Easy pleated skirt pattern, FREE sew-along: Part 1

easy pleated skirt pattern

I have a new, easy pleated skirt pattern to share with you that will help streamline your figure and look great.  This A-line shaped skirt style is so easy to sew that you’ll want to make a few skirts and they should last you for many years.Made of linen, cotton, light wool or other fabrics with a bit of body, this skirt will give you an effortless classy and elegant look. Lately, I have had a few requests and since there are a few that relate to each other I thought a sew-along showing how to do alterations and customizations would cover many of the questions and requests you guys sometimes send my way. I must say that I do enjoy getting mail and comments from everyone and, believe it or not, requests make my life easier since I don’t have … Continue reading

More Neckline Styles Than You’ll Ever Need

neckline styles

Just like the waistline, the neckline style is a defining factor when it comes to the overall look and feel of your outfit.  Your choice of neckline styles defines whether your outfit is formal or casual, feminine and playful or sophisticated and stylish. There are a few factors to consider when choosing the right neckline style for your garment; including body shape, bust size, décolleté line, shoulder size, neck length/thickness and face shape. Conventional wisdom might suggest that large breasted gals opt for higher necklines but this is actually a bad idea…the higher the neckline, the lower set it will make you lovely ladies appear so you should be going for medium cuts. Also, the wider the cut of the neckline, the broader your shoulders will appear –so you can offset a wide hip with the illusion of balance in … Continue reading

How to choose the correct sewing thread

choose correct sewing thread

Do you pick up just any matching thread that you come across and sew your fabric? Or do you examine the thread closely before using it for a project? If you are like me and sometimes pick up any thread lying on the stash, then it’s time to change the rule. The quality of the thread used has a direct bearing on the final outcome of your sewing project. To get the best possible outcome, you need to get a clear understanding of the various types of threads available and when to use them.  To help you with this important process, we’ve put together a short list of guidelines on how to choose the correct sewing thread. Types of thread Cotton thread: These are threads that are used for natural fabric like cotton. Most of the cotton thread has a lustrous … Continue reading

Free Chemo Headwear Pattern and Tutorial-Special Request

chemo headwear pattern

Here’s an easy chemo headwear pattern and tutorial so you can make that essential accessory to help her feel more beautiful during recovery. Today is Mother’s Day in most parts of the world, so Happy Mothers Day!  To all of you that have experienced the privilege of raising children and the immense love and fear of being responsible for a little one, I salute you and my wish for you is that you are remembered today. Today is also the beginning of a few styles I will be dedicating to the woman that I admire the most.  I should start with my mother and grandmother, but this is not in a particular order.  These are the woman that for some reason or another have touched my heart because their resilience, strength, dedication, sacrifice and love for the people around them … Continue reading

Ultimate Mother’s Day Sewing Roundup: Free & Fun

mothers day sewing roundup

Happy Mother’s Day! We celebrate Mother’s Day every year as a way to honor the mothers in the family, motherhood, maternal bonds and the overall contribution and influence of mother’s in our societies.  Mother’s Day is observed in over 40 countries around the world.  In the US the holiday is celebrated in May although the dates vary in other countries. In the US, Mother’s Day is a relatively modern holiday with the first official celebration being held in 1908 in Grafton, West Virgina after years of campaigning by a tenacious woman named Anna Jarvis. Anna began her efforts to recognize Mother’s Day in 1905 and by 1911, all US states observed the holiday. In celebration, we put together this fun and free Mothers Day Sewing Roundup filled with interesting projects that every mother would love.  Please enjoy and don’t forget to share … Continue reading

Save 50%+ Off Your Favorites with this Mother’s Day Pattern Sale

mother's day pattern sale

Hi Everyone, you can save at least 50%, sometimes more on this Mother’s Day Pattern Sale.  To celebrate Mother’s Day 2017, we’re doing a very special sale on this select collection of our sewing patterns. We rarely do this sort of thing, but given that Mother’s Day 2017 is nearly here, we thought to run a big sale on some of our most popular patterns just to say thanks to all the hard working mothers out there. If you’re still looking for something nice for your mum, get it now for 50% off but only until Mother’s Day. We’ve picked a selection of our most popular patterns, a mix of bags and clothing so there is something for everyone.

Barbie Clothes Patterns: 45+ Free Designs & Tutorials

Barbie Clothes Patterns

Why not make your own Barbie clothes? Barbie has been a cultural icon since for almost 60 years since she was “born” on March 9, 1959.  The doll was launched by toy company Mattel and since 1959 over a billion Barbies have been manufactured.  While you can certainly buy almost any type of Barbie clothes and accessory in a store, wouldn’t it be much more fun to make your own? Here’s a fantastic collection of 45+ Barbie Clothes Patterns and tutorials featuring many different designs and fashions.  I really hope you enjoy these fun little sewing projects.     If you kids are a bit younger.. If your kids are a bit younger and you’re still looking for something to sew for them, below is another roundup for cute sock animals to sew.  You might find it interesting! Barbie Clothes Patterns … Continue reading

Easy bow tie pattern and tutorial, when you need to pull a James Bond look fast

easy bow tie pattern

This easy bow tie pattern is free and the tutorial is easy to follow and make.  If you need to go “James Bond,” you can do it under an hour.  The best part is that this free bow tie pattern is that when is all done and on your guy’s bow tie looks as you actually tied it by hand. The design uses two rectangles to compose the bow and a clip-on strap, making it easy, especially for young ones, to strap and go. The first thing you will notice is the amount of fabric you need, which is not very much at all.  With only 3/4 yard you will be able to make at least five bow ties.  We will definitely put this one on our list of small sewing projects not requiring much fabric. Materials: 3/4 yard of satin, … Continue reading

Gentle reminder, the big spring Craftsy sale ends this Sunday night. Don’t miss out!

Get any Craftsy Class for under $20! I just wanted to remind everyone that the big spring Craftsy sale is still on until midnight Sunday night (US Mountain Time).  This is a great opportunity to save on that class you always wanted but thought was too expensive.  On some of the larger classes, you can now save over 70%! As you know, many of our readers are great fans of Craftsy and this sale is particularly attractive for anyone planning to buy more than one class.  There will probably be future Craftsy sales, but they rarely offer this much savings and are often limited to only one class. You may want to act now since the offer expires Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 11:59PM Mountain Time. Here’s a couple of examples of what you can get: Here’s another great bargain and a chance … Continue reading

Surprise! Tablet Tote Bag Pattern FREE Today Only (RRP $6.95)

As a special surprise for our loyal readers and subscribers, we’re giving away one of our most popular bag patterns, the Multi-purpose Tech or Tablet Bag Pattern usually sold for $6.95.  Yup, that’s right, the pattern will be FREE, but for this Thursday/Friday (May 4-5) only. Designed to fit your iPad, tablet, reader, Kindle, small laptop or other mobile computers, this pattern has proven super popular as it comes with full PDF instructions which are detailed and well illustrated.  The design has been thoroughly tested with plenty of user examples for you to look at which you can see on the full post at the link below. The pattern has numerous excellent reviews in both our Etsy and Craftsy stores.  And there’s also a video intro to the pattern which you can see below as well as a full video tutorial … Continue reading

Sashiko Quilting Tutorial: How to Make a Japanese Embroidery Cushion

sashiko quilting tutorial

Hello! I’m Rin from Sew in Love and owner of Hana Patterns. I’m back with another free sewing pattern for you, inspired by my Japanese heritage. You can make this embroidered pillow to add a touch of ethnic and bohemian style to your home. What’s Sashiko? Sashiko is a type of traditional Japanese embroidery. It started out as a way to strengthen cotton and linen fabrics, but these days, we enjoy its repetitive patterns for decoration. Once you get started, sashiko embroidery is a really calming and relaxing activity. I love how my sashiko pillow enhances my other handmade pillows to bring a boho vibe to my living room (see my room tour here). Let’s get started! MATERIALS I’ve designed this sashiko embroidery pattern so it can be be adapted to any pillow size. But for your reference, my pillow is 50cm x … Continue reading