Free Fabric Friday ~ What’s Your Sewing Passion?

on March 29 | in Contests & Giveaways | by | with 423 Comments

We’re lining up posts for May and beyond, and we’d love to know what kind of sewing tips, tutorials and projects you’re interested in. What floats your boat right now? Traditional quilt blocks? Paper piecing? Summer clothes? Needlework? It could be any of these or something completely different. We actively seek out talented and knowledgeable contributors and compensate them for their work, so you know you can count on us for quality content. Let us know how you’d like us to focus our attention. Comment for a chance to win one of 6 yards of free fabric! Winners announced on Monday. Have a great weekend!

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423 Responses to Free Fabric Friday ~ What’s Your Sewing Passion?

  1. lisa truden says:

    Always looking for new ideas on how to reuse and reinvent. Been doing a lot of tshirt reconstruction and working on a braided rug!

  2. Rene' says:

    I am a beginning quilter who is working on collecting stash! I am interested in pattern ideas for postage stamp quilts and would like to see a tutorial on paper piecing, including materials needed and where to purchase them. Thanks!

  3. Debra Gommesen says:

    I like upcycling ideas. Whenever I can make something for now out of something that has seen its day, I am happy. No new fabric to buy (though I do have a lot) and old things that would never get purchased at a thrift store stay out of landfills. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Patti T says:

    Love sewing of all kinds…clothes, decor, gifts. Love to check out the new upcycling ideas to make something fresh outta something already hanging around.

  5. jen says:

    pretty, simple clothing! especially dresses with the upcoming warmer weather ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. emily says:

    I am a newbie! Just made my first project yesterday: a t-shirt yoga skirt. It was so much fun! I can wait to make more stuff!!!

  7. Hand embroidery projects that can be put on little girls’ clothing.

  8. Angie says:

    Summer clothes and bags are awesome lately.

  9. Leisha says:

    Toy owls!!! Although I really need to branch out I think ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Candace says:

    I’m new at sewing, and I need help reading patterns! There are so many numbers and abbreviated terms that confuse the heck outta me! I love making dresses for my 5 yr. old daughter, and her American Girl doll :o) I love looking at your blog- I’m learning so much!Thank you!

  11. Awesome post!

  12. Inga says:

    I think an easy explanation of how to use multiple size patterns would be a good idea! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I would love more info summer clothes (dresses especially) and embroidery. Better yet, how to combine the two!

  14. Amy B. says:

    Would love to see some summery tops or a dress!

  15. Emilyah says:

    Hand smocking. I would love to learn basic hand smocking techniques and how to include smocked pieces in childrens garments.

  16. Elaine Carol Hickey says:

    I just learned there is more than one way to do paperpiecing. Would like to learn how.

  17. Ingela says:

    How to make your own basic pattern or slopers.

  18. Steph W says:

    Color, texture, and style!

  19. jen says:

    maternity projects! prefferable with a pattern, and little girl summer clothes – would love a free romper pattern (prefer bubble type shorts style)

  20. Jeana says:

    I’d like to see more instructions on paper piecing, as well as simple garmet construction. Thanks!

  21. Dawn says:

    I’d like to see clothing for women and tips & tutorials.

  22. Maxine says:

    At the moment I am trying desperately to use up some of my fabric scraps. So I have been really loving doing paper piecing and quilts using small bits of fabric. It takes a lot of love and time but is so worth it.

  23. WandaFish says:

    I’d love to see some easy summer clothes for my little girl, some tops for me please. I’m also loving modern quilts and paper piecing – you always showcase fantastic projects anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Galatina says:

    Always love clothes, but quick sew presents would be really useful at the moment.

  25. Maire says:

    Custom bags! and repurposing old clothes!

  26. sarah says:

    I would like to see more sewing for women

  27. Nancy says:

    Tutorials for useful items – pouches, bags, kitchen items. Paper piecing projects. Thanks for a great site.

  28. Dawn says:

    Quilting of all kinds though I am currently on a sewing binge making modern spins on old fashioned patterns. Love it all

  29. The Mrs. says:

    I have been itching to get started on my first quilt, but I’ve told myself I can’t until all of my unfinished projects are completed. I’ve also been looking for good women’s top patterns and tutorials…ones that try to recreate those cute and trendy Anthropology looks.

  30. Lesley says:

    Summer sewing! I’m loving getting ready for summer sewing skirts, dresses and bags.

  31. Head Ant says:

    I would love to see tutorials for nightgowns and pajamas for kids.

  32. Kristin says:

    Well I just finished an easter dress for my daughter AND I just got a new SERGER!!! I’m so excited to wear it out!!!

    I’ve got tons of ideas on cute clothes for the kids for the summer as well as some home decor stuff for our house ๐Ÿ™‚

    Any tutorial that seems interesting to me I’ll give a go at.


  33. Anne Marie says:

    I love craft ideas for sewing – softies, totes etc.

  34. Linda says:

    I’d enjoy seeing more types of hand-piecing… blocks that are more intricate than just straight-line sewing. Hand-piecing is SO relaxing!

  35. eti says:

    dresses and shirts tutorials.
    I would love to learn how to make garments with sleeves patterns.
    and to learn tips about working with serger.
    thank you for your great blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. I love creativity. hugs

  37. Debbie says:

    I am loving modern quilts.

  38. YveeB says:

    I would love to see tutorials for boys or ladies summer clothes. As someoneelse said, cute girlie tutorials are not hard to find but great boys stuff is really difficult to find. The annual Celebrate the Boy from Dana and Rae isnt happening this year, so please have mercy on us boys mums!

  39. Andrea k says:

    Mother daughter summer projects and FMQ. Any tutorials are always great!

  40. Patti McG says:

    I would love to see patterns for little boys, especially clothes and toys. I’ve been making your fat quarter bags for my daughters because I found a bunch of purse handles on clearance at Joann fabrics. My grandson wants to know why I haven’t made him one yet!

  41. chibidani says:

    I found a gorgeous cotton on clearance that i would love to make into sundresses for my girls, so i would love a sundress tutorial (or 3 – options are great!)

  42. Alicen says:

    I love mixed media projects – embroidering, stamping, dyeing, etc., to use in clothing, quilting, and other sorts of sewing projects so that its completely original

  43. Kerrin Moeller says:

    I’d love to learn more about paper piecing! It would also be fun to try to make some fun summer tops (especially if I had help from you guys!).

  44. manda says:

    I love making bags – all kinds, clutches, shoulder bags, totes, you name it! But, secretly, I’m dying to make my own clothing. The problem is I am plus sized and it’s so hard for me to fit a pattern to myself and make it look good. I would also love to learn how to sew with knit fabric. I don’t own a serger and I’m not looking to buy one any time soon, so I would love to know how to use my machine to sew simple knit tops and skirts. Thanks!

  45. Jen says:

    I would love a learn to sew series. A collection of tutorials outlining the basic skills you need to be a proficient enough to make simple clothing items, to mend, and do basic quilting or fun gift items.

  46. Anne says:

    Curved piecing is what I’m trying to do at the moment.

  47. Sara Upshaw says:

    I’m working on becoming better at sewing with knits and also working on learning embroidery.

  48. Shiny says:

    Am interested in paper piecing definitely

  49. Deb Cameron says:

    I’d love to see a focus on Summer clothing – but with a difference. Making skirts from simple squares, rectangles and/or circles?? How to embellish/change up a simple tee/dress pattern. An accessory focus – including bags, summer scarves, textile based jewellery, hats, belts, etc. Hope this helps – I’m really into making clothing and accessories and I’m always looking for something different that comes from simple lines that can be made up with multiple fabrics and embellishments.

  50. jennifer says:

    Currently, modern quilting projects are my passion. Plus my perennial family-pajama-pants projects. And helping my daughter use felt, scarves, bedsheets and scraps to come up with whatever costume she needs *right now* for school or for fun.

  51. Bettina says:

    Old hat I know but here’s my heart’s desire:
    Could we have some projects made not necessarily only for, but including sizes including upper ones to fit curvy gals- and have some modeled that way too?
    I adore the tutorials and technique tips here and nothing would please me more than to see whether sewing projects/ clothes would look nice on someone like me too:)

  52. Sabina Moolla says:

    I’d love to see summer dresses (easy ones!) and bags – lots of different sizes and shapes for different summertime activities. All for adults tho rather than kids!

  53. Soma says:

    I am really enjoying paper piecing recently and a bit of embroidery on the side. I would like try out silk painting someday.

  54. Kristin M says:

    I would love to see more on mixed media… stamping on fabric, painting on fabric, using fabric dyes in different ways, using different fabrics and items to incorporate into quilting and wearable pieces.

  55. Sarah says:

    I am definitely interested in some ladies summer dress tutorials. I am searching everywhere for a cute tank tutorial. Happy weekend!

  56. Diann Cornell says:

    Project that include embroidery.

  57. Lizzle says:

    I love items that combine multiple disciplines.. right now im interested in embroidery and quilting!

  58. Renae says:

    I’ve been sewing like crazy making tees and swimsuits for me and my 3 girls. Love, love, love sewing with knit.
    Come check out some of our tutorials on both.

  59. Claudia says:

    I’d like to see more quilts incorporating embroidery into traditional pattterns.

  60. Krista says:

    Ideas/tutorials I would like to see:

    tiered skirts with tiers cut on the bias

    creative takes on the peasant type tops–square necklines, innovative trim ideas (that are budget friendly), etc.

    lots and lots of “altered couture” types of ideas from thrift store finds like t-shirts

    kidney-shaped shoulder bags

  61. Janice says:

    Summertime and summer holiday (4th July; Mem. Day)table runners for everyone in the family!

  62. Cal says:

    Sewing techniques for women clothing, such as common pattern adjustments.
    Also, any sewn or embroderied goods that are suitable as gifts for a range of people.

  63. Samantha says:

    It will always be quilts. I stray occasionally with knitting, embroidery, crochet, blah, but it always comes back to quilting. For me, no other craft seems to mean so much to the recipient and get so much use. Quilt blocks or full patterns, I love them all!

  64. Kathy says:

    Right now, I’m lovin’ modern geometric blocks in BRITE colors! And softie toys for my grandkids.

  65. At the moment, I am intrigued by paper piecing – I want to learn how to do this to make some amazing blocks. Enjoy your blog.

  66. Right now I’m showing Traditional Quilt Block to the TMQG. After I get the traditional block made – I come up with a Wonky/Modern flair on the blocks. It’s been real fun. I’d like to see some more of this.

  67. Wehaf says:

    I’d love to know how to adapt patterns, draft my own patterns, alter patterns, etc.

  68. embroidery, easy home decor, & kids stuff like softies & clothes

  69. Crystal H. says:

    I’m into sewing clothing in a big way right now, for both myself and my daughter. Summer dresses, spring jackets, walking shorts and anything else feminine. When sewing these items I am taking my time to understand fit and altering patterns to make the garments really fit well.

  70. libby says:

    Love sewing dresses etc for toddlers – also simple home decor projects – such as table runners – placemats

  71. Sabrina says:

    I am still learning quilting and clothes making. I love trying new things to make for my little girl, next up is a pair of pants for her birthday party. I have the worse luck with pants as I always seem to get them too short…could be that I use a pattern for one instructions and instructions for another pattern. lol I will do better this go around, I hope.

  72. Mary Ann says:

    I am interested in seeing patterns and tutorials that go beyond baby into the young girl sizes: 6, 7, 8 and beyond. There are lots of baby options and teen garb, but it’s more difficult to sew a fabulous garment for my almost 8 year old who loves all of my fun fabrics. I’d love patterns, ideas and tutorials for summer clothes for this age.

  73. Rowena says:

    I’d love to see tutorials and ideas for baby/toddler items (clothes, accessories, baby gear for dads, toys), and simple, easy and cute women’s tops. My passion right now however, is creating accessories for patients undergoing or recovering from surgeries that I can donate to our hospital or other organizations. I made a couple things for my mom who underwent a mastectomy yesterday, but I’m still looking for other ideas to make that will make her recovery a little more comfortable in the weeks ahead.

  74. Jen B says:

    I’m really liking a lot of the clothing that people have been making lately, but would love to see some directions for alterations (full bust adjustment and swayback in particular.)

  75. Lydia says:

    I’m really really fascinated with embroidery, but haven’t launched myself into it yet… i’d love some great insight into how to get started!

  76. Rhonda S. says:

    I would love a collection of summer clothing tutorials – anything from skirts, swimsuit coverups, simple tops, t-shirt refashions, etc.

  77. Kari says:

    I’d like to see more tutorials for spring and summer clothing. I’m trying to move beyond simple skirts for my nieces and would like to try making some clothing for myself this summer.

  78. jacintha says:

    I love tutorials for modern quilts or small projects that I can whip up quickly to giveaway for gifts.

  79. LauraH says:

    I’m really interested in summer clothing right now! Mostly women’s clothing, but I’m ok with kids too!

  80. Susan says:

    I would like to see simple but useful items that one would make as donated or charitable giving items. Wheelchair tote bags for seniors in care home, hats for cancer patients, quilts for premature babies, various totes or socks mitts hats for homeless… any number of other charitable project along with how to do these items on a budget, where to find or reuse cheap or free materials…

  81. Chris says:

    Summer clothes sewing and embroidery!

  82. Lee says:

    Knit sewing and embroidery right now! thanks!

  83. Addy says:

    summer tops– using knits, cotton, and voile

  84. Carmen says:

    Modern quilts and baby girl clothing! Can’t wait to see the great things you have in store!

  85. Alice Hale says:

    Modern blocks, improv blocks, loved the scrapbuster series, loved the holiday series on gifts (especially need ideas for gifts for men). I’ve also been known to spend several hours on the web looking for the perfect bag pattern!

  86. Marliese Thomas says:

    I love smocking. As someone who often travels for work or takes long roadtrips, it’s perfect. The geometry of it, the soothingness of the sewing. I’m particularly fascinated at how much this decorative method contributes to the physical structure of the garment (or from a historical perspective, vice versa). To date, it’s mostly been children’s clothes, bishops and insertions. Now that I have a pleater of my own, I’m going to experiment more with how smocking can play a role in adult sewing – at the waist of a gathered skirt, along an inset sleeve – the possibilities are endless. I also want to up my game on hand embroidery.

  87. Cassie says:

    Bag, bags, bags! Gifts, kid stuff and functional, usable unique items.

  88. Tasha says:

    A project using old jeans that looks good ๐Ÿ™‚ I have been searching but nothing has caught my eye yet ๐Ÿ™‚

    Enjoy the weekend everyone!!!

  89. Joanna says:

    Bags, wallets,totes (different ways to embellish them)
    Fun things to do with scraps.

  90. Jennifer says:

    Skirts, shorts, pants, in a word clothes. Tips, fabric reviews, tutorials – whatever the fabric gods inspire you to write, I will read.

  91. Denise says:

    All things sewing mostly. Lately it has been sewing clothes, doll clothes, quiet books etc. for my little granddaughter. Do get a little bit of quilting and bag-tote making too. So tutorial in any of these areas are appreciated.

  92. Morgan says:

    techniques, useful things for the home, clothing, and right now I’m obsessed with hats but not getting anywhere on follow through!

  93. michele says:

    I’d love some toddler girl clothes tutorials!

  94. Molly says:

    I would like to see some tutorials on beginning quilting and color-pairing. Great opportunity to destash and then have an excuse to buy more fabric!!

  95. Lynn Wilson says:

    I would love to see tutorials on sewing clothes for little boys. It’s so hard to find cute things to make for them which is frustrating for sewing moms and grandmothers.

  96. Pam Fields says:

    Needlework, especially hand embroidery is something I am really working in right now. I would love more info and projects on paper-piecing. I have never done that but am interested. I have a fascination with yo-yo’s and would love to some different type projects using them. And lastly,I would LOVE to see easy to sew clothing patterns that could be enlarged to fit us plus size girls. Most are designed and work for thin frames. And I would want the patterns to still be fun and up-to-date. ๐Ÿ™‚

  97. Nina says:

    My head is boiling with new summer clothes for my children and I.

  98. Sparrow says:

    More clothes sewing tutorials! Also, I would love to see some posts about working with lighter weight fabrics, and tips for dealing with them. I currently have 3 yards of Little Folk voile sitting in a basket, and I’m a little scared to cut into it. It feels so thin!

    Other fabrics I would like to know more about working with include vinyl (photo quilt anyone?), laminated cotton, knits, and chiffon. And how to deal with these fabrics without a serger, since most tutorials I look up refer to a serger.

  99. jenny says:

    im thinking about end of year teacher gifts!

  100. Jannell says:

    I would love to have something on recreating vintage handcrafts. I recently bought a plain white cotton pajama with a white lacy crocheted bodice and arms, and it is beautiful. Classic, simple and lovely. There is lot of interest in handwork now, and vintage projects re-interpreted or brought back to light would be fun.

  101. Pattij says:

    I am loving paper piecing right now. Love the look!

  102. Judy says:

    I’ve been sewing for a long time but I still get so confused on all the types of fabrics that there are. A rundown on knits, wovens, cotton, fleece, etc. What to use these fabrics for and how you stitch with them. It seems when looking at a pattern I spend more time trying to find the bolts that have that kind of fabric to use. Also a serger class – I have one but some tutorials on using the serger would also be great.

  103. Janet says:

    Iusually, I love to find a new skill to learn. That’s how I learned to quilt, for example. I want to incorporate my art into a quilted design. I don’t want just picture printed on fabric, but maybe learn Red Work stitching and use the piece to appliquรƒยฉ a design. It sounds like a good way to combine my art passion with my sewing passion.

  104. Glenys says:

    I want knitting projects and sewing cute stuff like hair accessories or a cute little bear from felt!

  105. Holly u says:

    Basic quilting tips to help me be more precise, and sewing projects to engage a 4.5 yo boy in crafting

  106. Tutorials for summertime picnic items.

  107. Suzie says:

    At present, I am trying to find ways to use up scraps (apart from a quilt)- I seem to accumulate so many that I cannot bear to waste.
    Also I would love some patterns / tutorials for boys aged 6 – 12.

  108. Michala Thake says:

    I only started sewing a few weeks ago but I’ve become addicted! This week I’m making a quilt for my Nana and sun hats for my baby boys. Some good boys clothing patterns/tips would be much appreciated!

  109. Arianna says:

    Tutorials for cute, spring and summer clothing would be great! I’d also love some basic tutorials for beginners.

  110. Zena says:

    I’m really enjoying making stuff for my little boys at the moment, so tutorials for kids clothing, accessories and play things like dress-up costumes really appeal to me.

    I’ve recently started playing around with quilting too, so simple quilt tutorials that help me learn a new technique or skill are definitely appreciated!

  111. Barbara says:

    I would really like a new dress for this summer, but I haven’t found a pattern I like yet. Or how about a summer hat to match the dress?

  112. Sandra :) says:

    I’m particularly interested in tutorials for zipper bags and totes, and for baby and kid items – quilts, clothes, toys, handy helpers (like dipes ‘n wipes cases, burp cloths, wet bags etc.). My favourite finds are tutorials where the author has come up with something new and fun, such as:
    – a new shape for a common item (i.e. a zipper bag shaped like a cat, or a new shape for a bag strap or pocket or flap)
    – fun embellishments – maybe using hardware or supplies that we usually use for something else?
    – a fun way to use the feet we all have in our sewing boxes
    – a new way to construct an item (i.e. a new way to line to eliminate raw edges)

  113. Amanda Perl says:

    I’d like to read about inspiration: what gets other quilters and crafters going on a new project, how it comes together from an idea to actual work, and how they keep their momentum up when it flags. Also, how a project moves from UFO back to WIP or goes out the door.

  114. melissa says:

    Quick and easy summer garments.

  115. Carol Y says:

    Modern quilts, applique and needlework, especially embroidery.

  116. Leslie says:

    Right now I have really been into improvisational piecing in quilting and making some quick little bags, I would love a tutorial or some suggestions on making an awesome case for an e-reader or iPad!

  117. Leela says:

    I love the variety of tutorials and projects on this site! I definitely focus most of my sewing on clothes, toys and other items for my baby girl. I’d like to see more of those projects as well as some summer tops, cover ups, dresses etc.

  118. maria says:

    I have been sewing clothes for my daughter. I’ve been afraid to go beyond a straight seem but its not so bad lol.

  119. Kam says:

    I really enjoy hand quilting b/c I can move it around the house with me. I would like to learn more about sewing garments and the best fabrics to use. It is hard to tell what would be suitable from many online descriptions

  120. Melaniet says:

    Negative space and the impact of quilting.

  121. Melissa says:

    All of the above! I esp. like women’s summer skirts and can never get enough tote bag patterns. Maybe some cute summer fabric hats?

  122. Tina L. says:

    Projects that are small and portable. Things I can sew by hand while outside enjoying the sun shine.

  123. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    Cute summer dresses and some awesome boy patterns!!!

  124. Kate D. says:

    I am a new sewer, so I love step by step, clearly written tutorials with lots of photos. The best ones show me how to make something fun and useful (reuseable shopping bags, change purse, iphone cases, laptop cases, pencil cases, girly skirts, baby dresses,etc.)

  125. I am loving working on woke little dresses for my daughter and want to make one for myself. Also I have been making some cute Claire’s ruffle pants. Need more fabric.

  126. Anna says:

    I would love to see more paper piecing. I have only done a few projects with paper piecing and would like to learn more designs…

  127. CCherry says:

    Sewing with youth groups- I’m a scout leader and my girls are doing day camp to earn their silver awards this summer- they wanted to do a sewing project but we couldn’t come up with anything that was reasonable for girls where most of them had never sewn before- Would also like some ideas for things to do with my girls middle school and high school and very broad areas of interest.

    Bookmarks- we do a bookmark workshop at our library and are looking for new ideas.

  128. Ginger says:

    English Paper piecing seems really hot right now.

  129. Martha says:

    Summer clothes and gift ideas!
    Thanks for asking.

  130. Ramona says:

    I am really interested in upcycling vintage items and also sewing summer clothes for myself

  131. Sarah B says:

    a few little fun projects like stuffed animals and dolls that can be given with gifts or sent to friends to say hello ๐Ÿ™‚

  132. Ashley says:

    I think I have Craft/Sewing ADHD. Seriously …My name is Ashley and I am a sew-a-craft-aholic!:)) So I usually love almost everything sewmamasew features. Quilts, Bags, Aprons, Kids stuff….really when I try to think of what I love to sew the most 25 thinks pop into my mind. I will say I am really into color… the bright aqua, reds, oranges, blues, and greens right now. With the right fabric anything can happen! Thank you sewmamasew for the chance to win and for a healthy digest of crafty goodness you always have for everyone.:)

    Thanks, Ashley @ Thereisnoplacelikehomemade

  133. Jennie P. says:

    How about summer garments, hats, dresses, t-shirts. Also quilt blocks, but not necessarily paper pieced. Haven’t done those before.

  134. jmniffer says:

    I like kits, scrappy patterns and block tutorials.

  135. Karen A says:

    I enjoy tutorials for garments for women and also purses/bags and quilt patterns.

  136. heather79 says:

    I’m looking to dip my toes into paper piecing, so that would be great!

  137. robin says:

    I’d love some modern quilt tutorials. ๐Ÿ™‚

  138. Logan says:

    Upcycled things! I love repurposing old tshirts, sheets, etc. and being able to reuse something I already have!

  139. Amy says:

    Embroidery and sewing with knit fabric!!!

  140. Christine M says:

    I am about to start a DIY Sewing Club with middle school students so right now I am searching for tutorials that could be done with beginners that appeal to the adolescent mindset, lol. Also, my budget is pretty low so the cheaper the better.

    For myself, maybe some tutorials on summer garments or summer accessories for the beach, etc.

  141. Susan says:

    I am always in the market for cute children’s clothing.
    Oh, and women’s summer dresses!

  142. Steph says:

    Toddler boys clothing

  143. Kelsey says:

    I’d love to see something about improvisational piecing, but I’d also echo the call for women’s summer clothes!

  144. I’m very into paper piecing at the moment. And I’d love to try my hand at making myself some clothes.

  145. cathie says:

    Honestly, how about cutting/sewing to make sure seams/cuts/patterns are straight. Sounds basic, which I suppose it is, but sometimes I think we forget the basics. So maybe do a review of the basics? for example, lining up quilting block so a square is a square, a rectangular blanket IS the way it the way it is supposed to be and not all askew.

    thats my 2 cents, but in canada we are now banishing the penny into oblivion, so I’ll have to raise it to a nickel. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  146. Lynn Hey says:

    Sewing Spring dresses for my four grand daughters, baby gifts for the new crop of babies at church, new cushion covers for the porch, fun purses/totes, and lots of fabric flowers for hair dodads for the girls.

  147. Alli says:

    I’d love it if you featured some projects showing how to use the cute embroidery patterns we already have. The only things I can think to embroider are coasters and little drawstring bags, so it would be fun if you showed us other ideas. ๐Ÿ™‚

  148. MarciaW says:

    Garment sewing including knits and lace; embroidery; mini quilts

  149. Wilai Charpentier says:

    love doing clutch, want to try quilt and handbag and summer cloth. Probably try summer cloth for this summer, then handbag and maybe maybe quilt (seem like need a lot of fabric and tools).

  150. Amy says:

    right now i’m loving, and searching out, smaller sewing projects that also make great gifts. fabric baskets&bags, aprons, softies for kids, crayon rolls.

  151. blue.crab says:

    Hand sewing…but not hexies….

  152. avital says:

    I love tutorials for smaller projects…as the mom of two little ones, I never seem to be able to complete larger projects, but little things are fun and satisfying to complete.

  153. Amy Grace Clark says:

    garment sewing, specifically lingerie….

  154. Peggy W. Bennett says:

    How about a good post about all kinds of scissors and the different brands. Also what do you do when you need your scissors sharpened?

  155. genevieve says:

    i’m interested in sewing up summer tank tops with all that wonderful quilting cotton i have in my stash. tanks for busty women to the blessedly braless – tank tops with or without darts, tank tops with skinny or thick straps. patchwork tanks? shirts to whip up in an afternoon. fun!

  156. Tamie says:

    More quilting ideas.

  157. Chris says:

    I would love to see tutorials — and patterns — for women’s spring/summer tops, quilts, and purses! :o)

  158. TinaD says:

    I don’t see a lot of sewing patterns for hats for adults. I love hats, and would really like to find a couple of versatile sewing patterns, maybe that could be made lighter for spring and heavier for cold weather.

  159. alison says:

    I’m loving all the quilting I’ve been seeing using orange fabrics (traditional and modern). Looking for a great pattern for new spring bag – with a zipper closure so all my stuff doesn’t dump out of it. Also looking for some really boy fabric for some summer sewing.

  160. Jill says:

    I’m so in love with all the paper pieced beauties I’ve seen cropping up around the web, but I’ve never taken the plunge myself. I’d love some more posts on paper piecing.

  161. right now I’m totally in-gulfed in applique. I’d also love to see more information on marking and quilting a quilt top, that has been appliqued, and how to make it easier to quilt a large top with a conventional home machine.

  162. Trish says:

    I’m enjoying sewing for the home, for the children, and useful accessories made from fun fabrics or recycled fabrics.

  163. Lorraine says:

    Right now I’m interested in clothing and how I can make multiple looks using just one pattern. And this might be odd, but topstitching! I never bothered with it before but everywhere now I see how topstitching can add a bit of jazz to a garment. It’s no longer just a step in a pattern but a design element.

  164. craftytammie says:

    i love paper piecing – well, the results, but not the waste. i’d love tips on piecing with less waste of fabric!

  165. Nichole says:

    Summer clothes for kids and me, bags, and embroidery are all speaking to me right now!

  166. Heather says:

    My first love is quilting, so I’m always interested in new quilt ideas, especially piecing based. But, since I’ve recently got my first serger, I’m also loving putting together some simple little girls clothes! Simple and quick are important to me ๐Ÿ™‚

  167. Chancy says:

    I’ve got a paper piecing project I’m working on right now and I love the process. Can’t wait to do more of it!

  168. Kim Kruse says:

    I’m always interested in seeing more tutorials about adjusting and fitting clothing patterns to fit different body shapes. Nothing is more frustrating than spending a good amount of money and time to make something from scratch only to find out that the finished garment is too big, too small, or just doesn’t fit right.

  169. Sola says:

    I really like making bags and purses. I would love to see some tutorials on sewing them out of vinyls, laminated cottons and oilcloths.

  170. Deanna says:

    One of my favorite sewing patterns came from this site–the ruffle skirt. I have used and modified and re-used. Clothing is always useful.

  171. I love the idea of some posts focusing on clothing. I would love to learn how to chart and make children’s clothes based on size rather than measuring the individual child. Does that even make sense? ๐Ÿ˜€

  172. Katrina H says:

    Maybe a way to turn winter t shirts into something fun for summer…

  173. Judith says:

    I’d like to see tutorials for clothing for little girls. Many of the available tutorials seem to be for multi-fabric, super ruffled, clown clothes. I realize that sounds harsh, but it would be dangerous for children to wear some of those garments (not to mention embarrassing). A tutorial that explains how to construct flat facings rather than ruffles for example, or how to sew with stretchy fabrics would be most welcome.

  174. Elisabeth says:

    Summer clothes! Particularly on my list to make are skirts with pockets and button detailing, maxi sundress, and a long sleeved sun cover up.

  175. leah says:

    I’ve been quilting right now, but will soon need to get some summer clothes organized…

  176. erik says:

    I also really like modern, simple, clean linesรขโ‚ฌยฆwhether itรขโ‚ฌโ„ขs quilt blocks, bags, or pillows. Loving the Modern BOM

  177. Abby says:

    I’d be more interested in a series on garment sewing than anything else. Projects, tutorials, recommended patterns (for different levels, not just beginners), etc.

  178. Anna Koziol says:

    Modern quilts, Quirky Paper Piecing and some hand work such as freestyle embroidery or cross stitch

  179. Jan says:

    Modern quilts are my passion.

  180. Elizabeth says:

    I’m definitely into learning more about paper piecing…I just learned the foundation piecing basics and it was so fun!

  181. Jeannie says:

    My latest passion is my little dress of the day. Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขm doing a รขโ‚ฌล“doing something creative everydayรขโ‚ฌย project, and although I donรขโ‚ฌโ„ขt limit myself to thread and fabric, those are my favorites. Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขm having a great time with fat quarters, and printing my own, and embroidery. (I’m not sure why my first comment didn’t appear, so I’m trying again.

  182. Kristin S. says:

    Projects to make for kids – fun games, toys clothes – that are simple and I can do in an evening after work. Also sewing projects that kids can make.

  183. Consuelo says:

    Lately I’ve been more interested in sewing clothing both for kids and for myself. I’ve also tried a bit of paper piecing and have found it a new challenge. Thanks so much for a great blog.

  184. charity says:

    Making bags and purses. I HATE making handles from fabric so perhaps a tutorial on other materials to use? I would also love to learn how to make a faux leather bag. Thanks!

  185. louise mazingo says:

    i would love to see some quilt top pattern

  186. louise mazingo says:

    like looking at this site.

  187. my passion is sewing clothes. it takes quite a bit of time, but i’m so happy and proud when i have new garment to wear or one to give to someone!

    i would love more women’s clothing info…. i really want to experiment with using other fabrics besides cotton, but don’t know a lot about needle/thread info to use with other fabrics, and if they would be fussy and need to be starched, etc…..

    what kinds of fabrics would be good for different types of clothes like pants, shirts, dresses, etc….

  188. mrsm says:

    Summer clothes for grown ups, and help destashing, preferably things you can do w less than 1/4 yd. Thanks for the giveaway!

  189. Colima says:

    I would like to know about embellishing skirts and repurposing older shirts into something cute. I’ve tried a couple of different tutorials for shirts and they never seem to quite turn out into something I will actually wear. I love to wear skirts so it’d be fun to embellish a plain skirt into something more interesting.

  190. Kate Dawson says:

    Clothes and nursery accessories for baby boys is something I’m particularly interested in at the moment. Also recycling clothes into tote bags etc.

  191. Alicia says:

    I’m really into sewing clothes for myself right now. Specifically, I want to learn to make a nice pair of fitted shorts.

  192. Barb says:

    Basics. Cutting out, I screw it up every time. Measuring. Basting so straight lines stay straight. Handsewing so the fabric doesn’t bunch out of shape.

    Seriously, I could sew a storm if I did any of those right.

  193. Anna Dorothy says:

    hand sewing, quilts, and boy clothes…there’s not as many cute boy clothes out there..

  194. susan says:

    Summer clothes! I have two children and just love seeing them wear the things I’ve made. I’ve also determined that this is going to be The Summer of The Skirt for myself.

  195. Jodi says:

    I am currently 4 months pregnant, so I am interested in all things baby. From slings, diapers, burp cloths, anything I can make to save some money and make it personal!

  196. I’m really into hand stitching right now so a little focus on that would be fun. I know you have done bits on it before but I wasn’t into it then!

  197. Laura R says:

    I want to sew more clothes, so it’d be great to see patterns, but also to learn about what fabrics are good for different types of clothes, drape, and texture. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  198. heatherly says:

    girls clothes and modern quilts!

  199. Jennie T. says:

    Loving paper piecing these days. I would really like to know how to design my own. I’ve only just started trying to figure it out and it’s hard!

    Summer fun projects that are kid friendly would be nice – things my daughter could sew over the summer (she’s 8).

    And free fabric? Would never turn that down!

  200. What floats my boat are modern quilts, the use of solids in quilts and simple minimal designs.

  201. Liz says:

    working on a quilt for a friend whose apartment burned down, and hopefully some counted cross stitch (a first!)!

  202. I’d love to see more tutorials or techniques for making swimsuits using the swimsuit knits, and especially using the serger and coverstitch machine.
    I’m pretty good with my serger, but I’d like to utilize my coverstitch machine even more.


  203. clare says:

    i’m super-keen on sewing grown-up clothes with some of the beautiful lighter weight fabrics out there like voiles. so far i haven’t been very succesful!

  204. Jen says:

    Summer clothes! My wardrobe is abysmal and summer’s just around the corner! Thanks!!

  205. I’m working on summer clothes and bags right now, and it seems like technical tutorials would be really handy — sewing zippers, how to apply bias tape to a neckline, shirring, etc.

  206. Rebecca says:

    I’ve been looking for Summer dress patterns for my three girls – I’d love to see a feature on some new pattern releases and styles!

  207. Jonelle H says:

    I would love to start sewing for myself, but am terrified to. I struggle with fabric choices and am worried that the final product is not right for me. I would love to see information on choosing the right fabric (and the needles/sewing techniques that go with it) for the right project.

  208. Sheila says:

    My next project is sewing new pajama shorts for my boys. I am interested in spring/summer skirts that won’t be torn to shreds if they are worn outside!

  209. Ella says:

    I’m loving modern, simple, clean lines…whether it’s quilt blocks, bags, or pillows.
    I’m not good at needlework, and my allergies are upping my lack of patience, so now is probably not my best time to try it again.
    Paper piecing would also be fabulous.

  210. Avy says:

    Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขm into making bags now. Since a lot of the patterns are the same, maybe an article of mixed media embellishments could be fun.

  211. Avy says:

    I’m into making bags now, since a lot of the patterns are the same, maybe an article of mixed media embellishments could be fun.

  212. I would love to see girls’ sundresses and some tips on how to embellish and/or trim them to make them unique from all the other sundresses.

  213. TX JennyWren says:

    Soft cloth toys for my grandchildren? or fun summer ideas for sewing for kids? Also, paper piecing quilts?
    thanks! jenny wren at texas kay dot com

  214. Thriftylady says:

    “Recycle” is big on my mind right now. Its so much fun to transform a mundane piece of fabric or garment into something special. Although amateur at sewing,I try to salvage my old t-shirts,jeans and turn scarcely used fabrics into something useful. I scout craft blogs online for inspiration, to learn sewing techniques and Sewmamasew is always my first choice.

  215. Bethany says:

    Right now I’m really loving taking hand-me-downs or thrifted items and remaking them into updated, cute pieces…both for myself and my daughter!

  216. Sarah says:

    I don’t know why, but I LOVE sewing bags of all sorts. Tote bags, purses, simple bags, bags with lots of details, love them all. I’d love to see some tutorials for new designs and techniques.

  217. Moira says:

    I absolutely love this website!! My next sewing projects are bonnets and dresses for a Pioneer Trek, and I am really interested in a way to modernize the dresses for nice church wear.

  218. ~Michelle~ says:

    Definitely into paper (foundation) piecing right now!

  219. Sara says:

    Just discovered paper piecing through your blog, and am fascinated.

    Most of what I love, though, is clothing – especially traditional techniques, and modern somewhat complicated or clever or elegant patterns (Figgy’s is a good example).

  220. IRENE HOLMES says:

    I would love to see sewing tips for organizeing your sewing projects. For example, I cut out several items all at the same time, I then take each project and place them in a large 2 gallon bag along with the instructions, and picture of the pattern, along with whatever accessories will be needed (buttons, hooks, etc.) I then clip them on the multi skirt/pant hanger with the picture of what I’m sewing visual. I sometimes will cut out the top, pant, skirt, etc. that all goes together and do the same thing on a multi skirt hanger as well.

  221. Fenna says:

    I’ve been busy making baby items and clothes for my 4 kids, 4 & under! Plus, I have a list of other items that I want to/ have to make: twin size rag blanket, pillows, modest t-shirts, skirts, nursing cover, receiving blankets, small rag blankets, easy linen shirt, etc…. so many ideas, so little time–beter get sewing ๐Ÿ™‚

  222. Andrea says:

    I think it would be great to see a series on clothes. Maybe a week for girls, boys, women, men, babies. Or even pets or dolls too. I’d love to see tips for clothes sewing. pattern reviews, tutorials, etc.

  223. Rachel McCarver says:

    Happy Friday!
    So, the maxi skirt in fabulous colors is SO in right now. I think that both the skirt and the dress would be great in bold jewel tones or darks with neon prints. THAT is my focus for the summer and further into the year. My twins are getting bigger but I still think its lovely to make us all a little matchy-matchy. If I create a maxi skirt for myself I then piece together overalls for my son and a dress for his twin sister in coordinating fabulous colors! Also, though, the addition to a nice belt to the ensemble would make it super! So, I am also very passionate about the creation to the accessories to go with them. ๐Ÿ™‚ and my daughter would love a big floppy bow!

  224. Terri in BC says:

    It’s hard to pick just one thing, as I love to try anything new, but right now I’m working on designing my own travel bag for an upcoming trip to Italy, so I would love to see tutorials on how to create your own designs and promote them.

  225. Elisabeth says:

    I’m really interested in summer clothes right now, for my kids, the hubbs and myself. I really like the vintage and vintage-inspired patterns. I can’t wait to get sewing! Now to squeeze in the time….

  226. Heidi says:

    I would love to see some summer clothes and quilt block tutorials. Thanks!

  227. Kasia says:

    I have most recently been into my upcoming baby girl’s room, making a wall hanging quilt but I would say wall hangings are my favorite thing to make right now. They’re festive and adorable.

  228. VickiT says:

    I’m looking for cute baby/toddler clothing tutorials which include patterns not those which start out saying “take a shirt/pants/sleeper etc that you already have and trace to make a pattern from that” because my Grandchildren don’t live with me so I don’t have their clothing to make my own pattern. There are SO many super cute tutorials but they almost all say that so I can’t make those which is so sad since they’re so cute.

  229. cecile says:

    Summer clothes, quilts, bags… I love everything ! Thank you for this wonderful inspiration.

  230. Taryn says:

    I am loving paper-piecing right now! I can’t get enough of it.

  231. Rebecca Kennedy says:

    I love tips and tricks about piecing technique – I’m always trying to improve my fundamentals!

  232. Kylie C says:

    Traditional blocks and redwork embroidery!

  233. Katrina Mouser says:

    My sewing all revolves around home decor right now, as we’re moving into ‘new space’. It’s so fun!

  234. Wendy says:

    I would would to see some summer clothes projects. Summer shirts, skirts, shorts or capri patterns.

  235. Melanie says:

    I’ve got the sewing bug bad right now – I’m making dresses for myself and my daughter, and trying to use up my fabric stash in the process. So far in March I’ve made myself 3 dresses and her 2. I’m also trying to tackle the mending pile. ๐Ÿ™‚

  236. svetlana says:

    I’d like to see modern quilts that are more intricate, maybe some curves, with some fun quilting.

  237. Erin says:

    I am LOVING simple triangle patchwork! Especially in solids, I’d love to see some tutorials on how to spread out color and triangle quilts.

  238. Lindsay says:

    Summer clothes would be fun!

  239. tiara says:

    I would like to find out more about cross stitching, especially about all of those cute patterns from the frosted pumpkin stitchery

  240. Kristie says:

    Clothes! Definitely clothes. I am interested in clothing for women and children. I’d also like some beyond the basics tutorials, like how to create pattern blocks, alter patterns for a tailored fit, and how to install pants zippers. My goal is to create a handmade wardrobe that looks professional, rather than homemade. Thanks!

  241. Crystal says:

    1. Summer clothes for kids
    2. Beach coverups and hooded towels
    3. Swimwear
    4. Home decorating like curtains, tablecloths, runners
    5. Summer pyjamas

    Thanks for asking! I love checking your blog every day – it’s always interesting!

  242. Mandy says:

    I am forever in love with bags, and summer provides lots of bag opportunities. Totes in bright prints, totes for the beach or a picnic, travel bags, fancy clutches for summer weddings, the list can go on and on!

  243. Alyssa says:

    I am most interested in sewing clothing & such.

  244. Megan says:

    Right now, I’m focused on quality finishing. I love it when the finishing details lift a project and really show a love of the craft. This applies to both garment sewing and craft sewing. A good topstitch, or nice pointy corners, flat seams, handstitching details, etc. Anything that really elevates a project and takes it to the next level.

  245. Jen Higgins says:

    Summer clothes, definitely! Especially for girls and women.

  246. hafza says:

    Currently I am learning on how to sew clothes. Would very much interested to see more sewing tips or tutorials on sewing clothes projects. Thanks:)

  247. Kelsey says:

    I am really into needlework and paper piecing right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  248. Laura says:

    I’m a beginning quilter, so of course any great quilt ideas I just gush over. And maybe some fun summer projects, like totes or flowy beach wear! Thanks for all of the ideas and inspiration you give me!

  249. marthaeliza says:

    Sewing with a plan using popular indie patterns. Ways to layer lightweight summer clothes patterns so readers from the sultry South to the chilly Northwest can take advantage of them.

  250. Dayna says:

    I’d love to see some home decor stuff. I’m needing inspiration for my kitchen and a couple of bedrooms. Still, I love aprons and bags. I can’t get enough of bags! There’s so much to love about your site, and I enjoy going through the archives.

  251. Lorrie says:

    What’s floating my boat currently is embroidery – and how to best use it. I like a little bit of it on clothing (on a collar, or lapel), and on napkins and table linens.

    I’m thinking ahead to new baby things (gifts) and summer fun!

  252. wedding ceremony dress they decide on. On the no liti bece etall ladies can even now wear these dresses. The key value of these dresses is the fact that they provide the sophistication and elegance that is certainly required. Study on to understand the tips of buying these dresses.

  253. I’m not stuck on any one technique, I just love making things that get used every day. Kitchen items, cltohs, toys for my kiddo…it’s just so nice to see something I’ve worked hard on getting loved. Even if it’s loved to pieces.

  254. Larissa says:

    Spring and summer dresses for my girls along with tops and bottoms for my boys – 5 kids in all! I’d love the fabric for those reasons! :o)

  255. Suzi says:

    Summertime and I look for two types of projects: hand projects I can do in the car when the passenger on one of those long summertime drives, such as knitting socks and quilting placemats; and, little, quick projects to do with my grandchildren that teach them basic hand work skills, such as crocheting hot pads or braiding hairbands.

  256. Meg says:

    I’ve got a soft spot for fast projects that I can complete in a few hours, maybe a day. Pillows, toys, bags–always looking for new ideas for them!

  257. Polly Primrose says:

    As a beginner sewer I enjoy tips and tutorials. I would like to make some very easy slip dresses or blouses to save money this summer so anything along those lines would be fab!

  258. Cynthia T. says:

    I just love to sew! I love how the young fabric designers are developing such fun fabric! I feel inspired to make my daughter fun flirty skirts, aprons for friends, and I am getting ready to make a camera bag. It all makes me happy!

  259. Elizabeth says:

    I’m looking forward to making some lovely summer sundresses for the upcoming hot months! (For central Texas is bless with MANY of those months!)

  260. Amy says:

    I’m really interested in sewing my own wardrobe. I’d love to see a single pattern sewn up and reinvented in different ways- i.e. 1 pattern, 5 different looks, etc. ๐Ÿ™‚

  261. Bea Ann says:

    Spring is in the air, so my sewing maching is into home improving. I’ve been looking for new fabrics and new ideas to brighten up the house.
    I’ve also got a new granchild on the way so I’ve been using tutorials on how to make wonderful baby items!!

  262. Samina says:

    Since the weather’s been no nice, I can only think about summer & summer clothing. I’d love some tutorials on summery tops, skirts & coverups.

  263. I would love to see some embroidery how to and some how to with kids clothes…easy, simple tutorials.

  264. AnnaPK says:

    I love ideas for upcycling! I also like to see improv projects, both clothes sewing and quilting. I am trying hard to go with the flow, try things out, and to stop staring at my fabric and try something already!

  265. Jamie says:

    I’d love to have more tutorials / patterns on summer clothes. I’m loving the Sorbetto top right now!

  266. Annie says:

    I am very interested in summer clothes right now, both for me and for my kids!

  267. Emily says:

    baby clothes that is cloth diaper friendly! ie… big butts ๐Ÿ™‚

  268. Beth Ellen says:

    Handwork has my attention lately. I love to sit and sew the binding on a quilt-it is a peaceful time, sitting and making those little stitches one by one.

  269. Tess says:

    Summer clothes, like a wrap skirt v

  270. Lisa says:

    My sewing passion is making children’s clothing. I love to let them pick out the fabric and what they would like to have. Their excitement at teh finished prject is priceless.

  271. amy says:

    I’d love to see more needlework. It’s something I can do without committing to a lot of time and space…something which my small children don’t allow me much of;-)

  272. Cathy says:

    I would love to sew clothing for myself. I can easily sew to decorate my house and clothe my children. I can follow a pattern. But….I cannot sew something that would actually fit me when I was done. I have tried various projects in the past and have never worn any of them. Can you provide help with sewing so it fits? And help with the more complicated aspects of women’s clothing like zippers (like in the fly of pants), pockets, waistbands, hems, etc…would be great. Thanks for any help you can provide!!

  273. Christina says:

    Quilt blocks. I lean toward traditional blocks with modern flair/fabrics/colors. Love your blog!

  274. K. Emery says:

    Ummmmmm, I guess I’d like to see some quick & easy home dec projects since I’m finishing my basement and feel kinda in love with my house right now. Also some cute & quick summer tops. Anything to improve my sewing skills!
    Thanks for asking!!

  275. MC says:

    Currently I’m into making cute things with felt, though tutorials involving hats or quilting make me super happy as well.

  276. Elnora says:

    Ooooooh, thanks for asking! More paper piecing, please. Love your wonderful tutorials!

  277. SK says:

    I would love more tips on serging. Specifically, tips on what my serger is capable of. Thanks!

  278. Rena says:

    Sewing for tweens/young teens, home accessories and decor, easy breezy summer sewing for adults.

  279. Carmen says:

    I’ve actually been really keen on incorporating photos into my quilting work — I create a design in InDesign and upload it to Spoonflower, and then I print FQs to work with. Right now, I’m making a hexagon mini quilt with little shots of family members in the hexies! Have a great weekend!

  280. kathyh says:

    Knee-deep in sewing knits.

  281. Rachel B says:

    What’s floating my boat is rescuing abandoned quilt blocks and tops from thrift and flea markets. I am planning future workshops and a book on rescue quilting and love repurposing ideas.

  282. Leah says:

    I am preparing to supplement my children’s summer wardrobe. Any clothing tutorials woul dbe great!

  283. Lynette says:

    I am working on summer skirts and purses for my girls. So fun!

  284. Shannon says:

    seasonal sewing–spring and summer clothes. I love sewing for children and really appreciate projects that I can start and finish in an afternoon. Gifts and such. (I love that you have so many projects like this already available). Ive been wanting to sew a purse……

  285. Jen M says:

    I’m all about Easter right now. Making 2 sweet baskets for my kids, 2 patchwork bunnies, a dress for my girl and a tie/shoes for my baby boy. Nothing like pushing things to the very last minute!

  286. SewLindaAnn says:

    I’d like to see more on paper piecing series, or separates. I, like many others, are intrigued by all the neat designs in the more advanced Bees on Flickr. For instance, the 318 Patchwork group, Cocorico, and there’s many more. I’d love to understand how to design my own pieces. Love the addition of Needlework always, from big stitch hand quilting with neat threads or yarns and needlework mixed within blocks. Garment sewing is something I want to start, I already actually bought a body double (like 2 years ago) and haven’t started. Love to have s l o w sew alongs with it for the very newbies out here. Your blog is wonderful, I always come back to it for inspiration and good reads. Thanks for all your hard work, I know it’s time consuming to stay current in this ever changing and growing creative blog land!

  287. Jenny C says:

    oooo – I think more baby projects would be fun…and quilts? summer clothes too!

  288. beth says:

    Right now I am loving traditional quilt blocks and baby clothes ๐Ÿ™‚

  289. Brie says:

    I would love to see some spring clothes patterns!

  290. Susan says:

    Right now my passion is making doll clothes (18″ dolls) and fabric toys for the grandkids (and “adopted” grandkids) in my life. Any tutorials would be welcome, although I’ve also used kits such as the dragon illustrated in your DIY Fluffies advertisement (easy and very cute).

  291. Megan says:

    One of my goals for this spring is to sew myself a summer dress that fits well and doesn’t look like box, so I’d be interested in summer clothing tutorials for sure!

  292. KC Shortes says:

    Im interested in simple mom and toddler clothes as well as modern quilt tutorials
    Bags also make great projects and making sImple but cool gifts that teach me new techniques.

  293. beth says:

    Well, I’m mainly interested in learning how to machine quilt with a walking foot on my vintage Singer machine. After that, I’d like to sew some more with knit fabrics – simple dresses and skirts. Thanks for the chance to win fabric. Always exciting!

  294. Tara H says:

    New curtains for my bedroom with black out liners.

  295. Christine says:

    I love making little dresses and jumpers for my daughter!

  296. Suzanne says:

    I love working on baby projects…..quilts, blankets, clothing, accessories….anything baby……I have also recently developed a passion for making clothing….I’m very visual, so anything that shows how to piece garments together would be great!!!! Thanks for all you do!!!!

  297. Hettie says:

    Fun, cute and quick needlework projects.

  298. ste says:

    I don’t have a full on passion for one particular thing, yet. I’m working on it. Trying to learn how to successfully make my own clothes. I do get pretty excited when an item for my daughter turns out well!

  299. Lindsay says:

    I love seeing traditional quilt blocks done in modern ways. Always love a tutorial. Simple summer clothes for kids or myself would be great too.

  300. courtney says:

    Summer kid’s clothes!

  301. Mary P says:

    I’m always interested in creative ways of “upcycling” old clothes into new ones or bags, etc.

  302. Jeanmarie says:

    I am thinking about easy maxi dresses for summer – just learned shirring, can wait to make them!

  303. Kelly K. says:

    I love seeing tutorials on anything sewing, but especially simple clothing or dresses for women and kids since I would consider myself an intermediate beginner. Love your blog! Keep up the great work!
    kc.konechne (@) hotmail (.) com

  304. Doreen says:

    I would love to see some summer tops and some quilted table runners. Love your site!

  305. Tong says:

    I’m planning on hand quilt my first quilt, so I’ve been looking around for good tutorials and interesting quilting designs. Some tips and features about hand quilting would be awesome!

  306. Jessica says:

    I’m loving making things for my baby right now, seven weeks and she’ll be here!

  307. Allison C says:

    Would love to see tutorials on different baby items since I have so many gifts to make, more paper piecing, and more embroidery.

  308. Jocelyn says:

    I do enjoy seeing traditional quilts. And I am also in love with the shabby chic pretty florals. There is a lot of moderns out there right now, but let’s not forget the traditionals ๐Ÿ™‚

  309. Cary says:

    Ideas for a summer wardrobe would be great. I’m also planning to make a summer beach bag, but have not found must the right pattern yet.

  310. Angela says:

    Any opportunity to be creative floats my boat. Selecting fabric and bringing it all together to something amazing.

  311. njeri says:

    I would love to see a week or two of tutorials, links or patterns for boy themed projects.
    There are few sewing projects for boys out there and a lot of us do sew for our boys!
    Another thing I would love to see would be a series on fabric design and printing at home.

  312. Miya says:

    I’m just getting into quilting (like really, really into quilting!) and I think a barrier to getting started for me was having a hard time seeing the potential of different quilt patterns, especially since a lot of the samples in quilt shops seemed to be in one style. Maybe you could do something about color theory and fabric selection and how to change the look of the same design to make it in diffent styles (modern minimal, traditional, Amish, baby, Asian, etc). Thanks for a great website!

  313. Emily says:

    There are a handful of projects I am working on but my favorite right now is a Japanese knot bag. I have had many requests for this bag and I am enjoying making modifications to accommodate specific requests. Today’s challenge is making a knot bag to hold an iPad, looking forward to the finished product! One project on the horizon includes hand sewing handles onto a bag. I will be looking for a tutorial on how to do this, as there are no instructions on the package and everything else is in Chinese! I hope Sew Mama Sew can help with this! Love this site!

  314. Christina says:

    I’d like to see summer vacation projects — either small handheld projects to take with me to work on or useful items to use while on vacation (little bags, organizers, toys, travel pillows & blankets, beachy stuff in laminates).

  315. Alice S says:

    I”m into cross stitch, embroidery and sewing children’s clothes right now.

  316. Erika says:

    I am always on the lookout for learning a new skill. I love projects that use fat quater and smaller amt of each fabric to help use up all those lovely bundles you just can’t say no to but don’t want to use for a scrap project.

  317. Maya says:

    I really enjoy new and modern takes on older quilting techniques. Another thing I would really like to see are some tutorials for fun summer skirts.

  318. Carla says:

    spring/summer dresses for my 3 year old daughter and 5 year old son’s quilt

  319. Tammy says:

    I would love to see some summer clothes for both women and girls. We need some new projects. ๐Ÿ™‚

  320. DebbieKL says:

    Right now I’m in kids birthday party mode – making hats today! Special shirts, banners and other decor can all be sewed up!

  321. Java Jane says:

    I would like to learn to make stylish, well fitted shorts. Not asking for the moon or anything, am I?

  322. Jen says:

    I love paper piecing and would love to see more paper piecing patterns. I’ve turned to designing my own because there aren’t as many paper pieced patterns for the modern quilter.

  323. Carol Laird says:

    Right now with TWO new grandchildren in the family I am all about babies. With a girl and a boy, I can make whatever little things my heart desires. I’ve made pants, shorts, booties, pacifier clips, blankets, diaper covers and now, with the birth of our little girl, I can’t wait to start on pretty little dresses. And knitting has not taken a back seat! For our little girl who lives in the north (our grandson lives in Florida) I’ve made little hats and sweaters. Up next little Indian moccasin booties. I’m having a ball and little things go fast so I can whip up a lot of stuff quickly!!

  324. I don’t know why, but I’m hung up on pincushions right now. Just started collecting some ideas. I like that there is sewing to be done on the machine and often a little hand sewing for sitting with my hubby. Who doesn’t need pincushions? And they are great gifts.

  325. miyoko b says:

    i love seeing things for kids, little boys especially. there are tons of sites for cute girl items, but not alot of diy boy things!!

  326. zelda says:

    More sewing tutorials for adult clothing.

  327. elana says:

    i love tutorials for women’s clothing!

  328. KristyMN says:

    I would love to learn more about hand quilting! I have been tempted to hand quilt a few of my quilts, but I’ve been scared and unsure how to begin.

  329. lm says:

    that should be serger

  330. lm says:

    I’d be interested in some tips on working with swimsuit fabric for suits and UV guards. Particularly since I don’t have a server, but my machine does have over lock and finishing stitches.

  331. Linda James says:

    I’m loving the look of traditional pieced blocks with embroidery but there aren’t a lot out there.

  332. Amy says:

    I’d love some how tos on keeping your embroidery neat (hiding loose ends etc) on the back of your piece for those of us who have taught ourselves to embroider and don’t know all the tricks.

  333. Jess says:

    Right now I’d love to gear up to sew basic/simple summer clothing for myself and my daughter; sundresses, skirts, tops, etc. My passion there is to sew something that’s original, cute and NOT too expensive. Upcycled projects would also be awesome!
    My other main passion is to make quilts for my family to create an heirloom that will last long after I’m gone.

  334. April says:

    I would love to see some easy, summery clothes for toddlers/kids. Apron dresses, shorts, maybe even a sunhat?!

  335. Jessica says:

    I’m looking forward to your fat quarter projects – I have some beautiful fat quarters that I am waiting to use.

  336. Ashley Y says:

    I’ve been working on quilt blocks and pincushions

  337. Anya says:

    Storage ideas! Bowls, baskets, trays etc…..

  338. Ana says:

    Right now, I’ve been looking for some simple patterns for children: like tops and dresses. First I just have to recover my old singer sewing machine that is waiting for some updating for a while.

  339. Lori says:

    The thing I wish I knew more about is definitely clothes! I’m still scared to death of sewing them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  340. Taryn says:

    Summer clothes for me and my girls (1 and 3 y.o.). And we’re moving into our first house in a month (!) so I’m sure I’ll be looking for ways to add textiles to make it feel more like home.

  341. Erin says:

    I would love to see some new idea for summer clothing; kids and womens. I want to make myself some new summer items but I am just not sure where to start.

  342. Julie says:

    Little baby gifts are what I am currently working on. SOme friends having babies and love making things for them

  343. Dell says:

    As a new quilter, I would love to see some small projects guiding me through free motion quilting.

  344. Jeannie says:

    My latest passion is my little dress of the day. I’m doing a “doing something creative everyday” project, and although I don’t limit myself to thread and fabric, those are my favorites. I’m having a great time with fat quarters, and printing my own, and embroidery.

  345. Wendy says:

    Tips on sewing better fitting clothes for myself; also home dec items and sewing for boys/men.

  346. Sue Crosier says:

    I’m into Tote Bags. I have also been having fun with fabric flowers. Actually I have many sewing passions, but focus on a couple at a time, and then I find something new to have fun with. I always seem to have a quilt going on as well.

  347. Jaimee says:

    I’ve been interested in finding some cool summer projects for me and for a little girl and a toddler boy!

  348. Lindsey F. says:

    I’m interested in learning FMQ and am thinking about trying a QAYG project to try various FMQ patterns. Would love tips and advice on these two topics.

  349. Bernadette says:

    I have just gotten into paper piecing and am really enjoying it.

  350. Annie says:

    Right now my sewing passion is clothes and toys for my 7-month old baby!

  351. Linda says:

    Hello, I’d like to see summer clothes as a first choice and then needlework as my second. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Linda

  352. Carolyn says:

    Classy handbags.

  353. Terri says:

    My passion is quilting and making purses. I would love to learn any tips on free-motion machine quilting as I am working to improve my skills.

  354. Becky Butler says:

    I’m loving hand sewing at the moment, there’s nothing nicer than sitting in the sun with a cup of tea and a few hexagons, or a bit of appliquรƒยฉ! Recently I’ve also been trying my hand at some simple summer clothes with the tova sew along!

  355. Teresa says:

    It’s just about the time to finally get to those summer dresses I’ve been attempting to not sew all winter!

  356. AngieSue says:

    How about learning to sew simple clothes that aren’t for small children? There are lots of really cute patterns and tutorials for kids under 6 — but what about a cool pattern for pre-teens? teens? adults? I’d love to learn how to transfer my quilting skills into clothes…but have been scared to try!
    Also, I would LOVE some good ideas for sewing gifts for men (besides an iPad cover and a hanging trash bag for the car…done that). A whole month of man gifts would be just in time for Father’s Day!

  357. Gill says:

    I love all the modern/improv I’m seeing around at the moment!

  358. upstatelisa says:

    summer clothes would be great!

  359. Sarah McGrath says:

    Hmm, I’d love to see tips for people new to sewing machines!

  360. Juli says:


  361. Chloe says:

    At the moment I’m into spring and summer sewing for my three children, especially things like cute romper suits for baby girl, easy to put on, shirred tops and dresses for middle girl and shorts with cool details for big boy. Oh, and hats, lurve hats ๐Ÿ™‚

  362. rebecca says:

    modern quilts, or modern colours on traditional quilts.

  363. Ashleigh says:

    I am interested in getting insider tips on how to make my finished projects more professional looking. I can read a pattern, piece and sew but somehow the project always ends up looking a bit more homemade than in the book.

  364. Louise says:

    Dresses are thing at the moment, I’m trying to sew lots of dresses this year!

  365. Truly Myrtle says:

    Needlework jumped out at me! I’d love to see some tutorials on needlework, especially used to embellish garments and accessories – thanks!

  366. Aileen says:

    Quilts using scrap fabric are a must. I have so many leftovers from other projects.

  367. Sofia says:

    Hello from Greece!!! I really love your site!!! Right now I’m interested in summer clothing for girls!!!I’m new to sewing and I would really love simple tutorials!!! Thank you!!

  368. Mandy Y says:

    I’m loving quilting at the moment….am about to try foundation piecing for the first time! Wish me luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  369. Jo Robertson says:

    I’m a fairly new sewer and I’ve used your tutorials a lot since I got started. Theres loads of useful tips for a beginner like me!

    I’d like some ideas for gifts I can start sewing for Christmas and birthday’s. Stuff that I don’t need for myself but I’d like to sew anyway and can store away to give to someone.

    Thanks for a lovely helpful site!

  370. Valerie Boudier says:

    At the moment very much like the look of Modern quilting

  371. Maire says:

    Anything custom! monotony is not my friend!!

  372. Jenelle says:

    I would like to see needlework and pieced quilting (paper or regular). I have really enjoyed the modern block of the month series and would love to see more content like that

  373. Suzanne says:

    Definitely linings on clothes.

  374. Molly says:

    I would love to see some articles and tutorials on transition projects…” if you like this, try this”. I’m stuck on sewing bags and purses, and need a push to transition to new types of sewing projects.

  375. ems says:

    i love sewing for my children, but i also end up sewing for the teachers at my school. lucky duckies!!! i also love this blog mucho mucho mucho.

    i live in the middle of the woods, which makes for lots of dustiness. how about some cleaning and oiling and maintenance tips? i know you can’t do every machine, brand, and model, but I BET there are a lot of general ideas and tutorials out there that can be made, or made better. thanks.

  376. Carol in E TN says:

    I am interested in doing a string quilt! what is the best to use for the foundation? Muslin, interfacing, scrap cotton?

  377. Jo says:

    I would love to see some summer clothes. I’m currently on a basic dressmaking course just now so would be great to learn some more techniques. Not sure I’m eligible for the giveaway as am in the UK but I’m on this site all the time, it’s fantastic. X

  378. Michelle says:

    I’m very interested in the Quilt-As-You-Go method, or big stitch quilting. Whatever you come up with, I can’t wait to see! Thanks.

  379. Maria says:

    During this time I’m working with small jobs such as purses, little bags, storage panels, because they are easy to perform and I can finish them quickly!

  380. Nan Cole says:

    Just found this site. Love it! Looking for ideas on kitchen accessories to sew and braiding a rub out of cotton strips. Time to get back to looking around!

  381. Beth says:

    My passions currently are a mixed bag, and when they intersect I am truly a happy girl:
    -Designing draped jersey tops and dresses
    -Working with organic cotton, linen, wool, and leather
    -Refashioning thrift-store menswear into fetching frocks and chic blouses
    -Making and mending my kids’ clothes
    -Handwork techniques for textile reuse, seaming, layered construction, and beading taught by Natalie Chanin in her Alabama Studio books
    -Sewing pjs from new and vintage bed sheets and pillow cases
    -Salvaging or reimagining vintage linens (napkins, tablecloths, scarves) into stylish wearable pieces.

  382. La Inglesita says:

    Iร‚ยดd love some patterns or ideas for babywear and girls hair embellishments. Thanks for the giveaway!

  383. MissMary says:

    The more quilting, the better! But please no paper-piecing, unless it’s nerd-themed ๐Ÿ˜‰

  384. Diana says:

    I love any and all bag tutorials. Now that I have some basics down, I love learning new ways to embellish; ruffles, flowers, lace, inserts, any more. I also am always inspired by your block of the months.

  385. Genevieve says:

    I really love all that you do. I especially like it when you have others post free tutorials. Quilts, clothes and embroidery especially.

  386. Amy says:

    Summer clothes, especially skirts
    Clothes for babies and toddlers
    Soft toys for kids, especially play food
    Clothes/costumes/etc for kids creative play

  387. I really love all the gift making posts, and not only at Christmas time. It’s nice to have a bunch of ideas for birthdays, hostess gifts etc on hand for when you need to whip something up.

  388. I am really into improv piecing and I want to start making my own clothes. I’m learning about ease and fitting issues, but I would love more!

  389. Nancy L says:

    My first passion has been and seems always will be “patriotic”. My husband is active duty army, and nearing retirement. Patriotic and military themed projects (teddy bears, Christmas stockings, mini-quilts) all seem to move to the top of the priority list. Would love to see such themed projects that are “beginner friendly” as I encourage other military wives to develop a practical art that is rapidly fading.

  390. Munaiba says:

    I’d like to see hand-pieced and quilted projects.

  391. Emily says:

    I was making a lot of bags and aprons. Now my efforts have shifted back to quilting. It has been at least 10 years!

  392. Jan says:

    I enjoy tutorial for quilt blocks and other quilted projects. Thanks for the inspiration!

  393. Maureen S says:

    I would love project that take an afternoon. Maybe some containing both sewing and embroidery combined.

  394. Grandma G says:

    I enjoy making bags, but I also have a 5-yr-old granddaughter that I love to sew for, either clothes or just crafty, fun stuff.

  395. kirstenmanning says:

    I’d love summer clothes. Particularly some tutorials for cute pleated midi skirts, cute simple summer tops, and fantastic summer dresses. ๐Ÿ™‚

  396. Christie says:

    Sewing for kids always grabs my attention, clothing, bags, accessories, toys, any of that great stuff!
    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  397. Heather says:

    I’m interested in trying some more paper piecing, and I love block tutorials but am more interested in modern blocks as opposed to traditional. Or maybe traditional blocks with a modern flair???

  398. Jennyroo says:

    I’m loving modern improv style quilts…. would love to see more tutorials and ideas in this area! Thanks for sharing!

  399. Heidi says:

    I would love recycling or upcycling ideas to renew and update clothing! Thank you!

  400. ashley says:

    Simple summer dresses for little girls.

  401. Im sure I’m with the minority here but I am a brand new beginner so some really simple projects to develop my skills and help me to get motivated to keep sewing would be great!

  402. Addie says:

    I am definitely looking toward summer sewing right now. I am interested in some hand work for both clothing and home decor, linens etc. Also looking to sew with lots of with linen and voile for summer and velvet for the fall. Thanks for the giveaway.

  403. kristin says:

    I’d love to see spring/summer clothing tutorials and inspiration – sundresses, easy-wearing tops, skirts for women, girls, boys, babies.

  404. Karin says:

    I’d love more clothing tutorials – like kids’ clothing and shirts or skirts for women – ideally with a downloadable pattern!!

  405. Margaret says:

    I’d love to see sewing tips for grown-up clothes. ANd maybe a weekly feature on sewing tools — “Tuesday Tools” ๐Ÿ™‚

  406. says:

    Summer clothes are always fun to learn how to sew, but also how to pick different substrates for sewing clothing to make it work better.

  407. I’m always looking for patterns and tutorials for cute women’s tops.

  408. cynthia says:

    I love quilts with embroidery, traditional quilts but with a modern twist, and clothing for children. Those are the things that interest me ๐Ÿ™‚

  409. Valerie says:

    I honestly like the variety that you have on the website! My passion right now is things for the home. I’ve been doing fabric baskets (some hanging) to coordinate with my daughter’s quilt. I’ve also done some matching wall hangings. I’d be very interested to see any cute ideas for the kitchen–as rather drab place right now.


  410. Laura says:

    I’d love to see more needlework, especially for reaching children.

  411. angelina says:

    quilts !! blocks !! cusions !!

  412. Becky Greene says:

    Quilts – mainly modern and mostly mini! I am also excited about paper piecing – just printed out my first four to try! Thanks for the chance to win the fabric!!

  413. Cinnamon says:

    Since the summer is coming how about some swim suit tutorials? Or, a tutorial on how to make a leotard? (My girl is in gymnastics and likes to wear them, but they are never long enough for her torso.) I would appreciate any tips on how to handle that slippery stretchy swim suit/leotard material!

  414. Gillian says:

    Hi! I’m interested in modifying clothing designs – how to take a simple pattern and draft changes!

  415. Tia says:

    I can always find oodles of cute dress patterns and ideas for my daughter, but I have a really hard time finding clothing patterns and ideas for my son and I feel guilty about it! I’d love to see a feature on “stuff” for boys.

  416. Tammy says:

    Right now I’ve been working on summer clothes for my daughter – and having a blast! ๐Ÿ™‚ I also want to get “brave” and make some clothes for myself! I made a skirt (that I need to hem…) but tops for myself just really intimidate me! I know you’ve done FBA tutorials/information in the past, so I need to go back and read those, I think. And then just jump in and do it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  417. Spiderknit says:

    Three things I’m all over at the moment.. modern quilts, girls clothes for a tween (not appropriate for adult stuff, but too big for little girl stuff..) and modern easy to sew stuff for me – I love simple Japanese designs, but am way to curvy to wear them it seems!

  418. jamie breig says:

    I love the simple summer clothes tutorials. Especially the summer tops for women.

  419. Cassandra says:

    Summer clothes. I’ve been searching for a tutorial for a chiffon shirt/tank top, and have had no luck. Any tips on where to find some or maybe find that talented crafty person who can be lined up in May.

  420. Natalie L says:

    this time of year I love seeing easy summer clothing tutorials because I while I live seeing, I’m also trying to take advantage of the nice weather. some easy “poolside” needlepoint projects would also be fabulous!!!

  421. Shanea says:

    I love patterns and tutorials that use pre cut fabric (charm squares, jelly rolls, etc). And also… my sewing machine came with all these feet that I have NO idea what to do with… why do I have two zipper feet?

  422. Rebecca says:

    I always like tutorials for garment sewing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  423. Mary says:

    Embroidery, sundresses, and sewing with knits!

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