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Use our free sewing patterns to whip up easy crafts and gifts.
Dress up your favorite girlie girl in a bouncy, multilayered skirt. Just cut straight strips from two coordinating fabrics; then gather and hem each layer as you like.
What could be simpler or more versatile? Make this scarf from two strips of ruffled knit fabric joined with two short seams (yes, just two!) and you're done in a jiffy.
This clutch is "sew" simple -- it's an open-and-shut case. All you need are three rectangles: one batting, one print for the exterior, and one print for the lining.
Be a super-sweet hostess with pint-size favor bags filled with take-home treats. Use coordinating fat quarters to stitch together a set, add ribbon handles, and mix in the goodies.
Scraps of bright print fabric are perfect for hiding unsightly tissue packs. Make them to match your room, your car, or your office.
Sweeten your morning jolt with a coffee-cup cozy in your choice of three delicious varieties.
Instead of standard bookends, sew sandbags from fun, colorful fabric to corral your books, files, and folders. Cut two 8x10-inch pieces of fabric, place right sides together, and sew three sides using 1/2-inch seam allowances. Turn right side out, then insert a sealable plastic bag filled with sand. Topstitch all around to finish.
Turn ho-hum shoes into favorite footwear with fantasy flowers made from torn fabric strips and covered buttons.
Turn leftover crafts supplies into cute creations. This eyeglasses case is made with ribbon scraps and detailed with machine stitching.
This funky floral tote is as fashionable as it is functional. Bright pink, orange, and blue make this beginner purse perfect for spring or summer. Swap in brown and dark green for a fall-to-winter look.
Take an ordinary skirt from drab to fab with raw-edge appliques.
Take office supplies from drab to fab. Simple felt shapes and stitches combine to make an adorable pencil holder.
Make this roomy tote bag by combining multicolor stripes and whimsical coordinates from the Kite fabric collection by Felicity Miller for Free Spirit.
Plain-Jane yo-yos are elevated to a new level when mounted on a painted artist's canvas and presented as a wall hanging. These yo-yos, all fashioned from Kaffe Fassett prints for Westminster Fabrics, are assembled in an unorthodox manner; some are right side up and others are upside down to show off the colorful prints. Sew yo-yos together; then attach them to the edge of the frame with a staple gun. For a fast finish, skip the sewing and use a hot-glue gun to secure yo-yos.
Judy used a design wall to choose her prints so that she could move them around until she was pleased with the combination. If you don't have a design wall, use a piece of cotton flannel on a vertical surface.
This design pairs a large-scale pattern with a small-scale pattern for added interest.Extra-large rickrack frames each of the fabrics.
Tuck-away pockets protect tune players and ear buds in a simple clip-on carrier. With the swivel hook that snaps onto jeans or totes, your music will go where you go. You'll want to make oodles for gifts or fashion accessories in today's bright paisleys, polka dots, or florals.
Sew with your favorite fabrics to make a Daisy Dazzler bag that's totally you. Vicki DeGraaf used paisleys and prints from M'Liss's Expressions line for Jo-Ann Stores to stitch up a stylish patchwork bag.
Make pillows for children's toys and gifts. Our quick and easy fish and bird designs will be hours of fun, and double as cute decor.
Finished-edge place mats make it a breeze to sew up an artsy pillow in less than an hour. Ribbon and buttons finish the look.
Combine bright floral fabrics and wood bead cherries to add a whimsical touch to any table.
Quickly dress up tea towels with a variety of coordinating ribbons and fabric ruffles. Simply cut the trims slightly longer than the width of the towel, then topstitch the strips in place.
Treat the cook in your life to personalized kitchen supplies. Even beginning sewers can whip up easy checkerboard and cupcake-design hot pads.
A chicken-wire print background and appliques in feed-sack reproductions combine in this cute kitchen wall hanging. The border corners are fussy-cut from a large-scale farm print. The appliques are fused in place, then machine-blanket-stitched with blank thread.
Craft this cute centerpiece display from felt, upholstery foam, and rickrack. Make one pretty piece or a whole cake.
Quilt welcoming place mats sure to impress your guests and please your family.
Excite your little one with a few cute carrot appliques on ready-made overalls.
Add a handmade touch of wonder for Baby by sewing a dozen or more of these soft, poly-fiber-filled play blocks.
A simple tulip applique transforms a plain pillow into a showpiece. Here's a step-by-step guide to adding layers of beauty with hand-stitched applique.
Keep your wallet, keys, and cell phone safe in this cute, quick-to-make bag.