This tutorial will show you how to sew stretch and knit fabrics with a regular sewing machine.
People often make the mistake of thinking they can’t work with knits if they don’t have an overlock machine, but knit fabrics existed a long time before sergers were commonly available as home machines, so don’t be afraid to try it out. With a little practice, it’s no harder than sewing with woven fabrics.
Here’s my video tutorial for fabric appliques / patches. Appliques are a great way to embellish or customize a project. You can add them to bags, clothes, Xmas stockings, and more. Appliqued handmade goods make great gifts because you can tailor each one for the recipient!
If you scroll down, there’s also a photo tutorial version so you can go at your own pace, or go to a specific step.
This is a quick way to give a plain tee or tank a little upgrade! The best part is, you don’t have to screw around with buttonholes because that part has been done for you already!
If you’re looking at me funny and wondering WTF a henley shirt is, it’s a shirt with a partial button placket down the front. Like our finished project here:
Things you’ll need for this tutorial:
sewing machine (or needle and thread, if you’re old school and mega patient like that)
a t-shirt or tank (you can make your own, if you like)
the button placket from another shirt
Gather your materials. Here I’ve got my henley and my fabric, with which I will make a basic tee.
I happened to have a a henley shirt that I cut up a while ago to make a pattern. This is why I can never throw things away… I knew it would come in handy!
If you don’t have a henley style shirt, you can use a button placket from any shirt, really. A full buttondown will work just fine for this, you just need to trim it to the length you want. I think a plaid button placket would look super cute on a plain tee!
If you’ve searched your closets high and low and don’t have a button placket handy, there’s a really great tutorial for making a henley tee here.
Making a ruffle (aka gathering) is a basic sewing technique that you can use a million different ways once you know how to do it.
There are a lot of ways to ruffle or gather. In this tutorial, I create the ruffle as I sew, instead of gathering the fabric ahead of time. It takes some practice to be able to create even gathers, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a quick way to do it.
I want to add a ruffled hem to the bottom of a dress. The first thing I need to do is determine how much fabric I need for my ruffle.
How much fabric I need for the ruffle depends on 1. the width of the bottom of the dress and 2. how full I want the ruffle.
Laying flat, the bottom is 20″ wide, which means it’s 40″ wide total.