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

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 act as little trashcans for your stray threads and empty spools and you can set them wherever you happen to be …

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Tiered ruffle baby dress free sewing pattern

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 sewing pattern was totally inspired by a piece of fabric; specifically, the Texas Modern Strips Coral fabric at Spoonflower by Jacinda …

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Kid’s pillowcase free sewing pattern with secret pocket for nighttime treasures

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 a mobile phone alarm clock (although I recommend putting your phone on airplane mode and turning off the wireless first). I …

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

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 playing room. It’s machine washable, hang dry. And did I mention the play mat is non-slip too? Yep, I backed it …

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How to hold fabric together without using pins – great for oilcloth, PUL, laminated cotton

So I like oilcloth, laminated cotton, PUL fabric and oil canvas but let’s face it, they can be a real pain in the ass to sew. Case in point: using pins will leave a permanent teeny hole in whatever you’ve made. You can try to put your pins so they’ll be hidden within the seam …

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Kid-sized Messenger Bag Free Pattern and Sewing Tutorial

This free child-sized messenger bag pattern is the perfect shrunken size for the special kid in your life. Make this DIY kids messenger bag free sewing pattern in a couple evenings. This kids messenger bag free sewing pattern is a variation of my free bridesmaid’s handbag sewing pattern and my free shoulder handbag sewing pattern …

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Apron pattern with built-in potholders and secret iPhone pocket

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 to wipe my hands on my stomach than find a dish towel. I need something that would work for me as …

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Free baby bonnet pattern: Baby sun hat sewing pattern with ruffles and ties

Here’s a free baby bonnet pattern just in time for summer. It’s a really nice baby sun hat free pattern that you can make with our without the ruffle. My super cute baby hat free sewing pattern is below! Elise looks adorable in hats. I just can’t get enough of them. So I decided to …

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DIY Travel Baby Blanket with Attached Toys Free Sewing Pattern

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 abyss of the airplane floor. Check out the Snag Free VELCRO loops on the blanket border to attach toys. Instead of …

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2010 Sewing Calendar featuring MerrimentDesign.com 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. Featured MerrimentDesign.com projects include sewn poppy fabric invitations, bridesmaid’s applique handbags, Thanksgiving felt leaf placecards and napkin rings, and Chicago flag …

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles Burp Cloths DIY Sewing Pattern

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 him. Now while this craft has little to do with the classic movie, the idea of using it as a theme …

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

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 wedding invitations that were featured in the The Knot’s 2007-2008 Fall/Winter National Magazine. Natalie had found this lovely yellow, black, white …

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