For the Love of Sewing!

I love sewing!  I haven’t really had the time to sew for several years now but that doesn’t stop me from admiring the creations of those that do.  There are so many great blogs out there that feature sewing, many with free downloads and tutorials.  I don’t like to steal anybody else’s thunder-therefore most of the sewing creations featured in this post are from Better Homes and Gardens, one from Martha Stewart and two from fellow bloggers.  If you have a blog that features tips, downloads or tutorials related to sewing and would like to share your info, please do so.  I would love to do another post featuring your links and favorite creations.

Now, without further ado…I present…For the Love of Sewing!


This simple six-pocket bag would be great for summer when you want to just grab and go!


Along with spring and summer comes formal dances, proms and weddings.  This lovely bag is made from a dinner napkin!  You could make this purse so inexpensively and the creative options are endless!


This flower pin handbag uses two standard dish towels and two circular or oval purse handles readily available at fabric and craft stores.


Aprons, aprons, aprons are making a come back.

From left to right:

Cottage Inspired Apron

Easy Retro Apron

Pretty Paisley Apron


Patchwork pincushions-these are so adorable and could easily be made to give as small tokens of friendship to any and every sewer you know.


My youngest is 3 {sigh} so I will not be making baby blocks for any of my children but my niece is expecting and these may just be a project I have time to tackle-and have fun doing at the same time.  You only need fabric scraps and fiberfill!


These beautiful throw pillows are from Sandi Henderson Design and a downloadable PDF with full instructions are available by clicking on this link:  Sandi Henderson Design


I’ve mentioned Crafty Carnival-Missy Ballance before-I really love this blog and Missy Ballance offers several free downloadable patterns-this precious little girl is my favorite.


This bag is reversible and the complete video instructions are available from Martha Stewart

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I will be linking this at Hooked on Houses for Julia’s weekly blog carnival!  This week Julia is hooked on cool wall decals! Woo Hoo!

Caramelized Apple Cupcakes
A Little Laundry Love for Mama


  1. I sooooooo wish I loved to sew… but I do not sadly… and I would sooooooo like to have many of those items! Fun and colourful!

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  2. maya | springtree road says:

    i took home ec in high school and i hated to sew! but we just made really boring stuff, so who can say? i started knitting last year and this year i’m hoping i can get a sewing machine and try it again.

    pretty post!

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  3. I used to sew when I was a teenager; my mother and grandmother sewed most of their lives. As much as I cherish hand sewn items of any kind and appreciate the sewer’s talent, I lost interest in sewing only a few years after I began. If I couldn’t make it in a day, I didn’t want to take on the project. But I love receiving hand sewn treasures, and so admire the art and artists. I just love the pin cushions and pillows in your photos! ~Arleen

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  4. I love the things you picked! I just dusted off my sewing machine yesterday. I use it once every five years. Then I have to try and remember how to do the thread and bobbin. AHHH!

    I’m going to download the pillow info and give it a try! How hard can it be?

    Thanks so much! It is a beautiful post!


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  5. Ha! Simple. That cracks me up. Those are some pretty cool projects though. Now to find someone to make them for me ;)

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  6. Ooo, I love that first bag particularly! I can sew, and do occasionally, but unfortunately, I don’t really love doing it :/

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  7. I’m a big fan of cute bags like that. We have them all over the house to store Lily’s bits and bob so she can have easy access. You have some pretty ones there!

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  8. I wish I could SOOO badly!! Both of my grandmothers could sew and my mom can sew….but I apparently didn’t get that gene! Errr… Love all of your photos, but my most favorite at the moment is the throw pillows!! I can imagine them scattered all over my house for spring and summer…the fabric prints are awesome!
    angela @ peonypatch

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  9. I admire anyone that sews well. I can ‘functionally’ sew, but it’s just not my forte. I SO wish it were! What great projects you’ve shown!
    Happy weekend!
    xo Isa

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  10. Sewing…sigh…I too admire everyone’s creations. I haven’t sewn a thing in years! My mom and Grandma taught me to sew. I sewed non-stop as a young girl creating a sweet tiny wardrobe of little doll clothes, then it was room decor, then clothes for me, then I sewed couture baby dresses for specialty boutiques…then I just stopped! I am so glad to have the memories though…the hours of fabric shopping, watching the clerk measure the fabric through that metal contraption (what was that thing called?!) the sound of the scissors cutting through the starched fabric from the bolt, the sound and scent of the iron pressing down a hem…the dresses mom and grandma made for me and the time grandma and I made a Christmas wreath together…oh and the blouse that was too hard to finish on my own – I sent it over to grandma and she sent it back to me perfect and ready to wear! I have lots of left over fabrics and have collected beautiful vintage patterns but have simply run out of time to begin a new project. I am inspired though and I have decided that this spring break is it…I am going to dust off my husky (or maybe my Grandma’s old Singer?!) and set to work on something fun – those bags and pillows look great…or maybe a doll, I just don’t know! I will keep checking back here to see if you have made those baby blocks in the next few months – your niece will love them! Best wishes!!

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  11. I am visiting via H.O.H. Great post!

    I hope you’ll stop by for a visit, I am hosting a giveaway.

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  12. Those things are so great! I wish I loved to sew, but I don’t. Sigh. Crocheting is my thing! If you do a post with links in the future there is an amazing project you might want to mention. It is The Toy Society I found out about them through another blog. Basically, people all around the world make handmade toys and anonymously leave them, anywhere! They give their toy drop information to this site and hopefully the toy finder will send a note to the blog saying that they found it. If you read the notes from people that have found the toys some of them are so very poignant.

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  13. I’ve always wanted to learn how to sew. I was thinking of getting me a basic sewing machine to learn. I admire all these creative ladies.

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  14. I wish I knew how to sew. I had a few lessons when I was a teenager but it was on an old sewing machine that never worked right. I got frustrated with it and gave up before finishing a single project! Maybe someday I’ll give it a try again on a better machine. :-)

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  15. Oh! I love to so too but like you I haven’t sewn much for a number of years. The bags and aprons are just so darned cute. Certainly makes me want to go to the fabric store!! =)

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  16. love that green and blue summer bag…i need to find the pattern! thanks for the inspiration!

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