Sunday, October 25, 2015

Slippers to Sew for Fabulous Holiday Gift Giving - Free Pattern

Download this easy to sew pattern for slippers

It has been a while since I posted any free patterns. So sorry. A bit of depression got the better of me. But this pattern should make up for any lapse. These easy to sew slippers are made from pre-quilted (or quilted by you for that very special touch) fabric. Perfect for cold winter mornings or evenings or just lounging around the house. Makes great gifts and everyone knows that handmade gifts from the heart are the most cherished. This one has the bonus of being both useful and comfy. Make a pair for yourself too. Prints on 8.5" x 11" paper. Download HERE.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Easy Tie On Tunic - Free Vintage 1960's Pattern from Fieldcrest Towels.

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Part Five - Free Patterns from Fieldcrest®

Tunics have never gone out of style. This 1960's tie-on mantle made with Fieldcrest® towels is fast fashion with a flair. Use it as a topper, or a cover up at the beach, or an after the bath lounging top. However you wear it you will find it comfortable and easy wash and wear over and over again. These patterns were produced and distributed as complimentary patterns from Fieldcrest® to promote their products as fabric for sewing projects.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

After the Bath Terry Cover Up - Free Sewing Pattern From Fieldcrest Towels

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Part Four - Free Fieldcrest® Patterns

The Apres Bain (After the Bath) terry cover-up is sweet and simple to make. Wear it from the shower or from the pool. Either way, with a pretty print, you will move confidently in this smart little cover-up made from towels. This pattern was issued in a complementary packet of patterns and instructions to adapt patterns (such as Vogue, Simplicity or McCall's) using Fieldcrest® towels, sheets, bedspreads etc. Though the bold prints and patterns from the mod era are no longer produced, a more classic version could be made from plush solids with embroidered trim.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Child's Sundress - Free Pattern from Fieldcrest Towels

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Part Three - Free Patterns From Fieldcrest®

This easy to make children's shoulder button pullover dress could easily be adapted to fit mom as well. What an easy breezy summer sundress and no better material than a terry cloth towel to absorb moisture on a hot sunny day at the beach or pool. This pattern features Fieldcrest® towels and was published in the 1960's as a complementary sewing packet to encourage sewists to use Fieldcrest® towels, sheets, bedspreads and other linens. And why not! The printed towels of the mod era ranged from bold abstract patterns to lovely florals, sure to please any taste.

Friday, August 21, 2015

1960's Maxi Skirt - Free Pattern from Fieldcrest Towels

Download Evening Skirt Pattern Here
Part Two - Free Patterns from Fieldcrest®

Entertain or lounge in comfort with this easy to make evening skirt from two Fieldcrest® towels. This pattern originated from a complimentary packet of patterns and instructions for using Fieldcrest® towels, sheets, bedspreads and more to make simple to sophisticated garments. Though these were developed at the height of the Mod era, they are every bit as fashionable today. Though few of the current Fieldcrest® lines have the bright and bold patterning of the 60's, you can still find vintage towels and linens at great prices for an authentic retro look.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

1960's Fashions by Fieldcrest - Mother Daughter Robes From Towels - Free Patterns

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Fieldcrest® is a trusted brand of household linens. In the 1960's the company published a complimentary selection of patterns and instructions using Vogue, Simplicity and McCall's patterns. This wonderful duo of casual pullover robes for both women and children have easy to follow instructions for cutting and minimal sewing to achieve these sturdy and easy to wear robes. You may have to look for vintage towels for patterned towels, or why not go for the hotel white effect. Whatever towels you choose they will surely be a hit this winter as a cuddly and warm lounging caftan.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

1950s Pullover Cowl Hood - Free Pattern - Easy to Make

Advance 7858 Cowl Hood Pattern

This easy to sew pullover hood fits snugly over the shoulders and around the face. Line it in contrast fabric or faux fur for an extra warm and cozy Winter head covering. Make it in lightweight fabrics to tuck into a sweater or jacket neckline for a carefree way to keep your mane in place on a windy day. This download prints on 8.5" x 11" sheets of paper. Download HERE.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

A 'Round the Clock Doll Wardrobe Made From Socks

1963© Marguerite Kelly Holmes

Marguerite Kelly Holmes must have been an interesting person. In 1950 she and her husband published a book titled Play By Ear; A Music Course for Everyone. But it is her A 'Round The Clock Wardrobe patterns for Barbie dolls that made her name in the world of sewing patterns. But wait!! These are NO-SEW patterns. In fact, not only are these garments glued together, they are constructed from socks!! What a fantastic up-cycle re-fashioning project. Use those crazy striped and argyle socks destined for the rag bin for these fabulous Barbie doll fashions. Easy enough for young people to make and it may even imbue them with a lasting sewing bug. There were several patterns issued in the 1960s. Many are available as original patterns, printed on a single large sheet, or as downloads. The Vintage Pattern Marketplace vendors are offering this one for free to get you started.  Download this pattern here.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Facings - A Primer for Finishing

Perhaps dread is too strong of a term but when it comes to facings, avoidance is usually the route many a seamstress take. In reality, facings do not have to be such a hurdle and the difference between a faced neckline or armhole and one that is folded over and stitched is like night and day. Take pride in your garment by seeing to the details all the way to the end. You will wear your garment proudly. 

A Primer for Facings

Print this easy to follow primer (Download Here) and keep it in your sewing area as a reference.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Free Pattern - Felt Poncho - Uniquely You!

Easy to Sew Felt Poncho

Get ready to make the scene with this hip 1970's poncho. Make it unique. Make it YOU! You choose the colors. You can even alter the shapes to customize this easy sew, easy wear spring or fall pullover poncho. Make it in felt. Make it in fleece. Or make it in heavy blanket weight wool for cold winter days. Instructions print on an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper. Download HERE.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Felt Needle Books - Gifts for Those Who Sew

Felt Needle Cases
Needle books made of felt are travel ready or just a handy and whimsical holder for sewing needles. These are small, quick and easy and made from scraps of left-over felt and floss or yarn. Choose a butterfly, turtle, fish or bird. Great gifts for those who sew. Add one to a May basket. How about a needle book used in place of a bow on your gift to Mom on Mothers' Day? No matter how you give these they will always be treasured. Download instructions HERE.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Scrap Busting - Patchwork Potholders - Easy Last Minute Gifts to Make

Patchwork Potholders

Double duty scrap busting never looked so good. Use those bits to make this patchwork potholder. No quilting experience required. Create a shabby chic, country cottage gift for Mom with these easy to follow instructions. Download HERE.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Strawberry Potholder - A Springtime Gift for Mom

Strawberry Pot Holder
Springtime to me, is a wooden box of strawberries picked fresh from the garden, covered in a feed sack towel and presented to a kind neighbor, friend or Mom. Don't have a garden? Why not whip up some of these quick and easy pot holders dressed up as strawberries to give instead. A pair of these would be both a thoughtful and delightful gift to brighten any kitchen. Download instructions HERE.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Straw Gardening Hat Pincushion Pattern - DIY Gifts For Mom on Mothers' Day

Straw Hat Pin Cushion

What says Summer more than a straw gardening hat? This sweet pincushion made of burlap makes a pretty little presentation to anyone who sews or just loves gardening. Make one for Mom or for your child's favorite teacher as an end of the year thank you. Stick a place card on top with a pin for a place-setting and take-along memento for guests at a bridal shower. This cute pin cushion is not only versatile but so easy to make you will want to make more and more. Download instructions HERE.

Friday, April 17, 2015

DIY Gifts for Mom - Victorian Corset Shaped Laundry Bag

Victorian Corset Laundry Bag

The hourglass figure, also known as the Victorian scallop or the serpentine line was the proportion that defined beauty in the 19th century. Also known as the Golden Section, the shape defined generations of women and continues today. We have long discarded those constricting garments but our nostalgia for them lives on. For Mothers' Day why not gift Mom with a corset that hangs in her closet and collects the dirty laundry. Make it out of pretty fabrics and trim with rick rack or laces. It uses a common metal hanger and is a clever way to be green. Download instructions HERE.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Mother's Day Gifts To Make - Pretty Covered Hangers

Pretty Covered Wire Hangers

Where would we be without our Moms? Our first memories are probably of none other than the woman who gave and did the most for us, loved us more than anyone else, and shaped our lives to help us become what we are today. Mom. Mother's Day should be every day but since Hallmark specified May 10th as the official day to celebrate our Mothers, let's make it even more special with a handmade gift. 

These easy to cover hangers are more than just a simple gift. Fabric covered hangers keep tops and dresses from slipping off. The fabric covering absorbs excess moisture and the thinness of the wire hangers allows for more compact storage in the closet. Cover those wire hangers (that dry cleaners send your clothes home with) with pretty scraps of fabric. Decorate with bits of ribbon, lace and silk flowers. A thoughtful, useful and environmentally friendly diy gift for mom. 


Look for more Mothers' Day gifts to make in the next few weeks.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Quick and Easy Easter Basket Gifts for the Seamstress

Easter baskets are traditionally filled with candy and trinkets ... little treats after the Lenten fast. But for the sewist in your family perhaps another kind of treat would be more appropriate. 

Fill a plastic egg with a few sewing essentials. Thread, threader, snaps and buttons and a length of stitch witchery and a thimble. Whatever you can find to tuck into an egg. Maybe your sewist is a vintage enthusiast? Fill your egg with vintage notions. Whatever you stuff your egg with will be a treat that travels or comes in handy in an emergency. And what a fabulous last minute addition to an Easter basket and a gift that keeps on giving. 

Happy Passover or Easter from the folks at the Vintage Pattern Marketplace!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Free Pattern - Stuffed Toy Easter Lamb

Stuffed Lamb Toy Pattern

Easy to sew stuffed lamb toy is a lovable addition to any child's Easter basket. When made of felt it whips up in an hour or two. Add seam allowances for faux fur or terrycloth lamb. Whatever fabric you choose, you can't lose with this sweet and cuddly toy. Download instructions here.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Free Pattern - Lacy Crochet Gloves - Just in Time for Spring

Pretty Crochet Gloves
Just in time for Spring. Easy to crochet lacy gloves are a tuck in your purse take along project. Make them in pretty pastels for day wear or sexy black or silver lurex for evening. An essential accessory for every retro gal. Download this pattern HERE.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Free Pattern - Easy Baby Bibs From Finger Tip Towels

Easy Bibs From Finger Tip Towels

Baby bibs are easy to make with finger tip towels. Think of the towel as your canvas and applique with some creative scrap-busting to make them gender or holiday specific. Or leave them plain with just a bit of neckline binding for grandpa. 

However you choose to decorate, you can't lose with these easy to make baby bibs. Download instructions HERE.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Free Pattern - Fabric Flowers to Make from Scraps

Easy to Make Fabric Flowers

Fabric flowers have long been used to decorate hats and bags or for boutonnieres for the tuxedo lapel. Indeed, the realism of some of the silk flowers available today will astonish you. No longer are we confined to carry fragile, just picked flowers in wedding bouquets that wilt before that lucky catch at the end of the evening.

Today's download has instructions to make a fabric flower for every month of the year. Using leftover bits of fabric you can make these as whimsical or realistic as you choose. Pictured above we have made an aster on the left from scraps of 3 layers each of two shades of blue dotted Swiss and  pale pink chiffon. The Chrysanthemum on the right is made of 10 layers of the same pale pink chiffon.

I used a spool of thread to trace the circles onto the scraps of fabric for the aster using tailors chalk.

I found this flower pattern in a 1940's embroidery transfer envelope. The directions are pretty straightforward and I was able to make a flower in just a few minutes.  Download the instructions HERE and get busy making pretty flowers for your Easter bonnet. Prints on two 8.5" x 11" sheets of paper.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Free Pattern - Pretty Book Marks are Easy to Make

Easy to Make Book Marks

Time to raid your scrap bag again. These easy to make book marks use up the smallest bits of felt and make some sweet little book marks for your favorite book worm. From the March 1954 issue of Workbasket. Download instructions HERE.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Free Pattern - Shamrock Pin Cushion

Shamrock Pin Cushion from Workbasket Magazine

Whether you believe in the luck of the Irish or think it's all a bunch of blarney, there is no question that celebrating Saint Patrick's Day is tradition that has evolved beyond faith and heritage. Everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick's Day! So what could be easier to make than this little shamrock pin cushion to celebrate the holiday. Made of felt and hand stitched, this is a perfect project for little hands and a great way to introduce sewing and gifting to your little ones. What a lovely gift for teacher or grandma. Give this shamrock pin cushion with a "top of the morning" wish and keep the rest of the day to yourself to sew. Download instructions HERE.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Child's Bonnet Pattern - Prettiest Little Girl in the Easter Parade

1950's Girl's Hat Pattern

With Spring on the way (but still being hat weather), what a lovely way to usher in the season with this easy to make embellished bonnet. Only two pattern pieces means quick sew leaving more time for pretty embroidered details. Perfect for left over scraps but by no means a scrappy cap. This pretty bonnet will certainly be the prettiest hat in the Easter parade this year. Download HERE!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Quick and Easy Dickey Scarf - One For You and One to Give

It may still be Winter but there are so many days when a wool scarf is a little overkill. This Wrap Around Dickey Scarf is the perfect solution. It is quick and easy to make and would make a lovely last minute gift for Valentines Day for mom or little sis or your best friend. 

I originally found the instructions for this scarf in a box of patterns I purchased at an estate sale. It is a page from SEW NEWS dated November 1987 and the pattern is designed by Claire Shaeffer. The instructions suggest a silky print but mine is made of cotton print. I imagine fleece or wool would work just as well.  Make a few for you and to give. Download instructions HERE.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Heart Potholders for Valentines Day Gifts

Download this Easy to Follow Heart Shaped Potholder Here

This 1950's pattern for a potholder from Workbasket Magazine is a quick and easy gift to make for sweethearts both old and young. For the grill master in your life make a pair in plaid flannel ala grunge rock. For mom or daughter why not use a red with white polka dot fabric for a strawberry heart. The combinations are endless. And what a clever idea. These pockets are a sure grip no slip solution to not getting burned. And what a thoughtful gift that is.