Today we’re inspired by the wonderful blog, Sparkle Power, full of great sewing activities from a crafty mother of three. We thought we’d share our favorite projects from this fun site, a round-up of 6 sewing projects perfect for getting you out of a slump or inspiring you to make something out of your usual routine.
It’s no surprise that a blog with a name like Sparkle Power could provide some happy inspiration in sewing! These projects are practical, which we love, but also provide some great steps to make you well-rounded in sewing across a wide variety of projects. Ready to dig in?
This is a perfect warm weather shirt, with the construction of the shirt adding to the “decorative” element — the ruffles make it so you can make it in a solid print and it would still be super cute. If you’re shy about making tops because sleeves scare you, this is the perfect project to ease you into it!
We love sewing machine covers for a couple of reasons: they’re essential for keeping damaging dust & debris off your machine, and they make your sewing space look great! Dust is the number one silent “killer” of sewing machine parts, as it causes parts to rust & erode over time. A great sewing machine cover will keep your precious machinery protected, but also make a great addition to your sewing space. We love this cover because it adds some steps for piecing, a fun decorative addition.
If your little one is anything like ours, they love the feel of stretch pants. They’re cozy, they’re easy to sew, and most importantly they can be paired with lots of top options. We love that this project can be very forgiving in your sizing, as the stretch will fill out any minor mistakes. You can make them long or cropped for a mix of uses, too!
Get a little mixed media involved in your next sewing project with this tutorial that guides you through the steps to paint your own chevron pattern onto canvas, then use that to sew a great tote! Canvas is sturdy, making this a great tote for summertime beach visits or trips to the market. We love how the bold colors stand out against the neutral canvas, and the squared bottom introduces you to some great basic bag construction techniques.
You can never really have too many pillows, especially if you like to freshen up your decor from time to time. This tutorial for a quilted big stripe pillow will guide you through some very easy piecing techniques to give that striped pattern, and basic straight quilting to compliment the horizontal pattern of the fabric. We can see this customized for a color block-look, if you prefer two giant stripes or thinner stripes for a smaller patterned effect.
We have a surplus of t-shirts at our house — you might, too, especially if you have siblings of various ages or shirts from years of sports teams stashed away. We love the idea of making them into night gowns with a few simple alterations from larger shirts. This tutorial guides you through making a size for a girl from adult t-shirts, a perfect recycling opportunity for sewing.
Will you be trying out any of these great projects from Sparkle Power today?
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