1-Hour Sewing Projects: 150+ Fun Ideas When You Only Have An Hour

1-Hour Sewing Projects

Most of us simply can’t find enough time to sew.  However, sometimes when I just have to sew something, I wish I had a list of small projects that I could fit into the short time I have available. So a few months ago, I started making a list of 1-hour sewing projects that I could squeeze into my schedule when I had only a few minutes to an hour.  Because I think many readers find themselves in the same situation, I wanted to share my list with you. We’ll be adding to this list as we come across new and interesting 1-hour sewing projects, so don’t forget to bookmark and share this list. 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 … Continue reading

Ultimate Back-to-School Sewing Roundup

back to school sewing

It’s never too late to be ready for back-to-school! Having sent two kids off to school each fall for over ten years now I know it’s important to get ready for the big day as soon as possible. To help, we’ve put together what we think is the ultimate back-to-school sewing roundup with ideas and free patterns for everything from lunch bags to pencil cases and from messenger bags to backpacks. I hope these ideas help you get ready for the big day! Back-to-School Sewing 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!

Ultimate Summer Party Sewing Roundup

summer party sewing

Summer Party Sewing! Summer is the time for fun at the beach and all kinds of outdoor activities.  It’s also the time when friends and families get together for barbecues, cookouts, block parties, and garden soirees. I don’t know about you, but I always seem to be missing something when ever I plan one of these summer party get-togethers.  Whether it is the right sort of table cloth, table runner, or fabric napkins, it’s always something.  The decoration is often a challenge as is even having the right things to wear. I wanted to put together this complete list of summer party sewing ideas to help you avoid such situations.  Here you’ll find everything to enhance your table and decorate your home as well as neat ideas to entertain the kids.  I’ve even compiled a few of my favorite summer … Continue reading

New 4th of July Sewing Roundup! Great projects for summer.

4th of july sewing

Happy 4th of July! If you were born an American or even if you’re just visiting, you’ll really enjoy how American’s celebrate the 4th of July.  Picknicks, barbecues, parades, trips to the beach and of course those much-anticipated fireworks! To help you prepare for the celebrations this year, we’ve put together a huge, new roundup of FREE 4th of July Sewing projects. The list includes simple projects for beginners and even kids as well as more complex projects like American flag quilts.  I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll like. Need Another Idea? If you’re still not satisfied with this selection of 4th of July sewing ideas, here’s a fun project we posted recently to make a table mat out of cord and fabric scraps. 4th of July Sewing Roundup Hover over the picture to show the title, click to open, … Continue reading

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