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Free sewing patterns

I love making things and have recently rekindled my relationship with my sewing machine. I’d forgotten how much I like sewing and in particular, making things that I can use. My hubby calls me “gadget woman” as I am a sucker for quirky and colourful things around the house and if it’s a bit different from the norm, it’s immediately on my wanted list.

I sometimes look through magazines and go to friends houses and think that I too would like a clean-looking, minimalist, sophisticated and every-thing-matching home. For me, that would take up too much time and energy and therefore I continue with making things from bits and pieces and fabrics in the colour and patterns that are my latest fad.

Coming back to the sewing arena I have been most grateful and amazed by the number of sewing and craft blogs on the internet many of them producing great tutorials and allowing others free access to their patterns. I have made use of these recently and I have put together a selection of my favourites so far. A big thank you to all these Bloggers for their generosity and clear instructions. I’ve had great fun making your makes.

Pink Penguin-fabric basket tutorial

I originally made the mini-basket then adapted the pattern to make a laundry basket and basket just the right size to fit a packet of baby wipes. A delightful pattern with many options.

Cotton wool/bath bomb mini basket

Cotton wool/bath bomb mini basket

Baby wipes basket

Baby wipes basket

Laundry basket

Laundry basket

Sewn Up by TeresaDownUnder-Patchwork tote bag

I have made two of these in different colourways and love them. they are strong and roomy and the instructions are very easy to follow. I have had loads of compliments and I’m sure it won’t be long before I make another.

Back view

Back view

My new patchwork tote bag-front view

My new patchwork tote bag-front view

It even stands up on its own

It even stands up on its own

The Daily Stitch-(The Village Haberdashery) Hot Water Bottle cover

I love this pattern and although it takes me quite a long time to make one (I make up the patchwork pieces rather than use whole pieces of material) it’s well worth it. I have made one to match my quilt, laundry basket and Scottie Dog in Moda Padstow fabric by Cabbages and Roses.

Moda Padstow

Moda Padstow

Penny Dog Patchwork-Easy Peasy phone pouch

Again I have made a few of these in different colours and they certainly keep my home and work mobiles safe and sound. My first attempt was amusing as I managed to sew it up so that the side pocket was upside down but since then, have mastered the pattern! It may be easy peasy but you still need to think about what you are doing 🙂

Mobile phone cover

Mobile phone cover

Easy peasy phone case

Easy peasy phone case

CrazyKitsy-Cat doorstop pattern and tutorial

A great pattern and when filled with pebbles (I did feel a bit strange stuffing pebbles up the cats’ bottom) it’s a really effective doorstop. Its such a quirky shape, so cat-like it captures the essence of felines perfectly.

Cat doorstop

Cat doorstop

CrazyKitsy doorstop

CrazyKitsy doorstop

Fun and funky-all these items are quite easy to make as long as you take your time and follow the instructions carefully. I hope you have as much enjoyment out of making them as I did.

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Slowly, slowly catchy monkey

Over the last few weeks I have been working hard at putting all the advice provided by Doc Fraser into place so that I make sure that I rest at regular intervals and taper my enthusiasm for all things in front of me. It has been hard but I am reaping the benefits of more energy and willingness to engage with my fellow man. Most people believe me to be an outgoing, sociable and confident person but in fact nothing can be further from the truth and in times of stress I tend to withdraw.

I am now almost back to “normal” ; presenting training sessions at work, telephoning my clients to arrange meetings and generally taking an interest in my work and home life. It is only now that I feel better that I realise just how ill I have been. I would even go as far as saying that it was touch and go at one stage as I fought against the negativity and preoccupation that I would be better off dead.

Thankfully, those days are behind me for the time being and I am now determined to carry on as before, working and living as best I can.

Creativity is again at the forefront of my recovery, and my latest wheeze is patchwork. If it’s not patchwork, it’s not in!

My new Moda fabrics Padstow design bedroom!

A crafty week

This has been a busy week craft-wise as I continue to manage my physical exertion levels to make sure that I don’t over-do it and make myself ill. I find it very difficult, but absolutely necessary to do this so I just have to make the best of it. Luckily, I love making things and I get a lot of satisfaction out of trying new things.

My colleagues have ordered some memo-boards! Ordinarily I don’t make things to sell, but if anyone wants something particular, I will make it for them at cost price. This helps me to keep busy and keeps the cost of hand-made items down to a reasonable level.

I managed to complete the quilt that I started last year, so that I only have the border, backing and binding to do now. I also made a headboard to match out of a long picture canvass and hexagonal patchwork “flowers”.

Patchwork quilt and matching headboard

Patchwork quilt and matching headboard

I am loving all this hand-made stuff-it’s right up my street and gives me great satisfaction when I see the end result.

This week I also found the perfect boxes for the new shelf I bought a couple of weeks ago. The only problem was that they were the boxes which contained our tax legislation at work and needed some TLC to make them suitable for use as storage.

Here is the result.

I have done some more odds and ends but my final “make” for the week was a Padstow Patchwork Puppy dog made from the scraps left over from my quilt. Never, ever throw away those little pieces left over, you can always find something to make! The dog is called Padstow as this is what the material bundle is called. I used a Moda Jelly Roll to make my quilt and the Charm pack for the hexagonals and other bits and pieces.

Padstow my Patchwork Puppy

Padstow my Patchwork Puppy

I guess when I look at my week I have been really productive, and I have also managed to go to work full time!

Not bad for someone who is fighting ME/Chronic Fatigue and Depression. I am proud of what I have achieved and long may to continue to a full recovery.

Patchwork drawers

Yesterday I ran out of drawers 😦

I thought that I would have to wait until the Spring when I can start scouring the local boot sales for unwanted and unloved drawers to decorate but fate decreed otherwise and Ebay again came up trumps just in time  🙂

This morning, I bought these for a grand total of £10.

IKEA drawers

I have wanted to try  patchwork Decopatch and a bit of frivolity is required to finish off this Festive Season!

So here is my effort so far………………..busy, colourful and I love them! 

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