Quilted Over-Trousers – Useful Sewing Project

My quilted over-trousers

I've made my quilted over-trousers in readiness for a trip to Norway later this year.  They could also be useful here if we have a cold winter in the UK. They are intended to be worn over my jeans - like a coat but for the legs.  I could have made … [Continue reading]

Pouch and Tote Bag – Free Pattern

Pouch and tote bag

This pouch and tote bag is something that I have wanted to make for a long time.  It seemed such a simple idea - but it took me about three or four prototypes before I was happy with the measurements.  Anyway, the idea is that the tote bag is … [Continue reading]

Single Strip Cushion Cover – Easiest Cover Ever

Halloween cushion cover

The single strip cushion cover is easily the most simple and easy cushion/pillow cover you could hope to make.  It's a great standby if you need to make something really quickly as a gift - or for charity sales.  It has an envelope closing at the … [Continue reading]

Flamingo Quilt Pattern – Tropicana Fabrics

Flamingo quilt

For the Flamingo quilt pattern I have used fabrics from a lovely new range called Tropicana by Fabric Freedom.  I have based the block on the golden gate quilt block, using twelve 18" blocks sewn together in four rows of three. The rectangular … [Continue reading]

Friendship Chain Quilt Block Pattern

Friendship chain quilt block

I've made the Friendship Chain quilt block as a 12" square finished size.  The block makes up easily - pretty in its own right and also useful as an autograph quilt block.  Use the diamonds in the middle of each block for signatures. The block is … [Continue reading]

Wine Tote Bag Pattern – Tutorial

Wine tote bag

This wine tote bag has been made following a request, but it is something that I had thought about making before now.  I wanted to create a bag that would carry two bottles of wine without any risk of them clanking together and I think that I have … [Continue reading]

Thrifty Quilt Block Pattern and Tutorial

Thrifty quilt block

The Thrifty quilt block is incredibly easy to make, but I rather like the three dimensional effect.  To me it looks as though there is a large pink square behind the brown squares.  It's a traditional nine patch block that is attributed to the Kansas … [Continue reading]

Broken Star Quilt – Free Pattern

Broken star quilt

I've used the Broken Star quilt block together with trumpet cornerstones to make this pretty quilt.  It measures 42" square and I've used 1.1/4 yards of white fabric, 1 yard each of yellow and brown together with 1/2 yard of orange. I've used … [Continue reading]

Porto Rico Quilt Block Pattern

Porto Rico quilt block

I've changed the colours slightly to make my own version of the Porto Rico quilt block.  Red, white and blue blocks are always very cheerful looking and I think that this one is a particularly happy looking block.  The finished size is 16" … [Continue reading]

Peg Bag Pattern – Free Bag Tutorial

Peg bag pattern

This peg bag pattern is easy to make and I feel that it is another project for those who wish to craft for charity or Christmas stalls.  Or to make for yourself, of course!  It can be used as a peg bag for hanging out your washing or it can be hung … [Continue reading]