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10 Sewing Basics Made Easy

Are you bit by the sewing bug but feel like you are missing some of the basics? Or maybe you want to try it but don’t know where to start? At Prudent Baby we try to cover the basics in a way that’s easy for newbies to understand. Here are my ten favorite sewing basics tutorials. How to make a buttonhole, add a zipper, french seams, bias tape 101 and more… There’s also links to everything you need to know about starting to sew with tricky fabrics like jersey knit and rayon. We are about to add more beginner tutorials to the site. What would you like to see explained step by step in detailed photos? Let us know in the comments!

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  • How to Make your Own Patterns 1 of 10
    How to Make your Own Patterns
    Learn how to turn any article of clothing you own into a pattern. No more "favorite skirt," now you can have six.
    Find the full tutorial at Prudent Baby
  • How to Sew With Bias Tape 2 of 10
    How to Sew With Bias Tape
    Bias tape projects are great for beginners. Add beautiful finished edges to everything from placemats to handbags to dress seams.
    Find the full tutorial at Prudent Baby
  • How to Make Bias Tape 3 of 10
    How to Make Bias Tape
    Pretty soon store-bought bias tape just won't be cute enough and you will want to make your own from your favorite fabrics. It's easy with the right tools.
    Find the full tutorial at Prudent Baby
  • Quilt Binding 101 4 of 10
    Quilt Binding 101
    Similar to bias tape, here's how to make and sew in a quilt binding. It's simple and quick to do on your sewing machine and looks almost like hand stitching.
    Find the full tutorial at Prudent Baby
  • How to Sew a Buttonhole 5 of 10
    How to Sew a Buttonhole
    New sewists have an irrational fear of sewing buttonholes but today's sewing machines make it so easy that there's nothing to be afraid of.
    Find the full tutorial at Prudent Baby
  • How to Add a Zipper 6 of 10
    How to Add a Zipper
    This basic pillow makes sewing in a zipper simple. Zipper knowledge will take your apparel sewing to the next level. After all, you can't use Velcro forever.
    Find the full tutorial at Prudent Baby
  • How to Add Shirring 7 of 10
    How to Add Shirring
    Shirring adds a beautiful touch to sewing projects like this sweet baby dress. This Step-by-step project shows you how.
    Find the full tutorial at Prudent Baby
  • How to Sew French Seams 8 of 10
    How to Sew French Seams
    You have the basics down — now make those seams perfect. French Seams enclose the raw edges of the fabric for a polished appearance.
    Find the full tutorial at Prudent Baby
  • How to Sew Knits 9 of 10
    How to Sew Knits
    Ready to jump into sewing knits even though you don't have a serger? It's possible with these tips. Your kids will love the soft comfort of knit clothing and you don't need fancy equipment to do it.
    Find the full tutorial at Prudent Baby
  • How to Sew Rayon 10 of 10
    How to Sew Rayon
    When you've moved beyond sewing cotton, learn the skills you'll need for taking on rayon. The result? Awesome, draping projects like this dress!
    Find the full tutorial at Prudent Baby

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