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See my three sewing projects in the “Little One-Yard Wonders” book – plus a giveaway!

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Sewing Projects

Even though I like to dabble in a lots of crafts like paper and decoupage and painting, sewing is still my first love. That's why I'm so proud to be included as a contributor...See my three sewing projects in the “Little One-Yard Wonders” book – plus a giveaway!... »
 
 

How to sew reusable fabric sandwich and snack bags

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

This free sandwich bag sewing pattern and tutorial is so easy you'll be able to replace your old plastic snack bags in no time. I like the design of these free sandwich bag and...How to sew reusable fabric sandwich and snack bags... »
 

 

Make a DIY Winter Hat from Recycled Sweaters

Accessories, DIY Gift Ideas, Recycled Crafts, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Winter

Recycling sweaters into winter hats is an oldie but a goodie because it's cheap and useful and makes a great DIY gift. Check out this cute winter hat that Elise and I made from...Make a DIY Winter Hat from Recycled Sweaters... »
 
 

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 1st Birthday Bib Tutorial

Baby & Kids, Birthdays, Parties & Birthdays, Sewing Projects

I'm loving this DIY 1st birthday bib that I made for Liam using Handmade Charlotte stencils, FolkArt paint, and little bit of sewing. Plaid sent me the Party set from Rachel Faucett's six new...DIY 1st Birthday Bib Tutorial... »
 
 

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... »
 

 

Handsewn Teabags Tied to Yummy Cookies

Cookie Recipes, DIY Gift Ideas, Recipes, Sewing Projects, Valentine's Day, Winter

Warm your sweetie's heart with this clever tea & cookies combo: Handsewn teabags tied to yummy cookies that anchor the teabag as it steeps. I came up with the idea while making tea with...Handsewn Teabags Tied to Yummy Cookies... »
 
 

Super Bowl Craft Idea: Make a no-sew football t-shirt or onesie

Baby & Kids, Fall, Sewing Projects, Super Bowl, Under 1 Hour, Winter

Make a cute football t-shirt or onesie for your little Super Bowl fan -- no sewing required! There are a lot of sewn and screenprinted versions out there (including my favorite, a Sports Illustrated...Super Bowl Craft Idea: Make a no-sew football t-shirt or onesie... »
 
 

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... »
 
 

Insulated Holder for Stick Popsicles and Frozen Yogurt

Accessories, Baby & Kids, Sewing Projects, Summer, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Cold tiny hands no more! Elise loves stick popsicles and frozen yogurt tubes. Truly, she's a junkie. But she doesn't like it when her hands get cold, which means I don't like it when...Insulated Holder for Stick Popsicles and Frozen Yogurt... »
 
 

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 for the floor. And this dog blanket for is so easy to make - no quilting or backing fabric required!...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... »
 
 

DIY Fabric Safety Gate for Baby and Toddlers

Baby & Kids, Home, Sewing Projects

Here's how to make a fabric safety gate for baby and toddlers for the bottom of stairs or between doorways. This DIY fabric baby safety gate has given me a lot of piece of...DIY Fabric Safety Gate for Baby and Toddlers... »
 
 

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... »
 
 

2010 Sewing Calendar featuring MerrimentDesign.com projects

Home, Inspiration, Sewing Projects

I'm crazy excited to be a part of the Sewing 2010 Day-to-Day Calendar edited by Megan Smith. One hundred simple sewing projects organized in three-day increments fill this crafty calendar of the new decade....2010 Sewing Calendar featuring MerrimentDesign.com projects... »
 
 

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... »
 
 

Planes, Trains and Automobiles Burp Cloths

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

Here's an easy, fun and practical gift for new arrivals: Planes, Trains and Automobiles burp cloths. Friends Tamara and Jon recently welcomed Lucas, little brother to adorable Sienna, and I made these especially for...Planes, Trains and Automobiles Burp Cloths... »
 
 

Sewn half flower + loose leaf fabric wedding invitations with fabric backs

Free Printable, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Sewing Projects, Weddings

I am totally in love with these DIY sewn fabric wedding invitations that I designed for recent bride Natalie Fayard. Thanks to Google, Natalie and her mother found me and my sewn fabric poppy...Sewn half flower + loose leaf fabric wedding invitations with fabric backs... »
 
 

Chicago-themed fabric photo memory game for kids

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Sewing Projects

Last year I made Madison a super cute pint sized kid's pleated apron out of pink retro Wizard of Oz fabric. I added fun numbers cookie cutters and wrapped both in cookie jar wrapping...Chicago-themed fabric photo memory game for kids... »
 
 

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... »
 
 

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... »
 
 

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 appliquĂ© handbag... »
 
 

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)... »
 
 

Sewn return address on envelopes and matching custom photo stamps

Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Sewing Projects, Weddings

We customized the envelopes for our wedding invitations using a couple of easy tricks: Sewing our return address on the back of our envelopes and adding custom photo stamps from PhotoStamps.com. Supplies: A7 size...Sewn return address on envelopes and matching custom photo stamps... »
 
 

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... »
 
 

Baby stuffed animals

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

New mom and fashion maven Rachel Pluto made these adorable animals for her newborn daughter Maya. Taking a cue from Dwell's baby animals that retail $105 for three, Rachel handcrafted these adorable reversible giraffe...Baby stuffed animals... »
 
 

Sewn invitations

Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Sewing Projects, Weddings

Here are our sewn fabric wedding invitations that were featured in the The Knot's 2007-2008 Fall/Winter National Magazine and "Amazing Wedding Cakes" on WeTV. After searching fabric stores, websites and even ebay, the poppy...Sewn invitations... »
 
 

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... »
 
 

Table numbers sewn with poppy flowers and leaves

Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Paper Crafts, Sewing Projects, Weddings

If you're like me table numbers are probably one of the last details that you're thinking about. But they can be a key way to dress up and personalize your tables. I sewed the...Table numbers sewn with poppy flowers and leaves... »
 
 

Guest towels for bathrooms

Decorations & Favors, DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

This is the detail that got the most comments from my wedding guests. My friends said it was 'typical Kathy' to personalize even the bathroom towels. But this crafty activity is something you can...Guest towels for bathrooms... »
 
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