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Five cheap hacks to get crafty with a needle and thread

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YOU don’t have to spend sew much to get crafty with a needle and thread.

As The Great British Sewing Bee returns to BBC One tonight, get in on the action with these simple tips . . . 

Five cheap hacks to get crafty with a needle and thread

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Five cheap hacks to get crafty with a needle and threadCredit: Getty
The Great British Sewing Bee returns tonight with judges Esme Young and Patrick Grant

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The Great British Sewing Bee returns tonight with judges Esme Young and Patrick GrantCredit: BBC

START SMALL: Begin with simple projects such as pillowcases, tote bags or basic clothing alterations.

These will require minimal materials and are great for learning the basics.

You do not need every gadget on the market to start with.

Focus on a few essential tools — a good pair of fabric scissors, needles and thread.

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As you become more experienced, you can gradually add more specialised tools to your collection.

DIY PROJECTS: Before buying new material, check what you already have at home.

Old clothes, sheets and other fabrics can be repurposed.

This not only saves money but also gives you practice working with different types of fabrics and techniques.

SECONDS ARE BEST: If you are just starting out, there is no need to invest in a high-end sewing machine.

Borrow one from a friend or look for second-hand machines at charity shops, car boot sales or online marketplaces.

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Make sure to test it before buying.

Charity shops can be a gold mine for affordable fabric.

Look for large pieces — curtains, tablecloths and bed linen can be repurposed for your sewing projects.

FREE FOR ALL: The internet is a treasure trove of free sewing patterns and tutorials.

Pinterest, YouTube and sewing blogs offer countless tips for beginners.

And these free patterns and step-by-step guides can help you learn new techniques without the expense of buying books or patterns.

GROUP SAVING: Find local sewing groups or online communities where you can share tips, ask questions and even swap materials.

These groups often provide valuable advice and support for beginners — and you might find someone willing to lend you some tools or give you leftover fabric.

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