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Learning how to sew your own clothes is a way to dress yourself in exactly the kind of style you want and a method many people are learning today to save money. Clothing bought in stores is expensive when not on sale and often does not fit right. Sometimes the result is spending more money on alterations than you originally did when purchasing the item. In order to create your own clothes, you will first need to learn how to sew, both by hand and on a machine.

Here are some sewing tutorials for how to sew your own clothes. Some of these ideas are ways to embellish clothes you have already, use fabric from other sources such as a pillowcase, and projects you'll learn from the beginning.




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Start your sewing career by gaining skills at patching, hemming, button sewing and adding material to a garment. If you decide to purchase a sewing machine, it may take a few days to figure out the controls so practice on old material until you think you are ready to tackle a project.

When learning how to sew your own clothes use easy to sew patterns meant for beginning sewers. Skirts, hats and doll clothes make good amateur projects with which to hone your skills. Choose fabrics that easily allow needles through and foldable. Avoid heavy fabrics such as leather, velvet or suede, as well as stretchy or knit material.

Embellish your clothes or use fabricsew pants from elsewhere

Sew a pair shorts from a shirt
Tie Belt
Pillowcase Skirt
Sweatshirt Vest
Dress Up Your Jeans
Appliqué Shirt Project
Jean Skirt
Shirt into a Dress


See more wardrobe refashion ideas.



Clothes sewing projects starting at the beginning

Fleece Ponchosimple skirt
How to sew shorts or pants
Belt, how to sew a simple
Patchwork Skirt
Strip Skirt
How to sew a skirt
T-shirt Skirts
Tie Skirt
Tiered T-shirt Skirt


Get ready for Winter!

Fleece Winter Hat
Fleece Scarf
Felt Mittens


How about an Apron!headband

T-shirt Apron
Dishtowel Apron
Pillowcase Apron
Gathered Apron


Dress up your hair!
Headbands
Hair Scrunchy


Halloween!
Fairy Costume
Fairy Wings
ABBA costume
Easy Ball Gown
Easy Sew Costumes

Other sewing help pages:

How to sew a dart
How to sew a buttonhole
How to sew a zipper
How to sew elastic

Online Sewing Class

Making Patterns

Many new sewers find that an easy way to learn to read patterns is to begin by making their own patterns. To accomplish this, start by taking the stitches out of an old piece of clothing and writing numbers on them with chalk to designate layers in case you want to sew it back together later.

Find some pattern paper, such as butcher-block paper, newspaper or actual pattern paper available at all craft stores. Trace each piece of the old garment on the pattern paper using a pencil first, than marking over the pencil with permanent marker. Cut the pieces out and try making the same piece of clothing using the pattern you made.

Sewing your own Pajama pants




Check out some beginning sewing patterns.
Refashion your clothes


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Reader's Submitted Projects

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Fun Summer Doll Jumper  
Fun Summer Doll Jumper by Kristin Age 13 April 2013 Materials …

Easy No-Sew Hairbow 
Materials: Long strip of fabric for body of the bow. Matching/contrasting strip of fabric for the middle. Hot glue Optional Materials: Needle …

Quick Beach or Pool Cover-up 
After a few trips to our local beach this summer, Miss Olivia and I realized that we needed something that is easy to get on & off when wet (or sandy!) …

No sew arm warmers 
You Will Need: Scissors A long-sleeved shirt 1. Cut off the sleeves. Lay the shirt flat and cut the arm off just below where the elbow would …

ABBA costume 
Super Easy ABBA costume for a child This is a project I created with my 8 year old ABBA fan daughter. She did the designing, and I helped her with …

Cinderella After The Ball 
First take a lot of fabric and drape it around your model. Have the end be placed in the middle of the model's chest. Then sew the end to the other part …

cute quick top 
Materials -fabric you like -thread -sewing machine or hand sewing needle -scissors …

Quick T-shirt Skirt with Handkerchief Hem 
This project is a great first project for the sewing machine...Olivia is 7 and has fallen in love with sewing (to the very obvious joy of her Aunt Lizzy!) …

Easy Reversible Headband 
Supplies Needed: *Grocery brown bag or freezer paper (to make pattern) *2 contrasting cotton fabric pieces (fat squares or scrap pieces) *Medium weight …

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