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Helpful Sewing Tips, Tutorials and Free Patterns


I am posting under the influence of pain meds so I am not responsible for what I might say. ;) I ended up at the emergency room last night. The pain was just more than I could deal with. Thankfully the doctor gave me a prescription for antibiotics and pain killers! Hopefully this will all be behind me in a couple of days.

I have noticed that my blog views have gone WAAAAAAAAAY down over the past 2 weeks. I know it’s because I haven’t had a new tutorial to post. SO SORRY! I have been so busy with costumes and life in general that I haven’t had time to do any sewing for tutorials. :(  BUT after I finish Snoopy I will be working on Tinkerbell for Cailey. This costume will definitely be all out of my own head so I will be posting a tutorial for it, as long as it turns out… LOL

SOOOO, to tide you over until then I thought I would share some free sewing tips, tricks, tutorials and patterns that I have found. Sound good??

If you Pin any of them, please go to the original source and Pin from there. ;)

First off, I want to share SewSet with you. It’s a great site where people can upload their patterns and tutorials to share with others. Some of them are NOT free but most of them ARE free! I have uploaded all of my tutorials there.

Another awesome free site is Freeneedle. I have sent them links to all of my tutorials and they have been wonderful to include them all on their site!!! :)

All Free Sewing is another site with free patterns and tutorials. I have a couple of mine on there. They send out great newsletters, too!

 

Here is a very cute, free pattern for a seahorse pillow! Isn’t that adorable??

 

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Here is a tutorial on how to slip stitch.

 

 

Here is a tutorial for a 90 minute shirt from Made. SO cute!!! I am definitely going to try this one out!! It’s so hard to find cute stuff to make for boys!!!! Why is that???

 

Little Red Jumper

Here is a very cute jumper tutorial from Once Upon a Sewing Machine.

 

 

How cute are those??? And if you are like me, you have a ton of fleece scraps lying around! What a perfect idea for them! They would make great presents, too!!! The tutorials are all free and are from FleeceFun.com. I am definitely thinking of making some up for Christmas presents…. LOL

 

 

Here is a great tutorial for adding a faux fly. This is from The Haby Goddess.

 

 

Ok, this isn’t sewing but it is SOOOO awesome!!! What a great idea from I Am Momma – Hear Me Roar!!! The house we will be moving too has hardwood floors in the living and dining rooms, so I can see this tutorial coming in VERY handy!!!

 

 

This is a tutorial for making your own wrap dress!! SO cute!! It comes from I Heart Jenny’s Art.

 

 

Here is an awesome tutorial for making a peplum top. They are very “in” right now. This tutorial comes from Scared Stitchless. I love that name!! LOL

 

 

Auburn Tigers Pawprint Tshirt Scarf Tutorial & Pattern

Here is another cute idea for Christmas presents!!! I know some Auburn and Clemson fans that would LOVE this!!! And I could definitely see doing different shapes and things for other teams. The tutorial comes from Kevin & Amanda and she got part of the tutorial from Make It – Love It.

 

 

How cute is that?? I love the layered look for skirts! I can totally see this as wearable for something other than a costume depending on fabric choices! This come from Sew Easy Being Green.

 

 

With Christmas coming up I know that boys are going to need their Christmas outfits!! Here is an amazing tutorial for the Classic Johnny Vest from Elegance and Elephants. She is one of the lucky few that was chosen for this season’s Project Run and Play!

 

 

Measure yourself around waist, hip and from waist to hip then hem

This is GREAT!! It shows you how to create ANY skirt pattern by using your measurements! Thank you, I Sew!!!

 

 

Kitten of terry

Isn’t that ADORABLE??? Here is a free pattern for making that cute kitty from Doll Maker. More Christmas presents?? I think so! ;)

 

 

I LOOOVE this SOOOOO much!!! My Grandpa always wore that type of hat and I think it looks SOOOOO cute on little guys!! My cousin puts her cutie patootie in hats like that all the time! SOOOOO stinkin’ cute!!! Thank you Melly Sews!!!!! I am definitely going to be making one for Colin!!

 

 

This is GREAT!!! Tags are expensive!!! I was looking them up and comparing prices.  OUCH!!! But here is a cheap way to make your own. from Bug & Bird.

 

 

Yes, that says 92 FREEEEEEE dress patterns and tutorials!!!!! YIPPEEE!!!! Thank you, Max California!!!!

 

 

Yes, again, your eyes are NOT deceiving you! LOL 1000 FREEEEEEE tutorials!!!!!! YAY!!!!! AMAZING!! Thank you, Everything Your Mama Made, for cleaning out your bookmarks! LOL

 

 

This is wonderful! I have the WORST problem with my bobbin tension!! So, now whenever I replace the bobbin I always do this to check the tension!!! This comes from  Cool Cottons.

 

 

This site has a ton of free applique patterns. They are all so cute! I love to add appliques! Thank you, Wee Folk Art!!!

 

 

My friend over at Squiggly Twigs Designs has a TON of tutorials, not just for clothing but for sewing techniques, too!!! She has really amazing stuff! You should definitely check it allllllllll out!!!! :)

 

 

This site has 30 Top Sewing Secrets tip and tutorials!

 

Another cute tutorial for boys!!! Running with Scissors has this awesome tutorial for her Oxford Gent Trousers!! They would go perfect with the Johnny Vest! ;)

 

 

Free Sewing Patterns

This site has a big list of free sewing patterns and tutorials. They even have separate lists for the Holidays!!! The site is aptly named Sewing Freebies! LOL

 

 

Customized Walker Caddy

This would be an awesome charity sewing project. About.com has the tutorial for making this wonderful walker attachment!

 

 

OK, that’s all for today, folks! I hope you enjoy these tips, tutorials and free patterns! You can always check out my Pinterest boards for more. Just click the Pinterest button at the top of the page! ;)

AND you can find all of MY tutorials by clicking the Tutorials button up there at the top. ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sewing Tips & Tricks


Hey! :) I have absolutely NO sewing to show you…. I have been sewing, though. I am hard at work on my cousin’s PJ pants! But I can’t show them here. I just know she would peek! ;) No sneak peeks, Amy!!

Soooo, I thought I would gather up some  of the tips and tricks that I have used or seen around the internet and share them with y’all!

Don’t worry, though! I will have some original sewing to show you no later than Monday. ;) And next week should be full of tutorials! I have a purse design that I want to work on and then I was hit with some more inspiration last night. I think I will use that idea for the Skirting the Issue fun. :)

 

On to the Tips & Tricks!

 

Gathering Made Easy – Tutorial

Gathering Made Easy - Tutorial

This comes from Just Give Me a Needle. It looks like it will be a MUCH better way to gather and have the gathers STAY where they are supposed to be!!! Or am I the only one that has that problem… LOL

 

 

 

Drafting Your Own PDF Sewing Patterns – An Overview

Drafting Your Own PDF Sewing Patterns - An Overview

This is something that I would LOVE to learn!!!! It comes from Melly Sews

 

 

Turn one fat quarter into 5 yards

Make five yards of bias tape out of one fat quarter.

This is from Stop Staring and Start Sewing. I need this!!! I go through bias tape like most people go through tissues! LOL

 

 

 

Sewing Tip: Shirring/Smocking with Elastic Thread

Shirring Tutorial from Make it and Love it

This come from Make It and Love It. I realllllly want to try this out. I already have my elastic thread waiting! I just need to build up the courage to try it out! LOL ;)

 

 

How to Create Elastic Shirring

Great tutorial for shirring.

Here is another great shirring tutorial and it is brought to you by Craft Stylish.

 

 

 

 

Teach Yourself to Sew – Tutorial List

Teach Yourself to Sew - Tutorial List. Fabulous collection of all the tips for which a new sewer could ask!

 

This is a whole list of tutorials!! AWESOME!! This one comes from Darling Discounts and Deals.

 

 

Yardage Charts for Everything

yardage charts for everything

This is so cool!!! Need to know how much fabric you need for a certain project? Just go to J&O Fabrics!

 

 

 

Sew News

...and keep me up-to-date, Sew News.com

 

Now this has a TON of tips, tricks and tutorials!! YAY!!!! Just hop over to Sew News!!!

 

 

 

Printable Bias Tape Maker

Printable Bias Tape Maker

This is from The Scientific Seamstress. I really need to print this out!!!!!

 

 

HOW TO: DRAFT A MISSING PATTERN PIECE

Quick and easy way to draft a missing pattern piece

 

From Shoes and Pie! I have not had this problem yet…. But I could definitely see it happening if I ever give into the urge to buy those gorgeous vintage patterns!!

 

 

Sewing 101: Tucks

A great tutorial from Shwin &  Shwin!

 

 

Make Your Own Handmade Fabric Labels

Make Your Own Handmade Fabric Labels...

This is from Sew Many Ways. I am definitely going to give this a try! I would love to have cute little labels!!

 

 

Well, that’s all for now, folks! ;)  Off to do some sewing!

 

 

 

 

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