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How to find sewing tutorials online

July 7, 2013

IMG_1733You all know how much I love to sew, right? I think, at my speediest, I’ve been able to draft and sew most of a dress in a day. But it wasn’t always that easy for me and I still feel that there are plenty of better skilled people out there.

When I first started out (and when I want to make something now but am out of ideas), I often looked online for ideas and easy tutorials. This is a great place to start if you’re new at sewing and websites are great places for picking up tips on how to make a circle skirt, or starting a dress. These patterns are often quite easy and, therefore, manageable for the novice and more experienced crafters amongst you and so I’ve compiled a list below of the best (in my opinion) places on the internet to find tutorials. You can thank me later!

Craftster:

I’m going to start with the one website I turned to when I was first getting into sewing and wanted to try everything, which was Craftster. Creations are sorted into categories, ranging from clothing and sewing in general to crafty business advice. Although you have to be a member to post or comment on other people’s work, it’s handy to sign up to the site and I’d highly recommend it, if only for the tips and tricks posted there.

Burdastyle:

Although you have to pay for some of the patterns on Burdastyle, the website does once again enable its members to post their own projects and versions of the paid-for patterns. Burdastyle is probably a better website than Craftster if you’re looking for professional patterns, but both are equally good if you don’t mind searching through the archives for a handmade gem or unusual project. Burdastyle is also perfect for those of you who are ethically minded, with the option to print at home onto PDF.

Blogs:

This suggestion is a lot more generalised than the above, as I couldn’t possibly choose between different sewing blogs, as there are so many and I just wouldn’t know where to start. Sewing and craft blogs are always great places to find easy tutorials and patterns and with such a vast selection, there’s always something for everyone. Some personal favourites of mine are Tilly and the Buttons, Casey Brown Designs and So, Zo…, but you can often find a tutorial or pattern just by googling ‘How to make an A line skirt’ (or whatever you like!). And remember, all these sewing bloggers started off as beginners too.

Youtube:

Finally, there’s Youtube. The video sharing site is perfect for anyone looking for the basics of sewing, the more intricate techniques and for tutorials, such as this one that I’ve been wanting to make for years. Videos are also better at showing exactly how things should be done, so if you’re ever in doubt, head to Youtube.

I hope that’s helped any of you wanting some inspiration at the moment. I know I often need it. If you feel I haven’t mentioned some other places where you can find tutorials, then please share in the comments. Thanks!

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Strummer of Love festival

August 15, 2012

Street Style Wales is going to the Strummer of Love festival this coming weekend.

The festival, which is being held in Somerset, will combine music with craft and will be offering many free workshops and classes for anyone wanting to get their hands dirty.

Craft tutorials will include making flower garlands, dreamcatcher jewellery or even making handmade musical instruments.

Alongside the crafty activities, there will be performances from Emmy the Great, The Pogues and Frank Turner, with plenty of music for everyone.

The festival itself has been set up in commemoration of ten years of the death of lead singer of The Clash, Joe Strummer, by his daughter, Jazz Domino Holly. It is being held in aid of the charity, Strummerville, which gives support to aspiring musicians.

If you’d like to know more about the festival, check out their website, Jazz’s blog, or my friend Charlotte’s blog post about it here.