Introducing the Easy Ruffle Shrug! This pattern belongs to me, I once sold it as a .pdf pattern, but now I'm offering it to my SewCanShe readers as a free download from my Craftsy Shop.
Read on to see my girls' Easter outfits.Read More
Lots of free sewing patterns and tutorials for making bags, zipper pouches, quilts, mini-quilts, easy clothing items, and other crafty little things to sew.
I'm so excited to show you the classic quilt blocks that I've been working on for July. As soon as Blend sent me this fabric, I knew that I would make the sailboat quilt block. Isn't it perfect?
In case you are catching this blog series for the first time, we're spending a year making gorgeous quilt blocks using the classic patterns and fresh modern fabrics from Anna Griffin and Blend Fabrics! So far we've made the Dutchman's Puzzle Block, the Churn Dash Block, the Friendship Star, and the Snowball and Nine Patch blocks together!Read More
I have been wanting to sew something like this for so long! I guess I'm just really lucky that you voted for it for our March Un-Tutorials project. I'm not sure where this style of boxy tote came from, but it sure is cute, isn't it?Read More
Finish your Chubby Lunch Tote.Read More
My 7 year old son Connor has been nagging me for ages to sew him something for his bike. His sister's bike came with a little zipper case to carry things in, but alas, his did not. I did not feel particularly inspired by this request for a long time so other things got in the way. Finally I realized that I needed to make his bike bag pretty quick or feelings would be hurt.Read More
The lanyard in this free sewing tutorial is double sided so you can use two coordinating fabrics to make it twice as nice!
My free Wrist Strap Keychain Tutorial has been so popular, that I thought I'd try something different but matching... a Lanyard! Of course a pretty one because the ones they try to sell you in the stores are usually just pretty sad.
To make one lanyard you'll need:
two 2 1/8" x 40" strips of fabric (one of each print)
one 3.75" x 2" strip (there's two in the picture but you only need one)
one .75" x 40" strip of felt, thin cotton quilt batting, or fusible fleece
one 1" swivel snap clip
Get started by pinning your two long strips right sides together along one long edge.
Sew the strips together using a 1/4" seam allowance.
Press the seam allowance open, and then fold the top and bottom edges to the center so they just touch the seam allowance edges. Press.
Insert the strip of felt (or other stabilizer) inside one of the folded sides. It doesn't matter which side... it should fit perfectly. Refold the strip and pin about every 6".
Increase your stitch length to about a 3 and topstitch along both sides 1/8" from the edge. If the top layer of your fabric wants to pull away while you are doing this part, try holding the strap firmly about 6" in front of the presser foot as well as holding on to the strip from the back. Let your sewing machine feed the strip through evenly, but if you are holding firmly from both sides, the top layer won't pull so much.
A walking foot also works great on straps like this.
Trim the ends of the strap to make them clean and even. Then slip the swivel hook on.
Set your stitch to the widest zig-zag you have. Form a circle with your strap by butting the ends right up against each other. Sew a zig-zag stitch down the center. Backstitch to hold it together during the next few steps.
Now take your 3.75" x 2" strip of coordinating fabric and fold the longer edges to the center. Press.
Arrange the lanyard with the swivel clip at one end near the zig-zag seam. Wrap the small strip around the seam, tucking the ends inside the lanyard.
Topstitch a square over your little piece. I like to use the topstitching lines on the strap as guides for the sides of my square. Be sure to neatly backstitch so this part holds.
And you're done! Be sure to post pictures of your lanyards on Instagram and tag me @sewcanshe so I can see them!
A sewing machine cover is an obvious place for this lovable applique...but my mind is going crazy with all kinds of other ideas of where to use it:) A T-shirt, throw pillow, hand towels...basically anywhere!Read More
Sew a quilt top in a day with my super fast new method!
Did I mention that this is a strip quilt?
That means you’ll cut strips, sew them together, cut, sew again, and be done!
By the way, the seams will nest at every single intersection. I’m an OCD quilter and I didn’t use a single pin so that might be my favorite part, lol.Read More