The Best Free Baby Quilt Patterns

So many perfect baby quilt patterns and all free. From the very simple but striking to more complicated and everything in between. Love the panel quilting ideas.

Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says and I have the most fun round-up to share with you today: baby quilts! I still have the baby quilt that my Grandma made me, I shared it here. Baby quilts are the best – smaller size, faster to sew, super sentimental, and they’ll definitely be used. If you’re in the mood for a quicker project, use up some scraps and make a quilted rainbow burp cloth! Babies love colors and shapes, so I picked bright, modern quilts with lots of things to look at, perfect for a baby shower gift.  Simple shapes and bright contrasts work well for the little ones, as well as the more traditional nursery and cartoon style prints.  You can also ‘cheat’ using a ready made panel and simply add batting and backing without any piecing at all.  Some of … Continue reading

Christmas Hats to Sew for Kids and Adults

Christmas Hats to Sew for Kids and Adults. From the traditional elf and santa hats, to all sorts of fun and keep-warm ideas.

Hi! Alicia from Felt With Love Designs here again to share some fun (and warm!) Christmas-y hats to sew this winter. Christmas is coming soon. Get in the spirit with some of these cheery free patterns! Elf hats seem to be the most popular DIY but I think I am going to whip up a few of those adorable Santa hats this year. If you’re looking for a few more free patterns to help you bundle up, check out the collection of free winter wear sewing patterns too! And, after you’re done sewing up your gear, our twelve days of Christmas felt finger puppets make a quick and festive project to entertain the little ones (or sew them as ornaments to give as gifts!) Free patterns for Christmas hats you can sew

Christmas stockings patterns, simple and super!

The best free patterns for all sorts, shapes and sizes of Christmas Stockings

I thought Christmas stockings were simple red felt things to hang over the fire. Turns out I was wrong. As usual I was astounded by the creative ways you have been jazzing up your stockings. You really have to scroll through these pictures, just to appreciate the sheer genius, and find some inspiration to brighten up your fireside! There is a stocking here for everyone. Some are simple and fast to make, easy to put together with children, and some designs, such as the white poinsettia stocking are so stunning, and might take a bit longer to put together. Have a bit of fun with your stockings, using the elf design, for a bit of a change! I also really like those little stockings that make great little gift parcels. If you’re still not convinced and don’t have a penny … Continue reading

Scrap-busting stocking stuffers and gift ideas

Great ideas here for gifts to sew from scraps and small pieces of fabric. Love some of these projects.

Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says, and this round-up features one of my favorite things.. scrap busting! I focused on small gifts so they’d fit in a stocking, but if you’re looking for more ideas you can check out my round-up of scrappy gifts from last holiday season. I also have a fun series of “half-handmade” for the kids in your life – matching up a free softie pattern with a beloved kid’s book, perfect for gift giving! Stocking stuffers are a fun way to coordinate with larger handmade gifts – use the scraps from a bag or a quilt to make one of these and get double the delight once the recipient opens their “big” gift and realizes they match! This round up even includes items to sew for a cat or a cat you can sew – you can’t … Continue reading

Tech and tablet cases – the best free patterns

iPod iPad iPhone case tutorials. All the best free patterns for storing, carrying and protecting your tech and tablets.

So can you believe that on the 10th of November it’s 14 years since the first iPod was sold! Whether you have one or not, they have certainly changed the face of technology and what with iPods, iPhones, iPads and all the other variations of tablets and smart technology it’s been a busy 14 years, and I think they need some appreciation. If you do have an ‘i’ something… one thing’s for sure… you’ll want to look after it, and so in celebration of their arrival I’ve brought you over 30 things you can sew for your ipod/iphone/tablet/kindle. Many of them can be adjusted to fit all devices so there’s something for everyone.  The best patterns can be found below for cases, covers and wallets for all of your e-gadgets. If tech is not your thing, this article is still … Continue reading

Hats, gloves and scarves to sew for winter

Stephanie from Swoodson Says, it’s starting to get brisk in the States which makes for perfect timing to sew cozy winter projects. Free patterns are so much fun – I actually tested 4 kid’s free beanie hat patterns that are perfect for fall! Now that it’s getting a little colder, I’ve started looking for winter gear – warm hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, cowls, and even a fun hand muff. Accessories make such great presents because sizing isn’t as much of an issue, and it’s easy to upcycle sweaters or use inexpensive fleece. I know I’ll be whipping up a few more upcycled heart hand warmers in addition to some of these scarves, my tutorial is here if you want to check it out! Lots of these patterns would be fun to incorporate applique or patchwork for a personal touch, too.   … Continue reading

The best bobbin storage solutions and ideas

Brilliant bobbin storage solutions. Some genius ideas here and links to some amazing ones you can by too.

Sitting down for a quiet afternoon of sewing is just the dream, but unraveling yards of thread to find, (and detach) the bobbin you need is probably not what you had in mind! Time to tidy up? Well we’re on the case for you. These fabulous blogs shared their bobbin storage ideas with the world and if you’re looking for inspiration, I suggest you have a look below and find a solution that works for you. DIY galore, there’s simple storage ideas using elastic bands, and more complex storage drawers and wall hangers. Not got all day to DIY a solution?? Don’t worry, there are boxes made to measure you can buy and get sorted in a jiffy. I just love the creative ways people are storing thread and bobbins! I can’t believe how many different ideas there are. I … Continue reading

The best free Softie and Plushie patterns

More than 30 free patterns for all sorts of fun softies and plushies that kids will love.

Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says again and I’m really excited to share this round-up of the best free softie sewing patterns with you. I have a 2.5 year old son who I love to sew for – I started designing PDF patterns for toys  because I wanted more imaginative options for toddlers! Softies are my very favorite, keep up with my Pinterest board if you love them too! Softies are a great way to use up smaller pieces of fabric – you can get creative with embellishments, embroidery and accessories (I love adding felt “eyeglasses!”). No one is too old for snuggly toys! Here you’ll find a collection of plushies and softies that kids of all ages will love, and for all skill levels too.  The little ones don’t notice your wonky stitching, the eyes that aren’t quite level – it’s … Continue reading

Free patterns for Halloween costumes to sew

Halloween costumes to sew for kids and adults, all free patterns.

So as Halloween fast approaches I’m feeling the pressure to come up with the best possible costume… something quick and easy to sew, and an easy picture tutorial to follow… free of course! Well if you feel the same you’ve come to the right place. I’ve put together the best free costume tutorials I could find. While lots of them are for children, I’m sure you can size them up for ‘big kids’ too!! Some of the costumes use cheap plain items you can find in Target, a thrift store or your local shop or wardrobe, and you can ‘upcycle’ them to create the perfect costume for Halloween. Some other great ideas I found, like the ‘furry ears’ just make a great quick accessory to a normal outfit. There really is a Halloween costume here for everyone, even the man … Continue reading

Mug rug madness – free mug rug patterns

The BEST free mug rugs patterns. More than 40 free patterns for mug rugs, including seasonal and shaped ones.

I am suffering from a severe case of mug rug madness. I can’t help it. Being English I love tea, and drink at least 10 cups a day. I also like a biscuit to go with it, like a digestive or something English like that. Imagine my amazement when I discovered mug rugs. A beautiful mat I could make, (often in under 30 minutes), that would provide a snug home for my tea and my biscuit! Mug rug madness is sweeping the nation, and it’s no wonder. Make your own washable coasters, to suit your taste and your home. Quick projects are great to do with bored teenagers, especially over the summer holidays and best of all, you’ll never see a cup stain or a crumb on your side table again! There are a couple of other reason why mug … Continue reading

Sewing for the Halloween Table-10 great projects

Great ideas here for Halloween table decor, all ones I've never seen before.

Are you just crazy about Fall and Halloween?  Of course you are!  Then you’ll want to start your sewing right now and create some of these amazing home decor ideas for Halloween displays. Use some of these Halloween decor ideas for your mantle display, entry table, dinner table, place settings and for party decor.  Go all out this year and buy a nice big bundle of Halloween fabrics and create a matching set.  You’ll be able to bring these projects out year after year.  Let’s face it, Halloween isn’t going out of style, or changing it’s colors any time soon. Halloween placemats from So Sew Easy Made from scraps left over from other projects, or in this case a Halloween Jelly Roll, these reversible placemats have a scrappy quilt as you go front panel and a spooky silhouette on the … Continue reading