20 Easy Back to School Projects

20 Easy Back to School Projects

Are you ready to send your kids back to school? I know I am! Here at The Sewing Loft, we’ve got a whole collection of tutorials to help you put your personal touches on your kiddo’s back-to-school experience. Whether your little one is in preschool or almost finished with high school, there’s something here for everyone! Click on the links below to head to the individual tutorial posts. Easy … [Read more...]

Book Bag: Smart like a Fox Pattern

Keep your child excited about reading with this easy to make Smart like a Fox Book bag. How to includes a free fox template. The Sewing Loft

Encourage your child to read with this easy to make Smart like a Fox book bag.  The fox applique can be sewn on by machine or ironed on for an easy no sew option in just minutes.  Smart like a Fox Pattern  This project is for all levels. Skill Level- 1 Button Supplies: Fabric Plain tote bag or surface of your choice Paper backed fusible Embroidery floss Fox … [Read more...]

Fun-Size Quilts Book & Giveaway

Fun-Size Quilts by Martingale

I am excited to see one of my designs released in the new book Fun-Size Quilts, published by Martingale. I should start off by sharing that projects like this take forever! I actually designed and created this pattern over 1 year ago.  The design process was pretty scary for me since as you all know, I am not a seasoned quilter.  I mean sure, I have created quilts for others and love to sew … [Read more...]

Pineapple Crush- Free Pineapple Applique

Pineapple Applique Template

The latest and greatest trend in crafts and casual fashion is...you'll never guess...Pineapples! People are applying them to clothes and shoes, using them in home decor projects, and slapping a pineapple on just about anything that doesn't move.  Want to have fun with this Summery trend in your sewing? Well, mix up a pina-colada and let's get creative!  I've teamed with our friends at Craft … [Read more...]

100+ Free Tote Bag Patterns

100+ Free Tote Bag Patterns Rounded Up in one place. The Sewing Loft

Are you a bag lady like me?  (don't laugh but I have bags for almost everything under the sun!)  If you answered YES, this tote bag post is for you!  I have rounded up a list of over 100 free tote bag patterns from around the web.  Just click on the link, grab your materials and start sewing!  100+ Free Tote Bag Patterns       1. Mini Quilted Tote 2. Betsy … [Read more...]

Mini Wallets – Scrap style

Mini wallets are easy to make and perfect for using up smaller scraps. This free pattern template explores adding personal touches and details. The Sewing Loft

It's no secret that I love my scraps.  Well, today I'm gonna show you how to turn a few basic scraps into something useful, mini wallets.  That's right, I took a few small scraps and turned them into a major focal point on these minis.   Since I have made this pattern hundreds of times, I thought it would be fun to switch things up. So, after printing out the template I randomly … [Read more...]

Big Bad Bucket Bag Pattern

Big over sized bucket bag pattern and tutorial. The Sewing Loft #freepattern

Summer is around the corner which will mean quick road trips are in my future.  Since I don't enjoy lugging suitcases everywhere I go, I like to use an easy to carry oversized bucket bag. This project is for all levels. Skill Level- 1 1/2 Buttons Supplies: Main fabric: 3/4 yard Lining fabric: 3/4 yard Contrast fabric: 1/3 yard Fusible fleece: 3/4 yard Interfacing: 1/3 … [Read more...]

Printing PDF Patterns at home

Learn how to assemble printed pdf patterns. The Sewing Loft

These days, if you get inspired to start a sewing project, you don’t have to make a trip to the fabric shop to sort through binders and drawers full of patterns. There are several resources available to download sewing patterns online - from sites like Etsy or Craftsy, online fabric retailers, and even sewing designers’ web sites. Just click to buy and print, and the pattern is ready to … [Read more...]

Travel Handmade WIP

I'm traveling #handmade with this carry on sized duffle bag. The Sewing Loft

When you travel do you carry handmade?  Well, today, I am heading out the door on a quick trip and realized that many of the items packed are handmade. Here is a quick snapshot of what I am bringing. Pattern: Travel Duffle with Trolley Sleeve by Studio Cherie Fabric: Dowry by Anna Marie Horner for FreeSpirit This carry on duffle bag has to be one of my favorite things packed.  In order to … [Read more...]