We did a survey a while ago to find out what you like best on Make it and Mend it and what you’d like to see more of. One of the most requested topics was easy to sew projects. Many of you are just starting to experiment with a sewing machine, and some are rediscovering sewing skills you thought you’d left behind in childhood. Some buy new fabric especially for the job and others have ways of finding fabric for free. Whatever your previous experience and the fabric you use we have a variety of practical projects for you to have a go at.
Start with some basic skills
» Blind stitching – great for hemming and hiding seams
» How to hem without sewing at all - if you’re really pushed for time.
Make a simple tote bag
This easy to sew tote bag has proved very popular with our members and is simple to follow and quick to make. It also makes a nice gift. You can always make it with left over fabric, use a no longer wanted shirt, dress or duvet cover, or pick up some cheap remnants in a store.
The instructions are in a member download so if you haven’t done so already sign up – it’s free and we’ll also give you a free download book on stain removal.
Make an apron in under an hour
This is a very simple item for the absolute beginner. As long as you can manage to thread your sewing machine and sew straight stitch you’re in business. while an apron may not be the most glamorous of items it can make a great gift if made up in a pretty fabric.
Everything you wanted to know about making cushions
Make a cute bow wrist bag
You’ll need a few more sewing skills for this one and be able to use the zipper foot on your sewing machine – but it’s a lovely bag – perfect for a wedding or a night out – you could make it in black satin.
Make a sparkly laptop bag from an old boob tube
Have a go at quilting
Whether you choose to machine quilt or piece by hand, quilting is very satisfying and the end results can be stunning. We’ve started a step by step series to show you how to make a sampler quilt and will be adding to this in the future.
Make a water bottle cover from an old sweatshirt
Tell us what you’d like to make
Make it and Mend it is all about what you our readers and members want – so please tell us what you’d like to sew and we’ll see what we can do. Just add a comment at the bottom of the page.
And if you have a project you’ve done yourself and are happy to share what you did and how, please get in touch. we have a little guide to writing for us which will make it easy for you » Writing for Make it and Mend it
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