There so many good tutorials on DIY halloween crafts that it’s really hard to make something that wasn’t described before. But I think I found one project that may be an interesting way to get into the holiday spirit. I decided to make a Halloween pillow: a nice accent for your couch, always useful if you take a nap or simply relax watching TV and an easy way to decorate for the haunting season. If you do it yourself for Halloween you can make the pillow from 100% silk fabric, fill it with a natural fiber and decorate it as your heart desires.
In this tutorial, I will show you how to cover a box with fabric and make a very useful and pretty fabric bin.
Shops offer a wide selection of decorative boxes of various sizes, colors, and styles. However, the prices for fabric storage bins are not always budget- friendly. With a little effort and imagination, everyone can make a fabric storage box by themselves especially if you want to use it not only for storing various things but also for easy home decor.
Let’s see how we can turn a regular box from a dollar store into a cute fabric bin.
This is the second part of my tutorial on making a leather purse. In this article, I am showing you how to sew a lining and a stabilizer for my DIY leather bag, how to make leather flowers and leaves for the purse embellishment, how to sew the metal purse frame and how to finish the purse.
Did you ever want to make a leather purse yourself? I always wanted but I thought it will be too complicated. But it turned out nothing could be further from the truth.
I made this lovely little leather purse and got lots of compliments. One of my friends even said that it’s absolutely the most beautiful purse she has ever seen. Well, it’s unique and I have never come across anything like it in stores. So I am excited to show it off!
I decided to publish this tutorial how you can make the purse too because many of my friends showed interest.
I am not a professional seamstress, but I sew a little bit almost every day and because of this I have a big fabric collection and handle fabrics and make fabric choices on a regular basis. I prefer to use natural or even organic fabrics for my sewing projects. Where can I buy organic fabric? Well, I visited many fabric stores in USA and Canada (I travel a lot) but I have never seen organic fabric in those stores. But there are many online stores that sell organic fabric. One of them is www.fabric.com where I buy organic cotton for my sewing projects.
I often get questions from my readers about using natural silk fabric:
What can I sew with silk?
Is silk fabric good for casual outfits or only for party dresses?
Which is the best silk fabric for dresses? Skirts?
Can I use silk fabric in interior design?
Can I make pajamas from silk fabric?
What types of silk are good to make a lining?
How do I choose silk fabric suitable for my project?
In this article I will try to answer some of these questions.
In this article I want to take you into my workshop and describe in detail how I made this blue dress. I will discuss how to get inspired, how to choose a fabric and a pattern for sewing projects, how to cut and sew the dress. I can’t bring it down to “5 simple steps” or “a 3-hour sewing project”; there are plenty of such posts out there, but this is not one of them. I didn’t strive for simplicity with this project.
What robe I would like to sew and why I can’t find it easily for sale in stores?
1. I want a silk robe (but don’t want it to cost a fortune, it is a dress for home not for going out)
2. I don’t want it just for 10 minutes wear, I want to lounge around my house in it for hours.
3. I want it with zipper or button closure (not just with a belt, which is not comfortable)
4. I don’t want it too short or too long ( I want it to be comfortable, right?)
5. I want to feel good in it so it has to be roomy enough for lifting, flexing, and waving my arms around.
6. I don’t want it a solid color, prints are better because I can wear it without fear that every drop of water can destroy the garment.
7. I want it with some sleeves to cover my arms ( but not too long that they become inconvenient)
8. I don’t want it completely shapeless and baggy, I want it to have some shape to show off my curves.
9. I want it to be decorated with some trims and buttons but don’t want it to have too much of them so it becomes really over decorated.
10. I want to be able to wash it in water (not dry cleaned only) – this is a dress for home wear, who can afford dry cleaning for home clothes?
So with all this in mind, what choices do I have to be able to buy one? I think absolutely none.
That’s why I can sew a silk robe and I am going to show you how easily you can make one too – even without a pattern.
Headbands are cute hair accessories and often are not only practical but also fashionable. I found a few reasons for wearing (and sewing) headbands.
1. They can absorb sweat and keep it from reaching the eyes when you are running or exercising
2. They also can keep unruly hair out of your face
3. A headband can be a stylish item for your head especially if it has an interesting shape or decorated with ribbons or fabric flowers
4. Headbands can transform ordinary outfit into something special and exceptional
5. A headband is a very easy item to sew for a beginner sewist and can be a step in your sewing journey, it’s a really good item for practicing
6. You can use your scrap fabric to make as many different headbands as you wish
With that being said, let me show you how to make a turban headband.
Manufacturers of silk garments and bedding usually don’t bother to pre-wash fabric they work with. That’s why they put labels saying “Dry Clean Only”. I am against dry cleaning whenever possible because of chemicals even if it is organic. In China, they make silk fabric for at least 5000 years. And people cared for traditional silk garments long before dry cleaning. Silk is tough fabric, it only appears to be delicate! It certainly can be washed in water.