Free Sewing Patterns: Kitchen + Dining

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Free Sewing Patterns: For the home

Free Sewing Patterns at married to a bmw

My stash

Sew, Mama, Sew posted recently asking everyone about their stash. Here's mine; definitely not as big as some, but for me it is a ton! I won't have to buy fabric for a long time. Here's my answers to her questions:
  • What do you usually sew?
I am still learning, but I am currently attempting my first quilt, and I've made a purse, apron, lots of napkins, a headband, and dog bed covers. (Is that really it? It feels like I've sewn a lot more!) On my to-do list are things like skirts, curtains, tissue holder, more purses, totes, grocery totes, and more quilts.
  • When you shop for fabric, what size cuts do you usually buy? (i.e. If you see something beautiful, but you don’t have a use for it right away, how much do you buy?)
I usually buy 1/2 yard of something that I love but don't have a use for, though I don't do it often since I have so much already!
  • Do you buy on impulse or do you go out looking for something you need?
Right now I only buy something I need. But someday......
  • Are you a pre-washer? If you are, do you wash your fabric before you need it, or only when you’re ready to use it?
I used to be a pre-washer before my stash got so large. Now I wash before I use it.
  • Do you iron it?
Haha, right. I wish! I only press seams, and only when absolutely necessary. I'm lazy.
  • How do you sort it? (color, print size, collection, etc.)
It's not sorted at all yet. I am trying to find a small free bookcase of some sort so that I have more room to spread it out.
  • Do you have any special folding techniques?
  • How do you store your fabric?
I stole a few shelves off of my husband's bookcase in our game/sewing room.
  • What tips do you have for building up a well-rounded stash?
I'm too much of a newbie to give advice!
  • When do you say enough is enough?
If money was no object, never.
  • What are some of your favorite stash-busting projects?
I don't think I have one yet, but it will probably end up being quilting.
  • Do you have a current favorite print in your stash? Let’s see it!
I had a tie. I love these two prints. Apparently I am on a blue and brown kick!

  • What’s your definition of the perfect stash?
Never having to buy more.
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Quilt Update

I'm getting closer! I have all 15 of the large blocks done, and I sewed together six of them last night. I'm still not convinced that I will like it, but I'm hoping it's like when you get your hair cut and you look at it while it's in progress, and it doesn't look at all like it will when it's done. Hopefully I'll have time this weekend to finish the top. And yes, that is Chase in my picture. He follows me everywhere. :)
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The beginnings of my first quilt!

I decided it would be fun to try to make a quilt. I have a bunch of random scraps of upholstery fabric that I got for free on Craigslist that I have nothing to do with, so even though it is not the most attractive fabric, it works good to be a trial run and a good learning experience. :) Brian liked the yellows and blues that I had, so I cut out a bunch of squares to do a simple quilt pattern. I am basing it off of a quilt on Film in the Fridge that I loved, and works well because I don't have a lot of scraps to work with.

This is how my first block went - not bad! Again, it's not the most attractive fabric choices, but it will do. Most of my squares aren't exactly square, but I was cutting with scissors, so I knew that would happen. I guess I'm finding out how forgiving quilting is. And here's lesson number one: don't cut a million squares out with a pair of scissors all in a row. My right hand is very unhappy with me. :( I know a need a rotary cutter; hopefully I'll be able to find one on a really good sale.

Last night during Lost I finished the blue blocks. Now I'm on to the yellow squares that will go around white blocks. Hopefully I'll get some time in the next few days to work on it again!
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Sewing Day!

Last Saturday I spent half of the day sewing, which was really nice. I finally finished a set of napkins I've been working on for a few weeks now. There are 21 of them, which almost gets us up to having enough for an entire week of eating at home and not using paper napkins. I picked out a maroon/red color so that we could also use them around the holidays.

I also sewed up a couple of pieces of fabric to go under our dogs' kennels so that they don't scratch the wood floor, but I don't have a picture of them. I was using rug liners before, but those can't go in the washing machine, and they keep building up dog hair, so this will be much better. Now when I clean the house, I can throw those in the wash and keep the living room nice and clean!

I have a few more projects in my head or in progress, so keep watching for more updates! :) Happy Inauguration Day! Don't forget to get your free Krispy Kreme Doughnut!
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My first apron!

After many lessons learned, here is my first apron. First off, the fabric was too see-through, so I should have lined it or picked a thicker fabric. Second, store-bought patterns have quite a learning curve. I had to re-learn a lot of sewing language in making this pattern, and I definitely made mistakes. And third, the picture on the pattern looked better than this turned out. I don't know why the "skirt" is higher in the back than the front, but that wasn't my mistake - that was the pattern. But overall, I think it turned out well for my third or fourth project since I started. It seems like every item I make, it turns out to teach me more about sewing, and no item I make ends up perfect. I wonder if that is because I am a beginner or if no sewing venture ends up perfect. What do you think?
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