Connecting Threads’ Independent Designer Program

It’s become somewhat of a joke around here at the office.  When we are talking about projects for upcoming fabric lines, inevitably I will pipe up with “I’ve got an IDP (Independent Designer Pattern) for that!”  But as with most jokes, there is always a thread of truth.  You can find an independent designer’s pattern for just about everything, and there are more and more patterns being added all the time so I suggest you check back often if you don’t see one you need.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I thought I would show you some of the IDPs that you could get done in a weekend!  The nice thing about downloadable patterns is that the wait is minimal – only about an hour or less for most downloads to show up in your email – so make sure your email is correct.  Mom’s always appreciate a homemade gift made with love, so let me help get your wheels turning.  There are patterns for sewing moms, on-the-go moms, baking moms, techno moms and every other type of moms.  Here are just a few examples.

For the moms who sew, you might want to make her an adorable Flower Pin Cushion by Sew Simple

Or if you are looking for a little bigger project, you might want to try your hand at making a Press Express Board by Hedge Hog Quilts to go on top of her ironing board.

For those tech savvy moms, there are lots of options for their reader, tablet or iPad.  Check out Whistlepig Creek’s eReader…


and iCozy patterns

Or Sew Simple’s Kerry Bag Pattern.

There are lots of options for purses and bags for Mom.  Modern Mary Jane by Loft Creations is very adaptable to any mom’s taste and fashion sense. 

Use bright modern fabrics as shown, or use an antique tea towel or some antique lace for the panel for a softer look.  Make sure to check out the additional images to give you more ideas.  Loft Creations’ Ladyfingers and Sugar Baby bags are also a great choice.

The Sew ‘N Go Wallet is a sensible option for that on-the-go mom who wants to keep all her travel documents in safe easy reach.  There are many other bags to choose from, I am sure you will find one that will be just the right size for your mom.

From aprons to placemats to table runners there are great choice for that mom that always has a special touch in the kitchen.  Take a look at Sweet Cakes Apron by Kristin Gassaway

and 2 Hour Apron by Sew Simple

Both patterns also include directions for children’s sizes for that mom that love to cook with the little ones by her side.  To decorate her table check out the Quilt As You Go Place Mats by Frayed Edge.

If you just want to tell your mom she deserves to put her feet up and relax you can always make her some cozy slippers just for her using At Home with Big Foot Pattern by Frayed Edge.

These are just a few ideas, but we have so many other options to choose from. What are you planning to make your mom for Mother’s Day?


  1. Stephanie - May 4, 2012

    Lots of lovely ideas for Super Duper Moms!

  2. Linda Christianson - May 5, 2012

    Great ideas.
    I gave my Mom a lap quilt made with Bits and Bobbins fabric from CT. She loves it. It was a News year Day 2012 mystery quilt. It would be fun to plan one on CT next year.

  3. Glo - May 6, 2012

    With all those cute pin cushions how could you ever choose just one? So many great ideas, thanks!

  4. Cindy Radtke - May 6, 2012

    Made the Keri Bag but modified it and made it larger to fit my lap top. Put a zipper in the top, made it taller and added stiffer sides with extra padding then added additional pockets for my mouse pad, mouse, cords, etc. Put a reinforced webbing in the handles for added strength. Turned out great. Also made the Lady Fingers bag. Now making a dress from same fabrics. Love CT fabrics and patterns.

  5. personalised aprons - August 3, 2012

    So cute!!! I always like to wear an apron when I cook. Maybe I’ll make one of my own. 🙂