• Twist Front Top
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Color block dress
  • Moved to Tiers Tunic
  • Wrap skirt
  • Color Block Skirt
  • The perfect baby burp cloth
  • On Safari Skirt
  • 30 minute skirt
  • Baby changing mat
  • Teeny tiny zipper pouch
  • Sew your own undies
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Easy cosmetics bag
  • Cosmetics bag with brush roll
  • The Ultimate Wallet
  • Turning Japanese Handbag
  • Easy summer dress

Fun sock animal sewing patterns

Great collection of all sorts of sock animals to sew. The sock monkey of course, but lots of other patterns too for other animals.

Having designed simple clothing patterns myself, I have the greatest admiration for those who create patterns for 3d items such as soft toys and dolls. Visualizing how something flat such as fabric or a paper pattern, can be turned into something 3 dimensional is a skill indeed. That’s why I love sock monkeys and all the other sock toys you see. I just can’t get my head around how a simple pair of socks can be turned into something so awesome.  How they can take all those funny shaped parts of a sock such as the toe and the heel and use them to create faces, bodies and fun personalities. I’ve been collecting some sock toy ideas for a while now, but without a sock shop here, (no one wears socks, it’s too hot), they’ll just sit here on my computer … Continue reading

Make your sewing pattern weights 11 ways

Serger Pepper Pattern Weights DIY

Hi there! Irene from Serger Pepper here! How is your sewing machine? Did you clean it from the last time we met? And did you make a bag for your laptop? Or maybe you’ve been too busy choosing  your first serger… Today we’re here to talk about a sewing tool I didn’t use for a lot of time (my mom still looks at me weird when I say I’m not using pins… whaaat?): Pattern Weights What are pattern weights? Exactly what their name says! They can be any heavy object, better if not too fragile or spiky, absolutely not sphere-shaped They are used, just like pins, to keep the pattern pieces stuck to the fabric while you cut it, to make sure you’re cutting as accurate as you can. Let me show you my unconventional pattern weights: You can see I use … Continue reading

Quick and Simple Spring / Easter Baby Bibs

Easter Spring Baby Bib

Next in the seasonal baby bib series, I created some quick Easter and Spring designs. As I mentioned in the Valentine’s post, if you don’t have a baby to sew for, these silhouettes can be used for a multitude of other projects! They would be cute on a t-shirt too! To make your own Spring or Easter baby bib, you will need: The Pattern a couple of large scraps of fabric a couple of small scraps of fabric (for the appliques) matching thread freezer paper (optional – If you have never used freezer paper before, check out my freezer paper tips!) Heat N Bond Lite scissors sewing machine How to sew a Spring / Easter baby bib [Note: for more photos of each of the steps, check out the Christmas bib tutorial too!] Cut two of the baby bib (mirrored). Note: seam allowance is not included in the pattern. Cut around the pattern, including … Continue reading

Jelly roll quilt pattern – my serged quilt top

How to turn a simple jelly roll into an eyecatching quilt. Ideal for beginners, no complicated blocks or angles.

Time to work on a new quilt top.  I had used the Moda Avant Garden jelly roll as serger practice, learning the ropes and getting the hours in on my new serger.  Some strips I had sewn without cutting off, some with just a small amount cut and others with a larger cut. You can see the original article here about how I sewed all the strips together and what it looked like before cutting. This resulted in a random collection of strips of different widths, just sewn straight as they came off the roll.  I loved the way it looked on the back – very neat and tidy, all the edges beautifully finished.  It was great practice for logging some starter hours on the serger. So now I didn’t want to put all that good fabric to waste and … Continue reading

The best UK online fabric shops

Big list of 60+ UK Online fabric shops. Oh dear, I feel a shopping spree coming on :-)

By now you’ve probably all already seen the Big List of Online Fabric Shops and the Best Etsy Fabric Shops articles.  Awesome right.  Yeah, if you are in the US.  But although most of my readers are in the USA, a lot are also from the UK.  Perhaps its my British accent that attracts you, and you aren’t too put off by all of the American spellings! So if you are in the UK, here is your own list of great online resources for buying fabric for every possible sort of sewing project. I’m starting out with the smaller independent shops of Etsy, where you can often find great personal customer service and more unusual fabrics and products.  The below a list of websites and shops.  Enjoy! I’m not in the UK any more so am not familiar with all … Continue reading

Travel and Passport Wallet Pattern

Essential Family and Travel Passport Wallet. This one contains space for a family of 2 or 4 - much more useful.

Going away somewhere exotic or far-afield?  Or maybe you just need somewhere to keep your passports and travel documents safe between trips so you’ll always know where to lay your hands on them. The Pattern of the Month for March is the essential family travel and passport wallet pattern.  It can hold travel documents for a family and speed you through check in and security without having to rummage through bags to find everything. Features This handy travel and passport wallet pattern has: Two short pockets for ID cards, credit card etc Two medium pockets for your passports Two larger pockets for boarding passes or e-tickets Two large pockets behind for other documents or extra passports An elastic pen holder Optional clip to hold locker or luggage keys Sturdy design Loop and button closure Finished size approx – 9.5 inches … Continue reading

Spring Applique Pillow Cover

Love the bright colors in this Spring Applique Pillow Cover idea. The raised flowers and buttons add a nice touch.

Feeling like Spring is in the air?  Tulips and daffodils starting to brighten up your garden yet?  I suppose it depends where you are, but when I lived in the UK I loved to see my garden burst into life this time of year with crocus, and all the spring bulbs and bright colors. Last year I made the Spring mug rug – remember that one?  I actually gave a pair of those away as a prize and then felt bad about it so I made myself a new Spring project to cheer myself up.  Love the bright colors, the bold flowers and butterflies. I used a new product from Shabby Fabrics, their pre-fused laser-cut shapes.  They have a nice range of flowers, butterflies, letters, hearts and more, all in different sizes and different colorways.  I used the medium printed … Continue reading

Clean out your closet week. The best clothing refashions

25 of the best and most ingenious clothing refashion ideas - for Clean out your Closet Week. I'm inspired!

It seems there is a National Day, Week or Month for almost everything these days. One that caught my eye for March was Clean Your Closet Week (running 17th – 24th). I’ve just recently lost some weight, with a little more to go and I’ll be cleaning out my closet of all my ‘big’ clothes and bringing back in some of my sewing projects from last year I hope to be slipping back into again soon. Spring is a great time to go through your closet and make some changes. move that thick and heavy winter clothes into storage, bring out the bright colors and lighter fabrics. Also the best time to look through what you aren’t wearing and why – can they be better changed into something else? Here are some great Clean Out Your Closet refashioning ideas to … Continue reading

Easter bunnies to sew

More than 30 sewing patterns, tutorials and inspiration for Easter Bunnies to sew.

It’s that time of year to celebrate the passing of winter, the end of the long dark months and the coming of Spring.  Our gardens are bursting into bloom, we see more of the sunshine and a drive through the countryside is full of the joys of new fresh leaves on the trees, and baby lambs scampering around in the fields. Spring is here, and with it, Easter.  Whether you celebrate it as a religious festival or just enjoy it as a celebration of Spring and an excuse to eat chocolate, the Easter Bunny is a prominent symbol of this time of year. photo credit: Lambs via photopin   Here is an interesting article about how the pagan Goddess of Spring and Fertility was accompanied by a hare, and how the hare emerged as the Easter Bunny. It also tells … Continue reading

Join the latest (and best?) sewing chat group

No 'Bitchin' in this online Stitching group. Fun online sewing community launched. All are welcome.

Photo credit: Sewing class sponsored by ILGWU Local 91, October 21, 1966 via photopin (license)     If you’ve been following along here for a while, you’ll remember the launch of our sewing forum. So far there are 316 members – that’s pretty good! But even with all those members its a little quiet there. Not as much sharing and activity as I had hoped for. Just over the last few weeks quite a few people have written and asked if we could have a Facebook group as well. The forum is cool, but it’s a little bit ‘out of sight, out of mind’ for many who are used to spending chat time on Facebook instead. It can be easier to check in with a group if you are already there updating your status or watching cat videos Ever happy … Continue reading

Sew a pretty lace jacket

One piece free pattern for this pretty lace coverup. Ideal for modesty over a strapless dress.

Do you remember the free Sew A So Simple Shrug pattern that came out at the start of this year. I’ve worn that thing to death! But already its getting a little warmer here in Cayman and although sometimes you need a little cover up in the evenings, not something very heavy. And I do like to wear a nice dress when we go out for dinner, which is almost always outdoors, or sometimes in a restaurant with overly aggressive air-conditioning. So I needed something light but pretty to wear with a nice dress. Ta dah – I already had the perfect pattern for it, I just needed to use a lighter fabric. This stretch lace is perfect. You will need: Stretch lace - 1 yard of 58 inch wide.  (The largest 2 sizes will need just a few inches over 1 … Continue reading