or on the ground. Make them matchy, or out of a few different coordinating fabrics to mix it up!

Cloth Napkins

You don’t have to spend a fortune to have fancy cloth napkins. Up your entertaining game with these DIY cloth napkins. They’re even reversible so you can choose which side you want to display. You can use this same idea and adjust the size to make placemats and table runners too!

Skillet Handle Cover

Don’t burn those crafty hands on a skillet handle! Preserve those bad boys for future creations by making these handy dandy skillet handle covers. These also make great little housewarming gifts. Attach a tag that says, “To keep your house warm and your hands cool.”

Easy Apron

While you’re working in the kitchen, you might as well have an apron to make things easier. This one from Creative Green Living is simple to make out of fat fabric quarters. It protects you from stains and splashes, and even includes a pocket to hold a towel, or your phone, or snacks (let’s all be honest).

Fabric Bins

These little storage bins are so cute are wonderful for keeping things organized around the house. They’re also a great way to learn how to make and insert lining into a project. Birch fabrics is going to give you an easy-to-follow breakdown on how to make these stackable bins!

Snack Bags

Never run out of resealable snack bags again! These snack bags are easy to make and so convenient for taking snacks on the go. They’re made with oilcloth or laminated fabric (available in fabric stores), so you can easily wipe them out or hand wash them and use them over and over! Jamielyn at I Heart Naptime will show you how to make some of your very own.

Blankets

Create your own comfort, or give the gift of coziness, with these easy ideas for blankets and quilts!

Receiving Blanket

Make your own custom receiving blankets, or make a bunch and give them as a shower gift with your own personalized clothing label. They’re super easy to sew, and flannel is inexpensive and comes in a ton of cute patterns. Little House Living has a tutorial that will show you how to make a blanket in just a few minutes.
Sewing Tip: Flannel shrinks up by about an inch after it’s washed and dried. If necessary, either factor that into your pattern and buy a little extra yardage. Or, prewash flannel fabric before cutting your pattern. If it’s for a baby blanket, wash with gentle, baby-safe detergent.

Minky Blanket

For the ultimate cozy blanket, you can’t beat minky for softness and snuggle factor. This instructional will show you exactly how to create a double sided blanket that is sure to become your child’s favorite blanky. They make great baby shower gifts as well. You can also adjust this pattern to make a bigger, adult-sized blanket so you can wrap yourself in cuddly greatness!

Beginner Quilt

That’s right, even if you’ve just started sewing, you too can create a quilt! Quilts may look complicated, but they’re actually simple once you break it down in simple steps. Amy at Diary of a Quilter has outlined the entire process for you start to finish in her Beginning Quilting Series. Once you learn the basics, you can branch out and start experimenting with other patterns to create your own quilted masterpieces!

For Baby/Kids

There are so many fun items and accessories out there that you can create for your own children or to give away as a handmade shower gift. Here are some great projects to make for the littles in your life!

Hooded Towel

This cozy hooded towel is a great bathtime or poolside companion to wrap up your little ones and ward off shivers. Follow this tutorial to learn how to make one with a couple towels and a few simple cuts and stitches.

Toddler Leggings

Find out how to make little legging out of a pair of knee high socks with this ingenious post from How Does She. They’re so comfy and easy to make, you’ll be jealous there’s no adult-sized equivalent.

Elastic Belt

This belt can also be made for adults, but it’s great for kids. We all know clothes for kids aren’t one-size-fits-all, so these belts will help keep pants up while kids catch up. Since they’re made from elastic, they’re super comfortable, and the fish buckle makes putting on and taking off a cinch! Plus, they add a fun pop of color to any outfit.

Easy Clean Baby Bib

Craftaholics Anonymous brings you this simple bib pattern. Made from laminated fabric, it wipes down for easy clean up, and it includes a pocket to catch crumbs and spills. This pattern even comes with a free printable template. Once you see how easy it is to make these bibs, and how nicely they clean up, you’ll want to make a bunch to have on hand!

Burp Cloths

As long as we’re talking about having things on hand, any parent knows you can never have enough burp cloths, so you might as well make a bunch and stockpile them. Or, help out an expecting friend and give them a stack of these cute and easy-sew burp cloths from Chelsea at Life With My Littles.

Knot Bow Headband

Go into cuteness overdrive with this knot bow headband from Coral and Co. Made from soft, stretchy fabric, they’re comfortable for newborns, toddlers and kids to wear. You can make them from any stretch knit fabric, including repurposing an old shirt!

Accessories

We’ve got some great little pieces you can make and customize to express your own fab self and your newfound sewing skills!

Hair Bow

A cute and classic bow is totally trendy and adds the perfect touch to any outfit. This one from Momtastic is easy to make and can be attached to a hair clip or headband. Plus, it allows you to put those small fabric scraps to good use.

Hair bows

Sunglasses Case

Keep scratches off your sunnies with easy-to-make case. This is a great summer project for beginning sewers and gives you a stylish way to protect your sunglasses.

Turban Headband

Turban headbands are super popular and really help on those days when you want to rock a messy bun. Because they’re soft and stretchy, so they won’t put too much pressure on your head. Rebecca at Simple As That will show you how to make one of these truly simple and comfy headbands.

Chapstick Cozy

If you’ve ever fumbled in the depths of your purse searching out a small tube of chapstick, you’ll definitely want one of these cozies to keep it handy and easily findable. Because it includes a key ring, you can either add it to your keys or attach it somewhere on your purse such as the ring for your purse strap. Never fumble again!

Camera Strap

You’ve probably seen one of these cute camera straps on Pinterest or Etsy. Well, now you can make one of your own with this tutorial from Everything Etsy. Not only does it add a little cushion to the strap which makes it more comfortable to wear, it also brings a bit of style to your camera game.

Fabric Headband

These headbands are easy to craft, super comfortable, and they’re reversible, so you get two headbands in one! They make the perfect workout companion or everyday accessory for keeping strands out of your face without sacrificing style or comfort.

Bags and Purses

Create some satchels to haul all your stuff and keep it organized with these patterns for bags and purses.

Tote Bag

There are endless uses for a good tote bag, and you can never have too many to stash everywhere and carry all your goods. Make your own sturdy, reusable totes so you can be Earth-friendly and crafty at the same time!

Reversible Messenger Bag

A great beginning sewing project, this messenger bag is so versatile and can be made from a variety of fabrics. This pattern includes a printable template for easy cutting, and the bag is reversible, so you get two bags in one!

Wallet/Gift Card Holder

As long as you’re making a purse, you might as well make a wallet to go in it.  This one also makes a cute gift card holder and a great addition if you’re giving someone a card as a gift.
Sewing Tip: Don’t be intimidated by the fact that this pattern includes iron-on fusible interfacing. It can be purchased at any craft store, and is a good step to learn for future patterns and projects.

Pillowcase Drawstring Bag

A drawstring backpack is an effortless satchel that is easily constructed and easy to carry. This sewing instruction breakdown will show you a step-by-step so you can make your own backpack!

iPad Case

Make a case to protect your iPad while traveling or just so you know it’s safely tucked away while you’re at home. This case from Oh So Lovely Vintage is really cute and is made from soft felt. It requires minimal sewing, so it’s a geat starter project if you’re just sitting down in front of a sewing machine for the first time.

Beauty

Here’s a couple little pieces to add to your beauty arsenal to make organizing and beautifying easier.

Hot/Cold Pack

This lovely mask can be filled with rice, flax seeds, millet or buckwheat and calming essential oils to soothe tired eyes. This pattern is for an eye mask, but this pack can be made larger to use on your neck, shoulders, or anywhere! Store it in the freezer to depuff sleepy eyes or calm inflammation. Or, you can warm it up in the microwave for a bit to treat sore muscles. Either way, these packs are great to have around, and they’re so easy to make!

Beauty Bag

Don’t let your makeup and toiletries go asunder, keep them together in this cute and simple beauty bag. This project is also a good and simple introduction to installing zippers. There’s a good trick for easily sewing in a zipper here.

Brush Roll

When you’re traveling, keep your makeup brushes all in one place with this brush roll from Momtastic. Little slots make sure your brushes are organized, and the foldover flap keeps them protected from getting damaged or lost. Make this roll your travel companion next time you go out and about.

Clothing

One of the best parts of knowing how to sew is making your own clothes! Say goodbye to those just-don’t-fit-right closet outcasts and hello to custom made pieces tailored to your fit, your form and your style!

Pajama Pants

Let’s start at sewing 101. If you’ve ever taken a basic sewing class, chances are you made pajama pants as a final project. And why not? Everyone loves a pair of comfy pants to lounge around in. This tutorial is going to show you the steps to make your own pair so you can have all the cozies.

Simple Skirt

Another in the roster of good, basic sewing projects, the simple skirt is one to know. You’ll learn how to hem and create a stretch elastic waist, and you get a cute and comfy skirt out of it! This is a great step-by-step that will start with learning how to measure yourself for the pattern and take you all the way through the last stitch of making this adorable skirt!

Pencil Skirt

Once you’ve got the simple skirt down, try your hand at a fitted pencil skirt. This skirt is made from soft, stretch fabric so it’s really comfortable, not binding. These instructions make it super simple and show you how to create your own pattern custom fitted to you.

Tank Top

This super cute tank top is made from an old t-shirt. Hooray for upcycling! Follow the tutorial to turn your tee into a tank in a few easy steps so you can rescue an old shirt and turn it into something fabulous!

Tank top with hat

Maxi Skirt

A maxi skirt works in all seasons and almost all occasions. With this how-to, you’ll be able to make one in every color so you can live in effortless style until the end of time.
Sewing Tip: Stretch fabrics can be tricky to sew on at first. Use a lot of pins to keep your edges from moving while you sew. To avoid puckered or wavy seams, make sure you’re not stretching your fabric as it moves through your sewing machine. Eventually, you might want to invest in a walking foot, which makes sewing stretch fabrics much easier.

Gym Shorts

These shorts are so cute, you might want to make both gym and non-gym pairs. Purl Soho gives you a template to make your cuts and directions for assembly. 

Kimono Top

This simple but stylish top would make a great summer bathing suit cover up, or a light layer for warm weather. Melissa from Polka Dot Chair shows you how to make this kimono top using a t- shirt to create your pattern. After you cut, you just have to hem all the edges and you’re done!

Infinity Scarf

So you want a scarf, but you don’t know how to knit or crochet? We’ve got you covered! These instructions will show you how to make one out of a light and comfy knit fabric so you can stay warm and cozy with just a few trims and stitches!

There you have it, our list of projects for beginning sewers and crafters. We hope you’ve found inspiration that will get you excited to start sewing and hand making your own items. You’re sure to find something with so many options.

Or, should we say, SEW many options!

Which one will you make first? What are some of your favorite beginner sewing projects?


19 Things to Sew for a Baby

Things to Sew for a Baby

Sewing for babies is so much fun! Everything is so soft and tiny and adorable—who could resist? Plus given how quickly they outgrow everything, and the ease with which they make a mess, parents always appreciate having spares on hand. If you're planning on attending a baby shower or two in the near future, or expecting your own little bundle of joy, check out these ideas for some fun sewing projects perfect for baby.

1. Hooded Bath Towel

Some babies love bath time. Others...not so much. Turning a towel into a hooded wrap for post-bath snuggles can make the whole experience a little less traumatic for everyone involved. For extra softness, line the towel with absorbent cotton flannel—avoid polar fleece, as it's typically made from synthetic fibers and repels water.

2. Baby Headbands

Who hasn't seen the adorable newborn photos of sleeping babies wearing headbands? The perfect accessory for little ones who still spend most of their time swaddled or in sleep sacks. Make sure you choose soft, flexible fabrics that are comfortable for baby. Here's a tutorial on how to make a simple knotted baby headband!

3. Car Seat cover

Babies shouldn't wear anything bulky that can interfere with the fit of their car seat restraints, but the winter cold can be bitter without some extra cover. Plus, when baby finally falls asleep, it's good to keep out as many disturbances as possible. A simple car seat cover fits the bill perfectly, and they're so easy to make, especially if you have access to the car seat to measure for just the right fit.

4. Pacifier Clips

For parents that use pacifiers, retrieving and keeping track of them is half the battle. Save them the headache with simple pacifier clips! One end clips lightly to baby's clothing, and the other attaches to the pacifier. No more wrangling in the back seat of the car to find a lost pacifier, no more tearful breakdowns at the store when the pacifier falls unnoticed.

5. Heirloom Quilt

This is a special gift that a family can cherish for generations. Gather up special fabrics to represent family members, like clippings from old work uniforms, snips from bridal gowns, or baby clothes from siblings. Combined with quilting cottons in a simple patchwork pattern, these can form the basis for a truly special quilt. Embroider with the new baby's name and birthday, or add a printed tag with the information so it can be passed down through the generations.

6. Sleep Sack

Warm and comfy, but safe for sleeping babies, a sleep sack is a great alternative to blankets, which can pose a serious suffocation risk. There are lots of designs out there, including those with sleeves and without, those that leave the feet free, and those that keep them covered, and even some that include features like tiny weights (think weighted blanket style). Whether you're making a warm fleece version with a mermaid tail or a soft style that avoids zippers, there's something for every baby!

7. Bibs...Lots of Bibs!

Meal time or play time, it's always time for a bib! Help keep those tiny adorable outfits clean for just a little longer, and provide a whole range of fun and funny baby bibs for the new arrival! These are a great stash-busting project and a great opportunity to practice new and different techniques, like bias binding, machine or hand embroidery, heat-set vinyl embellishments, fabric piecing, and more!

8. Soft Toys

A cute teddy bear, a soft bunny lovie with knotted ears for chewing while teething, or a stackable set of fabric blocks—the possibilities for sewing baby toys are just about limitless! Make sure that the toys are age appropriate (nothing too fiddly or delicate for little ones) and that there aren't any pieces that could possibly come off and pose a choking hazard, especially things like stuffed animal eyes and noses, buttons, tags, or other accessories.

9. Baby Sling

"Babywearing" isn't just a trend—it's been a cultural staple for millenia. What better way to keep baby close by and have your hands free? There are lots of different sling styles, and the right one for you will depend on everything from baby's size to your own personal style. Some designs use heavy knit fabrics that stretch to conform to baby's shape, but these are quickly outgrown as the baby gets heavier. For maximum adjustability, opt for a design that features rings as the fasteners. Just loop the other end of the sling through the rings, and you're ready to go.

10. Personalized Onesies

These are sure to be a hit at any baby shower! Use applique, heat-set vinyl, or embroidery to add fun sayings or shapes to onesies in a range of sizes to grow with baby. Get creative, playing off the parents' senses of humor and favorite styles. You can also embellish in other ways, adding skirts, sleeves, ruffles, and more to turn a basic onesie into something handmade and special.

11. Diaper Bag

New parents will quickly learn that they're never going anywhere without a diaper bag stuffed with all the necessities. A spacious bag with an adjustable shoulder strap is a great way to go. Line with vinyl to make wiping up spilled snacks and other messes a breeze, while a gusseted base lets the bag stand open for easy filling.

12. Hats and Bonnets

From fun in the sun to a day in the snow, there's a hat for every occasion. For winter, polar fleece is a great option, as it's soft and warm, with enough stretch to be comfortable to a growing baby. In the summer, opt for lightweight cotton and use interfacing to create a stiffened brim that can keep the sun out of little eyes.

13. Play Mats

Not only does a play mat protect baby from anything on the ground (and protect carpets and floors from baby!), but it also gives you a great opportunity to build in some fun activities. Create a patchwork of different textures for baby to explore, from fluffy minky to smooth satin. Felt shapes appliqued to the mat are great for story time. You can even add removable items, like teething rings or other toys—just make sure to carefully consider your method of attaching them, as buttons may come loose and pose a choking hazard, and ribbons or ties can get tangled around baby's little limbs and cut off circulation.

14. Burp Cloths

A new parent's best friend! Make these from soft, absorbent fabrics like cotton flannel. A kidney-bean shape tends to work best, as it stays positioned on the shoulder without sliding forward or back. Use at least two layers for a thicker, more absorbent cloth, and make sure to be generous in your sizing. The new parents will thank you.

15. Felt Mobile

This is a project baby's older brothers and sisters can help with! Felt shapes are ideal for learning how to sew, as the fabric won't fray and is soft enough to easily stitch by hand. Cut felt shapes for animals, flowers, trees, stars, or whatever seems to suit the personality of the new baby and their family. Layer the shapes together to add features, like the stripes on a zebra, the leaves on a tree or the tail of a shooting star, and stitch in place. Apply fine details with embroidery thread or fabric markers.

16. Changing Pad

Turn any surface into a changing table with a waterproof changing pad. The vinyl lining easily wipes clean and can be sprayed to sanitize. Add pockets for keeping spare diapers, wipes, and a change of clothes close at hand, and a strap that allows you to roll or fold the whole thing up and securely fasten it closed.

17. Baby Leggings

Stretchy and easy to get on, these quick leggings make getting dressed a breeze...or at least less of a battle. Use knit material for optimal stretch, and wide, soft elastic for the waistband. If you don't have a serger, switch out your regular presser foot for a walking foot, and set your sewing machine to a stretch stitch or zig-zag. This will maintain the elasticity of the knit material and keep your seems from getting wavy and misshapen.

18. Shopping Cart Cover

Hitting the grocery store with baby? Bring along a shopping cart cover to keep baby comfortable and entertained while riding in the cart seat. At its most basic, the cover provides some warmth and softness, but it also provides a spot to anchor a pacifier clip, or use similar clips to attach small toys and items to keep baby's attention while you get the weekly shopping done.

19. Baby Slippers

Who can resist the adorable tiny-ness of baby shoes? Soft slippers are easy to make from all kinds of different fabric, from felt to polar fleece to lined canvas. For the best fit, trace the outline of baby's foot onto a piece of paper. Be sure to add room to grow and your seam allowance before cutting out your fabric.


17 Easy Back-To-School Sewing Projects

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Needle and thread?: Double check. It`s time to head back to school, and we`ve got some fun sewing projects to help you get ready.

  • Hand-printed Backpack

This design combines stenciled clouds and rainbow straps for an all-weather bag.

  • Quilted Laptop Case

Perfect for older students with papers to write and research to do. Protect those laptops with a quilted case.

  • Insulated Lunch Sack

No one else in the lunchroom will have a bag this unique! This version is insulated, water- and spill-proof, and totally adorable!

  • Quick and Easy Pencil Case

Got 15 minutes, a zipper, and some fabric? You've got everything you need to whip together this pencil pouch.

  • Reusable Sandwich Bags

Made from laminated cotton and sturdy canvas, these bags hold up to repeated use.

  • Custom Fabric Notebooks

A great way to use up scrap fabric while making a one-of-a-kind notebook perfect for keeping track of homework and projects.

  • Water Bottle Tote

Great for after-school practices, help kids stay hydrated with a cute water bottle cover.

  • ID Card Keychain

Help your kids keep track of their school ID cards or other important information with these monogrammed keychains.

  • Pillow Case Duffel

Made from a pair of printed pillowcases, this duffel is great for sleepovers or gym class.

  • Art Smock

Whip up an easy art smock to spare those brand new school clothes you just bought.

  • Homework Chair Bag

Keep homework from migrating all over the house with this handy chair bag for books and folders.

  • Roll-up Organizer

Pencils, pens, scissors, and more all have a place in this roll-up organizer made from a simple tea towel.

  • Felt Pencil Toppers

These forest friend inspired pencil toppers are a great back-to-school project kids can make themselves.

  • Scrap Fabric Bookmarks

Keep track of all those reading assignments with easy bookmarks made from fabric scraps.

  • Roll-up Nap Mat

For preschoolers or kids heading out to a sleepover, this roll-up nap mat is both convenient and adorable.

  • Change Purse

It's not always easy keeping track of that lunch money. This zippered coin purse takes away the guesswork.

  • Pocket Tissue Pouch

Send them off with everything they might need, including a pack of tissues in this easy-to-sew tissue pouch.


18 DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

18 DIY Halloween Costumes

For kids, the best part of Halloween—besides all the candy, that is—is dressing up in fun, spooky, creative costumes! While you could go in for a store-bought costume, why not have some fun with your kids and create a DIY version with your own printed label? Check out these easy ideas for the perfect handmade costume, even at the last minute!

1. A Fluffy Poodle

A few accessories are all you'll need for this quick and easy costume. Create fluffy wrist and ankle cuffs with faux fur or feather boas stitched or glued to wide elastic. More faux fur (or feathers) can be used to create the poodle's ears, which can be attached to a headband or hat, if the Halloween weather looks cold. Cut a strip of felt for a tail, again adding your preferred fluffy material to create a poodle-like look, complete with a pom-pom on the end of the tail. Stitch or glue the tail to a ribbon your trick-or-treater can wear as a belt. Finish off the costume with white sweatpants and sweatshirt and puppy dog facepaint.

2. Cuddly Monster

Start with coordinating sweatpants and a hooded sweatshirt in your choice of color. Add tufts of colorful faux fur in a random spread, interspersed with irregularly shaped patches of felt to create a patchy monster hide. On the hood of the sweatshirt, glue ping-pong balls with pupils drawn on to be the monster's eyes.

3. Rainbow Unicorn

Unicorns are a Halloween classic! Use air-dry clay to create a colorful horn and attach it to a headband. A tulle tutu skirt with a white shirt and leggings completes the look. To make the tutu, cut strips of tulle about four inches wide and knot it around a loop of elastic or ribbon, alternating colors as you go. For more tips on making tutu skirts, check out this handy tutorial.

4. A Pink Flamingo

With fluffy feather boas, pink leggings, and a pink long-sleeved shirt, you've got almost all you'll need to create a quirky flamingo costume. Stitch or glue the boas to the bottom half of the shirt, winding them up the side and around one sleeve to form the neck of the flamingo. Add some googly eyes and a hooked felt beak to the cuff of the sleeve, and you're ready to go!

5. The Walking Raincloud

There are lots of version of this costume, but they all have one thing in common: a repurposed umbrella! Covered with fluffy batting and strung with paper raindrops or crystal beads hanging from fishing line, your trick-or-treater can wear stormy grey to blend in, or brighten things up by wearing rainbow stripes.

6. Octopus

This costume requires four pairs of knee socks, the more colorful the better. Match them with a coordinating pair of leggings and a sweatshirt. Stuff three pairs of socks with fiber and stitch them to the hem of the sweatshirt. With the fourth pair of socks drawn on over the leggings, your trick-or-treater becomes an eight-legged octopus!

7. A Budding Artist

This one is as much fun to make as it is to wear! Cut out a palette shaped piece of cardboard, and add dollops of acrylic paint. Let it dry thoroughly. Meanwhile, take an apron, coverall, or old set of clothes, and go to town with the paint! Drips, splashes, smears, and splatters are the perfect complement for your young artist. Wielding a paintbrush and palette, he or she is ready for the costume parade!

8. The Sweetest Skunk You'll Ever See

Here's one costume that definitely doesn't stink! It's also almost ridiculously easy. All you'll need is a black, hooded tracksuit and three feather or marabou boas, two white, one black. Use glue or stitching to attach the boas down the back of the hood all the way to the hem of the shirt. Let the excess trail off to form a tail, using black thread to tie the three boas together. Add a wrist loop made of elastic cord at the end to keep the tail from dragging on the ground.

9. Ice Cream Oops

This is the perfect quirky costume for a one-of-a-kind kid. Start with a long shirt or dress and cover it with fluffy batting and stuffing so that it resembles a melting scoop of ice cream. Use spray paint to tinge it the appropriate color, and add felt sprinkles. For the final touch, make a cone of brown kraft paper to wear as a hat, and voila! A spilled ice cream cone that won't disappoint.

10. A (Not So) Spooky Spider

Like the octopus costume, this one relies on stuffed knee socks for extra appendages. Start with two pairs of black knee socks and a black tracksuit, with or without a hood. Stuff the socks and stitch them to the sides of the shirt below the sleeves. Stitch a string to the cuff of the shirt and knot it to the tips of the extra legs. This will let them move whenever the sleeves do. If the tracksuit has a hood, add six googly eyes. Alternatively, they can be added to a hat.

11. The Little Bad Wolf

This is a great sewing project for someone ready for more advanced materials and techniques. Create a simple hood from faux fur. It's best to line it with fleece, flannel, or another soft fabric since the backing of faux fur can be scratchy. Add ears to your hood and attach it to the neck of a grey sweatshirt. Embellish the sweatshirt with more fur at the cuffs and on the chest. A furry tail and grey sweatpants complete the look.

12. Caped Crusaders

Whether your kids have favorite superheroes already, or love to make up their own, a cape helps sets the scene for leaping tall buildings, outracing speeding bullets, and collecting candy from all the neighbors! For a quick and simple cape, use a length of fabric cut to the desired length of your cape. Hem the sides and bottom, then fold the top over one inch and stitch. This creates a casing for a drawstring. Thread a ribbon or cord through the casing and the cloak is ready to tie on and wear.

13. Fierce Viking

Layer accessories over a base of black pants and a long, tunic-style shirt. A vest made of faux fur or rough felt sets the scene; belt it with rope or a strip of fabric. Furry leg warmers tied with leather shoelaces resemble handmade boots. A store-bought horned helmet is a nice finishing touch, but If you really want to go all-out, a thick bushy beard made of yarn is a showstopper.

14. Scarecrow Costume

A great project for getting rid of some of those bits of scrap fabric lurking around your sewing space. Check local thrift stores for a pair of overalls and a flannel shirt. Stitch on patches of different fabrics for a raggedy look. To mimic straw, glue lengths of raffia to trail out of pockets and shirt cuffs. A straw hat and scarecrow makeup completes the look.

15. Mommy's Little Mummy

The only fabric you'll need for this is plain unbleached muslin. Start with a pale tracksuit and several yards of muslin. Using scissors to start a tear, rip the muslin into strips two to four inches wide. Use fabric glue to attach the end of each strip to the tracksuit and wind them mummy-style around the suit. This is easiest to do with your child wearing the tracksuit. Use safety pins to hold the glued ends in place while you work.

16. Busy Little Bee

For crafty costumers, this is a quick and easy costume with very little sewing. With using black felt or fabric paint, add black stripes to a yellow shirt. Coiled chenille pipe cleaners with pom-poms glued to the ends make adorable antennae when attached to a headband. For wings, turn to an unexpected material for a nifty translucent effect: bubblewrap! Cut into wing shapes, they can be stitched or safety-pinned to the back of the shirt. Worn with black pants, your busy bee is is ready for a night of trick-or-treating!

17. A Pack of Colored Pencils

This is a great group costume, and is easy enough to put together in just a few minutes. Each participant wears an outfit in his or her color of choice, dressed head to toe in one color. Cut large circles from brown kraft paper or poster board, then cut each circle in half. Coil these half-circles into cone-shaped hats, securing them with glue or staples and adding elastic chin-straps if necessary. Paint the tips of the hats to match the outfit of the wearer, let dry, and you're ready to go!

18. Beautiful Butterfly

Another easy costume great for last-minute creativity! All you'll need is a black tracksuit, a sheet of black felt as wide as your child's arm span, and colorful felt to attach. Fold the black felt in half and trace a buttterfly wing shape. Cut it out with the center on the fold, and you have your basic wings! Decorate them by gluing or sewing on colorful felt shapes, either to mimic a favorite type of butterfly, or to create something unique. When the wings are done, tack them to the sleeves of the tracksuit at the wrist, elbow, and shoulder, and add reinforcing stitches at the center. A headband with pipe cleaner antennae completes this metamorphosis.


16 Valentine's Day Sewing Projects

16 Valentine's Day Sewing Projects

The best valentines are made with love, so what could be better than a hand-stitched gift? If you're planning on sewing something for your Valentine, check out these fun ideas for unique projects they're sure to love!

  • Love Notes Pillow

Whether you're leaving cute notes for the kids or something heartfelt for your significant other, these cute pillows are an adorable Valentine's Day touch. Simply stitch a felt heart onto a pillow of your choice, leaving the top open to create a pocket for your notes. If you prefer to use a woven fabric, be sure to line it to avoid leaving raw edges exposed.

  • Heart-Shaped Handwarmers

Nothing says "I Love You" like these toasty little pocket warmers! Stitch palm-sized, heart-shaped bags from scraps of cotton fabric and fill with rice. Once stitched closed, they can be microwaved to heat them up. Got kids? In the summer, pop these pouches in the freezer for flexible cold packs that are perfect for skinned knees or bug bites.

  • Valentine`s Mug Rugs

Another great scrap-busting project, this is a great way to practice fabric piecing techniques and quilting patterns without committing to something large-scale. Paper-piecing is an excellent way to create these heart-shaped mini-quilts. Add candy-heart-style embroidered words like BE MINE" or "LOVE YOU' for an extra-sweet touch.

  • Festive Bunting

You've got several options for creating Valentine's Day themed bunting. Pick up a pack of color-coordinated quilting cottons and go with the traditional triangular flag shape, or really go all out and create heart-shaped flags. Use grosgrain ribbon or bias tape as a base for your bunting, stitching on your flags at regular intervals.

  • Shabby Chic Valentine Hearts

Once, "Valentines" weren't just paper cards exchanged by schoolchildren and couples. They included small gifts and tokens, like a posy of flowers, a length of ribbon, or a lacy hand-stitched ornament like these adorable hearts. Vintage touches like eyelet lace, ribbon embroidery, and scraps of beautiful velvet, satin, and fine cotton make them heirlooms to treasure.

  • Fabric Envelopes

These keepsake envelopes are perfect not only for presenting your Valentine with a special card or letter, but they're also an adorable way to keep those special momentos safe for years to come.

  • Felted Heart Elbow Patches

Add a little holiday flair to a sweater or cardigan with this (technically no-sew) project! You'll need felting needles and a block of dense foam rubber, plus combed wool in your choice of color and a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Put on the sweater to mark the points of your elbows, then remove it and tuck your block of foam inside the sleeve, centering your cookie cutter on the point you marked. Fill the shape with tufts of wool and felt them into place by stabbing straight down through the wool with your felting needles. Ta da! Heart-shaped elbow patches.

  • Patchwork Table Runner

Got a special meal planned for Valentine's Day? Add a homey touch with a pretty patchwork table runner. Simple half-square triangles make easy heart shapes if you're new to piecework, but you can also get creative and use your favorite quilt blocks and patterns…

  • Embroidered Love Notes

This is a particularly sweet gesture that can turn into art you display year round. Whether you choose classic love letters or poems, or if you've shared your own words over the years, stitching and framing those words makes for a beautiful and meaningful Valentine's Day gift.

  • XOXO Applique

With appliqued hearts standing in for the O's, this is a great project for embellishing ready-to-wear clothes or bags, especially if you're pressed for time, or just introducing a new sewist to the tricks of embroidery and applique.

  • Embellished Zipper Pouch

Whip up a simple zippered pouch and go wild with the sequins, beading, and trims for something extra special. Stick to the traditional Valentine's Day color pallette, or go upscale with black and white with touches of pink or red.

  • Somebunny Loves You

Stuffed animal friends are a great way of showing the kids in your life how much you care, especially when they're handmade! While teddy bears may be traditional, think outside the box with bunnies made from brightly colored scrap fabric.

  • Cupid`s Messenger Bag

An easy messenger bag gets a Valentine's day makeover with the help of some love struck heart and arrow embroidery. Make your own bag or opt for dressing up one already in your closet.

  • Blanket-Stitched Felt Valentines

For a handmade Valentine the kids will love making, cut heart shapes from different colors of sturdy felt. Use yarn or bright embroidery floss to blanket stitch around the edges, then stack them together in decreasing size and stitch through the center for a layered look.

  • Sewn Paper Surprise Valentines

Use fun printed papers to sew these surprise valentines. Tuck confetti, treats, and a tiny Valentine card inside heart-shaped paper pouches before stitching them closed, either by hand or with your sewing machine. To reveal the surprise, simply tear them open!

  • Rose Sachets

These Valentines pull double duty as keepsakes and gifts in one. Stuff them full of of petals from the significant bouquets in your life— wedding, anniversary, other special occasions—and embroider them with the date for a special memento to treasure.


17 Sewing Projects Using Fabric Scraps

17 Sewing Projects Using Fabric Scraps

As a sewist, one of the first things you learn is that it's a hobby that generates a lot of scrap fabric, and that parting with those scraps is just about impossible. The trick is coming up with just the right scrap-busting projects to put all those scraps to good use. Here are just a few ideas to get you started!

  • Scrappy Pet Leash

Start by piecing together two strips of scraps and trimming them to your preferred width and length. Make sure to include seam allowance on both sides, then stitch both sides together, turn and press. A little topstitching not only serves to reinforce the leash, but provides a decorative touch. Attach a swivel clip, and Fido's ready for a stroll in style.

  • Quilted Letters

Baby toys are a great way to use up scrap fabrics, since they provide fun textures, shapes, and colors. Quilted shapes like letters and numbers make these toys educational as well as fun! Choose sturdy fabrics that wash well, and avoid anything with stitched on elements like sequins, buttons, or applique, as these can be a choking hazard.

  • Patchwork Cushions

If you're just getting into fabric piecing, patchwork cushions can be an excellent first project. Start with a simple block, like a nine-patch square, and choose scraps suitable to the project—sturdy fabrics like canvas, denim, and upholstery fabric for chair cushions, and lighter cottons and fashion fabrics for decorative throw pillows.

  • String Quilts

String quilts are made from narrow strips of fabric, like the selvedges cut from fabrics being prepared for other projects. The effect is quite striking, and they're much easier to make than they look! Cut a square of backing fabric (muslin, scrap cotton, or even old bedsheets work perfect), then decide what way you want your strips to run, either straight across or on the diagonal. Stitch down your strips until your block is covered, then trim the edges to match.

  • Roll-Up Checkerboard

Whether you use traditional black and white, or use squares of varied light and dark colors, all you need to create a fun, on-the-go checkerboard is a pieced fabric with 64 squares. Quilt by hand or by machine for a sturdy, washable finish. Add 16 buttons in light and dark shades to serve as checkers, and you're ready to play!

  • Personalized Wallets

These scrap-busting projects make excellent gifts. With a few tweaks to a basic pattern, you can create everything from plain billfolds to fancy wristlets. Add monogramming, appliques, and other details to turn them into one-of-a-kind works of art perfect for a special occasion, or for adding to your craft show inventory.

  • Not only is this a project that gets some of your scraps out of storage, it can even help you store the rest! Use your favorite piecing technique to create simple rectangular panels out of your scraps. Add stiff interfacing to help your basket keep its shape, then assemble. Add handles and a lining if you desire, and your basket is ready to help you get organized.
  • Rag Rugs

Wrap your scraps around a core of cotton cord, then, using heavy duty needle and thread and a zig-zag stitch, coil this colorful cord into a flat mat, stitching between rows of cord to join them together. Work slowly and carefully to avoid ripples in your rug. With practice, you can make rugs in different shapes, from perfectly round to elongated ovals and even hearts!

  • Fabric Accent Flowers

Made from brightly colored scraps, these are the perfect accent for cushions, headbands, scarves, and other projects. Different fabrics lend themselves to different types of blossoms. Experiment to see what works best for your scraps.

  • Contrasting Appliques

Combine piecing techniques and embroidery to create applique patches that are easy to add to any project. Use a tearaway backing, and add a heat-activated adhesive to turn your creations into iron-on patches.

  • Reversible Headbands

All you need for these simple accessories is a bit of scrap fabric and a bit of elastic to make for comfortable everyday wear. If you don't mind sacrificing reversibility, consider adding fun accents like fabric flowers.

  • Festive Garlands

No matter what the occasion, a strand of colorful bunting makes for a festive addition. Triangles of scrap fabric stitched into double-fold bias tape makes creating such bunting easy. Pink the edges of your triangles for a shabby-chic appearance, or stitch two layers together, turn and press for a reversible design.

  • Pincushions with Personality

While a standard, store-bought pincushion will, of course, get the job done, why not whip up something with a little more personality? Whether it's a felt cactus stored in a tiny terracotta pot, or a wristlet perfect for doing fittings, craft a cushion that speaks to you.

  • Colorful Hair Bows

A few stitches by hand is all you need to turn a scrap of fabric into an adorable hair accessory. Add a barrette clip, elastic band, or hairpin and you're ready to go!

  • Pet Toys

What cat or dog wouldn't love a fun new toy? For cats, stitch tiny fish or mice stuffed with polyfill and a pinch of catnip. Dogs need who love to chew need something a little tougher. Braid scrap denim into tough strands, knotting the ends for extra chewy texture. Always supervise your pets and take away any toys that are damaged before they pose a choking hazard.

  • Fabric Tassels

Tassels are once again having a moment. Whether as accents on a bag or scarf or decor around the house, you can easily turn scraps of fabric into unique tassels for all kinds of projects. Keep in mind that fabric scraps look best in medium to large tassels.

  • Quilted Potholders

What better way to practice your quilt blocks than with quick and easy potholders? Test out new designs and color combinations for piecing, and new techniques and shapes for the quilting. Make sure that all of your fabric scraps are heat-safe before using them in potholders.


12 Projects You Can Sew for Your Pet

12 Projects You Can Sew for Your Pet

You already sew fun things for all your friends and family with signature cotton label attached. Why not whip up a few projects for your favorite four-legged friends as well? From fun new toys to practical placemats, check out these nifty ideas for the purr-fect pet projects to sewlextra space in your sewing room—at least until you go fabric shopping again.

  • Upcycled Sweater Bed

Does your cat or dog love to snuggle with your clothes? Turn an old sweater or sweatshirt into a snuggly bed for them! Stitch the neck closed, then firmly stuff the arms and body. With the bed stuffed, stitch the bottom opening closed, then wrap the arms around the body and stitch the wrist openings together to create a bolster pillow. You can tack the bolster to the main part of the bed, or leave it loose, depending on what your pet prefers.

  • Catnip Toys

Cats need a lot of enrichment to keep their active minds busy (and to keep them from getting into trouble!). Catnip toys give them a chance to "hunt" without pouncing on your dining table in the middle of a meal. Use sturdy fabric like scraps of felt or denim to stand up to kitty's sharp claws, and fill each toy with a mix of fiber and dried catnip. Catnip alone tends to be messy if the fabric splits, but adding fiber helps trap the wayward bits and keeps the toy in commission a bit longer.

  • Pet Placemats

Keep your floors tidy with these handy placemats. Made with water-resistant vinyl or oilcloth, they easily wipe clean and keep spills contained. Make sure to use the appropriate type of needle when working with these fabrics, and to insert a new needle before starting your project.

  • Kitty Tent

Did you know cats can sleep up to 16 hours a day? Give them somewhere quiet and secluded to nap with a quick and easy tent! There are plenty of patterns available depending on your preference, ranging from upcycled t-shirts with hanger supports to fleecy caves that get their support from firm batting and stuffing.

  • Bow Ties

Whether it's for a special occasion or dapper daily wear, a bow tie is a special touch to add to your pup's look. Make a removable version that pops into place using a snap or hook-and-loop strips, or stitch your bow tie directly to the collar. You can make bow ties for cats too, but for safety, make sure to use breakaway collars that keep cats from accidentally injuring themselves as they climb and explore.

  • DIY Leashes

Did you know you can make your own leash? All you'll need is a length of nylon webbing, a swivel hook, and a heavy-duty needle and thread. Personalize your colors and styles--make different lengths for different pets, or even create split leashes for walking two dogs at once! Use a heat source, like a match or candle flame, to seal the end of the nylon and prevent fraying before you start to sew.

  • Agility Tunnel

Have you ever seen agility dog competitions? These canine pro-athletes race over ramps, slalom through poles, and zip through tunnels, all at top speed. You can make your own agility tunnel with lightweight material. Nylon works well, as it's both light and sturdy. Use soft supports like pool noodles staked to the ground to keep the tunnel from going flat while your pup runs through.

  • Dog Jacket

Your dog may have a fur coat, but depending on the weather, it isn't always the right attire for a trip outside! A waterproof jacket can help keep that wet dog smell out of your carpet and furniture, while a warm fleece coat makes winter trips outside much more pleasant for tiny pups who lose heat quickly in the cold.

  • Envelope Dog Bed

Is your dog a snuggler? For pups who love to burrow, an envelope dog bed is perfect! It's got a built-in blanket that keeps all the bedding in one place. Cut two rectangles of fabric in the size your dog will need for his bed. Fleece, denim, and sturdy cottons work well for this, as do upcycled fabrics like old towels! Cut a shorter rectangle and hem one end before sandwiching it between the other two pieces. Stitch around the edge, leaving a gap to stuff the bed. The middle rectangle becomes a blanket that your dog can burrow under whenever he wants.

  • Cat Hammock

This is a great project to donate to animal shelters, where cats often spend lots of time in cages without much in the way of comfort. Hammocks hung in cage corners give them a soft place to snuggle, plus a chance to move and stretch as they climb into and out of them. Even better, cats aren't the only animals that enjoy these hammocks! Ferrets and even some small dogs are also big fans.

  • Crate Cover

For crate-trained dogs, their crate is their own personal sanctuary, so make sure to give them some privacy with a crate cover. Sized to suit your own needs, many of these are designed with roll-up sides so your pup can catch a breeze on toasty days or enjoy the view while traveling in his crate. Be sure that any ties or hardware aren't dangling inside the crate, however, or they may quickly be chewed off!

  • Crinkle Toys

Cats love the sound of crinkling paper and plastic. You can make their day by creating toys that crinkle when pounced on! Just tuck a piece of sturdy brown paper, the kind grocery bags are made of, inside a stuffed toy. The stuffing gives the paper room to move and flex, creating that crinkling sound that cats find irresistible.


Christmas sewing projects Tutorials

Welcome to our Christmas sewing projects series, where we bring you delightful tutorials to infuse your festive season with handmade charm! From enchanting blanket trees to elegant table runners, whimsical sewing Christmas trees to timeless stockings, our tutorials will inspire your creativity and add a personal touch to your holiday décor. Get ready to embark on a crafting journey filled with warmth, joy, and the spirit of Christmas!

Christmas Tree Napkin Fold

Christmas Tree Napkin Fold

"It’s a great way to add a little holiday cheer to your table this season."

This simple napkin folding tutorial is super cute and can be completed in just a few minutes. We love that you can change the look and feel by which fabric you choose. Use a shimmering jacquard napkin for a luxe Christmas look or plaid for a laid back country feel! It’s a great way to add a little holiday cheer to your table this season.

We used a 20”x20” (50x50cm) cloth napkin but you could use a slightly smaller napkin too. It helps if the napkin isn’t wrinkled, so we gave ours a quick press.

Fold the napkin in half.

Christmas Tree Napkin Fold

Fold the napkin in half again, making sure the corners line up.

Christmas Tree Napkin Fold

Fold up each layer towards the top. Leave a little space at the top of each layer.

Christmas Tree Napkin Fold

Carefully flip the napkin over.

Christmas Tree Napkin Fold

Fold in the sides so that a triangle is formed at the top and the bottom.

Christmas Tree Napkin Fold

Christmas Tree Napkin Fold

Carefully flip the napkin back over - told it tight so it doesn’t unfold.  Fold the top layer upward to form the tip of the Christmas tree. Continue with the other layers, tucking them under the layer above.

Christmas Tree Napkin Fold

Christmas Tree Napkin Fold

Your Christmas tree napkin is complete!

Christmas Tree Napkin Fold

Christmas Tree Napkin Fold


Sew a Christmas Table Runner - Free Tutorial

Sew a Christmas Table Runner

You might think that Christmas is eons away but it is actually less than a hundred days now until Christmas Eve. Sew a Christmas table runner with our free tutorial and start getting ready for this holiday season. This DIY table runner would also make a great present for a loved one. It measures 12” x 82.5” (30 x 210 cm).. 

  • How wide should the patchwork table runner be?

To figure out how wide the table runner needs to be, just divide the width of your table by three. 

  • How long does the DIY table runner need to be?

There is an easy way to calculate the length you need for your table runner. Simply measure your table and add 30 cm for the fabric that will be hanging over the edge of the table on both sides. Free christmas table runner patterns can always be adjusted to fit the size that you need.

  • What type of fabric do I need for this free table runner pattern?

The type of fabric really depends on the occasion. A non-iron fabric (like cotton or polyester) is best for yearly events such as Christmas and birthdays, or for everyday use. For parties and special occasions you might consider using a non-woven fabric. 

  • What kind of table runner is best for a square table?

You can use any shape table runner for a square table. For a round table, a runner with rounded or pointed ends is best. Patchwork table runner patterns are a great way to create something custom for your home, so get creative!

Materials you will need to sew very easy table runner:

  • Fabric: 2.5 yards (2.2 m) of the main fabric and scraps for the appliqués 
  • Quilt batting
  • Bondaweb or similar stabiliser
  • Embroidery backing
  • Sewing thread
  • Your own iron-on handmade label

Let’s get started!

Before you can get started with this free table runner pattern you will first need to measure your table. Ours measures 90 x 180 cm. The width of the table runner can be determined by dividing the width of your table by three. To calculate the length of the table runner you just need to add 30 cm to the length of your table. Our table runner will end up measuring 30 x 210 cm.

Start by cutting the fabric to size. You will need a piece of quilt batting measuring 32 x 210 cm. Cut a piece of the main fabric to the same size as the quilt stabilizer and another measuring 32 x 220 cm. (If your table has different measurements then you will obviously need to change the table runner size accordingly.) 

Sew a Christmas Table Runner

You can now proceed to embellish the ends and the larger piece of fabric, if you wish. We chose a Christmas tree design for our project.  First make two templates as shown in the picture. Then sew strips of green fabric together and use the templates to cut out four large and five small trees before sewing a brown tree trunk to the bottom centre of each tree.

Sew a Christmas Table Runner

Iron two small and one large tree in the centre of each end of the fabric using Bondaweb or a similar stabiliser, about 7 cm from the edge of the fabric. Iron the remaining trees onto the centre of the table runner. Then outline the trees with a tight zig-zag stitch after first placing the stabiliser under the blanket and holding it in place with pins. Feel free to choose a different motif for your table runner. 
Snowmen, Christmas ornaments or snowflakes would look great!

Sew a Christmas Table Runner

Now place the pieces together as follows: First the large piece of fabric right side up, followed by the smaller piece of fabric right side down, then the quilt batting. Sew the long sides together with a seam allowance of 1cm.


Sew a Christmas Table Runner

Turn the runner through one end and iron.


Sew a Christmas Table Runner

Next, hem the short ends of the table ribbon - fold them about 2.5 cm inwards, iron the fold tight, fold the edge another 2.5 cm inwards and iron again. Topstitch close to the edge to secure the hem.

Sew a Christmas Table Runner
Sew a Christmas Table Runner

Topstitch your DIY table runner all the way around. If you like, you can also quilt the table runner.


Sew a Christmas Table Runner

Finally, attach a personalized iron-on label.

Sew a Christmas Table Runner

And you are ready for Christmas!


P.S.: Check out our other tutorial on how to sew a table runner with a star appliqué.

Festive tutorial on how to sew a Christmas tree

sew a Christmas tree

"Take your gift wrapping to the next level with your own hangtag or sticker."

Christmas is right around the corner – how about sewing a Christmas tree? Our free tutorial makes it easy! Add a little bell to give it that lovely ring and use festive fabrics to make your Christmas tree stand out. No need to water it! The finished tree is 26 cm wide and 30 cm tall, which makes it an ideal creative Christmas gift. Round off your gift with personalized labels our useful Christmas stickers labeled “ To… From…”.

Materials required for sewing a Christmas tree

    •    Three fat quarters of Christmas fabrics
    •    Polyester filling
    •    Thread in a matching color
    •    A bell or star for the top of your tree
    •    Your individual iron-on clothing label from the Wunderlabel range
    •    Christmas stickers and hangtags

Draw your template on paper and cut it out. Start by drawing a right-angled triangle, 17.5 cm wide and 30 cm tall. Using the angled line as a rough guide, draw half a Christmas tree – make it fairly simple for easier sewing. We’ve decided to use three large branches.

Festive tutorial on how to sew a Christmas tree

Use your template to cut out two tree shapes from each of your fabrics to make a total of six pieces which we’ll continue to work with. Fold your fabric in half and place the straight edge of your template against the fold line to get a complete tree after cutting it out.

Festive tutorial on how to sew a Christmas tree

Festive tutorial on how to sew a Christmas tree

Place two trees from different fabrics right side together and sew together along the outside. For the corners, lift the presser foot with the needle in the fabric and turn the fabric. The best way to do this is to use a 0.75 cm seam allowance. It’s very important to leave a 10 cm turning hole so that you can turn the tree later. Make a few backstitches to keep the ends of the seam in place. Trim the seam allowance at the ends of the branches and make a cut underneath the branches, without cutting through the seam itself. That way the tree will lie more neatly when you turn it.

Festive tutorial on how to sew a Christmas tree

Festive tutorial on how to sew a Christmas tree

Festive tutorial on how to sew a Christmas tree

Festive tutorial on how to sew a Christmas tree

Repeat the same steps for the other four pieces of fabric to make a total of three finished trees. Turn over the trees and use something pointy to nicely shape the corners. Iron the trees, making sure that the seam allowance at each turning hole is ironed towards the inside.
Festive tutorial on how to sew a Christmas tree

Place all three trees on top of each other, lining up the tops and the bottom centers. Pin together and sew together along the central line. Tip: If you want to be extra careful, draw in the central line with tailor’s chalk. Backstitch the seam at the top and the bottom so your stitches don’t unravel.

Festive tutorial on how to sew a Christmas tree

Festive tutorial on how to sew a Christmas tree

Festive tutorial on how to sew a Christmas tree

Iron-on your individual clothing label at the bottom on the right side of your tree.

Festive tutorial on how to sew a Christmas tree

Stuff the tree sections with the filling – again using something pointy to push the filling into the corners of the branches and the top. It’s easier to stuff the top of each section first, then the middle and the bottom last. If you stuff each section separately and all at the way down, it ends up being pretty difficult to push the filling into the top of the tree.

Festive tutorial on how to sew a Christmas tree

Festive tutorial on how to sew a Christmas tree

Lastly, close the turning holes using a ladder stitch. Now, all we need is a little bell or a star to sew to the top of the Christmas tree. If you want to turn your homemade Christmas tree into a gift, then you should make the packaging look original, too. Take your gift wrapping to the next level with your own hangtag or sticker.

Festive tutorial on how to sew a Christmas tree

Festive tutorial on how to sew a Christmas tree

Are you really getting into the Christmas spirit now? Then follow our tutorial Folded Fabric Star Ornaments to hang up for super simple stars out of fabric.


DIY Christmas Stocking

DIY Christmas Stocking


"Christmas is just right around the corner and that means we’re getting a head start on spreading the cheer with this DIY stocking tutorial."

It’s that time again!  Christmas is just right around the corner and that means we’re getting a head start on spreading the cheer with this DIY stocking tutorial.  Have fun customizing it with the fabric of your choice to make it the perfect addition to your holiday decor.  

You will need:

  • 1 fat quarter 18in x 22in / 46cm x 56cm Christmas fabric for outer layer
  • 1 fat quarter 18in x 22in / 46cm x 56cm solid fabric for lining
  • 1 fat quarter 18in x 22in / 46cm x 56cm coordinating accent fabric for cuffs, heel and toe (if piecing outer)
  • Quilt batting or fusible fleece 18in x 22in / 46cm x 56cm
  • Thread and button to match your fabric
  • 6in / 15cm ribbon to make a hanging loop
  • Wunderlabel costum personalized  label

On a large piece of paper or cardstock, draw out your stocking.  Our finished dimensions are 11” x 16” (28cm x 40cm).  You can also find a free PDF downloadable pattern online to use if you wish.  We pieced the outer layer to include a heel and toe section by tracing around the main section and cutting off a curved heel section and a straight toe section. Add ¼ in / 0.75cm seam allowance to each piece where you cut the pattern apart. If you would rather not piece the outer stocking (the heel and toe pieces), then just use your pattern as-is. Use a ¼ in / 0.75cm seam allowance for all seams unless otherwise specified.

Cut your fabric as follows:

  • Christmas fabric – 2 mirror images of main stocking piece
  • Lining fabric – 2 mirror images of main stocking piece
  • Accent fabric – 4 cuffs (the narrower part of the cuff will be the top, if your fabric is directional), 2 mirror images of heel accent piece, 2 mirror images of toe accent piece
  • Batting/fusible fleece – 2 mirror images of main stocking piece, 2 cuffs

DIY Christmas Stocking

Sew the narrower part of the cuff onto the top of each inner and outer stocking right sides together. Press the seams to one side.

DIY Christmas Stocking

If using a label, centre it on a lining piece about 1in / 2.5cm down from the cuff seam. Sew together close to the edge of the woven  label.

DIY Christmas Stocking

Sew the heel and toe accent pieces on. The toe is easy because it’s a straight line seam, but you will need to pin/clip the heel piece on at the edges and in the middle, then keep the raw edges aligned as you sew along the curve. Press the seam allowances towards the main fabric.

DIY Christmas Stocking

DIY Christmas Stocking

Pin the batting onto the wrong side of the outer stockings and baste together close to the raw edges, or fuse together if using fusible fleece. You could also add batting/fleece to the cuff if desired.

DIY Christmas Stocking

Pin/clip the outer stockings right sides together, matching all seams and sew together. Don’t sew across the top of the stocking! Clip the curves so that they lie flat when the stocking is the right way out.

DIY Christmas Stocking

DIY Christmas Stocking

DIY Christmas Stocking

Repeat for the linings. You don’t need to clip the curves here, but don’t forget to leave a 4in / 10cm gap for turning. Backstitch at either side of the turning hole and press the seam allowance open to make it easier to sew closed later on.

DIY Christmas Stocking

DIY Christmas Stocking

DIY Christmas Stocking

Turn the outer stocking the right way out and place it inside the lining, right sides together and making sure the toes are pointing in the same direction. Line up the raw edges around the cuff and pin/clip them together, matching the side seams. Sew together.

DIY Christmas Stocking

DIY Christmas Stocking

Turn the stocking the right way out through the turning hole you left earlier. You can either sew it closed by hand using a ladder stitch or simply pin/clip the edges together and sew close to the edge with your sewing machine.

DIY Christmas Stocking

DIY Christmas Stocking

Tuck the lining inside the outer stocking and press, then fold the cuff down and press again.

DIY Christmas Stocking

DIY Christmas Stocking

Sew the ribbon and button on to the top left corner of your stocking, through the cuff and the main part of the stocking. Make sure your stitches are strong so that they don’t break when Santa fills the stocking!

DIY Christmas Stocking

DIY Christmas Stocking


DIY Christmas Tree Blanket - Free Tutorial

DIY Christmas Tree Blanket

Do you have a Christmas tree blanket or Christmas tree carpet? The Wunderlabel team has been trying to come up with ideas for decorating the base of the Christmas tree and hiding the stand. And we have found a great solution: A Christmas tree skirt! You don’t need to go out and buy one, just follow our tutorial and sew a Christmas tree blanket yourself.  

What fabric is best for a DIY Christmas tree blanket? 
You can use any fabric you like but cotton does have some advantages, like being able to make beautiful appliqués from it. And there are many  gorgeous Christmas patterns to choose from. Cotton will also make sewing the Christmas tree carpet easier.  

How big should a Christmas tree blanket be?  
The size of the Christmas tree blanket depends on the size of the tree. The ideal circumference could lie anywhere between 3-4 feet (90 and 120 cm). 

Materials for Sewing a Christmas Tree Blanket 

- 2 cotton fabrics with a festive pattern. 
- Ribbons / ties to match the fabrics
- Sewing thread
- Custom label

How to Sew a Christmas Tree Blanket

1. To sew a Christmas tree blanket, you should first fold both fabrics in half and then fold them in half again so that the corner with both folded sides is at the bottom. 

Fold fabric in half

2. Use a ruler and pencil to mark the largest possible radius, measured from the bottom left corner. Draw the radius bit by bit from the corner like a compass.  

Draw the radius

3. After the radius is drawn, both layers of fabric can be cut. If necessary, trim the edges again. 

Cut the fabric

4. Once the fabrics are cut to size they should look something like this:  

Fabric after cutting

5. Now you need to cut out the curve / hole for the tree base. Draw a 2 ¾” to 3 ¼” (7-8 cm) radius and cut. 

Hole for tree base

6. Once you have finished cutting the blanket to size you can place the fabrics right sides together and cut a long slit to make placing the skirt around the tree easier. The matching ribbons should be cut to a length of about 10” (25 cm). 6 ribbons will be enough for a small blanket. 

Cut a slit

7. The ribbons are always inserted opposite each other into the sides and pinned in place.

Pin ties to fabric

8. Now pin both blanket pieces together and machine stitch a straight stitch, length 3. For the ties, make sure that they are sewn in straight. 

Sew pieces together

9. Leave a turning opening of approx. 4”-6” (10 - 15 cm) at the outer edge. 

Turning opening

10. Cut out a small triangle every 4” (10 cm) along the outer curve. This will make it easier to sew the seam after turning the blanket. And don't forget to clip the corners diagonally.

Cut out triangles

11. The inner curve should have small triangles cut out every 2” (5 cm). After turning the blanket, make sure to shape the corners neatly with the aid of a pin. 

Triangles on inner curve

12. Sew with a straight stitch close to the edge.  

Sew with a straight stitch

13. The Christmas tree blanket will turn out particularly nice if you match the needle and bobbin threads to each fabric, making the skirt reversible.

Needle and bobbin threads

Finished blanket

14. In the final step you can sew on your customized woven label. Don’t forget to tidy up any loose threads and your charming Christmas tree blanket is ready to be placed under the tree! 

Personalised sparkling label

Have fun sewing!