Sewing is a fun pastime that can save you money if you make your own items such as blankets, clothing, costumes, pillowcases, and anything else you can dream up. It allows you to delve into your creative side and create special pieces for yourself, your family, and friends. Furthermore, it allows you to design new things for your home like curtains or pillow covers. If you’re thinking about trying a new project, then check out these 5 DIY sewing projects for your home.
1. Pretty Pillow Covers
Buying new pillows can be expensive, and sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect pattern or color scheme you’re looking for. Did you know that you can sew your own pillow covers out of dishtowels? The only materials you need are two 20” x 20“(or bigger if you desire) dishtowels, white thread (or best-suited-color thread), scissors, and a sewing machine. All you must do is:
- Place two dishtowels face-side together and sew them together along one of the edges
- Create a fake seam on the opposite edge
- Fold the remaining short edge of the other dishtowel
- Next, sew the edges of the two pillows together
- Flip the pillowcase inside-out, and pop in a pillow! Watch out, a simple DIY pillow cover can transform a bedroom or kitchen in just minutes.
2. Cozy Blanket
You can never have too many blankets around the house. This is a fun DIY project to do with kids, as they can select their favorite color scheme or pattern to turn into a warm, cozy blanket. What you’ll need for this project is a pair of fabric scissors, 1.5 to 2 yards of flannel for each side, polyester batting, microscissors, an iron, straight pins, good quality coordinating thread, pearl cotton skein paired to the thread you use, and a big needle.
- Decide how big you want the blanket to be so you can buy enough fabric
- Pre-wash the fabric before working with it
- Pin fabric pieces together to form a shape of the blanket; ensure sides are matched
- Sew around the outside using thread and trim excess.
- Turn the blanket inside out and stuff with polyester batting. Push out edges.
- Press the blanket to keep the batting from clumping
- With a straight stitch, close the flannel blanket
- Sew a preferred decorative stitch in a coordinating thread
- Add some hand tied knots to hold the batting. You can use cheap embroidery floss to do this simple task
Enjoy these fluffy blankets during those cold winter months!
3. Elegant Shower Curtain
A ruffled shower curtain can take your bathroom from plain to pretty in no time. However, buying them off the shelf at a department store can be expensive, so why not make your own? All you need for this DIY project is five vinyl shower curtains and your handy sewing machine.
- Unfold the shower curtain and refold it into eighths. Do this by folding it in half, lengthwise a few times.
- Cut the remaining 4 shower curtains into 10-inch pieces.
- To create a ruffle, pin and sew 2 of the strips together and put a basting strip across the top piece
- Pull to collect the vinyl and repeat for each ruffle
- Unwrap the last shower curtain and flatten it out. Go slowly and pin one ruffle on at a time. You can work from the top or from the bottom, and ensure the ruffles overlap slightly to create a fluffy look
- You might have to fold down the top edge of the shower curtain and pin it to allow for shower ring holes to show through.
Hang up your curtain and enjoy how elegant it makes your bathroom look.
4. Creative Cushions
This DIY is for denim cushions, but you can select any fabric you wish if denim is not your preference. All you need is 1 yard of denim fabric (or your choice), one 14” x 14” x 3” memory foam cushion, 1 skein embroidery floss, an embroidery needle, sewing kit, sewing machine, iron, and bodkin for turning.
- Cut 2, 15” x 15” squares, 4, 4” x 15” rectangles, and 1, 2” x 10” rectangles.
- Placing the right sides together, sew the long edge of 2, 4” x 15” to two opposite sides of the 15” squares. Sew the other 15” square onto the not-yet-sewn long ends of the rectangles.
- Add embroidery to the center of the 2” x 10” rectangle if desired. Fold rectangle in half and sew ¼” on the long side. Press the seam and turn the resulting tube right side out.
- Sew handles to unsewn 4” x 15” rectangle right-sides together (if you want handles). All tube to extend 5” toward the center of the rectangle and stitch ¼” from edge, trim, and press toward opposite side. Top-stitch ¼” from seam to hold. Repeat with the opposite handle side.
- Sew the unsewn rectangle and handle rectangle to the open parts of the cushion. It is important to leave a hold in one long seam. Press the seams open, trim any corners, and turn right-side out, put in the cushion, and hand-sew the hole closed. Treat your next dinner guests to some cozy, hand-made cushions!
5. Key Fob
These cut key fobs can be created to match a purse or gym bag and can be given as a gift or kept or personal use. All you need is key fob hardware (check local store or online), fabric, and fusible fleece.
- Start by cutting fabric out to match the size of the hardware.
- Cut fusible fleece the same size and adhere to the back of the fabric
- Next, fold in half with the right sides together and sew the long side of it. Turn it right side out.
- Press it firmly flat and fold so ends are together
- Put hardware over the ends and using a pair of pliers, tightly press it closed on either side. These are super-easy to create and make perfect stocking stuffers or housewarming gifts.
At first, sewing at home DIY projects may sound daunting, but there are many fun projects to create that do not have to be challenging. Have fun exploring the many projects you can create in the comfort of your own home.