It’s the time of year to reflect and look back at what we accomplished and process things that we want to change or improve on. Improving my sewing skills is always something on my list of goals for the new year. Making time to accomplish those goals is another thing on my list. Oh time… where do you go? I have so many large projects that I haven’t even begun to tackle. I have come to the conclusion that it’s better to practice sewing with a project that is smaller in scale. So in 2016 we developed an array of free patterns and sewing tutorials to help us all improve our sewing skills. We hope they helped and that you had fun with them!
The first free pattern and tutorial we created was this Bow Tie Tutorial. It makes an adorable gift for pretty much anyone… children, men, women, and pets!
We created this video on how to make thread chains. These are essential for keeping two layers of fabric together when you still need to allow for movement such as a main fabric and a lining. It’s also an excellent technique for tacking down pockets so that they don’t poke out. You will want to use thread chains when sewing The Cascade Duffle Coat and The Driftless Cardigan.
This tutorial shows you how the professionals get their flat bias necklines and armholes. Our patterns have illustrated instructions on how to do this but, there is nothing like a step by step photo tutorial!
In the spring we posted this cinch pouch tutorial. These little guys make great pouches for just about anything that needs to be organized. I use mine as a make up bag when I travel and I have a super sized one that I store my yarn collection in. This is a great project for beginner sewers.
Then in the summer we created this free apron pattern. It’s the perfect pattern to practice making pockets. For even more practice you can improvise and add as many pockets as you like.