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173 How to Sew Clothes Ideas: Tips for Making Your Own Clothes on the Cheap

By: Kaylee Pope, Editor of

If you have ever tried to spend any amount of time learning how to make your own clothes, you know that figuring out how to sew clothes on a budget can actually be really difficult. Unlike small and easy sewing projects, tutorials that show you how to make your own clothes often involves much more fabric, time, and even money. You do not want to use cheap fabric for something you will be wearing and you certainly cannot construct a whole skirt out of small scraps. Many people who are learning how to sew are doing so to learn how to sew clothes. While free sewing patterns can help you save money, it certainly isn’t simple to learn how to make your own clothes on the cheap that do not look cheap. Luckily for you, the editors of are experts when it comes to sewing clothes with budget-friendly ideas. Whether you are learning how to resize a pattern, making your own clothes from start to finish, or just refashioning a dull idea, you are going to be able to find tutorials and patterns on how to make your own clothes that will not only fit your budget but fit your style, as well. 173 How to Sew Clothes Ideas: How to Make Your Own Clothes on the Cheap will help you make a DIY wardrobe in no time!


How to Make Your Own Clothes 

If you are looking for a specfic type of clothing pattern, check out our massive collection of free sewing patterns to make your own clothes, How to Make Clothes: 500+ Tutorials for Making Your Own Clothes.

173 How to Sew Clothes Ideas: How to Make Your Own Clothes on the Cheap

Follow this list of 9 smart tips for how to make your own clothes on a budget, and you will be a DIY diva in no time.

1. When you are learning how to make your own clothes, be sure to sew up basic and neutral pieces you can wear time and time again. You’ll wear the fuchsia skirt maybe once a year, but free skirt patterns like a sleek, black pencil skirt pattern can be worn pretty much whenever you want.

Any Day Free Skirt Pattern   Dolman DIY T-Shirt


2. A lot of free sewing patterns and tutorials that show you how to sew clothes focus on restructuring a piece completely. Instead of recycling, considering refashioning (or simple re-dos) when deciding how to make your own clothes.

Flattering T-Shirt Refashion   Sweater Upcycled Clothing Ideas



3. The most expensive part about making your own clothes? The fabric! Save money by learning how to make a pillowcase dress or what you can make with vintage fabrics.

Little French Pillowcase Dress   Vintage Free Apron Patterns


4. Making your own clothes does not mean buying new patterns. Learn how to use pieces that fit you now to make your own pattern.

Make Your Own Clothes: How to Make a Pattern


5. Looking to make clothes for kids? Turn old clothing into new kid’s clothes patterns with these ideas.

This Dress Used to be Mommy's   Man's Shirt to Child's Dress Refashion


6. Tutorials that show you how to make your own clothes often involve salvaging old pieces. Learn how to resize your current patterns and pieces for your current size.

How to Alter a Pattern 


7. We had to mention this one! Don’t buy clothing patterns when you learn how to sew clothes, use free sewing patterns!

How to Make Clothes: 500+ Tutorials for Making Your Own Clothes  


8. Learning how to make your own clothes will so much easier if you watch someone else do it. Check out some free sewing patterns that come with videos.

Sewing Videos


9. You probably have a lot of old tees laying around. Learn how to sew clothes out of old tees and you’ll barely spend a dime making these free clothing patterns.

One Skirt Makes 3 Shirts   DIY Tank Top


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I love using sheets for sewing my own clothing. There is plenty of fabric, its soft, preshrunk, and just move the pattern around areas that are spotted or torn, and place in best areas of the sheet. Great for sewing nightgowns, tops to wear around the house, even make pillowcases, kids clothes, stuffed animals, and the lace can be taken off and used on pillowcases, girls dresses, etc . The best part is no sizing or formaldehyde on the fabric to get rid of before sewing. Upcycle, recycle, love cotton sheets.

Thanks for sharing such amazing information about sewing clothes and saving money. It really helps me because I'm thinking about sewing clothes for my family.

What a great collection of ideas for making your own clothes. Budget friendly is always the best way to go when you're trying to save some money. This list has some of the coolest refashioning, making your own patterns and reusing some pieces like pillows to get fabric.

Very useful. I love the idea of making your own pattern.


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