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Sewing a Quick Duvet Cover

A duvet is a fluffy comforter that's slipped into a duvet cover. You can make this quick duvet cover out of bedsheets, so your duvet will be as easy to care for as the sheets on your bed. [more…]

Reading a Sewing Pattern

Even though a sewing pattern might be labeled "easy" or "quick," the pattern instruction writers sometimes assume that you have a certain amount of general sewing knowledge. Nothing can be more intimidating [more…]

Making Machine Stitches Work for You

Chances are that your sewing machine has a few tricks up its sleeve — stitches that you almost never think to use. Whether you're getting to know your machine for the first time or you're starting to take [more…]

Mending Holes and Rips in Your Clothes

Even if you don't give your clothes a tough workout, you may find that you've worn holes into the knees, elbows, or elsewhere. Being able to mend your own clothes extends their life and saves you money [more…]

General Tips for Reconstructing Clothes

Let these quick tips for starting to reconstruct your clothes help you avoid the downhill spiral of frustration while still allowing you creative license to do it your own way. [more…]

Turning Your Old Jeans into a Hip Bag

Jeans are so durable, it only makes sense that they would make a great day-bag to throw your stuff in and head off on an adventure. This bag takes your every-day jeans and turns them upside down to make [more…]

Reconstructing Clothes: What to Avoid Trying to Fix

If you usually shop at regular stores, you may not be accustomed to checking for some flaws typically found in reused clothing. Don't buy second-hand clothes with the following issues, no matter how inexpensive [more…]

Turning Your Old Pants into a New Hat

It might seem a little strange to put your pants on your head, but this is a project that will do it up right! Stretch pants can be transformed into a variety of hat shapes, so feel free to play around [more…]

Stitching All-in-One Inseam Pockets

The easiest inseam pocket to make is one in which you cut out a pattern that includes the pocket, pocket lining, and the garment itself all in one piece. Even though your pattern may call for pocket lining [more…]

Taking Accurate Body Measurements for Sewing Garments

When you want to sew clothing, you start with a pattern. Determining your pattern size can be a humbling experience because it requires you to measure your body, but it’s an essential step in making sure [more…]

Estimating Fabric Yardage Needs for Common Misses Garments

When shopping, you may find the fabric you’re looking for . . . and a whole lot more to inspire you. When you don’t have a particular pattern in mind but find fabric that would, for example, make a great [more…]

Sizing Up Fabric Needs for Pillow Covers

For beginner sewers, pillow covers are some of the easiest, most affordable sewing projects that require the least amount of time and commitment. This table tells you how much fabric you need for typical [more…]

Selecting General-Purpose Sewing Machine Needle Point Types

If you use the wrong type of needle for your sewing machine and project, the results could be very bad indeed. Use this table to determine which needle is designed for use in your sewing machine and for [more…]

Sewing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When starting a sewing project, “measure twice, cut once” is essential to your success. Follow these guidelines for taking accurate body measurements and buying enough fabric for your project. And remember [more…]

Finding Yardage Needs by Fabric Width

To determine your yardage needs for a window treatment or slipcover, measure your furniture or window first. Use this table to easily convert your yardage needs from one width to another. Most decorator [more…]

Sewing Kit Essentials for Window Treatments and Slipcovers

Having a well-stocked sewing kit makes your slipcover or window treatment project go smoothly. Regardless of the degree of difficulty for your project, stock your sewing kit with the following tools so [more…]

Fabric Store Shopping Tips

Shopping for fabric can be a bewildering experience if you're not prepared. Whether you're sewing window treatments, slipcovers, or bedding, a fabric store can help you devise your decorating plan. Be [more…]

Window Treatments and Slipcovers For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Before sewing up some new slipcovers or window treatments, make sure your sewing kit is well-stocked with the necessary items, and follow some shopping tips to get the best fabric for your project. Use [more…]

Mending Holes and Rips

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How to Make a Cushion Slipcover with Zippers

Adding a zipper to a slipcover cushion is a nice way to give it a finished look and lets you remove your cushion covering easily. Zippers can also be added to the backside seams of sofas to allow for a [more…]

How to Create Pillow Slipcovers with Piping

If you have created slipcovers for your sofa pillows to update tired furniture, adding piping gives your pillow slipcovers a finished and professional look. Sewing the piping is not all that difficult. [more…]

How to Make a Reversible Cushion Slipcover

To make a reversible seat cushion, you need to sew something that looks like a fabric box. To create your pieces, measure your cushion’s width, and then measure your cushion’s [more…]

How to Make a Pleated Skirt for a Sofa

With a small investment of time and money, and a little extra fabric, you can add a pleated skirt to a basic sofa or loveseat slipcover and add some charm. This pleated sofa skirt uses a classic box pleat [more…]

How to Make a Table Slipcover

A well-dressed table can add sophistication to any room You can use this softening slipcover for a side table, a dining room table, a front hall table, or anywhere you want to add a bit of style with fabric [more…]

How to Measure Fabric to Make Curtains

Making your own curtains isn’t too hard. You start by choosing a fabric and deciding how much to buy. Fabric is woven in several conventional widths: 36 inches; 42 to 45 inches; 54, 58, and 60 inches; [more…]

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