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

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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

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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