Christmas is almost upon us! But there is still plenty of time to sew up these wonderful patterns from talented independent designers. These patterns can all be found on the Craftsy website for free but check out the designers’ home blogs as well for additional tips.
Swoon Ethel Tote Bag
You’re going to love the Swoon Ethel Tote Bag by designer Swoon Patterns. The Ethel veers away from the usual boxy tote. It is a roomy, sturdy and stylish open tote bag with a teardrop shape. Swoon patterns are written in paragraph form with computer-drafted diagrams and an enthusiastic beginner can sew up a Swoon bag,
Other Swoon patterns can be found here.
Christmas Wrap Apron
Add a festive touch to kitchen duties this Christmas. Aprons are fun and trendy to both sew and wear! The Christmas Wrap Apron is so easy to make, even for a beginner. This great apron can be made in a couple of hours from your fabric stash. Stitch it up in the afternoon and gift it that night.
Download the pattern on Craftsy but be sure to check out designer, Phyllis Dobb’s Art and Design website.
One of my favorite independent designer’s, Melissa Mora of Blank Slate Patterns, offers this delightful appliqued Christmas Stocking pattern. This is a great introduction to applique. You can easily sew up Christmas stockings for all your friends and relatives. Download the pattern from Craftsy but follow the instructions on her website, Melly Sews, here.
Long Arm Oven Mitts
Practical gifts like these Long Arm Oven Mitts are always appreciated. But these mitts have an added bonus – they are designed to be longer than ordinary mitts to protect your wrists during use. Visit prolific designer, Deby Cole’s website, So Sew Easy, for more great projects and sewing tips and tricks.
The Bella Clutch
This great little Bella Clutch can be added to a bigger bag or carried as a clutch. Clover & Violet is a mother-daughter team of designers. They sew, quilt, and embroider all sorts of things, but specialize in quilted handbags! Visit their delightful website here.
The Kennedy Bag has lots of details which give it lots of visual interest. I love this designer. She has also written one of my favorite bag books – Big City Bags: Sew Bags with Style, Sass, and Sophistication. Sara’s blog Sew Sweetness is chock full of helpful hints, pattern reviews, and tutorials.
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