Running belt, travel belt or money belt with pouch- FREE pattern & tutorial

running belt

Here’s a pattern for a running belt with pockets and an elasticized adjustable strap so you can tailor it to any waist size.  This pouch could also be called a money belt, travel belt or sports belt.  Place the pouch on your front or back and cover it with a T-shirt and no one will know it is there.  There is enough room for a big phone, money, keys and even coins.  Keep your valuables safe while at the gym, jogging or traveling. I have come up with a new scheme for making excuses not to exercise.  My gym wear does not have enough pockets.  That’s it!  When I am in the gym, I worry about my phone, the locker key, the earphones, and money.  The thing is that all these items plus the towel leave me with the annoying … Continue reading

Sewing the skirt lining – Easy pleated skirt sew-along: Part 2

skirt lining

We will be continuing with sewing the skirt lining, the second part of our Easy Pleated Skirt Pattern sew-along.  You will need the first part of this series if you’re just seeing this episode for the first time.  You can download the FREE pattern below if you missed it but you will still need the instructions from Part 1. Part One:  Print, cut and sew the skirt and pleats. Part Two:  How to sew a skirt lining with an invisible zipper. (YOU ARE HERE) Part Three:  How to make pleats and hem a pleated skirt. Part Four:  How to fit and alter the pattern to make the skirt bigger or smaller. Pattern Download: I have received a few questions and on why and should you add a lining to a skirt.  I am going to be straight with you, ultimately it’s your … Continue reading

How to add extra pockets to any tote bag

add extra pockets

This week I want to show you how to add extra pockets to any tote bag.  I’ll demonstrate this with the extra pockets I added at the bottom of the small canvas tote bag that was recently published on our site.  Please also check out the full video tutorial showing all the steps in making this wonderful accessory. I love totes, especially small ones.  They are easy to make and to carry because they limit the number of things you can put inside.  That makes it easier on your back and perfect for walking around. With a small tote, all the essentials are right at your fingertips for you and everyone else as well, unfortunately!  But, where do you put your money?  This is one of those sewing hacks when you are not entirely satisfied with the number of pockets that your … Continue reading

The High-Low T-Shirt: How to hide your panty line..

high-low t-shirt

The High-Low T-shirt is the perfect item to hide your panty line.  Let’s face it, girls, sometimes depending on the mood and “time of the month,” we feel like wearing an underwear that leaves us with the dreaded panty line.  We’re not always in the mood for a tiny g-string, a sports undergarment, or a sexy lacy number.  There’s nothing good about a panty line, but sometimes you just don’t care. I’ve recently taken up Pilates and I’m determined to tone my Gluteus maximus aka my butt.   Not for the reasons you might think, but simply because this muscle helps us keep a straight posture.  In other words, no more back pain.  If that isn’t reason enough, this is simply a great high-low t-shirt that is easily made and transformed into a great top. With this top, the back is … Continue reading

How to sew the outside applied pocket & final assembly, Small Backpack: Part 3

applied pocket

In this third and final part of the Small Backpack Pattern sew along, we’re going to be sewing the applied pocket and doing the final assembly of the bag.  Hopefully, everyone has been following along from Part 1, where we cut the small backpack pattern, attached the outside zipper, added the lateral small pockets and made the small inner pocket.  Then in Part 2, we sewed the outside zipper, sewed the backpack straps and attached the backpack strap hardware. Additional Materials for this Section: Bias tape 1 3/4″ x 28″ (shorter side) Bias tape 1 3/4″ x 29″ (longer side) Bias tape 1 3/4″ x 30″ (bottom) I would highly encourage you to try to make your own bias tape.  You can find a great tutorial on just how to do this here:  Making Continuous Bias Binding Tape. Video Tutorial … Continue reading

The Sweatpants That Are Not Just For Sweating

sweatpants pattern

These sweatpants are the second pattern on our “Sew Fit” storyboard collection and they are not just for sweating as I will demonstrate in the months to come. The fit of the pattern is not the trend of these days which is for thick leggings with pockets.  These sweatpants are more in the traditional (read practical) style and have more room around the legs without being floppy.  With pockets large enough for your phone, they are certainly not the tight leggings that many are sporting today.  But I think you’ll find them very comfortable as well as presentable for that quick trip to the store, and not to mention the gym… These sweatpants are to be worn one inch over your belly button which is the ideal place to avoid the dreaded muffin top look.  The making of this pair of sweatpants … Continue reading

Faux fur scarf to complement your winter outfit

fur scarf

I have been traveling recently, so this is a short and sweet tutorial on how to make a cool and practical faux fur scarf to fight off the winter cold.  This scarf will not only keep you warm this winter, but it will also be a stylish and trendy addition to your wardrobe all the way through to spring. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would have noticed the statement of the season is a furry “something” hanging from your body or handbag.  I am a practical person, but I do like trends.  They can be fun to follow and if you can make them yourself, you’ll save a bundle and only pay a fraction of the price of buying something trendy in a store. Fur is everywhere this season.  It shows a very feminine touch without being … Continue reading

Easy Gloves Pattern for Your Winter Comfort

easy gloves pattern

Making a pair of fleece winter gloves is not just a matter of tracing your hand on a piece of paper or drawing straight onto the fabric.  Believe me, I have actually tried this before and it makes for very uncomfortable gloves… To save you this exercise in trial and error, here’s an easy gloves pattern and tutorial for a pair of fleece gloves that can be made as a last-minute present or for yourself. The bit you must be careful with is cutting the fabric the right way.  I suggest that you fold the fabric in half so you have the right sides for each hand.  (I was watching a movie while making the first pair of these gloves and it wasn’t until I was about to start sewing that I realized my mistakes.  Fleece does indeed have a right and … Continue reading

Transformable easy cardigan: dressing in layers

easy cardigan

Dressing in layers with an easy cardigan was what was on people’s mind the day I took the survey on our Facebook chat group.  With almost 22,000 members, it’s sometimes hard to find a consensus, but this time, I happened to agree with what the group seemed to be saying. There are a lot of things to like about cardigans.  It can be a very functional garment and suitable for many situations.  It’s also very nice to wear when just hanging around the house.  Wearing a cardigan to protect the lining of a coat is one of the best money saving tips on dry cleaning bills.  Based on the feedback, I decided to design a pattern for a short, easy but transformable cardigan.  I decided to call it Kalinda. I haven’t lived in a cold places for very longtime, but I … Continue reading

Small fur tote, a sweet gift for the holidays.

small fur tote

This is a quick tutorial on how to make a small fur tote.  Christmas is approaching fast and my gift list is looking rather daunting, so I need projects that I can accomplish in a couple of hours rather than a couple of days.  I notice little fur things everywhere –as decorations on the Christmas tree, as trimming on clothes and shoes, scarves, vests.  The possibilities are many and I think a small fur tote would be a great gift and an easy project.  So I came up with this design and pattern that I would like to share with you. If you enjoyed our last project with faux fur making a winter hat, then you’ll enjoy this small fur tote project as well.  This tote is really easy and fast to make.  It is both a perfect accessory and also … Continue reading

Leather and fabric handbag: the perfect mix for beginners

leather and fabric handbag

This leather and fabric handbag is the perfect project for those who are starting to sew with leather and for those who are bored with fabric only handbags.  You can make this with a normal domestic sewing machine so don’t be afraid to give it a try! I am not yet an expert in leather work.  But, I absolutely love the material for its durability and handling.  Furthermore, the shine of the leather will forgive a mistake should you need to unpick a seam, so I suggest to buy a whole hide and not to be afraid of trying.  It won’t go to waste! If you don’t feel like trying with leather, you can also use vinyl, oilcloth, canvas or another heavy fabric.  I just wanted to try with leather and it came out so well, my daughter won’t give it back … Continue reading