Tag: free pattern

Christmas stocking zipper pouch

This is my final homemade sewing project for Christmas. I ended up having small scarps of fabric lying on the table after making my five other Christmas makes.
I decided to see if I could find a small project for fabric scraps to make another Christmas item. Sewing4Free has all kind of useful ideas and this Christmas stocking zipper pouch is one of them. A cute looking small stocking that has just the right size for gift card.

Christmas stocking zipper pouch
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Homemade fabric Christmas wreath

A Christmas wreath hanging on the front door is welcoming but it also looks great hanging in the living room near the Christmas tree. Not surprisingly that a home-made Christmas wreath was on my sewing list.
Someone showed more then two years ago on Facebook this Spring wreath with the suggestion it could easily be transformed into one suitable for Christmas. I bought a straw wreath, a few Christmas fabrics and both went into bag. This bag ended up in a cupboard.
I placed this make on my monthly sewing list at the beginning of this year and now this wreath is my fifth Christmas sewing project.

Homemade fabric Christmas wreath
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Wellness Fleece Morning Robe

A new morning robe was on my to-do-list for almost a year. My old bathrobe had seen better days and although I hardly wear a morning robe there can be occasions that you need one. My old one was made of cotton terry but this time I wanted something more soft and warm. I bought some wellness fleece fabric during a short in Antwerp. The Slouchy Cardi, a free pattern from Peppermint Magazine, is used to make my morning robe.

Wellness Fleece Morning Robe

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SpoOctober Batty Bat

After making the Assembly Line Elastic Tie Sweater some small pieces of fabric were left. What can one do with these small pieces? Now Halloween is almost there I receive emails with lots of creative ideas to make for this event. In the Netherlands Halloween isn’t very populair but when I saw a few bats I decided to turn the leftover pieces into one. Time to start looking for a suitable pattern.

SpoOctober Batty Bat

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Fibre Mood Skinny Blake broekje LMV Bo Romper combination

I sew so now and then baby clothes for a charity organisation. This time patterns come form Belgian sewing magazine. Fibre Mood released in their first edition Blake, a cute pair of skinny baby trousers. Perfect choice for trying my second Fibre Mood pattern. The pattern for the romper was found in an old LMV magazine. 
This Fibre Mood Skinny Blake broekje LMV Bo Romper combination is suitable for a baby girl and made in pink and grey light weighted fabrics. 

Fibre Mood Skinny Blake broekje LMV Bo Romper combination

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Patty Doo Geo-Bag denim version

In the meantime it is almost halfway October. Time to start making homemode gifts for the coming holidays. I set the Patty Doo Geo-Bag on my ‘sewing ideas for Sinterklaas and Christmas list’ as soon as this pattern was alive. This Patty Doo Geo-Bag is such a genius pattern. You fold an odd shaped piece of fabric, stitch a seam, fold again and like matching it begins to look like a bag. This pattern comes in two sizes. A big size to make a toiletry bag and a smaller version for a cosmetics bag. I made my version of a discarded jeans and dress shirt.

Patty Doo Geo-Bag denim version

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Fibre Mood Oversized Frances Top Free Pattern

Today a new sewing magazine has been released: Fibre Mood. It’s has his roots in Belgium and to get into the Fibre Mood one can download the te Fibre Mood Oversized Frances Top Free Pattern. The Frances Top is an oversized top made from a lightweight woven fabric. It has short, loose gathered sleeves. The neckline is wide, round and at the back slightly deeper then the front. And the back hem has a slightly round finish. Sizes run between XS (size 32-34) until XXXL (size 56-58-60). Pattern are marked with stars to show the difficulty of the sewing involved (one for beginner until five for expert). This Fibre Mood Oversized Frances Top Free Pattern has one star.

Fibre Mood Oversized Frances Top Free Pattern

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Two homemade babyshower gifts

Our youngest daughter asked me a while ago if I could make a gift for het sister in law who was expecting her second child. Her sister in law is always admiring the clothes I made for my daughter. Flattered by this words so obviously I couldn’t refuse her request. The parents already knew it was going to be a boy again. Our youngest daughter had no suggestions so I started looking for inspiration. And then I saw this giant sloth on Instagram tegen een luiaard aan in de vorm van een knuffeldoek. I already had this pattern because I came across it while I was looking for patterns to make a soft toy sloth. After printing and finding fabrics I could start making it. Finally I ended making Two homemade babyshower gifts.

Two homemade babyshower gifts

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Zelfgemaakte portemonnee

De afgelopen twee jaar heb ik voor de familie van alles gemaakt voor Sinterklaas maar dit jaar schiet het er helaas bij in. Dergelijke presentjes maken kost veel voorbereiding. Het Kerstproject van afgelopen oktober erg leuk was om te doen maar nam veel tijd in beslag. Ondertussen is het december geworden en ben ik bezig om diverse zaken af te ronden. Eén daarvan is ‘verzoekjes en beloften’. Deze zelfgemaakte portemonnee is een vervolg op de Back2School Jeanius Lapjeskat potloden etui. Ik deed een soort van belofte/toezegging aan iemand die een commentaar achterliet bij de etui. Ik vertelde dat de kat nog een keer in een andere versie te zien zou zijn als cadeau voor Sint of Kerst. Sinterklaas nadert. Ben je nog op zoek naar een leuk idee om een kattenliefhebber te verrassen dan is deze zelfgemaakte portemonnee misschien wel een idee. Je maakt deze portemonnee in één avond.

Zelfgemaakte portemonnee

There is also an English version. Please scroll to the end of the Dutch version.

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Misty’s Whimsies Fox called Cherry

Ik kwam tijdens mijn zoektocht naar zelfgemaakte nekkussens op internet dit gratis vos naaipatroon tegen. Misty Richardson is de ontwerpster van dit geweldige patroon. Ik maakte mijn Misty’s Whimsies Fox called Cherry van een oude sweater en wat andere restjes stof.

Misty’s Whimsies Fox called Cherry

Patroon voor de Misty’s Whimsies Fox called Cherry

Het Misty Whimsie Fox patroon heeft toegevoegde naadwaarden. Dit patroon komt met een uitgebreide instructie maar ook goede illustraties voor als je meer van plaatjes houdt. Ik maakte slechts een kleine aanpassing op het patroon van de neus. Mijn neus is onderdeel de kop en kan daardoor niet loskomen van de kop. Ik denk dat het daardoor iets veiliger is in de handen van kleine kinderen.

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Two Homemade Good Luck Pigs

Everyone probably had a piggy bank as a child. I had a small one but sadly enough I can’t find it bag. My piggy bank had a rubber plug. The rubber plug was replaced by a cork because after a few years the rubber plug was broken. I came up with the idea of making Two Homemade Good Luck Pigs after reading about the Swedish love for pigs at Christmas. For centuries pigs were held to preserve their flesh in the form of ham and sausage so families had meat during the Winter. This preserved meat was also served at Christmas and made the centrepiece of Christmas dinners.

Two Homemade Good Luck Pigs

Er is ook een Nederlandse versie. Deze vind je aan het eind van de Engelse tekst.

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Fox Travel Neck Pillow

I decided to make a car neck pillow in week 3 of this Oktober Homemade Christmas ideas. Most people will visit family and friends during these holidays and travel by car, airplane or train. Some like and can sleep during these hours and love to have a comfortable travel neck cushion but the neck pillow is also comfortable while reading. I had some off white teddy in my stash and wondering how to use that for a neck pillow. In my childhood time lots of elderly women were wearing small fur neck warmers. They were made of mink, weasel or a small fox. This gave me an idea to make an animal neck pillow. A fox caught my eye and the dark red fleece came form the leftover fabric stash. Now it was time to think about a pattern to make a Fox Travel Neck Pillow.

Fox Travel Neck Pillow

Er is ook een Nederlandse versie. Deze vind je aan het eind van de Engelse tekst.

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Homemade Activity Teaching toys

We now will make some Homemade Activity Teaching toys. I wanted to make a rag doll for a girl and a fabric car set for a boy. Our eldest daughter advised me to make gender neutral toys. Gender neutral is a hot item and some warehouses are now advertising with gender neutral marketing. Time to let my first idea go and after a while I came up with the idea of Homemade Activity Teaching toys. When our daughters were small they both had a plastic bag that was filled we all kinds of games, books and toys to keep them busy while we were traveling. I made three of this type of Homemade Activity Teaching toys. Two they can play on their own and one to play together.

Homemade Activity Teaching toys

Er is ook een Nederlandse versie. Deze vind je aan het eind van de Engelse tekst.

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Red Jeans Homemade Christmas Stocking

Christmas is only 84 sleeps away. Time to think about gift ideas, stocking fillers, Christmas stockings to put them in, decorations and other fun homemade items. I show this month some homemade Christmas ideas and I start with a Red Jeans Homemade Christmas Stocking. I’m not only making Christmas ideas. Sue Stoney will also show and share some lovely decoration.

Red Jeans Homemade Christmas Stocking

Er is ook een Nederlandse versie. Deze vind je aan het eind van de Engelse tekst.

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Let’s Sti(c)k Together Zon, Zee, Strand

Ik liep toevallig enige tijd geleden op een Nederlandstalige naai-uitdaging die loopt bij de zuiderburen. Marjolein van Flaflinko is bedenker van Let’s Sti(c)k Together, geïnspireerd door de sew challenge van Davina. Ik besloot te reageren of ik als noorderbuur mocht aanhaken en werd van harte verwelkomt en zo doe ik mee aan Let’s Sti(c)k Together Zon, Zee, Strand thema.

Let’s Stick Together Zon, Zee, Strand thema

Ik besloot een tas te maken van een lap zonnige gele reststof en bestelde het een en ander aan materialen. Helaas ging er het een en ander mis dus plan B. Plan B moest nog wel even bedacht worden. Ik dacht terug aan dit bezoek aan het strand en zo ontstond het nieuwe idee. Zon, Zee, Strand, walvis kijken, ijsje eten.

For the English version please scroll to the end of the Dutch version

Let’s Sti(c)k Together Zon, Zee, Strand

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GBSB Drapey Knit Dress refitted

You find a pattern you really like. Everything looks perfect: beautiful details and style features and when it’s finished you aren’t entirely happy with the result. I made the GBSB Drapey Knit dress almost two years ago and although there’s nothing wrong with my make I wore it only a few times and last year it didn’t came out of my closet. The used fabric was letting it down. I used a light weight knitted fabric suitable to make Tops but not for this dress. While I was writing this post I came across this blogpost. Sarah made a dress but wasn’t entirely happy with the result. Just like me she was thinking about a solution how to turn it into a dress that made her happy. GBSB Drapey Knit Dress refitted is my refitting story of this dress.

GBSB Drapey Knit Dress refitted

Er is ook een Nederlandse versie. Deze vind je aan het eind van de Engelse tekst.

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Chambray Japanese cross back apron

Chambray Japanese cross back apron is made for a dear friend of mine. She came to me more then a year ago and told me about an apron she had seen in a shop. The apron had a cross back, no ties and was easy to put on and take off over the head. She asked me if there would be a pattern available to make one. We did some search on the internet and when I showed her the Japanese cross back apron she told me that was what she was looking for. I also found a free pattern to make one and gave her the link.

Chambray Japanese cross back apron

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Sewing Happy X-mouse

Sewing Happy X-mouse – Christmas decoration

Sewing Happy X-mouse is made for Christmas. I love sewing Christmas decoration. These three dolls are hanging since a few years for our window. Last year I made Chris Moose. A couple of days ago I was looking for inspiration for the Christmas Wreath I had planned to make. Then I came across a mouse dressed for Christmas and as a follow up on the word Chris Moose I found X-mouse a nice and funny idea. I went looking for a pattern that looked a bit like a rag doll.

Sewing Happy X-mouse

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Faux leather detailed pencil skirt

Faux leather detailed pencil skirt – the history

Faux leather detailed pencil skirt is made during a sewing challenge. I decided to make a monochroom black-white outfit. There was some fabric left from this make but I hadn’t enough wide left to make the seam allowances for the skirt. I decided to add some faux black leather fabric bought for this make that also has some stretch. The faux leather stripes are 4 cm wide. This size gives the best outcome in balance between the skirt and the faux leather detail. When I showed the pencil skirt to the other contestants I had requests to share how I made it. Recently I wore the pencil skirt with my crewneck top. A few were interested if I had made the skirt and also wanted if so how it’s done. So here we go.

Faux leather detailed pencil skirt

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Jeanius Denim Softy Pig

Jeanius Denim Softy Pig – The start

Jeanius Denim Softy Pig is made of the butt section of the jeans donated by our youngest daughter. She loved this jeans and was sad to let it go. After making the jeanius sewing notions bag the upper part of the jeans was leftover. The only suitable fabric I could use was the butt section. This fabric had become soft and has different shades. I decided to make something for her using elements of this well beloved jeans. This fabric had become soft and has different shades. In this post I also said I wanted to do something with the instant jeans button and the rivets.

Jeanius Denim Softy Pig

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Jeanius sewing notions bag

Jeanius refashion relaxing neck pillow

This Jeanius refashion relaxing neck pillow is my contribution for refashioners 2016. This years theme was jeans only. The challenge was tough. Jeans aren’t easy to refashion. Jeans fabric has a kind of stiffness and there are heavy seams to deal with. I had three jeans I could use. At least that was what I thought. They were all women jeans. Surprise, surprise, surprise. Most women jeans nowadays do stretch. There was only one with no stretch. The other two had a different percentage of stretch. Making something to wear was impossible. After a good night sleep I decided to make something to use. Sleeping and relaxing a good way to combine with a useful pillow.

Jeanius refashion relaxing neck pillow

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Two Scrap fabric sewings

Two Scrap fabric sewings was done while other fabrics were pre-washed and drying. I decided to look for some sewing projects that could be made from scrap fabrics and therefore reducing my scrap fabrics. Two bags of fabrics are standing under my desk. One bag is filled with leftover fabrics and the other basis filled with scarps fabrics. I always try to find good use for both of them. My previous project was made using leftover fabric. I used scarps of discarded dress shirts for this project. Discarded dress shirts are often used to make the inner pockets in jeans and as a result of that fabric scraps.

using fabric scraps

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Sweet Valentine sewings

The idea for the Sweet Valentine sewings started when one of my FB-groups started a group to sew something for Valentine. The color pink was set in the spotlights and the name for the group: Tickled Pink. The Sweet Valentine sewings are made to give away to some of my dear friends.

sweet valentine sewings

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Fabric Tulips for New-Zealand

Fabric Tulips for New-Zealand are made to go to New-Zealand. A few Dutch who are going to New-Zealand would like to give their hosts something typical Dutch. They were looking for something durable and that would endure the flight.

Fabric Tulips for New-Zealand zijn gemaakt van stof en gaan naar Nieuw-Zeeland. Een paar Nederlanders die naar Nieuw-Zeeland gaan willen hun gastheren graag iets typisch Nederlands geven. Zij waren op zoek naar iets wat de vliegreis zou overleven.

Fabric Tulips for New-Zealand

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Big Bold Beauty

x Schermafbeelding 2016-01-06 om 16.29.26The Big Bold Beauty is a triangle shaped scarf special made for our eldest daughter. After seeing lots of big bold triangle shaped shawls in the shops our eldest daughter asked me if I could knit a x IMAG0205 half zij omsimilar scarf for her.

De Big Bold Beauty is een driehoekige sjaal die ik gebreid heb voor onze oudste dochter. Na het zien van grote driehoekige shawls in de winkels vroeg onze oudste dochter aan mij of ik zoiets voor haar kon breien.

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Sinterklaas gifts part 3

IMG_3087xxgsFor our eldest daughter I’ve knitted two extra pair of socks: the non felted slippers and the simple garter stitch slippers. In this how to keep toes warm post I told about her operations. Within two weeks the second operation will take place on her other leg.

Voor onze oudste dochter heb ik twee paar extra sokken gebreid. De non felted slippers en the simple garter stitch slippers. In dit bericht vertelde ik al over haar beide beenoperaties en binnen twee weken wordt het andere been geopereerd.

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Happy Feet or how to keep toes warm

IMG_3047A couple of weeks our eldest came to me and told me she had do be have an operations on both of her legs. After the operations both legs would be on cast for a couple of weeks. She asked me if I could knit her these toes-sock.

Een paar weken geleden vroeg onze oudste dochteren aan mij of ik dit tenensokje voor haar kon breien, omdat ze aan beide benen geopereerd zou worden. Na de operatie zou haar been in het gips gaan en alleen haar tenen zouden nog vrij zijn.

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Leftover T-shirt and a crumb of Cake Tee

IMG_2190x heel voorWhen I was searching for leftover fabrics to make this patchwork sweater I came across a piece of fabric. It’s a leftover from a Cake pattern T-shirt that I made last year. The seller was very generous when the amount of fabric was measured before cutting the demanded fabric.

Terwijl ik op zoek was naar reststof voor deze patchwork trui kwam is een stuk andere reststof tegen. Het is overgebleven nadat ik vorig jaar een Cake pattern T-shirt had gemaakt. De verkoper was gul en knipte ruim af.

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Tulips and herring or famous dutch products

IMG_1619At this moment our eldest daughter is working for accountants firm. Yesterday her firm was having a business company promotion. It was the annual network and herring party. When she told us about it she said that the men were wearing oranges ties but that there wasn’t an orange item for the ladies. I offered her to make a fabric orange tulip for her and turn it into corsage/brooch. She loved the idea and told her two other female colleagues, who also would be present at the promotion. They asked her if I could make two more.

IMG_1641 x kMomenteel werkt onze oudste dochter voor een accountantskantoor. Gisteren had dit bedrijf een promotiedag. Het was de jaarlijkse netwerk en haringparty. Toen ze ons erover vertelde zei ze dat de mannen oranje stopdassen zouden dragen, maar dat er geen oranje voor de dames was. Ik bood aan om voor haar een oranje tulp van stof te maken, die ze als broche kon dragen. Ze vond het een prima idee en vertelde het aan twee van haar vrouwelijke collega’s dat zij een tulp-broche zou dragen op die dag. Zij vroegen haar of ik er nog twee kon maken.

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