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Free Projects

Over time we'll be building up a library of great projects.



Puffy Heart Applique Sweatshirt

A new FREE Project for Valentine’s Day.
With Compliments of Sulky USA

Judy's Note: I am particularly adding this project so as you may explore the ease of using Sulky Fabri-Solvy for appliqué.

Previous Projects

Clover Mug Cosy 

Let’s show you how you can make your own Mug Cosy using Fabric Paper Piecing.

With Compliments from Clover USA          Perfect little Christmas Gifts!

Judy's Note: The beauty of this design is that it may be made to fit any size mug by simply adjusting the length of the buttoned tab. 

Ideal for "take-away-throw-away" coffee containers which always are too hot to hold.

Clover Fabric Tube Maker - Jelly Roll Rug

Let’s show you how you can make your own jelly roll rug with the Clover Fabric Tube Maker!.

With Compliments from Shannon & Jason on behalf of Clover USA

Quilting Bee Placemat Set

Paper Pieced Bee Blocks Come Together in a Springy Table Runner.

With Compliments of Sulky USA.

Sulky Secret Heart Pillow

Create a secret heart pillow that has a zippered compartment for treats or notes.

With Courtesy of Sulky USA.

Twister - Go Over the Edge with Drunkards Path

Create a Twister! 

Ideal for fat quarters and scraps – quilt measures 32” x 40”
Create a twist with Marti Michell’s Drunkard’s Path Templates.
Assemble the quilt in your favourite technique. Those instructions are not included.
Full-sized patterns of Drunkard’s Path included, or, you may purchase the acrylic templates HERE.
With courtesy of Michell Marketing – From Marti Michell

Scrappy Heart Mug Rug

With Courtesy from Sulky USA

This little mug rug is great for gifting and perfect to make for Valentine’s Day

Project is with kind courtesy of Olfa and is designed by Cindy Staub of Quilt Doodle Designs

Heart Pot Holders

With Courtesy from Sulky USA

Create heart-shaped oven mitts, quilted with insulated batting between the layers to protect your hands and surfaces from hot dishes. These Heart Pot Holders make great gifts for Valentine's Day or any time of the year!
Pattern by Heidi Pridemore of Whimsical Workshop

Finished Size: 9" x 7"

Land and Sea Shawl – Crochet Pattern

By Elisa from Strings and Cuddles. Courtesy of Clover


Cutie Pie Pouches - How To Make An Adorable Fabric Bag With Face Mask Elastic

Got extra elastic sitting around looking for the perfect project? This quick and easy drawstring pouch is made from leftover face mask elastic! These Cutie Pie Pouches come together quickly, fit in the palm of your hand, and are perfect for all those little things that need a home.

With permission, previously given, from Joan Hawley, Lazy Girl Designs, a dear friend who passed away suddenly on 3rd May, 2022.

Sunflowers of Hope - Check your stash for some yellow and blue fabrics to make a sunflower block or quilt, using a fold-back curved design technique.

With kind permission from Southwind Designs.
If you wish to join Annette's Challenge and make a Sunflower Block, you may share it on her Facebook Southwind Inspirations page.

For more Folded Designs from Southwind Designs, find them HERE

New FREE Project using Sulky 12wt Cotton Petites™
Judy's Note: This thread is becoming more and more popular for hand embroidery and punchneedle embroidery, so thought you may like this quick project to introduce you to a new thread.

BLOOM Pattern - A pretty hand embroidery design combined with applique.

With compliments of Sulky USA, designed by Aimee Davis of Daisyeyes Handmade.


Fabric Note Cards from Lazy Girl Designs
Use Christmas Fabric to make perfect, economic Christmas Cards.

With thanks to Joan Hawley, Lazy Girl Designs


How to Crochet the Ripple Stitch & Mocha Ripple Afghan Pattern
Toni, the designer and educator behind TL Yarn Crafts, shares one of her all-time favourite stitches: The Ripple Stitch and a free pattern "The Mocha Ripple Afgan"

With thanks to Clover USA

Clover Soft Touch Crochet Hooks may be found HERE

Filaine Fluffy Kitty
By Bonnie Langenfeld
For our cat lovers, a Fluffy Kitty using Sulky Filaine Thread.



Filaine Fox Pillow
By Katrina Walker
Using Sulky Filaine Thread, make a Pillow or use on a child's garment or snuggle rug.

Flopsy the Bunny - Amigurumi Pattern

Perfect for Easter or just for any time as a cute toy for your little one.


Sulky Lucky Charm Mini Quilt

For St Patricks Day!

Note: If you wish to purchase the Machine Embroidery Centre design by Shannon Roberts for $4.99 USD, click HERE.

Sulky Heart Mug Rug & Placemats

‘Sew’ many hearts, ‘sew’ little time! Here is a quick little heart mug rug and placemats.

Sulky Paper Pieced Heart Quilt

Explore the wonderful world of paper piecing with a fun, modern heart themed quilt. Learn two paper piecing methods and gain tips for easy appliqué and quilting, using thread to make your creation shine.

Star Shine Christmas Tree Skirt Pattern

 It's the perfect time of year for making a new Christmas Tree skirt. Cheryl Phillips presents a tutorial styled video, walking you through each step of her large Star Shine Tree Skirt made with the Creative Grids Ten Degree Wedge tool. Excellent tips on working with striped fabric and making extension pieces

             Crayon Box

             Red Fort

Free Downloadable Patterns from Jinny Beyer Studio

The 60° diamond is Jinny's favourite shape. Here are two striking quilts you can make using this shape. By planning the colours used for the lights, mediums and darks in the quilt blocks, you can get fabulous 3D illusions. Both are great take-along, hand-piecing projects, but they can also be sewn by machine. Jinny's Perfect Cut 60° Rulers and Templates make it easy to cut, mark and trim the individual diamonds.

Download the FREE Red Fort pattern here.  

Download the FREE Crayon Box pattern here.

Courtesy of Jinny Beyer Studio

Easy Cotton Cloth Facemask

Over the past weeks Pat & Mary Hayes, who were both Scientists in their previous lives, spent much time looking at various patterns and developed a pattern that is simple and easy to make with readily available materials. Quilting cotton with its tight thread count makes great face masks.

             All you really need for their pattern is cotton fabric!

             Judy: May I suggest you consider using your 
Fasturn Turning Tools, if you have them, for the fabric ties. Many are also using a Pleat Maker for the pleated sides.


Irish Quilt Pattern

Celebrate your heritage with this celtic Twist, Celtic knot and shamrock Irish quilt pattern! This pattern is perfect for St Patrick's Day, or any day of the year you're feeling LUCKY! The finished quilt size is approximately 64" x 64" and your download includes large and small shamrock templates, as well as a 1" hexagon English paper piecing template.

Courtesy of the National Quilters Circle..


Lovely Heart Beanie

Valentine's Day is just around the corner so we have this Valentine-themed beanie and share it with you all! It is called the Lovely Heart Beanie.

 Courtesy of Clover USA and Strings and Cuddles.


Sue Bleiweiss' Mini Fabric Collage Journal - Mistyfuse™

Mistyfuse™ is quickly becoming the preferred stabiliser for applique but is also used for many other purposes. It is an environmentally-friendly fusible that is solvent-free and recyclable. It is a very fine web that creates a lasting bond without adding bulk and has no extra adhesive to gum up your needles. Available in White, Black & Ultra-Sheer. You will need Timtex for this project.

With thanks to Mistyfuse™ for permitting to share the FREE Project.


Wine Gift Bag

A Gift for Christmas! This would make a great gift for Christmas, or even make for yourself to attend those festive parties in style. With step-by-step instructions you'll have one made just in time for Christmas! 

The downloads for Embroidery Designs are available for a very limited time. With thanks to Sulky of America Inc. for permitting to share the FREE Project.


Finishing Your Quilt Summary

With Kind Permission from Quiltsmart

A reference guide for beginner quilters and is a useful reminder for experienced quilters of a few checks and must-dos.

Also enjoy this bonus Christmas variation for the 58" Quiltsmart Lone Star Classic Pack


Bra and Undies Bag from Sulky

With Kind Permission from Sulky Threads, USA. 

A Great Bag Tutorial For Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Mother's Day Lavender Sachet from Sulky made by Pamela Fox.

With Kind Permission from Sulky Threads, USA. 

This is from USA, so you could change the “MOM” to Mum, Nana, Gran, Mother etc.


Sulky - Ribbons of Thread Quilt Project

Sulky Ribbon of Threads Quilt by Libby Lehman

Our thanks to Sulky Threads for allowing us to share this project. 


Jinny Beyer Football Project

To kick off the beginning of the 2016 Football Season, here is a patchwork footy you may make as a "mascot" for the footy games, for the avid footy fan, for the bedroom or to please a small child. Make in your own team colours - all for fun.

Our thanks to Jinny Beyer for allowing us to share this project. 


Tatted Earrings and Bracelet with Beads

One can never go wrong with a little extra jewellery. Especially when you can make every detail to your liking.

Our thanks to Clover Products for allowing us to share this project. 


Sulky Screen Shot Tutorial

Evelyn Byler who has created projects for Sulky for years designed this quilt. So many details she added like twisted tucks.  Evelyn’s attention to detail is incredible.  You will enjoy making this.

Our thanks to Sulky America for allowing us to share this project. 



Picnic Placemat Tutorial

Make this delightful placemat to use at your next BBQ or picnic.

Our thanks to Jaybird Quilts for allowing us to share this project. 


Quiltsmart Double Wedding Ring Pillow Project

Make this eye-catching pillow using bright or subdued fabric choices and using just ONE panel of Quiltsmart's Double Wedding Ring fusible interfacing.

Our thanks to Quiltsmart Inc for allowing us to share this project. 


St. Patrick's Day Terial Shamrock Brooch

Crystal Rock the Shamrock with Terial Art's St. Patrick's Day Craft! This project uses TERIAL MAGIC SPRAY which is truly magical.


DIY Fabric Origami Angel 

Get Your Home Ready For the Holidays With These Cute Origami Angels! This project uses TERIAL MAGIC SPRAY which is truly magical.


Will You Be My VALENTINE? 

One of the best new products I have introduced recently is TERIAL MAGIC SPRAY which is truly magical. Making these flowers will amaze you. The raw edges of the fabric doesn't fray and the flowers remain three-dimensional, so real life!

Our latest Free Project is a wonderful Valentines Day idea!



With the kind permission of Carol McLeod (Aunties Two) and Innovative Craft Products we offer you this Baby Pot Basket using inn-spire™.


With the kind permission of Clover USA we offer you this Clover Christmas Project using Clover Flower Frill Templates.


Linda McGehee has kindly given me permission to share a cute purse project made from socks. I thought it would be quite appropriate for small gifts for the young or young at heart. I just love them and hope you do too

With the courtesy of June Tailor Inc. we are offering several projects using Polar Fleece that are quick and easy to make, some of which require no sewing at all. These should be appealing for the young to do some handcraft introducing them to the world of sewing and craft. Others will warm the heart of everyone for the winter months. My own granddaughter's soccer team have each made a fleece blanket


Clover Meshwork is a very easy method of weaving, whether you use Clover's Quick Bias Tape or make your own bias with any of their Bias Makers.

One of my staff made me a little Coin Purse and I thought you may like to make one too - Project with compliments from Clover Japan. 

The project is in a PDF file which will open in a new browser window

Box made by Carol McLeod, Pattern Designer USA. 

Inn-Spire Flower Project

Inn-Spire ™ is a new product we introduced that has captured everyone's imagination and to answer many requests for further instructions, I offer you a simple flower project that you may easily make in no time at all. Have fun and email me photos of what your own imagination leads to. 

Revolutionary and truly inspirational, Inn-Spire ™ will redefine what you can create with a stiff, non-woven stabilizer. Inn-Spire ™ is an amazing new craft product producing three-dimensional fun embellishments.

The project is in a PDF file which will open in a new browser window

ZipR Trim Flower project

             Give a stylish and unique look to garments, accessories and crafts with ZipR® Trim. Make this unusual flower with the courtesy of Kandi-Corp.USA.

The project is in a PDF file which will open in a new browser window

Clover Flower Frill Projects

Clover's Flower Frill Templates are an easy flip-and-fold flower maker which makes it quick and easy to embellish your jewellry, wardrobe and home accessories with Flower Frills! 

Three projects available:-

  1. Holiday Flower Frills - Deck the Halls with beautiful and festive decor accented with Flower Frills
  2. Flower Frill Decor - Make your own original home decor designs with Flower Frills
  3. Flower Frill Embellishments - Embellish your existing wardrobe and home accessories with flower frills.

Each project is in a PDF file which will open in a new browser window

Cable Applique Sweatshirt Jacket

Borders Made Easy is an adhesive edged paper pattern for machine quilting, part of the range from Quilting Made Easy which also includes Blocks Made Easy. These are innovative products that save time and make machine quilting easy for both novice and experienced quilters. 

Wendy from Quilting Made Easy gave me a wonderful idea for using these patterns on clothing, similar to reverse appliqué. The idea has been extremely popular when we've demonstrated this on our show circuit, so I thought I'd share the idea with everyone. Hope you love the idea too. 

Living Post Cards

                 Misty Fuse™ sent me a brochure using their new Ultra-Violet Misty Fuse™ and Angelina® Fiber together which was very exciting and got our creative juices nourished. Liz, my talented friend, who now travels with me on the Show Circuit, has made some amazing Post Cards using both products together. It is such a shame that the beauty of the real things is not displayed as well in print for they are truly amazing. I hope you enjoy making some yourself as I'm sure you will be inspired by this FREE PROJECT called Living Post Cards. 

Please Note: This free project is a PDF document. If Adobe Acrobat Reader is installed on your computer it will open automatically in a new window, but it may take a few moments to download.

Puff Quilting Chair Cushion

                 Way back in a year too long ago to remember, I introduced Biscuit Puff Quilting to my students in my shop and I still enjoy the cuddly feel of those little quilts. Clover have recently introduced a new way of making Puff Quilts but with some truly interesting variations that I'm sure you'll find fascinating too. The Puff Cushion shown here is using their method of regular Puff Quilting using their new Puff Quilting Clip Set. Have fun and enjoy the luxurious feel of a padded chair seat. Pattern by courtesy of Clover Needlecraft Inc. Japan 

Please Note: This free project is a PDF document. If Adobe Acrobat Reader is installed on your computer it will open automatically in a new window, but it may take a few moments to download.

Chinese Lantern Quilt Pattern

                 Since the Olympic Games are being held in China this month, I thought this design would be appropriate timing for you to try our Foldy Stuff Patterns. Foldy Stuff is the ideal way to try something old with a new twist and is so easy to sew that a real beginner sewer achieves perfection right from the start. I love the folds in the fabric simply because it is different and is three-dimensional. Do try any of the Foldy Stuff Patterns, you'll love them.
For this project you will need Foldy Stuff Courthouse Steps Pleated Quilt Pattern.
 With kind permission from Donna Poster, Foldy Stuff Patterns.
Embroidered CD Case

                 Please Note: This free project is a PDF document. If Adobe Acrobat Reader is installed on your computer it will open automatically in a new window, but it may take a few moments to download.
With kind permission from Linda McGhee of Ghee's USA

Fan Shaped Silverware Holder. 


Recycled Ties Yo-Yo Scarf

Recycle silk fabric scraps or ties into a spectacularly crafted scarf. The multi-colored fabric yo-yo arrangements make it a perfect accessory for any outfit. Stitched all by hand, it's a perfect travel project to bring along when you are away from your sewing machine. Make it with our Yo-Yo Makers.


With compliments from Nancy's Notions.
Pom Pom Scarves 
 Remember how we used to make Pom Pons with cardboard circles and using up all the left over scraps of wool for multi-coloured pom pons? It's now a whole lot fun all over again with Clover's new Pom Pom Makers, available in two sizes, easy enough for the kids to use too. Here's a great project to put all those pom pons to good use with a fun scarf. Sporting enthusiasts may even like to make one in their club colours for attending games cheering madly! Note: Originally and correctly called a Pom Pon, according to good English Dictionaries, but now commonly called a Pom Pom.
Circle Dance Quilt 
 Circles are "IN" for all quilters, so why not make the Circle Dance Quilt using the EZ Easy Circle Cut ruler 
Bow Brooch 
 Bead Knitting has been popular for sometime now but many may not have ventured into trying this delightful way of Knit One, Purl One as yet. So, to encourage you, I have written a quick and easy beginner's type pattern for a little Bow Brooch that can be made very quickly and very economically in comparison to larger Bead Knitting projects. The little Bow Brooches make wonderful gifts for Christmas too, so you have time now to start click-clacking! I've also added an alternate method of making it into a tiny pendant to hang around your neck. Of course, it goes without reminding you that the Bow Brooch is purely Ornamental rather than Functionable. Enjoy making many! 
Plaited Christmas Wreath
                 The Crowning Touch company who are the manufacturers of the famous Fasturn® Turning Tools have kindly offered you a quick last minute Christmas Wreath to make. Using their unique way of "stuffing tubes of fabric", I am sure you will learn from these instructions for all manner of other applications too, eg. comfortable-to-hold bag handles. 
Circle Cutter Table Runner
                 Our new FREE PROJECT is such a fun thing to make and although it is a Table Runner, the method could very well be used as a bag or a cushion. Elaine Braun from Polar Notions has kindly given us permission to share her wonderful Circle Cutter Table Runner using the Circle Cutter & Circle Cutter Design Mat that she has designed.
                 Please Note: This free project is a PDF document. If Adobe Acrobat Reader is installed on your computer it will open automatically in a new window, but it may take a few moments to download.
Sew Sweet Satchel Project
Joan Hawley from Lazy Girl Designs has kindly given permission to use her project for a cute little bag that would make an ideal "Dongle Bag" for you machine embroiderers! Of course, it can also be used for lots of other little tidbits. Thank you Joan for allowing us to use your design. 
Quiltsmart Lone Star Christmas Tree Skirt
                 Quiltsmart ALWAYS makes things quick and easy, hence their motto "Quilt Smarter, Not Harder". That is certainly the case when it comes to Diamonds. Of course, you could choose to use any size Diamond Template you already have to make this delightful Christmas Tree Skirt, but with Christmas Day countdown well into swing, time is running out. With Quiltsmart's Printed Fusible Interfacing method, using their Lone Star Quick Kit package, we have shown here how to convert it quickly and simply into a wonderful Christmas Tree Skirt that you may use year after year.
                 Choose traditional Christmas Colours and cherish an Heirloom in the Making!
                 No time before Christmas? This would make a beautiful Table Cover too! Sew it as a project for the holidays after Christmas using any range of colours to suit your décor.
The Answer to the "Storm at Sea" Question
                 "Storm at Sea" has always been a favourite of mine. I ADORE geometric rather than floral shapes at any time. Marti Michell, one of the most knowledgeable people in the quilting business, has kindly given permission to reproduce her method of this fabulous design.
                 You can download the full-size template patterns or use the "From Marti Michell" templates mentioned.
                 We thank Marti for her generosity in allowing us to share her ideas.
Slash Quilt (Chenille) Bag
 As a result of having the chenille cushions/Christmas story on the Hints & Tips page, I have had so many asking for the "how to do?" and "what's chenille?" that I looked for a simple practical project other than a cushion. So, in response to your requests, Clover Needlecraft have generously given permission to allow me to use their very useful little bag pattern.

                 Use it as a Quilting/Sewing Accessories bag to take to classes or perhaps for your jewellry or costmetics when travelling. Did you know the Clover Slash Cutter used in this project and the Curved Slash Cutter also now have guides available separately in 6mm or 10mm widths so as may be interchanged? Means if you purchase either, then by adding some guides only, you have the benefits of both units without the expense of purchasing both. Thank you Clover!

Bachelor Buttons Quilt
EZ Quilting Company has a marvellous range of quilting rulers and templates that save time and allows you to achieve perfect quilting. We have also added some tutorials for each of their rulers to help explain their use and to demonstrate the versatile range they offer. I have chosen the "Bachelor Buttons Quilt" by Darlene Zimmerman for you as our latest Free Project because I found the way Darlene makes the scalloped edge of the quilt so simple and accurate. 

Most would never attempt other than straight bias bound edges to any quilt, but with the help of the new "Easy Scallop Tool" even this daunting task is "easy-peasy". Even if you don't want to make the quilt, please read her method and maybe apply it to some other project you may make in the future. 

Pam Bono Designs - Cattleya Orchid Quilt 
                 Pam Bono uses The Angler2 for all her quilts and simplifies quilts by using strips of fabric cut into either squares or rectangles, then sews two pieces together diagonally, thus making triangles and other shapes. That's all. Anyone can do it. View her other quilt patterns and be amazed how Baltimore Quilts can be made from strips of fabric. Enjoy trying her easy quick piecing methods without any templates with this delightful project she has so kindly provided for us - Cattleya Orchid. 

Quiltsmart "Double Wedding Ring" Cushion
                 Quiltsmart's motto is "Quilt Smarter, Not Harder" and that certainly is true with their Printed Fusible Interfacing.
                 To get you started with Quiltsmart's fabulous technique, they have kindly given us permission to use one of their Cushion Projects as this month's Free Project.

Some may call it "cheating", some may call it "applique" - but whatever superlatives you offer as you sew with Quiltsmart, you will find everything matches up like never before with so little effort.

Never tried patchwork before? Here is the perfect reason to get hooked.

Quiltsmart "Rob Pete" Cushion
                 With kind permission from Quiltsmart.

Ghee's Mini-Bag
                 With kind permission from Linda McGhee of Ghee's USA

Let your imagination create one of the handiest little bags that was originally designed as an Eyeglass Case, but because so many people have forwarded their interpretation of how they made it, Linda has renamed it a "Mini-Bag".
                 You may use embroidery, patchwork, creative overlocking or simply make it in quilted fabric. I made one a long time ago featuring a beautiful IgolochkoyTM Punchneedle Design. Share with us your interpretation and forward me a photo of your finished "Mini-Bag".

Floral Cushion using Easy Triangles™
Rosalind Veness of Ros Designs has kindly offered her Floral Cushion design using her Half Square Triangles for this month's Free Project. The Floral Cushion using Easy Triangles is easy to make with her papers and will be a delightful part of your own home décor - made by you! 
Bead Knitted Tassel and Crochet Tassel
These beautiful beaded tassels can be used to embellish a zipper on a jacket or sweater,
                 or as a special added extra on any of the Swallow Hill Beaded Bags
Scrappy Lazy Star Table Runner
                 Use the Lazy Angle Ruler and "Lazy and Lovin' It" from Lazy Girl Designs to create this delightful table runner.
Puff Necklace
 You can whip up this lovely necklace in no time using the fabulous FASTURN™ turning tools with your favourite fabric. 
Pretty Pillow
                 This cozy pillow couldn't be softer! Eskimo fleece makes the difference. The embroidery gives the pillow its very own charm. The embroidery is easy using your machine's embroidery capabilities.