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

Free Bag Pattern – the Ruffled and Ready Bag

Easy to sew free bag pattern. The frame can be removed to use in other bags too so you can make lots of different covers and swap them out.

Do you remember the Made in a Snap Bag pattern? It’s a cute little purse but it is small, designed as a bag for your essentials. What if you need a little more room, have a lot of ‘essentials’ or just prefer something in a different style? Well, the purse frame on the Made in a Snap Bag is completely removable, so it makes great sense to make several covers in different styles and fabrics. Here is the Ruffled and Ready Bag using exactly the same purse frame – looks completely different and has a flat bottom with more volume so you can carry more ‘stuff’. Good news – its simple to sew.  No closures, zips, snaps etc – just sew the fabric bag and slide in the frame.  The frame snaps closed and has a place to even add a chain … Continue reading

Things to sew for your pets – National Dress Up Your Pet Day

Sewing projects for pets. Lots of both fun and practical ideas here for animal lovers.

14th Jan is National Dress Up Your Pet Day! As you might know, I’m a cat lover.  I have 3 cats, all black and all a little bit crazy in their own way.  Oliver, my 3-legged cat, is often the unintended star of my sewing videos and especially is very fond of quilting. I’m such a sucker for an animal sob-story. Oliver was near to death as a kitten when I found him and hand-reared him back to health at the resort where I worked, only for him to then loose a leg in an accident on the road and he had to come and live with us permanently. His vet bills cost more than my car! Oliver’s full name is Oliver Twist because as a starving kitten he was always asking for more. Panther is a huge black cat who … Continue reading

National Book Month sewing projects

20+ book-related sewing ideas for National Book Month

Did you know that January was National Book Month and the third full week in January is National Book Week.  Reading is SUCH an important part of life, for personal pleasure and enjoyment, for recreation, for learning, for reference and of course for employment skills and more. Make reading fun!  How about some of these 20+ projects for National Book Month.  From simple book covers, to book marks you can make in minutes and a few more complicated projects too.  I love the idea of a reading pillow that supports the book on your lap. Of course many books are going digital now, much of our reading time is actually spent reading online instead of on paper so there’s a project or two for the digital readers too.  20+ book-related sewing projects to try for National Book Month    

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