Easy pleated skirt pattern, FREE sew-along: Part 1

easy pleated skirt pattern

I have a new, easy pleated skirt pattern to share with you that will help streamline your figure and look great.  This A-line shaped skirt style is so easy to sew that you’ll want to make a few skirts and they should last you for many years.Made of linen, cotton, light wool or other fabrics with a bit of body, this skirt will give you an effortless classy and elegant look. Lately, I have had a few requests and since there are a few that relate to each other I thought a sew-along showing how to do alterations and customizations would cover many of the questions and requests you guys sometimes send my way. I must say that I do enjoy getting mail and comments from everyone and, believe it or not, requests make my life easier since I don’t have … Continue reading

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

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

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 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

Sewing the Small Canvas Tote Bag Video Tutorial Released

tote bag video tutorial

I just wanted to let everyone know that we have published a video tutorial on Sewing the Small Canvas Tote Bag on our YouTube channel. In this tote bag video tutorial, we take you through all the steps involved in sewing this fun project. We look at the materials required as well as each of the steps involved in assembling and sewing this cute little accessory. I didn’t do a lot of narration in this sewing tutorial, preferring just to show you the steps along with clear and concise labels of the process involved in the project.  Feel free to pause the video at any time if you need more time to complete the step. This is a fun and relatively easy sewing project for the advanced beginner to intermediate sewists.  Please enjoy and don’t forget to Like and Subscribe … Continue reading

New Video Tutorial: Sewing the Fabric Easter Egg

fabric easter egg video tutorial

This has been an enormously popular project and a lot of readers have asked for some extra help with the more challenging aspects of sewing the lining and zipper of the Fabric Easter Egg.  So here’s a complete video tutorial that shows the whole process, step-by-step for Sewing the Fabric Easter Egg. I’ve sped up the video in the tutorial, but it’s still a little long.  That’s because I really wanted to make sure you could see absolutely everything.  Don’t be afraid to skip ahead or pause and come back to sections to see exactly how the Fabric Easter Egg is sewn. I’ve added a link below to the free pattern on Craftsy as well as links to the full written tutorial on our website.  There are subsequent projects for making the Fabric Easter Bunny as well as making the … Continue reading

Easter Bunny Clothing: a Wardrobe for Daisy & Duke

Easter bunny clothing

This is the tutorial for the Easter bunny clothing I promised a week or so ago.   The outfits for this adorable pair are very easy to make. Both bunnies will fit perfectly inside the Easter Egg.  I hope you use your imagination and the scraps of fabric that you have laying around.  There is no need to use organza but you will need at least two layers of fabric to give the skirt the volume. As I mentioned on the post about Introducing Daisy, the size of the bunnies can change by just changing the seam allowance.  For the female bunny the seam allowance is 3/8″ and for the male 1/4″. Materials: scraps of fabric in quilting cotton, tulle, and organza. thread to match Tools pinking shears a candle if using organza (optional) sewing needle size 70 Pattern download … 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

Sewing the Bralette: Video Tutorial Released

sewing bralette video

It’s taken us a little while to release this video tutorial of sewing the bralette. We were trying a different format for our videos and we hope you like it. If you do, it would be great if you could leave a comment below or on the video. We really appreciate your support. In this video, we take you through all the steps involved in sewing this fun project. We look at the materials required, how to cut the pattern, sewing the lace and attaching the straps. This is a great first project for anyone who wants to start sewing lingerie. The garment itself is incredibly functional, particularly for spring and summer so now would be a great time to start getting your materials together if you want to be ready for those warmer months that are on the way. … Continue reading

Fabric Easter Egg Made with Fabric Scraps

fabric easter egg

You’ll love this tutorial if you’re looking for something different for this Easter.  It’s a kind of Fabric Easter Egg made with fabric scraps and it has a zipper, so you can put a surprise toy inside. This is a wonderful project for beginners but it would also be fun for more advanced sewists.  It allows you to use up some of your fabric scraps while affording an opportunity to practice skills like installing zippers, bias tape application, and pattern drafting in a low-stress and inexpensive project.  The end product will make a fantastic, and hopefully cherished, gift for your child or grandchild. Here’s the backstory for where this idea came from.  When my daughter was a little girl, she carried with her a small bathtub with a little baby inside.  I know it sounds strange, but we had purchased … Continue reading