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Drop Waist Wrap Dress Pattern

Drop Waist Wrap Dress Pattern

I was so delighted last week when Rheanna from Can She Sew It? contacted me to let me know that she’d adapted my wrap dress pattern to have a drop waist. It turned out so beautifully I decided to feature it here. It makes me happy when I hear from y’all that my patterns are actually being sewn, adapted and made into new things out in the world. You keep me motivated to produce new patterns and tutorials.

Rheanna decided to move the waistline, get rid of the sleeves, and make the skirt a little fuller, all of which are testament to how customizable home sewing patterns, this one are.

You can pick up my original wrap dress pattern on Craftsy, and take a look at Rheanna’s step-by-step instructions here and here.

Happy Sewing Craft Habit community!

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Free Beach Bag Pattern

Free Beach Bag Pattern

Summer is almost here! That means long days and lots of time at the beach. Pack your towel, sunscreen, snacks and more in this Beach Bag Tote, completely lined and finished off with a magnetic snap. It’s easy to put together and can be made with relatively little fabric. I made mine with some yardage I bought for $1 at my favorite re-use center here in SF, Scrap.

So here’s the important info: This pattern is exclusively available on Craftsy. I love Craftsy as a resource for sewers and makers of all kinds so I like supporting them with the patterns that I make. All you have to do is follow this link, create a craftsy account if you don’t have one already and download the PDF instructions. And the best part is the pattern is 100% free!

Ready to download? Get the PDF Pattern & Instructions Here

DIY Beach Bag
This is a pic of the inside, fully lined!


New on Free Beach Bag Pattern
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Yoga Mat Bag Pattern

Yoga Mat Bag PatternGet the Yoga Bag Pattern on Craftsy now →

I’m a pretty typical San Franciscan. I love farmers markets, the liberal media, parades celebrating gay people, parades celebrating straight people, expensive coffee, start-ups, gourmet ice cream in 50 degree weather, mindfulness, etc etc etc. There’s one stereotype I haven’t quite bought into until now, and that’s yoga. Why be stuck in a studio when you can jog outside? I resisted until I found out that the studio around the corner from my house offers beginner classes, and now I’m a total convert.

I got tired of schlepping around my yoga mat (even around the corner), so I made this cheerful yoga bag from fabric in my collection, and I’m selling the pattern for it on Craftsy.  Some cool things about this pattern:

  • Made to fit any standard yoga mat
  • Features a colorful contrasting top
  • Made with just 1 1/4 yards of fabric
  • Features a wide strap that can be worn over-the-shoulder or cross-body
  • Ties close with simple cording

Get the Yoga Bag Pattern on Craftsy now →

DIY Yoga Bag

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Thanks to the beautiful Sarah for being my model!

25 More Free Dress Patterns

25 More Free Dress Patterns -

One thing I absolutely love about the internet is the plethora of free resources on every subject under the sun, including sewing! The first 25 Free Dress Patterns post was so epically popular that I decided to compile another. Big thanks to Susan Akers for contributing my community Pinterest board and finding some awesome free patterns. Sew on, bargin hunters, sew on : )

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The Best Posts of 2012

Best-of-2012-Crafthabit2012 was a great year filled with paint, fabric and flour. These are my 12 favorite posts from this year including free dress patterns, painting tutorials and more. Enjoy after the jump : )

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Free Eye Mask Pattern

Free Sleep Mask Pattern

I live in a city, and no matter how much I try to filter out the ambient light in my room at night, it’s always streaming in. The street lamps, the building across the way all make it difficult for me to get a solid night of shut eye.  So, I made my own eye mask pattern and it’s available for download.

Download the pattern free at or join my email list and have it emailed to you along with my free dress patterns.


  • 1/3 Yard Cotton
  • 1/3 Yard Black Cotton (tight weave)
  • 12.5″ elastic
  • Matching thread
Instructions after the jump….

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25 Free Women’s Dress Patterns

Free Dress Patterns

One of the things I love about our internet sewing community is the plethora of free patterns and resources. I’ve compiled a gallery of the best free dress patterns I’ve found while pinning. Most of the patterns require that you join the site to download them (which, in my opinion, is well worth it). Some of these patterns were designed by yours truly, but most of them are my favorites from BurdaStyle and smaller blogs. Am I missing any great dress patterns? Leave a comment : )

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How to Make an Envelope Clutch

how to make a clutch purse

Hi Everyone! I’ve been hard at work on a myriad of projects lately, including this easy envelope clutch made from  vinyl. The clutch doesn’t require  lining since the vinyl is thick and slightly padded on the inside. I’m trying something a little different this time around, I’m offering the pattern for free over on exclusively on Craftsy is a great resource and marketplace for indie crafters like myself (and you!) so I want to help them out as much as possible.

Head on over to to download the envelope clutch pattern and instructions, and check out their other awesome free patterns while you’re there!

envelope clutch pattern

Materials Needed:

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Free Printable Wrap Dress Pattern

Wrap Dress Pattern FreeI’ve been working on a project for weeks and weeks to design and create my first ever printable PDF dress pattern from scratch. It’s finally ready to download!

This dress has a flattering v-neck bustline, an empire waist that fits snuggly around the hips and flatters any figure, and elbow length flutter sleeves.

The pattern was drafted to fit a US size 10 or a Burdastyle size 42 (see size chart here). The pattern can be printed from any home printer and adapted to any size with a little pattern grading. Medium weight knits work perfectly.

Want to download the pattern and detailed instructions? Just sign up for the email list below.

I’ll also include my much-loved, much-pinnned Infinity Dress Pattern when you sign up!

Due to the way my email system works, I cannot add you to the email list from the comments. Sign up for my email list here or in the sidebar of this site. You’ll immediately be emailed a link to the instructions and pattern once you confirm your email address.


Faux Wrap Dress


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How To Make A Custom Laptop Bag

how to make a laptop case

I’ve been lugging around my laptop from coffee shop to coffee shop in nothing but a black, barely padded laptop leave for months now. It makes it hard to open a door when you’re carrying your laptop in one arm and iced coffee in the other. DIY laptop bag to the rescue! The whole thing is not actually that hard to sew, its just a glorified pillow and some straps, but the assembly can be a bit complicated. I found this heavy cotton print at Mood Fabrics in NYC, and padded the inside of the case with quilted broadcloth. Materials and instructions after the jump!

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