Fleece is one of our favorite fabrics to sew with. Garments created using this soft, comfy fabric are incredibly durable and tend to be water resistant. It comes in a huge assortment of colors and finishes. Lighter weight fleece can be used to make pajamas, baby blankets and even stuffed toys. Heavier weight fleece is incredibly warm and wind resistant making it perfect outer wear.
But despite all of its great attributes, many home sewers shy away from using fleece in their projects. Most worry that they will encounter problems sewing thru the thick layers or that they will be unable to create a professional finish.
Whether you are someone who has never sewn with fleece before or if you’ve have used it and have had less than stellar results you’ll want to check out the top tips from our experts on How to Sew with Fleece.
Beginners, here’s a list of the top ten basic supplies you should have in your Sewing Box before beginning that next project.
The old adage that the “Right tools can make any job easier” is especially true when it comes to sewing. The right scissors, or needles can determine how professional your project will look once it’s completed.
If you are new to sewing you may be wondering where to start. Sure you have a sewing machine, fabric and tons of enthusiasm, but before you make a single cut, make sure that you have these basic items on hand to make the job easier.
Ready to build a basic sewing kit? Here’s what you’ll need:
- Tape measure & Straight edge Ruler- For measuring proper cutting lengths.
- General purpose Scissors – For cutting out patterns and general use.
- Pinking Shears
– Perfect for adding a zig zag edge to fabrics which tend to fray.
- Sewing Needles & Needle threader
- Beeswax – A wax coating strengthens thread and prevents tangling during hand-sewing. I always apply a bit of beeswax to my thread prior to attaching buttons by hand.
- Fabric Glue – Todays’s fabric adhesives can easily become the workhorse of your sewing room. Need to quickly repair a hem? Well just grab some iron-on hem tape. And just a drop of Fray Check can prevent the threads on your favorite trim from unraveling (this is seriously good stuff!)
- Seam Ripper – when you need to remove mis-placed stitches. Even and expert sewer makes mistakes, and this little tool makes taking your seams apart much easier.
- Fabric Marking Pen and Pencil – Use pencils, tailors chalk or vanishing markers to draw temporary cutting or dart lines on fabric project pieces
- Pin Cushion – I use glass pins when I sew and have a decorative pin cushion handy to keep my work area neat & tidy.
If you dread inserting zippers into your D-I-Y project because you’re afraid of turning your masterpiece into a dud, I’d like to tell you that with little bit of planning it is possible to ensure a professional result each and every time. Here are some of our favorite tips for perfect zipper installation.
- Always use a zipper foot when machine basting and permanent stitching zippers into your projects.
- To ensure perfect placement before permanent sewing, machine baste or glue the zipper into place first.
- To shorten a zippers that’s too long, first close the zipper. Then Measure down from the top of the slider to the desired length and mark. Next sew a straight line across the mark you just made and working from one side to the other making sure to stitch tightly across the teeth ( do this at least 8 times). Finally just cut the zipper 1/2″ below where you just stitched.
- Create your own top stitching guide. Prior to top stitching your zipper in place, apply a piece of 1/2″ wide transparent tape to the top of your fabric- then just sew around its straight edge.
- When top stitching around the zippers slider and tab, stop stitching just before you reach the slider leaving the needle in the fabric. Then raise the presser foot and pull the slider down below the needle. Finally lower your presser foot and just continue topstitching.
Need step-by-step help? Check out this great tutorial at Sew Mama Sew!
Still not sure what to get for Dad this Father’s Day? Yes you could just head on down to the mall and get him yet another tie, but before you do, why not consider sewing (or crafting) him a special personalized gift this year. Need ideas or Inspiration? Check out this roundup of fun & easy tutorials we found online!
Help Dad keep his beloved iPad safe with this iPad Cover from Sew 4 Home. Its quick to sew and this great tutorial has tons of pictures and easy to follow step-by-step directions.
Dad will simply love these handmade personalized cufflinks. Check out the full tutorial at Tatertots and Jello.
Talk about a creative use for old,worn out ties!
FUN GIFTS KIDS CAN MAKE
With a little help from Mom, even the smallest members of the household can make something extra special for dad.
Some construction paper, markers, a ruler and a couple of pennies are all that’s needed to create this one of a kind special Father’s Day card that Dad will be sure to treasure for years.
This project is a bit more complicated so I wouldn’t attempt to make this with very young children, but it will definitely put a smile on dad’s face .
His Morning Coffee will Never be the same again!
This is one of those projects that looks more difficult than it is. Just purchase a plain coffee mug, and enamel paints then let your little artist create a one of a kind mug!
If you’re looking for a fast and inexpensive way to add a dramatic window treatment to your homes decor consider using fabric roman shades. Roman shades are blinds that, when raised, stack in rows known as pleats. They can be made in a variety of styles that can be chosen to fit the style of the room they are used in. Because they combine the room softening elegance of a draped fabric and the usefulness of a light blocking shade, roman shades are frequently referred to as fabric shades.
Making fabric shades can be a fun way to express your creativity and add a personal touch to your home’s decor.
Interested in making your own Fabric Roman Shades? Check out this easy tutorial at Home Decor Ideas.
Looking for a creative way to make use of all those extra bits of fabrics leftover from your other sewing projects? Well then check out this fun and easy tutorial from Portabellopixie on creating roses from rolled pieces of fabric.
Book Review: One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric!
Years ago in Framingham, Ma there was this great sewing store called “Fabric Place”. Many days I would spend my entire lunch break searching through their 1 yard remnants table and dreaming about all of the ways I’d use up these gems of fabric. So when I stumbled upon this book a couple of days ago I had (yes I had) to buy it. Finally someone who could appreciate the ways of the thrifty shopper.
So what can you do with just 1 yard of fabric? Well it turns out you can make Allot! The book includes patterns and/or directions for making a variety of things using just one yard of fabric. For example you can make a Newborn Flyaway Jacket , a pleated Girly Skirt , and a Toddler Pinafore Smock. Who knew you could do so much with just one yard!