Cross My Heart – free easy dress pattern

Cross My Heart – free easy dress pattern


This dress is so elegant. I love how easy it is to sew too. h and it's a free pattern!

You know sometimes how you look about and everyone seems to be wearing the same thing, the same styles, the same colors?  That’s especially true on a small island where there are only a few places you can buy clothes anyway, so it’s no wonder everyone has the same pieces.  So I set out to make myself a dress.  Something I could wear to dinner, or if I had to go somewhere smart, or heaven-forbid, ever get a job!

I was really liking the Simple Shrug pattern and wanted to see if I could incorporate the idea into a dress because I think it gives a really flattering look by having the fabric fall from the bust, making the waist look smaller – or at least I hope so!  I’m very rectangular through the waist, so anything that draws attention to the bust is a plus for me.

This dress is so elegant. I love how easy it is to sew too. h and it's a free pattern!

The Cross My Heart Dress – This dress has crossover pleated drapes from the shoulders that are caught into the side seams just under the arms.  It creates a modest v-neckline and frames the face, hanging loose from the bust to emphasize the smaller waist.  It’s certainly unique!  I’ll never come across another one like it – unless some of you sew it and then visit the Cayman Islands.  That would make my day!

Plus, it’s a very quick and simple sew.  Bonus!

This dress is so elegant. I love how easy it is to sew too. h and it's a free pattern!

Features:

  • Quick and easy to sew
  • Figure skimming fit
  • Pleated crossover drapes from the shoulders
  • Longer length – pick your own skirt length
  • Center back seam to help get a nice fit
  • Short sleeves
  • Sizes 29- 41 bust, 33-45 inch hips
  • For knit fabrics only – I used a ITY knit  (Read more about different types of knit fabrics here.)
  • Fabric needed for all sizes – 2 yards
This dress is so elegant. I love how easy it is to sew too. h and it's a free pattern!
This dress is so elegant. I love how easy it is to sew too. h and it's a free pattern!

Download the Cross My Heart Dress pattern

You can download the pattern from my design account on Payhip.  Add it to your cart and check out – its FREE.  The pattern will be saved in your Pattern Library safely until you are ready to sew, then you can download and print it at any time.

How to sew your ‘Cross My Heart’ free easy dress pattern

1/2 inch seam allowances throughout unless stated otherwise.

Cut out your pattern pieces on a double layer of fabric, with the front on the fold.

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Turn a narrow 1/4 inch hem on the top and bottom curved edges of the front drapes and stitch close to the edge.  Press. Set aside.

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Optional – add a piece of tricot interfacing to the center front to reinforce the V at the neckline.

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Add a 1/4 inch snip at center front and then turn a narrow hem up each side of the center front and stitch close to the edge.  Press.

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Join the center back seam. Turn down the back neckline in a smooth curve and stitch.  Press.

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Add the front drapes to the shoulders.  Line up the inside seamed edges, then line up the outer edge of the drape 1/2 inch inside the outer edge of the shoulder.  This 1/2 inch is the seam allowance where the sleeve will be sewn.

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Create 3 even pleats in the fabric and pin them in place.

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Place the dress back over the front, RST, and match the shoulders.  Repin through all layers and pleats.  Stitch through all layers.  Reduce the bulk in the seam by trimming the pleated layer.  Press the completed seam towards the back.

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Repeat for the other shoulder.

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Match the center top of the sleeve with the shoulder seam.  Ease in sleeve, pin, and stitch. Take care NOT to catch the fabric from the front drape in the sleeve seam allowance.  It should only be caught at the shoulder seam. Repeat for the other side.

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Take the front drapes across the front of the dress, taking care not to twist them, and pin into the side seams matching the top of the drape at the point under the arm.

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Baste the drapes into the side seam of the dress front, within the seam allowance.

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Pin the side seams and check for fit.  Make alterations as necessary.

Pin and stitch side seams.  Press.

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Finish the bottom of the sleeves – twin needle finish is optional.  You may also simply turn in a 1/2-inch hem and stitch.

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Check for length and finish the bottom hemline with your favorite finish.

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Give the dress a final press and it’s ready to wear.

This dress is so elegant. I love how easy it is to sew too. h and it's a free pattern!

Download the Cross My Heart Dress pattern

You can download the pattern from my design account on Payhip.  Add it to your cart and check out – its FREE.  The pattern will be saved in your Pattern Library safely until you are ready to sew, then you can download and print it at any time.

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Tropical Wrap Dress maxi dress pattern hack

Tropical Wrap Dress maxi dress pattern hack


Oh wow, on my summer sewing list for sure. Free pattern and tutorial on how to make this tropical wrap maxi dress pattern.

The most downloaded pattern from So Sew Easy is the Wrap Dress. It came second in the Craftsy best pattern award some years ago when Craftsy was still a thing and at the time of writing has been downloaded more than 100,000 times!  If I had a dollar for each one….. 😉

Wrap dress pattern - free sewing pattern. Easy to sew and great looking wrap dress - everyone should have at least one of these. From So Sew Easy.

So when I wanted to sew a tropical maxi dress, this pattern immediately sprung to mind.  Sometimes you just don’t need to mess with a good thing!  I bought this amazing ITY knit print from Fabric Mart (sadly now sold out) and it’s just perfect for island life.  But I wanted to make just a few changes:

  1. Maxi dress rather than knee length
  2. Enough room to walk properly in the longer skirt
  3. Loose flutter sleeves
Oh wow, on my summer sewing list for sure. Free pattern and tutorial on how to make this tropical wrap maxi dress pattern.

We looked before at skirts when we made the Perfect Maxi Skirt.  If you take a straight skirt that is hip width and then simply extend it down to the floor, you won’t be able to walk properly, you’ll only be able to move your legs as wide as your hips.  This works OK in a knee-length skirt but not in a maxi.

How to make the perfect fitting maxi skirt without it being too flared or too tight.

At the same time, we don’t necessarily want to add a lot of volume to the skirt all over so there is more fabric at the waist and hip to be gathered in. So I used the same idea on the Perfect Maxi Skirt to extend and increase the flare slightly on the Wrap Dress skirt.  I also made sure to use the whole width of my fabric too.

Oh wow, on my summer sewing list for sure. Free pattern and tutorial on how to make this tropical wrap maxi dress pattern.

I changed the shape of the sleeves to give them a looser more summery look too.  Both are very simple changes you can make to this, or any pattern, to change up the look.  I’ll show you how to do these simple pattern hacks in the video below.

The video below covers the two different pattern hacks to convert the wrap dress into a maxi with flutter sleeves and also has the full sewing step by step too.  So if you’ve not yet made the original wrap dress, there are some pointers here that might be useful.  It’s a very quick and easy-to-sew dress, has optional elastic at the waist and I’ll be wearing mine everywhere!

Oh wow, on my summer sewing list for sure. Free pattern and tutorial on how to make this tropical wrap maxi dress pattern.

Pattern hacking the Wrap Dress into a Maxi Dress Pattern

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Oh wow, on my summer sewing list for sure. Free pattern and tutorial on how to make this tropical wrap maxi dress pattern.

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If you want to see the step-by-step sewing instructions in word and picture format, these are included in the pattern download and are also in the original article about the wrap dress here.

Oh wow, on my summer sewing list for sure. Free pattern and tutorial on how to make this tropical wrap maxi dress pattern.

Give this one a try, I think you’ll like it.  Or start out with the original Wrap Dress too.  Either way, please do come share what you sew in our sewing chat group on Facebook.  24hr sewing chat, inspiration and sharing – on all sorts of sewing activities!  We can’t wait to see what fabric you use for your maxi dress.

Download the free Wrap Dress Pattern

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As usual, to make downloading easy and reliable, the pattern is hosted in my design account with Payhip. If you don’t already have an account, you will need to sign up to download, but don’t worry, it’s free, quick and easy. Add the pattern to your cart, and then checkout – no payment/address details etc needed.

Download multi-size pattern pieces from my design account at Payhip…

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How To Make A Pillow Out Of A Shirt

How To Make A Pillow Out Of A Shirt


Hi everyone!  It’s Jann from Newton Custom Interiors again.  Today, I’m going to share another cute pillow idea.  I’ll be showing you how to make a pillow out of a shirt – with some special added details!

Everyone knows how expensive fabric can be.  That’s what is so great about this type of pillow.  You can use a shirt that you already have, or you can go to Goodwill, like I did, and find some great shirts to make your pillows.  The added bonus is that the buttons and buttons holes on the front of the shirt make your closure.  No need to hand-sew or insert a zipper to close your pillow!

Easy way to make a pillow out of a shirt - already has a button closure ready to use for the back!

I loved finding this bright pink men’s shirt at my local Goodwill.  I think I paid $3.00 for it.  It was an XL, so there was a lot of fabric to work with.

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Since the fabric was pink, I decided to use some of the extra fabric from the shirt to make fabric flowers for the front side of the pillow.  I love how the flowers add a little whimsy to the pillow!  I’ve included a video in the tutorial that shows how to easily make the flowers.

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How To Make A Pillow Out Of A Shirt

Materials needed:

  • Shirt
  • Pillow form
  • Thread
  • Buttons

Instructions:

  •  Make a paper pattern that is the same size as your pillow form, and lay it on your shirt.  My form was 12″ x 16″, so that’s the size of my pattern.  (I don’t like to add in seam allowances when I make pillows – this makes for a snugger fitting pillow.)pattern on shirt
  • Cut out both layers of fabric.  This will give you the front and back sides of your pillow.back and front
  • Cut out strips of fabric for your flowers.  I had one large flower, and the strip of fabric was cut at 3″ x 21″.  For the two smaller flowers, I cut my fabric strips at 2 1/4″ x 15″.  Here’s my video showing how to make the fabric flowers.

I hope have enjoyed this pillow tutorial!

Easy way to make a pillow out of a shirt - already has a button closure ready to use for the back!

I’ve also made a shirt pillow in which the button closure is on the front of the pillow, instead of the back.

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How To Make A Shirt Pillow


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Vintage Sewing Pattern Printable Fabric Purse Project

Vintage Sewing Pattern Printable Fabric Purse Project


I HAVE to make me one of these. Print your own fabric with a sewing pattern envelope and make your own sewing pattern zipper pouch. NEED IT!

I may be here on the site today with a new project, and sending you the weekly newsletter, but actually, I’m not here.  I’m on my way back today from Sewing Holiday in Sioux City, where I’ve been rubbing shoulders this week with some great sewing instructors.  Hopefully, I’ll pick up some great tips I can share with you, meet some great people and be able to share some photos of the event.

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I’m actually really nervous.  I had been reading comments prior from some of the attendees and they all had SO much sewing knowledge and experience – I was worried I was going to embarrass myself in their company.  I’m a slapdash sewer for sure, never do things the ‘right’ way and just get the job done.

What should I take with me?  What supplies, tools, and equipment would I need?  According to the class schedules, almost everything was supplied so I shouldn’t need to take much with me.  But what should I wear?  Oh no – should I wear clothes I had made myself?  Would the ladies be nice (like you all are), or would they be critical of what I had made?  Arghhh.

Never mind all that.  I just needed a small zipper pouch to carry a few basics and of course, it had to be sewing-related.  I went back to the earlier idea of creating my own fabric, and the vintage envelope zipper purse from the printed fabric.  Could I create something like this, but sewing related?  What is that sort of size and shape – a sewing pattern of course.  Light bulb moment!

I HAVE to make me one of these. Print your own fabric with a sewing pattern envelope and make your own sewing pattern zipper pouch. NEED IT!

The Print-Your-Own Fabric Sewing Pattern Envelopes

I wanted to make two pouches, one with the traditional portrait envelope and one, if I could find the right images, that was landscape.  It’s only when you look, that you realise just how few images there are longways.  Most pattern envelopes have the image upright.  I picked out some images and I was going to try to do a tutorial for you on how to adapt them to the right size, add a border and prepare them for printing, etc – but well, it’s not that easy and not everyone has the right software – so I just thought I would share the ones I made.

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I did this in Photoshop and made all 4 the same size then added a border in a light matching color so the edges weren’t just plain white.

Just as a guideline if you fancy trying this yourself, I made the image 8 by 6 inches and this worked well without distorting the images.  You can find some great vintage sewing pattern envelope images on Google HERE.  Pick the ones that suit your style.

To make your sewing pattern pouch

Materials:

Download the Sewing Pattern Envelope printable files for fabric

This is a ‘pay what you can afford’ download.  Choose your price – anywhere from $0.00 upwards.  Free downloads are fine – I won’t come hunt you down or think badly of you!

Print, sew and enjoy using these vintage sewing pattern envelope files for your print-at-home fabric projects.

Preparation

Read through the earlier articles about printing on fabric here:

  1. How to print on fabric at home – 4 different ways
  2. Printing on fabric – washing and fading
  3. Print your own ‘handmade’ labels
  4. Vintage envelope zipper pouch – print your own fabric
Wow, I love this idea. How to print your own fabric in any design you like and great a roject with it. These vintage envelope bags look great!

To make your pouch

Cut your fabric piece with a 1/2 inch seam allowance around the outside of the pattern image.  Double-check they are the same size.  If you are using my templates, then they should match OK.

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Apply lightweight fusible interfacing to the back of the printed fabric.

Create an inside pocket if you like, add your own ‘designer’ label and add it to one piece of your lining fabric.

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Then sew your zipper pouch in the usual way.  If you’ve not already made a ton of these sort of things before, then there is a step by step on how to sew under the earlier tutorial about how to use your own printed fabric to create the vintage envelope bag.  Check out the sewing tutorial here.

I HAVE to make me one of these. Print your own fabric with a sewing pattern envelope and make your own sewing pattern zipper pouch. NEED IT!

And that’s it, your sewing pattern pouch is ready to fill with your sewing supplies, or whatever else you want to use it for.  I was jumping about with excitement about these, showing my husband and just squealing with the cuteness of it all.  He seemed under-impressed until I told him that I had printed the fabric too, then he was a little more impressed but not much – honestly, only you ladies can appreciate how darned fabulous these bags are.

I HAVE to make me one of these. Print your own fabric with a sewing pattern envelope and make your own sewing pattern zipper pouch. NEED IT!

Now I know I can go on Sewing Holiday and have something awesome to take with me.  I’m still nervous, but not so bad now.  I’m wondering if any of you will be there?  Hope we had a chance to say hello and get our photos taken together if so.

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Copyright – please note, the issue of copyright on sewing patterns is extremely complicated.  I don’t believe there is anything to stop you using a sewing pattern envelope image to create your own bag or other items.  However, that’s OK for personal use, but you should not sell the bags unless you are certain that copyright does not apply to that pattern envelope or image you have used.  Therefore feel free to download these images I have created for you, but please use them solely for your own personal use.  Or create your own fabric from images of your choice.

Download the Sewing Pattern Envelope printable files for fabric

This is a ‘pay what you can afford’ download.  Choose your price – anywhere from $0.00 upwards.  Free downloads are fine – I won’t come hunt you down or think badly of you!

Print, sew and enjoy using these vintage sewing pattern envelope files for your print-at-home fabric projects.


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Quick and Simple Spring / Easter Baby Bibs

Quick and Simple Spring / Easter Baby Bibs


Next in the seasonal baby bib series, I created some quick Easter and Spring designs.

As I mentioned in the Valentine’s post, if you don’t have a baby to sew for, these silhouettes can be used for a multitude of other projects! They would be cute on a t-shirt too!

To make your own Spring or Easter baby bib, you will need:

  • The Pattern (link below)
  • a couple of large scraps of fabric
  • a couple of small scraps of fabric (for the appliques)
  • matching thread
  • freezer paper (optional – If you have never used freezer paper before, check out my freezer paper tips!)
  • Heat N Bond Lite
  • scissors
  • sewing machine

 

How to sew a Spring / Easter baby bib

[Note: for more photos of each of the steps, check out the Christmas bib tutorial too!]

  1. Cut two of the baby bib (mirrored). Note: seam allowance is not included in the pattern. Cut around the pattern, including your desired seam allowance. I used about 1/4 inch.
  2. Choose your applique and your desired fabric You will choose either the bunny or the flower. Cut directly on the line. Do not include a seam allowance, as the design will be appliqued on. Trace the design to your Heat N Bond (or freezer paper) and apply to the reverse of the fabric.  Cut out around the pattern you drew.
  3. Remove paper backing from the Heat N Bond and iron it to the front of the bib, using the included instructions.  If using freezer paper, remove the paper and either apply a fabric adhesive or not, you decide.
  4. Applique the silhouette (I hand-sewed a blanket stitch around the edges of mine but you can also use your machine for this step.)Easter Spring Baby Bib - flower applique Easter Spring Baby Bib - bunny applique
  5. With right sides together, sew around the edges of the bib, leaving a small gap on one side to turn. Easter Spring Baby Bib - inside out
  6. Clip the fabric along the curves (Be careful not to clip through the seam.)
  7. Turn rightside and press. Easter Spring Baby Bib - bunny right side
  8. Topstitch all the way around the bib, making sure to complete the seam where you turned the bib.
  9. Install the snap (I used snaps for my bibs because I had them on hand but you could also sew velcro onto the bib to use as a closure instead.)

Easter Spring Baby Bib - bunny Easter Spring Baby Bib - flower

Like I mentioned above, the silhouettes can be used for a variety of projects. I would love to see what you make from them. Come by and share your projects on the Felt With Love Designs Facebook page or tag me on Instagram (@feltwithlovedesigns)!

Easter Spring Baby Bib - finished

For more fun, kid-friendly projects, head over to Felt With Love Designs. I recently designed a fun seal softie that would make an awesome baby toy and an adorable girly robot softie!

If you are interested in more baby-related projects, I frequently pin fun (mostly free) patterns and projects to my sewing for baby Pinterest board. You also might like the round-up of free diaper bag patterns!

So adorable!  Pattern and tutorial for these Spring or Easter Baby Bibs.


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Hi! I’m Alicia from Felt With Love Designs where my husband, Patrick, and I write about all of our crafty and artistic endeavors. Patrick is the artist behind our designs. I create all our patterns and designs based on his sketches and bring them to life with a needle and thread.



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