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DIY Trick or Treat Bag Pattern with Sticky Spiderwebs and Moving Spiders

Baby & Kids, Fall, Free Patterns, Halloween, Holidays, Sewing Projects

Here's a spooky DIY trick or treat bag free pattern with 'sticky' spiderwebs and creepy spiders that can move and crawl around. The spiderwebs are cut thin strips of VELCRO fasteners... ...and the spiders...DIY Trick or Treat Bag Pattern with Sticky Spiderwebs and Moving Spiders... »
 
 

DIY Washable Baby Placemats For Clip-On Chairs

Baby & Kids, Free Patterns, Sewing Projects, Under $10

This free pattern for DIY wipeable baby placemat attaches to clip-on highchairs (and restaurant high chairs too!). It covers the table ...and unlike baby plates, your little darling can't throw it onto the floor....DIY Washable Baby Placemats For Clip-On Chairs... »
 

 

Kid-sized Messenger Bag Free Pattern and Sewing Tutorial

Accessories, Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Sewing Projects, Under $10

This free child-sized messenger bag pattern is the perfect shrunken size for the special kid in your life. It's a simplified messenger bag pattern of my adult-sized messenger bag and you can knock it...Kid-sized Messenger Bag Free Pattern and Sewing Tutorial... »
 
 

Extra-long baby bib free sewing pattern for toddler-sized spills

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

This longer baby bib sewing pattern is for all the messy toddlers out there and their moms (AKA me) who are tired of doing their laundry. All of Elise's baby bibs were much too...Extra-long baby bib free sewing pattern for toddler-sized spills... »
 

 

Easy DIY Baby Blanket Pattern For Snuggly Newborns

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Sewing Projects, Under $10

This free baby blanket pattern is for my friend Cristin's crazy cute newborn daughter, Margot. And in honor of Baby New Year I'm sharing it with you today. It's a simplified, pocket-less, and slightly-larger...Easy DIY Baby Blanket Pattern For Snuggly Newborns... »
 
 

DIY Pillow from a Pile of Leftover Sofa Fabric Swatches

Free Patterns, Home, Recycled Crafts, Sewing Projects

Oh sofa indecision. I had it bad. So bad that I ended up with an embarrassingly large pile of sofa fabric swatches from Room & Board and Crate & Barrel. Thank goodness I finally...DIY Pillow from a Pile of Leftover Sofa Fabric Swatches... »
 

 

Curved baby burp cloth tutorial {free pattern}

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Recycled Crafts, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

This curved baby burp cloth tutorial and free pattern is reversible, recycled, and super easy to make -- you'll be able to knock out this burp cloth pattern in no time flat. During my...Curved baby burp cloth tutorial {free pattern}... »
 
 

{DIY or Buy} Pin cushion thread catcher free pattern – or where to buy if your plate is full

DIY or Buy, Free Patterns, Sewing Projects

I’m back with another DIY or Buy, this time featuring pin cushion thread catcher patterns. Trust me, if you like to sew, this guy is going to become your new best friend. Thread catchers...{DIY or Buy} Pin cushion thread catcher free pattern – or where to buy if your plate is full... »
 
 

Tiered ruffle baby dress free sewing pattern

Baby & Kids, Free Patterns, Sewing Projects, Spring, Summer

This free tiered baby dress sewing pattern has subtle gathered ruffled tiers and a classic pillowcase-dress-inspired neckline with ribbon ties that's perfect for late spring and summer. And it's super easy to sew. This...Tiered ruffle baby dress free sewing pattern... »
 
 

Easy dog blanket {free pattern}

Accessories, Free Patterns, Sewing Projects

Kaya is such an awesome dog that she deserves an equally awesome dog blanket. And this is a dog blanket is so easy to make - no quilting or backing fabric required! Kaya is...Easy dog blanket {free pattern}... »
 
 

Free pillowcase pattern with pocket and French seams

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Home, Sewing Projects, Under $10

This free pillowcase pattern features a super cute little pocket for tucking in nighttime treasures. Kids can use the pillowcase pocket to store flashlights and bedtime friends. Adults can tuck in tissues, earplugs, or...Free pillowcase pattern with pocket and French seams... »
 
 

Kid’s non-slip fabric Play-Doh mat or coloring mat

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Sewing Projects, Under 1 Hour

I sewed this non-slip fabric kid's play mat for Play-Doh and coloring for our living room coffee table. The DIY fabric kid's play mat is super oversized (16" x 28") to give lots of...Kid’s non-slip fabric Play-Doh mat or coloring mat... »
 
 

Fuzzy bunny slippers from recycled felted sweaters for kids {free slipper pattern}

Accessories, Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Sewing Projects, Winter

Hop to it and make these cute little fuzzy bunny slippers from recycled felted wool sweaters to keep the kid in your life snuggly warm. This free slipper pattern features a cute little face...Fuzzy bunny slippers from recycled felted sweaters for kids {free slipper pattern}... »
 
 

{DIY or Buy} How to Make a Crib Dust Ruffle – Or Where To Buy if Your Plate is Full

Baby & Kids, DIY or Buy, Free Patterns, Sewing Projects

I’m starting a new column today on MerrimentDesign.com called DIY or Buy. I don’t know about you but when it comes to crafting I totally have an "eyes are bigger than my stomach" syndrome....{DIY or Buy} How to Make a Crib Dust Ruffle – Or Where To Buy if Your Plate is Full... »
 
 

Free Thanksgiving craft project tutorials: The DIY Round Up

Decorations & Favors, Free Patterns, Holidays, Home, Paper Crafts

Thanksgiving is around the corner so I thought I'd round up some of my favorite Thanksgiving free craft project tutorials. First: Some easy ways to dress up your turkey table this Thanksgiving with napkin...Free Thanksgiving craft project tutorials: The DIY Round Up... »
 
 

Teeny witch’s hat Halloween costume for stuffed animal friends

Free Patterns, Halloween, Holidays, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

I made this teeny witch's hat Halloween costume for Elise's best friend and monkey Ooh-ah (her Angel Dear monkey blankie stuffed animal who you might remember from Elise's Pink Monkey and Bananas 1st Birthday...Teeny witch’s hat Halloween costume for stuffed animal friends... »
 
 

Oven mitt pattern

DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Home, Sewing Projects, Under $10

This free oven mitts sewing pattern was inspired by our new KitchenAid range. Bye bye cheap-o Frigidaire ...momma's got a double oven now with a griddle on top. And it was just begging for...Oven mitt pattern... »
 
 

Baby burp cloths with loops for toys or binkies

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

My friend Jolyn, the Queen of Handmade Burp Cloths, taught me years ago how to turn regular white burp cloths into posh fabric-covered burp cloth sets in less than an hour. Cute, huh? And...Baby burp cloths with loops for toys or binkies... »
 
 

Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket

Accessories, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Sewing Projects

Here's an original free apron sewing pattern with two built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket. Aprons have been glued to my body ever since I started feeding Elise - I find it's just easier...Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket... »
 
 

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free costume pattern for babies, toddlers and kids

Baby & Kids, Free Patterns, Halloween, Holidays, Sewing Projects

My daughter Elise is my little ray of sunshine, without a doubt. So when it came to making my delightful baby her first proper Halloween costume, I came up with this cheery fleece and...Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free costume pattern for babies, toddlers and kids... »
 
 

Baby sunhat pattern with ruffles and ties

Baby & Kids, Free Patterns, Sewing Projects, Spring, Summer, Under $10

Elise looks adorable in hats. I just can't get enough of them. So I decided to make a free baby sunhat sewing pattern with ruffles to add to her fashion options. I freehanded this...Baby sunhat pattern with ruffles and ties... »
 
 

Kid’s Travel Toy Blanket with Velcro Loops and Ribbon Tags

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Sewing Projects

I made this toy travel blanket for Elise's first plane flight. We were flying to Maine and I wanted any toys she dropped to stay in our seats rather than fall into the filthy...Kid’s Travel Toy Blanket with Velcro Loops and Ribbon Tags... »
 
 

Embroidered birdhouse pillow using tissue paper + sewing machine

DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Home, Sewing Projects, Vintage Inspired

My friend K.C. MacQueen asked me to be an artist for the second annual Pritzker School Community Art Project: "Birdhouses." Artists create a birdhouse for display in local Wicker Park stores. Home Tweet Home...Embroidered birdhouse pillow using tissue paper + sewing machine... »
 
 

Pincushion thread catcher

DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Home, Sewing Projects, Under $10

The pincushion thread catcher that my mom gave me years ago is my sewing table's best friend. Yeah, I know it seems a little grandma-ish but it's no surprise that I'm a big fan...Pincushion thread catcher... »
 
 

Colorful fabric baby stacking blocks

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Sewing Projects

My baby Elise is four months old now. She can hold her toys in both hands and sit up assisted. I think this big girl is ready for some colorful jingly oversized 5" x...Colorful fabric baby stacking blocks... »
 
 

Valentine’s Day Felt Heart Pocket Bracelet and Mini-Purse for Kids

Accessories, Baby & Kids, Free Patterns, Holidays, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Valentine's Day

Hearts is the theme of two easy Valentine's Day gifts perfect for spoiling the sweet toddler and tween girls in your life. First is a teeny pouch bracelet perfect for storing candies or tiny...Valentine’s Day Felt Heart Pocket Bracelet and Mini-Purse for Kids... »
 
 

Gathered Dust Ruffle Bed Skirt for Cribs and Toddler Beds

Baby & Kids, Free Patterns, Home, Sewing Projects

We're in the middle of converting our den into a baby's room. We're keeping it simple -- borrowed our niece Madison's crib, kept the room painted light gray -- and have begun accenting with...Gathered Dust Ruffle Bed Skirt for Cribs and Toddler Beds... »
 
 

Fourth of July Felt and Button Star Napkin Rings

Decorations & Favors, Free Patterns, Holidays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

These no-sew felt 4th of July napkin rings really brightened up Shane's Fourth of July Birthday BBQ - no sewing machine required! And yep, I realize I'm a bit on napkin rings kick ...first...Fourth of July Felt and Button Star Napkin Rings... »
 
 

Recycled Fabric Napkin Rings from Saran Wrap Tubes

Decorations & Favors, Earth Day, Free Patterns, Home, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

I made this fabric napkin rings recycled craft from an empty Saran Wrap tube. A few months ago I was getting ready to throw away an empty Saran Wrap box and happened to notice...Recycled Fabric Napkin Rings from Saran Wrap Tubes... »
 
 

Handsewn fabric tea bags for loose tea favors

Decorations & Favors, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Parties & Birthdays, Recipes, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

I'm posting the free tutorial for how to make sewn fabric teabags for loose tea by request. Jessica Mullen wrote: "I saw your beautiful photos from the tea party and I have a quick...Handsewn fabric tea bags for loose tea favors... »
 
 

Chalkboard Pillows Holiday Edition

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Holidays, Home, Sewing Projects

Ho! Ho! Ho! Here's a special holiday variation of chalkboard pillows complete with two new free ornament and tree templates to make your own 16" x 16" pillow for the season. The ornament in...Chalkboard Pillows Holiday Edition... »
 
 

Felt leaf napkin rings and placecards for Thanksgiving

Decorations & Favors, Fall, Free Patterns, Holidays, Paper Crafts, Thanksgiving, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

This is our fifth year hosting Thanksgiving in Chicago for the twelve members of our joint families. Each year we try to do something slightly different for food and table decor. I constrained myself...Felt leaf napkin rings and placecards for Thanksgiving... »
 
 

Handbags for bridesmaids or brides weddings redux

Accessories, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Sewing Projects, Weddings

Back in the summer, Liesel Eastman saw our wedding featured in the Knot Magazine and contacted me to see if I could help with the creative details for her October wedding to Barrett. In...Handbags for bridesmaids or brides weddings redux... »
 
 

Chicago flag passport cover

Accessories, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Update: This project was proudly featured in Time Out Magazine and at Chicagoist.com. Yay! My friend Debbie has accumulated an enviable amount of stamps in her passport. Each year she plans a "big trip"...Chicago flag passport cover... »
 
 

Chalkboard pillows for kids and adults redux

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Home, Sewing Projects

UPDATE: Dinosaur and Birdie Chalkboard Pillows are now for sale at UncommonGoods! Great gift for kids. So when I first invented chalkboard pillows I handmade the chalkboards out of plastic, a knife, drill and...Chalkboard pillows for kids and adults redux... »
 
 

Baby bird silhouette appliqué handbag

Accessories, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Sewing Projects

I went with my friend Liz to the local tattoo parlor to watch her get a tattoo of two baby birds to represent her boys. Graphic designer Liz had drawn the tattoo in Adobe...Baby bird silhouette appliqué handbag... »
 
 

Sewn Tie Appliqué Baby Onesie Bodysuit

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

The first time I saw a sewn appliqué tie onesie bodysuit was about a year ago in an Uncommon Goods catalog. I thought it was really cute and looked super simple to make. Well,...Sewn Tie Appliqué Baby Onesie Bodysuit... »
 
 

Sewn baby onesie bodysuits – applique dog, butterfly, bottle, bow, heart

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

So my friend Jeff and I were talking at Mac's about Merriment and he asked if I could make a unique baby gift to help him welcome Isabella, a friend's newborn daughter. These handmade,...Sewn baby onesie bodysuits – applique dog, butterfly, bottle, bow, heart... »
 
 

Child’s pleated Wizard of Oz apron (part 1)

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Sewing Projects, Under $10

So what was in Madison’s cookie jar birthday boxes to help celebrate her second birthday? Super fun numbers cookie cutters and a child’s size pink Wizard of Oz apron handmade by Aunt Kathy. I’ve...Child’s pleated Wizard of Oz apron (part 1)... »
 
 

Chalkboard pillows

DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Home, Sewing Projects

++ UPDATED: I have evolved this craft considerably and posted a MUCH better way to make them. Please go to http://www.merrimentdesign.com/chalkboard-pillows-for-kids-and-adults-redux.php instead. And enjoy!! ++ I'm really excited about my newest creation: Chalkboard pillows!...Chalkboard pillows... »
 
 

Monogrammed coffee insulator wrap

Accessories, DIY Gift Ideas, Earth Day, Free Patterns, Recipes, Recycled Crafts, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

So I was pretty excited about the success of the campfire coffee insulator wrap and decided to make a monogrammed coffee insulator wrap for my sister Krista. Perfect for coffee/tea/cocoa drinkers and the eco-friendly,...Monogrammed coffee insulator wrap... »
 
 

Campfire coffee insulator wraps

Accessories, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

While I'm not a particularly heavy coffee drinker I've been known to enjoy my soy mint mocha from time to time. If I buy coffee once a week I'm using 52 of these little...Campfire coffee insulator wraps... »
 
 

Ring pillows

Free Patterns, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

I adore the photos of our rings on the pillow before the ceremony. In addition to looking nice at the ceremony itself the photos from our photographer added a nice storytelling element to our...Ring pillows... »
 
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