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How to Sew Your Own Fabric Accessories

Updated on July 5, 2016

A Singer Treadle Sewing Machine


Sew Accessories

As long as you have the basic sewing skills and can sew a straight line , than you have what it takes to make many accessories.

By following along and watching the videos provided, you can quickly learn the sewing basics and more .

Sewing on a sewing machine is fast and easy to use, most sewing machines come fully equipt with all the attachments built right in.. however even if your sewing machine is basic with a limited amount of decorative stitches or presser feet, the basic sewing machine is all one needs to get the job done.

You can buy fabrics and create a new clothing article, a fashion accessory to compliment an outfit, or you can make a decorative item or something crafty for your home or re-purpose what you already own.

It can be a lot of fun to re-purpose an item of clothing, by adding a ruffle or changing out the button etc., Or taking a sheet and turning it into a pillow or slip cover.


Zippered Pouch

WAIT STOP !!!!!!

Stop! Don’t run away…there’s nothing to be scared of. Zippers are simple to sew if you know a few tricks. The same is true for sewing vinyl. Today, we’re going to take the mystery (and fear) out of both by sewing this clever little zippered pouch, perfect as a makeup bag, a pencil case, or a sewing supplies holder .

Follow along as the tutorial takes you step by easy step to create your very own zippered pouch..

After you make your first one , you will be ready to make more, for yourself or as gifts.

This tutorial comes with step by step easy to follow instructions, colorful pictures and a supply list.

Check the list , gather your supplies and make one for your self. Just follow along, and work at your own pace.. HOW TO SEW sewing patterns and tips for beginners.

Vintage 50"s Style Head Band


Something For Your Hair

50's Head Band

This 50's headband is one of the easiest, most authentic vintage sewing patterns you'll find! Stitch one up quickly and you'll be transported to the 50's in no time!

You too can make this really cute 50's headband for yourself..hop on over to Elegant Musings blog to follow the step by step tutorial

Hair Wrap

The great thing about these is that there’s WIRE in them so you can create whatever shapes you want and it stays put! You have the freedom here to get creative.. maybe even weave it through a side braid..?! Plus you can choose all sorts of different fabrics and do a variety of thicknesses and lengths..You will love this Hair Wrap A Kelly Hicks Design ..Tutorial

Handbags And Tissue Pack Cover


Make Your Own Handbags

Sweater Handbag

See this tutorial on A Lemon Squeezy you can make your very own Sweater Handbag, Using an existing sweater, maybe one that you own and no longer wear, or purchase one from a local thrift store.

Big N Beautiful Betty

Free Bag Purse Pattern: Big N Beautiful Betty is so pretty and Roomy..Make one or two in your favorite colors and patterns...the pattern is a free printable

Tissue Pack Cover

Scraps of bright print fabric are perfect for hiding unsightly tissue packs. Make them to match your room, your car, or your office. Or make one to match or co-ordinate with one of the above free pattern handbags. Get step by step instructions

Make An Apron


Whip Up An Apron

Frilly Apron

Create this decorative Frilly Apron in 10 easy steps.

When you make this pretty and sweet little frilly apron , you can protect your clothing from splatters and spills and look good at the same time..

Isn't it pretty ?

Little Black Apron

Little Black Dress Apron

You have your little black dress for an evening out …

Now you can have one for the kitchen too!

You can create this chic Little Black Dress Apron in less time than it takes to whip up your favorite meal!

Free Tutorial

Create A Fun And Easy To Make Scarf


Sew A Scarf

A Cozy Scarf

A Free design from Amy Butler, There isn't anything softer than cozy fabric. Perfect for the ultimate neck scarf.

Thrifty T-Shirt Infinity Scarf

Simple crafts are the best kind, and this Thrifty T-Shirt Infinity Scarf is fast and easy. You too will be able to make clothing out of recycled materials by checking out this quick tutorial. Chances are you have a few t-shirts with a one-way ticket to the trash. Instead of throwing them out, transform them into cool DIY scarves that are lightweight and fashionable. These can then be made as a gift for yourself or homemade presents for friends and family.

Tee Shirt Transformation


Transforming T-shirts

T-shirts transformed into skirt

This adorable, yet comfortable skirt is easy to transform using T-shirts...

Follow the easy step by step instructions to quickly make your own..

Sweet Little Re-Fashion

A charming Anthropology inspired cashmere sweater switch up. With simple re~style it yourself instructions.

Basic Sewing Stiches

How to Use your Sewing Machine (for Beginners)

Learning to Sew

When sewing, and working on a simple pattern you will find that you only need few sewing tools.

The most important items for your sewing chest/box, would be: a measuring tape, needle, thread, cloth, straight pins, and sewing shears.

Working on a sewing machine you will need a few more items, however for the most part those have most likely been included with your sewing machine. Such as presser foot attachments etc:

These attachments will help you with setting in a zipper, making a buttonhole, ruffle making, darning, quilting, and with decorative stitches.

When you have gathered the tools necessary to tackle a pattern, there are several steps to the construction of the garment or craft project you intend to make.. The patterns that you are using will specify whether to cut on the grain or the bias. The pattern will also specify what type of stitching to use, such as: edge stitching. under stitching, stay stitching and top stitching. The seam types would be a plain seam, zigzag seam, a french seam or any of many others.

By watching the videos , You will be able to learn how to thread your machine, wind your bobbin, etc.

You will also learn the many stitches that are built into your machine.

As long as you have the basic sewing skills and can sew a straight line , than you have what it takes to make many accessories.


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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I want to try the tissue cover although i don't have a sewing machine

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      @Pinkchic....thank you for the visit....The makeup pouch is a favorite for me as well.

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      Sarah Carlsley 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Very cute ideas! I like the makeup pouch and the tissue holder.

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      sarifearnbd thank you for the compliment the votes and more

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      Sheri Faye ..How fun to own your very own garment factory......

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      thank you twig22bend...I love to sew also when time allows.

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      My favorite is the zippered pouch...planning to make them for gifts..thanks for the votes

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      Thank you so much pstraubie48, for sending Angels my way...enjoy your new sewing machine

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      Carol7777 ..I hear you ..I to have been busy writing and babysitting and not sewing quilting or knitting

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Well done. I owned a garment factory for twenty three years, so I know sewing. There are some really good instructions for beginners here. Love the fifties head band!

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      twig22bend 4 years ago

      I loved to sew when I had a sewing machine. It is much easier than most people think. I love your projects. They bring back memories.

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      Gypsy48 4 years ago

      Great idea for making gifts. I especially like the zippered pouch and scarves. Voted up.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good morning...thanks for sharing this. I have just purchased a small sewing machine as I have wanted to learn. To sew for a long time. These projects look like something I can try. I am bookmarking this to refer to when I get started. Thanks for sharing Sending Angels to you this morning. :)ps

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Lots of fun ideas here. I have been staring at my sewing machine for weeks..Busy writing and doing so many other things, but it is on my list.