Spring is about new growth in both nature and our own routines. Give your sewing repertoire a fresh dusting by trying something a little out of the ordinary — and we can help! Today we’re featuring five DIY sewing projects from the fantastic blog At the Picket Fence, a resource for living an inspired, handmade life. There’s a little something for everyone on this list, from apparel to home decor, repurposed projects to new creations, so follow along our list and welcome a fresh Spring with a new sewing project!
When you ask someone that sews what they make, they usually have a favorite “type” of project. Many people find their niche, and think going across the border requires a whole new set of knowledge. We say, toss out those worries! If you’re accustomed to sewing apparel, it’s no big deal to start making things for your home, and why not let the new growth of Spring guide you in the right direction? Check out these five easy projects to help jumpstart a path to new endeavors, all from At the Picket Fence.
Sewing apparel for children is a great place to start if you’re focused on the process rather than the fit — children’s clothing tends to be more “one size fits all” per age group, as curves aren’t yet a factor for the most part. This layered skirt could also be made for an adult, however, as the large hoop of the skirt allows for a lot of room no matter what shape you are on bottom — a simple waist measurement is the main guide in this project. We love that it reminds us of the sun & sky, a perfect segue to the warm months ahead.
We like finding fabric in odd places, and drop cloths are a great use for lined curtains since it’s often so much cheaper than fabric by the yard. We love the neutral look, and can see this material being used in many other places of our sewing projects! The drop cloth tutorial walks you through adding another fabric for a trim, a great skill to know for regular home decor sewing.
This super fast Heart Applique Shirt project that provides great instructions and inspiration to alter existing clothing for a fun new addition to your wardrobe. If you’re tempted to buy a lot of the same basic t’s on sale, you’ll have a new reason to go with the bare — it’s easy to add your own embellishments!
We love ideas for curtains and trimmings, since these can be so expensive to purchase outright. This tutorial is a super easy introduction to basic curtain paneling and constructing a cornice, a project completed in part using new fabric and in part using found items around the house — a great inspiration for your own DIY projects.
Spring crafting wouldn’t be complete with a few flowers, and this felt flower necklace tutorial is just the thing we need to get us in the mood for sunshine. You’ll be able to whip this up on your machine in no time, and Coats & Clark Dual Duty XP Heavy thread will do just the trick for attaching something heavy like these felt flowers to a ribbon tie. This tutorial walks you through a fast way to finish with hot glue, but we like to use thread to ensure a long lasting durability.
What projects do you have prepared for your Spring line-up? Share in the comments below!
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