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Reversible Bucket Hat Pattern & Tutorial

Reversible Bucket Hat Pattern & Tutorial
Summer is here! The kids needed hats. Enter the Reversible Bucket Hat  (also available as a free pattern download here).

Draft and Sew a Custom Bikini Bottom - Tutorial

Draft and Sew a Custom Bikini Bottom - Tutorial

How To Draft a Pattern For a Simple Bikini Top & Bikini Bottom or Panty. Free Sewing Tutorial

Design and Sew a Sporty Bikini Top - Tutorial

Design and Sew a Sporty Bikini Top - Tutorial

I've decided that I want to add lap swimming to my weekly workout mixture, so I needed a new bikini that would be super cute, but also functional for swimming laps.  I'm not a fan of one pieces, which I suppose would usually be the go to swim suit for most people who swim laps...but of course I'm not like most people..haha!

How to Make Caterpillar. Free Pattern & Tutorial

How to Make Caterpillar. Free Pattern & Tutorial

Even a child can sew this caterpillar. And as a result - a funny and original toy, simply bribing with its simplicity :)) Of course, you can make it in any color, add all sorts of spots, change the length and width, as well as the number of legs :))))) The frame is also inserted at will. So...

Foundation Paper Piecing Tutorial & Pattern Quilt Block

Foundation Paper Piecing Tutorial & Pattern Quilt Block

Foundation Paper Piecing Free Tutorial  and Pattern Quilt Block (ArrowHead, Baby Bee, Jolly Roger, Spring Bee)

How to Make Selvage Fabric

How to Make Selvage Fabric

I've only been saving the selvages cut from my quilting cottons for about a year or so. I thought it would take much longer than that to amass enough to make anything significant however, I was mistaken.  My selvage pile grew very quickly and much to my surprise, I was able to make these two 24" square pillows for my sewing room without putting much of a dent in it.

Oilcloth Lunch Bag Tutorial

Oilcloth Lunch Bag Tutorial

A lot of hope rests in this little lunch bag:

    healthier lunches
    savings of dollars
    thinner thighs
    never having to eat the cafeteria’s sloppy joe again
    etc.



The first time I saw oilcloth, it was in a kids catalog, maybe Magic Cabin or something. A large piece of it had been edged and they were using it as an under-highchair splat mat. I thought it was pretty awesome, but we were beyond the age where we needed a splat mat. It’s taken me this long to realize that you can make things other than splat mats out of oilcloth.
Make Your Sack Lunch, a lunch bag tutorial
You will need:

    1/4 yard (not fat) oilcloth. I got mine at Sew Mama Sew. Modern oilcloth is pretty much like vinyl and not oiled cloth
    1/4 yard thin batting
    1/4 yard other plastic fabric for lining. I used a shower curtain because I had it left over from making sit-upons.
    3.5 in piece of velcro

EDIT – I thought I’d respond to a couple questions I got from people:
The oilcloth can be a bit of a challenge to sew, so you will probably be wrestling the material in your machine a bit more than you would with quilters’ cotton. You can line the bag with something other than vinyl. The vinyl was what I had handy, and it is easily wipeable, so that’s what I opted for. This pattern would also work for sturdy, non-plastic materials, like canvas. Hope you’re enjoying this and making some awesome lunch bags!

Kettle Handle Potholder Tutorial

Kettle Handle Potholder Tutorial

Last year I made kettle handle holder for my knitting buddies, and these potholders might actually be the thing I make that is most requested by family and friends. I used to think that people wanted it just for the cute factor. They would say they burned their hands on their kettles, but I didn’t quite believe them. That was before I got my new stove.

Furoshiki Handbag Tutorial

Furoshiki Handbag Tutorial

Furoshiki are square wrapping cloths that were traditionally used in Japan to carry things. There are hundreds of ways to wrap and tie a furoshiki and they come in all sizes and patterns. Although they aren’t used as prolifically as they used to be (curse the invention of the plastic bag!), they can still be found and are coming back into fashion as more focus is being placed on the environment.

Easy Bento Bag Tutorial

Easy Bento Bag Tutorial

How to Make a Japanese Bento Bag. Free Pattern and Tutorial

Sewing Wallet Tutorial

Sewing Wallet Tutorial

I find that I need more that one portable sewing kit for various projects that I keep on hand. For the car, the couch or work. Here is an easy to sew wallet to keep the various supplies you will want at your finger tips.

DIY Car Trash Bag Tutorial

DIY Car Trash Bag Tutorial

Easy DIY car trash bag. How to sew and easy  Car Trash Bag Free Tutorial 

Teddy Bear DIY Tutorial and Pattern - Part 2

Teddy Bear DIY Tutorial and Pattern

Teddy Bear DIY Tutorial and Pattern - Part 2.  The part 1 is here.

Teddy Bear DIY Tutorial and Pattern - Part 1

Teddy Bear DIY Tutorial and Pattern

In my Anatomy Of A Bear series, I covered the many steps involved when I make a bear.  There are no hard and fast rules on how this should work, but I hope it is useful for any new beat makers that stumble across it :o)

Free softie pattern: Hamie the Hedgehog

Free softie pattern: Hamie the Hedgehog

I have an old friend to share today..  in the form of a softie pattern.  I think he's my very most favorite softie to date.  I was positively beside myself when he was coming together.  This was one of those rare times where the mental vision matched with the final outcome!

Elegant DIY Gift Bag Tutorial

Elegant DIY Gift Bag Tutorial

Who is ready for gift giving? This month, I'm sharing a tutorial for how to sew this elegant gift bag from kraft-tex! This heavyweight present bag can be used over and over again. It would even make a nice mini tote.

Bi-fold Wallet - Free Pattern

Bi-fold Wallet - Free Pattern

I decided to make my first wallet out of kraft-tex. It went pretty well, and I learned some things along the way! kraft-tex is a paper-fabric hybrid that comes in a wide variety of colors and is a great leather substitute. You can cut it like paper and sew with it like fabric!

DIY AirPods Case Pattern & Tutorial

DIY AirPods Case Pattern & Tutorial

To help protect my case and keep it clipped onto my purse, I used kraft-tex to sew a simple AirPods case! Do you want to DIY your own AirPods case? This free pattern will work with kraft-tex, cork, or leather. Let's get started!

Installing Zipper - Tutorial

Installing Zipper - Tutorial

When I was just learning to sew and didn't understand how to install a zipper at all, I looked for tutorials on Pinterest and Youtube, many posts mentioned that sewing zippers is something scary for crafters, sometimes even avoided because it is often wrong or not neat, the term installing zippers is something that makes us frustrated, especially if we are beginners.

How to Sew a Zipper Pouch neatly

How to Sew a Zipper Pouch neatly

This time I will provide a simple project to apply last week's tutorial, about installing zippers. You can read the tutorial here. Friends who have tried sewing a zipper pouch must have experienced certain difficulties, which I have experienced and often experience is that the pouch looks "dented" [dented corner]-the ends of the zipper go inside- because it is too thick so it is difficult to remove, another problem, the inner fabric does not fit [ill-fit lining], usually excess so that it looks less neat because the fabric is "sagging". 

Keychain Cover Tutorial & Pattern

Keychain Cover Tutorial & Pattern

This creation is often found in Japanese craft magazines and is one of the favorite "menus" for workshops because it is easy to make, even with hand sewing, and quickly finished so workshop participants will definitely take home the results with pride, and easy to modify, want to add embroidery, monograms, sashiko, illustrations, or stamps are just right, there are also various shapes.

Half-square Triangle Pouch Tutorial

Half-square Triangle Pouch Tutorial

Whenever I try a tutorial that doesn't have a pattern, because it's just a square and there are no angled or rounded parts, I'll make my own pattern [based on that size] on kalen paper. der, the back is usually plain white. This is to make it easier to correct if there is a size error, the most common thing that happens to me when measuring is that there are two sides [usually opposite] that are not the same size, straight and the same size but more shifted to one side, so it doesn't fit when folded two facing each other. It's a hassle when this happens to fabric that has been cut neatly, right?

Easter Bunny Softie - Tutorial & Pattern

Easter Bunny Softie - Tutorial & Pattern

Make your own Easter Bunny Softie. Free Pattern and Tutorial

2-Hour Tote Bag Tutorial

2-Hour Tote Bag Tutorial

Today, I’m going to show you how to make my two hour tote. If you have the supplies on hand, you can make this in about two hours! How to Sew Tote Bag - Easy Free Sewing Tutorial

Fabric Basket Tutorial

Fabric Basket Tutorial
How To Make A Fabric Basket Pattern And Free Sewing Tutorial

Make your own Insulated Lunch Bag

DIY Insulated Lunch Bag FREE sewing tutorial

I created this bag which keeps food/drinks hot or cold for at least 1 hour - its also a lot more stylish and easier to carry along than those big plastic cooler bags you get in the supermarket for your frozen foods. The elastic band keeps the bag securely shut and your content nice and cool or warm. Perfect! 

Draw String Pouch 'Rondo' Tutorial

Draw String Pouch 'Rondo' Tutorial

So, here is the pouch. My friends present is still in the shop :D
I hope you enjoy this little walk-through and enjoy giving presents as much as I do with your bag!

Scissor Case DIY TUTORIAL

Scissor Case DIY TUTORIAL

How to make a scissor keeper. Scissor Case Free Sewing TUTORIAL 

How To Replace Plastic Bags? DIY Tutorial

How To Replace Plastic Bags? DIY Tutorial

How-to: Lunch bag based on plastic grocery sack. Free Sewing Tutorial. 

DIY Pincushion Tutorial

DIY Pincushion Tutorial

DIY Pin Cushion - Cute Pincushion Tutorial. Easy DIY Pincushion Pattern - How to make a pincushion.  Here we go.......

Round Bag Tutorial

Round Bag Tutorial

So, here is a sketchy guide to make a small round bag. Free Sewing Tutorial.

Water Bottle Carrier - DIY Tutorial

Water Bottle Carrier - DIY Tutorial

 How to Make a Water Bottle Carrier. Free Sewing Tutorial

How to Make a Bra. Free Tutorial & Pattern

How to Make a Bra. Free Tutorial & Pattern

One of the most satisfying and useful things to be able to make yourself is a bra. This is especially true if you take a larger or ‘awkward’ size, and have trouble finding attractive and well-fitting bras in the shops. This week, I’ll be showing you how to sew a bra from scratch at home. Today, I’ll be showing you one way to draft your own custom-fit bra pattern.

Tutorial - How to Make a Piped Pincushion

Tutorial - How to Make a Piped Pincushion

Today we’ll learn how to sew piping by practicing on a very basic pincushion.

If you’ve just landed here and missed the previous post on how to sew continuous bias for piping, you’ll need to read that first. (Unless you already know all about how to sew  bias binding).

How to Sew Bias Binding for Piping

How to Sew Bias Binding for Piping

You can do so much with piping! And when you do, you’ll feel like a fabulous sewing brainiac. (or at least something like that!)

But before we jump ahead to the piping, let’s learn how to sew bias binding. Calling it “binding” isn’t completely accurate…it’s more like continuous bias strips for piping. But since it’s “sorta, kinda” like binding…well…  …you know what I mean.

Tutorial: Note Tote!

SUPER  CUTE Note Tote  Sewing Instructions

Little tutorial for a SUPER  CUTE Note Tote (you know, because it looks like a giant piece of notebook paper, red margin and all!)

Beach Tote Bag and Mat DIY Tutorial

Beach Tote Bag and Mat DIY Tutorial

It didn’t take me long to come up with a tote and mat pattern that would be perfect to take along to the beach or pool.  Both are made using beautiful Timeless Treasures Batiks from the Tonga Sugar collection.

Cubed Pincushion DIY Tutorial

Cubed Pincushion DIY Tutorial

How to make a quick and easy cubed pincushion. Free sewing tutorial. Read through all the directions before you start because there are two options for finishing.

Cute Pincushion Tutorial & Pattern

Cute Pincushion Tutorial & Pattern

This week, we’re making a cute little stocking stuffer pincushion! Free Sewing Pattern and Tutorial.

DIY, Fast and Easy Tote Bag - Tutorial

DIY, Fast and Easy Tote Bag - Tutorial

The simple way how to make a tote bag.  Tote Bag Variations :a tutorial addendum (original tutorial here)

How to Sew a Tote Bag - Free Tutorial

How to Sew a Tote Bag - Free Tutorial

How to make a Simple Tote Bag. Easy Tote Bag Free Sewing Tutorial / Beginner Sewing DIY Project

DIY Painted Fold-over Clutch

DIY Painted Fold-over Clutch

I really love clutches, I mean, who doesn't?  So when I was in New York for a Heather Ross sewing workshop, I stumbled upon the most beautiful waxed linen fabric that just called out to be made into a clutch. I had seen this amazing vintage striped trim at the store and knew I should buy it, but in typical fashion I decided to "think about it" which loosely translates into regret it later for not buying the whole roll.

DIY Suede & Gold Striped Mini Clutch

DIY Suede & Gold Striped Mini Clutch

I had some suede pieces from an old vest I bought at the thrift shop and a gold zipper and decided it would be fun to make a small zippered clutch to give as a Christmas present. Or maybe I will just keep it for myself!  However, this project is so easy I’ll probably make a few more to give as gifts. I like the mixture of the suede with the glitter.

Here’s how I made it.