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Free Pattern Feature: 1 Hour Sewing Projects!

With a baby at home, I always appreciate a sewing project I can start and finish during my son’s nap time. These 1-hour sewing projects include quick gifts, quilted items for your home and more fresh sewing ideas to get you inspired when you only have a little bit of time to sew.

Download the free patterns now, or Pin them for later! Happy sewing!

1. Easy Lined Zipper Pouch

Once you get the hang of sewing zippers, this pretty lined pouch will take you less than 1 hour to sew… maybe even 30 minutes! Make one for a friend, yourself or a child. This pouch is great to help keep small items organized inside your purse (like gum, mints, lipstick, etc.).

Get the Easy Lined Zipper Pouch tutorial here!

Hour Basket: 1 Hour Sewing Patterns

2. The Hour Basket

Do you have 1 hour to sew? If so, you can make this pretty, lined storage basket with fabric handles! Use it to store your prettiest fabrics, your child’s books or even Easter eggs. This basket took me just around 40 minutes to sew, and I’ve made two more in different sizes using Kelly’s fast and fabulous tutorial.

Get the 1-Hour Basket Sewing Pattern here.

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3. Quilted Pot Holder

Do you love to cook (or know someone who does)? Treat yourself to an extra-large, pocketed pot holder for the kitchen, or pair it with a set of wooden spoons (affiliate link) for a cute little housewarming gift! This easy hot pad pattern takes only 2-3 fat quarters, depending on how scrappy you’d like to make it. You can make your own bias binding to add an extra dose of cuteness, or used packaged binding to make the project even quicker!

Get the FREE Quilted Pot Holder pattern.

 

The Incredible 1-Hour Tote Bag (Easy Sewing Pattern)

4. Tote Bags

If you love reusable grocery totes, but don’t love the look of the ones you get from the store, you can sew your own with this quick and easy tutorial! Make two sizes (big or small), and you’ll happily carry books, clothes and other belongings wherever you go.

Get the 1-Hour Tote Bag tutorial.

 

5. Charity Smocks

Here’s a sewing project that will bring warmth to a family in need! These teeny, tiny NICU smocks are designed to fit babies weighing 3 to 5 pounds. When babies are in the NICU, it can really be a gift to the parents to see their little ones wearing some sort of clothing. (With all the monitors & wires, clothing is difficult to get on.) Make one to donate to your hospital’s neonatal unit.

Download the free NICU smock pattern here.

1 Hour Sewing Project: Number Bean Bags

6. Number Bean Bags

We love quick sewing projects, and this kid’s toy offers you a chance to use all of those fun fabric scraps in your collection! Make some easy applique bean bags with this free sewing pattern. If you’d rather not sew your own, you can pick up this number beanbag set on Amazon (affiliate link).

Get the Number Bean Bags tutorial.

Easy Car Trash Bag Tutorial

7. Car Trash Bag / Reusable Lunch Bag

Does your car collect clutter? Receipts and gum wrappers be gone (poof!) with this easy, 1-hour car trash bag sewing tutorial. As a bonus, you can make another one to carry your lunch to work.

Get the Lunch Bag / Car Trash Bag tutorial.

Reversible Table Runner: 1- Hour Sewing Pattern!

8. Reversible Table Runner

This is the perfect beginner-friendly sewing pattern to add a little bit of color and livelihood to your dining table. Choose a home decor fabric, quilting cotton, linen or satin, depending on how formal you’d like your table decor.

Download the free 1-Hour Reversible Table Runner Pattern here.

1-Hour Easy Headband Sewing Pattern

9. Summer Headbands

Do you want to do some summertime sewing? These two headbands are simple to sew, and they will help you look great this summer for all of your outdoor adventures. Best of all, they only take an hour to make!

Get the Easy 1-Hour Headbands tutorial.

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10. Boxy Quilted Pouch

Using just two fat quarters (one for the lining and one for the zipper), this free boxy pouch pattern is easy to sew (even for beginners)! With no lining to sew, the quick pouch is great for storing cosmetics, pencils, sewing supplies and more.

Get the FREE Boxy Quilted Pouch pattern.

Mitered Corner Napkins

11. Rainbow Dinner Napkins

How fun would it be to set the dinner table with these beauties?! Whip up a set of coordinating dinner napkins with professional mitered corners for your next dinner party. This pattern is easy and fat-quarter friendly!

Get the FREE DIY Mitered Corner Dinner Napkins pattern here.

15-Minute "Burrito" Pillowcase Tutorial

12. 15-Minute “Burrito” Pillowcase

What’s the burrito method? You’ll just need about 1 yard total of fabric and 15 minutes to sew a pretty pillowcase for your bed with this magic sewing trick! Learn how to finish the seams with a sewing machine or serger with this free pillowcase pattern.

Get the FREE 15-Minute Pillowcase pattern here.

 

What are your favorite 1-hour sewing projects?

Free! Cadet Cap Pattern

I’m guest posting over at the Britex Fabric blog with a pattern and instructions for a child’s cadet style cap! Use this link to head over and check it out. While you’re there, check out the amazing fabrics they carry. The hat below is made from a beautiful herringbone olive and espresso wool from Britex. They’ll be having a 30% off sale in-store for Black Friday and 30% off online for Cyber Monday.

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The instructions are at the Britex blog now here on Craft Buds and you can download the free cadet cap pattern here from Craftsy. You’ll have to create a free Craftsy account to access the pattern. The free version comes in child size 5 only, but I plan on releasing a paid version with multiple sizes and printable instruction sheets soon. The finished base of the free hat measures 20 7/8″ and fits a head circumference (measured from the middle of the forehead to the widest part of the back of the skull) of 20 1/4″, the average size of a 5 year old.

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DIY for Dogs: 5 Projects to Make

It’s fun to pamper pets whether you are a pet lover or know someone who is. Here are some of our favorite DIY ideas for those special dogs in your life. And if you’re a cat lover, don’t worry! We’ve got some cat projects listed here (and some of those projects would work well for dogs too!).

First up, Urban Threads shares this cute tutorial for a dog hoodie.

Dog Hoodie at Urban Threads

Dog Hoodie at Urban Threads

 

At Totally Stitchin’ is this cute and easy customized dog leash.

Dog Leash at Totally Stitchin'

Dog Leash at Totally Stitchin’

 

This great tutorial for a collapsible travel dog bowl is featured at craftstylish.

Collapsible Dog Dish at craftstylish

Collapsible Dog Dish at craftstylish

 

Have some fleece scraps? Use this tutorial at HGTV to braid a fleece rope dog toy.

Fleece Rope Dog Toy at HGTV

Fleece Rope Dog Toy at HGTV

 

And lastly from Martha Stewart are these fun pet ID tags with a free downloadable template.

Pet ID Tags from Martha Stewart

Pet ID Tags from Martha Stewart

Happy pet sewing!

9 Free Women’s PDF Shirt Patterns!

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This post contains two of my favorite things, sewing and freebies! Here’s a roundup of women’s sleeveless or short-sleeved shirt patterns that bloggers and companies have graciously released for free. These aren’t just tutorials, there are printable pdf pattern pieces for each one along with instructions! Click the link below each photo to go to the pattern’s website learn more about each one. Some are multi-sized and others are not so see each description.

If you know of any more free shirt patterns, feel free to leave a link in the comments. Or, let us know if you’ve tried any of these patterns and how it turned out!

Note: We wanted to let you know about these patterns, but they are not affiliated with Craft Buds. If you have any questions or problems, please e-mail the website the pattern originates from.

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Deer and Doe: Plaintain T-Shirt

Includes European sizes 34-46 with options for short, long and 3/4 sleeves and elbow patches.

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Colette: Sorbetto Top

Sizes 0-18.

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Tanit-Isis Sews: Ariadne Tunic

Sizes XS-XL.

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Skirt as Top: Scoop Top

Size small/medium.

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It’s Always Autumn: The Easy Tee

Includes size L pattern with instructions to grade up or down and 5 variations. Scroll to the bottom of the post for different looks.

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Dixie DIY: The Portia Top

Includes 5 sizes ranging from bust size 32″-40″.

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Made with Hugs and Kisses: Button Down Peplum

Includes pattern for bust, 40 inches and waist, 32 inches.

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Cake Patterns: The Tee

Includes multi-sized pattern for 30″-59″ bust. Click the link above to go to the website, and on the right side of the website you’ll see an option to purchase the $10 paper pattern, and below that a link for a free pdf pattern download.

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Grainline: Hemlock Tee Pattern and Instructions

One size, finished measurements are 44.5″ bust and 46.5″ hip. Just leave off the sleeves for a summer top!

Free Pattern Feature: Feather Boa Crafts

We’ve recently noticed a craft store staple popping up in various holiday home decor and Christmas craft projects: feather boas! Despite their obvious glitz and glam, feather boas can look downright at home when used to decorate your family’s Christmas tree, mantle or another space in your holiday abode.

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Susan at Between Naps on the Porch is dreaming of a white Christmas. She has replaced the typical green holiday tree with a feather tree from her local craft store. You could make this look your on your own by wrapping a wire-framed or white artificial tree in feather boas for a soft, luxurious texture. Elegant crystal glass bulbs and white lights complete the look.

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Chris at Just a Girl shares this festive feather wreath, which doubles as a fall and winter season staple. Grab any wreath form and and glue gun to tackle this DIY wreath. She used skinny feather boas in white to get the look.

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Have you ever crafted with feathers or tinsel for the holidays? Good Ideas for You shares lots of feather boa crafts, including this pair of topiary trees. To make this craft, start with a styrofoam cone and wrap with a strand of feathers or tinsel, pinning or hot gluing along the way. Top with a star or tree ornament of your choice!

feather-boa-crafts-2 Finally, what’s more fun than holiday decorating with your pet? We love this ugly Christmas sweater craft featured at Sew Doggy Style. The classic dog sweater gets jazzed up with a feather boa, mini ornaments and Mardi Gras beads. Happy holidays!

Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for Kids

Last year, Mary had so much fun showing off her last-minute Halloween costume ideas, that I wanted to get in on the fun. When I was growing up, I didn’t go trick or treating that often. But, my mom always pulled together some creative costume ideas for my brother and I. One year I came to school dressed as a tourist (nobody knew the meaning of the word), and another year I was a television set. My older brother’s costume takes the cake however; he dressed up like a picnic table, complete with a red-and-white checked tablecloth, plastic table settings and a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken from which his head peeked through the table.

Looking for some last-minute Halloween costume ideas of your own? How about these?

I don’t know why, but there’s something charming about a baby dressed up like a lobster for Halloween. If you can get over the creepy factor, we love this DIY Lobster costume from Martha Stewart, which comes sized for little ones. If you’re not confident in your sewing skills, there’s another version available from MrCostumes, which will work in a pinch (get it?).

Here’s a Halloween costume for kids that a complete no brainer to put together. Dress-up an orange outfit with text and buy an ordinary funnel (for the hat), and you’ve got a snazzy Crayola Crayon costume for little kids. Inspire Me Crafts has done all the hard work for you, and offers free printables for the T-shirt logo and crayon box treat bag.

It may no longer be the “it” movie for kids, but Up was certainly one of my favorites. We adore this baby dressed as Carl Fredricksen, the grumpy old man from the film who get carried away by balloons. With a DIY walker made from PVC pipe and tennis balls, this Halloween costume is easy and cheap to pull off. Check out My Modern Met for more info. (Photo: Stephanie Read)

Free Pattern Feature: Fabric Flowers

Today, we are excited to have a guest post from Mary Egan of CraftFoxes! Since springtime is coming (but it’s still snowing for some of us!), we thought it was time to post a round-up of free patterns for fabric flowers. Take it away, Mary!

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As you all know (and are, no doubt, eagerly counting down to), spring it on its way! Although climates in the American Midwest and even over in England seem to think more snow is in order, I, for one, believe it’s time for tulips and warm winds. A great way to maybe give Mother Nature a hint about the change in weather is to brighten everyday wardrobes with some fun fabric flower accessories. Luckily, there are plenty of ideas and patterns out there for you to create fabric flowers to pin in your hair or to make into jewelry. These six ideas might give you a head start if you’re looking to add some spring to your wardrobe.

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Flower Headband by Carina Gardner

This flower headband from Carina Gardner is absolutely gorgeous and very customizable. As the original post suggests, this flower can be used as a brooch, on a belt, or on a hair clip. But I think the most stunning way to use it is on a headband to inject a bit of spring sassiness into your hair.

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Fabric Flower Hairpins by eDiva

Here is another adorable hair accessory made from fabric flowers. These flowers are created by cutting circles out of the chiffon fabric of your choice. Simply layer your circles on top of each other with the largest on the bottom of the stack and then sew some beads in the middle to join the fabric together. To create a hairpin, all you need to do is sew on a bobby pin.

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Fabric Flower Bracelet at Jewel Box Ballerina

The fabric flower affixed to this bracelet is made in pretty much the same way as the one linked above. Simply sew circles of fabric together with a stone or jewel in the middle for embellishment. To create the bracelet half of this craft, wrap some memory wire with a fabric of complementary color and tie a bow at the end. Hot glue your fabric flower to the bow and you have a charming bracelet for springtime!

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Ruffly Flower Tutorial at Craft Buds

Straight from Craft Buds is a great tutorial on how to create a ruffly flower. This flower is made by folding fabric and sewing those layers together to create a ruffly effect in the finished product. These adorable flowers can be attached to pipe cleaner stems for a synthetic bouquet on your kitchen table, or can be made into headbands or brooches as well.

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Easy Peasy Fabric Flower by Little Kids Grow

This is a super quick and easy way to create a fabric flower if you don’t have much time to be crafty. Use a gathering stitch on a square of fabric and just keep gathering until you’ve created a little puff. Stack several puffs together and press down to sew them at the middle, adding a bead or jewel for decoration. This flower is so simple to make and can be used as a headband, bracelet, or anything else you’d like.

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Fabric Rosette Necklace at Pattern Runway

This fabric rosette necklace is a gorgeous homemade piece of jewelry that is sure to get some comments from anyone who sees you wearing it. Fabric rosettes are created by rolling and twisting strips of fabric into a circular shape, eventually creating the appearance of a rosette. Glue your rosettes onto a felt pattern and add ribbons to hang the necklace around your neck. How pretty!

Have you tried your hand at making fabric flowers? If so, what do you use them for?

Free Pattern Features: Fall Printables

Ready for some fast, easy and free decorations for fall and Thanksgiving? I’ve put together this list of some of my favorite printables from around the web.

At The Letter 4 is this whimsical tree illustration.

Love Fall Printable from The Letter 4

 

Pink Ink Doodle shares this fall subway art.

Fall Subway Art at Pink Ink Doodle

 

At The Creative Paige you can find this Fall is Here printable in vertical or horizontal formats.

Fall is Here from The Creative Paige

 

This printable from It’s a Crafty Life just made me smile!

Happy Fall Y'all from It's a Crafty Life

 

And lastly, Kind Over Matter has a huge list of all sorts of Thanksgiving printables. Enjoy!

Free Thanksgiving Printables at Kind Over Matter

 

If you’re feeling lucky, don’t forget to check out our weekly list of crafty and handmade giveaways!

Last Minute Halloween Costume Inspiration

If you waited until today to start working on Halloween costumes, you’re in luck! There are some great resources out there with inspiration and instruction for easy costumes.

Disney Family Fun has a huge list of costumes and accessories with easy to follow instructions for many of the ideas.

Martha Stewart has over 50 Halloween Costumes and instructions (some are more time intensive than others).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doggie Stylish has a list of ideas for your dog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And for more ideas, a search on Google image search or Pinterest brings up tutorials for individual costumes on many craft and sewing blogs.

 

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Free Pattern Features: Candy Corn

Lots of tutorials have been popping up lately for all things candy corn including accessories, decorations, clothing, and lots and lots of recipes! Here are some of my candy corn finds:

The Purl Bee shares a pattern for these cute treat bags.

Candy Corn Treat Bags at the Purl Bee

 

You can find the tutorial for this hat, dress and treat bag at So You Think You’re Crafty.

Candy Corn Costume at So You Think You're Crafty

 

At Ideas Materialized, you can find the pattern to knit these candy corn hats.

Knit Candy Corn Hat at Ideas Materialized

 

At Tatertots and Jello is the tutorial for Candy Corn Bunting.

Candy Corn Bunting at Tatertots and Jello

 

And I couldn’t help but include one recipe! The recipe for these Candy Corn Macarons is at Barbara Bakes.

Candy Corn Macarons at Barbara Bakes

 

Don’t forget to check out our Giveaways Roundup and enter one of the many current giveaways listed!

 

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