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
For 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 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 a tote bag
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.
» Make an apron
Everything you wanted to know about making cushions
Whether 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.
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 bow wrist bag
Make a sparkly laptop bag from an old boob tube
We 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
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.
A first quilting lesson
Make a quilt from old shirts
Make a water bottle cover from an old sweatshirt
Another 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.