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Sew a cute boxy zipper pouch with my free sewing pattern! This zipper bag is easy enough for beginners and just right for organizing supplies, cosmetics, or small things when you travel. Thrill any of your friends with this beautiful…
Learn how to sew a zipper pouch! Here are 45 of my favorite free zipper pouch patterns so you choose the perfect one. All of these free sewing tutorials have step-by-step instructions with pictures in my easy-to-understand teaching style. If…
Look no further for a free and easy zipper pouch pattern perfect for holding money and credit cards, school supplies, cosmetics, and more! This pattern includes free templates to make 2 different sizes of pouches, plus a step-by-step zipper pouch…
This fabric pod basket pattern will help you organize things in every room in the house! I love these storage pods in my sewing room for notions and tools. They make great craft containers and look adorable on a peg…
Here it is, my complete collection little bags and purses to sew and love with free patterns! Each one of these free tutorials features quick and easy to follow instructions that will help you start and finish your new purse in no time. My tutorials are designed to be very easy to follow and understand so you are sure to have fun while you’re sewing and success with your sewing project. Come see…
A soup bowl cozy is the greatest invention since the microwave! It’s a cozy little cover for your bowl to help keep hands from being burned after heating soup, noodles, leftovers, or even cooking a potato. Learn how to make…
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and what better way to show your mom how much you appreciate her than with handmade gifts? I believe that the best gifts are the ones that come from the heart. What could…
Make your dog the cutest pooch at the dog park with a bow-tie bandana that you sewed yourself using this free dog bandana pattern! This sewing tutorial comes with a free printable pattern template with three different bandana sizes and…
Are you looking for cute free sewing patterns? Let me show you some amazing sewing projects for beginners! Start by picking some fabric that inspires you, choose any one of these free tutorials, and get ready to have some fun…
Learn how to sew an oven mitt with my free oven mitt sewing pattern! This quilted oven mitt makes a thoughtful gift for someone who loves to cook or someone (like me) who tends to get burned when they use…
Sew a tree quilt pattern that’s perfect for snuggling up all winter! This easy 64” x 72” throw quilt pattern features simple pine trees in classic shapes. It’s perfect for a beginner quilter or anyone who wants to make a…
Learn how to make a fabric covered rope bowl in under an hour! This easy sewing project is perfect for using up scraps. Do you save long skinny cotton fabric strips like I do? Do you have a stash of…
Learn how to sew the most adorable plush cat plush dolls! When I came across ragdoll fabric panels from South Korean artist Jae Sun, I had to make a whole litter of plush cats. This easy sewing project is perfect…
One yard of fabric! Everyone is talking about this easy sew-your-stash sewing trend and for good reason. To make room for new fabric! With quick and easy projects like a simple pillowcase, kitchen apron, and pretty tote bags, it’s never…
Learn how to sew a pillowcase with exactly one yard of fabric and no waste! This super easy pillowcase tutorial is perfect for beginners or for charity sewing because it is the fastest pillowcase pattern you will ever see. If…
Sew a beautiful fall table runner with applique leaves! This free Autumn Leaves Table Runner Pattern includes all the applique files and instructions you need to sew a beautiful handmade table runner for your Thanksgiving table. UPDATE: This blog post…
Let’s sew another gnome! The internet has learned that this is the place to come for free gnome patterns, so how about another one? This new gnome pattern is super easy to make because unlike my previous one, he doesn’t…
I’m so excited to show you how to sew this gorgeous cross body bag… it has pockets to spare and beautiful piping! I worked so hard to make the pattern template for the bottom of the bag just right and…
Do you need a new bag? Do you have an extra patchwork quilt laying around? I’m so excited to share with you a super easy, super fun way to turn that extra quilt into a big beautiful quilted bag! This…
Keep your car organized with a DIY car visor organizer! This free sewing pattern for an easy to sew organizer has a large zippered pocket at the top, a generous see through vinyl pocket, 2 card slots, a flapped pocket…
Wondering how to sew stretch fabrics? My 3 simple steps will set you up for success every time!
Sew a DIY hang-up organizer using my free sewing pattern and just one yard of fabric! This easy to make organizer has 5 pockets to help you keep all your things right where you need them and easy to find….
Make your own DIY car trash can using my free sewing pattern! This easy to sew trash bin has an adjustable strap so it can be placed near the center console, around a headrest, or you can even loop it…
Sew your own crossbody purse using my free sewing pattern! This easy bag pattern uses cotton fabric and flexible foam stabilizer for a beautiful cross body bag with a contrasting wide strap. It includes an exterior pocket on both sides…
Make your own sewing machine cover using my free sewing pattern! This easy to sew sewing machine cover pattern uses cotton fabric and flexible foam stabilizer to make a cover that is as beautiful as it is functional. I’ll show…
Stop looking and start sewing a new apron with an amazing free sewing pattern! Don’t keep searching through lists of so-so free apron patterns. Here are the 10 best apron patterns you will find on the internet. Whether you want a patchwork apron, jelly roll apron, half apron, or full coverage apron – you’ll find your favorite one here.
Learn how to sew mini oven mitts with my free sewing pattern! This easy to make oven mitt pattern uses cotton fabric and insulated batting to make oven mitts that that are as beautiful as they are functional. Now the…
Sew a divided bin to help you keep your drawers and shelves organized! This free sewing pattern for a divided drawer organizer includes step-by-step photos to help you make it in your favorite fabrics. This blog post has been converted…
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This is the year of the gnome, I believe! They are everywhere and I’ve loved sewing up gnomes for all over the house. Here’s adorable gnome bottle cover pattern with a drawstring gift bag on the inside. It’s perfect for…
Sew a scarf with a cell phone pocket so you won’t need to carry a wallet! This free sewing pattern uses fleece fabric to make the ultimate gift for anyone with a cell phone. It’s perfect for winter walks, sporting…
<img src=”https://sewcanshe.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/PicMonkeyImage28529.jpg” alt=”PicMonkey Image (5).jpg”> Get ready to fill your home with the spirit of Christmas in quilts! Here are my favorite Christmas quilt patterns to brighten your season and your sewing space, and all of them are free. Quilts…
Bring the sprit of Christmas into your home with a beautiful quilted wall hanging! Use my free quilt pattern to make a small Christmas quilt with a pieced star and the words ‘Oh holy night…’ in appliqué letters. The finished…
Are you ready to sew more gnomes? These little guys (and gals) are so friendly and inviting, I want to fill my home with gnomes this Christmas. Now I’m sewing adorable gnome ornaments. My free Gnome Ornament pattern makes them…
Are you sewing a Craft Project Bag with me? I hope so! This is Part 2 of our free sewing pattern for beautiful bag with pockets all over! If you are getting started, make sure you start at Part 1…
Sew your next craft project bag! This free bag pattern will help you sew the perfect tote for carrying sewing supplies, yarn and crochet or knitting needles, scrapbooking tools, or even diapers and baby items. There are lots of pockets…
I’m so excited to make a new batch of face masks that have adjustable ear loops! The masks that I sewed 6-9 months ago really need replacing and this time I was able to find the perfect ear loops with an adjuster that are soft and comfortable, plus they ensure a good fit. I changed the template that I used for cutting out my face mask fabric (to account for sewn-in ties), so I’m sharing a new template with you that includes 5 different sizes from child small all the way up to adult extra large.
Sew an adorable coin purse with my free sewing pattern! This small zipper pouch pattern is perfect for using scraps, fussy cutting, applique, or machine embroidery. This blog post has been converted to an optional PDF that’s optimized for printing….
Sew cute little applique designs to all your projects with these 12 free mini applique patterns. They are easy to use and perfect for zipper pouches, bags, purses, tea towels, pockets and more. These small applique patterns range in size…
I’m so excited to announce a partnership with Sulky Threads that’s been in the works for months and now it’s time! Lots of you have asked for a video showing how to make my free Twice as Nice Zippered Organizer…
People want to know how to hem pants. How do I know that? I’ll tell you in a minute. But first, let’s be clear – this post will show you how to hem pants the quick and easy way with any sewing machine. It’s not fancy. You can see the stitching (so not for $400 dress pants). It’s basically the same hemming that you’ll pay $10 for at an alteration shop. Are you ready to DIY hem your own pants (or your kid’s pants)? I know you are.
If you’re looking for free patterns for DIY pencil cases or pen pouches for your binder, bag or backpack, you’ve come to the right place. Each link includes a free tutorial with easy sewing instructions even beginner sewists can follow. Keep reading for some cute and stylish storage solutions.
If you’re looking for all the best free sewing projects for fall you’ve found them! Keep scrolling for free patterns to sew for your furry friend, some cute fall outfit patterns, a sweet plaid bag, cozy patchwork quilt, easy infinity…
Sew an organizer covered with pockets that you can hang in your closet! This easy sewing project is great for organizing sewing and craft supplies, fashion accessories, bathroom necessities, gift wrappings, and more. There are pockets on both sides plus a big interior pocket so every bit of space is used. I’ll show you easy step by step instructions for sewing this organizer and putting it to use in your home. Get sew organized today.
Be a basketmaker! Sure, you can sew, but did you know that you can make amazing baskets too using your sewing machine, some fabric and the same materials that you use for your other projects?
Have you fallen in love with Quilt as You Go yet? It’s a fun technique for quilts, of course, but I’m having lots of fun using it for pouches and tote bags too.
At my daughter Chloe’s high school (can you believe my baby started high school???), the lunch lines are so long that she has been skipping lunch! She’s always starving by the time she gets home because she doesn’t want to carry a big lunch bag as well as her heavy backpack – poor girl!
Looking for free table runner patterns? I gathered up all my favorites in one place – here are free quilt patterns for table runners for fall, winter, spring and summer!
Sew an easy card wallet using natural cork fabric. This new textile is durable, beautiful, and easy to sew! This free pattern is a great starter project – or a great way to use up scraps.
Need a gift bag, knitting or crochet bag, lunch bag… lingerie, shoe, make-up, scrap, button, or little bag for any other reason?
Sew up a delightful Drawstring Ditty Bag with my free tutorial!
Cute Christmas decorations and things to sew can be fun and easy projects to do this time of year. Quilts, wall decor, ornaments, advent calendars, stockings and garlands make the holidays festive, and make sweet handmade gifts. Find free printable patterns with each tutorial to inspire your gift giving, sewing and decorating below.
Sew an easy collar for your dog, cat, llama, or iguana! This fun and easy sewing project uses simple supplies – just fabric, a d-ring, and some velcro.
Sew a cross body bag with 2 main compartments, and a slim third compartment, plus a zipper pocket on the back!
This free sewing pattern is a lot easier than it looks – thanks to some fabric folding we’ll be doing to sew the parts together – I call it sewing origami!
Here’s how I made a narrow (but still scrappy!) dog leash for our new puppy… It’s so much fun to make your own pet accessories!
Sew up a fast and easy bag that snaps shut and is perfect for holding just a few essentials. There is a handle on top and a pocket on the back for holding things you don’t want to lose track of.
I love to have little sketchbooks or art journals handy for when inspiration strikes, so that’s what I decided to make. These little journals are so pretty that I’m sure they will inspire me all by themselves. Read on for a tutorial so you can make your own.
Have you ever bought panel fabrics at the quilt store because they are so cute or beautiful and then you need ideas for sewing them into a quilt? Look no further! I fell for these darling Halloween fabrics that included a panel with rectangular images, and then I designed an Irish chain quilt that perfectly complimented the panel. Each panel image is framed to set it apart. This also gives you some flexibility in case your panel pieces are not the same size as these.
AND this free quilt pattern uses strip piecing for the small parts to help it go together super fast!
Sew up a cute little bag to fit inside your purse – voila! Organized purse! This easy sewing projects has lots of pockets and uses easy to find and inexpensive felt so you can make one in every color.
Sew dance shorts for your little dance star with my free dance shorts pattern! This easy dance shorts sewing pattern comes in sizes 2-12, and I’m about to share with you every step with easy to follow instructions and photos.
Sew up a cute pencil pouch that fits in a 3 ring binder. You can make one that’s BETTER than the pencil pouches that they sell in the store. All you need is a little fabric, a zipper, and some leftover vinyl.
Sew a bean bag chair that doubles as toy storage! This fun bean bag chair sewing pattern is easy to make and is HUGE – I measured 40” across and it fits at least 30 stuffed animals.
Sew up a pretty bench pillow to make your entryway or window bench prettier and more inviting! Read on for my free tutorial for sewing a 16’’ x 38’’ bench pillow complete with DIY piping. I’ll share my secrets for making your pillow smooth, plump, and pretty, plus where to find all of the fabrics and materials that I used.
Sew a beautiful 2 Zipper Hip Bag (a.k.a. fanny pack, sling bag, waist wallet) using your favorite fabric and the same easy sewing techniques that I used on our free Triple Zip Bag sewing pattern and Designer Zipper Bags Video course.
I’m so tickled! After showing you my cute Bit O’ Kindness pouches on Saturday, I don’t think any other sewing tutorial has ever been more requested!
So here you go…
Sew an adorable canvas tote bag with two exterior pockets using economical cotton canvas and pretty quilting cotton for the straps. This bag is so easy to sew, and since the canvas is durable enough to carry anything on its own, you don’t need to add a lining.
Sew a small purse in the cutest shape everyone wants right now – a Baguette Bag! This purse may be small but you can still pack it with everything you need. It will hold your phone, wallet, sunglasses, pens, lipstick, and still have room for all those receipts we are handed. My readers asked me to write them a free sewing pattern for a baguette shaped purse – and here it is! With step by step photo instructions and downloadable templates, you will be able to sew this purse in an afternoon.
I must admit that I was a little wary of this project when Cadie’s teacher first asked me, but it turned out to be really fun and a lot easier than I expected. So if your kid’s kindergarten or first grade teacher ever asks you about making chair pockets for the class, say yes – I’ll show you how!
The cutest holiday sewing pattern on the web is free… Sew adorable Christmas gnomes to cheer up every room in your house!
Scrunchies are a fun and easy sewing project that is perfect for using up scraps of all kinds. It’s also a great way to introduce girls to sewing – within just a few minutes they’ll have something fun to wear and a few new skills, too!
I have a 6 year old and a 10 year old (who I think qualifies as a ‘tween’ – she acts 17 sometimes) and they both love to wear headbands. A couple years ago I wrote a series of tutorials for making headbands with FOE (fold over elastic) and ribbon, but this time I wanted to use fabric.
It’s never too early or too late to sew for Christmas – that’s my motto all year long! Here are 35+ favorite Christmas sewing projects… and at the bottom there’s a link to 25 of my favorite gifts to sew!
Sew a darling snap pouch with vinyl pockets on the inside for first aid items, toiletries, cosmetics, or anything else! Don’t be fooled because this project is sewn with vinyl. It’s very easy! And I even have a video to show you how. I LOVE this handy pouch!
Did you know that animal shelters often use small quilts or blankets (called cage comforters) in the animals’ cages to provide a soft bed and a sense of security? It’s a great way to use up leftover pieces of fabric and batting and make something to help our furry friends at the shelters. It’s kinda funny how I learned about this project…
You can sew a cute wrist strap key fob with my fast and easy sewing tutorial.
Of all the DIY projects I’ve sewn and gifted to people, wristlet keychain fobs are the ones that people ask for again and again! This year the assistant principal at my daughter’s elementary school was not very subtle when she repeated several times that the wrist lanyard I gifted her a couple years ago was getting old.
I love sewing projects that use pre-cut fabrics but I often have a handful of leftovers pieces that I’m not sure what to do with. That’s why I designed this easy basket that you can sew with 10’’ layer cake squares! It’s a fast and easy to sew fabric basket that’s reversible too.
I’m so excited to share this new bag pattern with you! It’s been a while since my last tote bag sewing tutorial and I really need a new bag, lol.
What’s a tea towel? Can you use it in your messy real life kitchen? I think you should be able to. So last year I made my own version using some of my favorite fat quarters (only because they come pre-cut to the perfect size) and I love them! The two layers of cotton are not too thick, which I really like, plus the more I wash them the softer and more absorbent they become. Not to mention that I get to brighten up my kitchen with beautiful fabric!
Did you see the little skirts that I showed off on Saturday? Well I have the pattern ready for you now.
My Little Ruffle Skirt Pattern is one that I designed a few years ago and sold as a pdf pattern for a while. But now I’d rather offer it here on my blog for free.
Now you can organize everything in your sewing room or make the best gift baskets – no matter how big or small!
My newest addition to my fold up basket sewing patterns is here – Mini Baskets!
Sew a storage bin out of fabric from your stash! This generously sized bin with a foldover lid will help you organize your closet, but it’s so pretty you won’t want to hide it away. This free sewing pattern for a fabric storage bin is perfect for organizing towels or linens, toys and kids’ stuff, or even fabric. The vinyl window on the front lets you see everything inside too.
Sew a beautiful clutch bag with 3 zippered compartments!
This sweet little bag has 3 zippers on the exterior, plus another zipper on a coin pocket inside.
So, you may or may not have seen my absurdly silly church talent show video where I demonstrate my talent of ‘speed sewing.’ In the video I make a pair of pajama pants for an unsuspecting volunteer in less than 4 minutes. Anyone who takes pride in their sewing will cringe at my blatant disregard for proper hemming, seam finishing, and elastic waistband techniques.
But hey, I made them in 3 minutes and 20 seconds!
Cooking BBQ can be messy – sew a full coverage apron to keep clean and look great! This easy to sew apron pattern has a hanging loop to keep your tongs handy too. There are 2 layers of fabric to ensure that no sauce or splatters make it through.
Keep everything you need handy – and organized – in the car with this sweet little bag! Mine holds my phone (and the cords, lol), a couple pens, and anything else I want to toss in there quick while I’m driving. From the front you can see it has all the features that we noticed on this month’s Pinterest Un-Tutorial. But there’s more…
Have you ever tried sewing a rag rug? It’s not too hard, and it’s easy on the budget. You just need some fabric in your stash that you don’t mind ripping up. If you’re want a new rug made from fabric, check out these instructions for making your own!
Sew your own DIY Cosmetic Case with just a few sewing supplies including regular quilting cotton. My free sewing pattern is very easy and has step by step photos to make each part as clear as can be.
Be a sewing superhero who can sew sleeves on dresses!!!
You can sew a Big Flying Geese Tote Bag from my free pattern! This is a big sturdy tote bag that’s perfect for taking to the beach, yoga class, or just to the grocery store. There are pockets on the inside and lots of room too.
Sew the best ironing board cover you ever had with my free pattern that covers everything! It’s way more fun to press on a clean ironing board, don’t you think? I’m embarrassed to show you how bad my ironing board cover was… but if I don’t, you won’t believe the transformation!
Lucky me and lucky you! Lecien Fabrics is letting me share another one of their fabulous 1 Yard Magic patterns! Last year I shared a few others, you can see them here.
Just in time for your holiday sewing – use my fabric doll pattern to make your little one a sweet doll with braid-able hair!
Patchwork is such an appealing and fun technique. You can make so many sewing projects from patchwork. It’s a great way to use up scraps (frugal!) and is visually interesting and seasonless. If you’re looking for free printable patterns for patchwork projects to sew I have compiled 18 below. Stitching up patchwork quilt blocks, bags, curtains, coasters, potholders, skirts, pillows and more is as easy as printing the pdf in my easy tutorials.
Organized crochet hooks are a beautiful thing – it’s so easy to find just the one you want. Sew up this handy little case for your crochet hooks and they’ll always be at your fingertips. But really, you can make this fold over case to fit so many different items that I didn’t want to limit you.
Sew a beautiful bag that’s just the right size to be a purse or handbag. This is a great project for using up scraps that you have left over from quilts or other bags, or you can use a charm pack (which is precut bundle of 40 5’’ squares).
I’ve got 2 beautiful new hanging organizers in my studio… thanks to you!
This was the sewing project that you voted for me to make this month, and it turned out so well.
Show off your favorite fabrics (and your sweet zipper skills) with these fun little zipper pouches. They are just the right size for your smart phone and there’s a handy little pocket for your id and a couple cards. I love how the 2 sided zipper opens up to show off the lining. It’s perfect for coordinating prints… will you put your favorite fabric on the outside so everyone sees it right away or on the inside for a shocking surprise?
I’m so excited to share with you my free sewing pattern for a kitchen mixer cover. I’ve been wanting to make this project for a long time, and it turned out so fabulous!
Organize and store your fabric scraps in ways that will help you to actually use them! It’s not hard to do, and it could even be fun!
Sew a useful organizer for your car so you’ll have a spot to hold your purse, phone, sunglasses – and everything else you need to keep handy. Have you noticed that most new cars these days don’t build-in a spot for a bag or purse? It can be so frustrating – until now. My readers asked me to write them a sewing pattern for a spot to put all your stuff in your car – and here it is! This project uses easy to find (and inexpensive) mesh fabric that you can buy online or in stores. Let me show you how to make it!
Sew a cute messenger bag that fits on the front of a bike – it’s perfect for kids or kids-at-heart!
This free sewing pattern is fast and easy – and fat quarter friendly too.
Learn how to sew a cute zipper pouch that is long enough to hold pencils, markers, sunglasses, cosmetics, ‘girl supplies’, and more! I really love the size and shape of this case. It’s perfect for throwing in another purse or bag so I can keep my things organized.
Organize your spaces by sewing cute baskets to hold all the things! This easy fabric basket pattern can be sewn with almost any kind of fabric – and it’s fat quarter friendly. There is a small loop at the back so you can hang your basket too.
Sew a pool chair cover with a pillow and so many features! It will keep your pool chair clean and comfy – and have pockets for all your things. This fun sewing project uses a new beach towel and some fabric to make the perfect pool chaise cover.
I’m so excited about this amazing cross body bag… it’s my new favorite purse! My original sewing project idea was for a cross body tote only, but I usually carry my bags over one shoulder, so I made the strap convertible. I love the double- strap look! You don’t have to use clips like this or make the strap convertible… I’ll explain how to sew it both ways.
If you want to make sewing a hobby, these simple things to sew will help you get started. Sewing can be wonderful for relieving stress and making gifts for others. Learning how to sew is exciting, especially with all the beautiful fabrics we have to work with.
Sew a cute clamshell bag just the way you like it! Without anything fancy, this zipper bag is just right for holding supplies, cosmetics, or small things when you travel. But if you add exterior pockets and handles it makes a darling handbag.
Sew a small wallet to keep your vaccination card safe and easy to read. This easy sewing pattern for a snap pouch is the perfect size to hold the standard 3’’ x 4’’ COVID vaccination card. There is a vinyl window on the back so you can easily see the information on your vaccine record, plus a snap closure to keep the card from falling out. And it’s a great project to sew with your fabric scraps!
Sew a darling mug caddy to store sewing notions, office tools, or art supplies with just one or 2 fat quarters of fabric! There are 5 pockets around the outside of the fabric mug cover, plus an inside layer to show off more pretty fabric. I know there are other mug caddy sewing patterns out there, but I think you’ll love mine the best. It’s patterned after my #10 Caddy Pattern, and as a special bonus to SewCanShe readers – I’m sharing this mug organizer pattern with you for free in the blog post below
Lots of you have asked how I use Face Mask Material to make my face masks work better. I am not using the material to make sewn face masks, but instead I’ve been making filters that fit inside my DIY fabric face masks.
New data has come out that suggests using a filter inside your handmade masks makes them much more effective. I think that’s something that we’ve all already known, but now there is testing that backs up our efforts to make face mask filters.
Sew the pretty sling bag that you’ve been dreaming of! This easy tote bag pattern has an exterior zipper pocket plus another zipper pocket and two sling pockets on the inside.
Organize your home with easy to sew fold up baskets that can be sewn from a fat quarter! This fast and easy project make a great gift.
Sew the cutest llama around with my free sewing pattern!
This easy stuffed animal is fun to embellish with leftover trims such as pom poms, ric rac, fringe, or ribbon. The saddle and llama face are appliques which are fused in place and then stitched down.
I decided to sew myself a new little card wallet using all the same steps that I share in my free Designer Zipper Bags Video Course.
I also decided to use my serger machine for quilting and embellishing the sides of the pouch and for finishing the seams. A serger isn’t necessary for this project, but I had fun using it.
Sewing a cute and easy tote bag is twice as fast when you don’t have to make the handles! I think these rope handled totes are my favorite bags I’ve ever made. They are the perfect size – about 10” tall and 16” wide but they hold a LOT of stuff. Tonight I took one to a youth activity and I filled it with about 8 yards of fabric, scissors, a pincushion, pattern weights, 4 patterns, and an extra package of needles in the inside pocket. I didn’t want to bring my purse, so I also stuffed keys, sunglasses, and my phone in. No problem.
Sew a warm hug around the neck! You can make your own Therapeutic Neck-wrap Heating Pad with a few scraps and a handful of household items. This makes such a thoughtful gift, but make sure you treat yourself to one too!
If you don’t use pattern weights, let me tell you why you should! To be honest, the first time I used pattern weights was was one of those Aha! moments for me. Then I thought ‘yup, people are right about these, they fix so many cutting problems!’ You can use any small, smooth object that has a little bit of weight to it for a pattern weight, but if you want to sew your own, I’m sharing a tutorial for that too.
How cute are these zipper totes? The size is perfect for carrying your phone and wallet. But I must admit that as soon as I had sewn the first one for myself, my 8 year old daughter Cadie took it for herself! I had to make a couple more so that every girl in the house could have one.
I had so much fun last week letting you guess which of the leggings above were sewn with the serger and coverstitch and which ones I made entirely on my home sewing machine. Well here’s the answer: the orange leggings on the left with blackberries are the ‘fancy’ ones that I sewed with my serger and new coverstitch machine. The aqua leggings look almost exactly the same and I used my sewing machine only. How did I do it? I’m going to show you!
Check out these free sewing tutorials for baskets, organizing caddies, pretty covers for your machines, and more! Use your sewing machine to make something that will help and inspire others. Sewing is not only a passion and love of mine…but it is so useful in a million different ways.
Doesn’t those spools of thread organized in the colors of the rainbow make you happy! It does me! I think human eyes love to see rainbows, there is just something so joyful about them. Let me show you how to arrange your threads in ROYGBIV order!
Sew an easy tote bag with a cute bunny applique design on it! If course you can grab the free bunny applique pattern and put it on somthing else, but I’m going to show you a trick for easily having a big applique on a bag -you sew on the applique before sewing the bag!
Use this easy step by step free tutorial to make a beautiful Basket Tote that makes a great purse too. It has two interior pockets, just right handles that aren’t super long like shoulder straps and lots of style!
Do you need some fresh new ideas for sewing machine bobbin storage? Check out these clever DIY ideas to store your bobbins for free that will work for almost any sewing machine.
Learn how to sew an easy wallet that’s great for kids or adults. This free sewing pattern for a Fold and Stitch Wallet has two card slots and a money pocket on the inside. It’s a great sewing project for small pieces of fabric, even scraps! This is a great beginner sewing project and you’ll learn how to use plastic snaps.
I can’t stop making these!!! My version of this Japanese pen case is so much fun. I gave myself the chance to use a bunch of different fabrics by adding a bound zipper that makes a cute snappy handle – it’s the cutest little case in the house. Well, they all are – and they are great for lots more than pens!
I LOVE my new Japanese Knock-Off Tote Bag! This free sewing tutorial will show you how to make a beautiful patchwork tote with pockets on the inside. Or an adorable tote with pockets on the outside and patchwork on the inside. Choosing how to sew it is up to you!
You’ll love all the gifts and cozy items you can sew with flannel including baby quilts and gifts, a rag quilt, scarves, and even a tote bag. All the sewing projects here are free patterns too. If you sew quilts, you will love my quilt design wall covered with flannel for easy quilt planning. Scroll down and get sewing with flannel today!
Patchwork potholders are the best. Who else but a quilter would cut up good fabric just to sew it together again?
You can sew a see though bag with this easy and free sewing pattern. It’s a great way to use beautiful cotton fabric plus easy to find clear vinyl and make a one of a kind (and super useful) tote!
If this is your first time sewing with vinyl, be sure to check out my post Tips for Sewing with Vinyl.
Learn how to add an applique design to just about anything! It’s such a fun way to personalize any project, and you don’t have to be an expert. Come learn my best tips for Easy DIY Applique. With a few simple items you can design, prepare, and finish in no time. For some projects, it is easier to sew your applique design to the fabric before sewing the item together. But you can also applique letters, shapes, and motifs cut from fabric to finished items like tee shirts, bags, towels, and hats.
Add a CTR emblem to a towel, bag, or anything you want with my free applique design.
A couple weeks ago the children’s group leader in our church asked me if I would sew ‘CTR Towels’ for her to give each of the children who get baptized next year. ‘CTR’ stands for ‘Choose the Right,’ something to help them remember the promises they make at baptism. And, of course, we hope they will use the towel to dry off with after their baptism.
Sew a row of pockets to keep extra things off your nightstand and organize your bedside!
Do you dread darts? Let me show you how to correctly sew a dart. If you follow two tricks, sewing darts is foolproof and easy. You need to mark it accurately and end it professionally. That’s it!
Is there anything cuter than a little handmade pouch? I have a hard time saying there is… I just love little pouches so much! Besides using them to organize my sewing supplies, makeup, pencils and pens, my purse, office, and even my kitchen (lol), I love giving them away as gifts with a little surprise tucked inside.
When I first sketched these drawstring backpacks in my little notebook, I wanted to design them entirely out of fabric. Because sometimes I really want to make something without going to the store for special notions. The casings, loops, and drawstrings are all made of fabric. Of course you can substitute ribbon, twill tape, or grommets for the loops. And you could always use bias trim stitched together, ribbon, or rope for the drawstrings. But if you have plenty of fabric in your stash (like me), you will probably appreciate an all-fabric project too.
I’m so excited to share with you this new little clutch bag pattern! I’ve been loving a whole lot of little bags that I see on Pinterest – especially those that have a zipper compartment on the inside – so I decided to incorporate a little zipper pouch inside this little bag.
What is it about zipper pouches? I can never make enough! They are such a fun gift to give and receive. And they are so quick and easy to make. This year I made zipper pouches with pretty ribbon and clear vinyl for back-to-school teacher gifts.
If you are worried about sewing on the vinyl… don’t be! Seriously I worked it all out and by the time I was ready to write this tutorial I knew all the tricks. Now I’m going to share them with you. 🙂
Let’s sew some DIY Bookmarks! Last weekend I wanted to make a super-quick gift to make for some young women in our church and this is what I came up with. This easy sewing project is jelly roll friendly because it uses 2 1/2’’ strips. You can also personalize the pieces with machine embroidery before sewing them together.
Sew an easy DIY phone case that is also a wallet! Sometimes you want to carry a purse – when you think you might need all that stuff you’ve got saved in there – and sometimes all you need is your phone and a couple cards.
Sew a remote control organizer for your living room or bedroom and keep all of your essential items handy and organized.
Sew up a cute square basket that’s perfect for keeping, giving away, organizing your home, and showing off to all your friends!
This easy basket tutorial is doubly amazing because it is totally fat quarter friendly. All you need to make it is two coordinating fat quarters and 1/2 yard of fusible fleece.
Sew yourself a beautiful new bag – just in time for spring!
I know you’ve been waiting for it… the Color Blocked Tote Tutorial is finally here.
All your favorite fabric scraps are screaming to be sewn into a super cute tiny tote! This free tiny bag pattern is so fun to make. And because it’s so small, it’s really fast to sew too.
Last week I decided to turn my sewing room bathroom into a lovely space instead of a storage-closet-with-a-shower-and-toilet.