Free Fabric Friday

on August 24 | in Contests & Giveaways | by | with 91 Comments

Happy Friday, everyone!  This week there are several ways to enter yourself into the pool from which we’ll randomly select 5 winners to win one yard of fabric of their choice ($9.10 or less) from the store:

  1. When I announced our September theme, I mentioned that we’d love to feature and link to your tutorials.  If you have written a tutorial for a baby jacket, little girl dress, reversible pants or anything else related to kids clothes, we want to know about it!  Please comment here with the link and we’ll email you next week.
  2. If you know of a fabulous tutorial for kids’ clothes, please direct us to it.  Even if it isn’t specifically a tutorial for a child’s garment, but it might be helpful if you were sewing for kids, that would be fine.  A buttonhole tutorial or a hemming tutorial, for example, would be very useful.
  3. Just tell us about a great project you’ve seen in blogland lately.  It doesn’t have to be for kids.

Finally, I’m going to leave you with a few cute patterns you might not have seen yet.  Have a great weekend!

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91 Responses to Free Fabric Friday

  1. Sara says:

    Here’s a website with free hairbow instructions:

  2. Camille says:

    I have my eye on gypsy girl by Anka’s Treasures- I think it would look great in Shangri-la!

  3. Heather says:

    I like the boppy cover pattern over at economical baby

  4. Addie says:

    Can’t wait to try some of these!

  5. Deana Wells says:

    There are some precious handmade kids clothes on “Neiner” is making precious Halloween sets. I am currently working on doing applique on some kids t-shirts that I picked up at target for next to nothing :O)

  6. Angela says:

    I tried to post on Friday but I don’t see my comment.

    I had said that I have a tutorial on my blog about making a t-shirt “dress”:

    Super easy and a great way to dress up the ever so comfy t-shirt!

    As for the patterns you posted — I just bought the britches and bloomers pattern and am working on making the bloomers for my 2 yo. I have a jacket pattern by the same designer and my daughter loves the jackets I’ve made!

  7. Vickie E says:

    I LOVE these barrettes!!!!!!!!!!! Tutorial here:
    Would be VERY cute with ALL these girly dresses and skirts I have been reading about….good thing I have 2 girlz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Christy says:

    This tutorial from crafster looks fun:

  9. I just posted on my blog about how a made an apron out of her pair of ruined overalls. It really isn’t a tutorial, but I”m not sure one is needed. It is easy.

  10. samantha says:

    there is a tutuorial for a sweet girls dress on “house on hill rd” ive made a few and they are so easy and cute. ill be making more

  11. Oiyi says:

    I saw this Disappearing 9 Patch Tutorial on someone’s blog and loved it.

  12. Meghan says:

    I just got an invite to Ravelry, a knitting/crochet community. A great project in itself, featuring many great craft projects by members.

  13. Colleen says:

    I occasionally check Heather Bailey’s blog, which in turn has a link to cool freshcut projects on Flickr. I’ve found that going through those projects gives me cool links to blogland and various projects there! Heather Bailey’s blog is

  14. wayfarer says:

    I’m new here so hope i didn’t have to post on friday …

    I found this tutorial on sewing a Rib Knit Band onto t-shirts/pajamas etc. very very useful.

    Link is at

    You can also use it for recycling clothes. You can take the rib knit band from one thing and sew it onto another. It’s been a huge timesaver and helper.

  15. wendy says:

    Hi all,
    I make alot of hand smocked dresses, folks are always asking about a good beginner program so here is what I found, smocking really is very easy to do, and its just the perfect needlework to take along, I smock while waiting at the dentists, the baseball practice, waiting in school parking lots…

  16. Rita Pereira says:

    i love this belt tutorial i think i found it when i was searching this blog

  17. Christie says:

    I love this tutorial for a super easy dress

  18. Ruth says:

    This isn’t a clothing tutorial, but it is baby/child related. A few weeks ago I posted a tutorial on my blog for making a sweet flannel receiving blanket with a crocheted edge. The link is:

  19. Jade says:

    One of the new ones I’ve seen in a while is about introducing your kids to sewing a doll and in it Helene also includes a tutorial on how to add yarn hair to the doll.
    Here’s the link:

  20. Lynne S says:

    i love heather bailey’s headband tutorial!

  21. Erika says:

    Ok, I didn’t read all 69 comments, so this may have been posted. I love this tutorial for a “daddy shirt converted to a girls dress”. Found through Here’s the link:

  22. Eva says:

    I love the “Sunny day dress and top” tutorial by House on Hill Road:

  23. Kathleen says:

    Alice has given a tutorial on how to use Japanese pattern books. They’re surprisingly easy to use, even for those os us who can’t read Japanese!

  24. Nikko says:

    I’m new to blog-tutorial-land, but will be bookmarking this post for future reference. :o) Personally, I would love some hints on sewing with knits. It’s so intimidating to me and might be good for Sewing for Kids month.

  25. meowy says:

    Well two lately that really caught my eye. Cat and Dog themed haha

    Dog Leash:


    Stripe-y Kitty:

    But for the dog leash wow, I didn’t realize the base leash fabric (the part between the pretty fabrics) was gonna cost that much. It was almost a dollar a yard at the one shop. I don’t know if that’s normal price or not though. Seemed kind of high to me haha

  26. Michelle says:

    It’s not exactly a tutorial, but on my blog, in the category “pins & needles,” I showed how I turned my daughters’ outgrown jumper into a clothespin bag. The blog post is called “clothesline kudos,” sorry I didn’t know how to link it here!

  27. Tammi says:

    Angry Chicken has this little tute on freezer paper stencils that I am going to try for boys’ t-shirts. Seems like little boys always prefer shirts with pictures they can identify with.

  28. Beth says:

    I found this tutorial the other day on (I believe that’s where I saw it):

    It is a tutorial on making a toddler girl’s dress from a man’s button down shirt. It is really cute! I’ve got my eye out for button down shirts at the thrift store so I can give it a try!

  29. Here’s a tutorial for how to sew a duvet cover. I haven’t tried it yet but I’m intrigued. It looks easy:

  30. Heather says:

    I love all the new tutorials to check out. Most of my favorites have already been mentioned. Erin’s twirly skirt is a huge hit here. I plan on making some shoes for a wee one due in the spring from Heather’s tutorial. We are big fans of play food here. I found this great cake tutorial:

  31. shorty says:

    I took this and made a skirt for my 4 year old niece. I got a pair of kaki jeans and made the skirt, I then add a ruffle to the bottom that matched the top that went with it. I was super duper cute!

  32. Samantha says:
    This site has a few tutorials for children’s clothes. They also have a scrapbook with other ideas.

  33. Janice says:

    I love the kids aprons tutorial here:

    It’s larger…for bigger kids. I size it down for toddlers.

  34. Alison says:

    Here is a great tutorial on doing back pockets on pants or skirts – a double welt or piped pocket

  35. Amanda says:

    I found this fun back to school tutorial this week. Planning on sprucing up my college binders this weekend with some fun fabric.

  36. DML says:

    I’ve just been making my 2 year old daughter little cotton summer tops, using her t-shirts to get her rough size (she doesn’t stand still long enough to be measured) and keeping them very simple: eg. a roughly t-shirt shape, generous in size (so it fits like the smock tops you see in stores – almost dress length) with bias tape trim around the sleeves and neck, with a bias tape key-hole at the back, so it fits over her head. It takes no time at all. I haven’t made a tutorial of it yet, but it really is as simple as it sounds.

  37. Jessica says:

    My next big project is going to be baby shoes. My 6 month old is going to need to start wearing shoes this fall and I’m planning on using this tutorial…I can’t wait!

  38. Emily says:

    I’ve been wanting to make the above skirt for my daughter. It’s on my sewing list with about 100 other things. 😉

  39. Emilee says:

    Angry Chicken did a tiered peasant skirt tutorial that I’ve used, but I cannot find the specific page. Has anyone else used it? Darling skirts. And darling fabric–that really makes the skirts.

  40. Angela says:

    I have a twirly skirt tutorial here:

  41. Pati says:

    I love this free pattern for baby bibs:

  42. kayla_d says:

    I love this collapsible fabric bucket:
    It looks like great storage for a sewing room!

  43. Kristine says:

    I noticed that the Reading Pillow from Montessori by Hand ( is finally on sale! (I’m a bit behind hehe). I’m not a big reader, but it just looks like a cool, fun project-turned-gift!

  44. sarah says:

    I am making a crazy nine patch baby quilt. I learned how/was inspired at

  45. Shannon says:

    I made my son some pants out of an adult size tshirt. You can read about it on my blog here and i have some links to tutorials in the post.

  46. Nada Jones says:

    i’m planning to attempt the kids pants tutorial available here:
    it apparently works better for kids under the age of 7
    i’m having alot of trouble restraining myslef from starting now, i really want to use them for the contest, so i’m trying to hold out til sept… i’ve got all my fabric washed and ready!

  47. veronica says:

    this is a fantastic tutorial that can be used from kids to adults:

    i’ve used it for lounge pants for the baby boy to pajamas for dad!

  48. Lori Hudson says:

    This is not about kids clothes or even a tutorial. But I saw this and thought “if she can do it, I can do it!” An Amy Butler Nappy Bag

  49. Kathleen says:

    I LOVE blog tutorials! I have an entire bookmarked folder for all the fun tutorials I’ve come across. Here are the ones I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that have to do with kids clothing:

    Here’s a tutorial for the super cute and ever so popular pillowcase dresses for little girls:

    Don’t you just love this twirly skirt:

    And since every cute dress or skirt, NEEDS a cute coordinating hair bow:

  50. Jeannine says:

    I’m still stuck on doll quilts. I started making them a few weeks ago and now I simply can.not.stop. I love seeing all of them on the various blogs.

  51. Becky says:

    Going Sew Crazy has a great twirly skirt tutorial posted that I can’t wait for my daughter to be old enough for me to make her one. Here is the link:

  52. Christine says:

    I really loved the mousey and his bed tutorial over at Molly Chicken:

  53. Mika says:

    In this blog ( I saw a really neat project I want to try–pin rings (a tiny bit of elastic, what looks like a bottle cap, some batting, and fabric, and voila, a place to stash pins where they won’t all fall on the floor like if they were in a box or a dish). Instructions aren’t posted on the blog but I plan to contact that blogger to ask her how she does them. Perfect for the small scraps of fabric that are really too small to use for anything else.

  54. georgia says:

    I haven’t finished my batman/superman cape tutorial yet, but here is my baby faux flower headband tute:

  55. Ellen says:

    Heather Bailey’s “Bitty Booties” pattern (a free download from HELLOmynameisheather) makes for an awesome gift for a new baby! I’ve made a few pairs now and they’re always a hit – especially with the Mummy’s. The pattern is really easy to follow and includes templates for two sizes.

  56. Valerie says:

    I love all of the scrappy-looking log-cabin inspired throw pillows I’ve been seeing a lot of on various blogs. But how to make one???

  57. melissa says:

    me! me! me!

  58. sharon says:

    the best tutorials I seen RECENTLY were on SMS … during bag month!

  59. gatorgirl says:

    Love, love, love this bucket bag tutorial:

    Stacy Sews link dump post has some other great things too – she can really find good stuff:

  60. Sandy says:

    I made a small quilted purse for my niece’s 4th birthday using the tutorial at the bottom of this page:

    Picture of the blue and purple side:

    Picture of the pink and green side:

  61. Shelly says:

    I love the smocket….see pictures here:

    I think it could make a great craft apron as well.

  62. Melynda says:

    I’ve got a tutorial for making traditional Japanese bean bags (otedama) over at The Things That Make Us Happy Make Us Wise:

    Kids love to play with them!

  63. Lorraine says:

    geat blog- anna torborg ,tutorial on inserting zips and a lining into a bag

  64. Karen says:

    I love the pleated tote pattern that ArtsyCraftyBabe posted on her website this summer. I’ve made three bags so far and plan to make more as needed for gifts this Christmas. It’s such a great pattern. You can find it here:

  65. Lynn says:

    I just saw Oiyi’s version of Artsy Crafty Babe’s pleated Tote Pattern, and now I need one:

  66. Lisa says:

    This is a tutorial (though sadly not my own ) for making a Herminone Granger inspired skirt. Way cute–for both kids and adults.

  67. Kerri says:

    Adorn magazine is such an inspiration, as is their nifty blog. I recently got around to making their passport wallet ( It is chock-full of personality and gives you ample opportunity to ‘over-do’ it on all your favorite patterns! Oh, and it’s useful.

  68. katie says:

    I don’t think my comment went through–my apologies if this is a double post. I used a tutorial at Everything Sewing to make my daughter a really cute pillowcase dress:

    I liked that it had armhole templates. That part can be bewildering if you have never sewn any garments before.

  69. erin says:

    Jenny, at wiksten-made, has a tutorial for adding a peter pan collar to whatever you are making (shirt or dress).
    Someone already mentioned my twirl skirt tutorial….I also have one for a shirred sun dress. And although fall is just around the corner, you can use shirring to make a skirt waistband or around the bottom of a shirt, too.

  70. Alicia H. says:

    I just came across this baby quilt momments ago. It’s really beautiful and there’s a tutorial for wavy seems included.

  71. I haven’t ran across any tutorials for kid’s clothes this week. I do have a pattern that I use ALOT from The Children’s Corner It carries patterns for traditional clothes like smocked dress, bloomers, etc. The pattern I use is Holly and Hunter by Bonnie Blue. You can either make a girl’s jumper or boys playsuit. I make my daughter the jumper. It’s a great little A line dress. The pattern runs about $12 and is for sizes 1-6. You might also find it in your local sewing/quilt shops.

  72. Kate says:

    Here’s a tutorial I did for a cape for my little boy. Great for dress-up:

  73. samantha says:

    that’s so funny- I was just trying to link to Happything’s bibs, too- and my original comment bounced!

  74. Mika says:

    This is a great tutorial for a baby bib: Love it!

  75. Joanna says:

    First off, I just checked out the tutorial suggested by nanette and it is SO cool. I can’t wait to try it! I found a tutorial right after I got my sewing machine last Christmas, and was looking for something uber-easy to start with. It’s for baby pants made from old t-shirts. It’s so easy and a great way to recycle my husbands ridiculously large stash of t-shirts. Not to mention that they are super comfortable for the babes.

  76. Jessi says:

    The tutorial on fusing plastic bags

    I fused target bags and made a reusable lunch bag

  77. kirsten says:

    i recently made pants from bandannas – from a tutorial at

    cute and fun!

  78. Lorrie says:

    I just made this great notebook cover for my niece as a birthday gift. I got it from Craftapple at
    It was easy and very cute. I’m going to make more to give to friends!

  79. Nanette says:

    I recently descovered a tutorial on how to make a girl’s dress from a man’s shirt. It is so cute. Here is the link.

  80. Lori says:

    I found this awesome tutorial site this morning:
    It has a section for kid’s clothes!

  81. stacy says:

    A great tutorial is for the “infinity” dress ( I love the fact that it has lots of possibilities in wearing it! It doesn’t have to be just for adults, either. The measurements would also work for kids and is very similar to Simplicity’s new pattern 3665 (!

  82. mj says:

    This fabric basket convinced me to buy this book:

  83. Celeste says:

    I loved Amanda’s beach bag “tutorial” (more like instructions on how easy it was to make!) a few weeks back:

    It would be great for a back-to-school tote!

  84. andrea says:

    also the jacket and smock pattern from bend the rules sewing is quite cute!

  85. andrea says:

    i just love the stardust soft sole baby shoe pattern/tutorial. as a matter of fact, i just sold a pair in my shop about 10 minutes ago!

  86. amelia dofelmier says:

    I love little smocks for kids. I think anything to make them not get paint on their clothes is great.
    themayfly has a cute smocket pattern tutorial.

  87. Shelley says:

    One of my favorites is the Twirly Skirt tutorial from
    I haven’t made it yet but have seen so many cute variations!

  88. D says:

    I haven’t really gone around the blog world this week, but I did remember seeing a turtorial for a grocery bag. Don’t remember where it was though.

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