Stela, the coin purse pattern and tutorial – just in time for the holidays

coin purse pattern

This coin purse pattern and tutorial are a follow-up to the Leather and Fabric Handbag tutorial we posted last week.  While you certainly don’t need to make this coin purse pattern from leather –you can use vinyl or almost any fabric– it makes a good first project for those who have never sewn with leather before. I am calling it Stela because it just so happens I am going to have a Christmas party at home and every female friend who is coming will get one from my tree.  I am hanging these babies as both Christmas tree decorations and presents at the same time.  The kids will probably get one each as well, but being teenagers, they will almost certainly expect something more than just a few coins inside.. This tutorial is especially for those of you who are taking the … 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

Fall Flowers Mug Rug – September Pattern of the Month

fall flowers mug rug

We have come to the end of our Mug Rug of the Month Pattern series. For the last one, I’m sharing these simple, yet pretty fall flowers. Since you are my creative friend, you already know you can swap out the fabrics and turn them into spring flowers. How fun! I want to thank everyone who has followed along on this fun stitching adventure. I also want to thank Mayra and Deby for this wonderful opportunity for allowing me to share these patterns with you. I’ve really enjoyed working with So Sew Easy on this to bring you some fun and easy projects. I’ll be adding all the links to these tutorials on my website in the very near future so you can find them easily. Be sure to sign up for my VIP Club (on my website HERE) so you don’t … Continue reading

Summer Mug Rug of the Month of July – Road Trip!

summer mug rug

It’s road trip time! The hubster and I love to pack up the car and head off for adventures! Sometimes we drive for days, and sometimes for the weekend, but we love our road trips! My love of these trips is what is the inspiration behind this month’s mug rug pattern. Mug rugs remain so popular! For the past couple years they are by far my biggest pattern sellers. This is probably for many reasons. They are super easy to make, they can be made using your favorite techniques (hand or machine), they make great gifts, and they can be decorative as well as functional. Most of all, they are so much fun! I hope you will follow us along here on our Mug Rug of the Month Tutorial. What you will need for one summer mug rug: Small scraps … Continue reading

The Ultimate Summertime Sewing Roundup

Summer’s coming and the days are growing longer, you know what that means…more time for more summertime sewing projects –time for some bright new numbers or maybe time for some old numbers to take on a bright new life… Either way, time to get busy! Summertime Sewing Our focus was on getting clever, getting creative and getting back to basics with some comfy summer staples, as well as a surprise or two thrown in for the little ones. There’s everything from basics to hacks and outfits for tiny tots… even a couple of fun summer teepees for the kids to have a blast in. We love summertime and we know that the last thing you want to do is find yourself unprepared, searching the stores and coming home with second best. So we’ve put together The Ultimate Summertime Sewing Roundup, with projects … Continue reading

The Colors of Spring 2016 – Tell Us What You Think!

colors of spring

You are probably planning to welcome the spring season with a new project for your home or loved one, but before you go out and buy that fabric, it is perhaps helpful to know what the experts think are the colors of spring 2016.  You can also tell us what you think in the survey at the bottom of the article. Every year, Pantone, a company that is best known for its Pantone Matching System (PMS), which is a proprietary color space for the printing and manufacture of paint, fabric, and plastics, declares what they call as the “Color of the Year”. They choose the year’s color by holding two secret meetings in a European city with representatives of color standards groups from various countries a year before. This group attends sessions where they discuss and debate what they think … Continue reading

Springtime sewing projects

Bored of grey and black? It’s April already and time to look for bright prints, flowers and color for your springtime sewing projects. Anything to brighten your house and your life after the long and gloomy long winter. Flowers are poking through the ground and so why not celebrate with a flowery top or bag to add to your collection! I’ve been looking around the internet to see what everyone has been up to and I’ve tried to bring you the most clear and easy to follow tutorials, packed full of color and joy for springtime sewing. Anything for the children? Of course! As well as felt projects and little trinkets you could sew together for Easter, there are lovely things you could sew for your little ones, such as that darling sun hat, or applique t-shirt! Maybe you are … Continue reading

Fabric covered basket – an Easter basket for your table

fabric covered basket

The excitement of Easter Break is fast approaching and with it comes the welcome sight of kids collecting Easter eggs in the garden, grand children coming to visit and families and friends gathering around the table to share a meal or as they used to say, “break bread” together. The tradition of breaking bread, dates way back to at least Roman times, when the sole notion of sitting together assumed that all disputes were forgotten and friendships were renewed.  Today sharing a meal is still pretty much the most important act that can be performed in any culture as a seal of friendship, unity, enjoyment.   And within that meal, bread is one of the most essential and omnipresent dishes on the table. We owe it to the Romans who have handed down recipes for the breads we still eat … Continue reading

Scrappy Christmas Table Mats

Scrappy Christmas Table Mat tutorial. That tree is made up of all the tiniest pieces - how its done is genius!

Dare I confess to having never made a table mat in my life? First time for everything!! Especially if it involves using fabric scraps:) It’s surprisingly easy – have a go:) For one mat you will need: Base fabric Batting Scraps of fabric in greens, shimmery see through fabric, and a base fabric Fabric for binding To make: Lets start with the basic mat – cut out two pieces of fabric and batting measuring 18 by 14 inches Lay fabric right side down, next your batting and then your fabric right side up. Pin the layers together. Stitch through the layers with a quilting foot or walking foot (you may like to set your machine to a slightly longer stitch). Use the edge of the foot to guide your next line of stitching. Trim the matt to 16 by 13 inches. To make … 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