Sewing Pattern: Geometric Appliqué Tote

Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - flatlay photo with tote bag with circular appliques, notebook, tablet, and pens on faux brick backdrop

I recently took a class to up my machine appliqué skills and I’m sharing a quick project you can make to learn how to machine appliqué. You can use machine appliqué for all types of sewing projects, including quilts and embellishment on clothing, gifts, and more.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. My sewing machine sponsor is Baby Lock and this post is part of our ongoing collaboration. Additional materials for this post were generously provided by Fairfield World and Fiskars. Camera and vinyl backdrop were generously provided by B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio.

One of the reasons I was so attracted to the Baby Lock Jubilant is because it is a very portable machine. (You can read my full review and watch my unboxing of the Jubilant here.) At under 15 pounds (under 7 kg), I can carry it around with me during my adventures around New York City. A few weeks ago, I had the day off and saw that my local quilt shop, Gotham Quilts, was offering a machine appliqué workshop taught by Justin from Keaton Quilts.

Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - Gotham Quilts storefront sign

Though Gotham Quilts has its own machines, I prefer to bring my own machine to classes so I can focus on learning the technique, rather than on trying to figure out a new-to-me machine. Justin’s sample project was this pretty little heart quilt.

Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - heart appliqued quilt

Although it’s pretty easy to carry around my Baby Lock Jubilant using just the handle, I brought it down to the shop with my Genuine Collection Machine Tote. It was actually raining fairly heavily on the day I took the class, so I stored all my class supplies in the Machine Tote and I didn’t have to carry an extra bag.

Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - Baby Lock Jubilant in sewing machine tote

Since I have a history of not finishing class projects, I picked some bright fabrics to go with my background fabric to make a pillow instead.

Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - fabric choices

With my fabric selected, I went upstairs to the classroom and unpacked my machine…

Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - Baby Lock Jubilant in bag

…popped in the Invisible Thread

Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - Baby Lock Jubilant

…and (fast-forward through the ironing and cutting), I was ready to machine applique!

Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - sewing with Baby Lock Jubilant machine

And, in case you are wondering… no, the pillow top isn’t finished. But I do have all the appliques sewn on to one side, so that counts for something, right?

Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - appliqued hearts on cat fabric against Baby Lock Jubilant sewing machine

This is the eleventh pattern in the Little Gifts Sew Along. Are you just hearing about the Little Gifts Sew Along? Get all the details here.

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Geometric Machine Appliqué Tote

Sewing Pattern by Underground Crafter

Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - flatlay photo with tote bag with circular appliques, notebook, tablet, and pens on faux brick backdrop

The Geometric Machine Appliqué Tote is a great project for learning or practicing your machine appliqué skills. It folds up easily so it makes a great everyday market bag. You can also use appliqué to add letters or other customization to make it special for the recipient. It makes a great project bag for your favorite crafter, or a simple folding tote for any eco-friendly shopper avoiding plastic bags. You can also use it as gift wrap! This is the eleventh of 25 free sewing projects by 12 bloggers in the Little Gifts Sew Along.

Finished Size

  • Tote: 13.5” (34 cm) x 10” (25.5 cm).

Tools

Materials

Instructions

Prepare fabric and interfacing

  • Iron your fabric.
  • If using yardage, cut one 14″ (35.5 cm) piece across the length of the fabric.
Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - cutting fabric on cutting board
  • Trim the selvedge and cut the fabric in half across the full length. Each piece should measure approximately 14″ (35.5 cm) by 21″ (53.5 cm). Fold each of these pieces in half along the long edge. One piece will be the front of the bag and the other will be the lining.
Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - cutting fabric on cutting board
  • If you are using fat quarters, cut one 14″ (35.5 cm) by 21″ (53.5 cm) piece from each of two fat quarters. Fold each piece in half along the long edge. One piece will be the front of the bag and the other will be the lining.
  • Cut two strips of fabric for the handles. I cut mine to 2.5″ (6.5 cm) wide and trimmed them to about 26″ (66 cm) each. If using fat quarters, you may need to piece 2.5″ (6.5 cm) strips together to get the right length for your handles.
  • Cut your two scrap pieces for the appliqués so they are large enough for the circle shapes to fit inside.
  • Cut your pieces of Fairfield World Stick double-sided fusible interfacing to the same size as your fabric scrap pieces.
Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - cut pieces of fabric and stick
  • Follow the instructions on your fusible interfacing to iron it to the wrong side of your fabric. I sandwiched the fabric and fusible interfacing between Goddess Pressing Sheet to keep my iron clean.
Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - iroing on stick to back of fabric
  • If you’re using a Sizzix, follow instructions to cut your circles. If you’re using circular objects, trace an outline of each shape with a fabric marker and then cut out with fabric shears.
Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - fabric reading for cutting with Sizzix Big Shot on faux brick backdrop

Machine appliqué the fabric

  • Position your appliqués as desired on the front side of the fabric for the front of your bag. Be sure to leave at least 1/2″ (1.5 cm) clearance on all sides for seams. The fusible interfacing side should be pressed against the right side of the fabric.
Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - appliques being pressed
  • Follow the instructions on your fusible interfacing to iron it to the front side of your bag. I sandwiched the fabric and fusible interfacing between Goddess Pressing Sheet to keep my iron clean.
  • Using a neutral, 100% cotton thread in your bobbin and Dritz Invisible Thread, select a zig zag stitch on your machine and change your presser foot if necessary. (I used the J foot on my Baby Lock Jubilant with stitch #7 for the heart pillow and stitch #6 for the geometric tote.)
  • Tip: Try out different stitch widths and lengths on the zig zag stitch on a scrap piece of fabric to find what you like best.
  • Secure the first stitch on the line of the circle. Then, working slowly, zig zag around the circle. When turning, keep your needle down and lift your presser foot to make it easier to control the direction of your applique stitches.

Finish bag

  • With the right sides facing and using a 1/4″ seam, sew two sides closed on the front piece of your bag. Turn right side out.
  • With the right sides facing and using a 1/4″ seam, sew one side closed on the lining of your bag. Continue to sew on additional side, leaving a 4” (10 cm) opening on one of the side seams.
  • Fold the straps along the long edge with the right sides together and press down the length with your iron. With a 1/4″ seam, sew each strap closed.
  • Using the tweezers, turn each strap right side out. Press gently with iron to remove wrinkles. Trim straps to the same length.
  • Pin the short edges of the straps to the right side of the front piece of the bag as pictured below. With the first strap, pin one short edge to the top of the front and the second short edge to the top of the front of the bag. Repeat with the other strap on the back of the bag, being sure to line up the straps.
Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - straps pinned to bag
  • Using your machine’s free arm and with the right side of the bag facing up, sew a 1/4″ seam allowance along the top edge of the bag, sewing the straps in place. Remove pins as you work.
  • Place the front of the bag with the right side out inside of the lining. The lining should still have the right sides together/wrong sides out. Pin in place.
Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - front of bag inside lining
  • Using your machine’s free arm, sew a 1/2″ seam allowance along the top of the lining, sewing the front of the bag with the straps in place to the lining. Remove pins as you work.
  • Turn the bag right side out, pulling through the 4” (10 cm) opening in the lining.
Geometric Machine Applique Tote, free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - pulling right side of bag out of lining
  • Sew the opening in the lining closed.
  • Put the lining back in the bag.
  • Working on the right side of the bag and using your machine’s free arm, sew a top stitch around the edge, working over front, lining, and straps.
  • Trim threads and enjoy your tote.

Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote

Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter

The Quilted Tote is a quick project for using up existing quilt blocks or for busting through your stash of fat quarters. You can gift it to another crafter (it makes a great project bag), pair it with a book or tablet (it’s also a cute, padded carrying case), or use it as gift wrap.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. My sewing machine sponsor is Baby Lock. Additional materials for this post were generously provided by Fairfield World and Fiskars.

I’ve included instructions for piecing the quilt blocks for the bag front and back, but you can substitute existing 8.5” square quilt blocks for the front or back of the bag instead. I made my Quilted Tote small enough for my tablet, but you can adjust the basic parts of the pattern to make it larger or smaller. If you’re resizing, cut the lining and batting to the size of your finished squares for the front and back, and cut the bag straps to 2.5” (6.5 cm) wide by about 2.5 to 3 times the length of the front of your bag. It’s always better to make the straps longer than necessary because you can tie a knot or use a decorative pin to shorten them, but if the straps are too short, there’s not much you can do to fix the bag!

This is the eighth pattern in the Little Gifts Sew Along. Are you just hearing about the Little Gifts Sew Along? Get all the details here.

  • You can join in by sewing the projects as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #sewlittlegifts and #stockingstuffersal on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other sewists, join the Underground Crafters Facebook group.
  • By the end of the SAL, you’ll have up to 25 handmade gifts.
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Quilted Tote

Sewing Pattern by Underground Crafter

Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter

The Quilted Tote is a quick-to-sew project you can gift to your favorite crafter (as a project bag) or to a techie or reader (as a padded carrying case for a tablet or book). You can also use it as gift wrap! This is the eighth of 25 free sewing projects by 12 bloggers in the Little Gifts Sew Along.

Finished Size

  • Tote: 7.75” (19.5 cm) x 7.75” (19.5 cm).

Tools

Materials

  • 100% cotton fabric.
    • I used most of 2 batik fat quarters for my version, and some “ugly fabric” muslin for the backing. You could also use 3 fat quarters.
  • Cotton thread
  • Fairfield Poly-Fil Project Fleece Small or a small piece of batting (see measurements below).

Instructions

Prepare fabric and batting

  • Iron your fabric.
  • Layer 2 fat quarters on top of each other with the right sides facing. Trim the edges so both pieces are the same size.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | cutting fat quarters with Fiskars rotary cutter
  • Cut pieces for the quilt blocks, lining, and straps in the following sizes through both layers. With each cut, you will make 2 pieces, or 1 piece in each fabric.
    • Lining fabric: 8.5” (21.5 cm) square.
    • Strips for quilt blocks: Cut 2 strips to 3” (7.5 cm) x 18” (46 cm). You will have 4 strips since you are cutting through 2 layers of fabric.
    • Bag straps: Cut 2 straps to 2.5” (6.5 cm) x length of fabric (approximately 22”/56 cm). You will have 4 pieces since you are cutting through 2 layers of fabric.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | cut fabric
  • For the backing, cut 2 pieces of 8.5” (21.5 cm) square. This will not be seen so you can use an “ugly” fabric, muslin, or scraps.
  • Cut 2 pieces of 8.5” (21.5 cm) square from the batting.

Make quilt blocks for front and back of bag

  • Note: If you are using existing quilt blocks for your version, skip down to “Quilting the blocks.”
  • With the right sides together, sew the strips for the quilt blocks together along the long edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  • Press the seams flat on the strips.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | fabric strips
  • Trim strips to 8 pieces, each measuring 4.5” (11.5 cm) long.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | cut fabric strips
  • Place a trimmed strip with right sides facing perpendicular to another trimmed strip and sew together with 1/4″ seam allowance. Repeat until you have 4 sets of blocks.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | piecing blocks
  • Trim each block to 4.5” (11.5 cm) square.
  • With a 1/4″ seam allowance and with right sides facing, sew 2 blocks together for the front and 2 blocks together for the back.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | assembling blocks
  • Trim your new blocks to 8.5” (21.5 cm) square (or, to the same size if they are smaller or larger).

Quilting the blocks

  • Make 2 “quilt sandwiches” for the front and the back of the bag.
  • Layer the quilt blocks right side up at the top, put the batting underneath the block, and put the backing fabric underneath the batting.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | quilt sandwich
  • Quilt the blocks. I used the “hand-look quilting stitch” (#17) on my Baby Lock Jubilant and the Stitch Guide Foot from the Quilting Foot Kit and started by working a diagonal line across the center of the blocks.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | quilting
  • I used the Stitch Guide Foot’s ruler to create lines that were the same distance from previous quilt line.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | quilting
  • Trim the quilted blocks if necessary.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | quilted block

Make bag straps

  • Position the strips for the bag straps right sides together and sew closed along each long edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  • Turn right side out.
  • Press flat and trim straps to the same length.

Assemble bag

  • Position the quilted blocks right sides together and sew closed around 3 sides with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn right side out.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | bag front
  • Place the lining fabric pieces with the right sides together. Sew closed around 3 sides with a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a 4” (10 cm) opening on one of the side seams.
  • Pin the short edges of the straps to the bag as pictured below. With the first strap, pin one short edge to the top of the front and the second short edge to the top of the front of the bag. Repeat with the other strap on the back of the bag, being sure to line up the straps.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | bag front with straps
  • Using your machine’s free arm and with the right side of the bag facing up, sew a 1/4″ seam allowance along the top edge of the bag, sewing the straps in place. Remove pins as you work.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | sewing on straps
  • Place the quilted part of the bag with the right side out inside of the lining. The lining should still have the right sides together/wrong sides out. Pin in place.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | bag liner with bag inside
  • Using your machine’s free arm, sew a 1/4″ seam allowance along the top of the lining, sewing the quilted part of the bag with the straps in place to the lining. Remove pins as you work.
  • Turn the bag right side out, pulling through the 4” (10 cm) opening in the lining.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | open seam in fabric liner
  • Sew the opening in the lining closed.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | sewing up fabric liner
  • Put the lining back in the bag. Leave some of the lining (about 1/4″/0.5 cm) visible at the top.
  • Working on the right side of the bag and using your machine’s free arm, make a seam using a decorative stitch. I used the “hand-look quilt stitch” and the J presser foot on my Baby Lock Jubilant.
  • Trim threads and enjoy your tote.
Sewing Pattern: Quilted Tote by Underground Crafter | finished tote

Sewing Project: Weighted Flaxseed Eye Pillow with Case

Weighted Flaxseed Eye Pillow with Case, free sewing tutorial by Underground Crafter

The Weighted Flaxseed Eye Pillow with Case is a quick sewing project that makes a great gift. You can pair it with essential oils or spa goodies to make a self-care gift for a hard-working friend, sister, or mom!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. My sewing machine sponsor is Baby Lock. Additional materials for this post were generously provided by Fiskars.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may know that I was plagued by back problems for years after getting an injury. Back pain is never fun, but back pain combined with commuting on the New York City subways during rush hour is really an experience in endurance. I was miserable and depressed and in pain and that makes for a very crabby and unfun person. Eventually, someone referred me to Jenny Hall, a Licensed Massage Therapist who is also a practitioner of Rolfing® Structural Integration, SourcePoint Therapy and Visceral Manipulation. (By the way, if you are in New York City and are dealing with any health issues that massage or rolfing could help, I highly highly highly recommend Jenny!) During her massage therapy sessions, Jenny provides me with a weighted flaxseed eye pillow when I turn over on my back. It helps block out the light and the weight is relaxing. She often adds an essential oil for a bit of aromatherapy.

Weighted Flaxseed Eye Pillow with Case, free sewing tutorial by Underground Crafter - Marie smiling with eye pillow and resting

I got to thinking about making something similar as part of the Little Gifts Sew Along. A Weighted Flaxseed Eye Pillow is something you could use at home when you feel tired but restless to help you fall asleep. You can also heat or freeze flaxseeds if you would like to use the eye pillow as a tiny ice pack or hot pad. (An Oregon Cottage has a really helpful blog post about the benefits of using flaxseed for warming pillows here, including her own sewing pattern for a larger pillow with gift tags!)

Weighted Flaxseed Eye Pillow with Case, free sewing tutorial by Underground Crafter - case with eye pillow and flap

And, of course you could add some essential oils on the outside of the pillow for relaxation. But knowing me, and how I like different scents for different moods, I started to imagine a not very pleasant odor of a billion mixed essential oils coming off of my Weighted Flaxseed Eye Pillow. That wasn’t very appealing, so I added a little Case to the pattern. You can remove AND WASH the Case, without getting the flaxseeds wet. I thought that was a useful improvement on my first idea!

For a gift version of the Weighted Flaxseed Eye Pillow with Case, you might even include several different Cases so the recipient could still use the eye pillow while they have one of the Cases in the wash. Plus, you can show off more fabric from your stash that way!

This is the sixth pattern in the Little Gifts Sew Along. Are you just hearing about the Little Gifts Sew Along? Get all the details here.

  • You can join in by sewing the projects as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #sewlittlegifts and #stockingstuffersal on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other sewists, join the Underground Crafters Facebook group.
  • By the end of the SAL, you’ll have up to 25 handmade gifts.
  • Use the button below on social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.
Little Gifts Sew Along 2019 with Underground Crafter

Weighted Flaxseed Eye Pillow with Case

Sewing Project by Underground Crafter

Weighted Flaxseed Eye Pillow with Case, free sewing tutorial by Underground Crafter

The Weighted Flaxseed Eye Pillow with Case is a quick-to-sew project that can be gifted to a hard-working friend, mom, or sister, along with some essential oils or spa goodies. This is the sixth of 25 free sewing projects by 12 bloggers in the Little Gifts Sew Along.

Finished Size

  • Eye Pillow: 7.5” (19 cm) x 3.5” (9 cm).
  • Case: 8” (20.5 cm) x 4” (10 cm) when folded closed.

Tools

Materials

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabrics and Supplies
  • 100% cotton fabric.
    • You can make a pillow and a case from one fat quarter, or mix and match. I used pieces from two batik fat quarters for my version. Tip: If using two fabrics, use the darker fabric for the Case.
    • You will need one 8.5” x 8” (21.5 cm x 20.5 cm) piece of fabric for each Eye Pillow and one 20” x 5” (51 cm x 13 cm) piece of fabric for each Case.
  • Cotton thread.
  • Whole flaxseeds (not ground!). I used about half of a 16 oz (454 g) bag for one Eye Pillow.
Weighted Flaxseed Eye Pillow with Case, free sewing tutorial by Underground Crafter - supplies

Instructions

Prepare fabric

  • Iron your fabric.
  • Measure and cut fabric pieces for Eye Pillow and Case (see measurements above in Materials).

Make Eye Pillow

  • Fold the 8.5” x 8” (21.5 cm x 20.5 cm) piece of fabric in half along the long edge so that the right sides of the fabric are facing.
Weighted Flaxseed Eye Pillow with Case, free sewing tutorial by Underground Crafter - eye pillow tutorial 1
  • Sew a 1/2″ seam along the short side, then along the long side. Sew approximately 0.5” (1.5 cm) past the seam on the next short side, leaving about 2.5” (6.5 cm) unseamed.
Weighted Flaxseed Eye Pillow with Case, free sewing tutorial by Underground Crafter - eye pillow tutorial 2
  • Turn Eye Pillow right side out.
Weighted Flaxseed Eye Pillow with Case, free sewing tutorial by Underground Crafter - eye pillow tutorial 3
  • Pour the flaxseeds into the Eye Pillow. My flaxseeds came in a resealable pouch, and I sealed it most of the way so I could use the pouch like a funnel. Then, I leaned the Eye Pillow against a glass while I poured to keep it from tipping over.
Weighted Flaxseed Eye Pillow with Case, free sewing tutorial by Underground Crafter - pouring flaxseeds into eye pillow
  • Do not stuff the Eye Pillow completely with flaxseeds. You want the Eye Pillow to have some give, not to be rock hard.
Weighted Flaxseed Eye Pillow with Case, free sewing tutorial by Underground Crafter - eye pillow tutorial 4
  • Your unseamed edge should be folding inwards with an approximately 1/2″ fold on each side. Pin it into position, and then sew along that last edge with a 1/4″ seam. I actually did two seams side by side because no one really wants flaxseeds to start falling out of this Eye Pillow! Also, it was pretty.
Weighted Flaxseed Eye Pillow with Case, free sewing tutorial by Underground Crafter - eye pillow tutorial 5

Make Case

  • Set aside your Eye Pillow and pick up the larger piece of fabric.
  • With your fabric marker or pen, draw a line on the wrong side of the fabric across the short side approximately 4” (10 cm) from one end.
  • Fold over both short edges on the larger piece of fabric from the right side to the wrong side to make 0.5” (1.5 cm) hems. Sew each edge hem with a 1/4″ seam.
Weighted Flaxseed Eye Pillow with Case, free sewing tutorial by Underground Crafter - case tutorial 1
  • Fold one seamed edge over on the wrong side (with the right sides facing) so that it reaches the marked line.
Weighted Flaxseed Eye Pillow with Case, free sewing tutorial by Underground Crafter - case tutorial 2
  • Sew a 1/2″ seam from hemmed edge to fold on one long side. Repeat on the other side.
Weighted Flaxseed Eye Pillow with Case, free sewing tutorial by Underground Crafter - case tutorial 3
  • Turn the Case right side out.
Weighted Flaxseed Eye Pillow with Case, free sewing tutorial by Underground Crafter - case tutorial 4
  • Sew a 1/4″ seam from the fold to the hemmed edge.
Weighted Flaxseed Eye Pillow with Case, free sewing tutorial by Underground Crafter - eye pillow with case against wood background
  • Insert the Eye Pillow (with the seam side first) into the Case. Eye Pillow should fit snugly inside of Case. Enjoy!

Sewing Pattern: Simple Stamped Napkins

Simple Stamped Napkins, free sewing pattern with Ann Butler ColorBox Crafter's ink and Unity Stamp Company stamps by Underground Crafter

The Simple Stamped Napkins are a quick gift that you can easily customize by adjusting the size, or using different fabrics, stamps, inks, or thread. This low-sew project is easy enough for a sewing beginner.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. My sewing machine sponsor is Baby Lock. Additional materials for this post were generously provided by Ann Butler Designs and Fiskars.

The Simple Stamped Napkins are the type of gift you can customize easily to make them special for the recipient. These can be made as last-minute host(ess) gifts, or for a housewarming, or for your favorite home chef, or for almost any other occasion where a home-cooked meal will be served! To customize your set…

Pick the size. I made small napkins, just 12” (30.5 cm) square, for this project. If you’d like to make something more substantial (perhaps for Thanksgiving dinner!), 16” (40.5 cm) square, 18” (46 cm) square, 20” (51 cm) square, or 24” (61 cm) square are common larger napkin sizes.

Choose the fabric. You can make a coordinating set, using different fat quarters for each napkin. Or, use cut yardage for a set of napkins in the same fabric, like I did. A solid or mottled fabric would highlight the stamps the most.

Simple Stamped Napkins, free sewing pattern with Ann Butler ColorBox Crafter's ink and Unity Stamp Company stamps by Underground Crafter

Select your stamps. I used the 2” square stamps from three Unity Stamp Company Ann Butler stamp setsChevron, Stripes, and Double Stripes — but you could choose any stamps. If you’re new to fabric stamping, I do recommend using square or rectangle stamps because it’s much easier to line up the next stamp to the previous stamp and create a straight decoration.

Find your fabric ink colors. I used Ann Butler’s ColorBox Crafter’s Ink in Limelight, Aquamarine, and Berry.

Make a bold choice in thread. The thread you use to finish each napkin will be visible, so make an interesting choice! I used a variegated thread in a contrasting color for my version.

Simple Stamped Napkins, free sewing pattern with Ann Butler ColorBox Crafter's ink and Unity Stamp Company stamps by Underground Crafter

This is the fourth pattern in the Little Gifts Sew Along. Are you just hearing about the Little Gifts Sew Along? Get all the details here.

  • You can join in by sewing the projects as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #sewlittlegifts and #stockingstuffersal on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other sewists, join the Underground Crafters Facebook group.
  • By the end of the SAL, you’ll have up to 25 handmade gifts.
  • Use the button below on social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.
Little Gifts Sew Along 2019 with Underground Crafter

Simple Stamped Napkins

Sewing Project by Underground Crafter

The Simple Stamped Napkins is an easy-to-customize gift that can be made to delight any host(ess). This is the fourth of 25 free sewing projects by 12 bloggers in the Little Gifts Sew Along.

Simple Stamped Napkins, free sewing pattern with Ann Butler ColorBox Crafter's ink and Unity Stamp Company stamps by Underground Crafter

Tools

Materials

Simple Stamped Napkins, free sewing pattern with Ann Butler ColorBox Crafter's ink and Unity Stamp Company stamps by Underground Crafter

Instructions

Prepare fabric

  • Iron your fabric.
  • Cut fabric into squares in your preferred size. Each square will make one napkin. The ones I made are 12” (30.5 cm) square. Other common napkin sizes are 16” (40.5 cm) square, 18” (46 cm) square, 20” (51 cm) square, or 24” (61 cm) square.

Decorate your napkins

  • Apply ink to your first stamp. Press firmly on fabric. Continue stamping until you create a look that appeals to you. If you’re new to stamping fabric, you may find this demonstration video by Ann Butler helpful.
  • Let the ink dry.
  • Set the ink by pressing with iron.

Finish edges of napkins

  • Using a sewing machine with an overcasting foot and variegated thread, follow the machine’s instructions to enclose the raw edges with an overcast stitch. Alternatively, use a serger.
Simple Stamped Napkins, free sewing pattern with Ann Butler ColorBox Crafter's ink and Unity Stamp Company stamps by Underground Crafter

Sewing Project: Heart Softie

Heart Softie free sewing pattern by Underground CrafterI’m kicking off the Little Gifts Sew Along with the Heart Softie, a quick sewing project that makes a delightful gift year round. I’ve included different options for customizing it for the recipient, so read on for details.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. My sewing machine sponsor is Baby Lock. Additional materials for this post were generously provided by Fairfield World, Fiskars, and Plaid.

The Heart Softie is a cute little project that you can customize in several ways. First, choose how you will decorate the face.

  • Use safety eyes, a craft nose, and embroidered mouth, or
  • Use fabric paint to customize the facial expressions, or
  • Embroider all the facial features.

You can also customize the stuffing.

  • Make flat facial features with paint or embroidery and stuff with Fairfield Poly-Fil to make a pin cushion.This makes a great gift for the sewists or quilters in your life.

Heart Softie free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - Heart Softie as pin cushion

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Little Gifts Sew Along 2019 with Underground Crafter

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Heart Softie

Sewing Project by Underground Crafter

Heart Softie free sewing pattern by Underground CrafterThe Heart Softie sews up quickly and can be used to cuddle, or as a pin cushion, sachet, or paper weight. It also makes a great gift for your special Valentine. You’ll spend more time customizing the face than you will sewing and stuffing. This is the first of 25 free sewing projects by 12 bloggers in the Little Gifts Sew Along.

Materials

Heart Softie free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - fat quarter bundle

Heart Softie free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - supplies with sewing machine

Instructions

Prepare fabric

  • Print the Heart Softie pattern and cut out around dotted lines.
  • Iron your fabric.
  • Fold the fabric over and position with the pattern on top. Iron the fabric again on the folds (so that you can cut through 2 layers for each Heart Softie) and pin the pattern through the layers.

Heart Softie free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - pattern on fabric ready to cut

  • Cut out the pattern.
  • If you will be using safety eyes and craft nose, cut 3 small pieces of felt to use as backing (Shiny Happy World has a photo tutorial here).

Heart Softie free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - pattern with felt pieces

Decorate facial features

  • Use paint to decorate face, using pattern as a guide. Wait for fabric paint to set as instructed on bottle.

Heart Softie free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - paint supplies for facial features

Heart Softie free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - heart faces with pattern

Sew heart together

  • Position heart with facial features face down onto other heart.

Heart Softie free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - sewing with Baby Lock Jubilant

  • Using your sewing machine or hand sewing needle, and a 1/2″ (1 cm) seam allowance, sew around the heart, leaving the bottom point and about 1” (2 cm) on each side of the bottom point unsewn. Since you will be stuffing the Softie, be sure to back stitch to make the seams more durable.
  • Trim the thread tails so they don’t snag on the stuffing. Turn the Softie right side out.
  • Stuff firmly with your chosen stuffing. See notes before the tutorial for options.
  • Once your Softie is full enough, sew the last seam closed by hand. Start with the thread knot on the inside of the Softie so it will be hidden. Then fold the raw edges towards the inside so the seam allowance will be similar to the rest of your Softie. Sew along the edge. Back stitch to finish and then draw the needle through the inside of the Softie. Trim the thread on the outer edge so the thread tail recedes into the inside.

Heart Softie free sewing pattern by Underground Crafter - Heart Softie on faux fur background

© 2019 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/01/08/sewing-project-heart-softie/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!