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Who said sewing projects had to be akin to your grandmother’s knitting? Whether you’re a sewing novice or a veteran soldier of silk, making things with fabric and thread can provide plenty of entertainment and possibilities. Our modern age of technology and social media has unfortunately turned a blind eye towards creating things the old fashioned way. Most people would rather purchase their clothes than make them, or resort to an expensive gift when a homemade item can be just as lovely with twice the charm. Below are a few examples of fun sewing projects and the type of adventures you can have with them.

 

 

 

Toys

We all have memories of playing with our most treasured toys as children, and no matter how old we get, it’s never too late to rekindle the vim and vigor of youth. In fact, many of us still covet toys as adults, though they’re often of a more high tech persuasion. However, there’s certainly still a huge market for stuffed animals and other plush goodies.

Many companies generate a hefty amount of revenue from just selling plush toys during the holidays. Valentine’s Day is an especially appropriate venue for giving or receiving a stuffed toy. If you have a special someone in your life, sewing them an adorable bunny is just one way to show how much you care.

If you know someone who loves a particular cartoon character, you can also create a plush to resemble that piece of art. The plush industry is actually very immense, and fans worldwide clamor for the soft and cuddly version of their favorite video game or animated character. If you get good at making your own, you can open up a shop to sell your precious babies online!

Costumes

In a similar vein, costumes are also a coveted commodity. While they are mass produced at many retailers, such versions simply lack the quality and fit necessary to create a great and imaginative look. The quality of the materials and fabric used is also usually low, and the price of the garment simply doesn’t match up.

If you love Halloween, try making your own costume instead of resorting to the tacky plastic and cheap polyester of Halloween stores. Your duds will come out looking heaps better and you can tailor them in any way you see fit.

Cosplay is another occasion that warrants, and actually encourages people to sew, craft and mold their own costumes. Cosplay refers to “costume play”, which is the act of dressing up as a character or personality from pop culture and often emulating them. Cosplayers commonly attend anime, gaming and comic book conventions, where fans of all ages come together to celebrate their love for Japanese and American pop culture and art.

People have been known to make truly stunning and realistic representations of their favorite characters, even replicating complex accessories like futuristic armor and intricately designed bodices, weapons and makeup.

If you’re just starting out with sewing, you don’t have to invest in such massive projects right at the get go, but don’t be afraid to experiment and become immersed in something that is truly fun and inspiring.

Workout Gear

Diving into a new exercise regime can be a chore, but it’s a struggle that will result in a resplendent payoff. If you’re having trouble staying motivated, a great way to keep your body chugging along, is by getting a new workout outfit. When you look beautiful you also feel it, and you’ll be more excited about getting a new body when you’re already comfortable in the one you’ve got.

A lot of gear you’ll find at major outlets can be pretty boring and drab. The idea is not to buy the same homely sack in basic gray or navy. Nicer designers could leave you in severe debt over just a sports bra, which is why it’s ultimately best and more fun to make your own.

You can find simple patterns to follow online, and tailor them to suit your style and shape. You’ll be amazed at how simple it is to sew your own sweatpants and tanks, and you can even reconstitute old shirts and pants that you don’t wear anymore.

Hand Bags

Purses, like workout gear, are notorious for being expensive. Consumers pay extreme prices for bags that really aren’t very interesting. Though the purses are durable, you end up paying for the name more than anything else, and having a logo wildly emblazoned on every spec of fabric isn’t exactly the epitome of creativity or fashion.

Handcrafted purses and messenger bags are very popular online, and you can find a vast array of charming pieces for an affordable price. You can also get crafty and sew your own from an assortment of fabrics and sewing materials. Unconventional items have also been used, like books, album covers and even the albums themselves.

The amount of sewing projects that you can become immersed in are ultimately infinite. You’re only limited by your own imagination and the resources at your disposal, which can be virtually anything! Discarded clothes, old buttons, broken ornaments and dusty vinyl records are all fodder for your crafting universe.

Even if you’re not interested in making your own garments, accessories and toys, these homemade crafts make excellent gifts. Financial times are tough for millions, and the stress of buying gifts for family and friends can be a burden. That’s why learning to fashion gifts from very affordable, or even free items, makes for heartfelt gifts that will keep everyone happy.

Recycling materials is also very beneficial to the environment. When you can find ways to synthesize new things out of items you’d otherwise throw away, you’re actually reducing the carbon footprint you’ll leave on our planet, and that is a notion anyone can revere.


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