12 Best Sewing Magazines

Updated on: October 2021

Best Sewing Magazines in 2021


Sew Me! Sewing Basics: Simple Techniques and Projects for First-Time Sewers (Design Originals) Beginner-Friendly Easy-to-Follow Directions to Learn as You Sew, from Sewing Seams to Installing Zippers

Sew Me! Sewing Basics: Simple Techniques and Projects for First-Time Sewers (Design Originals) Beginner-Friendly Easy-to-Follow Directions to Learn as You Sew, from Sewing Seams to Installing Zippers
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021

Simply Sewing

Simply Sewing
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021

Threads

Threads
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021

Threads Sewing Guide: A Complete Reference from America's Best-Loved Sewing Magazine

Threads Sewing Guide: A Complete Reference from America's Best-Loved Sewing Magazine
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
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Sew

Sew
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021

Simple Sewing Projects: Quick-Stitch Designs for Sewing by Hand and Machine

Simple Sewing Projects: Quick-Stitch Designs for Sewing by Hand and Machine
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
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SEW NEWS

SEW NEWS
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021

Half Yard# Gifts: Easy sewing projects using leftover pieces of fabric

Half Yard# Gifts: Easy sewing projects using leftover pieces of fabric
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
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Classic Sewing

Classic Sewing
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021

Full-Figure Fashion: 24 Plus-Size Patterns for Every Day (BurdaStyle Modern Sewing)

Full-Figure Fashion: 24 Plus-Size Patterns for Every Day (BurdaStyle Modern Sewing)
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021

Love Sewing

Love Sewing
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2021

Classic Sewing Magazine Autumn 2018

Classic Sewing Magazine Autumn 2018
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2021

How to Make a Christening Gown from Thrift Store Finds

Inspried by a picture of a beautiful Christening gown out of a sewing magazine, which cost hundreds of dollars to make, I went to my local thrift store to see what I could use from there to make one of my own.

The next time I was in a thrift store (weekly event by the way), I found myself looking at the baby clothes. I had no business there. My daughter was sixteen, too old for baby clothes and way too young for babies, but I drifted there anyway. That christening outfit I saw in the magazine was still fresh in my mind. I know that christening outfits can be very expensive and even though the magazine didn't tell how much she spent, I could tell by the materials she used she didn't skimp. So how hard would it be to make an elegant and heirloom quality christening outfit from thrift store finds?

From that point I was on the hunt. I had envisioned a little boys outfit that was an all in one shirt and shorts much like the bubble suit, but better able to fit it with a little bow tie and vest along with the christening skirt. I found pretty pink dress, lacy dress and not much else. In the baby boy's area there was only t-shirts and pants. I was astounded; don't baby boys get dressed up like little girls do? The answer was no, at least not at thrift stores.

Then I spied a cute little blue bubble suit. It turned out to be tiny blue and white stripes, but for a boy, right? Wrong. It had a white collar with daisies all over it and it was in the girl's section. Okay, it was a bubble suit, blue, in the right size range, but it was a girls and not a little boys' outfit. It was 2.99. I bought it anyway. Once the collar was gone, no one would know it was for a girl instead of a boy.

Next I had to find something to make the christening skirt out of. Immediately I though of a tablecloth, surely I could find one in the right color range and long enough to make a skirt out of. I found red ones, I found green ones, lots of flower covered ones and plastic ones, but none that would work.

My next though was curtain panels. There I had more luck. I found a white curtain panel with 6" wide lace along the bottom and one side edge. Then I found a white lace-curtain panel that looked good with the lace on the other curtain. Both were marked 1.99, fantastic!

After I took them home and washed them (sometimes problems will show up then like color fastness, thin spots, etc) I sat down to design my outfit. As you can tell by the drawing, it was a very rough sketch. I knew wanted to use the 6" lace on the white curtain as the hem and the other lace as an overskirt, but I had far more white than lace. What I came up with was a series of 5 lace panels, wider at the bottom than at the top.

My next problem was how do I tie together the very white skirt and blue striped bubble suit. I decided on the use of navy ribbon bought at my local craft store. I also originally thought of adding ribbon diamonds to the skirt and bubble suit to tie the pair together more, but decided against it in the end. But the top still needed something more. Then I remembered the 6" lace I had to remove from one side of the white curtain panel. Add it with some of the navy ribbon and finally I had my christening outfit for a little boy.

All total I only spent $17.26 for what I think turned out to be a pretty traffic outfit.

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