How To Sew Your Own DIY Dog Toy (Easy Scrappy Project!)

How To Sew Your Own DIY Dog Toy (Easy Scrappy Project!)


Learn how to sew a dog toy from fabric scraps, including an easy way to add crinkle sounds.

Tutorial to sew a DIY dog toy from fabric scraps

Hey y’all, today I have a super easy tutorial to make a cheap DIY dog toy from fabric scraps and, well, trash. I sew these DIY dog toys from left over fleece, and my poodle loves them. He thinks they’re a great dog treat, then promptly destroys them, lol! But I’d much rather he destroy these scrap fabric dog treats that cost me nothing than have to constantly buy him toys at the pet store.

Fleece dog toy to sew

The great thing about dogs is that they generally don’t care if the toys they get are perfectly cut or sewn. I make them rectangular-ish, but you could make them bone shaped, circular, or any other shape you can cut out. The shape isn’t what seems to engage my dog’s mind, instead it’s the texture of the fabric and the challenge of getting the crinkle out.

Gray standard poodle with a homemade toy

My pup will find these even if I hide them, which is a fun game for him. He also likes to play fetch with these a few times before he settles down to chew holes in it. Sometimes I get a good grip on it and we play tug of war. But mostly my pooch loves the mental stimulation of tearing things apart. He likes to take the cover off a tennis ball, and he loves to pull stuffing out of toys from . So these are a good alternative for us since I always have scrap fabric for them. But, hopefully this goes without saying, you should always watch your pooch with any toy, including a diy toy. You don’t want them to ingest small pieces of the toy as they tear it.

Poodle chewing on a toy sewn for him

Pet Toy Supplies

To make your own pet toy like this you’ll need:

  • Scrap fabric. My dog seems to prefer fleece type fabrics, but you could try denim, old t-shirts, etc. I would caution against old socks if you have a sock snatcher like my dog. That could make it hard for them to distinguish which socks they’re allowed to chew and which they’re not.
  • Potato chip bag – this is what I cut up to make the crinkling noise. I don’t wash the bag, and I use a pair of scissors separate from my fabric scissors to cut it.
  • Sewing machine, thread, etc. I don’t recommend hand sewing these if your dog is destructive like mine, hand stitching seems much easier for them to rip out in longer pieces of thread.
Dog chewing on a DIY toy

How To Make A Dog Toy

To make your own dog toy, watch the video below or on YouTube here.

Written Instructions

Time needed: 10 minutes.

How to sew a DIY Dog Toy

  1. Cut out fabric

    I cut two pieces that are about a 6 inch by 8 inch rectangle, but proportions and shape can vary.

  2. Cut out crinkle material

    I use an empty potato chip bag for this, and cut it so that it barely extends into the seam allowances of the toy. I use half inch seam allowances.

  3. Sew the toy

    Place the fabric pieces right sides together and add a layer of potato chip bag material. Stitch around the edges, leaving a gap to turn the toy. Sometimes I double stitch 1/8 inch in from the first line.

  4. Finish the toy

    Turn the toy right side out and fold the raw edges at the gap to the inside. Stitch the gap closed on the machine.

Dog with a sewn toy

And when you’re done sewing these toys, you can also check out the dog sewing tutorials below to see how to make a dog bed and how to sew a dog bow tie.





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How To Sew a Baby Gown Pattern with a Video Tutorial

How To Sew a Baby Gown Pattern with a Video Tutorial


Why buy when you can make a baby gift? Learn how to make your own newborn sleeper gown.

Sew a Baby Gown Pattern - Free Pattern & Video Tutorial to make this Yellow Sleeper

Hey y’all, today I’m sharing a free baby gown pattern and the tutorial to sew this sleeper. This is an extension of my baby t-shirt pattern for cooler weather, and it’s a perfect gift for a new parents. A newborn gown is perfect to sew for a baby shower and also share some handmade love.

Three baby gowns on a clothesline, one in white floral, one in a yellow geometric print, and one in a navy blue floral

I sewed these in a selection of some of my designer knit fabric. This is a pattern for baby boys and baby girls, just customize your fabric print choice. Alternatively, you could choose something like the yellow print that would be great for any baby.

Homemade baby sleepers hanging on a clothesline

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Materials to Sew a Baby Sleeper

Want to make your own sleeping gown? You’ll need the materials below.

  • 1 yard of knit fabric. I used a cotton spandex knit. You’ll likely have extra width of fabric left over since stretch fabrics are generally 60 inches wide. I’d suggest adding a beanie hat to use up the extra if you’d like.
  • If you’d like to use contrast color for the neck binding strips, you’ll need 1/8 yard of that.
  • 1/2 yard of 1/4 or 3/8 inch wide elastic
  • A safety pin or bodkin (affiliate link) to thread the elastic
  • Sewing machine that will sew a stretch stitch, thread, needles, etc.
  • The pattern (see section below for details to get it)

A few notes: Before you begin you’ll want to prewash your fabric to pre shrink it. Make sure to use a gentle detergent as many newborns have sensitive skin. You’ll also want to be extra careful about cutting off thread ends since tiny fingers and toes can get caught in even short threads.

White floral baby gown on a pink background

How to Get the Baby Gown Free Pattern

This pattern is size 0-3 months, so it should work for an average sized newborn up through several weeks old, though the sleeves might need to be rolled up at first. Or let them cover baby’s hands to keep their scratchy nails away from their face.

To get this pattern, you must either be a free newsletter subscriber or have purchased a gallery access pass. Then click your preferred option from the buttons below. Existing newsletter subscribers should look at the bottom of the most recent Friday newsletter for the current free pattern gallery password. If you purchased the all access pass you’ll log in to your shop account to download the pattern. Note that the free version of the pattern does not have printable instructions so you’ll need to refer to this post for instructions.

Before using this pattern, you may wish to visit the CPSC standards to make sure your finished product will be safety compliant with current standards. For example, don’t substitute a drawstring for the elastic, as ties can be choking hazards for babies and children.

Pink and navy floral newborn sleeper

Sewing The Gown

To see how to sew the top of the gown, including the neckbands, refer to the Baby T-shirt post.

Sew a baby tshirt - super cute free pattern - would be an adorable baby gift! Tutorial and video from Melly Sews

To see how to sew the bottom of the gown, check out the video below or on YouTube here.

Sewing Instructions for a Newborn Sleeper

Time needed: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

How to Sew a Baby Gown Pattern

  1. Cut out your pattern

    To start, you should have a front and a front binding (dimensions for the binding are on the pattern, make sure it stretches lengthwise), a back and a back binding, and two sleeves. Make sure you cut or mark those notches on the front and back pieces, you’re going to need them later. This pattern includes 1/2 inch seam allowances unless otherwise noted.

  2. Sew the neck binding

    First, pin the front binding right sides together with the front neckline and around the shoulder extensions. Stretch the binding slightly to fit; you want to do most of your stretching on the curves and less stretching on the straighter parts of the neckline. Stitch, using a stretch stitch. Need to know more about stretch stitching? See this post. Repeat this process with the back and back binding. 

  3. Finish the neckline

    Next, fold the binding around the seam allowance and to the wrong side of the gown. Pin it in place, then flip the shirt over with right side up and replace the pins onto the right side. This is because we’re going to sew on the right side, and you don’t want to zig-zag stitch over pins. Set your machine for a medium length, medium width zig-zag stitch. Sew with the seam centered under the presser foot, so one side of the stitch lands on the binding and one lands on the shirt. Repeat this with the back/back binding. Then trim the excess fabric off the bindings on the wrong side, being careful not to cut the gown.

  4. Sew the sleeves

    Lay the front of the gown right side up on the table, then overlap the back of the gown on it at the shoulders. The wrong side of the back should be against the right side of the front. Next, match the notches, then pin the armholes with the raw edges even. After that, match the center of each sleeve to the notch, right sides together. Pin through all 3 layers, then pin the rest of the sleeve in place. Stitch the sleeves, using stretch stitch.

  5. Sew the side seams

    Fold the gown right sides together, matching the underarm seams. Pin down the sides so that you can sew the sleeves and the side seams in one pass.

  6. Hem the sleeves

    Fold the sleeves under 1/2 inch to the wrong side and then hem. Need more help with hemming knits? See this post.

  7. Sew the casing

    Fold the bottom edge of the gown 1/2 inch to the wrong side and then stitch close to the raw edge, leaving a 1 1/2 inch gap somewhere on this stitching line.

  8. Insert the elastic

    Use a safety pin or bodkin to thread the elastic through the casing, making sure not to twist it. Once that is done, overlap the ends of the elastic and sew them together. Finally, sew the gap in the stitching line closed and trim threads.

Newborn sleeper gowns hanging on a clothesline





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How To Make a Coffee Cup Carrier with a Free Pattern

How To Make a Coffee Cup Carrier with a Free Pattern


Check out this fun and easy DIY drink holder carrier tutorial. This is a great gift to sew for the holidays for your friends and family

How to sew a coffee carrier pattern diy project in salmon, blue and green

Hey y’all, today I’m sharing a pattern and tutorial to make a coffee cup carrier. This is a way to carry your favorite drink and beverages for a few other people without having to deal with an unwieldy cardboard serving tray cup holder. This DIY project can be sewn up quickly from small scraps of fabric. Each one of these carrier straps is lightweight and foldable. So you can easily stuff a few in your bag, and they’re reusable!

Woman carrying coffee cups with a DIY coffee cup carrier pattern to sew

I worked on this pattern to make sure it would fit several different regular cup sizes. All of these samples are sewn from the same pattern, and are the same size. However, you can see that depending on the size of the cup the sleeve part sits at a different depth on the cup. The cups shown are 12 oz, 16 ounces and 20oz.

Coffee holder straps pattern

These only work on cups with slanted sides and no handles; if you’re interested in sleeves for mugs, check out this post instead. These carriers should work just as well on cold beverages as they do with hot ones, lowering your risk of spills.

Cup carrying handle sewn in salmon fabric

I wish I had these when my kids were little. That way, instead of my hand tied up balancing a disposable cup holder with compartments as I left the coffee shop, I’d be able to hold these straps as well as a kid’s hand and still keep my drink upright. Another advantage to this type of DIY cup holder is that you can drink from your drink without taking the holder off the cup.

Fabrics for Coffee Sleeves

Beverage holder strap sewn in blue camper fabric

The fabrics I used for these samples are all from Riley Blake Designs. The coral is Blossom Salmon, and the two holiday ones are from my friend Bev’s collection Christmas Adventure. I think these are great gifts to sew for teachers, neighbors, and as stocking stuffers. You could also make the sleeve part reversible if you cut from two different fabrics. Alternatively, you could also piece smaller scraps together for the handle and for the sleeve to use up even irregular fabric scraps.

Coffee carrier pattern sewn in green holiday fabric

If you wanted to modify this cup carrier to work as a bicycle cup holder or a DIY crutch cup holder or walker drink holder, it would be really easy to cut the strap at the top, poke the raw edges to the inside and topstitch across the cut ends, then add velcro to the cut ends. That way the strap could go around the handlebar on a bike or a cross bar on crutches or a walker.

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Materials for a DIY Drink Carrier

To make your own coffee cup carriers, you’ll need:

  • Fabric. I used quilting cotton to make mine, but lightweight canvas, linen, and other light to medium weight woven fabrics would also work. If you choose a medium weight fabric for the outer part and strap, I’d suggest using a lighter weight fabric for the sleeve lining.
  • Lightweight fusible interfacing. This is optional, however if you add the interfacing the carrier will be more durable.
  • Sewing machine & basic notions
  • The pattern – see below for instructions to get it.

How to Get the Free Cup Holder Pattern

To get this pattern, you must either be a free newsletter subscriber or have purchased a gallery access pass. Then click your preferred option from the buttons below. Existing newsletter subscribers should look at the bottom of the most recent Friday newsletter for the current free pattern gallery password. If you purchased the all access pass you’ll log in to your shop account to download the pattern. Note that the free version of the pattern does not have printable instructions so you’ll need to refer to this post for instructions.

Video Tutorial for a Coffee Cup Carrier

To see how to sew these cup carriers, check out the video below or on YouTube here. These are a quick sew, but the order in which you sew the seams is important so that you’ll be able to turn your carrier right side out.

How to Sew a ReUsable Coffee Holder

For written instructions to sew the holder, see below. But I do still suggest watching the video above at least once, especially to clarify step 6.

Time needed: 15 minutes.

How to Sew a Beverage Strap Carrier

  1. Cut out the pattern

    When cutting, make sure that the sleeve part of the pattern is cut on the fold of the fabric. If your fabric is directional, like the camper fabric I used, then remember that the longer edge of the sleeve is the top. The text on the pattern is also oriented correctly so that you can tell the top from the bottom. Cut 2 sleeve pieces on the fold, 1 handle on the fold, and one sleeve of fusible interfacing. Also cut 1 strip of interfacing 1 inch wide and 18 inches long for the handle.

  2. Add interfacing

    Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of one sleeve piece. Fold the strap in half, wrong sides together, and press. Then fuse the interfacing strip to the wrong side of the strap.

  3. Prepare the strap

    Start by folding the handle strap in half, right sides together, matching long edges. Then stitch down the long edge with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Turn right side out, using a tube turner or other method. Finally, press the strap so that the seam is on one edge. Add topstitching if desired.

  4. Mark the center of the sleeve top and sew.

    Mark the center on the top of one side and leave a 1 inch gap here, half an inch to either side of the center point. Next, place the sleeve pieces right sides together and then you’ll stitch the top and bottom edges. Start and end your stitching about 1 inch from the ends of the fabric and remember to leave the gap on the top edge.

  5. Press the sleeve

    Turn right side out and press, pressing seam allowances toward the inside on the ends and in the gap.

  6. Sew the sleeve into a loop

    Next, fold the sleeve so that the two interfaced ends are right sides together. Unfold the seam allowances and hold the other ends of the sleeve out of the way. Stitch, then re-fold seam allowances down. Now roll up the sleeve so that you can wrap the two non-interfaced ends around it and place them right sides together. This is basically the burrito method. This is also the step that the video might help you visualize. Stitch.

  7. Add the handle and topstitch

    Place the raw ends of the handle strap into the gap and the seam gap on the top edge of the carrier sleeve, making sure they’re exactly across from each other. Pin in place. Pin the seam gap on the bottom closed. Finally, topstitch around the top and bottom edges to close the gaps and secure the strap in place.





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Sew a Coin Purse Pattern With A Video Tutorial

Sew a Coin Purse Pattern With A Video Tutorial


Learn how to sew a cute and easy coin purse using a clasp frame and a free pattern.

How to sew a coin purse with a free pattern to make a clasp frame pouch

Hey y’all, today I’m sharing a coin purse pattern for this adorable frame purse. I have a video tutorial showing you how to sew these up and a free coin purse pattern you can download to make your own. These pouches would make great little gifts for someone with a treasure to keep up with. As a kid I would have used one for loose change, but since I rarely carry cash anymore I’m more likely to put ear buds inside.

Three kiss frame mini bags both closed and open to show contrasting inner lining

This mini kiss clutch pattern is lined, so I had fun mixing and matching the outer fabric, clasp frame color, and lining fabric. The DIY coin purse color combinations make me happy they’re so cheerful! It’s fun to get a contrasting color pop inside each one. And this sewing project is also a portable one, since attaching the frame requires hand sewing.

Three different coin pouches sewn in pink, gold and aqua

What You Will Need to Sew the Coin Purse

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To make your own clasp purse you’ll need the supplies below.

  • Outer and lining fabric – you’ll need scraps that are 9 inches by 6 inches. I used quilting cotton from the Riley Blake Basics lines Pin Drop and Blossom. I think these would also be great in velvet with silk lining, though that would be a little more fiddly to work with.
  • Optional: fusible interfacing
  • Purse clasp frame (affiliate link) the linked ones are the exact ones I bought, but if you can’t get those I show how to modify the pattern in the video. You want to make sure your frame has the sewing holes in it to use this method of construction.
  • Optional – sewing stiletto. I use this one (affiliate link) in the video.
  • Hand sewing needle and thread
  • Sewing machine, needle, thread, etc. This adorable coin purse is small enough that you could also hand stitch it if you don’t have a sewing machine.
Blue teal pouch sewn with a yellow kiss clasp frame

How to Get the Free Sewing Pattern for the Coin Pouch

To get this pattern, you must either be a free newsletter subscriber or have purchased a gallery access pass. Then click your preferred option from the buttons below. Existing newsletter subscribers should look at the bottom of the most recent Friday newsletter for the current free pattern gallery password. If you purchased the all access pass you’ll log in to your shop account to download the pattern. Note that the free version of the pattern does not have printable instructions so you’ll need to refer to this post for instructions.

Note that the coin purse pattern has a 1/4 inch seam allowance included in the pattern. You’ll want to mark the dots on the wrong side of each fabric.

Pink coin purse sewn with a mint clasp frame

How to Make a Clasp Pouch

To sew up your coin purse pattern, watch the video below or on YouTube here. I also have written instructions below the video.

Sewing Instructions for a Clasp Purse

Time needed: 30 minutes.

How to Sew a Coin Purse Pattern for a Kiss Clasp Frame

  1. Sew the sides

    Fold the lining and outer pieces of fabric in half at the fold line, right sides together. Use the side of a pencil, an iron, or point turner to press the fold crease into the fabric. Sew down each side from the dot to the fold. Remember to backstitch at each dot.

  2. Box the corners

    Using the tip of your scissors, clip each side at the fold to the stitching line. Open the seam and press it toward the bottom crease. Mark a 3/4 inch to 1 inch wide line across the corner. Repeat with the other corner and with the corners on the lining piece. Stitch across all 4 corners.

  3. Sew the lining to the outer fabric

    Turn one fabric right side out and then place it inside the other fabric pouch so that right sides are together. Stitch together from each dot across the curved edge. One one side, leave a gap for turning.

  4. Attach fabric to purse frame.

    Turn the pouch right side out, making sure the lining side is inside the pouch. Using a hand sewing needle, stitch through all layers to attach the purse to the frame. Make sure that the raw edges of fabric from the turning gap are pressed to the inside before stitching that portion.

Frame purse pattern sewn in gold fabric with a pink frame

Tips for Coin Purse Sewing Success

These accessories are a great place to play with fussy cutting, the act of cutting your fabric to highlight a certain part of a print. If your print is directional, you can fold the pattern in half and add a seam allowance to the bottom, then cut two pattern pieces with the print in the correct direction on each. Seam them together at the bottom.

If your purse frame is a different shape than mine, see the video instructions for what part of the pattern to alter to match the purse frame you have. If your frame is wider than mine you can also slash the pattern vertically and spread it to match.





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How to Sew a Makeup Bag – Easy to Clean Vinyl Cosmetic Bag

How to Sew a Makeup Bag – Easy to Clean Vinyl Cosmetic Bag


Learn how to make your own makeup bag. This DIY cosmetic bag pattern is stain resistant and durable.

How to sew a makeup bag with vinyl

Hey y’all, today I’m going to show you how to sew a makeup bag with a vinyl covering to protect custom embroidery.This zipper cosmetic pouch was a gift for my daughter. I knew I wanted to make it easy to clean for her and resistant to stains. I also knew I wanted to make it personal to her, so the embroidery was chosen with her input.

Represent! Embroidery book review and project

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I’m also going to review the book Represent! Embroidery from which I got the design I sewed on this cosmetic bag. I was so excited when Bianca asked if she could send me a review copy to be part of the tour for her book.

Represent! Embroidery Stitch 10 Colorful Projects & 100 Designs Featuring a Full Range of Shapes, Skin Tones & Hair Textures

Add Custom Embroidery – Represent! Embroidery Book Review

If you’ve been a reader on this site for a while, you have seen Bianca’s pattern weights when I posted about using them with my rotary cutter. And similarly to those weights, I appreciate Bianca’s attention to detail in this book. Not only are the designs fresh and fun, she really did cover a range of skin tones, hair types, and body shapes. I particularly love the section on embroidering different hair styles. Her crayon tinting technique was also something I had never seen and it’s what I used for the skin on the girl I embroidered.

Hand embroidered design from Represent! Embroidery book

The book includes the girl embroidery design as an iron on transfer. Since I wanted mine to be a little smaller I re-sized the design and traced it onto my fabric. I used regular embroidery floss for the flowers, outlines and the girl’s shirt. Then I switched to perl cotton for the hair and the word Lovely. I added the word Lovely during the embroidery process at my daughter’s request. She chose a font she liked and I just traced the word off my computer screen onto the fabric.

DIY Cosmetic bag with water proof fabrics

Materials for a Cosmetic Bag

Because so much work went into the canvas and embroidery, I wanted to make sure to protect it for use near makeup. So I came up with the idea of adding a vinyl layer to the outside. And since I didn’t want makeup to leak from the inside either, I used waterproof lining as well. Here’s a list of the materials I used:

  • White 7 oz canvas for the embroidered front and the back, 1/3 yard
  • Lightweight fusible interfacing for the wrong side of the outer fabric
  • 4 gauge vinyl (affiliate link) 1/3 yard for outer layer
  • Telio Seattle Metallic Waterproof Nylon Black 1/3 yard for the lining fabric
  • 12 inch zipper (affiliate link)
  • Flamingo point turner (affiliate link)
  • Sewing clips (affiliate link) because you don’t want to pin vinyl
  • Sewing machine including a zipper foot & basic sewing notions (needle, thread, etc)
  • Optional but handy – rotary cutter, ruler and mat
Easy to clean makeup pouch sewn with waterproof fabric

Makeup Bag Pattern Pieces

Here are the pattern pieces you need to cut for this DIY makeup bag:

  • Two 9 inch tall by 13 inch wide rectangles out of each: outer fabric, lining, and vinyl
  • One 15 inch by 2 inch piece of outer fabric and of vinyl for wrist strap

I suggest cutting your pattern pieces with a rotary cutter, ruler and mat. However, if you don’t have those you can use a ruler or measuring tape to draw the pieces on your fabric and cut them out with scissors. Note that these cutting measurements include a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Finally, the finished pouch measures 8 inches tall by 12 inches wide.

How to Make a DIY Cosmetic Carrier

This makeup bag tutorial will help you create great gifts! To sew a makeup bag, follow the video tutorial below or on YouTube here if the video won’t load for some reason.

This zipper bag tutorial has the step by step video and the written instructions for a zipper pouch if you’ve never sewn one before. This post has more tips for sewing with vinyl. And below is an outline of the steps to sew a cosmetic bag if you just want the order of construction.

Order of Construction for a makeup tote

Time needed: 20 minutes.

How to sew a makeup bag

  1. Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of the outer fabrics

    Use lightweight, fusible interfacing. This is optional, but it does help the bag hold its shape and wrinkle less.

  2. Baste the vinyl to the outer fabric

    Layer the vinyl on top of the right side of the outer fabric and then baste at 1/4 inch around the edges. I prefer to baste from the center of each edge toward the corner in case the vinyl shifts. Treat the two fabrics as one outer fabric for the rest of this tutorial.

  3. Press the wrist strap

    Match long raw edges of wrist strap fabric and press wrong sides together. Open and press raw edges toward center crease. Fold strap on first crease and press again so that all raw edges are inside. Match long edges of vinyl wrist strap and use a point turner or side of a pencil to press a crease in the middle.

  4. Sew the wrist strap

    Put the fabric wrist strap inside the vinyl one and clip. Push the fabric toward the fold in the vinyl. Stitch the vinyl together next to the edge of the fabric. Then stitch again in the middle of the strap, through both layers of vinyl and all layers of fabric. Trim excess vinyl off the wrist strap.

  5. Sew the zipper

    Sandwich one edge of the zipper tape between the outer fabric and lining fabric, with right side of zipper against outer fabric and the two fabrics right sides together. Stitch with a zipper foot. fold and finger press fabrics away from the zipper and topstitch next to teeth if desired. Repeat on other side.

  6. Sew the sides

    Unfold fabric and partially unzip the zipper. Then place outer fabrics right sides together and lining fabrics right sides together. Push zipper teeth toward lining. Clip the folded wrist strap in between outer fabric layers at zipper edge. Next, stitch around sides and bottoms, backstitching over wrist strap. Leave a gap in the bottom of the lining for turning. Clip corners.

  7. Finish the gap

    Finally, turn the pouch right side out. The last step is to close the hole in the lining with a blind stitch or with topstitching on the edge.





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Sew for Easter with Free Patterns and Tutorials for Adorable Projects

Sew for Easter with Free Patterns and Tutorials for Adorable Projects


Check out these cute DIY Easter projects to sew with video or written tutorials.

Easter Projects to sew - like this knit fabric scrap bunny

Hey y’all, today I’m going to share a few projects to sew for Easter. Because at this point in my life I should just own the fact that holidays always take me by surprise, especially those that change dates from year to year, like Easter. By the time I start thinking about Easter baskets, everything is sold out in stores and I have only my fabric stash to turn to. Is it just me? No?

Well if you’re a last minute gift maker like me, I hope this post of Easter sewing projects helps. All but one of these projects has a free pattern, and all but 1 has a video tutorial. Plus they’re mostly very quick sews. And even if I made them at the last minute, they’re all been hits with my kids.

I made a video of some fun projects that you can DIY for Easter. You can check it out below or on YouTube here.

Knit Scrap Fabric Bunnies

DIY Bunny Stuffy with a free plushie pattern to sew from scrap fabric

When my kids were littler, the Easter bunny brought them some kind of stuffed bunny every year, nestled among their Easter eggs. It started because I knitted them some little spring bunnies and they liked them so much they carried them until they were filthy and falling apart. So I sewed each of them a stuffed animal rabbit for the next year using a pattern I made in high school to sew stuffies for my friends. While I made them out of knit fabric for my kids and their cousins, you can make these from woven fabrics too. I remember the ones I sewed in high school were from white flannel. Check out the tutorial and pattern details here.

Woven Fabric Easter Bunny Softie

Sew a Bunny - Scrap fabric rabbit tutorial

Another year, I trying to think of a project to use some fabrics from my friend Melissa’s fabric line. I didn’t want to make quilts or pillows, but it was getting close to Easter again so I started thinking about little rabbit stuffies and came up with this pattern. I love that you can use two fabrics to make the bunny ears for a cute contrast. And this is another project perfect for scrap fabrics. You can check out the video tutorial here.

Bunny Baby Hat

DIY bunny hat - such a cute gift to make for a spring baby!

When my youngest niece was born, I could not stop sewing for her. And since she was still a tiny snuggly newborn for Easter that year, I modified my slouchy beanie pattern by adding bunny ears in the seam allowance of that hat. She was a pastel princess and I can almost smell that baby smell looking at these pictures of her. I only wish I had sewn one of these bunny hats sooner so that we could have pictures of all the babies wearing these for their first Easter. Check out how to make this baby bunny hat here.

Fabric Easter Baskets to Sew

Sew a Fabric Easter Basket that folds flat for storage

I was not kidding when I said I was a procrasti-sewist when it comes to holidays. The story behind these fabric Easter baskets was necessity. My boys got invited to their first Easter egg hunt about a week before Easter. The day before the hunt I realized they didn’t have Easter baskets. Head.palm. So I looked through my fabrics and found some scraps from making these floor pillows. I added some piping and lining and made them baskets, which they have used ever since.

Later, I shot a video to show how you could leave the handle off these baskets and they become great storage bins, as shown below. These can be fun to coordinate with your home decor. The biggest thing I love about both types is that they fold up flat when you’re not using them. So I don’t have to have a bunch of storage space to save Easter baskets from year to year. You can check out the original Easter basket tutorial here, or the updated video here.

Sew a Round Storage Basket - DIY Fabric Bin Tutorial

Sewing an Easter Dress

Little girl in a home sewn polka dotted party dress

Maybe the most common thing to think of when you think about projects to sew for Easter is an Easter dress. And for many years I sewed my niece and later both nieces versions of my Fiesta Frock for holidays. There’s even a free version of the pattern you can get with the instructions here. This dress works great with quilting cotton, so it’s perfect for those pretty florals or fun Easter egg prints you can find for the holidays. You can even make coordinating scrunchies or bows from the scraps to match the dresses.

Easter Vest

Boys wearing holiday vests sewn by mom

And don’t leave out the kids who don’t wear dresses. Boys deserve fancy Easter outfits too! I made these vests for my boys for Christmas, but any holiday is a good holiday for kids to wear vests in my opinion. How cute would these be in seersucker for Easter? That would certainly set an Easter mood. You can get the instructions to sew these vests here.



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