Free Patterns for Sewing Clothing and Accessories from SewCanShe

Learn how to hem pants, use your sewing machine feet, make bias binding, and more!

How to Hem Your Pants: The Best Step-by-Step Techniques
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How to Hem Your Pants: The Best Step-by-Step Techniques

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.

How to Sew the Cheater’s elastic waistband
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How to Sew the Cheater’s elastic waistband

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!

Basic Leggings for Girls – Free Pattern and Tutorial!
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Basic Leggings for Girls – Free Pattern and Tutorial!

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!

10+ Things to Sew with Flannel – free sewing patterns
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10+ Things to Sew with Flannel – free sewing patterns

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!