Ultimate Mother’s Day Sewing Roundup: Free & Fun

mothers day sewing roundup

Happy Mother’s Day! We celebrate Mother’s Day every year as a way to honor the mothers in the family, motherhood, maternal bonds and the overall contribution and influence of mother’s in our societies.  Mother’s Day is observed in over 40 countries around the world.  In the US the holiday is celebrated in May although the dates vary in other countries. In the US, Mother’s Day is a relatively modern holiday with the first official celebration being held in 1908 in Grafton, West Virgina after years of campaigning by a tenacious woman named Anna Jarvis. Anna began her efforts to recognize Mother’s Day in 1905 and by 1911, all US states observed the holiday. In celebration, we put together this fun and free Mothers Day Sewing Roundup filled with interesting projects that every mother would love.  Please enjoy and don’t forget to share … Continue reading

Save 50%+ Off Your Favorites with this Mother’s Day Pattern Sale

mother's day pattern sale

Hi Everyone, you can save at least 50%, sometimes more on this Mother’s Day Pattern Sale.  To celebrate Mother’s Day 2017, we’re doing a very special sale on this select collection of our sewing patterns. We rarely do this sort of thing, but given that Mother’s Day 2017 is nearly here, we thought to run a big sale on some of our most popular patterns just to say thanks to all the hard working mothers out there. If you’re still looking for something nice for your mum, get it now for 50% off but only until Mother’s Day. We’ve picked a selection of our most popular patterns, a mix of bags and clothing so there is something for everyone.

Barbie Clothes Patterns: 45+ Free Designs & Tutorials

Barbie Clothes Patterns

Why not make your own Barbie clothes? Barbie has been a cultural icon since for almost 60 years since she was “born” on March 9, 1959.  The doll was launched by toy company Mattel and since 1959 over a billion Barbies have been manufactured.  While you can certainly buy almost any type of Barbie clothes and accessory in a store, wouldn’t it be much more fun to make your own? Here’s a fantastic collection of 45+ Barbie Clothes Patterns and tutorials featuring many different designs and fashions.  I really hope you enjoy these fun little sewing projects.     If you kids are a bit younger.. If your kids are a bit younger and you’re still looking for something to sew for them, below is another roundup for cute sock animals to sew.  You might find it interesting! Barbie Clothes Patterns … 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

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

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