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Easy sewing projects for beginners

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

needle-threadFor the newbies and if you’ve forgotten, here are some basic tips for frequent sewing tasks

»How to replace or add a zipper

» How to make or mend a hem on a skirt

» Blind stitchinggreat for hemming  and hiding seams

» How to hem without sewing at all - if you’re really pushed for time.

Make a simple tote bag

index-1This 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 a tote bag

Make an apron in under an hour

DSC01400This 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.

» Make an apron

Everything you wanted to know about making cushions

cushion main picWhether you’re an absolute beginner or an accomplished sewer wanting some design inspiration there’s something here for you in our comprehensive series of articles on the art of cushion-making.

»Making cushions

Make a cute bow wrist bag

BowYou’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 bow wrist bag

Make a sparkly laptop bag from an old boob tube

laptop gen 6We love this statement laptop bag to add a little glamour to the working day,  impress the hell out everyone at your next meeting and make sure you really shine!

» Make a sparkly laptop bag

Have a go at quilting

P1140319Whether 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.  

» A first quilting lesson

» Make a quilt from old shirts

Make a water bottle cover from an old sweatshirt

hot water bottle coverAnother easy project for beginners – and an opportunity to try a little applique. We love this thrifty way to redeploy the services of an favourite sweatshirt.

» Make a hot water bottle cover

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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There are 3 comments

  1. Posted by Anne Marie on February 22, 2011 at 6:44pm

    I love the tote bag! Another alternative is to use jean pockets from old pairs of jeans as pockets for the front.

  2. Posted by dish of the day on February 22, 2011 at 6:51pm

    I like the jeans idea. I'm no good at sewing edges and a jeans pocket comes already pressed into the right shape.

  3. Posted by SallyB on February 27, 2011 at 8:49pm

    I love the cover for the hot water bottle. I think it's brilliant idea for xmas pressies (I know it's only Feb!!!) I shall be purchasing some cheapo hot water bottles and starting on this tomorrow!! Thanks. :)

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