Kids’ Ruffle Tank Top Tutorial with Free Sewing Pattern

Make your cute little princess a ruffle tank top for some fun in the sun this summer. This free sewing pattern features a flared hem and ruffle details. The ruffle tank top is an easy and quick beginner-friendly sewing project that can be made entirely on a home sewing machine.

In this ruffle tank top sewing tutorial, I will also be sharing with you my favorite way to make easy and quick ruffles using an elastic band. I’m not a huge a fan of the “sew two rows of basting and pull threads to gather” technique. The threads break, get tangled, or some ruffles just end up missing as the fabric has shifted during sewing. So, this is my current go-to ruffle-making technique.

If you make this Ruffle Tank Top, be sure to share pics of your finished project by tagging me @sew_zune on Instagram or post on the Zune’s Sewing Therapy Facebook. I’d love to see your creation!

Now, let’s make a ruffle tank top together!

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DIY Pencil Skirt: An Easy Drafting & Sewing Tutorial

Wear with a tucked-in t-shirt and sandals on a casual day, pair with a blouse and pumps for the office, or style it with a sequin top and stilettos for a fun night out. The timeless and versatile pencil skirt is easy to style and oh-so quick to sew. 

This high waisted pull-on skirt features a comfortable full elastic waistband. You can make this skirt as fitted or as loose as you want in your desired length in a knit fabric that has a great recovery with about 25-50% stretch.

But, right now let’s get drafting!

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Easy DIY Ironing Board Cover

A quick and easy tutorial on how to make an ironing board cover. 

Whether you’re a habitual or casual ironer, you know it’s time to give your ironing board a fresh makeover when it’s starting to look a little too war-torn and miserable. So, for today’s DIY project, let’s make a brand new ironing board cover. If you want to give it a nice plump face lift, feel free to add a few layers of batting. Otherwise, just re-use the foam it came with. 

If you make this ironing board cover, be sure to share pics of your finished project by tagging me @sew_zune on Instagram or post on the Zune’s Sewing Therapy Facebook. I’d love to see your creation!

OK, let the makeover begin! 

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Sun Hat with Free Sewing Pattern

Learn how to make this easy and stylish DIY sun hat for kids and adults using a free sewing pattern.

It’s fun to be out and about in the sun, but if you’re also taking photosensitive drugs, like I do for my Rheumatoid Arthritis, you need to be especially careful. So hats are an essential part of my summer wardrobe. As much as I adore oversized straw hats, cloth hats are ever so practical when you’re in and out of stores and restaurants. You can fold and fit it in any size bag, and simply pop it back on your head before you step out in the sun! So, do I pack my little DIY sun hat in my cross body bag whenever I go on vacation? You betcha! 

I also made this hat for my 8 year old in a fun Transportation-themed fabric.

If you make this sun hat, be sure to share pics of your finished project by tagging me @sew_zune on Instagram or post on the Zune’s Sewing Therapy Facebook. I’d love to see your creation!

Now, let’s sew a sun hat together! 

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Kids Shorts with Free Sewing Pattern & Tutorial

I have a fun and easy sewing project for you today using a free printable sewing pattern. These pull-on shorts feature no side seams and a no casing elastic waistband making them super quick to sew, that you’ll be able to make several pairs in no time! You can use breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics to make these shorts so your kiddo will be comfy and cool chilling at home or playing outside in the hot summer days ahead. 

I drafted this simple one-piece pattern for my little boy who is 9, but these shorts are perfect for both boys and girls. If your kiddo wears a size M (8-10) from Target, then these should fit him/her comfortably. 

Also, be sure to share pics of your finished projects by tagging me @sew_zune on Instagram or post on the Zune’s Sewing Therapy Facebook. I’d love to see your creation!

Let’s get sewing!

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20 Easy Things to Sew (includes FREE patterns)

Are you looking for some fun beginner and kids-friendly sewing projects? I’ve put together 20 easy and simple things to sew for yourself, for your kids or WITH your kids. This compilation of free patterns and tutorial is perfect for sewists of ALL levels!

I included a variety of my most popular sewing projects from clothing to accessories, so there’s something fun for everyone. Also, be sure to share pics of your finished projects by tagging me @sew_zune on Instagram or post on the Zune’s Sewing Therapy Facebook. I’d love to see your creation!

Most of the sewing projects on the list come with a video tutorial as well so you can watch the video and sew along with me. The free patterns are either one-sized or multi-sized, and are available to all my newsletter subscribers. 

Ok, let’s get started…

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How to Sew a Waistband – Easy Tutorial

An easy step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a classic waistband with interfacing and an overlap. My trick to getting the waistband looking sharp and neat is to use washable glue or an iron-on adhesive to hold the waistband in place before topstitching. This is how I sewed the Agnes A-line skirt, but you can use this same waistband sewing technique on ANY skirt or pants.

If you’ve just come from the zipper installation tutorial, you will want to stitch, finish, and press your skirt’s side seams before moving onto the waistband. 

See it in action! Watch the video tutorial.

Ok, let’s make a waistband!

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How to Sew a Zipper – Perfect for BEGINNERS

A simple and easy step-by-step tutorial on how to install a standard zipper using the centered method. All you need is some tape and a longer-than-you-need zipper. That way, the zipper pull will be well out of the way of your sewing.

Agnes A-line Skirt

I used this same zipper installation method on the Agnes A-line Skirt. Alternatively, you can baste the zipper down instead of using tape but I found the taping technique to be faster which made sewing the skirt THAT much quicker. This flattering A-line skirt goes from sizes 0-30 (waist 24”-53”) and is available in the shop.

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DIY Ear Flap Hat FREE Pattern & Tutorial

A simple tutorial on how to make a DIY winter hat with earflaps using a free printable pattern. 

This winter hat has a finished circumference of 23″ – it fits all the adults in my family comfortably as well as my son who was 7 when I made him his. I also have a smaller version of this Earflap hat here which has an 19.5″ circumference. Check it out here.

I get asked often if woven can be used for the shell of the hat. Definitely! You can use ANY kind of fabrics for the shell – corduroy, leather, or even a windproof waterproof fabric. The lining is something you would want to be as soft as possible as it will be against your ears and face. Fleece, Sherpa, and faux fur are excellent options. 

If you do make this earflap hat, be sure to share your beautiful pictures on Instagram or Facebook with #zunessewingtherapy. I’d love to see your style!

Ok, let’s get started! 

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How to Make a Pull Through Scarf

A simple and quick DIY Pull Through Scarf tutorial using fleece and sherpa. This homemade scarf takes only a few minutes to make, and is perfect as a Christmas gift. You can quickly whip up these handmade presents to give to your family, friends, coworkers, and teachers in no time!

I was going for a rustic Christmas style but if you’re into a more luxurious look, you can use faux fur instead of sherpa to pair with the fleece. You can also customize your scarf – I got these adorable metal tags from Hobby Lobby which I hand sewed on. Lastly, I used jute twine and homemade gift tags to get these cozy soft scarves ready for the teachers. I hope they like them!

Ready to make one (or several) with me? Let’s start sewing! 

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