MMMay Hacks or Free accessories patterns

Maybe you’ve signed up for Me-Made-May this year and you’re wondering how on earth you’re going to “wear” a handmade item every day. Or maybe you just like to make your own stuff. Here are a few free accessories sewing patterns, or ‘free patterns that you can sneak into your Me-Made-May since you wear them and they’re handmade!’

Kyle and the Machine’s Ida Clutch

Did you really see pictures of Frocktails if there weren’t Ida Clutch pictures? Can be sewn in a variety of fabrics, and if you carry it around with you all day, you’re basically wearing it right?

Elbe Textiles’ Sorrento Bucket Hat

Is it warm and sunny where you are? Lauren from Elbe has great instructions and comes up with lovely finishes, so maybe you need a hat in your MMMay wardrobe rotation?

Canvas Two Pocket Tote from Amelia Greenhall

I’ve recently tested an adorable bucket bag from Amy Bornman & Amelia Greenhall, but this free pattern is very stylish and might be my next make!

DIY Scarf from Mood Fabrics

In addition to showing you how to sew the scarf, it shows a few different ways to style the scarf!

Tie & Bow Tie from Named Clothing

Can you or will you rock a tie or bow tie? If you could benefit from some custom neck accessories from Named!

1-Hour Plus Size Pleated Velour Skirt from Mood Fabrics

Not really an accessory but can you really argue with a 1 hour skirt that looks this good?

Ohhh Lulu Lingerie’s Clara Sleep Mask

If you haven’t worn anything me made all day, you could consider wearing me made all night?

Oscar de la Renta inspired earrings from Mood

A little bit of a different project from your average sewing day, but maybe a good jumping off point for other sewing related earrings?

DIY Scarf tutorial from The Fabric Store

Got some nice fabric that you’d like to get on you ASAP?

Helen’s Closet’s Granger Bag

I felt like I’d stumbled upon gold when I found this pattern! This bag is perfect for sliding your books into, but could absolutely be your me-made item of the day!

Morning Glory Top from Sarah Kirsten

This top is such a quick sew (even for me), that you could really sew it together in a hot minute.

Bento Bag with Handles from Sew in Love

If you carry your lunch around in this, I’d say that counts. Also, what a cute way to carry things around! (You have to sign up for her newsletter for the code)

Melly Sews Infinity Scarf DIY

A simple sew and an accessory that you could style with many outfits! Pick a fabric that will go with lots of different outfits and you’ll have an easy solution to your ‘I have nothing me made to wear’

The Fabric Store’s Japanese Style Aprons

Have you got a day in the kitchen (or in the shopfront or garden) planned?

Although I know I’d fill these pockets with flour as soon as I stepped into a kitchen wearing this, it could definitely be your handmade item for the day (and beyond)!

Knotted Headband from Kylie and the Machine

This is such a cute tutorial, and if you don’t like bows I’m sure you could just make the band shorter and have a you-made headband!

Bag Öland from Schnittchen Patterns

This falls into my ‘if you carry it around all day, it counts’ category!

What other sneaky free patterns have I missed? Let me know in the comments below!

10 Free Plus Size Sewing Patterns (part 6)

1. Milla Bralette from Mood

Size: Up to a size 30 or 58.5″ bust

2. Wardrobe By Me Hera Summer Top

Size: Up to a size 20 or 45.5″ Bust

3. So Sew Easy Gathered Front Top

Size: Up to a 42″ bust

4. The Hollyhock Shirt from Mood

Size: Up to a size 30 or 63″ Hips

5. Peppermint Magazine Wrap Skirt

Size: Up to a 54.5″ Hip

6. Neck Tie Top from Winter Wear Designs

Sign up to her Facebook group for the code.

Size: Up to size 24 or 52.5″ hip

7. Louise wrap dress from Untitled Thoughts

Size: Up to XXL or 50″ hip

8. DIBY Club Anything But Basic Leggings

Size: Up to size 36 or 67″ hip

9. Halla Patterns Agnes swing top & dress

Sign up to her Facebook to get the code

Size: up to 51″ bust

10. Mood Sewciety Blackthorn Coat

Size: Available up to size 30 or 63″ hip

All Well Bucket Bag Mini

All Well Bucket Bag


Here’s a little sneak peek of a yet-to-be released bag pattern that I’ve been testing over the past few days!

This cute little bag is the mini size version of the pattern, and I’ve made it as a birthday gift for a very cute 2 year old who loves dogs as much as me!

It was love at first sight when I saw the call for testers for the All Well Bucket Bag. Amy from All Well Workshops posted some pictures of two delightful bucket bags made out of a glorious natural canvas with grommets/eyelets which made the whole thing look super professional!

All Well Bucket Bag with Kyle and the Machine label

This was the perfect opportunity to use one of my labels that the lovely Kyle from Kylie and the Machine sent me when I won a giveaway run by herself and MaaiDesign. I ran a little poll on Instagram and the general consensus was that ‘Ta-Da!’ is something that would tickle the fancy of a two year old.

All Well Bucket Bags with grommets

I made both the mini and the large size bag at the same time but ran out of supplies for my own larger bag, so haven’t finished that off yet (my bag will have this lovely ‘Hand Made’ label from KATM). And I have just enough grommets left over to make 4 more of these very sweet bags!

10 Free Plus Size Sewing Patterns (part 5)

Have you missed part 1 or part 2 or part 3 or part 4 of these collections of free plus size sewing pattern round-ups?

I’d love to hear if you’ve made these patterns so I can include some examples with the listing! Let me know in the comments- or tell me if there’s a pattern that I might have missed! I’m finding more all the time, but it’s not possible to find them all on my own.

1. Maria Denmark Kimono Tee

Check out Gillian from Crafting a Rainbow’s version here.

Size: up to a 4XL or 52″ hip

2. Lunaria-dress from Mood

Can’t tell if I love the fabric more than the pattern here?

Size: Up to a size 22 or 51″ hip

3. Peppermint Magazine Jumpsuit

There are so many amazing versions of this online! I love this seersucker version, this chambray version, this barkcloth version, and also this excellent chambray version! There’s also this version with pockets, this lovely denim version and this spotted chambray version!

Size: Up to a 54.5″ hip

4. Laela Jeyne Patterns Mica T-shirt

Sign up to her email list at the link above to have the files emailed to you.

Size: Up to a 4X or 58″ hip

5. Ki-Ba-Doo Freebook Top Yumi

This is entirely in German, but is apparently straight-forward enough to sew if you don’t have any German skills. I couldn’t find the size chart, but I would assume an EU58 would be 50″+ at the hips. Please let me know if you can provide more information!

Size: Up to size EU 58

6. Max & Meena Saltwater Camisole

Get this pattern for free by joining their Facebook group.
Can be made with an optional shelf bra or you can also make the bra on its own.

Size: Up to a 4X or 57.5″ hip

7. Ash Pants from Mood

Size: Up to a size 30 or 63″ hips

8. SBCC Tonic Tee

Sign up to her email list at the link above to get access to the free PDF. Check out versions on Sweet Alchemy, Thornberry, Chrichrimano, and Happily Caffeinated.

Size: Up to 3X or 52″ bust

9. Rebecca Page Paris Party Dress

There are some lovely versions in #ParisPartyDress

Size: up to 5XL or 54″ bust & 50″ waist

10. Mary Quant Style Dress from Alice & Co Patterns for the V&A

Thanks to Samantha for suggesting this pattern which I had missed. Check out the V&A’s Pinterest board for inspiration or #WeWantQuant where people are sharing their makes!

I love this make from @DivineDita!

Size: up to a size 22 or 53″ hip

My first Me-Made-May!

Since I started a public Instagram account in January, I’ve decided to go in boots and all and commit myself to Me Made May. In addition to wearing at least 1 handmade item per day this May, I will also finish all my current works-in-progress items (which is shamefully large).

I’ve enjoyed following along with the Me Made May hashtags in previous years, even though I never took part myself. And although it’s not a photo-challenge, lots of folks do take photos of their outfits for a little bit of public accountability.
There’s lots of amazing pictures in the following hashtags from previous years: #MMMay #MeMadeMay2018 #MeMadeMay18 #MeMadeMay17 #MeMadeMay2017

What is Me-Made-May and how does it work?
From Zoe’s website: Me-Made-May is a challenge designed to encourage people who make their own clothes to develop a better relationship with their handmade wardrobe. You set the specifics of your own challenge to make it suitable and useful for YOU. However, one very common pledge is for a participant to aim to wear one self-stitched or refashioned garment each day for the duration of May. 

My current unfinished projects include (but are not limited to): Cashmerette Pembroke Dress (just hems to do), Cashmerette Concord Top (Neckline and hems to do), StyleArc Maude Tunic (only cut out), StyleArc Autumn (only cut out), Peppermint Magazine Wide Leg Pants (hems to do), In The Folds Rushcutter Dress (Need to recut the sleeve section), Peppermint Magazine Peplum top x3 (various amounts of work to do).

Are you signing up for Me-Made-May? If so, what will you be pledging? Would you be interested in a Me-Made-May-Plus-Size hashtag?