One Yard Sewing Projects are Fun Easy Starter Projects!

one yard sewing projectsOne Yard Sewing Projects

Whether you are a beginner or an accomplished sewing enthusiast, easy one yard sewing projects are quick and fun to make.

One yard projects include purses, makeup bags, pencil bags, aprons, skirts, sleeveless tops, laundry bags, pillows, and hats. They also include stuffed toys, stand mixer covers, typewriter/computer covers, and much more.

My time is so limited that I don’t get much done in the way of sewing, these days.

I really don’t like to go back to a project once I have to leave it, as evidenced by the shirt I started my husband four years ago.

He outgrew it before I got around to finishing it, so I put it aside.

Now, he is losing weight, so I may yet finish it.

One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric! is a great one yard project resource. It even comes with an attached envelope that includes patterns for all the projects.

I have several of these easy sewing projects on my to-do list. I love one yard sewing projects. They are quick and easy, so I feel a sense of accomplishment! Over the next several weeks, I will be posting some of my favorite one yard projects.

You Need a Good Sewing Machine

Singer Sewing Machine
For any sewing project, you need a good sewing machine. I have been using this machine since summer 2014. It has a metal frame that is heavy enough it prevents the machine from ‘walking’ across the table while I am sewing. It is heavy-duty enough that I can sew denim with no trouble. I would buy this machine again. The built-in button hole and decorative and utilitarian stitches are a definite plus.

Do you enjoy sewing projects that only take one yard of fabric?

Sewing Scissors

Sewing ShearsSewing Shears are Precious Tools

My mom and grandmother both taught me to treat my sewing scissors as precious sewing tools. Scissors used for cutting paper, wire, cardboard, and other non-fabric items dull quickly. Dull shears will not cut fabric, but rather instead will chew the fabric, causing runs and snags in some fabric types.

The rule they taught me is to purchase the best pair you can afford, then keep them hidden so that no one will use them for non-fabric cutting.

Gingher 8-Inch Knife Edge Dressmaker’s Shears

The sewing scissors my mom uses are Gingher shears. She has had her Ginghers for as long as I can remember. Actually, I remember getting in trouble a few times when I was a child for cutting paper with them.

They really keep a sharp edge. Mom used to cut very fine sand paper with them to sharpen them, but I recommend using a scissor sharpener instead.

 Fiskars 8 Inch Softouch Spring Action Razor Edged Scissor

These are the scissors I use when I sew. As I get older, my hands don’t have the strength they once did. The spring action helps prevent hand fatigue, and makes cutting patterns and fabric much easier.

I love that I can resharpen them with the Fiskars Desktop Scissors Sharpener.

What scissors do you prefer for sewing tasks?

Photo Credit: gracey

Plus Size Sewing Made Easy

plus size sewingPlus Size Sewing Techniques to Make Plus Size Clothes That Fit

Is Plus Size Sewing the Answer to Making Clothes that Fit?

For a plus sized woman, one of the most difficult things is finding attractive clothes that actually fit without paying premium prices.

Shopping the outlet sales online is one way to do this, but even so, you still don’t know if will fit until you receive your shipment.

Unfortunately, most of the sewing patterns for plus sized women don’t match well with my body, either.

Since I love to sew, though, I decided to see if I could figure out how to adjust sewing patterns I like to fit me.

I tried adding extra seam width. Sometimes that worked, but sometimes, it made the clothes hang funny. Plus size sewing is not always easy to do.

When I found Sewing for Plus Sizes: Creating Clothes that Fit and Flatter, I was thrilled. I learned to take any pattern within 3 or 4 sizes of what I need and adjust it to fit me.

This means that those gorgeous patterns that they don’t make in my size are now options for my sewing pleasure.

In this book, Barbara Deckert teaches you how to make any purchased pattern fit, and includes instructions for making a dress dummy that fits you prefectly. My daughter kept borrowing this book, so I had to go get it when I was ready to sew something. Guess what Santa brought her last year?

First Things First: Measure Yourself!

It Helps to Have a Friend Help with This

The first thing this book has you do is measure yourself and make a chart with your measurements. Then you take the measurements from the pattern and compare them to see where you need added, or even reduced, fabric.

The book teaches you how to adjust patterns to fit, based on how many vertical seams there are in the garment. It isn’t hard, and makes creating clothes that fit you and that you can actually enjoy fun instead of frustrating. My wardrobe and my husband’s wardrobe have both benefited from the purchase of this book.

The Christmas after I found the book, I bought a copy for my daughter as a gift. At first, until she realized my copy is paperback and the one she received is hardback, she thought I had given her my used copy. Frankly, I wouldn’t give up my copy for anything. She has used the plus size sewing instructions in the book to make her clothes fit better, too. And the same techniques make it easy for her to adjust patterns to fit her husband, too.

Plus Size Sewing Patterns

When making adjustments or alterations to a pattern, it is easier if you start with a pattern close to your size. After determining your personal measurements, select the pattern you want to use, then purchase the size closest to your measurements. Making adjustments of 1/2 inch per seam is much easier than making adjustments of 2 inches per seam, though it can be successfully done. Using the techniques taught in Sewing for Plus Sizes, you can sew trendy plus size clothes that are a joy to wear.

Meet Barbara Deckert

To learn more about sewing and Barbara Deckert, check out Craftsy.