How to sew a coin purse with a sew-in purse frame

Free pattern and lots of detailed photos on how to sew a coin purse using a sew-in purse frame. All my girl friends are getting these this year :-)

At the moment, I’m all about small and cute projects.  My stash has been worn down by quite a bit of bag sewing for friends and for fun, so while I wait on some new fabric supplies to arrive from overseas, I’m working with small pieces, and mixing and matching. I had a couple of these little half-round purse frames with the kiss-lock and though it time to tackle a pattern for them.  Actually pattern drafting for fixed size frames like this is a bit harder than I thought, you really to need to fiddle quite a bit with the shape and the size to get something that’s workable and in the right proportion. In the end I was over-complicating it – this is a simple pattern and totally ideal for beginners.  And because you are using the ready-made hardware, … Continue reading

Sew a cover for the Brother 1034d serger

Pattern and instructions on how to sew your own serger cover for the popular Brother 1034d serger

I know several of you treated yourselves to the Brother 1034D serger at Christmas when it was on special on Amazon.  Me too!  (Remember the embarrassing video of me taking it out of the box and not knowing what anything was?) It comes with a plastic cover, but let’s face it, it can be described as ‘flimsy’ at best. Here in Cayman I live right on the sea and the air is always humid and salty.  Anything and everything in the house rusts and disintegrates in no time, and my serger is no exception.  It’s already going rusty, and I think my sewing machine is in bad shape too.  I’m not sure a cover will help, because the air all around it is what’s causing the rust, but I have to try to protect it better if I can. So … Continue reading

Simple Summer Pleated Skirt pattern

Free pattern, tutorial and video for how to make an easy pleated skirt for summer. Even has optional pockets!

I’ve had a couple of nice lightweight cotton fabrics in my stash since last summer, meaning to make myself a couple more skirts.  I’ve got quite a few patterns I’ve designed I could choose from now, but one of the skirts has a border print and I wanted to make sure I had a pattern that would work just as well with a border print as with the floral.  So I designed another skirt pattern. This could easily be your go-to skirt for summer.  Make it once, and then over and over in different fabrics.  I think you’ll like it! Features of the Summer Pleated Skirt Pattern Quick and quite easy to sew Cool and casual fit Pleats front and back, no darts Optional side seam pockets (who doesn’t love pockets!) Pick your own skirt length Ideal for use with … Continue reading

Quick and Simple Spring / Easter Baby Bibs

Easter Spring Baby Bib

Next in the seasonal baby bib series, I created some quick Easter and Spring designs. As I mentioned in the Valentine’s post, if you don’t have a baby to sew for, these silhouettes can be used for a multitude of other projects! They would be cute on a t-shirt too! To make your own Spring or Easter baby bib, you will need: The Pattern a couple of large scraps of fabric a couple of small scraps of fabric (for the appliques) matching thread freezer paper (optional – If you have never used freezer paper before, check out my freezer paper tips!) Heat N Bond Lite scissors sewing machine How to sew a Spring / Easter baby bib [Note: for more photos of each of the steps, check out the Christmas bib tutorial too!] Cut two of the baby bib (mirrored). Note: seam allowance is not included in the pattern. Cut around the pattern, including … Continue reading

Sew a pretty lace jacket

One piece free pattern for this pretty lace coverup. Ideal for modesty over a strapless dress.

Do you remember the free Sew A So Simple Shrug pattern that came out at the start of this year. I’ve worn that thing to death! But already its getting a little warmer here in Cayman and although sometimes you need a little cover up in the evenings, not something very heavy. And I do like to wear a nice dress when we go out for dinner, which is almost always outdoors, or sometimes in a restaurant with overly aggressive air-conditioning. So I needed something light but pretty to wear with a nice dress. Ta dah – I already had the perfect pattern for it, I just needed to use a lighter fabric. This stretch lace is perfect. You will need: Stretch lace - 1 yard of 58 inch wide.  (The largest 2 sizes will need just a few inches over 1 … Continue reading

Cross My Heart – free easy dress pattern

This dress is so elegant. I love how easy it is to sew too. h and it's a free pattern!

You know sometimes how you look about and everyone seems to be wearing the same thing, the same styles, the same colors?  That’s especially true on a small island where there are only a few places you can buy clothes anyway, so its no wonder everyone has the same pieces.  So I set out to make myself a dress.  Something I could wear to dinner, or if I had to go somewhere smart, or heaven-forbid, ever get a job! I was really liking the Simple Shrug pattern and wanted to see if I could incorporate the idea into a dress because I think it gives a really flattering look by having the fabric fall from the bust, making the waist look smaller – or at least I hope so!  I’m very rectangular through the waist, so anything that draws attention … Continue reading

How to get your wardrobe ready for Spring + Free patterns

How to get your wardrobe ready for Spring.

I know you must all be familiar with the great site All Free Sewing.  Many of you may have even found this site originally from one of their links. They’ve been kind enough to feature quite a few of my patterns – in fact I have my own designer page here! Over the last couple of years, we’ve built up quite a relationship, and I’ve even written a few articles for the Seams and Scissors blog.  Now it’s time to do that in reverse and the lovely Kayla has written an article for me!  I gave her free rein to write about whatever takes her fancy right now and I have a feeling she is longing for Spring! * * * * * * * * * How to Get Your Wardrobe Ready for Spring + 10 Free Patterns By … Continue reading

The best free diaper bag patterns

Awesome collection of free diaper bag patterns and tutorials. I'm going to mix and match features to get my perfect diaper bag.

If you’ve been following a while, you’ll remember that I had 3 friends all expecting babies within a few weeks of each other near the end of last year and I went sewing crazy with multiple baby-related sewing projects.  It was fun to sew in nice bright colors and small projects for a change. One thing however I didn’t do especially was a diaper bag – they all got their goodies inside my Carry All Bag instead, which is a good substitute. [Here are some of the earlier sewing for babies projects in case you missed them.  You can find the list and patterns/tutorials here.] So after several readers have suggested it, rather than redesign the Carry All Bag to be a dedicated diaper bag, I thought I’d link you up with some great free diaper bag patterns and tutorials … Continue reading

Make your guy a credit card wallet

How to sew a card wallet for your man and use 'manly' style hardware so he'll actually love it. On my to do list for Fathers Day.

Hubby and I were chatting to some friends about my sewing and the site here, and they asked him what I sewed for him. He gave it some thought for a moment, and I sat a bit puzzled for a while and between us we could only remember the two things – the waterproof coaster and the can cozy. Hmm, he was actually a little bit disappointed. I’ve offered before to try to copy a pair of his favorite shorts that are falling apart, but he’s right, we don’t have the correct fabric for them.  Other than that – nothing.  I felt bad. So I made him a little something as a surprise.  He has a lot of plastic cards for various things.  He usually carries just one or two in his wallet and uses those, but a nice card … Continue reading

Free crossover top pattern – with a difference!

Great beginner video tutorial on pattern hacking. How to take a basic t-shirt pattern and create this top, knowing it will fit you.

As you know, every month I like to offer up a new free sewing pattern. But so many people have been asking me recently about how I make the patterns, how they can make their own, and how they can adjust patterns to fit them better or slightly change the style, that I thought a change was in order for this month. So the free pattern for February is one you already have, and might already have downloaded and sewn.  What?  Stay with me, because we are going to do something very interesting this month that will change one pattern into something completely different. Why learn more about sewing patterns? Understanding how a pattern works, how it is created and can be manipulated is a really important skill for sewing your own clothes. It helps you take a simple pattern … Continue reading

Valentines Kissing Fish Mug Rug Tutorial

Love this - so cute! I'll be making some for a wedding anniversary gift, but nice for Valentines too

Hi there! Amy from Friends Stitched Together, back with a new tutorial and a little confession: I’ve never been a huge fan of Valentine’s Day – I’m not really the flowers-and-chocolate type! This year though, I thought I’d challenge myself a little and come up with a tutorial for a holiday I’m not really into. The fish are made with tiny amounts of fabric, so it’s a great scrap buster! For two mug rugs, or one set, you’ll need: The Kissing Fish Mug Rug downloadable pattern 1/4 yard main fabric for the fishbowl. You could use a contrast for the back if you prefer. Small scraps (OR 1/8 yard of fabric each) for the body, tails, lips, and fins. You can mix and match as much as you want with this – I like to use at least two different … Continue reading

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