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Do it yourself


Do it yourself, DIY for short, has become increasingly popular in recent years. Translated, that means as much as “do it yourself”. The trend is back to DIY and making. Especially young women and mothers discover this hobby more and more for themselves.

General to DIY


All activities performed by amateurs without outside professional help are largely referred to as DIY. This also includes DIY, such as repairing, reusing objects or recreating things. This can be, for example, sewing, making music, crafting, knitting, crocheting, cooking and baking. The attraction is to create something individually with your own hands. Even though DIY is gender-unspecific, more women are generally more interested in making their own.

Origins and history

DIY emerged in the 1950s with the Arts and Crafts movement in England. The distribution spread rapidly all over the world. In the 1960s and 1970s, the movement was characterized by a belief in self-organization and empowerment, self-initiative, improvisation and a distrust of politics, media, consumption and industrial products. Guides play a central role in publications. In the past, booklets themselves were printed. Today, mainly social networks and video platforms are used for distribution.

Trend DIY

Since 2013, the DIY movement has become increasingly popular and is growing in the field of craftsmanship, creativity. Self-made home decoration, textile works, handicrafts and upcycling are increasingly being named as do-it-yourselfers. Here, the craft is no longer occupied as a male domain, but occurs increasingly gender-specific. Sewing, crocheting, knitting has long been considered a typical “grandma” occupation. But this old craft is increasingly popular, especially among young women and mothers. The Internet is flooded with numerous tutorials, fabric samples, suggestions, ideas and materials. No one has to sew at home in the quiet little room. You can meet many like-minded people here, with whom you can actively exchange ideas. In addition, these platforms usually offer the chance to sell his homemade sewing products on a small scale. Like a small public marketplace, you can also buy foreign DIY products.

What can you sew everything yourself?

There are plenty of instructions on the internet about a plethora of garments, home textiles, gift ideas and accessories. The choice of materials and fabrics is overwhelming. In the age of the Internet you can order all fabrics conveniently and quickly online. There is no limit to the creativity in compiling fabrics and materials. Small DIY signs and closures with which you can mark your own creations are also popular. Especially smart are DIY products with individual embellishments such as sewn-on letters from fabric remnants, various buttons, sequins, stones and unusual fabric remnants such as silk; Top; Satin, jeans and corduroy. In DIY baby fashion you should do without small parts, as they can be swallowed! Avoid buttons if possible or sew them particularly well and check them regularly. Especially friends and relatives are happy about an original gift, so why not give away a tie, bag or pillowcase? Especially recommended for birth is a blanket and pillow with the baby name of cloth letters. You can definitely score with this gift. At the beginning of his amateur career, you can start with fabrics from discarded clothing or home textiles – old jeans, T-shirts, curtains, stoles and blankets. This has the advantage that you are not annoyed about failed attempts, waste or crooked seams. Nothing is more annoying than making mistakes that are avoidable with expensive material. Nevertheless one must not forget, with DIY one does not want perfect products. Mistakes make them what they are: homemade.

Clothes and accessories

Theoretically, it is possible to sew everything yourself, which you can also buy. Of course, this depends on personal skills, the sewing machine and the available fabrics. Baby fashion is especially popular with young mothers: rompers, baby pants and tops and caps. Above all, young women sew: tops like T-shirts; Pullover; Tops; Shirts and blouses, evening dresses, trousers of different lengths and widths, skirts and jackets. A wide range of fabrics is available: jeans, jersey fabric, cotton, silk, satin, velvet, viscose, corduroy, stretch fabrics and many more. The DIY products become a real eye-catcher when using different types of fabric or special imprints. Especially with DIY baby fashion stars, flowers, dots, hearts and symbols in the fabric can look great.
You can also sew different accessories such as bags, key chains and cases and cloths yourself.

Home textiles

For beginners in particular, sewing home textiles such as pillowcases, blankets, stoles and curtains, tablecloths, placemats, tea towels, bedspreads and lamp covers is especially suitable for beginners. These usually have long, straight seams and are suitable for practicing with the sewing machine. In addition, you can use many scraps and also small eye-catcher such as dolls, stuffed animals, flower arrangements, fabric for bread baskets and sewing cushions. You can easily do better living yourself.

evening Dresses

The sewing of clothes, especially evening dresses, is suitable for experienced seamstresses. One should understand the basics of patterns, different seams, handling of the sewing machine, measuring and cutting of fabric and have sufficiently practiced. Otherwise you get annoyed quickly when you cut expensive, high-quality fabric. DIY does not mean that you get an evening gown cheaper. Price is usually the substance. It takes several meters, should pay attention to a good quality, as well as suitable sewing thread. That’s quite a sum. Especially if the evening dress is to be decorated with sequins, crystal stones, embroidery or ornaments. Before you should inform yourself about the different types of evening dresses. For example, there are A-line dresses, the mermaid cut, cocktail dresses, prom dresses, princess cut and balloon dresses. The following questions should also be clarified. Which cut and shape fits? How many layers of fabric do I want to use? Should it be a long or a short dress? For what occasion should it be borne? What dress size should the dress be? This is just a small selection of topics that should be noted before. In addition, you need a sewing machine, sewing thread, crayons, tape measure, scissors, possibly materials for decoration and Abstecknadeln. Evening dresses should always be sewed with patterns. Here it is worthwhile to buy one. Not insignificant is also the time and effort. But if you pay attention to all this and work intensively on it, you can look with pride on a self-sewn evening gown. And once we are honest, homemade is always the most beautiful!


A DIY blanket is perfect for the cold season, bad weather and cozy hours on the couch. Ceilings in retail usually are not the perfect size. So why not DIY? A cuddly blanket is especially suitable for sewing beginners. The time and effort depends on the size and style of the blanket. After a little practice, this type of sewing is quick and easy. There are no limits to creativity and size. Fleece fabrics are available in different colors and lengths at reasonable prices on the Internet. There are also different patterns with stars, stripes, animals, ornaments and symbols. Patchwork quilts are fabric scraps that are sewn together in squares. Volume fleece ensures an extra cuddle factor, which makes your blanket particularly fluffy. You also need a sewing machine for a cuddly blanket, matching sewing thread, sharp scissors, chalk pen for marking, measuring tape and a nice ribbon for the border. Whether a small cuddly baby blanket or a large blankie for the couch – let your creativity run wild.

Decoration for a nice living

As mentioned above, you can easily sew different home textiles for your home. You can buy curtains in different designs, but usually they are too long. Do not throw away the rest! This makes it easy to sew pillowcases that will fit the curtains. All you need is the matching zipper or buttons. Other remains can be picked up for a patchwork quilt. Boring lampshades can be covered with materials that are alternately transparent and impermeable to light. That gives an interesting play of light. You can easily sew tablecloths yourself. Select favorite fabric, cut to size and sew around the edges. Finished. From the leftovers you can also sew placemats. However, one should pay attention to high quality, solid material. Practiced seamstresses can also sew chair covers or sofa covers. However, this is very demanding because you have to sew in a rubber. To tailor the right measurements is difficult. For questions you can always find answers on the Internet. There is a flood of videos, instructions and ideas available. In self-made accessories, it can be much more beautiful living!



There are a lot of over-the-counter patterns available on the internet. However, you should pay attention to reviews and comments. Sometimes these are poorly fitting and inaccurate. On the safe side you are with patterns that contain a video tutorial and sample photos. Mostly they are distributed as an e-book. Thus, they can be displayed on many devices. You can take them anywhere with you and put bookmarks, comments and notes. You should also pay attention to the information on clothing size and difficulty level. It is frustrating if you are a beginner and faced with too complicated instructions. If you prefer to hold something in your hand, you can fall back on a wealth of books. These can be purchased in larger bookstores or online. An advantage of the digital instructions, however, is the easy addition of extensions and variants to the cuts. In addition, you can usually contact the distributors directly and make inquiries. There are matching patterns for every purse. If you have already gained enough experience and safety, you might as well offer to design your own patterns and distribute them. This is of course associated with an increased effort, but also radiates a very own charm.