Sew In Love Mug Rug Pattern for Valentine’s Day

Carolyn Wainscott here wishing all of you crafters a happy crafting year. My first 2017 project for you here @ Seams And Scissors is A Quick Heart Shaped Mug Rug for your BFF. Simply sew fabric tubes and weave them together like we used to make those yarn potholders-remember those? My BFFs include my 2 sisters and a couple of close gal friends that I want to make these for our next birthday luncheon.

Patterns for the heart shaped mug rug plus an extended hexagon are both included on the pattern.

For Each Mug Rug:

MUG RUG PATTERNS-heart & rectangle

1. cut fabric strips 2 1/2″ by 10 1/2″ [9 strips of first color, 11 strips of second color]

2. sew into tubes using 1/4″ seam allowance

3. turn right side out, press

4. trace mug rug outline onto lightweight fusible interfacing

5. place interfacing with fusible side up onto weaving surface-I used my June Tailor Quilter’s Cut/Press that I’ve had for many years

6. weave tubes together on fusible-press onto lightweight fusible interfacing

7. flip over, cut out shape[s]

8. cut mug rug back, place right sides together

9. sew all around leaving opening to turn, turn right side out, top stitch all around

That is all there is to it unless you choose to add embroidery or trims.

The kiddos will love making the heart shaped mug rug as well as the hexagon shaped one. If you choose a print it needs to be a small scale. In my stash are two really cute Valentine prints that I wanted to use for the mug rugs but the scale was too large so I had to go shopping again on my shelves. Found this lady bug print which is still a little large but I kind of like those eyes peeking out here and there.

Be on the look out for some great projects planned in 2017 for all of us crafters here @ Seams And Scissors.

Happy sewing and crafting, it is my therapy

Carolyn Wainscott

11 Earthy and Enchanting Fall Sewing Patterns

Fall is officially here with its chilly winds, falling leaves, and football games. Whether you’re planning some apple-picking, headed out to explore a corn maze, or are just planning on staying inside and cozy with a pumpkin spice latte, these 11 Earthy and Enchanting Fall Sewing Patterns feature your favorite autumnal hues. From opulent oranges to maple leaf reds, these sewing project ideas are sure keep you styling through spooky Halloweens and November turkey dinners.

I am personally a huge fan of reds, oranges, and yellows. Growing up in the midwest, I absolutely love crisp days when the leaves have changed. Watching these happy hues float down from the trees always reminds me of happy football games and fall hikes in the woods. This is why I love including harvest color palette ideas into my fall sewing projects.

Fall Sewing Projects

Free Sewing Patterns Made with Harvest Colors

  1. To the Park Sewn Bag
  2. Peplum Dress Sewing Pattern
  3. Against the Wind Scarf Pattern
  4. Incredible Jean DIY Quilt
  5. DIY Plush Pumpkins
  6. Asymmetrical Autumn Poncho
  7. Lovely Lace Statement Scarf
  8. Knit Pajama Sewing Pattern
  9. Clasp Free Clutch Pattern
  10. Fall Wool Cape Scarf
  11. Striped Dress Tutorial

If love sewing projects, check out our newly updated free sewing patterns eBook for newbies, Sewing for Beginners: Learn to Sew with 20 Free Sewing Patterns.

What do you consider the first sign of fall? Mine is when I see the leaves falling.

13 Cheerful Cross Stitch Patterns

Need a little pick-me-up or got a case of the blues? We all know that crafting is a great stress-reliever and cross stitch is one of our favorite crafting activities. These cross stitch patterns are so cheerful, they’re bound to put a smile on anyone’s face and they’re sure to be a joy to make. Pursue the list, and maybe you’ll find a cross stitch pattern you’ll want to make on your next rainy day!

13 Cheerful Cross Stitch Patterns


Oh Hi! Free Embroidery Pattern: this cross stitch pattern lets you display a cheerful greeting for all to see!

Oh Hi! Free Embroidery Pattern

No Statement Printable Embroidery Pattern: if you’re feeling the opposite of cheery (which we all sometimes do), then let people know with this fantastic design. Show off your personality!

No Statement Printable Embroidery Pattern

Watermelon Cross Stitch Pattern: this watermelon pattern is so wonderful, it reminds us of summer.

Watermelon Cross Stitch Pattern

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Ladybug Cross Stitch Pattern: ladybugs are so friendly! This cross stitch pattern also has instructions for those who are just learning the trade and need some good tips.

Ladybug Cross Stitch Pattern

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DIY or DIE Cross Stitch Pattern: display your love for DIY projects with this undeniably funny pattern. Put it in your craft room for the perfect DIY decor piece.

DIY or DIE Cross Stitch Pattern

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Sparkly Butterfly Pattern: this pretty butterfly is extra pretty because it sparkles! Make a bunch of different-colored butterflies to decorate your wall.

Sparkly Butterfly Pattern

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French Rose Pattern: channel your inner Belle with this cross stitch pattern. How about a Prince Charming to go along with it?

French Rose Pattern

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Happy When It Rains Cross Stitch Pattern: prove that the rain isn’t enough to dampen your good mood! This pattern instantly cheers us up.

Happy When It Rains Cross Stitch Pattern

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Hot Cross Stitch Buns: boy, those are some nice buns! If you’ve got a sense of humor, then this cross stitch pattern is definitely for you.

Hot Cross Stitch Buns

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Thankful for Pie Cross Stitch Pie Card: we love pie! We think pie is great for many a fine occasion, so we can see ourselves using this card a lot.

Thankful for Pie Cross Stitch Pie Card

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Embroidered Babushka Doll: this smiling doll is super pretty and really adorable. It’s such a fun cross stitch pattern!

Embroidered Babushka Doll

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Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice! Pattern: “Sugar, sugar, honey, honey” we want to put this up in our kitchen and dance all day long to one of our favorite songs! This is the perfect DIY decor for any baker or Archies fan.

Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice! Pattern

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Together is a Wonderful Place Pattern: the sentiment on this cross stitch pattern is just so sweet (as sweet as sugar?) it’s simply bound to put a cheerful smile on anyone’s face.
Together is a Wonderful Place Pattern


Comment below and let us know, what’s something that always cheers you up?




Calling All Beach Beauties! 8 DIY Swimsuit Patterns Perfect for Summer

I don’t know about you, but I have come to dread putting on my swimsuit. When I was younger I couldn’t WAIT to slip into my bikini and jump in the pool. Now, though, I can’t help but feel a little self-conscious. That’s why I was thrilled when I realized how many DIY swimsuit patterns there are online. Whether you’d feel best in a one piece, a bikini, or a tankini there are free sewing patterns you can use to teach yourself how to make a swimsuit, and we’ve got eight of them right here! Some are from our friends at, and others are from bloggers we admire around the web.



The month of May will be over before we know it, so you best dive in and choose a pattern before swim season is in full swing.


How to Make a Swimsuit

DIY Peek-a-Book One Piece from Right Where I Left Off

Vintage High-Waist Bikini

From Bra to Bathing Suit from Tasha Delrae

DIY Strawberry Bikini from Clones and Clowns

Stylish Cut Out Swimsuit Patterns -TWO patterns in one spot!

Twist and Tie Bikini Top

From Bikini and Tankini from Over the Moon

Under the Sea High-Waisted Bikini from Ohhh Lulu


Are you excited to learn how to make a swimsuit?

7 Unique Skirt Patterns

For those who are new to sewing, there’s no better pattern to try than a handmade skirt.  DIY skirts can often be made in less than a few steps, and it’s super easy to obtain all the measurements you need in no time.  Flattering for several body shapes and sizes, skirts make a great fashion staple for year-round comfort and style.

Patterns like the Dollar Store Petal Skirt are great for beginners and thrifty crafters.  Made with items you can easily find at a dollar store (or items you might even have in your craft stash already), this skirt is great for kids and adults of all ages and requires very little measuring and assembly.

The Easy Breezy Skirt is also a great one for those with little to no sewing experience.  Worked up in a simple pattern and pieced together using a sewing machine, this skirt is the perfect project for beginning crafters who are looking for something unique and fun to make that easily transitions from work to play.

And speaking of play, who doesn’t love this awesome Recycled Umbrella Skirt?  Unlike anything you’ll probably see in stores, this cool skirt is the perfect way to put that broken umbrella to use.  This pattern also lends itself well to mixing and matching fabrics, textures, and styles.

As an added bonus, we’re throwing in a special giveaway that you’re sure to love.  Scroll on down to find out how you can win an awesome book filled with simple skirt patterns to flatter every body type.


7 Unique Skirt Patterns

  1. Easy Breezy Skirt
  2. Classic Origami Skort
  3. Dollar Store Petal Skirt
  4. Crocheted Skirt
  5. The Peggy Skirt
  6. Florida Beach Skirt
  7. Recycled Umbrella Skirt


BONUS!  Can’t get enough skirt patterns?  Check out our new giveaway, Stylish Skirts: 23 Easy-to-Sew Skirts to Flatter Every Figure.  Filled with simple sewing patterns for making skirts to flatter every body type, this book is great for sewists who are looking for creative ways to dress their body type.  You have until August 22th to enter, and you can enter to win once a day…so the more you return, the greater your chances of winning this awesome giveaway!  Head on over to the giveaway page now and register to win today!  Good luck!

15 Quick Sewing Projects Under 15 Minutes

Quick Sewing Projects

Let’s face it, sewists- you do not have all the time in the world. While we would love to sew for hours on end, life can get in the way. Luckily, you can use quick sewing projects to get your crafting fix in. These quick and easy sewing projects are an excellent way to take a break. Fast projects let you focus for a short amount of time on something besides your worries. These little projects are great stress-busters. If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed, take a fifteen minute break. Just like a 15 minute power nap, quick sewing projects can help you find a moment of zen and center yourself during a chaotic week. All of the projects in 15 Quick Sewing Projects Under 15 Minutes help you find a sewing moment to yourself.

When I am stressed out, I find that taking just a moment of time for myself can help tremendously. Reading a favorite book, crafting a small project, or even sipping coffee all by my lonesome can help me gain some perspective. The best part about a quick sewing project is that you are being productive, too! So, if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed, consider trying one of these fab projects. Enjoy!

Quick Sewing Projects in 5 Minutes

If you have 5 minutes, these insanely fast and insanely cute crafts are the perfect time-waster.

5 Minute Gift Card Holder from Burlap Scraps
5 Minute Halter Top
5 Minute Holiday DIY Headband
5 Minute Pillows
5 Minute Skirt

Quick Sewing Projects in 10 Minutes

If you have just a few more minutes, consider these 10 minute wonders. I’m in love with the 10 Minute Apron Pattern. It is just so cute. Don’t believe me? Look up!

10 Minute Apron Pattern
10 Minute Little Pillow
11 Minute Galaxy Skirt
Braided T-Shirt Headbands

Quick Sewing Projects in 15 Minutes

Fifteen minute projects are hands-down my favorite projects. It is enough time for you to take a serious break from the day. These projects giveyou a craft zen moment without eating up too much of your day. Plus, they’re really handy.

15 Minute Fabric Lunch Wrap
15 Minute Mouse Pad Wrist Rest
15 Minute Pet Bed Tutorial
15 Minute Tissue Box Cover
15 Minute Tuxedo Skirt
Bonjour DIY Bath Mitt

If you love these projects you will love our 32 Quick and Easy Sewing Projects.

When you have 15 minutes to sew, what sort of projects do you reach for?

What You (Almost) Forgot to Bring: Sewing Purses, Organizers, and More for Travel

Travel ProjectsWarning: This post contains incredibly helpful information and sewing tutorials.

You were supposed to leave 12 minutes ago for the airport, but you know you’re forgetting something. Your keys? Chargers? ID? What is it??

There just isn’t time to think about it anymore. Boldly you yell at everyone to get in the car, scoop the dazed 4 year-old off the floor, and head out.

Settled at your gate with your group of nomads, a heart-sinking realization sets in that you forgot everything.

Don’t worry! It was just a dream. To prevent yourself from forgetting those personal and family essentials, we’ve created a list of items that you definitely need. Best of all, they’re all simple sewing projects that you’ll enjoy making immensely. How do we know? Come on, you’re on a sewing blog; we’re one in the same. Take a trip with us by browsing through these tutorials on sewing purses, organizers, and more gear for traveling. You’ll be surprised at how incredibly useful each of these free sewing projects is.

Sewing Purses, Pouches, and Toiletry Holders

  1. Zip-Up DIY Cosmetics Bag
  2. Posh Paneled DIY Makeup Bag
  3. Zippered Dopp Kit
  4. Rainbow Scraps E-Reader SleeveZippered Dopp Kit
  5. Electronics Cozy
  6. Recycled Travel Pouch in Minutes

Sewing Project Ideas for Parents

  1. How to Make a Portable High Chair
  2. Mei Tai Tutorial
  3. Travel Change and Play Mat
  4. Diaper Pouch and Changing Pad

Reusable Sandwich BagsNecessities to Sew if You’re Camping

  1. Insulated Bag Tutorial
  2. Eco-Friendly Waterproof Picnic Blanket
  3. Reusable Sandwich Bags

How to Sew Helpful Accessories if you Lose Everything All the Time

  1. Posh Leather DIY Cord Organizer
  2. Fobulous Key Fob
  3. Coin Purse Key Chain
  4. Little Bag DIY Key ChainLittle Bag DIY Key Chain

Sewing Tutorials for the Luggage-less Traveler

  1. Retro Travel Bag
  2. Fashionable Travel Bag
  3. Zippered Travel Tote
  4. Easy Duffle Bag Set

Additional Items You Always Forget

  1. Patchwork Travel Neck Pillow
  2. Purse Organizer Insert
  3. Jewelry Roll TutorialPatchwork Travel Neck Pillow
  4. Travel Earring Organizer
  5. Safely Secure Travel Fabric Book

Tell us:

Did we forget something? Hopefully not, but if you thought of an item on this list that wasn’t mentioned, tell us what it is!

18 Ways to Use Embroidery Hoops

One of my earliest crafting memories is learning how to use the embroidery hoop.  My great-grandmother, who was a master sewist and knitter, had a large assortment of embroidery hoops that she gave to my mom after she moved to Florida.  My mom spent several days teaching me how to use the embroidery hoop and how to sew and embroider patterns onto fabric.  I had remembered watching my great-grandmother embroider and I loved the poetry of her movement…how she effortlessly created all kinds of embroidered napkins, pillowcases, and handkerchiefs by simply pulling a needle and thread through the fabric.

When I got old enough, I created my very first embroidered pattern, which was a haphazard dedication to Harry Potter.  When I stumbled upon this project a few years ago, it brought me to tears and I instantly hung it above my bookshelf, where it sits today.

As I sat looking at one of the first things I ever remember making, I wondered what else I could do with my great-grandma’s embroidery hoops.  I have a variety of hoops in different sizes…so I did some exploring and gathered up a few of my favorite embroidery hoop projects for you to enjoy!  Whether you use them to embroider or decorate your home, these plastic and wooden hoops can do wonders for your home decor.  Projects like the Jolly JOY Ornaments make for a quick and easy Christmas decoration…and the Embroidery Hoop Bulletin Board is a great way to keep your life organized.

No matter how you use them, these fun embroidery hoop ideas are sure to give you a reason to dig those old hoops out of your craft stash!  Enjoy!


18 Ways to Use Embroidery Hoops


How do you use embroidery hoops in your crafting life?

Kids and Camping Hacks: 17 Camping Crafts for Kids

Keep Kids Busy

Ah, camping! It is one of the best summer activities. With warm weather and your family, you can escape to the woods or the lake with just a handful of supplies. In theory, camping is fun for the whole family. Time away means tuning out the rest of the world and spending time with one another, but kids do not always see it that way. Keep little ones busy and entertained by making these camping crafts for kids before you are tucked safely into your camper or tent out in the wilderness. Instead of giving them time to complain about missing their televisions and iPads, engage their little minds and hands with some summer crafts for kids. Whether they are playing pretend inside DIY tent summer camp crafts or waiting out the rain with a quiet book pattern or classic summer camp crafts, your kids are sure to have a lovely time exploring these camping crafts for kids. We have collected these Kids and Camping Hacks: 17 Camping Crafts for Kids.

Make Them Their Very Own Tent

While most camping crafts for kids involve the little ones actually making the project, these DIY tents are just too perfect to not put in this blog post. Let your little ones play pretend with their very own tent or teepee. These summer camp crafts would be perfect for a backyard sleepover, too!

Child’s Outdoor Tent
Children’s Hula Hoop Play Tent
Toddler DIY Teepee

Summer Camp Crafts to Keep Your Camp Kid-Friendly

Use these DIY picnic blankets and other camp crafts to make sure your space is perfect for kids. If they have their very own placemat or blanket to sit on, kids are much less likely to get into huge messes while rolling in the grass or mud.

Traveling Placemat Tutorial
Patchwork Picnic Blanket
Outstanding Outdoor Pillow
Great Outdoor Baby Blanket
How to Make a Waterproof Picnic Blanket Tote
Waterproof Park Blanket Tutorial

Summer Camp Crafts for Rainy Days

Come armed and prepared for the inevitable rainy day. It is Newton’s Law of Camping that you will have to suffer through at least one rainy day. If you don’t have a place to explore for an indoor day trip, these quick camping crafts for kids will keep your little ones busy in the tent.

Yo Gabba Gabba Quiet Book
Vegetable Garden Quiet Book
Battleships Folders Tutorial
Baby’s First Book

Friendship Bracelets Summer Camp Crafts

What says summer camping and summer camp more than an old-fashioned friendship bracelet-making session. Friendship bracelets are easy to make, easy to cater to any skill level, and take up very few supplies. This would be a great craft for moms and little girls to make around the campfire but you don’t have to leave out the boys. Every little kid on this planet loves a good friendship bracelet. Plus, they make great gifts for mom or grandma!

God’s Eye
How to Make a Friendship Bracelet with a Recycled Lid
Twisty Bracelet Pattern
Leaf Pattern Friendship Bracelet

If you love these camping crafts for kids, check out these 23 Summer Outdoor Activities and Camp Crafts for Kids and 12 Free Apron Patterns & Easy Garden Ideas.

What is your favorite summer camping or summer camp memory?

The Short List: 7 How to Sew Shorts You’ll Love

How to Sew Shorts: 18 Free Shorts Patterns Read more at

Wearing shorts is one of my top five favorite fashion choices for the summer. I love being able to feel the sun and the air on my legs without all the extra responsibility of a skirt. I don’t have to worry about wind or crossing my legs just right. I can just enjoy the summer sun comfortably. There’s nothing more freeing than sporting some shorts, flip-flops, and a tee for the day. Summer casual is the best kind of casual. That’s why learning how to sew shorts is such an exciting summer sewing endeavor.

The problem with buying shorts in the store, however, is they just keep getting shorter and shorter. Now I realize shorts should be, you know, short, but do they have to be that short? This is why I have started turning to how to sew shorts tutorials for my summer wardrobe options. When you make DIY shorts from a pattern, you can basically make them as long or as short as you would like. Learn how to jazz up your wardrobe with these amazing how to sew shorts tutorials. Use The Short List: 7 How to Sew Shorts Tutorials to spice up your summer duds.

How to Sew Shorts

Faux Crochet Doily Shorts: I’m loving the lace on these. They are so simple to make and so feminine! Plus, lace-trimmed shorts are huge this season.

DIY Pleated Shorts: Learn how to sew shorts with a classy twist with this tutorial. Wear these pleated DIY shorts with a button-up for a classy brunch or even to work if you make them long enough.

DIY Lace Shorts: Add some length to some cut-offs that are just a little too short with these DIY Lace Shorts.

How to Sew Shorts: Learn how to sew shorts from a pair of old pants with this upcycled sewing tutorial.

Fast and Lazy Linen Shorts: Have an hour to burn? If so, follow this tutorial and you will learn how to sew shorts in under an hour.

DIY Cut Off Jean Shorts: Make the perfect cut offs with this how to sew shorts tutorial.

Simple Shirred Waist Shorts: These are so comfy and so easy. You will not regret sewing them.

Pick one: shorts, capris, or a summer skirt.