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Great Ideas for Simple Sewing Projects

Apr 10, 2008
Sewing is a terrific hobby to take up, since a person who knows how to sew can not only make little repairs on their clothing, but can make a multitude of useful things, even with just a bit practice. Whether you are substituting a lost button or taking a stab at making a dress, the same basic skills are utilized.

With a modest amount of free time, anybody can plan and create many fantastic sewing projects that help to make life more comfortable or make your environment a little more pleasing. If you are having some trouble brainstorming, here are a few ideas that to help get your creative juices flowing:

Sturdy Tote Bags

If you have seen a public television fundraiser, you might have seen a tote bag being offered up as an inducement to reach a certain level of donation. A rugged bag is a great item to have, whether it's used to take along vacation items to the beach or library books to your home. But why accept a bag that does not celebrate your own sense of style?

A tote bag is a comparatively simple sewing project that does not cost very much money for materials. Only a modest amount of fabric left over from other projects would do for a project like tote bag, or if you want to create one that's child-sized for your daughter or son, an old pair of jeans allows for a great deal of tough fabric to work with. If you sew the bag, you are in control of the color as well as the style of your bag, and that is a gain no telethon incentive can provide.

Home Decorating

Considering the amount of television shows that are devoted to home decorating in addition to home remodeling, enriching your surroundings is a favored hobby. And while home improvement frequently invokes images of contractors as well as interior designers, you can do some wonderful things by picking up a needle and thread as opposed to a hammer and nails.

Some of these sewing projects, for instance drapes, can be as basic as punching grommets in cloth and creating some decorative hems. You can create brilliantly colored pillows that match any of your decorating schemes, even if the local stores do not seem to have anything to match. Even better, tackling one of these sewing projects gives you a sense of pride that any do-it-yourselfer should have.

A Project for Fun

Sewing can assist you in doing things that are helpful, but some sewing projects also make great gifts for young family members. With just a bit of know-how and a little practice, you can make stuffed toys for children. What makes these sewing projects so outstanding is that they add a personal touch to just about any gift you give, a toy that's got a conventional look while still fun to play with. A well-crafted doll or perhaps a stuffed animal can be the sort of toy that a child thinks of for years to come-how many people can recall one of their old stuffed toys?

Similar to the other sewing projects listed above, the benefit to putting your sewing skills to use for personal projects is the control you have over the way the small things in your life look. Whether you decide to learn how to do one of these sewing project ideas or use this as a jumpstart for your own brainstorming, sewing is a hobby that can bring joy to your life, even after you put away your needle and thread.
About the Author
Listen to Korbin Newlyn as he shares his insights as an expert author and an avid writer in the field of fine apparel. If you would like to learn more go to Sewing Basket advice and at Sewing Supply tips.
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