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Free Sewing Patterns for Download


Some of my favorite how-tos: felt bag, oven mitt, and travel tissue cozy

Cool patterns for free: Anna Top, Jocelyn Dress, and Marie Skirt

I was browsing around Belinda’s site, sewseamless.com (lots of good info for beginners like me), when I followed a link and to another site called BurdaStyle and was surprised to find that it has pattern pdfs you can download for FREE! It also includes nice sections on how-tos, inspiration, and other resources. Many of the patterns and techniques are somewhat advanced, but it was fun to look around and see the possibilities, especially where members would “alter” a pattern to make their own design. Does anyone know of other sites like this where cool/modern patterns can be downloaded for free?

Postscript: I don’t know if they are from the same parent company, but there is another site called Burdamode.com which also lists some free patterns. The only one I really like is for the Tiered Skirt. Also, Kathy from Pink Chalk Studio recently provided a great link in the comment section to Creative Kismet’s tutorial roundup.

See more patterns, free downloads, tutorial and projects here and here!


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Apron Class

Earlier this month I signed up for an apron class at Bolt. I was thinking it would accomplish two things 1) be my first opportunity to learn to read a pattern and 2) produce a holiday gift at the same time. Bolt has other classes I’d like to try eventually, but they all happen to be waitlisted (which makes me wonder why the apron class is not very popular). What I really need is the Zipper clinic, although thanks to Nicolette, who sent me this tutorial link, I think my next attempt will go a bit smoother.

Sally, the instructor for the apron class, recently emailed the two pattern options and the supply list. Ironically, I was standing right behind Sally during the Amy Karol book signing, although I didn’t know it at the time.

Anyway, the apron pattern choices are:

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Flirty Skirty or French Flea Market Apron

Neither are quite what I had in mind, but I think I’m going to go with the Flirty Skirty. Its full-size seems more useful and it looks like it comes with a version for a half apron. I’m not too into ruffles, except maybe for a little girl’s apron, and I can’t say I’m into ric-rac either. But the experience is really what I’m looking for.

Aprons sites like these are really getting me inspired:

Tie One On, Olive Juice & Co, Hostess Blog mentioning Anthropologie’s Holiday Aprons, and of course, these aprons from Martha


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Inspiration: Lotta Jansdotter Simple Sewing

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I’ve finally bought a copy of Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing. I have loved her designs for ages, and own two of her adorable tissue box covers (read that post here) and a set of sticky notes my husband gave me last christmas. Her designs and patterns, to me, are the epitome of fresh, organic and modern. If I had inexhaustible funds I’m sure I would surround myself with many more of her products.

Anyway, I really want to learn to sew. I’ve thought about it for ages, but frankly, I’m scared. I see it as being a very difficult and unforgiving medium, though so many people do it very well. I’ve had a hard time just hemming up my pants, despite a very instructive lesson from my mother-in-law. And it’s not like I’ve never had a successful sewing experience. It’s just that I’ve also had some very frustrating experiences, too.

I’m hoping this book will help inspire me to change all that. It includes patterns and instructions for some basic, yet cool items that I would love to make for myself and possibly even give as gifts.

Tip: If you use the link above to her store, the book will come signed by Lotta. I didn’t know this until after I had already purchased my book from Border’s (with an email newsletter discount). Plus, while we were there we met and chatted with a very nice couple in the cafe about sewing and crafts. Rachel and Owen, if you’re reading this, it was very nice to meet you. 🙂

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