I have a confession to make: I canâ€™t sew a button to save my life. Itâ€™s a skill I should have learned as soon as I could handle a needle, and itâ€™s one I could have used many times. As it is, I have a collection of jackets and button-downs each with one wonky, dangling, off-center button held on, however flimsily, by yards and yards of thread.
Now thereâ€™s no excuse. Thread Banger, a Web site for people who create their own fashionâ€”and people like me who only wish they couldâ€”posts a weekly series of online tutorial videos hosted by crafty Threadheads, Rob and Corinne. Watching the videos made me yearn to learn the ins and outs of a sewing machine, and gave me all kinds of great ideas on how to turn my old stuff into hip stuff I wouldnâ€™t just wear on laundry day.
Learn the right way to sew a button, hem your pants like a pro, or give your button-downs a fitted, tailored-to-you look. And for the non-remedial sewersâ€”or just plain crafty fashionistasâ€”there are tutorials on giving your jeans a vintage facelift and creating one-of-a-kind shoulder bags for little to no cash. New videos are posted every Friday, so keep checking back for more hip how-toâ€™s.