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Home Sewing Projects

February 24, 2015 / 2 Comments

home sewing projectsI’ve had a lot of fun updating this page. It was first posted in 2008 and a lot of what was new and stylish then, became outdated over the years. In addition, my own taste has changed over the years, and has become a lot less fussy.  So, if you’re looking for a clean and modern aesthetic, you’ll find it here.

Home sewing projects allow you to coordinate your entire decor for just the cost of a yard or two of fabric.

For example, my bathroom in my house in Baltimore had pink, white and black tiles. I searched everywhere for a matching window shade but was unsuccessful. One day, in a burst of genius, I decided to make my own. I used a very retro black and white cotton fabric. The shade came out lovely and I enjoyed compliments from everyone who saw it. Best of all, it only cost about $8.00 and took less than an 1 1/2 hours.

The projects listed below are some of my favorites.







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50+ Free Handbag Patterns

February 19, 2015 / 3 Comments

Free Handbag Patterns

These free handbag patterns have tons of uses. Make one or two for yourself to match a favorite outfit, throw together a couple as gifts, or use one of the easier free handbag patterns to teach a youngster to sew. Because many of these patterns use so little fabric and are quick to complete, they make versatile projects for a variety of sit­ua­tions.

Day Bags


Clutch Bags

Tote  Bags

Evening Bags

Novelty Bags

Repurposed Bags

Other Bags

My Favorites

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Free Purse And Tote Bag Patterns

January 19, 2015 / No Comments

free-purse-and-tote-bag-patternsThere’s been a renewal of interest in handmade purses and tote bags. They are the “in” thing to sew amongst the 20’s and 30’s crowd. The wide variety of patterns and projects on the internet in a reflection of this enthusiasm.


Simple little cloth purses. What makes these really special are your choice of fabrics and em­bel­lish­ments.


These fun totes are good for a variety of purposes.


Playing card, books, album covers and juice boxes are some of the materials used to make the bags in this section.


I always thought backpacks were too hard to make myself. But today’s backpacks frequently use a drawstring instead of a zipper, making them much easier for a novice sewer.


I’m not a big evening bag person. But I made these links available for those of you who are.

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85 Free Clothes Patterns

January 15, 2015 / 7 Comments

85 Free-Clothes-PatternsSummary: 85 free clothes patterns divided into skirts, dresses, shirts, pants,  and more. There’s even a section on free clothes patterns for men.

I originally became interested in patternless sewing, many years ago, because I had a hard time finding patterns in my size.

Nowadays, patterns in large sizes abound. Nonetheless, I still love my pattern free sewing.

These patterns generally of three types. One type requires you to take your measurements and draw up the pattern yourself.  One method is completely pattern free and includes instructions only. And the third, offers printable patterns in certain sizes only. I have included a mix of all three types.

For more free clothes patterns, check out my posts on 65 Free Shirt Patterns, and 52 Free Dress Patterns.


Skirts are very easy to make without a pattern. That’s why there are so many patterns available on the internet.


Pants patterns are rather hard to draft, so there aren’t a lot of freebies available. Here are some of my favorites.


I came across a few patterns that didn’t fit into any other category, so I gave them their own.


It’s hard to find free clothes patterns for men. My guess would be there is only one men’s pattern for every 50-100 patterns for ladies.


We normally assume underwear is too complicated or to time consuming to sew ourselves. Most of these patterns for undergarments are extremely easy.


Aprons can usually be whipped up in less than an hour.


Dresses are much more complicated to make than skirts. Sleeves and necklines are both problems for novice sewers.


When I first put together this list, I had shirts and dresses bunched together.  This time around, I decided to give them both their own category, since there are so many free patterns for each.


Coats can easily be the most expensive piece of clothing in your wardrobe. It’s amazing how easy it is to make your own and save a bundle.


Click on the first link to get inspiration. Then click on the other links for how-to’s.

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69 Free Pillow Patterns

January 12, 2015 / No Comments

Lavender Pillows69 free rug patterns broken up into categories. You’ll find patterns for sofa pillows, recycled pillows, floor poufs, travel pillows and much, much more.

Sofa Pillows

Kid’s Pillows

Bed Pillows

Floor Poufs

Pet Beds

Travel Pillows

Bean Bag Chairs

Recycled Pillows

Novelty Pillows

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Reader Mail Catch-Up

January 12, 2015 / No Comments

You asked usI’ve been neglecting my emails lately, so today I am going to do a quick catch-up.

This first couple emails are requests for Halloween custom links and the rest are requests for specific sewing patterns or instructions. They include everything from drafting jeans to sewing with deer hide.

Take a sec’ to look them over.  You may find the answer to a question that’s been bothering y0u too!

Question: I was looking for a pattern for my Halloween costume. I am wanting to be a ’50s girl this year.

Why don’t you sew up  a poodle skirt and where it with a purchased cardigan top? You can even make a matching headband to complete the look.

Question: I was wondering if you have any links to a place were I can see patterns for making a vest for a guy. Its a Halloween costume I am making.

I was able to find free instructions for making a vest, but you’ll need to make the basic pattern from an old vest.

Question: I need a jeans drafting guideline.

Weekend Designer has excellent instructions on drafting a wide variety of clothing. Here’s the link to their jeans drafting instructions.

Question: Does anyone know the shape of the pattern pieces for a sarong swim cover skirt?

WikiHow has a tutorial on using a sarong to make skirts. A long sarong skirt is made with a rectangle but a short skirt is made with a triangle.

Question: I was wondering if anyone had seen any patterns involving fish tail pleats? I found a description of them in a dressmaking book, but haven’t managed to find any patterns or instructions. (I have however learned just how many kinds of ‘fish’ skirts there are on the internet…)

I’m looking for the kind that are ‘often a design feature on wedding or evening gowns… the pleat is usually inverted with a centre seam…

Good question! I wasn’t able to find a tutorial on Google. If anyone knows of one, please let me know and I’ll update this post with the information.

Question: I have some deer hide already processed and ready to sew. Is there any special instructions I need to know about this particular material? I want to make a vest.

Youtube has a very clear video on sewing a drawstring pouch. I would advise watching the video and applying the techniques to your vest.

Please keep the questions coming and I’ll try to do another Catch-Up in a couple of weeks.

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