FREE sewing pattern for a charming sewing kit!

Today we bring you yet another great FREE sewing pattern!  This one is just perfect for beginners, so you can try it even if you have just taken up sewing.  Besides, you will be able to create your own handmade sewing kit, which now will undoubtedly come in handy!

Check the pictures below for an overview of what this free sewing project has to offer.  The delightful set was originally made with Robert Kaufman fabrics.  It includes a neat sewing machine cover that will help protect your “best friend” from dust and humidity…and matching pin cushions!  There is a long one smartly attached to the sewing machine with an elastic band, and the cutest individual pin cushions…bet you can’t make just one!!

We have added some more images of sewing themed fabrics to help you find inspiration.  And if you are looking for Christmas gift ideas, note that a sewing kit like the one created with this free pattern would make an awesome present for anyone who loves stitching and dressmaking, whether a beginner or a seasoned expert!

Remember to send us photos of your creations, if you decide to take this up!  We would love to see and share them!

How kawaii is this sewing machine cover?

How kawaii is this sewing machine cover?

These pin cushions are adorable!!

These pin cushions are adorable!!

children fabric by Robert Kaufman with colorful squares

children fabric by Robert Kaufman with colorful squares

Robert Kaufman patchwork style panel fabric

Robert Kaufman patchwork style panel fabric

Robert Kaufman cream scissor fabric

Robert Kaufman cream scissor fabric

Robert Kaufman white sewing thread fabric

Robert Kaufman white sewing thread fabric

baby animal panel fabric by Robert Kaufman

baby animal panel fabric by Robert Kaufman

Christmas animal panel fabric by Robert Kaufman

Christmas animal panel fabric by Robert Kaufman

Robert Kaufman colorful funny emoji white fabric OMG LOL

Robert Kaufman colorful funny emoji white fabric OMG LOL

Robert Kaufman white fabric scissor Thimbles and Threads Digital Print

Robert Kaufman white fabric scissor Thimbles and Threads Digital Print

Beginners Guide: How to Choose and Buy Fabric Online

 

If you are a beginner in sewing and dressmaking then you may find an online fabric store slightly bewildering. Here is a guide to get started on picking the best fabric for sewing your next dress.

 

Quick and Easy Guide to Fabric

 

Fabrics are either knitted or woven, and are mostly made from plant fibers such as linen and cotton, or animal fibers (silk and wool). Knitted fabrics are more stretchable than woven.

 

Here we will discuss a few types of fabrics

 

Cotton

Cotton is the most versatile fabric, and comes in various weights from lightweight handkerchiefs to heavy canvas. Cotton fabrics are used for trousers, shirts, jeans, bags etc. Fabrics including moleskin, denim, and corduroy are made of cotton.

 

Cotton Jersey/Knit

Cotton Jersey/Knit can be easily knitted by machine from a cotton thread. This fabric is used for t-shirts as it is stretchy and comfortable to wear but is not as easy to sew as woven fabric.

 

Jersey knits are stretchy, soft and versatile. Jersey knit fabric is perfect for creating stylish tops, dresses and much more. Here’s a video tutorial that shows you how to do a zig-zag stitch with knit fabrics on a sewing machine.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nN5l_5aP3Ec

 

Jersey fabric is a kind of knit textile that is made from cotton or synthetic blend. This fabric is warm, flexible and insulating.

 

Linen

Linen is easy to sew and also used for a variety of purposes. It is also often mixed with other materials, and for daily wear. It is best used for making summer clothes.

 

Silk

Silk is a shiny and slippery woven fabric that is used for luxury blouses, underwear, and dresses. It is the most expensive and difficult to sew.

 

Poly Cotton

Polycotton is a synthetic woven fabric and is lightweight. Polycotton is a blend of cotton and polyester.

 

Best Fabrics for Beginners

 

It is better to buy fabric that is easy to sew and also not too expensive. Don’t be afraid of the mistakes that you make ruining fabric at some point! Here are some of the best fabrics for beginners use first, to start practicing sewing.

 

Woven fabric is one of those fabrics that does not slip or stretch too much while sewing. That means choosing linen, cotton or cotton-linen blends are best. Try to avoid rayon, silk, shiny polyester, and other knitted fabrics.

 

Go for small prints or plain colors. Avoid big patterns and stripes as they are difficult to lay out.

 

Avoid heavy weight fabrics as they are harder to manage. It is best if you go for ridged fabrics like corduroy for your first attempt at sewing.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0H1waSPph70

 

How to buy fabric

 

What should be the first thing you buy: a sewing pattern or a fabric? Buying a sewing pattern first is perfect. After that, go shop for fabric from any online fabric store. Once you’ve got your pattern then you will know exactly what kind of fabric to look for and how much quantity of fabric you will need. Also, you have the option to buy zippers, buttons or other things to match at the same time.

 

When you are looking at fabric in an online fabric shop you must check the following things:

 

– Make sure that the fabric is one that perfectly matches your sewing pattern.

 

– Check to see if the fabric fits with what you are planning to make.

 

– Check for information regarding the fabric’s care instructions. See whether you should wash it in a washing machine or if it should be dry cleaned. If you think that it’s a high maintenance fabric, you may want to consider other fabrics.

 

– Always check the width of the fabric because fabrics are of different width. Look at the pattern to decide what length of fabric you need to buy. Make sure that you buy extra fabric because it may shrink when you wash it.

 

Preparing your fabric and cutting it

 

When you finally buy a fabric from an online fabric store, the first step should be to wash and iron your fabric. Wash the fabric the way you wash garments because it is better to do it first rather than washing it after sewing, as the fabric may shrink. When the fabric is dry, iron it to make it smooth again.

 

Follow your sewing pattern layout and cut out your pattern pieces. Iron them gently with no steam. Lay out all the pieces fn the fabric following the layout.

 

Here is a video guide to cutting out fabric when making a dress

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxlVetiwXLk

 

Bonus Tip: Ideas for Beginners

 

Here are some good ideas for beginners’ projects for anyone new to dressmaking.

 

– Wrap skirt

– Apron

– Yoga pants or trousers

– Tote bag

 

Always start with something that is manageable so that you can easily practice and build up your skills. Go for a simple sewing pattern that is easy for beginners.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is the difference between cotton and linen?

Both cotton and linen are popular materials. Linen generally comes from flax plants and cotton from cotton plants.

 

Is Linen good for summer?

 

Linen is great to wear in hot weather. Linen is highly absorbent.

 

What is the cheapest fabric material?

Here are some fabric materials that are usually inexpensive and can be used for your sewing projects:

 

– Cotton

– Rayon

– Fleece

– Denim

– Felt

– Fleece

– Polyester

– Satin

– Silk

 

Which is the most expensive fabric?

 

The most expensive fabrics include:

 

– Wool

– Silk

– Fur

– Linen

 

flower bird cream peach metallic nani Iro linen fabric Kokka

flower bird cream peach metallic nani Iro linen fabric Kokka

dog Canvas fabric in natural color from Japan

dog Canvas fabric in natural color from Japan

black tiki mug Robert Kaufman fabric

black tiki mug Robert Kaufman fabric

How to Choose the Best Knit Fabric

We often see our customers asking the common question over email and across social media, “what knit fabric is best for my project?” and in response to this question we always guide our customers in selecting the most suitable knit fabric for their project that perfectly matches their needs. You can find several guides related to what knit fabrics are, how to sew them and how knit fabrics are made. Today we are going to focus on different kinds of knit fabrics and based on this, will distinguish how to use them best.

 

There is a huge range of fabrics available that are superb for sewing up many different wardrobe items such as sweaters, T-shirts, hoodies, tops, dresses, pants etc. Here we will show you the best types of knit fabrics and their characteristics.

 

Cotton Jersey Knits

Cotton jersey knit fabrics are 100% cotton or blended with fibers such as rayon or polyester. They are fully made of cotton with minimal stretch due to the knitting process. Cotton jersey blend knit fabrics with rayon or polyester content provides an additional stretch. Jersey fabric thickness varies from lightweight to medium weight, so it is really important to choose the right knit fabric for your sewing project. Just take an example of lightweight knit to know more about the selection of fabric. A lightweight knit is not suitable for pants because it requires more stability and structure that is found in cotton jersey knit.

Jersey knit fabrics are very inclusive as they have stability and small stretch similar to a cotton spandex knit. You can use these Jersey fabrics in a variety of sewing patterns designed for both woven fabrics and knit. We’d suggest staying away from patterns with complicated structure or zippers etc.

 

Cotton Spandex Knits

 

Cotton spandex knits also known as cotton lycra, have a great amount of stretch due to lycra fiber. Cotton lycra fabrics usually have a 4-way stretch and are also excellent for bottom weight application due to their stretch. Cotton spandex knit fabrics blends with rayon and other fibers to provide a loose, drapey hang while still providing good stretch and recovery.

Cotton spandex knits are very erratic for use in sewing bottoms and tops that includes undergarments, socks and much more. While selecting the right cotton lycra knit for your sewing project it is necessary to see the amount of stretch that is required for the pattern. If the fabric has extra stretch then it is difficult for you to get the desired result from your garment. Too little stretch can be a problem as well.       

 

Hacci Sweater Knits

Sweater knits are also known as Hacci. Hacci has a more loopy and open-knit texture than regular cotton fabrics. Sweater knits also have the same feel and characteristics as jersey knits. That is why they are very versatile. The best part of this sweater knit is that they sew up just like regular knits.

 

 

Hacci sweater knit fabrics have a more drapey and open weave and are best for making scarves, sweaters, gloves, hats, and socks. Hacci is also good for stylish tops, skirts and beautiful dresses.

 

Ponte de Roma Knits

Ponte de Roma knit fabrics are a double knit fabric made of rayon, cotton and spandex blend of fibers. They are very stable, midweight, and very easy to sew. Ponte de Roma fabrics resist wrinkles and also have a good stretch. This fabric has a horizontal texture that gives a high-end look. This is a double knit polyester blend so make sure that you select appropriate sewing projects for Ponte de Roma knit fabrics.

 

 

Now you can sew a great collection of wardrobe items including jackets, pencil skirts, pants, and dresses. Ponte de Roma knit are also used to make other accessories and work awesomely well when blended with cotton spandex knits.

 

Bonus Tip: Characteristics of Knit Fabrics

 

Here is a quick short guide to knit fabric and a small experiment to know the different characteristics of this fabrics.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=582jqw0J1Vw

 

There are four things that you must keep in your mind while choosing the knit fabric that are: Weight/thickness, recovery, stretch, stability

Weight and Thickness

Weight and thickness are different things in fabrics. Weight is about how light or heavy the fabric is. T-shirts can be made from lightweight knits to the thicker jersey knit.

Recovery

Recovery is how efficiently a fabric comes back when stretched that helps to give you a tight shape while wearing. Fabrics that have good recovery consist of high elastane content. This is perfect for body fitting T-shirts etc. Fabrics that do not return to its original shape after stretching have a poor recovery warp.

 

Stretch

Stretch is how much percentage your fabric can be stretched. Knit fabric naturally has stretching properties but it can be stretched more with the inclusion of elastane/spandex/lycra in the fiber makeup of the fabric.

 

Most of the T-shirt patterns need widthwise stretch but other knit patterns need both lengthwise and widthwise stretch. It depends on the fabric and how hard or soft it is to stretch.

 

Stability

Stability (also called shear) means how translucent the fabric is. This basically is how much a fabric warps and twist. Fabrics that retain into their original shape have good stability and the fabrics that distort have poor stability.

 

Stretch and recovery shows how stable a fabric is. Ponte knits are extremely stable as they have a good stretch but they are not suitable for T-shirts. They are perfect for knit patterns.   Unstable knits easily drape around your body but it is hard to sew them because of their changing shape.

 

Stof Fabrics grey bear knit fabric

Stof Fabrics grey bear knit fabric

pink Stof Fabrics crab knit fabric

pink Stof Fabrics crab knit fabric

blue Stof Fabrics whale knit fabric

blue Stof Fabrics whale knit fabric

Use this FREE SEWING PATTERN to make aprons for kids!!

This is a fun sewing project to work on for kids, a kawaii apron! Check out this FREE sewing pattern to get started! This particular apron uses the adorable splatter design, one of the many awesome Robert Kaufman fabric designs we have. This is a great apron for kids to use whenever they’re working on arts and crafts projects, cooking, painting etc.

If you create one of these, please send us pictures! We’d love to see and share them!

Learn to make one of these awesome aprons!

Learn to make one of these awesome aprons!

black paint splatter fabric by Robert Kaufman

black paint splatter fabric by Robert Kaufman

navy blue paint splatter fabric by Robert Kaufman

navy blue paint splatter fabric by Robert Kaufman

paint splatter Robert Kaufman fabric

paint splatter Robert Kaufman fabric

Robert Kaufman splatter fabric

Robert Kaufman splatter fabric

paint splatter fabric by Robert Kaufman

paint splatter fabric by Robert Kaufman

colourful paint cat animal fabric Timeless Treasures USA

colourful paint cat animal fabric Timeless Treasures USA

paint splotch twill blue fabric from Japan

paint splotch twill blue fabric from Japan

white cute palette colorful circle fabric by Andover An American in Paris

white cute palette colorful circle fabric by Andover An American in Paris

Delightful Halloween dollhouse miniature: do your own!

Attention all crafters and sewing fans alike!  See what we found on the website of our Japanese fabrics‘ provider Kokka:  An awesomely cute Halloween dollhouse miniature display by artist Teruyo Niwa! 

In her design, she includes an amazingly kawaii mini witch costume and hat in stripes and dots fabrics, fit to dress up any doll for a stylish Halloween party 🙂  Just look at the lace and ribbon details in black and orange, they are simply delicious!

Here is another opportunity for sewing beginners, as doll dress making is an area where you can get very good results with little effort, and try new ideas or techniques. This is also a wonderful Halloween decoration and gift idea, if you like crafting miniatures. 

Check out the picture below with the original design, and some others we included to help you get inspired.  From the beautified doll accessories to the Halloween goodies bag, the pumpkin wreath and the mini furniture, there are many ideas here to feed your own creative projects.  Don’t forget to send us pictures of your creations!  We’d love to see what you do!

What great inspiration for a Halloween sewing project!

What great inspiration for a Halloween sewing project!

black designer fabric with glow in the dark spiderwebs

black designer fabric with glow in the dark spiderwebs

grey Quilting Treasures fabric with skulls

grey Quilting Treasures fabric with skulls

Ink & Arrow Halloween fabric with potions

Ink & Arrow Halloween fabric with potions

purple Cosmo Halloween fabric with ghosts

purple Cosmo Halloween fabric with ghosts

Gothic tree fabric Timeless Treasures

Gothic tree fabric Timeless Treasures

Timeless Treasures glitter skull fabric

Timeless Treasures glitter skull fabric

pumpkin fabric by Alexander Henry

pumpkin fabric by Alexander Henry

orange white Michael Miller fabric checkered pattern Gingham Play

orange white Michael Miller fabric checkered pattern Gingham Play

black Alexander Henry fabric roses and beige skulls

black Alexander Henry fabric roses and beige skulls

Halloween bag FREE sewing pattern!

Halloween is getting closer and closer, do you already feel the excitement in the air, wherever you live?  Most kids have been expecting it for weeks now because they really love it, and so do we at modeS4u! 

This is a perfect season to try your hand at easy sewing projects, whether costume accessories, simple decoration items, or the absolutely essential Halloween goodies bag!  Even if you are a beginner, this free sewing pattern will make things easy for you. 

This Halloween bag uses some terrific Robert Kaufman fabrics, and we include some more below to help you feel inspired.  Of course, you can make many different kawaii bags with this project: lovely fabric bags are always useful to pack or carry small things around, and this free pattern is particularly cute!

Remember we love to see our customers’ creations, so do send us pictures of your awesome goodies bag if you decide to give it a go!

You can make your own Halloween bag!

You can make your own Halloween bag!

black mini cat fabric by Robert Kaufman

black mini cat fabric by Robert Kaufman

cat animal black Robert Kaufman white fabric Sevenberry Mini Prints

cat animal black Robert Kaufman white fabric Sevenberry Mini Prints

white Robert Kaufman grey black cat fabric Sevenberry Mini Prints

white Robert Kaufman grey black cat fabric Sevenberry Mini Prints

navy blue Robert Kaufman mini red star fabric Sevenberry Classiques

navy blue Robert Kaufman mini red star fabric Sevenberry Classiques

Spot On mini dot black Robert Kaufman dark blue fabric

Spot On mini dot black Robert Kaufman dark blue fabric

black Alexander Henry fabric roses and beige skulls

black Alexander Henry fabric roses and beige skulls

black skull fabric by Michael Miller owl bat

black skull fabric by Michael Miller owl bat

skull heavy oxford fabric black Skullduggery Alexander Henry

skull heavy oxford fabric black Skullduggery Alexander Henry

black pumpkin Halloween fabric Alexander Henry Jack O'Lantern JR

black pumpkin Halloween fabric Alexander Henry Jack O’Lantern JR

colorful stripe vampire witch skeleton fabric Happy Haunting

colorful stripe vampire witch skeleton fabric Happy Haunting

Check out the FREE sewing pattern for a kawaii scarf!

The weather is cooling down which means we’re going to have to start pulling out our winter clothes from storage soon! No winter outfit is complete however, without a super cute scarf to help keep us warm. If you’re looking to make your own scarf, then you simply must check out this FREE sewing pattern for an adorable scarf made of Kokka fabrics.

We’ve included suggestions of other Japanese fabrics and Christmas fabrics you can use, if you wish to get started on this project. Please make sure to send us photos of your awesome creations!

You can learn how to make this scarf!

You can learn how to make this scarf!

polar bear double gauze fabric by Kokka from Japan

polar bear double gauze fabric by Kokka from Japan

blue double gauze fabric with penguins and clouds

blue double gauze fabric with penguins and clouds

flower nani iro fabric blue double gauze

flower nani iro fabric blue double gauze

navy blue nani iro fabric double gauze with speck

navy blue nani iro fabric double gauze with speck

green stripe nani iro double gauze fabric by Kokka

green stripe nani iro double gauze fabric by Kokka

red Ink & Arrow fabric Christmas fabric with snow globes

red Ink & Arrow fabric Christmas fabric with snow globes

Cosmo colorful Christmas triangle fabric with trees

Cosmo colorful Christmas triangle fabric with trees

red festive Christmas fabric with Santa Claus

red festive Christmas fabric with Santa Claus

winter bird fabric by Dear Stella in white

winter bird fabric by Dear Stella in white

Get a FREE SEWING PATTERN for a small bag and placemat!

We know how much you love kawaii sewing projects, which is why we simply HAD to share this awesome FREE SEWING PATTERN for a placemat and small bag! These lovely items are made from Kokka fabrics. Aren’t they perfect as bento accessories?

You’ll find more suggestions here of Japanese fabrics you can use for this sewing project. If you make it, please do send us pictures! We’d love to see and share what you’ve created!

You can make these with this awesome free sewing pattern!

You can make these with this awesome free sewing pattern!

colorful Japanese canvas fabric by Kokka with flowers and shapes

colorful Japanese canvas fabric by Kokka with flowers and shapes

colorful forest animal Kokka oxford fabric

colorful forest animal Kokka oxford fabric

Japanese canvas fabric by Kokka with birds

Japanese canvas fabric by Kokka with birds

French bulldog natural color canvas fabric by Kokka

French bulldog natural color canvas fabric by Kokka

Kokka oxford fabric with animals and trains

Kokka oxford fabric with animals and trains

oxford fabric with Easter bunny rabbits by Kokka

oxford fabric with Easter bunny rabbits by Kokka

flower nani Iro linen fabric by Kokka in teal

flower nani Iro linen fabric by Kokka in teal

dog canvas fabric yellow Kokka with stripe

dog canvas fabric yellow Kokka with stripe

pattern food structured square rectangle Kokka Dobby fabric

pattern food structured square rectangle Kokka Dobby fabric

Sandwich Sack FREE sewing pattern!!

Who doesn’t love a cute (and environmentally friendly) bag to carry their food around in? With this free sewing pattern, you can make your very own sandwich sack! This is a really fun sewing project! Why not make one of these for yourself or for someone special? This particular sandwich sack uses lovely Robert Kaufman fabrics.

Check out more food fabric suggestions here, to help you create one of these lovely sacks. Remember to send us photos of what you create!

Want to make one of these? Now you can!

Want to make one of these? Now you can!

light blue Robert Kaufman fabric donut dessert Suzys Minis

light blue Robert Kaufman fabric donut dessert Suzys Minis

dark brown grey Robert Kaufman fabric pineapple Sevenberry Island Paradise

dark brown grey Robert Kaufman fabric pineapple Sevenberry Island Paradise

light blue Robert Kaufman small cherry fruit fabric Tiny Happy Lucky

light blue Robert Kaufman small cherry fruit fabric Tiny Happy Lucky

pink Robert Kaufman brown yellow donut fabric Sevenberry Mini Prints

pink Robert Kaufman brown yellow donut fabric Sevenberry Mini Prints

pale peach-pink Robert Kaufman small pear fruit fabric London Calling 7

pale peach-pink Robert Kaufman small pear fruit fabric London Calling 7

funny white sushi fabric Robert Kaufman

funny white sushi fabric Robert Kaufman

pink cupcakes fabric cherry Robert Kaufman kawaii

pink cupcakes fabric cherry Robert Kaufman kawaii

pretty black cherry fabric by Robert Kaufman

pretty black cherry fabric by Robert Kaufman

black Robert Kaufman small red apple fruit fabric Sevenberry Mini Prints

black Robert Kaufman small red apple fruit fabric Sevenberry Mini Prints

Free sewing pattern for a reversible apron!

Need a new apron to use when you’re cooking or doing arts and crafts projects? With this free sewing pattern, you’ll be able to make your very own reversible apron! Isn’t it fun? This particular apron was made with gorgeous Kokka fabrics.

We have more Japanese fabric suggestions here in this post, if you’re looking to make your own apron! We’d love to see pictures of what you create, if you decide to give this a go!

Learn how to make this apron!

Learn how to make this apron!

Kokka canvas fabric with French bulldogs

Kokka canvas fabric with French bulldogs

dog canvas fabric yellow Kokka with stripe

dog canvas fabric yellow Kokka with stripe

dog animal French Bulldog transport Canvas pink-mauve fabric by Kokka Japan

dog animal French Bulldog transport Canvas pink-mauve fabric by Kokka Japan

natural color Canvas fabric with dog animal by Kokka Japan

natural color Canvas fabric with dog animal by Kokka Japan

bag canvas fabric by Kokka in green

bag canvas fabric by Kokka in green

flower canvas fabric in black by Kokka

flower canvas fabric in black by Kokka

red circle canvas fabric natural color by Kokka

red circle canvas fabric natural color by Kokka

cat animal mirror item Canvas fabric blue by Kokka Japan

cat animal mirror item Canvas fabric blue by Kokka Japan