The Workout Wardrobe Summary So Far – Progress Report

Workout Wardrobe

When I wrote in a recent article that we were already on our sixth pattern of the Workout Wardrobe that we kicked off back at the start of the year with our New Year’s resolutions, a number of readers wrote to ask for a summary of all the patterns to make sure they didn’t miss anything. Below is a list of the six project so far.  We’ve covered a lot of ground in this series already, from the Sweatpants and Hoodie, to a Sports Bra that will actually fit you, to the High-Low and Racerback t-shirts that will fit properly when you’re working out.  There’s even a money or Running Belt to keep your valuables safe will jogging or at the gym. In summary, I’d have to say that the Workout Wardrobe pattern series is probably going a bit better than … Continue reading

Still looking for a gift for Father’s Day? New Roundup!

fathers day sewing

Happy Father’s Day! The Father’s Day celebration dates back to at least the Middle Ages as a customary day for the celebration of fatherhood in Europe. Father’s Day was not celebrated in the US, outside Catholic traditions, until the 20th century. As a civic celebration in the US, it was inaugurated in the early 20th century to complement Mother’s Day by celebrating fathers and male parenting according to Wikipedia. In the US, Father’s Day was only first observed on July 5, 1908 after Anna Jarvis achieved the recognition of Mother’s Day in Grafton, West Virgina earlier that year. In celebration this year, we put together this fun and free Fathers Day Sewing Roundup filled with interesting projects that every dad would love.  Please enjoy and don’t forget to make something special for the Father in your life! Need More Father’s Day Sewing … Continue reading

Shorts for Women and Girls: Huge New Roundup

shorts for women

Get Ready for Summer! Summer is coming and nothing prepares you better for summer than having the right shorts to wear for those hot days and warm nights. We put together a huge new collection of free shorts for women and girls sewing patterns and projects that will almost certainly have a fit and style that is right for you. You can find a style that is short or long.  Tight or loose.  Simple or relatively complicated.  I’m confident you’ll find something right here. I hope you enjoy and happy summer! Need More Warm Weather Sewing Ideas? If you’re still not satisfied with this selection of free Mother’s Day sewing ideas, please check out our selections from previous years where you’ll find many more terrific options. Shorts for Women & Girls Sewing Roundup Hover over the picture to show the … Continue reading

Ultimate Mother’s Day Sewing Roundup: Free & Fun

mothers day sewing roundup

Happy Mother’s Day! We celebrate Mother’s Day every year as a way to honor the mothers in the family, motherhood, maternal bonds and the overall contribution and influence of mother’s in our societies.  Mother’s Day is observed in over 40 countries around the world.  In the US the holiday is celebrated in May although the dates vary in other countries. In the US, Mother’s Day is a relatively modern holiday with the first official celebration being held in 1908 in Grafton, West Virgina after years of campaigning by a tenacious woman named Anna Jarvis. Anna began her efforts to recognize Mother’s Day in 1905 and by 1911, all US states observed the holiday. In celebration, we put together this fun and free Mothers Day Sewing Roundup filled with interesting projects that every mother would love.  Please enjoy and don’t forget to share … Continue reading

Barbie Clothes Patterns: 45+ Free Designs & Tutorials

Barbie Clothes Patterns

Why not make your own Barbie clothes? Barbie has been a cultural icon since for almost 60 years since she was “born” on March 9, 1959.  The doll was launched by toy company Mattel and since 1959 over a billion Barbies have been manufactured.  While you can certainly buy almost any type of Barbie clothes and accessory in a store, wouldn’t it be much more fun to make your own? Here’s a fantastic collection of 45+ Barbie Clothes Patterns and tutorials featuring many different designs and fashions.  I really hope you enjoy these fun little sewing projects.     If you kids are a bit younger.. If your kids are a bit younger and you’re still looking for something to sew for them, below is another roundup for cute sock animals to sew.  You might find it interesting! Barbie Clothes Patterns … Continue reading

40+ Free Applique Patterns: Designs for All Occasions

free applique patterns

So what are appliqués anyway? Appliqués are shapes or letters with an adhesive on the backside so that they can be applied, using an iron, to everything from clothing, (think adorable initials on Children’s coats, for example) to pillows, to tablecloths. How to start? If you want to learn how to use these free applique patterns to make your own appliques, here’s a tutorial on the topic. Free Applique Patterns Roundup Hover over the picture to show the title, click to open, or right-click and open in a new tab to keep this page open too. And don’t forget to pin so everyone can enjoy!

40+ Pillowcase Dresses Free Patterns and Tutorials

pillowcase dresses

So what are pillowcase dresses anyway? Pillowcase dresses are quite simply a dress made from the fabric found in a pillow case (or two..).  Based on the designs and the free patterns below, a simple pillow case and some trimmings can make you a fantastic little dress for your daughter or granddaughter.  We also have some wonderful options for women as well to make to make simple dresses and skirts. Why do sewists like pillowcase dress patterns and projects? I’ve really found pillowcase dresses to be a lot of fun and so simple (and inexpensive) to make.  Pillow cases are often such a good source of interesting and attractive fabrics.  If you find some nice designs on sale, you might even discover that the material is sometimes even cheaper than buying normal fabric.  This really makes for a quick, easy … Continue reading

St Patrick’s Day Sewing Ideas Roundup

st patricks day sewing

Wearing the Green St Patrick’s Day is nearly here and as you may know, it is customary to wear shamrocks and/or green clothing or accessories for the holiday.  This tradition is known as the “wearing of the green” and dates back hundreds of years.  We’ve decided to put together a collection of free St Patrick’s Day Sewing Projects to help you find your green this year! My Connection to St Patrick My husband’s family was originally from Ireland, so St. Patrick’s Day is always a fun holiday for us.  A few years ago, we were lucky enough to go and visit their ancestral home in Westport, County Mayo, on the beautiful west coast of Ireland.  We had a wonderful time there and Ireland should definitely be on your list of places to visit, especially if you can trace any ancestors there. … Continue reading

Vintage Sewing Ideas: Free Patterns Roundup

Vintage Sewing Ideas

Do you love vintage designs as much as I do? I’ve always had a fascination with vintage clothing designs.  While styles have changed a lot over the years, there are some truly classic vintage designs that continue to look good, or even better, as time goes by. But what is “vintage” you might ask?  It seems like one of those terms that are probably not well defined and vary according to the eye of the beholder –so I thought I’d try to come up with a definition.  When I began my research, it turns out there actually is a semi-official definition of “vintage” clothing after all.  The below is from Wikipedia: Generally speaking, clothing which was produced before the 1920s is referred to as antique clothing and clothing from the 1920s to 20 years before the present day is considered vintage. … Continue reading

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