Sewing Topics

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Sewing - Basics

Do you want to learn to sew?  Already know how to sew but need to learn a new technique?  Find links and tutorials for basic sewing instructions for the beginner such as pinning a pattern to fabric and threading a sewing machine.

Find video and photo tutorials on techniques like staystitching, edge stitching, french seams, gathering, making ruffles, lapped seam, pleats, flat felled seam, shirring, thread tension, topstitching and understitching and more. 

Many of the tutorials on this page are our own tutorials.  We enjoy teaching how to sew and love to hear about your sewing adventures.  Be sure to post any questions or share your adventures on the comments pages of Youtube videos.  We do try to respond to comments and questions.


Sewing - Video Tutorials

These sewing video tutorials will help with basic sewing methods and also advanced sewing techniques.

Sewing - Quick Tip Videos

SEWING AND QUILTING TIPS - These are quick videos with tips and hints.

About Fabric & Interfacing

All you need to know about fabric and interfacing! Textile guides and glossary, fabric yardage calculators, fabric conversion chart, fabric dyeing and more.

Calculator & Charts

Handy sewing calculator and charts.


How to make clothes along with sewing techniques for making clothes such as how to make buttonholes, how to put elastic in waistband and more.

Denim Jeans & Skirt Crafts

30+ Fabulous Crafts from Denim Jeans!

Do you have old denim jeans that don't fit or are too old?  Find many projects to repurpose those old jeans into something new and useful.  There are so many ideas on this page, you are sure to find something to make.  

Find books on designing with denim.  Want to make a jeans skirt? A laptop bag? Find everything from Aprons, bags, quilts, coasters, skirts, laptop bags and more on this page.

Some of the projects on this page are tutorials which are all FREE.  We love to reuse old items to make new things so jeans are a perfect fit.  Find tutorials for our lined bag, pocket purses, doll skirts and more.  

We also have a tutorial on how to fix holes in those old jeans.  We know that holes in jeans are a new style, but you may want to patch them also.

If you have questions about our tutorials, click on over to the Youtube video for the project and write a comment there.  We try to answer comments and questions.


Doll Clothes

20+ Doll Clothes Projects and Tutorials

Do you want to learn how to sew clothes for your American Girl Doll or other 18" doll?  Look below for many links to doll clothes tutorials and also links to techniques for making doll clothes.

Learn how to make closures, collars, darts, sleeves, and finishes for doll clothes.  Find many of our FREE tutorials for making doll clothes, hats, bags, skirts and more.  

If you have a question about one of our tutorials, click over to the Youtube video and post your question in the comments section.  We try to answer questions.

We hope you make some fun and stylish clothes for your dolls!


Accent a project with accessories. Learn how here!

Fabric Postcards

Fabric postcards are the new rage. They are a small quilt which can be held in the hand. Information on fabric postcards, how-to instructions is here.

Find a Fabric Store

Fabric store locations, interactive maps, phone, website and more.

Finishing Techniques

Interested in how-to finish a seam? Or how to hem? Find this type of sewing information on this web page.

Glossary of Sewing Terms

Sewing Terminology - All types of sewing terms and fabric terms which will help you with your sewing projects.

Hand Sewing

Hand Stitching - Hand sewing how-to, stitches, etc.

Hems...All About Hems

All about hemming. Learn the different typess and methods of hemming.

Home Decor

Tutorials on window treatments, upholstery and slipcovers.

Mending Tutorials

Mending is a way of repairing clothes and household items.  Being able to mend your own clothes and other items extends their life and saves money. 

Mending is a life-skill that everyone should know.  To mend all you need is entry-level sewing skills.  Some mending requires a needle and thread and some basic hand-sewing stitches.  Some mending requires a sewing machine but only knowing basic stitches and machine knowledge.  And some techniques require no sewing at all.

Whether you are patching up jeans or sewing on a button, whether you are mending a frayed towel or fixing a torn sheet, whether you're repairing a curtain or an heirloom quilt, being about to mend and fix your own clothes and other items extends the life of the piece which is better for the environment and your wallet.

Below is a roundup of many how-to mending and repairing tutorials such as:

  • How to sew a ripped seam
  • How to fix holes and rips in jeans
  • Learn visible mending over a hole or stain
  • How to attach a button
  • Mending an undone hem
  • How to mend a sweater
  • Zipper repair and replacement
  • How to darn socks
  • And much, much more

To Mend or Not to Mend, That is the Question? 
Before you decide to mend or fix a garment or an item, you should ask yourself a few questions.

Do I still like it?
Is it worth fixing?
Is it an heirloom?
Is the rest of the item in good condition?
Is it worth my time and effort to repair it?

With the following tutorials, you can breathe new life into your favorite clothing and home accessories by mending, fixing, and repairing them.

Don’t forget to bookmark or pin this page because you never know when you may need a learn how to mend something.

Notions and Supplies

Learn all about sewing notions and supplies and how to use them, such items an snaps, buttons, thread, zippers, pins and more.

Penny Rugs

In the 19th century, homemakers used scraps of wool or felted wool to make decorative table toppers, mats, pillows and wall hangings. Penny rugs are a type of folk art where coins or coin shapes are used as templates. The coin shapes are joined together with a blanket stitch. Although this techniques is called penny rug it is not usually used for rugs.

Sergers & Serging

Guideline and tips on sergers and serging.

Sewing in French

Sewing information, articles, books, how-to, magazines en Francais.

Sewing Labels

Labeling your projects is very important. This will enable future generations to know who made the item.

Sewing Machine

Need information on selecting a sewing machine? Need information on the care of a sewing machine? Do you need a manual? All types of sewing machine information is available here.

Sewing Techniques

Do you want to learn how to sew?  Find many links to articles on sewing techniques like buttonholes, blind hemming, french seams, couching, cording, elastic waistbands, and many other sewing how-tos.  

Look to the right for many other topics on sewing, free projects, and tutorials.  

We love to teach sewing and several of the tutorials below are our own.  If you have a question, please click the link and find the Youtube video for the tutorial.  Add any comments or questions you have in the Youtube comments section.  We try to answer questions on Youtube.

Sewing Tips

Helpful sewing tips.

Sewing Tools

Learn about sewing tools and learn how to use them - measuring tapes, scissors, markers, threaders, tube turners and lots more.

Shows and Retreats

Information about quilting and sewing shows and retreats.

Software, Shareware & Videos

Sewing helpers! Do you need help learning to sew? You will find sewing software, sewing shareware, sewing videos and sewing DVD here.

Trouble-Shooting Sewing Problems

Are you having thread problems? Sewing problems? These sites may have answers.


Store purchased pattern prices are going up and up. It makes them hardly worth purchasing unless you can use the pattern over and over again.

So, we have created our own sewing tutorials and searched the Internet for loads of additional free sewing patterns. Here you will find a list of free sewing pattern or project by category including projects for baby & Kids, women, home decor, holiday themes and various other accessories.

Have fun getting inspired and creative by browsing through these 100s of sewing patterns.

Free Catalogs - Sewing

Do you still like to thumb through catalogs to shop for quilting and sewing supplies and kits?  Or to get inspiration for creating a unique sewing or quilting project?   Here's a comprehensive alphabetically list of manufacturers and stores that have free sewing and quilting catalogs you can request mailed to your home.  Most of the free catalogs can be delivered right to your mailbox but a few may only be available online. Request one of the free catalogs or request them all and see how much fun it can be shopping from the comfort of your home.


Lots of interesting sewing links.

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