50+ Cute and Cozy Free Dog Bed Patterns

dog bed patterns

They are our most special friends…bottomless cups of cuteness all day long and all night too! We want only the best for our furry friends because there’s no one in the world who loves us quite like they do and the feeling is definitely mutual! Sewing for your dog might be some of the most rewarding sewing you’ll ever do…because you just know that whatever you make for him is going to result in far more than just one future smile. Where our pets are involved, there’s just no end to the joy they bring and so the same goes for our doggy sewing efforts.  We’ve done some features on Sewing for Your Dog in the past but this time we wanted to focus solely on one of the things that makes your doggy the happiest and put together a … Continue reading

Learn Some Quilting Traditions Passed On For Generations

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Family quilting traditions have been passed on for generations since the 1600’s or even earlier. In those days, the women (sometimes the men too!) in the family created a quilt as present for a family member who is about to get married or was expecting a child. Quilts were considered as heirlooms and were treasured by the family. As a result, quilting traditions were also cherished and passed on for many generations. I have collected some hand quilting practices for this article and perhaps these cherished traditions could get you started on your own family quilting practice too! The African-American Quilting Traditions Less popular than African music and dance, the African-American quilting and textile tradition is influenced by four notable African civilizations. When African slaves were heavily trafficked in Southern United States, Central America and the Caribbean, the textile and … Continue reading

How to make a fringed table runner in under an hour

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We are going to make a fringed table runner for your holiday table in under an hour.  Hard to believe?  Did I mention it’s reversible?  The use of burlap or hessian allows us to make the fringe a super simple and elegant way.  The quilting cotton makes it reversible and gives it strength.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy this project as much as your friends and family will find this fringed table runner an attractive addition to your holiday table. Burlap has a special place in my heart.  The smell brings back memories of sacks of produce collected at my grandfather’s orchard –potatoes, oranges, lemons, sour apples and my favorite, the smell of roasted coffee.  When I was a child my grandpa used to keep us busy and took us to the orchard to “work”.  He would allow us to collect … Continue reading

An Absolute Feast of 200+ Free Apron Patterns

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The apron is a timeless symbol of motherhood, home-life and delicious home-cooked meals…Historically, the apron was designed to protect the outfit underneath but it soon proved to be an indispensable all-purpose item –for wiping tears from little faces, storing treats, vegetables and chicken eggs in it’s ample pockets as well as even using it to protect hands from a scalding pan. DIY extraordinaires and sewists in particular are all about homemaking and doing do so proudly…whether it’s in the craft room, the workshop or the kitchen. We-thinks it about time you express that pride and skill with a free apron pattern to suit whatever it is you’re up to! Plus, let’s face it, an apron has a way of making you feel a little more organized, a little more prepared…if possible, even a little more skilled! Nowadays those same apron-pockets might … Continue reading

Best Free Tote Bag Patterns: 60+ of Our Favorites!

Tote Bag Patterns

Indeed…it’s strange how, over the decades, as our lives have apparently gotten simpler: what with iPads, color-sensing foundations, lash curling mascara, phones which are smarter than we are and so on; our bags have gotten no smaller. In fact, as the capacities of our all-sorting gadgets has increased…so has our dire need for pocket space, zip compartments and extra padding. Bags are a wonderful and complicated business and it’s each to his (or, more rightly HER) own. It’s true, most of us will have our trusty favorite, a bag that stands the test of time, with logically arranged pockets- God willing. However for many of us, different occasions call for vastly different bags, there’s shopping, working, gym and craft meetings…all requiring us to carry vastly different paraphernalia. If you’ve ever tried to find the right bag at a store, you … Continue reading

Reminder to cancel free Creativebug subscription (only if you signed up and don’t want it anymore)

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A few weeks ago, we wrote about an opportunity for our readers to check out a free trial being offered by Creativebug as a potential alternative to Craftsy.  Many readers partook of this trial offer and we thank everyone who commented and shared their feedback and experiences.  Creativebug is a subscription service, so please remember to cancel if you don’t want to continue.  The first month is free, but they will charge you after that.  If you didn’t sign up, there is nothing for your to cancel. When we wrote about this free trial offer, Craftsy had just launched a major “upgrade” to their platform and it didn’t seem to be going so well.  We were all forced to ask the question whether there was as good alternative to Craftsy? After a number of our readers have checked out Creativebug, I can say … Continue reading

Winter hat with faux fur trimming tutorial

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A winter hat with faux fur trim will be the perfect accessory for those cold winter days ahead.  The amount of fur you will need is very little, which makes this the perfect project if you have never worked with fur before.  This is a super cool and adorable winter hat.  I promise you that it will make a very nice present for Christmas or a great accessory addition to your wardrobe. I am using ribbing fabric for the cap and the brim, but this is the perfect opportunity to upcycle an old sweater that you do not like and transform it into a winter hat.  No fur for the band? No problem, use fleece instead. Key Features: Elegant fur trim framing the face Perfect hat for a day on the snow, sky lodge hangout or a windy day Casual yet elegant … Continue reading

How to make a double welt pocket using the 5 lines method

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I am going to show you how to make a double welt pocket using the traditional, but simplified, tailoring method called “five lines”.  There are a few ways to make a double welt pockets, this is just one of them.  Before we get started, let’s make sure to define our terms.  So what is a “welt” anyway?  According to the dictionary, a welt is: Our double welt pocket has “welts” on both sides of the opening.  You’ll be very familiar with this style of pocket since it is commonly used on men’s and women’s tailored jackets, light weight hoodies, light coats, slacks back pockets or the inside of pockets in the lining of jackets.  Unfortunately, this technique isn’t suitable for very heavy fabrics or situations where you have to match a design such as stripes. There are a few ways to make … Continue reading

T-shirt Upcycle Madness: 15+ Fun Projects

t-shirt upcycle

So…with well over 2 billion t-shirts being made every year, it’s no wonder so many of us find ourselves with cupboards (especially our male counterparts’ cupboards) which are starting to overflow with years and years worth of t-shirts which are kind of cool but just don’t seem to get worn all that much. We are loathe to throw them away… I’m a big fan of the comfort and feel of soft t-shirt material and I know that I always keep mine in the hope of finding a way to upcycle them later on. Another little addiction of mine is thrift store tees, old logos and prints which maybe aren’t in production any more or at any rate, rugged old tees which just seem so infinitely cool. Knowing that many of you might have a similar affinity I thought, why not … Continue reading

Beginner Quilting : How To Start

Beginner Quilting

We’ve done many articles over the years about quilting.  Our readers have a lot of interest in quilting and many people have asked if we could summarize the best way to start beginner quilting for newbies. Quilting is a branch of sewing that some of us love to get stuck into from time to time (or, for others, all the time), for the sheer love of sewing and getting totally lost to the world in finicky little details…and there’s no greater thrill than a finished product that looks and feels like loving time was spent on it. It’s one of the most thoughtful and generous gifts you can give and tales can be told in the stitches. For those of you who have been eyeing your scrappy bags full of little bits of beautiful fabrics: what better way to collect … Continue reading

Free Paid Pattern This Weekend Only: We’ve given you all our tricks, so here is a treat!

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In the spirit of Halloween, we wanted to do something on the “Trick or Treat” theme this weekend.  However, we realised that we had already given you all our tricks.  Earlier in the week, we published a comprehensive roundup of over 120 of our best Sewing Tips and Tricks from the last several years, all in one place. Our Sewing Tips and Tricks are full of short cuts, useful information and advice on how to make your project look professional.  These tips are categorized in logical grouping including: Fabric Tips Quilting Tips Saving Tip and Making Money Sewing Machines and Accessories Sewing Patterns and Techniques Sewing Tools We encourage you to bookmark and share this resource as we will be adding to it regularly with articles like Which Sewing Machine Needle Do You Need that we also published earlier this week. … Continue reading