When you want to give your project an extra dose of pizzazz, you probably want to think BIG, right? Well, we’re here to tell you – sometimes the key to bringing that really amazing touch to your project is to think SMALL- like tiny! After all, you know what they say – the Devil’s in the details!
Today we’ve got a few quick tips for taking a small step that can turn into a giant leap in terms of the overall quality and appearance of your sewing projects.
Tiny Sewing Details
Small Steps for Big Results:
Get out that embroidery thread! Before you sew that focal fabric into your next quilt or pillow, stick it into an embroidery hoop and use a needle and thread to outline the details of the fabric print using a running stitch. It’s a tiny feature that makes a big impact because it shows that you cared enough about the project to sew by hand and bring out the little details.
While you’re at it, embroider a small design onto your finished piece somewhere. Stitch your initials and the date onto the back of a quilt. Make a small heart to act as a secret message inside the sleeve of a shirt for your child. Embroider a few lazy daisy stitches onto the lower half of a circle skirt to give it a whimsical feel.
Bling it up! Use a few beads in strategic places so that your project will sparkle and shine. If your fabric has a floral print, sew a handful of seed beads into the center of a few flowers. If you’re making a skirt, sew a zigzag of beads to the hemline. For a shirt, let beads circle the neckline instead – you won’t need to wear jewelry with that top to feel put together! Crystals work really well for this type of project, too.
Trim it! Pull out your random scraps of trims and add them to your next project. Sew a row or two of ric rac to the bottom of a pair of PJ pants, make a flower out of ribbon and pin it onto a handmade bag, or add printed ribbon to the edges of a pillowcase.
Use your scraps. Take the left-over bits of fabric and see what you can make with them: gather a strip of fabric and turn it into a ruffle for a neckline or hem. Make rosettes and sew them onto a pillow. Use the selvage edge to top off the gift wrap for the handmade gift you’ve just sewn.
Color it! Switch out your bobbin thread for a bright or unusual color along a hemline. This simple detail will require no additional time and is so much fun.
- Match it up. That’s right the simple task of matching stripes can make a world of difference in your garment.
These tiny sewing details can create a big impact.
What ideas do you have for making small changes in your sewing projects that will yield big results? We’d love to hear them in the comments!
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