• Summer Drape Top
  • Free dress patterns
  • Easy summer dress
  • Twist Front Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Sew your own undies
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt

Free bag pattern – Turning Japanese Bag

Free bag pattern. The handles make this bag really easy to make, but it looks fab! I want one!

Never sewn a bag before or just looking for a quick and easy project? The use of metal handles in this bag means there is no need for fiddly zippers or closures, but the bag still looks super cute and just like something you could have bought in a nice store. Feedback to the site, comments on Facebook and emails I’ve received show that you all love to sew bags!  You asked for more quick and simple projects, more bags, more for new and beginner sewists and more projects that can be made with small pieces of fabric, or short periods of time.  I think this bag fulfills all of those. My First Bag Series - In fact, I’ve decided that over the next 12 months I’ll try to bring out several new bags that could all be sewn by beginners … Continue reading

  • Sew your own undies
  • Free dress patterns
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Easy summer dress
  • Twist Front Top

Indiesew – the place to find great Indie Patterns

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  I was recently contacted by a website that I’d not found before, Indiesew.  We’ve been conspiring and working together in secret…. I’m so excited to finally reveal that some of my patterns are going to be featured on the site, starting soon with the Sew Simple Leggings. It’s great news for me because it means my patterns and site could soon be discovered by a whole new group of readers that might have not found me any other way.  So I might get some extra pattern sales, which will be great. (Image courtesy of Indiesew)   I wanted to just tell you a little about the site and recommend you take a look.  They are very different to the usual sites that sell sewing patterns and I love them for the following reasons: well, they agreed to stock some … Continue reading

  • Easy summer dress
  • Sew your own undies
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Free dress patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Twist Front Top

Piece, Patch, Quilt – free beginners quilting class

Review of the free beginners quilting class; Piece, Patch, Quilt.

I bought some fabrics with the intention of starting a quilt. I’ve never made a quilt before because I usually sew clothes, but I’ve been so attracted to the bright colors and especially some of the really modern designs so I HAD to give it a go.  But then I got scared because the fabrics were so beautiful that I was afraid of making just one big mess and wasting or ruining the lot.  This is my new quilting stash. I bought: Benartex Bali Batik 5 Yards Bundle (Sea and Sky) Matching jelly roll in sea and sky Free Spirit Fat Quarter Box (not shown) Amy Butler Lark Fat Quarter Bundle (not shown) A bright colored jelly roll from JoAnn Craftsy to the rescue!  Did you know that Craftsy offer some great FREE quilting classes to get you started? Check … Continue reading

  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Easy summer dress
  • Sew your own undies
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Twist Front Top
  • Free dress patterns
  • Summer Drape Top

The Flirty Skirty – 10 gored skirt pattern

The Flirty Skirty pattern. 10 gored skirt, fitted in waist and hips and flaring at hemline. I'm in love!

Put some swing in your step and show a little leg – the Flirty Skirty is here.  With just one pattern piece, only 4 sheets to print, super fast sewing and a fabulous end result -you won’t be able to stop at just one of these skirts. Feeling flirty or girly? This light twirly skirt is just perfect! Close fitted in the waist and hips and then light and full of movement when you walk for a really flattering and comfortable look.  Drafted to hit just above the knee, so you can show a bit of leg in the flirty skirt! I’ve got lots of photos to share, because I just couldn’t stop swinging my hips, swishing about and twirling.  This skirt has got LOTS of movement.  In fact I don’t seem to have a photo of me standing still … Continue reading

  • Easy summer dress
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Twist Front Top
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Sew your own undies
  • Free dress patterns

Readers Questions – part 1

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Welcome to the first ever Readers Questions.  A place to share all those decades of sewing knowledge and experience. Please give advice in the comments.  It’s OK to add a link to a relevant article on your own site or someone else’s if that helps. If you have a burning sewing question that needs an answer from the readers, you can use this page to Submit Your Sewing Question. TARA ASKS: What is the best way to transfer a stitchery pattern onto fabric, other then using a light box. Something like transfer paper, iron on pen etc? Thanks MASON ASKS: I have a question about my sewing machine. I have been very happy with a Singer Touch and Sew 626.  The machine was built around 1966.  I have not had any problems with it until just recently.  The machine won’t … Continue reading

  • Sew your own undies
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Twist Front Top
  • Free dress patterns
  • Easy summer dress
  • Double layer chiffon blouse

Fab Felt Christmas – series wrap up and what’s coming next

Everything you need for a fab felt Christmas. Felt Christmas Tree and lots of links to ornament tutorials.

Well, it’s been fun but our Christmas in July feature has now come to an end.  I’ve been enjoying a wonderful vacation away from the computer (mostly) and want to give a great big THANK YOU to all the wonderful bloggers who contributed unique felt and fabric ornament tutorials for you while I was away. Let’s have a quick recap in case you missed any of them.  See something you like?  Click on the picture to find out more and go to the tutorial. Fab Felt Christmas Tree So we started off with my tutorial for the Fab Felt Tree.  A bit of a departure from just sewing and a bit of simple crafting with cardboard involved to make this fun tree for your home, or for the kids to play with. Easiest Ever Felt Ornaments Then I completely cheated … Continue reading

  • Summer Drape Top
  • Free dress patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Easy summer dress
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew your own undies
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt

Fab Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments – part 5

6 fab felt and fabric Christmas ornaments to sew.

To round off the wonderful blogging guests who have taken part in this Christmas in July series, today a total of 6 sewing bloggers share with your their tutorials for fab felt and fabric Christmas ornaments.  These tutorials are all new, all written just for you and the Christmas in July series. From simple to sophisticated, you’ll be sure to find a tutorial here you’ll want to pin and save for later.  Some of the examples today could easily be sewn by children, with a little help.  Why not sit and sew together? Stephanie at The Tip Toe Fairy Ren at The Inspired Wren  Wendi and Shiny Happy World Karin at Leigh Laurel Studios Remona at The Stitching Scientist Palak and Make It Handmade   Don’t forget to pin these tutorials so you can find them later, and follow the … Continue reading

  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Twist Front Top
  • Easy summer dress
  • Free dress patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Sew your own undies
  • Double layer chiffon blouse

Gathering Apron – free pattern

Gathering apron

My monthly sewing contribution to Little House Living is this gathering apron.  What’s a gathering apron?  I had the same question when I was asked to design one. Basically it’s an apron you wear out in the garden to allow you to collect produce.  This one keeps your hands free because the whole apron it one big pocket, so you can pick and carry your fruit and veg. Great for putting the washing out too because you can keep your pegs/clothes pins in the big pocket for easy access.  Find the free gathering apron pattern over at Little House Living. Thank you to Penelope for being my model.

  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Easy summer dress
  • Sew your own undies
  • Free dress patterns
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns

Fab Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments – part 4

3 fab felt and fabric Christmas ornaments to sew.

Once more, fab sewing bloggers are helping me out during my break with these brand new tutorials written just for you.  Looking for something quick and cute to sew?  Then get your pins and needles ready, and sew in good time for the holidays this year with these Christmas Tree Ornament ideas. Thanks to all the bloggers taking part so far and those still to come.  Ajaire from Call Ajaire Heather from The Sewing Loft Hannah from Made with Hugs and Kisses Thanks for following along.  Please do visit each of the bloggers and check out their tutorials.  PIN for later and by the time the end of the year comes, you’ll be all ready and organised in good time.  Why not make up your own board for Christmas sewing ideas, and follow mine below. Follow Deby’s board Christmas Sewing … Continue reading

  • Twist Front Top
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Free dress patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Sew your own undies
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Easy summer dress
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern

New feature – readers questions

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In the recent Readers Survey, there were a lot of comments made, questions asked and areas of interest raised.  Far, far more than I can cover here.  You all clearly have a very wide range of sewing interests from sewing vintage styles to sewing for men, to sewing very specific types of clothing, and more. I love that!  I wish I could truly cover everything that you were all interested in.  But it’s simply just not possible unless I write something everyday, for years.  But between us, and especially between all of you – there are decades of sewing experience.  I bet there isn’t a sewing question, dilemma or problem that someone reading this couldn’t answer.

  • Summer Drape Top
  • Free dress patterns
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Sew your own undies
  • Twist Front Top
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Easy summer dress
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern

Fab Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments – part 3

4 great tutorials for felt Christmas ornaments to make

It’s never too soon to start planning for the festive season, especially if you plan a lot of handmade decorations, hand-sewn gifts and a center piece like the Fab Felt Christmas Tree. Each of these four bloggers has created a fabulous felt Christmas Ornament tutorial just for you as part of the Christmas in July series.  Do visit them all, and make an early start or PIN for later on in the year.  Start saving your scraps of felt and fabric and check out these great tutorials. Cori at Let’s Eat Grandpa Linda at Night Owl Corner Kate at Candidly Kate Gina at Party of Eight Our Story   We’ll all be contributing to a Christmas Sewing Pinterest Board as well, sharing our favorite ideas for Christmas.  It might be a little quiet there now, but do follow along and you’ll … Continue reading