• Wrap skirt
  • Color block dress
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Sew your own undies
  • Turning Japanese Handbag
  • Easy cosmetics bag
  • Moved to Tiers Tunic
  • Summer Drape Top
  • On Safari Skirt
  • Baby changing mat
  • Teeny tiny zipper pouch
  • The perfect baby burp cloth
  • 30 minute skirt
  • The Ultimate Wallet
  • Twist Front Top
  • Cosmetics bag with brush roll
  • Easy summer dress
  • Color Block Skirt

40 Techniques every sewer should know-do you ?

Essential sewing skills for sewers of all levels. Review of the 40 techniques class.

I was fortunate, learning to sew at school  - it was one of the few lessons I took to but that’s a rather long time ago now. The course “40 Techniques every sewer should know” is great!! Divided into seven sections covering: Pressing, Stitching, Curves and Corners, Interfacing Tips, Beautiful Bindings, Getting Closure Each section covers a variety of tips. The division of the class into sections means you can easily refer back to subjects to refresh your memory. There is something for everyone in this course. Pressing Matters – This class has changed my relationship to my iron. Gail has converted me!!! A good press with the right tools improves the quality of the finished garment, within three minutes of the class starting I had learnt the value of pressing rolls. Stitch Perfect - Don’t you just hate wobbly top stitching?! Learn to use any foot with a guide (the guide is a … Continue reading

November Mug Rug Tutorial – Autumn Harvest

Sew this Autumn Harvest mug rug pattern. Nice for Thanksgiving tables too.

When I think of November, I think of harvest time, pumpkins, gourds, squash, and other vegetables surrounded by leaves and acorns. When I designed the November mug rug, I had all these images floating around in my head. For this harvest mug rug, I chose to use a straight stitch with black thread. I felt this would give the best look since some of the pieces are so small. I was afraid that a satin stitch, zigzag stitch, or buttonhole stitch would be to much and overwhelm the small pieces. I’m so pleased with the way it turned out, I’ll be using this method more often! I hope you will follow us along here on our Mug Rug of the Month Tutorials. Lets get started! What you will need for one Autumn Harvest mug rug: Small scraps of fabric for appliqués 1/8 to 1/4 yard … Continue reading

Tech and tablet cases – the best free patterns

iPod iPad iPhone case tutorials. All the best free patterns for storing, carrying and protecting your tech and tablets.

So can you believe that on the 10th of November it’s 14 years since the first iPod was sold! Whether you have one or not, they have certainly changed the face of technology and what with iPods, iPhones, iPads and all the other variations of tablets and smart technology it’s been a busy 14 years, and I think they need some appreciation. If you do have an ‘i’ something… one thing’s for sure… you’ll want to look after it, and so in celebration of their arrival I’ve brought you over 30 things you can sew for your ipod/iphone/tablet/kindle. Many of them can be adjusted to fit all devices so there’s something for everyone.  The best patterns can be found below for cases, covers and wallets for all of your e-gadgets. If tech is not your thing, this article is still … Continue reading

Spreading the gift of sewing

How to get someone started in sewing - essential tools and resources.

The holiday and gift giving season is upon us, and if you are looking to spread a little joy and happiness this holiday season, how about spreading your love to sewing and introducing someone you know to the delight of creating their own clothes, bags and home decor items. Sewing is no longer seen as old-fashioned thanks to TV programs such as Project Runway and the Great British Sewing Bee.  More people are interested in sewing and looking to learn, improve and create with fabric than ever before.  Here are a few ideas for making up a starter sewing kit, ideal for Christmas or birthdays. Spread the gift of sewing – create a starter sewing kit   1 – Sewing machine.  It’s true, you can hand-sew many things when you start out, but if you really want to feel the … Continue reading

R2D2 style apron pattern – sew your own droid!

Squeal! A chance to show my geeky side and my love of Sci-Fi with this free apron pattern. Running to the fabric shop right now!

So there are probably two scenarios.  Either you have seen this and are squealing and jumping around with glee, or you just don’t get it and think I’ve lost my senses at last. Probably the latter. It’s not exactly my usual style. For those of you excited and already running to your stash for the right fabrics – May the Force Be With You. The rest of you need a Jedi mind-trick – these ARE the droids you are looking for! Or I guarantee that someone you know wants one of these, you just might not know about their secret Star Wars obsession. Did you notice I’m a secret Sci-Fan fan?  Yup, ever since I was a little girl.  The original Star Wars film came out in 1977, when I was 8 years old so I basically grew up with … Continue reading

Tool tips – budget or quality? The Bodkin

Can you make sewing more fun, quicker or easier by using a quality tool compared to the budget version. Today - the bodkin.

I hope the series about spending in the sewing room has been interesting and useful these past few weeks. We’ve looked at whether spending more money on sewing tools, gadgets and gizmos can give you better sewing results, save you time or just make sewing more fun. Covered so far: Your sewing machine - can you notice the difference? Seam rippers - ooh shiny ! Sewing scissors - like a hot knife through butter Sewing storage solutions - some budget ideas for you Wonder Clips - should you buy the cheap ones? Applique pressing sheet - saves time Sewing pins – how many different types do you need? With the holiday season coming up, I felt like splashing out a little to treat myself on a few new sewing supplies and trade in my budget versions for something a little better. Today, the Bodkin What’s a … Continue reading

Hats, gloves and scarves to sew for winter

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Stephanie from Swoodson Says, it’s starting to get brisk in the States which makes for perfect timing to sew cozy winter projects. Free patterns are so much fun – I actually tested 4 kid’s free beanie hat patterns that are perfect for fall! Now that it’s getting a little colder, I’ve started looking for winter gear – warm hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, cowls, and even a fun hand muff. Accessories make such great presents because sizing isn’t as much of an issue, and it’s easy to upcycle sweaters or use inexpensive fleece. I know I’ll be whipping up a few more upcycled heart hand warmers in addition to some of these scarves, my tutorial is here if you want to check it out! Lots of these patterns would be fun to incorporate applique or patchwork for a personal touch, too.   … Continue reading

How to teach kids to sew – giveaway

Giveaway, win the How to Start A Business Teaching Kids to Sew e-course.

One of the most rewarding things about sewing, is the opportunity to pass on your knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject to others. Seeing other people have success thanks to your instruction is priceless.  It’s even better if you pass on that love of sewing to young people.  Some of you might already be doing that on an informal basis. If you want to take it a step further, and offer sewing lessons as a small business, then I have a great giveaway for you today. How to Start A Business Teaching Kids to Sew Sandi of Seams Sew Cool runs kids sewing classes and they’re very popular so if you want to know anything about how to teach kids to sew, she’s your gal.  She’s written a complete online course to get you started if this is something you … Continue reading

The best bobbin storage solutions and ideas

Brilliant bobbin storage solutions. Some genius ideas here and links to some amazing ones you can by too.

Sitting down for a quiet afternoon of sewing is just the dream, but unraveling yards of thread to find, (and detach) the bobbin you need is probably not what you had in mind! Time to tidy up? Well we’re on the case for you. These fabulous blogs shared their bobbin storage ideas with the world and if you’re looking for inspiration, I suggest you have a look below and find a solution that works for you. DIY galore, there’s simple storage ideas using elastic bands, and more complex storage drawers and wall hangers. Not got all day to DIY a solution?? Don’t worry, there are boxes made to measure you can buy and get sorted in a jiffy. I just love the creative ways people are storing thread and bobbins! I can’t believe how many different ideas there are. I … Continue reading

Potholders with pockets – QAYG fun for fall

Ideal for beginners. Full video tutorial on how to make a quilt as you go scrappy pot holder with binding. Anyone can do it!

Every now and again an older project needs a facelift.  (Don’t we all!) My kitchen accessories are no exception.  I’ve made plenty of potholders in the past, but I’m a messy cook and they get dirty, then stained, maybe even a little burned on the stove and of course washed over and over again. Time to make some new ones! This time, pocket potholders. I wanted these new ones to have some new features: Bigger so they cover my wrists and full spread out hand A pocket in the back for my hand so they are easier to use Large enough to use on the table or counter tops to put hot plates or pans on Scrap-happy so they can use up smaller pieces of fabrics Easy to make with no-fuss binding Quilt-as-you-go piecing (QAYG) Materials needed for a 9 … Continue reading

Did you use the Craftsy All-Access Pass?

Craftsy sewing video overload! Did you watch too many?

  Well what a month it was!  If you took advantage of the Craftsy All-Access Pass for October, how are you doing?  Are your eyes bleeding from watching all those videos?  Did you stay up late every night to make sure you didn’t miss a thing and then oversleep?  How has your sewing knowledge expanded?  Did you get to see and watch everything you wanted? For me it was epic!  I had friends staying so didn’t get to watch nearly as much as I really wanted, but I made great use of the 1.5x speed feature and was able to preview a lot of the classes I had on my wishlist. It was such a useful thing to be able to do, because I was then able to shortlist those classes that I really want to give my full attention … Continue reading