The Great Christmas Sewing Roundup: 50+ Projects

christmas sewing roundup

In case you’re looking for some sewing ideas for the holidays, here’s our Great Christmas Sewing Roundup with more than 50 seasonal sewing projects and tutorials. Some of my sewing friends call it the “Fat Quarter” (sewing pun definitely intended..)—that’s the final quarter of the calendar year with all the holidays, family meals, etc.  It’s easy to see how one might put on that extra pound or kilo here or there if we’re not careful.  But what this time of year also provides are numerous opportunities to sew. The holiday season is one of the best excuses we sewists may ever have just to sew like crazy to impress all our neighbours, family and friends with our seriously hard-earned and outstandingly creative sewing skills… and no-one had better stop us!  Whether you’re on the lookout for a full-scale Christmas table project … Continue reading

50+ Cute and Cozy Free Dog Bed Patterns

dog bed patterns

They are our most special friends…bottomless cups of cuteness all day long and all night too! We want only the best for our furry friends because there’s no one in the world who loves us quite like they do and the feeling is definitely mutual! Sewing for your dog might be some of the most rewarding sewing you’ll ever do…because you just know that whatever you make for him is going to result in far more than just one future smile. Where our pets are involved, there’s just no end to the joy they bring and so the same goes for our doggy sewing efforts.  We’ve done some features on Sewing for Your Dog in the past but this time we wanted to focus solely on one of the things that makes your doggy the happiest and put together a … Continue reading

Best Free Tote Bag Patterns: 60+ of Our Favorites!

Tote Bag Patterns

Indeed…it’s strange how, over the decades, as our lives have apparently gotten simpler: what with iPads, color-sensing foundations, lash curling mascara, phones which are smarter than we are and so on; our bags have gotten no smaller. In fact, as the capacities of our all-sorting gadgets has increased…so has our dire need for pocket space, zip compartments and extra padding. Bags are a wonderful and complicated business and it’s each to his (or, more rightly HER) own. It’s true, most of us will have our trusty favorite, a bag that stands the test of time, with logically arranged pockets- God willing. However for many of us, different occasions call for vastly different bags, there’s shopping, working, gym and craft meetings…all requiring us to carry vastly different paraphernalia. If you’ve ever tried to find the right bag at a store, you … Continue reading

Sewing Tips and Tricks: 120+ of our best ideas

Sewing Tips

When it comes to sewing tips and tricks…there’s no shortage of resources. Indeed, when we Google a basic question concerning a sewing machine attachment we’ve just purchased or a new technique we need to master before we can complete our next project, sometimes we find ourselves overwhelmed by choices. However, it makes a big difference to have all those Sewing Tips provided by a source you know you can trust, collected and set out in a manner that’s logical and easy to make use of. That’s exactly the reason why we decided to put together this handy list of Sewing Tips and Tricks. I’m talking about everything you’ll need as a beginner or anything short of a seasoned expert (and even then!). From understanding your machine to time saving hacks which every budding seamstress ought to be aware of! Sewing Tips … Continue reading

Movie Inspired Halloween Costumes Roundup

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It’s almost that time of year again, can you believe it?! It seems like just yesterday we were sitting up late into the night for weeks on end to finish Halloween costumes for the fam-fam…well here we go again! Too many vague ideas floating around in your head? Don’t know where to start? Do not fret and have no fear (not until the ghouls come knocking anyway)! We are here to support you with a host of great ideas, patterns and tutorials inspired by none other than all our favourite flicks! So if you’re hung up on deciding on a theme, just go with the movie you (and your kids) love the most… Despicable Me: This one is ideal for sewing mammas with little tots as this is an unquenchable hit amongst the kiddies…and who doesn’t crack a smile when … Continue reading

10 Travel Sewing Projects Before Your Next Trip

travel sewing projects

With summer coming to a close and the popular travelling holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas now on the horizon, we thought it would be timely to compile of list of travel sewing projects that will make your upcoming journeys a bit more enjoyable.  I did a lot of travelling this summer and how I wished I had had many of these helpful items with me at the time.  When I got back, I put this list of travel sewing projects together thinking of all the things I wish I had had during our trip. Travel is the time when you need lot of bags and pouches for storing and organising those itsy bitsy items. For long distance travel, you might even need few items to make your journey as comfortable as possible. The good news is that you need not have … Continue reading

Sewing for Your Dog: It’s a Dog’s Life Roundup

Sewing for your Dog

It’s a Dog’s Life Who loves you unconditionally? Who stares at you with those big brown eyes, hanging on your every word? Who eats whatever you make for them (well, most of the time)? Who is always the happiest to see you and is always game for a cuddle?  You’ve got it…we love our pooches! Every day they bring so much laughter and joy into our lives.  Indeed, for so many of us, they are our babies, our children, our be-all and end-all! And there’s nothing quite as delightful as seeing them decked out in new gear…sometimes it takes a little getting used to but soon they’re rocking it like Bow Wow. Sew Many Dogs.. Did you know that there are 78-80 million family dogs in the US alone?  Around 40% of all households in the US have a family dog. … Continue reading

The Ultimate Summertime Sewing Roundup

Summer’s coming and the days are growing longer, you know what that means…more time for more summertime sewing projects –time for some bright new numbers or maybe time for some old numbers to take on a bright new life… Either way, time to get busy! Summertime Sewing Our focus was on getting clever, getting creative and getting back to basics with some comfy summer staples, as well as a surprise or two thrown in for the little ones. There’s everything from basics to hacks and outfits for tiny tots… even a couple of fun summer teepees for the kids to have a blast in. We love summertime and we know that the last thing you want to do is find yourself unprepared, searching the stores and coming home with second best. So we’ve put together The Ultimate Summertime Sewing Roundup, with projects … Continue reading

Sewing for Your Cat – Lovely Sewing Projects for Your Feline Friends

Sewing for your cat

Looking to jump-start your creativity? Sewing for pets can be so rewarding and we have a bunch of lovely cat sewing projects to prove it. Treat your cats like royalty with these sewing for your cat projects! These sewing projects for cats can’t help but make you and your pet smile. Free animal sewing patterns don’t often look this good! Give these easy sewing projects a try and you’ll have a cat that’s dressed for success. Every step in these tutorials purr-fectly explains how to make pretty and useful stuff for your cat, so when you are through, you’re gonna have a stylish sewing project for your cat and a very happy furry friend. These sewing for your cat projects make fantastic gifts for your feline friend too! Hover over the picture to show the title, click to open, or right click and … Continue reading

Springtime sewing projects

Bored of grey and black? It’s April already and time to look for bright prints, flowers and color for your springtime sewing projects. Anything to brighten your house and your life after the long and gloomy long winter. Flowers are poking through the ground and so why not celebrate with a flowery top or bag to add to your collection! I’ve been looking around the internet to see what everyone has been up to and I’ve tried to bring you the most clear and easy to follow tutorials, packed full of color and joy for springtime sewing. Anything for the children? Of course! As well as felt projects and little trinkets you could sew together for Easter, there are lovely things you could sew for your little ones, such as that darling sun hat, or applique t-shirt! Maybe you are … Continue reading

Free Coaster Tutorials & Patterns

coster tutorials free paterns

Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says, sharing a round-up of free coaster patterns and tutorials. Coasters are fun to sew for a bunch of reasons – they are great for busting scraps, everyone can use them, they are quick to sew, and there is lots of room for personalization and embellishment. It looks much more polished to have your guests place their drinks on a fun coaster instead of a stack of magazines! A set of four makes a nice gift by itself, but you can also easily  pair them with placemats, a bottle of wine, or a fun mug. One of my favorite things about fabric coasters is that you can stick them in the wash – no need to worry about stains. In my house, we have a coaster embroidered with each person’s initial – by placing our glasses … Continue reading