Hand Sewing 101

Master these fundamentals and you’ll walk away with a neat, sturdy fix every time.

How to Sew a Button on a Coat or Jacket

Heavier fabric calls for a heavy-duty stitching technique.

How to Sew a Button on a Shirt

Three steps and a few minutes are all you need to repair a shirt or other garment in a lightweight fabric.

9 Smart Sewing Tips

Tackling a repair project? Start here.

6 Sewing How-Tos

Sewing is more than a needle pulling thread.

8 Necessary Sewing Supplies

Before starting a project, make sure you have this gear on hand.

13 Sewing-Related New Uses

Think sew is only about a “needle pulling thread”? See these clever uses.

How Can I Repair My Cashmere Sweater?

Don't trash your favorite sweater because of a few holes. Try these easy fixes instead.

How to Save on Tailoring

Spend less at the seamstress with these penny-pinching tips from a professional tailor.

20 Tips for Cleaning and Fixing Toys

When Ted E. Bear takes a tumble or falls prey to a pooch, he needs medical care—stat! Real Simple asked toy-repair experts for cleaning tips and patch-up strategies so your child’s buddies can get back into play.

Basic Sewing Kit Essentials Checklist

What you need to make quick repairs.

Easy DIY Ideas

Save money and learn how to do it yourself, from beauty treatments (how to trim your bangs) to small home improvement fixes (how to replace a doorknob).