Surprise Santa with the Cutest Christmas Stocking Sewing Patterns

One of my favourite Christmas traditions is putting out the Christmas stockings before we went to bed. It was so exciting to think about Santa coming and the stockings being filled with toys in the morning. Now that i have kids, I get to experience the same joy of their faces.

As a kid, my parents bought plastic stockings from the discount store that fell apart after a few years (and then my brother and I would fight about why did one kid get a new one and not the other). I like the idea of something more permanent, and something with the homemade touch.  Read more about Surprise Santa with the Cutest Christmas Stocking Sewing Patterns

Countdown to Christmas with Cheery Advent Calendar Sewing Patterns

I love the lead up to Christmas and one of my favourite parts is watching the kids update the Advent calendar each day. After the battle for who gets to do which days is over (although with most calendars having 24 days, it works out evenly for people with 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 or 12 kids), it’s fun to watch them hang their ornament and work out how many days to go until Santa visits.

Do you count up or countdown? We usually count up (which gives the kids a chance to do some mental maths each day to work out the days to Christmas. Read more about Countdown to Christmas with Cheery Advent Calendar Sewing Patterns

Harrowing Halloween Trick or Treat Bag Sewing Patterns

Halloween is right around the corner. You've organised a costume (did you sew something?), but have you forgotten the most important thing for the kids?

Trick or Treat Bags!!!

How are you kids going to bring home their stash? It's time to sew a trick or treat bag (or 3!)

There's lots to consider when deciding which trick or treat sewing pattern to make. Size - it needs to be big enough to hold the right amount of candy (or maybe you should make a small one to encourage your kids to come home early without such a big pile of sugar!). Should your DIY trick or treat bag match the costume, or are you just going with a generic spooky Halloween theme?

Whatever you decide, here are my favourite handmade Halloween trick or treat bag sewing patterns and tutorials: Read more about Harrowing Halloween Trick or Treat Bag Sewing Patterns

15 Practical but Pretty Purse Sewing Patterns

When I first started searching for purse sewing patterns, I ended up confused. I'm from Australia, and to me, a purse is like a wallet and contains both coins and paper money, and a million plastic cards (drivers' license, credit cards, loyalty cards etc). Wallets are for men, purses are for women. Coin purses are small pouches with a zip or clasp, used for storing coins.

But then I discovered some in the USA call any women's bag a purse (what I would call a handbag or shoulder bag). So which patterns should I share?

Well, why not share my favourite patterns of all of them (and if you can't find what you're looking for here, search more purse/handbag sewing patterns here.) Read more about 15 Practical but Pretty Purse Sewing Patterns

How to create your own digital sewing pattern library (and search it too!)

Do you have a growing collection of sewing patterns that you struggle to keep track of? Maybe you’ve bought a sewing pattern and then realised you already own something similar.  Or you want to sew a pattern that you bought ages ago (on sale, right?), but you can’t for the life of you remember the name of it, let alone find the pdf file on your computer.

Today, I’m going to show you how to use Threadistry to create a searchable library of the sewing patterns you own. No more losing track of those pattern purchases. Watch the video here (or scroll down if you prefer to read!). Read more about How to create your own digital sewing pattern library (and search it too!)

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