Best of National Sewing Month 2021
See the favorites from our annual National Sewing Month celebration!
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It's been another great September and National Sewing Month celebration! Our 2021 celebration was another fantastic collection of free projects, patterns, guides, tips, videos, and much more.
Although we love to sew year-round, September is our favorite month for celebrating all things sewing. It's the ideal time for those who are just getting started or have never picked up a needle and thread before to start (we even have a few no-sew projects as well), but anyone who has been sewing and is looking for some inspiration or new ideas will love it just as much (if not more).
Because there were so many pages shared in September, this page includes the best of the best. That's right, check out the Best of National Sewing Month 2021 below and see what you might have missed.
Our 2021 promotion is definitely one of our favorites because of all the marvelous pages we have gathered from our favorite sewing designers and created in-house. You can find all of the pages shared this month on our National Sewing Month 2021 hub page.
We also gave away a brand-new BERNINA B-325 Sewing Machine, which is a popular grand prize for sure! Valued at $1,299, it was much sought-after.
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Find everything we shared this September, including our Facebook Live events, on this page: National Sewing Month 2021
How to Make a Quilt for Beginners
How to Make a Quilt for Beginners by Emma Jeffery from Fiskars: Learn how to make a quilt for beginners with pictures! This tutorial will show you how to easily make a quilt by hand and by machine. If it's your first time quilting or you're still getting started, then you might be confused about the process, what supplies you need, and the terms associated with quilting. Not with this guide!
Hand Sewing Practice Sheets PDFs
Hand Sewing Practice Sheets PDFs by Matt Paulson and Krista Childers for AllFreeSewing: Print out our sewing lines on paper PDFs and get better at sewing by hand. Our free sewing worksheets provide lots of lines and shapes to sew. Instead of wasting fabric, using paper to practice is the best way to perfect your methods and movements. This is a super fun activity for kids or adults getting started.
Lace Edged Fingerless Gloves
Lace Edged Fingerless Gloves Anna Wilson from Tea and a Sewing Machine: Learn how to make lace fingerless gloves using materials you already have! I used fleece to the fingerless mittens because it is both stretchy and warm. If you prefer to upcycle something and you don’t have fleece, you could use brushed cotton that has a stretch to it or an old thermal top.
5 Fun DIY Halloween Face Masks to Sew
5 Fun DIY Halloween Face Masks to Sew by Krista Childers for AllFreeSewing: Make your own protective DIY face mask for Halloween with these fun and festive ideas and full tutorials. This page will go over five unique and festive face mask ideas that both cover the nose and mouth to help protect against airborne viruses, but also have a fun Halloween spin.
Want to check back in with the previous year's projects? Then take a look at this page: National Sewing Month 2020
Mini Barefoot Quilt
Mini Barefoot Quilt (Miniature Bear's Paw Quilt Pattern) by Bonnie Osness from Lakegirlquilts: This is one of the most beautiful bear paw quilt block variations we've seen. Learn how to make your own mini quilt! Measuring 20” x 20”, the miniature bear's paw quilt pattern results in a cute quilt that's the perfect size to decorate a table. Or add a sleeve to the back and hang this Barefoot up.
8 Free Quilted Christmas Stocking Patterns
8 Free Quilted Christmas Stocking Patterns by Mary Campbell for AllFreeSewing: Create gorgeous Christmas stockings that your family will love with these sewing patterns! The fun part about quilting projects like these is that they can be an upcycling opportunity. Some of these patterns are made with old sweaters or fabric you have no other use for, which is super sustainable.
How to Sew a Messenger Bag
How to Sew a Messenger Bag by Mary Beth Temple for AllFreeSewing: This amazing cross body messenger bag pattern is so easy to make and super useful for anything you need. Learn how to make your own DIY messenger bag here with an easy-to-follow written tutorial and video.
10 Festive No-Sew Christmas Ornaments
10 Festive No-Sew Christmas Ornaments by Krista Childers from AllFreeSewing: Put down the needle and thread for a few minutes to make these fabulous no-sew fabric Christmas ornaments! Make one or more of these easy no-sew fabric Christmas ornaments to ensure that your holiday season is unforgettable. Guests will fawn over your beautiful Christmas tree and brand-new ornaments!
For more DIY ornaments you'll love, check out our collection of 20+ Christmas Ornaments to Sew for a Holly Jolly Holiday
50+ Sewing Hacks That Will Change Your Life
50+ Sewing Hacks That Will Change Your Life by Krista Childers from AllFreeSewing: From sewing needle alternatives to simple sewing hacks that will save your time and effort and more, this page is full of ideas! These unique and unexpected hacks in sewing are going to make your sewing experience easy as pie. Once you learn these amazing tips and tricks, you won't believe you ever lived without them.
It doesn't matter what level of sewing you are at, you're going to have questions. Sewing encompasses so many different elements that the list of FAQs is pretty high. With this page, find the answers to all of your burning questions: 130+ Sewing Questions Answered: Ultimate FAQs Guide
Preemie Cuddle Blanket for Charity
Preemie Cuddle Blanket for Charity by Marie Segares from Underground Crafter: This soft and sweet preemie sewing pattern is a perfect blanket to donate to charity or give as a baby shower gift. Are you new to sewing with minky fabric? Not to worry! Along with this tutorial, I’m sharing tips for cutting, sewing, and caring for minky fabric to make luxuriously soft baby blankets and loveys.
Christmas Shapes Printable Lacing Cards
Christmas Shapes Printable Lacing Cards by Matt Paulson and Krista Childers for AllFreeSewing: These free printable Christmas lacing cards are the perfect first sewing project for kids or beginners! With various winter and Christmas shapes ranging from super simple to intermediate, they can practice and improve as they go. These printables have a similar vibe to adult coloring books as well.
Mini Christmas Gnome Stocking Tutorial
Mini Christmas Gnome Stocking Tutorial by Rebecca George from Purple and Lime: Learn how to make Christmas gnomes in the form of mini stockings! These cute Scandinavian-inspired pieces can be used as stockings or ornaments. This tutorial covers the basics of making a miniature gnome stocking as well as tips for displaying and decorating with them.
8 Small Sewing Projects for Traveling
8 Small Sewing Projects for Traveling by Rochelle from eSheep Designs: Make helpful DIY travel accessories with these small sewing projects for travel. The advantage of these things is that they're small and shouldn't take long to sew — and who doesn't appreciate that? Plus, these creative travel accessories to sew make any journey better.
Ultimate Quilt Basting Guide
Ultimate Quilt Basting Guide by Rose Johnston from Threadbare Creations: Basting is an essential step in most quilting. Learn everything you need to know about basting quilt layers together with this guide. A quilt that has been incorrectly basted can create problems during the quilting process, and hugely impact the overall look of the quilt.
How to Sew With Yarn
How to Sew With Yarn by Krista Childers for AllFreeSewing: This page goes over how to sew with yarn for beginners! Learn everything you will ever need to know here. I'm answering every question you might ever have about working with yarn and a needle, going over what sort of projects you can sew using yarn, and showing you exactly how to work with these tools and materials.
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