advertisement

advertisement

No Thanks
Let
Keep In Touch With MarthaStewart.com

Sign up and we'll send inspiration straight to you.

Martha Stewart takes your privacy seriously. To learn more, please read our Privacy Policy.

tote-bag-diy-composition-wall-159-d111753-moire-resize.jpg
  • Overview
  • Sewing Supplies and Materials
  • Basic Techniques
  • Fixing
  • Basic Sewing Projects
  • Projects We Love
  • Projects to Wear and Carry
  • Projects for Little Ones
  • Projects for Playtime
  • Projects for the Holidays

advertisement

advertisement

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

Sewing

Sewing is a true art form and a skill that everyone can use. Who hasn't needed to sew a button on a shirt or jacket? Or mend a hem? Don't head to the tailor or seamstress, take on these small projects yourself when you learn the basics. 

 

Feeling more ambitious? Create an entire project from scratch to give as a gift, or keep it for yourself. We also have techniques on how to sew items to use to decorate your home or use for your everyday tasks.

 

Whether you're fixing or feeling fancy, read on to learn the basics, find out what materials you need, and see some of our favorite projects and get inspiration for some of your own.

Sewing is a true art form and a skill that everyone can use. Who hasn't needed to sew a button on a shirt or jacket? Or mend a hem? Don't head to the tailor or seamstress, take on these small projects yourself when you learn the basics. 

 

Feeling more ambitious? Create an entire project from scratch to give as a gift, or keep it for yourself. We also have techniques on how to sew items to use to decorate your home or use for your everyday...

Learn More

Learn More

All About Sewing

advertisement

advertisement

article

Hemming prevents the edges of fabric from fraying and creates weight so that fabric drapes properly. The single-fold hem is the simplest: the edge is folded over, pressed, then edge-stitched at the top of the fold. Yet most of the projects in this book rely on a double hem--the edge is folded over twice--to produce a ravelproof edge.

advertisement

advertisement

article

On an apron, like this one, a French seam lets you color-block pieces of fabric together without any raw edges on the inside. Since this essentially places one seam inside another, it works best with light-to-medium- weight fabrics. (Thicker denims are too bulky.)