Made in a Snap – easy bag pattern

free easy bag pattern

This is the Made in a Snap Bag – and its a quick and easy bag pattern and the latest in the ‘My First Bag’ series.  It’s a good bag for beginners to bag-making, although it can be just a little bit tricky in one place, but if you are careful, you can do a good job on this one. What’s special about this bag – well I’ll tell you.  See that metal frame – it’s removable.  Which means that you make up several different bags and you can swap them in and out to match your outfit but they all use the same frame.  Of course you can buy several frames and not bother to switch up the cover too.  It’s good either way. To sew the Made in a Snap easy bag pattern Materials: 6 inch half-round purse frame – … Continue reading

Wonky Stars Christmas Mug Rug

Wow, love this Wonky Stars Christmas Mug Rug. Pretty idea.

It’s me, Laura from CraftyHour again! I’m here today with a tutorial one of my favourite small projects, a mug rug. This one is a Christmas-themed one, but you could use another colour palette and make it for any occasion. The Wonky Star block was the first quilt block I was really interested in two years ago – I made a quilt with 6″ and 12″ wonky stars as one of my first quilted projects. Materials: Scraps of coordinating fabrics – I used a few prints from the Holiday Cheer line by Jan Shade Beach Coordinating fabric strip for binding White or other solid background Small scrap of batting Backing fabric Embroidery floss in coordinating colours How to sew your Wonky Stars Christmas Mug Rug The finished dimensions of this little mug rug are 4.5″ x 6.5″. It’s based on a 1″x1″ grid (finished squares), so … Continue reading

Color block skirt – free skirt pattern

Free skirt pattern. Love this color block skirt with the fade away panels on the side that make me look instantly slimmer!

The free pattern for December is nice and simple – none of us have time for complicated sewing this time of year!  So here’s a simple free skirt pattern for a skirt with shaped seams front and back, flattering side panels and a nice comfy fit. Make this skirt all in the one color for a classic knit straight skirt or use the seams to create a color block effect.  Be more traditional with the solid or dark panels on the outside, or go crazy with print! Features: Easy to sew Princess-style seams front and back Video tutorial Knit fabric for comfort and fit Sewn-in elastic waist Sizes 34-50 hip just 4 pages to print for the pattern – nice Works well with a ponte knit Want more of a dramatic tapered look to the center panel and skirt? The standard … Continue reading

Non-Slip Sewing Machine Organizing Pad

Sewing Machine Organizing Pad with Detachable Thread Catcher

I’ve been slowly working on organizing my sewing space and made this sewing machine pad to keep some tools handy. This is Amy from Friends Stitched Together and today I’ll show you how to make your own! The pocket sizes are customizable and the thread catcher is detachable which means it’s easy to pull off and empty when it’s full. You will need: 1/2 yard cotton fabric 1 13″x25″ piece of non-skid “grip stop” fabric 1 13″x25″ piece of fleece or batting 2.5″ piece of velcro All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless stated otherwise – backstitch at the beginning and end of all seams Download this tutorial to keep Cutting out your pieces First, cut your cotton fabric pieces. I made a little cutting chart so you can fit it all on 1/2 yard:   1 – 13″x19″ (main panel) … Continue reading

Felt Gingerbread House tissue box cover

Felt Gingerbread house. This is a tissue box cover, but you could easily stuff it, or use an empty tissue box as the frame. I'll be making a mini village!

I was so inspired by the Modern Christmas Tissue Box Cover, that I felt I had to make the opposite.  Nothing sleek and modern about this design – its all kitcsh and traditional.  I love the felt gingerbread house idea anyway – here is one from the Seasonal Sewing Series from last year.  This one is designed for play, its all soft and squishy with windows and doors to add and play with.  Of course the real gingerbread house is all covered in icing and candy and will make your hips expand and your teeth fall out. Here is a calorie-free alternative, that will still be looking good this time next year too. I’ve designed this as a removable tissue box cover, but there is no reason you can’t decide to add a felt bottom and stuff this instead.  Or … Continue reading

Snowman Pot Holder

Fun snowman pot holder. I love how easy this background is to make - looks much more complicated than it is.

I write a monthly sewing feature over on Little House Living site, and so this is just a quick note to let you know that I have a new tutorial there now for this cute Snowman Pot holder. The backgrounds are made from a Christmas Jelly roll but its also a fun way to use old scraps and trust me, its not as hard as it looks working with those small pieces.  If it was hard, I wouldn’t be doing it! You can make the pot holder, or make it larger to make a placemat or even join several blocks together to make a table runner.  Once you have this simple idea for this background, you’ll be looking for all sorts of ways to use it! Drop on over and take a look.  

Fab Felt Holiday projects – Felt Christmas Trees

Easy to make felt Christmas Trees.

Do you remember the review I did of the Fab Felt Holiday Crafts class on Craftsy?  It really does have a whole lot of fun ideas and projects for the festive season and although time is tight for festive sewing, I’m determined to get a couple under my belt this year. Here are the projects covered in the class: Felt tree ornaments – 4 different types of origami inspired ornaments Penguin or Santa wine sleeve Poinsettia brooch or gift topper Felt gingerbread houses Mini Christmas trees Multi-colored festive garland Felted wool slippers I’ve been inspired by one of the projects and plan to work on something later this week.  No idea if it will work out but I’ll share it even if it doesn’t.  Nothing more fun than a felty-failure. But here are a few things that weren’t a failure – … Continue reading

The Lucy Tote Bag pattern

The Lucy Tote Bag Pattern.

After the release of the Ultimate Wallet, I’ve been getting lots of requests recently for more bag patterns, and more bag patterns suitable for improving sewers to tackle and try out or learn new skills.  The Lucy Tote Bag pattern is brought to you with those requests in mind. Its a stylish tote bag with a few nice touches I think you’ll like. Features: Zipper top for security Inside slip pockets Flat base Outside zipper pocket Nice handles with rectangle rings and tabs Great pattern to showcase a really nice fabric print Contrast top and lining for a little extra design flair This one has a lot of techniques that will be familiar to you, but you might also try a few new skills along the way such as adding the zipper pocket to the outside, or adding in the top zipper. This … Continue reading

Easy DIY Felt Elf Hat pattern

These easy felt elf hats look fun to make.

When I sat down to make these hats I wanted to make something simple to recreate but something that could easily be customized. These would make the perfect props for Holiday photos or simple handmade favors for a Holiday party!! To make your own elf hat, you will need: Felt (green and red) a length of yarn the same height you want your hat jingle bells (I used red but any color will work) matching thread Needle Scissors Sewing machine How to sew your Felt Elf Hat Pattern 1. Cut between a quarter and a third of a circle out of the green felt (Use your yarn to measure the height you want your hat and to measure the circumference of the head. The circumference of the head will create the distance along the curved edge in the third photo below. Use a … Continue reading

Show Some Flare A-Line Skirt pattern – POTM

A-line skirt pattern. Great pockets and very clear step by step video with lots of tips to get a great fit on this skirt.

I’ve had a request for a skirt with pockets, and something that doesn’t need stretch fabrics, because I know some are still a little reluctant to sew with knits. So I’m happy to oblige this month with a practical a-line skirt pattern, including set-in pockets. Features: Flattering a-line shape Easy to sew – no darts! Lowered waist Set-in pockets – the easy way At the top of the knee as standard, lengthen or shorten as needed. In sizes 34-50 inch hip Video tutorial Great news – this pattern is easy. So long as you can sew a zipper, you can get a great result with this skirt. As usual, there’s a video as well as the step by step photo instruction and I’ll give you all my tips on how to get a good result with the minimum of fuss, including: … Continue reading

Modern Christmas Tissue Box Cover pattern

Modern Christmas Tissue Box Cover. Simple trees and snow - nothing too kitchsy

Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says again; this time I’m sharing a perfect teacher or neighbor gift with a  festive tissue box cover tutorial. “Christmas tissue box cover” can conjure up mental images of large Santas and sequins but I lean towards a more modern aesthetic. This will be the first season I’m blogging any holiday projects; last year I waited too long to make them, let alone share them! In addition to more tissue box covers, I will be sewing several toy superhero capes & softies this year. I used a standard, vertical Kleenex brand box (sides measuring ‘4.5″ X 5.25″‘ and top measuring ‘4.5″ X 4.5″‘) so just measure your box if it’s a different brand and add on accordingly. Materials: Wonder Under 1 package White Ric Rac 1/4 yard red cotton fabric Green cotton fabric scraps 1/2 yard medium-weight fusible … Continue reading