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Here are four quick sewing machine projects for your home:
- Pillowcase skirts
The quick and easy pillowcase skirt is ideal for back to school and party skirts for girls. The best part is that it only takes a few minutes to make. Since pillowcases already have a hem, the skirt only needs two seams. Pillowcases are quite small, which is why this is more suited for girls as opposed to adults. All you need is an unused pillowcase, 3cm of elastic. Topstitch at the top edge and at the bottom edge of the lines that you have cut according to size, thread an elastic through the casing, overlap and sew. You can then sew an optional trim to the original pillowcase hem stitching.
- Simple drawstring bags
These bags are ideal for summertime accessories like sunscreen and lip ice. Get a metre of fabric and around three metres of ribbon (depending on how big you want your bag to be), cut a rectangle and make a buttonhole for the drawstring. Fold your bag in half and stitch down along the seams. Turn the bag inside out and insert the drawstring.
- Keychain lip ice holder
Cut about 7cm wide and 18cm long across a piece of fabric, fold it in half and sew up along the sides. Press one edge flat and hem on the edge. Do the same along the opposite side but leave a cm or two at the top. Thread the top hem through the key ring.
- Toddler leggings
All you need is knee high socks and 3cm of knit elastic. Measure 12cm from the heel of the knee highs and cut the end (toe) of the socks off. Cut a straight line from the toes to the heel of the sock. Insert one sock into the folded over (inside out) opposite sock. Match the edges at the heel of the sock, pull one sock from inside of the other and you’ve got toddler leggings.