How to Sew a Skirt to Get the Job: Interview Attire

We’ve all been there. You’ve got a job interview coming up and you have no idea what to wear. First of all, relax, you’re smart enough for the position and if they can’t see that then you don’t want to work with them anyway!

Second of all, instead of using your precious pennies on a new skirt, save some money and learn how to sew a skirt that you’ll look and feel comfortable in. Half of the hurdle of an interview is overcoming your nerves, and with these free sewing tutorials you’ll be notably more confident in your ability to put your best foot forward.

1. Anthropologie Ruffled Skirt Tutorial

For the girl who likes a little bit of flair and not just a straight edged pencil skirt, learn how to sew this Anthro-inspired piece.

Anthropologie Ruffled Skirt Tutorial

2. Mulberry Style Paperbag Skirt

If you’re not the world’s best seamstress, consider this easy DIY skirt to get a whole new look that will make you look chic and fabulous.

Mulberry Style Paperbag Skirt

3. Ruched Pencil Skirt

Certainly one of our favorite finds of late on the big, bad, worldwide web, we think this alternative take on the typical pencil skirt is fabulous. Many thanks to 2nd Story Sewing for sharing it!

Ruched Pencil Skirt

4. The Charlotte Skirt

A low-waist skirt can still take a tip or two from the good old days. We love how this sewn skirt tutorial involves a asymmetrical ruffle along the hem for a clean but fun look.

The Charlotte Skirt

5. Ruffled Peplum Skirt Tutorial

Go atypical when you learn how to sew a skirt by placing the ruffles at the waist instead of on the bottom hem.

Ruffled Peplum Skirt Tutorial

6. Anthropologie Work Skirt

For a lengthening accent, sew a ruffle down the length of your sewn skirt. We love this Anthro knock-off that shows you how to make this charming piece.

Anthropologie Work Skirt

7. How to Make a Scalloped Front Skirt

One of the earliest projects hosted on AllFreeSewing, this scalloped skirt is still a favorite. Learn how to sew a skirt that’s completely classic by following this tutorial.

How to Make a Scalloped Front Skirt

8. Knit DIY Pencil Skirt

There is always this classic solution to your wardrobe woes. You might be the type that feels great in a classic, uncomplicated piece, and that’s exactly what this sewing tutorial provides.

Knit DIY Pencil Skirt

Whether you’re learning how to sew a skirt for an interview for yourself or a loved one, these tutorials are a sure bet to boost your confidence. If you’re looking for more types of skirts, check out our updated collection of fave pieces right here. We’re wishing you great luck in your upcoming interview!

What did you wear to your first job interview?

The Latest and Greatest Sewing for Baby Collection

Sewing for Baby: 11 Small Sewing Projects for Your Little One Free eBookThere are a million reasons to sew for baby, but we’ll just mention a few.

1) Babies, and everything associated with them, are adorable. Ergo, small sewing projects for a cute crawler are an easy way to celebrate the tiny, but nonetheless delightful projects that make us “ohh” and “ahh“.

2) If you’re expecting an arrival soon, you’re most likely keenly aware of additional expenses. Cute sewing projects like baby clothes and accessories can cut costs without sacrificing little luxuries for your child.

3) Even if you’re not having a child, chances are friends and family members around you have additional children to look forward to. Free baby sewing projects are extremely useful for those interested in DIY gifts. They’re budget-friendly and completely customized for the beneficiary’s tastes.

Little Dorothy Baby Dress PatternAre you sold? Because we’ve got a new collection of free baby sewing tutorials that we’d absolutely love for you to explore. Sewing for Baby: 11 Small Sewing Projects for Your Little One includes free baby clothes sewing patterns as well as accessories. Download this new eBook for free and keep it for as long as you’d like on your desktop or tablet.

Peek-a-Boo Preview of Free Baby Sewing Projects

So, what will you find when you download Sewing for Baby: 11 Small Sewing Projects for Your Little One? We’ve pulled three great DIY baby sewing projects that we’re hoping will inspire you to create from this new piece of sewing literature.

Little Dorothy Baby Dress Pattern (find it on page 19) – Create a classic for a little girl close to you with this free baby girl dress tutorial. Choose to style this Stylish Baby Change Mat Clutchproject after the famous film or use a different print of fabric to apply to this design. An excellent DIY alternative to spending big bucks at the store, this makes a great gift to parents who don’t feel comfortable splurging.

Stylish Baby Change Mat Clutch (find it on page 42) – No new parent can go without a trusty changing mat. Give the gift of mobility to families that just welcomed a newborn by sewing this clutch. Folding easily into a discreet and stylish purse, any recipient of this project will love its ingenuity.

Baby Mary Jane Shoes (find it on page 51) – Small sewing projects like these teeny tiny shoes allow you to get that adorable addition to a baby’s wardrobe. Don’t pay too much for something a baby can grow out of in months; instead, try easy sewing projects for babies like this fashionable footwear.

Intrigued? Excited? Ready to create some sweet and simple sewing projects that will be just as fun to mBaby Mary Jane Shoesake as holding a newborn? Browse at your leisure through Sewing for Baby: 11 Small Sewing Projects for Your Little One. You’re just one click away from beautiful baby projects.

 

 

 

Stella EdgeIs it hard to see those little baby projects? They’re pretty tiny. We have a solution.

The Stella Edge of course! Until Monday, May 12th you can enter to win the Stella Edge from Stella Lighting! This is a quality lamp that will let your eyes rest a bit. Enter here!

Win the Sewing Storage Collection of Your Dreams!

Everything Mary Sewing Machine CoverIt’s a good thing we don’t keep the Everything Mary Complete Sewing Storage collection by our desks, or the AllFreeSewing editors would have taken off with it. With a trio that includes a Sewing Machine Cover, Sewing Box, and Rolling Sewing Machine Tote, we find this bunch completely irresistible.

Everything Mary Sewing Machine Cover

The great thing about this exclusive collection from Everything Mary is that each piece includes additional storage opportunities for items. For example, the sewing machine cover not only protects your machine from dust in style, it includes pockets that surround the entire cozy. Thanks to this innovative addition you don’t need to wonder where your seam ripper or patterns are.

Everything Mary Square Sewing BoxEverything Mary Square Sewing Box

We’re particularly excited about the square sewing box that is part of this brilliant prize. The removable trays allow you to stack your supplies in the most space effective way within the square body of this container. Even more helpful is the dome top that provides additional space for goods that you might not otherwise confine in a cube.

Everything Mary Rolling Sewing Tote

 Everything Mary Rolling Sewing ToteWhat we’re really wild about, though, is the rolling sewing tote. As a group of sewing editors who work in an office away from our home bases, a rolling tote would be invaluable. Since the start of the Everything Mary Sewing Storage Collection giveaway we’ve been dreaming about rolling our machines to the office for a sewing soiree. Socials, trade shows, or just a move from one sewing room to another in the house would be made all the easier thanks to this nifty solution.

So, how do you get the Complete Sewing Storage Collection from Everything Mary?

If you want to win this exclusive collection, here’s what we suggest you do…

  1. Like the Everything Mary Facebook page! They’re awesome; you’ll love being friends with them.
  2. Like the AllFreeSewing page. We’re pretty awesome too and want to be friends with you!
  3. Enter here!

5 Sewing Projects You Didn’t Know You Needed

Get excited, because today we’re looking at sewing projects you didn’t know you needed. You’ll find that this collection of tutorials is not only ingenious, but easy. Take your extra fabric scraps and use them on these easy sewing projects that are sure to come in handy in your day-to-day life. Ready to find out what these sewing projects are? Let’s get started.

1. Brr! Draft Blocker

Brr! Draft Blocker

It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a hundred year old house or a brand new one, you know you feel that draft. At first it doesn’t bother you, but then you realize that the polar vortexes don’t know what “warn out welcome” means and that your Raynaud’s syndrome is near a state of alarm. What do you do? Freeze like the little match girl, or address the issue? Obviously, you tap into your fabric stash and create this awesome draft blocker from Patchwork Posse. Let’s avoid frostbite if we can.

2. DIY Car Sun Shade

DIY Car Sun Shade

On the other end of the temperature spectrum we’ve got a suggestion for one of those, “feels like I’m in a skillet” days. You know when you drive your car (every day) in July? You leave it in the parking lot, run into the Jewel to grab a carton of milk, and come back to an actual oven. Has the devil himself taken residence in your LeSabre? No, it’s just the sun. This DIY sun shade from Craft Snob is perfect to keep your seat cushions cool and your carton of milk from skimming on the way home.

3. Microwave Bowl Holder

Microwave Bowl Holder

Imagine that July sun that we just discussed, and imagine it indoors, on a bowl, burning your once baby-soft hands. That’s the feeling you repeatedly have when you take that bowl of leftovers out of the microwave. You know it’s hot, you know you’ve been burned before, but you’re so hungry and the food is literally at your fingertips. The primitive drive to hunt for your meal will never go away, but that burn can with this DIY microwave bowl cozy from Nannynotes2u.

4. Bowl Cover

Bowl Cover

For those of you thinking, “You just did that one!” you’re absolutely wrong. A bowl cover, while still accessorizing one of man’s finest creations, performs a completely different function than a bowl holder. The holder protects the person, the cover protects the food. Why is this something you need? How much money to you dish out on plastic wrap? What do you do with the plastic wrap when you’re done? Throw it away. If a equals b and b equals c… that’s right, you’re throwing away money. Take advantage of this easy sewing project from Collecting the Moments and save some money and your favorite casserole.

5. Reusable Swiffer Duster Cloths

Reusable Swiffer Duster Cloths

Alright, everyone loves Swiffers. They gently reminded the human race that dusting was still necessary, despite our stumble into the twenty-first century. However, if you have a home and live on Earth, then you need to (or should) dust a lot. If you’re the type that loves to clean sweep their house every week, then this DIY sewing project will save you a bundle. If you’re more of the “never has cleaned in their life” type, then this will save you from buying a box of Swiffers and only using one sheet. Take your stash and put it to work on this reusable necessity from Sew Much Ado.

Did we get it right? What are some items that you absolutely need?

 

Quilting for Life: How to Sew a Quilt

AllFreeSewingWhen people hear the word “quilting,” most automatically assume that it’s an all-encompassing term for the art of sewing together patchwork blankets and nothing more. We over at AllFreeSewing know that isn’t the case and that quilting is so much more than blankets. “Quilting” is the art of sewing together layers of fabric to create a thicker and padded material, and blankets happen to be the most common quilting project. You can make many varieties of home decor and accessories with quilting fabric!

Blankets are the most popular and common, of course, and with good reason. They’re basically one large rectangle that you an create as big or as small as you want, and blankets are always handy in a house, no matter the season. With some sturdier fabric, you can also create a picnic blanket! You can also create smaller quilted pieces, like table runners, place mats, tablecloths, oven mitts, pot holders, and coasters. If you’re also looking to create some great quilted accessories, try your hand at some sturdy quilted bags; they provide the durability of fabric but with added strength.

 

Quilts

The classic quilted project – an actual quilt. Whether you’re looking to make a smaller baby quilt or a larger one to fit over an adult bed, you can find all the inspiration you need with these classic quilting squares and patterns.

Starflower BlockButterfly Garden Quilt 

Adorable Pinwheel Quilt

Starflower Block Tutorial

Spin on the Pinwheel Block

 

Home Decor

Does your kitchen need a makeover? Sew up some great DIY home decor pieces with these easy quilting projects. Choose between table runners, over mitts, and pot holders for a fab new look!

2 Hour Stack and Slash Table Runner
2 Hour Stack and Slash Table Runner

Tea Time Mug Rug

Scrap Happy Table Runner

Reversible Quickie Coaster

Scrapbuster Fall Pillow

 

Quilted Bags and Purses

A fabric bag is very durable, and it’s very easy to make. In order to be sturdy enough to carry, say, groceries home from the store or market, the fabric needs to be thick and strong. You can even make smaller cosmetic bags to contain all your makeup when traveling.

Chevron Purse

Fat Quarter Bag

Chevron Purse

Quintessential Quilted Bag

Quilted Clutch Purse

Quilted Cell Phone Pouch

 

 

 

A Quilter's Ark
BONUS – Can’t get enough quilt block patterns? AllFreeSewing and Martingale are teaming up to give away A Quilter’s Ark! Full of animal quilt block patterns, A Quilter’s Ark is the perfect pattern book for the animal lover in your life. With over fifty animals to choose from, the quilt possibilities are endless! Enter daily from 4/14 – 4/28 to win!

 

 

 

What’s your favorite quilting project?

 

DIY Graduation Gifts They’ll Love: 15 Dorm Room Decorations

18 Graduation Gifts for HerFinding unique and thoughtful graduation gifts can be a difficult venture. It seems like just about everybody comes up with the same half a dozen ideas every year. If you want to give something extra special and practical, check out these DIY Graduation Gifts They’ll Love: 15 Dorm Room Decorations. For students just graduating high school, there is one thing and one thing only on their minds: heading off to college. Luckily for you, these fabulous gifts combine both of those important life events. Skip the funny cards with money in them, framed photos, or books giving sage advice and give your graduate something they will actually use in their dorm or classes.

My absolute favorite graduation gift I ever received was the quilt my grandmother handmade for me. It was so nice to be able to have a little bit of home and my family when I moved hours and hours away from my family. Plus, handcrafted dorm room decorations pretty much ensure that your graduate will have a unique and sassy dorm room. While everyone else is unpacking the same Bed, Bath & Beyond home décor, your grad will be singing your praises as they unpack their unique and lovely DIY graduation gifts.

DIY Dorm Room Decorations

All of these DIY dorm room decorations make awesome and unique graduation gift ideas. Any new grad would absolutely adore opening up one of these. Decorating your move away from home can be a big deal. It lets a student start crafting their new college identity as well as bringing a little bit of home with them. From convenient DIY organizers to adorable bath towels, these DIY dorm room decorations are sure to be a hit.

Vintage Button Kitchen CurtainsClassic Class Gift Quilt
Hanging Jewelry Holder
Denim Organizer
Darling DIY Duvet Cover
Vintage Button Kitchen Curtains
Lickety Split Laundry Bag
DIY T-Shirt Reconstruction Pillowcases
Owl Dry DIY Bath Towels
Fabric Storage Boxes

Other DIY Graduation Gifts

If you would prefer to give an accessory instead of decorations, these DIY projects are exactly what you are looking for. From a brand new wallet to a chic messenger bag, these DIY graduation gifts would delight just about any grad.

Big Books Library BagZippered Laptop Sleeve
Stylishly Sturdy DIY Laptop Case
DIY Wallet
Magical Messenger Bag Pattern
Totes Big and Small
Big Books Library Bag

 

 

 

 

If you love these DIY graduation gifts, check out these 18 Graduation Gifts for Her and these DIY home décor ideas.

What is one thing you wish you had in your dorm room?

Color Blocking and Upcycled Clothing Ideas

9 Ways to Transform Old T-Shirts

Color blocking is slated to come back in full force over the next few months. As the sun comes out and our world gets just a bit brighter, our clothes should be doing the same. Color blocking is an amazing way to wear bright, stunning colors while still looking chic. Plus, many color blocking pieces are extremely flattering and slimming. Mostly black pieces can really help you look trim and adding color blocking to those pieces means you do not have to sacrifice flair. Whether you are looking for a color block dress pattern or searching for a DIY t-shirt reconstruction, one of these 9 Color Blocking and Upcycled Clothing Ideas will surely become a staple in your already fantastic wardrobe.

I personally love color blocking on clothes. It never really goes out of a style and always looks timeless and vintage. One of my favorite dresses in my closet is a mod color blocked dress that features big splashes of blue. Plus, color block pieces are so simple that you can pretty much pair them with anything. If you like big jewelry, you can go totally 80s with chunky, costume jewelry. If you are more of a subtle girl, you can wear a simple pearl necklace with a color blocked piece to look like a sassy Audrey Hepburn.

I have compiled these particular projects together because they combine my love of color blocking and bright colors with my love of t-shirt reconstruction. Many of these mod and fab pieces are created by upcycling t-shirts and other clothing. I just love to be able to give new life to an old piece. It saves you money and gives you a sassy new wardrobe in the process.

15 Minute Tuxedo SkirtColor Block Dress and Skirt Projects

Refashioned 1960s Mod Dress
Color Block T-Shirt Dress
Tank Top Make Over Dress
15 Minute Tuxedo Skirt (Pictured left)
How to Make a Skirt Longer
Party-Ready Jersey Dress Tutorial

 

Thrifty Refashioned Infinity ScarfOther Color Block Upcycled Projects

Thrifty Refashioned Infinity Scarf (Pictured right)
Draped Color Block Tee
Color Block DIY Pants

 

 

What other 60s trend do you wish would come back in full force?

Spring Fashion Trends: DIY Chevron Ideas

We are not exactly the front-runners when it comes to announcing this spring fashion trend. Have you been able to step into a craft store, clothing store, or even out on the street without seeing a chevron pattern? I haven’t been able to escape it. I am not complaining though. I love chevron. I’m crazy about the popular pattern especially when it comes in the form of a DIY chevron project. It’s cute. It’s classy. But most of all? It is easy to copy. If you are looking to be on-trend this season, check out these 2014 Spring Fashion Trends: DIY Chevron Ideas.

Of all the spring fashion trends that are showing up, DIY chevron crafts are the most versatile. The funky and geometric pattern looks great on clothing and in the home. Chevron DIY home décor ideas can add so much to a room. Just like a splash of color can really make a room pop, a splash of a pattern can become an amazing focal point. These off-kilter stripes are a great way to draw attention to a piece of furniture, wall, or even yourself!

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Chevron DIY Home Decor

Chevron is an amazing way to spruce up your DIY home decor. If you want to draw attention to a favorite piece of furniture or wall, add a chevron craft.

Chevron wardrobe Ideas

Chevron stripes are stripes with some serious attitude. If you are looking to add some funk to your daily wear, these DIY chevron ideas for your wardrobe will make your day.

Chevron DIY Accessories

Add a splash of sass to a casual or cool outfit with one of these DIY chevron accessories. All of these purses, DIY scarves, and jewelry use the trendy pattern in a new and fun way.

Chevron Paper Designs

Start small and try some of these chevron paper designs.

What is your favorite trendy pattern?

Sewing DIY Home Décor Crafts for Your Kitchen

Kitchen CraftsThese Sewing DIY Home Décor Crafts for Your Kitchen are all adorable projects that cost very little. They will give your kitchen some fun, new personality without breaking the bank. With spring cleaning on the horizon and lovely weather on its way, now is the perfect time to create some easy sewing projects to spruce up your space.

Whenever I do some intense spring cleaning, I always get the urge to do some redecorating along with it. With all this blistery, frozen weather we have been having in the Midwest, I have done a whole lot of my spring cleaning early. Nothing makes me want to clean more than being stuck in an apartment that needs it desperately. My first big clean-out is always the kitchen. I like being able to cook in a spotless arena. This is probably why my kitchen is the funkiest place in my whole apartment.

Whether the tutorial shows you how to make towels, craft a fantastic vintage DIY apron, or sew some sturdy oven mitts to keep your hands safe, these DIY home décor sewing projects are sure to brighten your cooking space.

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How to Make Dish Towels Help Your Kitchen Pop

No kitchen can go without some handy dish towels. These DIY home décor pieces are necessary for sudden spills and a little bit of flair. These three DIY dish towels are cute and convenient. Hang them from your stove or towel rack to add some color or style to your space.

  1. Mason Jar Dish Towel Pattern
  2. Sketchy Retro Bicycle Dishtowel
  3. Patterned Pot Holders and Tea Towels
  4. Rick Rack Dish Towels
  5. Fab Feathered DIY Dish Towels

DIY Aprons for the Cute Cook

Why let your kitchen have all the fun? These adorable DIY aprons are all absolutely stunning. Cook in style while wearing one of these funky, vintage aprons.

  1. Simple Vintage Apron
  2. Classic Audrey Hepburn Apron
  3. Adjustable Kitchen Apron

Other Kitchen Crafts

The amount of things you need in your kitchen to wash, cook, stay safe, and keep yourself clean are immeasurable. These are just a few of the darling DIY home décor crafts that we have over at AllFreeSewing.com that you will absolutely love to have in your kitchen.

  1. Quilted Oven Mitts
  2. Vintage Inspired Dinner Roll Holder
  3. Winter Ready Tea Cozy
  4. Grandma’s Secret Recipe Pot Holders

 What kitchen craft can you absolutely not do without?


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Link Love: Craft to the Future!

A new year doesn’t just mean a new you – it also means new craft products to look forward to! Are you excited about starting up new projects or maybe learning a new technique? Get inspired with some of our favorite new products from top sewing companies. We were thrilled to see some of these products up close at the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show in January, and we were excited still to hear about what was going to be popular and trendy in the coming year.

For starters, how about a new ironing set? The awesome folks at Clover have just announced a new line, the Press Perfect. Right now, they’re offering a 10-piece essentials set, which comes with everything you need to give your ironing process a complete makeover. If sewing isn’t your thing, Clover also has new products out in the realms of jewelry making and crocheting with their large Tatting Shuttle and steel crochet hooks.

The paper crafters out there might be familiar with various types of cutting machines, but the Scan n’ Cut from Brother is also perfect for sewists, quilters, and anyone that loves appliques. This first-ever combination scanner and cutter can easily cut fabric to use as quilt blocks or intricate appliques without needing a computer or any additional software. This all-in-one tool is just what you need to create perfect one-of-a-kind projects.

Next up – faux quilting! Now you can create quick and easy custom designs on fabric. Ann Butler of Creativity Stirs the Soul and Kelly Craft have teamed up to create a line of fabric ink stamps. With these stamps, you can choose the look and color of each of your quilting squares, guaranteeing a unique project every time! Each package of designs comes in various shapes: squares, rectangles, triangles, etc. so you can better perfect the perfect look. There’s also a set of letters to use for monogramming or personalizing your finished work.

Finally, we have conductive thread. If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s a type of thread that can conduct electricity. With this type of thread, you can easily make gloves that will work on any touchscreen device, for example. There are many different varieties, all with varying thickness and price, but you can find some at CutRateCrafts!

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  1. Press Perfect 10-Piece Essentials Set from Clover
  2. SensaThread Conductive Thread from CutRateCrafts 
  3. Large Tatting Shuttle from Clover
  4. Steel Crochet Hooks from Clover
  5. EZ-De’s Stamp Line from kellycraft
  6. Scan ‘n Cut from Brother

 

What new product are you excited to try?