This post was written in collaboration with ABC Sewing Machine.
Long time readers know that in a perfect world, I’d sew more! Before moving in with MC in 2008, I actually used to sew quite a bit. For about 3 years, I was on a sewing kick. I mostly did patchwork and quilting and even invested in an awesome machine and a fabulous sewing table. Since I’ve moved in here, though, I’ve never quite found the right set up for the machine, and as a result, my sewing has dwindled down to nothing in spite of taking a few classes now and again.
Recently, we’ve been doing some reorganization, and now I have high hopes for more sewing in 2016! The first order of business is organizing my sewing area. I’d like to focus on clothing this time, so the mirror is a must! But, let’s admit, I’ll be a bit rusty. So, with that in mind, I started scouring the internet for awesome (but simple) sewing tutorials. Here’s a little roundup of some projects I’d like to tackle in 2016 – perhaps you’d like to join me? All images are copyright the respective designer and are used with permission.
Classic Straight Skirt (photo 2), sewing tutorial and customizable pattern by Maz Kwok’s Designs: I’ve always wanted to sew my own clothes, and this seems like an easy and attractive way to start.
One Hour Tote (in Two Sizes), sewing tutorial by Elm Street Life: You can never have too many project bags, and the decorative bows makes these very unique.
Faux Chenille Blanket (photo 3), sewing project by Tiger in a Tornado: Tiger in a Tornado adds custom embroidery to her version of Aesthetic Nest’s tutorial for an heirloom cut chenille baby blanket. This looks like a great way to use up my flannel fabric stash and refresh my machine embroidery skills!
One Hour Triangle Quilt, sewing tutorial by See Kate Sew: I never was quite brave enough to make my own triangle patchwork quilt, so I love this tutorial for using custom fabric to make a faux triangle quilt.
Custom Soccer Bag (photo 1), sewing project by My Hobby is Crochet: I’m a bit of a bag junkie, so I was very inspired by this project inspired by a Craftsy class.
Make Your Own Lace Maternity Gown, sewing tutorial by Melody’s Makings: While I probably won’t need a maternity gown next year, this project looks like a great gift.
How to Make Ruffle Yarn (photo 6), tutorial by Melody’s Makings: I’ve made yarn from fabric before, but this tutorial adds a decorative twist!
Now, there’s always the chance that I won’t actually end up sewing as much in 2016 as I’d like to. I’d still like to use up some fabric and diversify my crafting, so here are some no-sew projects I’ve found.
No Sew T-Shirt Bag (photo 4), tutorial by Home made hats by Cheryl: I’ve already mentioned my love of bags, but I may have forgotten to mention our enormous pile of old t-shirts. This seems like the perfect project to combine both!
How to Make the Easiest Cowl Ever (photo 5), tutorial by Fiber Flux: This is another great project combining one of my favorite projects (cowls) with repurposing old t-shirts.
I hope you enjoyed this roundup! You can find tutorials for maintaining your sewing machine on ABC Sewing Machine.