Category Archives: Projects

Reusable Grocery Tote Bag

With so many states starting to ban plastic shopping bags, we thought it might be a fun project to learn how to make our own reusable grocery bags! There are tons of different patterns and designs out there, some a little trickier than others, but we found one that is both easy to follow and super cute!

These bags can be made using a variety of prints and they make great last-minute gifts! When you have some extra time, maybe whip up a bunch to keep on hand just in case!

While we wish we could take credit for coming up with this adorable bag, we can’t. You can find all of the step-by-step instructions on the Happiest Camper blog. Click the image below or this link to be taken to the DIY tutorial. Happy Sewing!

Reusable Grocery Bag Project

Fabric Face Masks

One of the many ways you can help is to make fabric face masks. We all have fabric stashes at home that we can break into or even that scrap basket. Many of the mask patterns out there don’t call for very much fabric and are a quick sew. We’ve collected some patterns and tutorials for you here to get you started. However, if you are planning on sewing masks for a specific organization, you may want to check with them ahead of time to ensure that you are meeting their specifications.

If your organization is in need of face masks and you would like to request some from us, please complete the form that can be found at this link.

PLEASE NOTE: Before you attempt any of the following tutorials or patterns, please do your own research on whether or not the materials you are looking to use are appropriate. We were notified that some HEPA filters along with some other materials are considered inappropriate for masks. We are not medical professionals and do not claim to know what is the perfect materials to make masks out of. We ask that you take some time to make sure that your materials are suitable.

Patterns and Tutorials

In The Hoop Face Mask

YouTube Video Tutorial

VP3 file | PES file

Face Mask (Deaconess Hospital)

YouTube Tutorial

Pattern and Tips

Community Pleated Masks

Instructions and Fabric Suggestions

HEPA Filter Face Mask


Sweet Red Poppy Surgical Face Mask

Video Tutorial

Instructions and Printable Pattern

(This site also has a mask that can be made with bias tape instead of elastic.)

Kaiser Mask (Preferred mask pattern of Hilo Medical Center)

Pattern and Instructions

Video Tutorial

Face Mask With Filter Pocket and Adjustable Wire (Preferred mask pattern of Hawai’i Care Choices (Formerly Hospice of Hilo))

Video Tutorial

N95 Style Full Face Mask (With Filter Pocket that opens on the sides)

Video Tutorial

3D Mask by Sweet Red Poppy

Video Tutorial & Instructions

This is one of the most popular types of masks right now due to the space between the wearer’s mouth and the mask. Many find it easier to breathe in 3D masks. Sweet Red Poppy includes 5+ different sizes in their pattern!

Are Fabric Masks Acceptable?

In times of emergency, the CDC allows fabric masks to be used when there is a shortage of medical-grade masks. However, while a fabric mask may help prevent the spread of droplets, it is not completely effective against all viruses.

All face masks should be washed and sterilized before use and cleaned again after becoming damp or moist. Color-safe bleach like Clorox 2 or Purex 2 can be used to sanitize with hot water.

Fabric Selection

From our research, the general consensus is that 100% cotton is the most commonly used to make masks. Quilting cotton is readily available and comes in a wide variety of prints and colors.

It is strongly suggested that you use one print for the front and a different print for the back so the wearer can identify which is the side that was facing the public.

Many individuals have also used a liner or a filter in their masks. While we’re not saying that you cannot use these things, we would suggest creating a pocket in your mask, either with a side opening or a top opening, to allow the user to decide whether or not they would like to use a filter, what kind of filter to use, and to give them access to replace the filter as needed.

Elastic Alternatives

We know that smaller elastic is becoming harder to find right now so we wanted to give you some alternatives to elastic if you are not able to find the size of elastic you’d like to use.

• Ribbon • Bias Tape • Fabric Ties • Elastic Hair Bands • Elastic Cording (like for jewelry making) • Spandex cut into 1/2″ strips and stretched

Want to see how we use the Spandex or Lycra? View the quick video below!

Additional patterns, instructions, and video tutorials will be added as we go through them. If you have one that you love and would like to share, please feel free to e-mail us the link at!

Festive Fabric Baskets

Festive Fabric Baskets

Who doesn’t need a festive fabric basket? These adorable baskets can be used to create a fun gift basket or to use as decoration throughout your home during the holiday season! Or, just change up the fabrics and make them to use all year-round!

This festive fabric basket project was originally found on the Husqvarna Viking website and the project sheet can be downloaded here. (We didn’t include the project in the text of this site at this time because of the diagrams that were included.)

Monogrammed Holiday Towels

Monogrammed Holiday Towels

Monogrammed holiday towels are a great way to personalize your holiday gifts! These towels are quick and easy to put together! Spell names or even your favorite holiday words and have a fun and functional gift in no time!

This project was originally designed to do on the Baby Lock Destiny II but you can alter it to use practically any embroidery machine.


  • Flour sack towels 24” x 38”
  • Christmas colored fat quarters
  • Madeira ® sewing and embroidery thread
  • Tear – Away Stabilizer
  • Baby Lock Positioning Stickers


  • Baby Lock ® Destiny II Sewing and Embroidery Machine


  1. From the flour sack towels, cut three pieces that measure 18” x 24”.
  2. Set up the machine for sewing.
  3. Hem the two long sides and one short end. Fold the ends in ¼” and press. Fold in again ¼” and press. Top stitch close to the edge on all three edges. Set the stitch length to 3.00.
    1. Repeat for the other two towels.
  4. From the three Christmas fat quarter fabrics , cut three sections that measure 18” x 8 ½” . Turn under ½” on one of the 18” edges and press.
  5. With right sides together, place the unfolded edge on the Christmas fabric to the unhemmed flour sack towel edge.
    1. Sew the two together using a ½” seam allowance.
    2. Press the seam toward the Christmas print fabric. Fold the opposite edge of the Christmas fabric to the back side with the folded edge even with the seam line.
    3. Pin in place.
    4. Top stitch on the right side of the towel.
  6. To determine the placement for the letters, measure 3 ½” up from the top edge of the flour sack fabric and place a Baby Lock Positioning Sticker.
  7. Set the machine up for embroidery. Hoop the tear-away stabilizer in the 200mm x 200mm along with the towel. Center the cross-mark on the Position Sticker in the center of the hoop.
  8. Click on the letter that you wish to embroider on the towel. These letters are about 6 ” tall. In the sample, the word “JOY” was used.
  9. To ensure the design is centered, in the Edit field click on the Positioning icon. The machine will scan the area inside the hoop and position the letter so that it lines up the sticker.
  10. Embroider the letter. Remove the towel from the hoop. Repeat for the remaining towels.

This monogrammed holiday towel project was originally found on the Baby Lock website. To view the original project, please click here. The project was created by Diane Kron for Baby Lock.

Pieced Hot Pad

Pieced Hot Pad

This pieced hot pad project is perfect to keep in your arsenal in case you ever find yourself needing a last minute gift. Only have a short amount of time before you need to go to a party and realize you didn’t pick up a hostess gift? Instead of stopping by the grocery store to pick up a plant, toss this project together for a more personal gift!

Although it was created for a serger, you can alter this project just a bit to make it on a sewing machine.


  • Four spools of Madeira® Aerolock thread to match fabrics
  • Two spools of Madeira® Decora 6 (decorative thread) to complement fabrics
  • One spool of Madeira® Aerofil Polyester sewing thread
  • Six 2” x 10” strips of several different fabrics
  • One 9” square of fabric for the backing
  • One 1.75” x 6” strip for the hot pad loop
  • Two 9” squares of Insul-Bright insulated lining/batting
  • Large-eye needle


  • Serger
  • Serger Clear Foot
  • Sewing machine
  • Optional: walking foot is helpful when quilting


  1. Set your serger up for a 4-Thread Overlock stitch with a 2.5mm stitch length and the smallest width (for a ¼” seam allowance) with serger thread.
  2. Line up your 2” strips in the order that you want. Place the first 2 (pretty sides) together and run them through your serger next to the blade, not clipping any fabric.
  3. Press your seam towards the darker fabric and continue stitching the next strip to the previous one until all 6 strips are serged together. Square up your fabric to 9” x 9”.
  4. Change your serger stitch width to the widest width. Layer the two layers of Insul-bright together and serge around the entire square, cutting off 1/8” from each edge.
    1. Stitching the Insul-Bright together will make it easier later and will also allow the serger stitch and fabric to completely conceal the Insul-Bright batting.
    2. I also put a couple sewing machine basting stitches throughout the middle of the 2 layers of the Insul-Bright to hold them together.
  5. Take your 6” strip and fold pretty sides together along the length of the strip. Serge the long raw edges together.
    1. Then turn right-side-out with a skinny loop turner and press.
  6. Layer your backing, your Insul-Bright and your topping. Using a sewing machine, with your needle in the center position (and a walking foot if desired).
    1. Stitch in the ditch along the seams of the quilt-pieced top. Then, stitch ¼” from the edge and around the perimeter of the square to hold everything in place.
  7. Using the same 4-Thread Overlock stitch with the widest stitch width and 2.5mm-3mm stitch length, place your Madeira Decora 6 spools in the Upper and Lower Loopers.
    1. You may need to use a thread cradle for these thicker threads to pass through the loopers. Stitch out on some test fabric before stitching on your project.
    2. When using decorative threads on a serger, slow down and take your time. If you are having trouble with the quality of the stitch, you may need to adjust and loosen the looper tensions.
  8. Serge three sides, the right side first, then the bottom, followed by the left side of the hot pad, saving the top side for last and leaving long thread tails at the beginning of each.
  9. On the final side, take the hot pad loop and place the right side down on the top left corner (aligning raw edges) and stitch with your sewing machine about ¼” in.
    1. Then, loop the other side of the loop down and around to the back (right side of loop facing right side of backing, not twisted).
    2. You may need to adjust the loop to the size you like by pinning it and flipping it up to see if you like it.
    3. Once you have the loop size that you desire, flip the loop back down, right sides together and lined up where the front part of the loop is stitched and sew in place.
  10. Without clipping your loop, serge along your fourth and final side of your hot pad, leaving a long thread tail at the beginning and end of this serge.
  11. Take a large-eyed needle and thread your serger tails into the serger stitch (tunnel through the backside of the stitch) on the hot pad about 1-1.5” and cut off excess.
    1. This will lock your serger ends into place without causing any fraying of your thread.
  12. And finally, flip your loop up and you’re done!

This pieced hot pad project was originally found on the Baby Lock website. To view the original project, please click here. This project was created by Stephanie Struckmann for Baby Lock.

Quilted Tree Ornaments

Quilted Tree Ornaments

What’s a group of holiday projects without an ornament? These adorable quilted tree ornaments can be made in no time at all! You can have a whole forest of them before you know it!

These ornaments are an easy way to clean out the scrap basket and create an easy Christmas gift. These mini ornaments are perfect for hanging on the tree or decorating gifts and presents! Draw your own pattern so you can determine the size of your ornaments, and you’ll have enough to decorate your holiday home in no time!


  • Free-handed tree pattern
  • Thread
  • Woven Fabric Scraps
  • Felt Square
  • 10” Ribbon
  • Pinking Sheers


  • Sewing Machine


  1. Using the felt square as the backer, place your first scrap print side up. Position your second scrap print side down. The two scraps will be right sides together.
  2. Straight stitch strips of fabric in place. Turn the top layer of fabric over and finger press flat. Repeat until you have a large enough patchwork for your desired shape.
  3. Add decorative stitching in contrasting thread.
  4. Trace and cut out your shape. I used pinking sheers.
  5. Fold ribbon in half and insert at the top edge between the backer felt and scrap layers.
  6. Straight stitch all around to keep the ribbon and fabric in place.
    1. Reduce or enlarge tree outline as desired. Ornament pictured is approximately 4” tall.

This quilted tree ornament project was originally found on the Baby Lock website. You can view the original post here. Project created by Heather Valentine for Baby Lock.