Stylish Sewing Projects For Beginners

Throughout my years teaching intro-to-sewing classes the main apprehensions to starting the hobby include projects that look too "handmade" and frustration with complicated patterns with too many steps. I scoured the internet for the most stylish sewing projects I could find that can also be completed quickly (without puzzling out complicated pattern pieces). Simply click through the links below to find the full tutorials! 

1. Hem a dress into a shirt with this easy tutorial by Paper & Stitch

2. A Vintage Sheet Duvet Cover by My Poppet Makes

3. Edge Stitched Napkins by Janet Crowther

4. Rope Totes by Gemma Patford for We Are Scout

5. Fabric Catch-All Trays by The House That Lars Built

6. Placemats and Napkins by Smile and Wave DIY

8. Weekender bag by Purl Soho

9. Cacti Pincushions by A Beautiful Mess

10. Coin Purses by Purl Soho

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15 Vintage T's for Everyday Wear

Moving back down south to the family farm often means arriving home after meetings with clients to goats running amok or pups jumping up on your pants with muddy paws. Working on more projects that require "getting messy" clothes while also appearing presentable has been a challenge, but I've adopted a new uniform of distressed denim and T-shirts that makes getting dressed in the mornings easier. Paint splatter doesn't seem so noticeable on distressed jeans and t shirts, and the look can be dressed up in a pinch with some heels and jacket. With the revival of vintage graphic T's come racks of cheesy reproductions...but here are some that make the cut!

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