• Twist Front Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Free dress patterns
  • Easy summer dress
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Sew your own undies
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Double layer chiffon blouse

Free bag pattern – Turning Japanese Bag

Free bag pattern. The handles make this bag really easy to make, but it looks fab! I want one!

Never sewn a bag before or just looking for a quick and easy project? The use of metal handles in this bag means there is no need for fiddly zippers or closures, but the bag still looks super cute and just like something you could have bought in a nice store. Feedback to the site, comments on Facebook and emails I’ve received show that you all love to sew bags!  You asked for more quick and simple projects, more bags, more for new and beginner sewists and more projects that can be made with small pieces of fabric, or short periods of time.  I think this bag fulfills all of those. My First Bag Series - In fact, I’ve decided that over the next 12 months I’ll try to bring out several new bags that could all be sewn by beginners … Continue reading

  • Twist Front Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Free dress patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Easy summer dress
  • Sew your own undies

Gathering Apron – free pattern

Gathering apron

My monthly sewing contribution to Little House Living is this gathering apron.  What’s a gathering apron?  I had the same question when I was asked to design one. Basically it’s an apron you wear out in the garden to allow you to collect produce.  This one keeps your hands free because the whole apron it one big pocket, so you can pick and carry your fruit and veg. Great for putting the washing out too because you can keep your pegs/clothes pins in the big pocket for easy access.  Find the free gathering apron pattern over at Little House Living. Thank you to Penelope for being my model.

  • Easy summer dress
  • Free dress patterns
  • Twist Front Top
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Sew your own undies
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern

Easy felt Christmas tree ornaments pack

Genius idea for how to make quick and easy felt ornaments for the tree. These come in 2 sizes, mini and regular. Great for kids.

To accompany the Felt Christmas Tree I shared with you yesterday, today the easiest set of felt tree ornaments ever!  It’s totally cheating and the minimum of effort, but they make great mini felt ornaments which are a perfect size for your felt tree, and totally toddler safe too. Each of these mini ornaments is just 2 inches tall and you don’t need to collect lots of colors of felt or cut out lots of teeny tiny felt shapes to make them.  Let me show you how to create a whole bunch of ‘cheater’ felt ornaments for your toddler’s tree. Materials: White felt An iron Some string, cord or very thin ribbon An inkjet printer Iron-on transfer paper The So Sew Easy felt ornaments pack Optional – Polyfill Have you ever used this iron-on transfer paper before?  It’s genius!  I … Continue reading

  • Summer Drape Top
  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Sew your own undies
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Free dress patterns
  • Easy summer dress

Christmas in July – Fab Felt Christmas Tree

I'm in love with this felt Christmas Tree! Too cute and you should see the ornaments too!

When my husband saw me gradually assembling and sewing what looked like a Christmas tree in late May, he was rather confused. He knows I like to be organised, but even he thought that was a bit early.  I tried to explain about Christmas in July, but he’s never heard of it.  We’re from the UK and its not a term you’d hear there – is it just the US?  You can read more about the origins of Christmas in July at Wikipedia. Not to be deterred by his Scrooge impressions, I’ve made the cutest Christmas Tree.  What do you think?  It’s the perfect size to go on an entry table or use as a table centerpiece, although I designed it initially with toddlers in mind, so they could safely decorate their own Christmas Tree. I even included magic buttons … Continue reading

  • Easy summer dress
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew your own undies
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Free dress patterns
  • Twist Front Top
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Double layer chiffon blouse

Gathered Summer Skirt – free skirt pattern

How to sew a pretty and easy tiered and gathered skirt.

Well, it took me a while, but it’s here at last.  Do you remember I wrote a while back about a skirt I wore during the Cayman Islands first ever sewing meet up?  Robin suggested I should sew a skirt like the one I was wearing, and immediately I knew it was a great idea and got to work. Introducing the Gathered Summer Skirt.  Sizing given for sizes 34-52 inch hips, all should fit on less than 1.5 yards of fabric. Summer is here at last.  For some of us it lasts longer than others, but whether it’s a trip to the beach, a picnic, shopping with the girls or a day sailing, you’ll still need to look cute and summery. The design for this skirt was copied from a Ready To Wear skirt I already owned and loved.  I … Continue reading

  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Easy summer dress
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Free dress patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Sew your own undies
  • Twist Front Top

Two Become One – free t-shirt dress pattern

Free dress pattern. I love how this dress can be made to look like a t-shirt and skirt with belt, or how you can make it to look like a regular dress.

Need a comfy every day dress?  One that looks good no matter where you go, and one that can take on the look of separates or be sewn in the same fabric throughout?  Then the Two Become One Dress is for you. I became fascinated with this style of dress just recently.  I love the casual look, like a t-shirt and a skirt, but without the fuss of having to make sure both matching pieces are clean and ironed at the same time (lazy I know).  Now I can just grab it off the hanger, slip it over my head and rush on out – anywhere.  Of course, you can also make it throughout in the same fabric so it looks more like an obvious dress if you like and I think that would look great too – I’d really … Continue reading

  • Summer Drape Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Free dress patterns
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Twist Front Top
  • Easy summer dress
  • Sew your own undies

Expanding Nautical Tote Bag Pattern

Great free bag pattern. Side closures make it small and neat or expand for bigger loads. Great hardware options

Want to keep everything ship-shape as you go to the beach or the pool? This handy tote bag has lots of great features and optional extras to keep your organised.  It also has a handy expanding feature to keep the bag trim when you don’t carry much, and expand it out when you have enough ‘stuff’ for the kids too. With the use of really cool hardware and handles, this bag looks anything but home-made.  Use a nautical fabric in red, white and blue and big rope handles to be on-trend, or mix it up with cool prints of your choice for an everyday tote that is sure to bring admiring comments from all your friends. Change it up a little Of course, all the hardware and fancy stuff is optional.  If you want to skip the rope handles and … Continue reading

  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Sew your own undies
  • Easy summer dress
  • Twist Front Top
  • Free dress patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns

Waterfall top – free sewing pattern

The cutest summer top! Free pattern in any size.

I’m so excited to bring you the free sewing pattern this month for the Waterfall Top.  I LOVE this top so much that I think it really shows in my face in these photos.  Wearing it just makes me smile.  I’ve got a bright pink one and one in mint and white stripes too – sometimes a plain t-shirt just doesn’t cut it! Make a statement in the Waterfall Top! Features: Looks sexy but not revealing Instructions to fit any size Optional shoulder strap to cover your bra strap or leave it off Ruching down both sides, flatters the bust while disguising the tummy Stretchy, so its comfortable Flounce down one side, can be worn either way Ideal beach cover up Make it in something sparkly for the perfect party top Full sewing instructions Video tutorial too! Skill level: Beginner. … Continue reading

  • Twist Front Top
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Easy summer dress
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Free dress patterns
  • Sew your own undies

Nautical Mug Rug – am I in fashion?

Bring summer to your table all year round with this fun nautical mug rug template and instructions.

I heard that everything nautical was in fashion this year.  Nautical has always been one of my favorite styles in art, decor and sometimes clothes too.  If that makes me fashionable, it will be the first time in about 25 years!  They say everything comes around again if you wait long enough. I searched my stash for some red, white and blue.  I wish I’d had a better red than this one with spots on, and perhaps a brighter yellow, but I’m pretty happy with how this came out. Want to make one yourself, or one similar? Great!  Instructions and the template to download are below.  Is this your first time with applique ?  You’ll probably love the Fun with Fusible Applique class where you can learn more about all the materials and techniques you’ll need. Sew a Nautical Mug … Continue reading

  • Easy summer dress
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Sew your own undies
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Free dress patterns
  • Twist Front Top

Cool It Can Cozy Pattern

Perfect gift for guys, gals and geeks. Make your own can cozy pattern. Use funky fabrics and make these for everyone you know!

  Do you remember that waterproof can coaster I made for my husband for Valentines Day?  It’s a hit and he uses it everyday.  He loves it, because he no longer gets nagged at for leaving wet rings all over the table and I love it just because he uses it.  Aww. I thought it would be nice to make him something to go with it. I had some Insul-Bright left over from the pot holders and oven mitts, and was looking for something else to do with it.  An insulated can cozy that will keep his can cold longer, and it soaks up the condensation too – double win.  This has been another hit – he uses it all the time.  Makes me happy.  Makes him happy.  Can’t get a better sewing project than that! I even made a … Continue reading

  • Twist Front Top
  • Easy summer dress
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Free dress patterns
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew your own undies
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt

On a Roll T-shirt – free sewing pattern

Free t-shirt sewing pattern with video tutorial.

It’s time for a wardrobe basic and a shirt you’ll want to sew time and time again.  Out with the ball gowns, and in with the real clothes for real women!  This is one where you can sew what you actually wear everyday. The free sewing pattern for this month is the On a Roll T-Shirt. Features: 3 sleeve lengths No difficult to sew neck bindings No darts or zippers Roll-over wide neck Easy to fit to your shape Range of sizes, from 31 to 46 inch bust Versatile – cosy and casual for the daytime, or make it slinky and draping for a night out Full sewing instructions are downloaded with the pattern pieces Video tutorial too! Apologies for the wrinkly looking photos!  My regular hubby/photographer was unavailable so the self-timer had to do.  And it didn’t tell me … Continue reading