Category: Free Patterns

Water Bottle Free sewing tutorial

This water bottle holder, free tutorial will help you step by step through an easy and quick sewing project.   Perfect for handmade Christmas presents, teacher gifts, or just keep it yourself.

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I have made and given away many of these over the years.  Initially I was inspired by a pattern by Pink Chalk Fabrics which Kathy published in 2006.  In Kathy’s version she sews in a circular base which is a really lovely finish (I’ve sewn lots like this) however it is very fiddly and time consuming.  My version below is a bit quicker and features straps inserted into the seams.

When I am overwhelmed with life I often retreat into my studio, and sometimes then become overwhelmed with the mess in there, but this soon passes as I navigate around the mess and dig deep into my happy place and create.  Today I thought I would share how to quickly whip up this groovy water bottle holder.  These are super all year round, but especially in summer.  They keep your water bottle cool and make it easy to carry anywhere with you.  Plus you can use up some of your favourite fabrics.

I created this tutorial initially on Instagram Stories but they only stay live for 24 hours.  The photos aren’t brilliant but they were done on the run with my phone.

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VoilaWater Bottle Holder Tutorial Sew Up My AlleyIf you would like another quick and easy “perfect Christmas gift for all ages” checkout the iChair™ pattern.

Happy stitching.

Mel xxx

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Gorgeous Fabric Baskets

These Gorgeous Fabric Baskets are making their internet debut on Sew Mama Sew.  So hop on over there for the full tutorial.  They really are a cinch to make and can be quite addictive.  Thank you Sew Mama Sew for featuring my tutorial, just so excited to be a contributor.

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Tutorial available at Sew Mama Sew

If you would like to make a mini version of the Gorgeous Fabric Basket just follow the tutorial on the Sew Mama Sew website.  For the mini version simply cut and mark your cardboard 6″ x 6″ with 2″ folding lines, and cut your fabric 6.3/4″ x 7″  All the other instructions remain the same.

Here’s a few I whipped up this morning, using some really cute fabric.

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These would be perfect to pop a little gift in, or use to store a multitude of little things.

So looking forward to seeing your Gorgeous Fabric Baskets, so please post your pics on instagram with the hashtags #gorgeousfabricbasket and #sewupmyalley and be sure to link @sewupmyalley and @sewmamasew

Cherio

Mel

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Easter Basket Free Tutorial

Preparing for Easter again, whoosh……….where did that year go. I am making more cards (see my tutorial and template for those on a previous post) and one of the shops I supply asked me to make some little baskets. I made some up last night and thought I would share the instructions with you. I am a visual person and often forget how I have done something, so I take lots of photos along the way to help me remember. This time I added a few notes in the picture. I also write measurements etc in my “Production Note Book”

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Easter craftiness – Easter Cards with free template

I was busy this morning making some cards for a little shop in my home town who are very kind and take pretty much anything I care to make for them to sell. My hand made fabric cards have been a hit so I decided to make some Easter Cards for them.
I’ve been making cards for a while now, they are fun and easy to create and can save you a bundle on buying cards.
First I print my logo and contact details on to some 200gsm white card – I can fit two cards to an A4 sheet. Trim these, and fold by hand, you can iron the fold later to make a crisp edge.
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Free Passport Pocket Pattern

I have my IT expert in town (my daughter has come to visit) and she is going to help me work out how to attach a PDF of a Passport Pocket pattern.  I wrote this pattern to include in a gift for the girls in my local quilt group.  We made up kits for Christmas.

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Picklefish Passport Wallet

Well hopefully that worked, and if you click on this link a pattern will appear.   I have made several of these Passport Pockets for friends travelling overseas – and they loved them!   Enjoy the pattern.  Mel