Got basic sewing skills? Try easy designer sewing patterns (+ sale!)


If you can sew but the thought of zippers, pleats, and pockets sends you into a panic, you’re not alone. And we’re guessing you might be a quilter!

If you’re a quilter, you probably know more about sewing than you might think. In fact, you’ve likely got the basic skills you need to create all kinds of handmade projects. You’ve built up skills to make quilts: why not branch out and use those skills to whip up simple sewing projects too?

This week’s sale features easy projects from some of our favorite sewing eBooks—get inspired to try something new and find out why the projects below are a cinch to sew! Save 40% this week only.

Make It Sew ModernSew-easy textures

Make It Sew Modern
Vanessa Christenson

Dress up simple projects with ruffles, gathers, pleats, and twists—the fun textures you add to these stylish designs stand out and beg to be touched! Add textures to wearables, decor items, bags, and quilts too. The techniques are easy to learn. And once you’ve tried one, you’ll have that skill for as long as you sew.

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Throw Pillow with Frosting from
Make It Sew Modern

See 20 more texture-iffic projects >

Sew-easy bags

Uncommonly Corduroy
Stephanie Dunphy

Make a laid-back leap from sewing quilts to sewing bags—the bags in this book are roomy, quilty, and C-U-T-E! Use today’s soft-and-sturdy corduroy fabrics or substitute quilter’s cottons, your choice. No need for any purse hardware in these patterns—but you will learn Stephanie’s four simple steps for sewing the perfect box pleat.
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I Heart Dresdens bag from
Uncommonly Corduroy

See all 7 bags (+ 9 quilts!) featuring Stephanie’s sweet style >

Sew-easy accents

Kitchen Stitches
Compiled by Karen M. Burns

Two happy hobbies—sewing and cooking—come together to bring handmade into the heart of the home. From a slow-cooker cozy and pot holders to table runners, place mats, and napkins, this collection of pretty and practical projects will provide many “recipes” for enhancing your sewing skills.
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Sous-Chef Trio from Kitchen Stitches
Sous-Chef Trio: Sassy, Happy Pot Holders; Too-Hot-to-Handle Pot Holders; and Not-for-Guests-Only Dish Towel designed by Kim Niedzwiecki, from
Kitchen Stitches

See more ways to get sew-happy in the kitchen >

Sew-easy style

Sew a Modern Home
Melissa Lunden

Sew a little something special for every room in your home! Update your decor with a flying-geeseinspired table-linen set, patchwork pillows for sofas and beds, and a play mat and plushies for the nursery. Find chic, quick-to-make quilts for most every room in your home too.
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Birds of a Feather Place Mats and Table Runner from
Sew a Modern Home

Give a room a modern face-lift! See more >

Are you a quilter who sews or a sewist who quilts—or do you stick to one or the other? Tell us in the comments!




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