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

Small Sewing Projects: 10 gifts to sew with one yard of fabric

small sewing projects

Being a regular sewer, I have noticed that I have a huge stash of fabrics that are less than one yard. This are basically left over fabric, but the pieces are so beautiful and fabric often so expensive that I can hardly imagine throwing any away.  Also, Christmas is fast approaching and my gift list is still a long way from complete.  Perhaps I can solve two problems at the same time.. That’s when I started thinking of pulling together a list of small sewing projects.  These would items which require around one yard of fabric or less.  If you’re like me with a huge stash of such fabric scraps (I am sure you will be), I’m sure you’ve been waiting for just the right opportunity to use these special treasures. The small sewing projects on this list are also relatively quick to complete … Continue reading

Free Scarf Patterns: A Symphony of More Than 80 Styles

free scarf patterns

As the winter chill sets in the northern hemisphere, I thought it would be a great time of year to share some free scarf patterns that we have collected.  Indeed, the scarf is an element of fashion that needs no introduction –so obvious and so handy that it’s origins literally cannot be traced. Although many an historical reference exists…and stretching way way back, all the way to Queen Nefertiti in Ancient Egypt. They’ve been worn by working men to wipe the sweat from brows in Ancient Rome, worn to display military rank in Ancient China, by Hollywood Divas when they’re going incognito…but more importantly, by us: the ones who simply love to wear anything we created ourselves, out of sheer love of sewing. I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things about winter is layering up on clothing … Continue reading

An Absolute Feast of 200+ Free Apron Patterns

free apron patterns

The apron is a timeless symbol of motherhood, home-life and delicious home-cooked meals…Historically, the apron was designed to protect the outfit underneath but it soon proved to be an indispensable all-purpose item –for wiping tears from little faces, storing treats, vegetables and chicken eggs in it’s ample pockets as well as even using it to protect hands from a scalding pan. DIY extraordinaires and sewists in particular are all about homemaking and doing do so proudly…whether it’s in the craft room, the workshop or the kitchen. We-thinks it about time you express that pride and skill with a free apron pattern to suit whatever it is you’re up to! Plus, let’s face it, an apron has a way of making you feel a little more organized, a little more prepared…if possible, even a little more skilled! Nowadays those same apron-pockets might … 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

T-shirt Upcycle Madness: 15+ Fun Projects

t-shirt upcycle

So…with well over 2 billion t-shirts being made every year, it’s no wonder so many of us find ourselves with cupboards (especially our male counterparts’ cupboards) which are starting to overflow with years and years worth of t-shirts which are kind of cool but just don’t seem to get worn all that much. We are loathe to throw them away… I’m a big fan of the comfort and feel of soft t-shirt material and I know that I always keep mine in the hope of finding a way to upcycle them later on. Another little addiction of mine is thrift store tees, old logos and prints which maybe aren’t in production any more or at any rate, rugged old tees which just seem so infinitely cool. Knowing that many of you might have a similar affinity I thought, why not … 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

8 autumn sewing projects for 2016

autumn sewing projects

Autumn Sewing Projects For everyone living in the northern hemisphere, Autumn is definitely here now.  Fast approaching too are the fun family events and holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving.  We thought we’d compile some fun autumn sewing projects to help you prepare. Along with myriads of memories that autumn brings, two things that strike me the most about the season are the colors and the autumn leaves. The bright and bold hues have a lot of influence on the sewing projects that I undertake. Here are 8 fun and interesting autumn sewing projects that will help brighten up your days with the colors of fall. Fall Mug Rugs Here is a very interesting project influenced by the colors of the season. All you need to make this mug rug are fabrics in autumn colors, matching thread, flannel for the filling and template … Continue reading

Great Gifts to Sew Roundup: Something For Everyone

There’s no better feeling than making a friend or family member’s day.  It’s wonderful to see them smile and give you a great big hug of thanks. It’s such a delight being able to use my sewing craft to make gifts for my friends and make them feel special.  It’s even better to give them something useful that they can always remember me by. So Many Gifts to Sew There are so many nifty little accessories and gifts to sew which require only an afternoon or even a couple of hours to make.  These are things you’d struggle to find for sale in a fabric of your choice or things that would simply be too expensive to buy ready made. We’ve published a number of fun accessory projects on the site that make great gifts to sew –everything from Shopping … 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 Vintage Clothing Has Never Been This Easy

sewing vintage clothing

Haven’t you fantasized about being a 1930’s woman wearing that elegant dress that your favorite Hollywood actress wore during her time?  Perhaps you’re looking forward to sewing your own dropped-waist dress, just like the ones which were in style during the early ‘1920s.  If so, let’s take a quick look at the possibility of sewing vintage clothing during the time of Information Technology. (See our recent article The Wandering Waistline Explained for more the dropped-waist and other vintage styles.) Patterns for Sewing Vintage Clothing are Readily Available on the Internet: When we say vintage clothing, we refer to garments that were in style between 20 and 100 years ago that are representative of their era. They are either used, manufactured, handmade or new, which means it comes from dead stock. It’s important to take note that the meaning of vintage is fluid … Continue reading