Thursday, March 27, 2014

quick, easy & free sewing tutorials round-up

There are days where all I want is a nice easy sewing project that doesn't require much thought.  Most of the time those days come immediately after one of those nights with a sick 2 year old where I don't get very much sleep.  Kind of like last night :)

Anyway, my brain was too sleepy to work on other projects, so I decided to sew a couple of bibs (made from my own pattern found HERE) in anticipation of my cousin and his wife's first baby due later this spring.  Baby related sewing always cheers me up!  I think it's because that's when I pull out the happy fabrics :)

As I was sewing, I found myself thinking about other projects I like to do when I just want a quick, satisfying sew.  Then I realized I've never done a round-up of anything on this blog, so it seemed like a good project for today!  I picked only one tutorial from each blog, but all of these blogs have lots of great stuff, so make sure to take a good look around all of them!


Butterfly Sleeve Tunic - Easy knit shirt tutorial for both women and girls

Knit Dress -  Super comfy tiered knit dress in size 2T/3T

Bubble Skirt - A quick bubble skirt tutorial that requires no gathering

Basic Skirt - You can't go wrong with a basic skirt tutorial

Pleated Skirt - Once you determine the measurements for the pleats this is a really quick project

Striped Skirt - I love the bold stripes on this elastic waist skirt

Criss Cross Dress -  Although the free pattern is 18 months, I think it would work well for bigger sizes as a tunic

Sweatpants to Skirt - Refashion an old pair of sweatpants into a cute kangaroo pocket skirt


Toddler Sweatpants - Made from the sleeves of men's sweatshirts

Burp Cloths - Rag edge contoured burp cloths

Baseball Cap - Baby baseball cap made from upcycled onesies available in 0-6 months and 6-12 months

Tiny Tumble Tee - Just about the cutest little basic tee for baby

Baby Washcloths - Such a clever idea for a wash cloth; it's like a mini hooded towel

Baby Skirt - Very easy knit baby skirt; the basic idea could also be used to make skirts for older girls

Bloomers - Cute gathered baby bloomers in sizes newborn - 24 months

Leggings - Once the pattern is drafted these take no time at all to make

Pacifier Clips - Great way to use up some of those smaller fabric scraps


Sleepy Robe - A basic robe pattern that can be made from either knit or woven fabrics; free pattern available in size 18 months - 8

Belt Tutorial - An adjustable boy's belt tutorial for 20-24" waists

Bow Tie - A tutorial to create your own bow tie for boys age 4 and up

"Pi" Shirt - Make you own applique "Pi" shirt

Suspenders - A really simple tutorial for making basic suspenders

Muscle Tee - Tutorial to create a boy's muscle tee; includes size 4T pattern


Doll Diaper & Accessories - Tutorials to create your own baby doll diapers and a little matching wipes case

Stuffed Bunny - A perfect little stuffed toy just in time for Easter; there are lots of other tutorials on this site as well

Superhero Masks - Perfect felt mask for your little superhero

Doll Mei Tai Carrier - A cute little doll carrier made entirely from rectangles

Fleece Hat - Cute fleece winter hat with built in ear warmers in size 2T

Camera Strap Cover - A nice decorative cover for your DSLR camera strap

Fabric Notebook Cover - Learn how to sew and bind your own fabric notebook cover

Hair Bows - Felt Bows that can be used as an accessory for clothing or as a hair bow


Square Floor Cushion - I love this project because it only requires a yard of fabric and is stuffed with fabric scraps

Chenille Blanket -  This project isn't necessarily quick, but it is easy and can be done a little at a time

Fabric Basket - This fabric basket would make a great baby shower gift

Beach Blanket - Easy to make beach blanket with clever weighted sand pockets that keep the blanket from blowing away

Faux Patchwork Quilt - a nice easy (and quick!) quilt alternative

Cloth Napkins - So many people are opting not to use paper napkins anymore so here is a great tutorial for sewing your own cloth napkins

Pleated Pillow - A nice tailored (bunt pan inspired!) pleated pillow for your home

Sewing Accessories:

Tailor's Ham - A great tool for pressing rounded seams such as sleeves

Hedgehog Pincushion - This is just about the most adorable pin cushion I have ever seen :)

Pattern Weights - Not exactly a sewing tutorial, but still a clever idea

* I would love to add to this list, so if you have any simple, quick (and free!) tutorials by a blogger not already listed that you think belongs here, please leave a comment on this post!


  1. Thank you for linking to my baby washcloth tutorial! You've got lots of other great projects featured that I've never seen before but definitely want to try! Great roundup!

    1. I only wish the tutorial was around when I was making washcloths for my youngest! It never occurred to me to just make mini hooded towels :)

  2. Thanks for linking to my Doll Mei Tai carrier! Lots of good ideas on here :)

    1. I love your Mei Tai carrier! It's a perfect accessory for all the little mommies out there :)