Pattern Roundup #7 – Accessories
Now that we've covered most of the main pattern categories, I thought it would be fun to delve into the little corner of accessories! I'm talking about gloves, hats, bags and any other little items that are soooo handy to the active lifestyle.
There's so many pluses to sewing accessoreis! They are usually a quick sew, which we all know can be super-satisfying when we're between projects (or working on something huge), and want a 'quick-fix' make to boost our sewjo.
They also usually use small amounts of fabric, and so are great for using up leftovers from your activewear projects. With the added bonus of matching your outfit!
Small accessories are sometimes fun to make in batches, too – which is convenient for stitching up an item you might wear frequently, and also if you fancy making some as gifts for your team-mates!
Best of all, so many of these simple patterns are free downloads, or free with a newsletter signup. What's not to like about a free pattern??
So let's have a look at some of the accessories patterns I discovered.
First off the block is Fehr Trade, with not one but TWO freebies! The Arm Sleeves and the Armband Pocket are great little patterns. I've made several Armband Pockets of different sizes – one of the best things about that pattern is you can easily customise it to suit whatever you wish to carry – phone, gels or cash for that after-run coffee!
There are quite a few patterns out there for headbands, so I'm just going to go ahead and list a couple of the ones that really caught my eye.
Kraftie Katie's headband tutorial is pretty simple to follow. (And if you can't be bothered to make your own, she sells them in her Etsy shop!)
I like the StayFitMom's headband tutorial for the elastic section at the back and the almost-clean finish. (She also has a tutorial to make your own parallelites – not a sewing accessory, but definitely a fitness prop! )
The Zenith Headband is a free PDF download from A Jennuine Life is reversible, so you can really bust up your fabric scraps.
Made by Runi's headband pattern also includes a neck cowl and beanie. It's a proper layered PDF pattern download and available in English and Swedish.
If you're a knitter, you could have a go at yoga socks , a ponytail beanie , more yoga socks or a convertible cowl-beanie! (For more ponytail beanie options, check out this roundup)
Moving away from headwear, MeSewCrazy created a tutorial for a running belt to stash your keys while you're out pounding the pavement.
Mellysews has a tutorial for an armband phone case, and this one has a clear front for your touchscreen access.
While you could size down an armband pocket to fit your wrist, you could also try this super-simple wrist wallet from Diary of A Mad Crafter . This video tutorial appears to be made from a woven fabric, but it wouldn't be hard to adapt to a stretch fabric for greater comfort.
Wait, there IS more headwear! Let's not forget about hats and beanies! The Velo Knit Run Bike Cap PDF Sewing Pattern from the Last Stitch will keep your ears cosy on the coldest days!
Meassure Twice's Active Beanie has a handy pocket for your door key
Green Pepper has more hat patterns than you can poke a balaclava at (and, fyi, it appears Green Pepper are no longer part of the “Something Delightful” conglomeration of Big4 patterns!)
And if you really want to keep the sun off, try the Lucent Visor from Pattern Fantastique or Elbe Textiles' Sorrento Bucket Hat .
Like headbands, there's innumerable patterns out there for bags of all sizes and shapes. There's several yoga bag patterns that look promising, like the free tutorials on Spoonflower or The Stitching Scientist.
If you're looking for something smaller – a lot smaller – here's a tiny earbud pouch pattern.
But if it's volume you are after, I'm really liking the neat enclosed shoe pocket on this duffel bag by RL Creations. Other duffel type bags include Peekaboo Patterns, Rebecca Page and this rather stylish one from Ardente Design.
If swimming's your thing, Delia Creates made a wrap towel with FOE and buttons – so handy!
Girl Charlee put a sweet ruffle on their spa-style towel wrap.
Speaking of handy, keep your digits warm with mittens from The Last Stitch . Maybe fingerless gloves are more your style? How about these ones from TieDyeDiva,
or these ones from WinterWear (free if you join their FB group).
We're getting to the bottom of the list now, so let's look at our feet! The Wolf and The Tree has a sewing pattern for socks, as does The Green Pepper ; if you're after a low-cut sock to sew, The Wolf and the Tree can help you out there, as well.
And if you are feeling super adventurous, why not get out on the trails in your own handmade barefoot shoes?
Whew! There's a lot of accessories that can be made by the home sewist. There's a few more on the Pinterest board, too, so don't forget to check that out.
Do you have a favourite handy little accssory you make up from fabric scraps? I'd love to hear about them!