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I've been thinking for a while that a sticky thread of tutorial links or links to free patterns would be useful as they are a great source of inspiration.


So if anyone has a favourite feel free to list it here and I will attempt to categorise them all in one post and then ask the mod to make it a sticky.


I've grabbed some from recent threads that others have posted.


Here are a few to get us started;



Michael Miller cloth shoes

Heather Bailey's Bitty Booties

Assorted baby items

This site includes nappies, toys, clothes, slings and nursery decor.

Bird mobile

Fabric Baby Grab Ball

Soft fabric blocks by London Mummy - link in left hand side-bar

Baby bib from Nested

Several different bib designs

50's style bib - Full front with pocket, wraps around to tie at the back.

Baby leg or arm warmers

Super-cute washcloth puppets - cow, bunny or bear

Assorted baby projects on the Michael Miller blog including fabric blocks, bib, baby rings, burp cloths and an appliqued onesie.

Fabric beach ball, a great toy for baby from the Purl Bee

A bunch of nappy patterns for thos using Modern Cloth Nappies. Includes a pattern for training pants, nappy covers, fitteds, pre-fold and pocket nappies.

Catch-all laminated bib for baby.

Roll-out changemat with wipes holder. Ideal for under the pram.

Wet bag for containing messy items when you are out and about such as wet clothes or swimming gear.

Simple nappy wallet to pop into your handbag - by me!




Little girls' bib-style apron

Polar fleece hats for girls and boys - a variety of styles to choose from

Felted tote bag for a little girl from Betz White - this is a gorgeous bag made from old felted woolen jumpers.

Bean bag chair from the Michael Miller blog.

Dolls nappy - just what every dolly needs!

Kiddy messenger bag - ultra-cute and made froma pair of old unwanted jeans.

Fabulous memory game (matching cards) using Michael Miller fabric, includes bag to store it in.

Gorgeous fabric dollhouse

Children's apron - (reversible) and chef's hat from the Michael Miller blog.

Felt food - eggs, orange slices, ravioli, fortune cookies and doughnuts.

Felt food - packet of chips and a sandwich with all the fillings

Felt food - a carrot with velcro that you can cut apart.

Felt food galore!! - there are lots of items in this tutorial - the instructions are not very detailed but lots of pictures for inspiration too.

Felt food - a great list of online tutorials for assorted food items including doughuts, lettuce, carrots, strawberries, sushi and an icy pole.

Make felt corn on the cob using EB mum Narelle's great tutorial at Cook, Clean, Craft.

Child's Montessori Apron

Make a Curlypops Super Hero Headband to go with a cape!

Keep puzzle pices all together in one place with these puzzle pockets that fix to the back of the board.

Fabulous doll carrier for your childs baby.

Lovely little sweet peas on the go art satchel. A bag with a place for crayons/pencils and an A5 book.

Fantastic fun Princess Pavillion play tent.

Foam dirt and vegetable patch.

Excellent play mail set with postcards, stamps, mailbag, envelopes, mailbox and mail bag.

Loads of felt food tutorials for kids in the kitchen.




Children's basic long-sleeved art smock from Lincraft. Size 8 shown but scale it up or down.

Children's art smock - this has fabulous appliques on it. By Aussie mum, Kelly, at 'Don't look now'.

Zakka inspired pencil case - kids' pencil case tutorial.

Fabulous vinyl pencil case by Jodie of Ric Rac

Triangle pencil case - ten minute tutorial.

Wedge-shaped Humbug pencil case by The Mad Quilter - will fit a ruler!

Lined Pencil case with a centred zip by London Mummy.

Very sweet boxy-style pencil case.

Pencil roll from Pink Chalk Studio

Crayon roll from Nested

Novy's colour pencil/crayon tutorial - go on, give it a go!

Lunchbag tutorial by The Princess and the Monkey

Lunchbag tutorial from See Katie Sew, has a vinyl/plastic lining.

Reusable snack bag - great for dried fruit or rice crackers.

Little library tote made from a tea towel.

One Red Robin notebook and pencil holder

Make a felt cover for a notebook.

Travelling art bag tutorial by 'From an Igloo' - a great gift item.

Make your own chair bag with Sew Spoiled Designs.




Reusable lunch wrap tutorial - when opened out it doubles as a placemat for your lunch!

Reusable snack bags tutorial Perfect for on the go snacks.




Video tutorial on how to cover buttons and make hair ties from them, by EB member Xena.

Little girls' hairclip holder from Nested that looks like clothes on the washing line.

Super easy hair clips with fabric and buttons

Heather Bailey's headband

How to make a fabric covered snap clip - great for all coodinating all those old clips you have hanging around with a new outfit.

Very sweet rose hairclip - for the kids or for you!

Lovely headbands made with lace, ribbons and embellishments.

Lola butterfly hairclips (from Charlie and Lola)

Very sweet little wooden-bead-headed dolls on hairclips.




Tricorner pirate hat from Uber Domestic

Make a Curlypops Super Hero Headband to go with a cape!

Fabulous felt crown tutorial from Juicy Bits - make them for birthday's or dress-ups.

Superhero Cape -capes designed for both girls and boys

Another cape variation - with appliques for crown, heart, lightening bolt and star

Tinkerbell costume




Tote-able towel - just roll it up and hit the beach

Heather Bailey's headband

iPod Nano pouch - for the tech savvy teen.




Tutti Frutti 5 min tissue holder

Stardust shoes tissue cover

Gorgeous maternity skirt with rib knit band from See Mommy Sew.

Ring-sling for carrying baby from 'Everything in it's place'

Loads of skirt tutorials and patterns

Convert a pair of jeans/pants into maternity pants.

Fabric journal cover for A5 journal - lovely.!

Scrappy camera strap - lovely gift for the photographer in your life.

Gorgeous linen scarf from One Flew Over

Fabulous shabby scarf made from stretch knit fabric

Ruffle scarf made using stretch knit - super-easy!

Make yourself a T-shirt with a silhouette of your kids on it.

Make an apple or a pear pincusion.

Very sweet toadstool house and mushroom house pin cushions. Use them as toys for the kids too.

A gorgeous ruffled shirt made using two stretch shirts by Tea Rose Home.

Vertical ruffled shirt also by Tea Rose Home.

How to make a ruffled shirt from a repurposed dress.

Fantastic thread-catcher/pin-cushion for your sewing machine.

Adorable turtle pin-cushion and sewing caddy.

A list with 30 different free pin-cushion tutorials.




Oven mitt

Everyday reversible placemats - a lovely gift.

Embroidered kitchen dish towels (tea towels)

Cafe-style apron

Pot holder and tea towel set - a great inexpensive gift.




Chef/BBQ apron




Grand Revival ruffled skirt

House on Hill Road twirly skirt

Girls' shirred top and dress - also from House on Hill Road

Little girls sleeveless top

Mayfly's girl's smocket (smock top)

Click on the picture in the side-bar on the right.

Assorted children's clothes - mostly up to 12 months old

Itty Bitty baby dress from Made by Rae

Child's patchwork scarf

http://habitual.wordpress.com/tutorials/ - cute simple kimono wrap top - many sizes.

Pillow case dress - ideal project for all that old thrifted linen

Child's elastic-waisted pants with ruffle bottom

Oliver + s Lazy Days Skirt - a simple elastic-waisted skirt with a ribbon detail on the hem.

Bandana pants (shorts) - made from two bandana's - great shorts for boys.

Little girls' peasant blouse/dress from Indietutes.

Children's art smock - this has great appliques on it. By Aussie Mum at 'Don't look now'.

Wool longies made from a recycled jumper

Assorted free patterns for babies mostly up to 12 months.

Gorgeous summer dress/top with shoulder sash by Habitual.

Very sweet and easy little girls' skirt called The Market Skirt - from Made.

Pettiskirt pattern from Made It

Pettiskirt from the Martha Stewart website.

Montessori children's apron - great gift.

Very sweet litle sundress - perfect for a border fabric.

Make a snow dome shirt with fabric painting and applique.

Skirt and shirt set. Girls cupcake skirt and matching appliqued shirt.

This is irresistible - make a tutu t-shirt for your little one.

Very funny "You rock, You rule" stencil for on a T-shirt.

Split twirly skirt - nice and easy but quite a full skirt.

Very sweet bubble skirt tutorial.

Add ruffles to an existing shirt for your little girl.

Fantastic Skort (Skirt with built-in shorts) tutorial from Trillium Design.

Convert a button-up shirt to a cut toddler dress.

Create a sweet little sundress using this Flickr tutorial.

Little girls' pinafore by ikat bag - could easily be made reversible.

Convert a stained shirt into a shrug for your child.

Funky boys 'tie' shirt - for the formal playdate!

Make these cute 'fisherboy shorts" for girls or boys using a commercial pattern and altering it. Check out the cute Heather Ross Mendocino fish ones!

Very sweet and simple summer dress with an open strappy back.




A hooded towel for your childs doll made from a cleaning cloth.




One Red Robin Ruby Doll

Frog softie from Craftzine.com

Mr Bean teddy - knitted

Cashmere bunny - soft and sweet!

Black Apple Doll

Sweet and simple rag doll

Wool Felt stuffed elephant

Sweet little fabric lamb

Little teapots

A simple monster

Toddler touchy-feely worm toy

Cute crocheted animals - owls, elephant and robin.

Cute cat and rabbit toys

Molly Monkey soft toy - from mmmcrafts blog.

Sock monkey tutorial - a classic sock monkey design.

Teeny tiny knitted toys - just like the title says - a tiny rabbit and a bear.

Rocket man - soft rocket with a wooden egg space man.

Gorgeous Steiner-style soft doll from Grograin blog.

Everyone's favourite storybook friend - The Very Hungry Caterpillar softie.

Owl pillow that looks like a big soft toy!

A really lovely soft signature bunny toy with long floppy ears.

Hiary Lang of Wee Wonderful's very sweet Mermaiden softie. As featured in her Aug 2010 book.




Lots of tips on how to make great bags from the queen of bags herself, Nicole Mallalieu

Singlet-style shopping bag - like the plastic ones from supermarkets.

Pillowcase shopping bag

Another version of the shopping bag

Little boxy pouch from Three Bears

Another boxy pouch - this one fully lined with no seam at the bottom from Rousabout studio.

Water bottle carrier

Sewing bag/pouch by Mackville Road

Purse organiser

One hour bag from Ric Rac

Gorgeous bag that is great for beginners.

Recycled felted hand bag

Simple reversible purse

Messenger bag

Snail backpack - a fun one for the kids

Lunchbag tutorial by The Princess and the Monkey

Plastic coated bag from the wonderful Milly of Tin Whistle fame.

Lunchbag tutorial from See Katie Sew, has a vinyl/plastic lining.

Margaret bag from 'Oh Fransson' blog - a stylish sling bag.

Another bag from Elizabeth at Oh Fransson - the April bag. Scroll down for the PDF file on this page.

Great tote with bias tape handles by J Caroline Creative - suitable for toys, spare clothes all the mum stuff you need to lug around!

Lined zippered purse tutorial - perfect way to 'wrap' a gift card.

Gorgeous owl bag for the grown-ups!

Gift card holder with velcro closure

Gift card holder made from four charm squares

Cute little kid's backpack tutorial

Quick and easy drawstring backpack tutorial - patchwork version and appliqued version.

Fabulous slouchy Hobo Bag.

Cute Make-up purse with covered zipper ends.

huge list of different bags - over 140 to choose from.

The perfect ballet bag for any little girl - Jodie from RicRac's ballerina tutu bag.



Stash buster quilt made using nine fat quarters.

Foundation piecing patterns

Free online graph paper - ideal for designing quilts

How to bind a quilt - Heather Bailey




Gorgeous fabric flower - the perfect embellishment for bags, dresses,swing tops and tunics.

Button flower - a pin or decoration made from buttons by artsy-crafty babe.

Fluffy flower tutorial - also by artsy-crafty babe. This one is fabric with a button for the centre - gorgeous!




My half of the brain - a site with tutorials galore This one is just as it sounds - has hundreds of tutorials in all categories - worth a browse if you have time.

Craftster is another site that is filled with tutorials - something for everyone here.

There are a number of tutorials here on the Michael Miller blog including yo-yo flip flops!

Free patterns from Burda Style - includes blouses, skirts, pants, T's and a cloth doll

Quick pocket organiser - great way to store and access bills and school notes

Mayfly's car seat organiser

Fabric storage baskets - these are fabulous - perfect for organising toys, magazines and sewing notions (and I know we all have lots of those!!)

Criss-cross coasters

Zakka-style owl pendants - looks like bunting but shaped like owls.

Pyramid doorstop

Neck pillow - great for travellers!

Polar fleece 'Quillow' - a quilt that tucks into a pillow - great for footy fans.

Fridge magnets and push pins

Wheat bags

Scoodie - a scarf with hood all-in-one! Great for winter.

Ruffled pillow/cushion from Sandi Henderson of Portabello Pixie

Cute pocket bunting from 'The Happy Zombie'.

Make a slip-cover for an Ikea Mammut chair.




How to make your own bias binding

Bias tape tutorial - Amy Carol of Angry Chicken (author of Bend the Rules Sewing) gives a video instructional on bias tape.

How to make a yo-yo

How to put a zipper in a pillow/cushion

Quick Zip Tip - how to sew around the zipper head.

How to gather using your overlocker - much faster than two rows of stitching and pulling up by hand.

How to make a ruffled panel to inset into a girls dress. (similar style to the back of the Feliz dress)

How to make an adjustable/slide bag strap.

How to make bias binding loops as a bag closure.

How to do a reverse applique by that darn kat

How to sew assorted seam finishes - a comprehensive overview (with pictures) of many different seams including french, bound, piped, flat-fell, bulky, overlocked and curves and corners.

Learn to use your rolled hem foot on your sewing machine.




Lots of freebie patterns from Amy Butler includinng;

Christmas tree skirt

Present wrapping bow

Christmas tree forest

Felt stocking

Napkins rings and napkins

Snow Mum pillow

Fantastic felt advent calendar - you hang felt ornaments to mark each day.



CHRISTMAS PROJECTS[/color]"]Husqvarna site - loads of tutes for kids, fashion, quilting, gifts. Something for everyone!

The Sewing Republic

Refashioning galore - make something new out of an old item with this great set of tutorials.

Make It and Love It - loads of great tutorials - lots of re-purposing of adult clothes to fit kids.

A huge array of sewing tutorials including sections on lingerie, general sewing, overlocking, using interfacing, jackets, special feet, embellishment and pattern making.

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This is a great idea...

Here are some I have been led too or found myself..


Frog Softie - Craftzine.com


Fabric Baby Grab Ball


Mr Bean Teddy (knitting)


Black Apple Doll


Ric Rac teapot


Wool Felt stuffed elephant


Kneck Pillow


Lamb Pattern


Free Bib Patterns


Various free kids clothes


Sewing Bag Tutorial


Ric Rac flowers


Ok well thats all I have for now...hope there is something there for everyone!



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What a great idea - I don't have anything to add, but will be watching this to get ideas!

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Thanks Gilly - I've updated the list with your inclusions and some I found that Cass listed a few weeks ago.


Keep 'em coming!

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Thanks Ruth - it's a lovely bag - have added it in.

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I can't add any of my favourites right now as I am not at home but just wanted to say




This is a really useful resource for so many of us.


Would love to see this made sticky.



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:D yay thankyou what a great idea i will definately share my faves when i get a chance too :)

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Thanks ladies - have updated the list again - we're getting quite a collection.


Come on - I know there are more - particularly from you softie lovers!!

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A friend of mine gave me most of those links!! So thanks to her lol!

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:wub: I find the forums on crafster.org AWESOME for finding ideas, pattered, tutorials, anything! There are heaps of different catergories, not just sewing... I :wub: the bag section! I'm pretty sure someone on here gave me the link?? I go on often, just to see the new ideas... Oh and its free! That totally sounds like advertising, but I promise I just love it! :grin:

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:D Thanks RainDancer, Steggles and Kate for the links, there are some great things coming through - certainly makes the Christmas gift list easy!!


Kate I have been looking for those little owls after I saw them when blog surfing one day - and have never been able to locate them again - so thanks!!


If anyone has the fabric flowers tutorial - I think Andrea may have found it once - that would be great as it's a handy one to have.


Also if you think anything belongs in a different category just let me know and I will move it. (Should the Quillow be in gifts for him?? - What a great present for a mad AFL fan based in good old cold Melbourne!)


I know there are more - come on girls from the sewing threads - let's get them all in one place.

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Karen - Is this the fabric flower you are after?


I am in the midst of updating all the tutorials I have saved and putting them in my blog :)

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Great idea Karen, thanks. I do have some tutorials in my favourites, I will have a look for ones that haven't been posted and put them up.


Novy That is the fabric flower tutorial that I was after a few months ago, I didn't use it though.


Will be back later with some links.


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Oh I have HEAPS bookmarked - here are a few to start:


Stashbuster quilt pattern - http://buttonberry.typepad.com/photos/tutorial/index.html


Foundation piecing patterns - http://www.needlepointers.com/displaypage....tternspage.html


Child’s elastic waist pants with ruffle bottoms - http://www.jcarolinecreative.com/Merchant2...reen=CHILDPANTS


Pillow case dress - http://www.everythingsewing.net/pillowcase_dress_how_to.htm


Free on-line graph paper – perfect for designing quilts! - http://www.incompetech.com/graphpaper/


Wheat bag tutorial - http://creativeoutletdesigns.blogspot.com/...-tutorials.html


Magnets - http://creativeoutletdesigns.blogspot.com/...d-pushpins.html


Kid’s patchwork scarf - http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=191

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Mands we have made those magnets with the kids using family photos. They put them in gorgeous tins and gave them to the Grandparents as a family tree to stick on the fridge.


And Novy thanks for the fabric flower tutorial!



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I found this one off one of the other links.


I hope to make it for DS shortly.


Snail back pack



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Kate -

gave them to the Grandparents as a family tree to stick on the fridge
what a fantastic idea. Do you mind if I copy? :wub:

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