Simple sewing ideas

Start off with a few simple projects until you build up confidence and end up on the Great British Sewing Bee.

Customise your clothes

  • Swap the standard buttons on a jacket or cardigan with your own buttons and create something stylish and unique
  • Add interesting or colourful buttons as decorations to T-shirts, hats, scarves, bags
  • Add elbow or knee patches, ribbons, trims, pockets…

See some ideas here and buy buttons, beads and other decorations here or here

Adapt your clothes to give them new life

  • Take sleeves off a top or a jacket
  • Change the length of a skirt or dress
  • Turn jeans into shorts

See some more ideas here

Make new objects out of old

Try a simple kit

Kits are expensive, but a good place to start until you build up confidence. Good kits contain clear instructions and all the equipment you need. Try:

  • A  skirt or dress from legendary 1970s brand clothkits (the pattern pieces are printed directly onto the fabric which makes dressmaking easier)
  • A simple but stylish tote bag from Alice Caroline
  • An apron or a pair of knickers from Flo-Jo

Find further inspiration on the The Makery You Tube Channel

You might also be interested in our other sewing pages:

Basic sewing skills
Basic sewing skills – machine



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Make beautiful things