Sewing 101: Elastic Waist Seams

Sewing 101: Elastic Waist Seams

Elastic Seams are perfect to use for dresses and rompers. In this Sewing 101 video tutorial you'll learn how to add seam-enclosed and exposed elastic waist seams to your garments!

Supplies we used for this tutorial:

Elastic Waist Seams

Seam-Enclosed Elastic Waist Seams

The seam-enclosed variation is very common and offers a lot of comfort!

Elastic Waist Seams

Start by joining the bodice and skirt piece with a 5/8” seam allowance. Attach a strip of elastic

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Sewing 101: How to Sew Gathers

Sewing 101: How to Sew Gathers

Sewing gathers is a great way to fit lots of fabric onto a project: ideal for full dresses, skirts, and ruffles. In this tutorial we will walk you thorugh 3 variations of creating gathers- check out the video below to get started!

Fabric Choices

For these examples, we used these fabrics with this pattern:

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Sewing 101: Flying Geese 3 Ways

Sewing 101: Flying Geese 3 Ways

Flying geese are an essential quilt block you'll want in your sewing repertoire, and today we're showing you 3 quick and easy methods for sewing flying geese blocks! Did you know that this technique dates back to the 1800s? It can be used in many larger blocks like the Dutchman’s Puzzle and any blocks featuring stars. Or, use them as is to create fun patterns that are graphic and modern!

All of the instructions in this post will produce

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Sewing 101: Chiffon

Sewing 101: Chiffon

Chiffon is one of the most beautiful fabrics to use in your apparel projects, but can also be one of the more challenging fabrics to work with. Its delicate nature can be intimidating to sewists, but fear not! With some patience, the right tools and few simple tricks, sewing chiffon is easier than you think!

Fabric.com has a wide selection of chiffon fabrics, from poly chiffons in a variety of fun colors to luxurious silk chiffons.

For these tips,

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Sewing 101: Seam Basics Part 2 (Knit Fabrics)

Sewing 101: Seam Basics Part 2 (Knit Fabrics)

Welcome to part 2 of our Seam Basics series! If you missed part 1 of the series on woven fabrics, you can check it out here. Today we’ll be covering all things Knit seams. Knit fabrics can be intimidating – but fear not – this sewing 101 will give you the tools and confidence you need to succeed!

First, you need the right tools

Walking Foot

A walking foot attachment for a regular sewing machine eliminates any distortion the knit fabrics

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Sewing 101: Seam Basics Part 1 (Woven Fabrics)

Sewing 101: Seam Basics Part 1 (Woven Fabrics)

Seam construction can make or break a sewing project. We want to make sure your creations last a lifetime, so we’re kicking off a 2-part Sewing 101 all about seams. First we will go over basic seams for woven fabrics, and in the second installment we will cover all things knits!

Plain Seam

The most basic of all seams, a plain seam is simply a straight stitch joining multiple pieces of fabric. Your fabric and project will determine the

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Sewing 101: 4 Half Square Triangle (HST) Methods

Sewing 101: 4 Half Square Triangle (HST) Methods

The HST, or Half Square Triangle, is an essential building block used in many traditional quilt designs. We love to make a bunch and have fun arranging them in our favorite designs! This Sewing 101 is perfect for both traditional and modern quilters – and instructions are given for 5” finished squares.

Of course we couldn't resist using the Kona Cotton Color of the Year, Tiger Lily for this video tutorial. We cannot get enough of this color!

Supplies Needed:

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Sewing 101: How to Sew a Button

Sewing 101: How to Sew a Button

Sewing a button is as fundamental as it gets when it comes to sewing. Whether you’re sewing buttons on a new creation, or repairing a popped button on a beloved garment, sewing a button is a vital hand sewing skill that everyone should know!

Supplies Needed:

Sewing a Button

In addition to your basic needle and thread,

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Sewing 101: Elastic Waistbands

Sewing 101: Elastic Waistbands

Sewing elastic waistbands can be as easy as wearing them! Follow these 3 techniques to learn the basics.

*Tip: Use a universal ballpoint machine needle for sewing through elastic.

1) Self-waistband

Elastic Waistbands

For this example, we used a serger and these supplies:

Elastic Waistbands

Whether you’re sewing with a serger or a standard sewing machine, an elastic waistband can be easily sewn on using the existing fabric in your

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Sewing 101: Sewing with Sequins

Sewing 101: Sewing with Sequins

Welcome back to our 12 Days of Project series! To view all 12 of our holiday projects, from DIY decor to giftable projects, click here.

Sewing with sequins is easier than you think! Although a few extra steps are required, the results are worth it! Today we’ll be offering tips on sewing with 3 popular types of sequin fabric: Mermaid sequin knit fabric, embroidered sequin taffeta fabric and larger sequin fabric on a stretchy mesh backing.

Finally we’ll

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