Easy bow tie pattern and tutorial, when you need to pull a James Bond look fast

easy bow tie pattern

This easy bow tie pattern is free and the tutorial is easy to follow and make.  If you need to go “James Bond,” you can do it under an hour.  The best part is that this free bow tie pattern is that when is all done and on your guy’s bow tie looks as you actually tied it by hand. The design uses two rectangles to compose the bow and a clip-on strap, making it easy, especially for young ones, to strap and go. The first thing you will notice is the amount of fabric you need, which is not very much at all.  With only 3/4 yard you will be able to make at least five bow ties.  We will definitely put this one on our list of small sewing projects not requiring much fabric. Materials: 3/4 yard of satin, … Continue reading

Gentle reminder, the big spring Craftsy sale ends this Sunday night. Don’t miss out!

Get any Craftsy Class for under $20! I just wanted to remind everyone that the big spring Craftsy sale is still on until midnight Sunday night (US Mountain Time).  This is a great opportunity to save on that class you always wanted but thought was too expensive.  On some of the larger classes, you can now save over 70%! As you know, many of our readers are great fans of Craftsy and this sale is particularly attractive for anyone planning to buy more than one class.  There will probably be future Craftsy sales, but they rarely offer this much savings and are often limited to only one class. You may want to act now since the offer expires Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 11:59PM Mountain Time. Here’s a couple of examples of what you can get: Here’s another great bargain and a chance … Continue reading

Surprise! Tablet Tote Bag Pattern FREE Today Only (RRP $6.95)

As a special surprise for our loyal readers and subscribers, we’re giving away one of our most popular bag patterns, the Multi-purpose Tech or Tablet Bag Pattern usually sold for $6.95.  Yup, that’s right, the pattern will be FREE, but for this Thursday/Friday (May 4-5) only. Designed to fit your iPad, tablet, reader, Kindle, small laptop or other mobile computers, this pattern has proven super popular as it comes with full PDF instructions which are detailed and well illustrated.  The design has been thoroughly tested with plenty of user examples for you to look at which you can see on the full post at the link below. The pattern has numerous excellent reviews in both our Etsy and Craftsy stores.  And there’s also a video intro to the pattern which you can see below as well as a full video tutorial … Continue reading

Sashiko Quilting Tutorial: How to Make a Japanese Embroidery Cushion

sashiko quilting tutorial

Hello! I’m Rin from Sew in Love and owner of Hana Patterns. I’m back with another free sewing pattern for you, inspired by my Japanese heritage. You can make this embroidered pillow to add a touch of ethnic and bohemian style to your home. What’s Sashiko? Sashiko is a type of traditional Japanese embroidery. It started out as a way to strengthen cotton and linen fabrics, but these days, we enjoy its repetitive patterns for decoration. Once you get started, sashiko embroidery is a really calming and relaxing activity. I love how my sashiko pillow enhances my other handmade pillows to bring a boho vibe to my living room (see my room tour here). Let’s get started! MATERIALS I’ve designed this sashiko embroidery pattern so it can be be adapted to any pillow size. But for your reference, my pillow is 50cm x … Continue reading

Metal frame purse pattern: How to make and test your own

metal frame purse pattern

Metal purse frames patterns are not so easy to come by because of the enormous number of sizes and shapes, but it is very easy to make your own just by following a few very important steps.  Let me show you how. I have been trying for quite some time to get a common metal frame so I can make a pattern that anyone can make.  But no matter how much I search, there simply doesn’t seem to be any store capable of carrying more than a few frames at a time and they’re rarely a common size. (By that, I’m really referring to “offline” stores.  If you go online, it’s a different story.  Please check out my comments below about Dan’s Etsy store called 3DAN.) I’m making a few purses for Mother’s Day to say thank you to a … Continue reading

Linen Fabric Care: How to Do It Right

Linen Fabric Care

One of the oldest natural fabrics, linen was first made from the flax plant thousands of years ago. This lustrous, high-quality fabric continues to be popular today. Durable, strong, smooth, and highly breathable, linen is ideal for use in clothing. If cared for properly, linen products can last for longer than many other fabrics. However, many people shy away from linen because of the fabric’s reputation for being difficult to handle. Luckily, remembering a few basic rules is all that is necessary for proper linen care. A linen owner should follow whatever specific instructions the manufacturer has placed on the label. Linen should be either machine- or hand-washed (but not dry cleaned unless specifically mentioned on the fabric care label) in cool or lukewarm water. Hot water should never be used, since higher temperatures will wear out the fibers more … Continue reading

Maternity Sewing Patterns and Tutorials Roundup: All FREE

maternity sewing patterns

It can be difficult to find good maternity sewing patterns I’ve had two kids and while my youngest is now almost sixteen (going on twenty..), I can still remember how difficult is was to find presentable, much less fashionable, things to wear while I was pregnant. Your size changes so much and so fast, it is hard to go out and buy a whole lot of stuff off the rack just to grow out of it in a few weeks. Back then, I made most of my own clothes back then and I had a lot of fun experimenting with different aspects of maternity designs. I figure many readers who are themselves expecting, or who have friends or daughters who are, would like some help in finding attractive maternity designs that they can make themselves. So we put together this roundup of … Continue reading

This sale may be just too good to pass up.. today only.

Get any one Craftsy Class for $14.99 or less If you’ve been waiting to buy one of those really expensive Craftsy courses like Suzy Furrer’s Designing Your Wardrobe: Drafting Tops which normally sells for $69.99.  Well, today you can get it for only $14.99 or almost 80% off!! We don’t often promote sales from other companies unless they can save our readers a lot of money on something they might be buying anyway.  This is certainly the case here and I’m definitely taking advantage of the sale as well. When we mentioned a Buy One, Get One sale to our readers last month and so many people came back and thanked us for bringing it to their attention, we feel compelled to mention this great deal to everyone. Here’s another great bargain and a chance to save 75% This sale is particularly … Continue reading

Ultimate Sports Bra Pattern, an essential piece in your workout wardrobe

sports bra pattern

As most of our readers would know, I’m not a fan of gyms as I explained in my post on creating A New Workout Wardrobe: My New Year Resolution.  But I actually would love to own a sports bra that gives me not only support but comfort.  I think this particular item of clothing is the “unicorn” in our wardrobe.  Almost like a myth, it seems to be a never-ending search for that one bra that will give me comfort while securing the girls during a vigorous workout.  However, look no further….. the Ultimate Sports Bra Pattern does exist –although you may have to make it yourself. This project is for making a race back sports bra pattern with a front facing for extra comfort and the ability to insert pads.  There’s also a 1″ under-chest band for maximum support. A … Continue reading

How to lengthen a sewing pattern using the Hi-Low T-Shirt to illustrate

lengthen t-shirt

It’s easy to lengthen a sewing pattern piece.  If you’ve never done it before, you should give it a try.  In this article, I will be talking exclusively about the Hi-Low T-Shirt free pattern that we published a couple weeks ago and how to make it longer.  However, you can use the same concepts to lengthen any sewing pattern –so it is a skill worth learning and practicing. There are three methods to modify a sewing pattern: the slash, the seam and the pivot methods.  All methods are good, but you need to learn when and how to use each. The subject is so vast I could write a whole book about it –and some people have.  In the tutorial below, I’m going to show you the slash method and I will be covering how to lengthen a pattern piece without … Continue reading

101 Creative Ideas to Recycle Denim Jeans

recycle denim

Denim is a fantastic fabric I was rummaging through my closet the other day and I noticed that I had built up a pretty good supply of old denim jeans that I was unlikely to ever wear (or be able to wear.. ) again.  Ditto for both my husband and my kids who have now outgrown numerous items made of denim from jeans to jackets.  I don’t know about you, but I suspect this may be the case with many readers. I then got to thinking about what a waste it would be to just throw these old garments away.  Unfortunately donating isn’t an easy option where I live as that would be a good alternative too.  So I began to think of ways I could repurpose or recycle all of this wonderful blue, black and white cotton denim. One … Continue reading