Contrary to what you might believe about sewing, you don’t need a machine to create your crafty projects. A needle and thread are useful tools that, along with some time and patience, will have you doing everything from mending your clothes to completing fun DIY projects.
Whether you are re-attaching a button, darning a hole, or setting out on your first sewing project, learning the basics of stitching by hand is essential. You’ll want to learn several stitches (it’s easy to do on
Once you feel you’ve mastered the essentials, you are ready to get creative. Scroll down for some hand-sewing inspiration.
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Do you have an old flannel sitting in your closet? If not, grab a cheap one at a local thrift store. You will want to craft these soft hand warmers to keep you snug as the temperature drops in the fall. Make them in pairs of two with these
The filling is standard white rice. While the instructions say to use a machine, hand sewing the edges with a tight running stitch is just as simple along these short seems. These sustainable, up-cycled hand warmers also make awesome gifts for family come the holidays.
One of the best starter projects for beginner sewers is the simple drawstring pouch. Whether you use a machine or hand sew, these bags can range in size from tiny to enormous. Use them to hold everything from earrings to your delicate laundry. All you will need is two rectangular pieces of fabric of the same size or one large, long piece you will fold in half (this saves you sewing the bottom seam). With thread, a needle, and a cord, your bag will be complete. Follow along with this
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Felt is great for hand sewing. It’s strong, comes in bold colors, and is more compatible with large, spaced stitches. Plus, it doesn’t fray.
Pick a sheet of felt and wrap it around your favorite notebook to gauge the size. Fabric covers often fit better on notebooks with cardboard or other rigid material as the base. The felt should wrap around the vertical edges of the cover and extend two to three inches inside the book. Vertically, give yourself about a half-inch extra felt above and below the cover. Take your needle and thread, preferably in a nice accent color. Use the blanket stitch to sew the flaps of felt together above and below the cover, creating two pockets into which the cover will slip. The result is an entirely new look for your notebook, like the ones crafted by
Another felt hand-sewing project is ornaments. These Christmas-themed crafts are approachable. While hand sewing is more labor-intensive, it allows one to add beaded embellishments, sequins, or other embroidered flourishes. This
The scrunchie is yet another