My Favorite YouTube Tutorials for Adding Character to Any Garment

Welcome to the eighteenth lesson in the Beginner’s Guide to Sewing Knit Apparel! Download the ebook for free!

In the last lesson, I aggregated a few YouTube tutorials for sewing some fun neckline styles. In this lesson, I wanted to share a handful of fun tutorials you can use to add character to your patterns. With a little adjusting, you can make any standard sewing pattern a boutique-worthy piece of apparel. Check out these fantastic tutorials from other YouTubers to do just that.

Buttons and Button Holes

Buttons aren’t just for sweaters! Add them to collars or hems to add some character to your tops. Or add them to pant pockets or down the side seams.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1jQIHXDUuw]

Lace Edging

Lace edging is a favorite of mine for sleeve edges and hems. It also makes any dress a little flirtier. Or be bold and add some to your neckline!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTzu9qhgRRc]

Seven Ways to Use Elastic

Elastic is a fun way to switch up any pattern. Give a loose top some side ruching, or create a tighter waist by adding it to a peplum top.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1ZD88zs6eU]

Cuffs With Thumbholes

I love thumbhole cuffs on sweatshirts! They aren’t as hard to sew as they seem and give a boutique look to any sweatshirt.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phxL3RXRXyA]

Single and Double Welt Pockets

Welt pockets were the first customization I learned to add to my DIY clothing. They are obviously a great choice for the butt pockets on pants, but I also love to add them randomly to the front of my tops.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFwmfe6KC4c]

Armhole Facing with Bias Binding

This is a great customization for more dress-casual clothing. It creates a classier finish than banding the armhole on your sleeveless tops.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gxz6xkyBkO0]

Applying Heat Transfer Vinyl

Heat transfer vinyl is a rabbit hole you may not want to travel down. Because it’s so insanely addictive. It takes the customization of your clothing to a whole new level by allowing you to put all sort of designs on tops, bags, pants, etc.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-gDqqd3YwI]

You’ve done it! You’ve made it through all of the tutorials and instruction in The Beginner’s Guide to Sewing Knit Apparel! Now it’s time to put it to use. Check out the final lesson, which is a list of my favorite patterns for beginners to start with.

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My Favorite YouTube Tutorials for Adding Character to Your Knit Garments

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