To get your creative juices flowing for our Tutorial Contest, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite tutorials around the sewing web. So, it’s a word and link heavy post coming up!
Have you seen many of these? Which ones do you use regularly? Can you suggest some more useful tutorials?
1. How to Make Continuous Bias Tape by Colette Patterns
This has got to be the tutorial that I use the very most! This method of creating bias tape is a great way to use up scraps that might otherwise be destined for the garbage. It’s easy, makes a tonne of bias tape (it surprises me every time!), and makes the insides of garments really unique and fancy!
2. How To Make Tailors Hams and Sausages by Kristiann Boos of Victory Patterns on Tilly & the Buttons
I have been eyeing up this useful tutorial for quite some time because I am in desperate need of a new Tailors Ham and can’t bring myself to spend $16 on one that doesn’t match the color theme in my sewing room haha! Or more realistically, I can’t bring myself to buy something that seems so simple for a sewist to make.
3. Geometric Stamping by The Papercut Collective
I love tutorials such as this one because, while I might not ever actually use them to create the exact technique they portray, they are a breath of fresh air that remind me to be creative while sewing and encourage me to break out side of my self-imposed box.
4. Getting Flat Bias Necklines by Grainline Studio
Jen of Grainline Studio makes EXCELLENT precise tutorials and she often seems to read my mind by covering the exact sewing technique that I feel I need to add to my skill set at the time.
5. How to Attach Yokes to a Shirt Using the Burrito Method (as part of the Men’s Shirt Sew-Along) by Male Pattern Boldness
Have you seen this sew-along? Peter Lappin of Male Pattern Boldness took the concept of a sew-along to a whole new level and thoroughly addressed pretty much every single thought you might have while constructing a men’s shirt. He also discusses specific alterations to the Negroni Shirt pattern. This post, where he constructs the burrito-style yolk is particularly useful – you can even apply the same concept to the Comox Trunks gusset!
6. Perfect Corners on Waistbands by Notes from a Mad Housewife
Lisa from Notes from a Mad Housewife has succeeded in making the absolute most perfectly square waistband corner that I have ever seen! I love using her technique when creating trousers with a two-piece waistband. By the way, simply slice the Jedediah Pants waistband in half lengthwise and you can try Lisa’s technique on your next pair of Jeds!
7. How to Create Dragonscale by Michele Carragher Embroidery
This tutorial is another example of a creative technique that has opened my eyes and got me excited about approaching projects in a new way. I love how such simple stitches can entirely change the texture of the fabric and create such a molded looking dress. Plus, this technique was created by the embroiderer of the Game of Thrones costumes…inspiration can’t get much better than that (Game of Thrones fan here!!!).
8. Behind the Seams – The Making of a Couture Skirt and Blouse by Marina von Koenig on Burda Style
This Behind the Seams series that was posted on Burda Style a couple years ago was a great introduction for me to couture techniques. I had never before had a chance to look at the interior of a couture garment aside from in Threads magazine and I found that Marina’s learning curve was slow and steady enough not to thoroughly overwhelm me.
9. Bra Making Sew Along by Cloth Habit
This is a great sew along that demystifies the process of Bra Making. I’ve read through it now and again but still haven’t made the leap to start sewing bras…soon, I swear!
10. Approaches to Sewing Knits by Sewaholic
I particularly like this post from the Sewaholic Renfrew sew-along because Tasia, as per usual, is matter of fact and really managed to answer a lot of the worries sewers have about the world of sewing knits.
11. Never Fear Knits Series by Dixie DIY
Dixie’s series on sewing knits does the same thing that Tasia’s sew-along does – it addresses all the concerns you might have with sewing knits – but Dixie takes a different approach to handling knits than Tasia does (Tasia treats t-shirt knits more or less like wovens with some differences while Dixie uses a serger) so it is interesting to compare these two techniques.
12. 3 Ways to Hem a Curve by By Hand London
This is a great reference post for any time you need to hem a full skirt. I remember when I first started sewing, I dreaded the skirt hem even more than sewing in a zipper!
13. Perfect Fit Bombshell Dress Class by Gretchen Hirsch on Craftsy
While this video class isn’t necessarily a tutorial and isn’t free, I just have to include it in this list because I have never learned more from any tutorial or book than I learned from this Craftsy class! Gretchen taught me everything from how to assemble a PDF pattern (I had no idea!) to how to fit a bodice to how to add underlining (plus WAY more!). She covers everything in such a systematic way that even newer sewers would be able to create a gorgeous bombshell dress by the end of the class!
14. Mastering Zipper Techniques Class by Sunni Standing on Craftsy
I haven’t actually watched this video yet (it’s free!) but intend to some time soon as I have stumbled across some great reviews of it lately. It might make for a nice little refresher video to have on in the background when I install my next zipper.
15. Tailored Peacoat Series by Dana on Thread Theory
I would be remiss to write a list of my favorite tutorials without adding the series of Tutorials that Dana made for us! I was astounded when she sent me all the photos and write up…she put so much work into this! I have some lovely Pendleton wool lined up and will be making Matt a Goldstream Peacoat using all the techniques from this series in the fall.
I hope you’ve got lots of tutorial ideas up your sleeves now! I really look forward to seeing what you come up with. Remember, the deadline to submit your entry to our contest is July 21st.