Favorite fun and easy sewing projects

Posted by on March 27, 2014, in quilting & sewing,

Sew Practical - 13 Fun-to-Sew Designs for You and Your HomeDo you have favorite patterns that you find yourself sewing again and again? What makes your go-to patterns worth repeating? Are they fun, quick, pretty, versatile? Just plain useful? All of the above? Well, here at Martingale we have our favorite fun sewing projects too. And because no quilter or sewist can ever have too many easy, all-occasion patterns, we’ve gathered several from popular Martingale books and packed them into one value-priced book, Sew Practical: 13 Fun-to-Sew Designs for You and Your Home.

Whether you’re looking for easy sewing projects for gifts or you’re itching to stitch useful items for your home, Sew Practical offers a treasury of fun sewing patterns. Let’s take a look!

Knitting-Needle Case from Sew Practical

Dogwood Blossom Knitting-Needle Case. Says Sew Practical: "This pretty case has pockets for 16 sets of double-pointed knitting needles up to 7″ long, 4 sets of circular knitting needles, and there’s even a smart little zippered pouch for notions built right in. Now you’ll always have the right-sized needles on hand. This case would also be perfect for crochet hooks or colored pencils, making a great gift for your favorite crafter."

Curling-Iron Cozy and Craft Apron from Sew Practical

Above left: Curling-Iron Cozy. Says Sew Practical: "This easy sewing project is perfect for a friend who travels. The Curling-Iron Cozy does double duty, also storing a curling iron at home. With the cozy’s thermal batting, you’ll no longer need to set your warm curling iron out to cool near the bathroom sink. Just place it in this handy case and keep the clutter off the bathroom countertop." Above right: Pretty Crafty Apron. Says Sew Practical: "Whatever type of project you’re working on, you can just put the items you’re using into the pockets of this utility apron and they’re always at hand."

Sewing-machine cover and zinnia pincushion from Sew Practical
Chrysanthemum Sewing-Machine Cover and Zinnia Pincushion. Says Sew Practical: "Does your sewing space need a makeover? A new sewing-machine cover and sweet pincushion might be just the thing. The pincushion is a quick and easy project to make for holiday gifts, and the design possibilities are endless—use different colors of felted wool and other styles of beads for an entirely different look."

Sewing Tool Case from Sew Practical
Cool Girl’s Tool Case. Says Sew Practical: "A companion to the pincushion shown above, this tool case is made from gorgeous hand-dyed wools. Pamper yourself by making this carryall to hold all of your little notions. With the matching pincushion, it’s a fabulous gift combination—and so fun and fast to whip up."

E-Reader Cover from Sew Practical

Literary Genius E-Reader Cover. Says Sew Practical: "If you’re a gadget geek—or know someone who is—you’ll enjoy making and using this handmade case. This clever, simple cover is a great way to protect your e-reader. It feels nice in your hands when you’re reading, it’s a wonderful showcase for a favorite fabric, and it’s quick enough to make that you can outfit all the members of your book club with custom covers of their own."

Aprons from Sew Practical

Above left: "Charming" Waist Apron. Says Sew Practical: "This waist-tied apron is made from scraps of all kinds—it’s the perfect clean-up-the-sewing-room project! Charm squares are an easy and precoordinated choice, but any grouping of squares from your stash will look wonderful in this easy apron. This simple project can be whipped up on a weekend afternoon and be ready for cooking on Monday!" Above right: Apron Strings Waist Apron. Says Sew Practical: "This vertically striped apron combines design elements from a few different vintage aprons. A pretty apron is a great place to showcase that new fabric you couldn’t resist buying."

Tote and Grocery Bag from Sew Practical

Above left: Collector’s Item Tote Bag. Says Sew Practical: "Use your favorite fabrics to make the custom-covered buttons that decorate this simple shopper-style tote. You could also display a selection of antique buttons, 1″ pins, or charms. Best of all, once you’re finished sewing, this tote is the perfect size to take to the fabric store or the flea market when shopping for additions to your favorite collection." Above right: Dinner Party Grocery Bag. Says Sew Practical: "With its water- and mess-resistant oilcloth lining, this roomy tote makes a perfect grocery bag. It also stands up quite nicely by itself, which all combined makes it a cut above your average brown paper bag or canvas tote."

Place Mats from Sew Practical

Above left: Pocket Place Mats. Says Sew Practical: "A cute addition to the dining room table, a set of these place mats would also be really handy for a picnic. And if you’ve got kids around at dinnertime, the fun pocket just might make it easier to get help setting the table. Above right: Woven Patchwork Place Mats. Says Sew Practical: "These simple yet colorful place mats are a great way to jazz up your table for a dinner party, or even an everyday meal, adding character and a celebratory feel no matter the occasion."


What’s your preferred practical sewing project? Share your favorite in the comments and you could win the Sew Practical eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Audrey, who says:

“These are all wonderful designs. My favorites are the Knitting Needle Case and the Collectors Bag. I am also in need of a new sewing machine cover and the one in this book catches my eye. Thanks for offering a giveaway.”

Audrey, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


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