Love your clothes, fabrics and sewing

From making your clothes last longer, removing stains and simple repairs to developing your skills to revamp your wardrobe, there is lots of online advice available. Check out this selection of handy links to help you love your fabrics for longer. Get needle-nifty to make do and mend or remake into fabulous fashions.

There are lots of hints and tips to make your clothes last longer and the simplest one is to follow the care advice when washing.

Want to be more nifty with a needle?

As you become more confident, you can learn more about fabrics and develop your skills to enable you to do more:

  • Tailor's sewing kitFabric terms explained
  • Sewing Directory “How to sewing guides” for sewing tips for beginners and the more experienced, accurate sewing tips, how to sew a variety of hems and knitted fabrics, use invisable zips, interfacing, felts,  alter a pattern, customise clothes and upcycling tips.
  • Love Your Clothes shows how with just a little know-how in the care department you can make all the difference when it comes to keeping your clothes looking great.
  • Develop your sewing techniques including tips and tutorials for working with different fabric types, fusing and pressing, garment details like bias seams, button holes, pleats and zips.
  • How to guides from BBC Sewing Bee for customising clothes and making things for the home

Online courses

There are many online courses for sewing. Look for free taster courses or mini-courses. Here are a few:

Here is an example of support tools which come with the free Craftsy mini-class (video tutorial) for Sewing Machine 911 to help you get the best out of your machine.

Local courses and clubs

Check your local press , colleges and community halls for details.

Feeling creative?

If you like sewing, check out our creative reuse pages on fabrics and footwear and furniture.

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