11 Best Gingercake Patterns + Interview w/ Virginia Lindsay

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If you are looking for the best sewing machine patterns by Gingercake, you have come to the right place. We have the top selling patterns for sewing by the popular sewing maven Virginian Lindsay aka Gingercake.

Virginia Lindsay is a published author of the popular books Sewing To Sell & Pretty Birds and owner at Gingercake Patterns & Design. If you love to sew or just starting out, we hope you find this article inspiring.

Like many of us, Virginia started her sewing career when her children were small and she was spending more time at home while they were napping and playing.

She has some of the best sewing patterns on Etsy. And her shop is stocked full of amazing DIY sewing projects.

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Over the years, she has turned her passion for sewing into a full-time business. Her website offers beautiful patterns that are easy to follow and simply lovely. We were thrilled when she said yes to a one on one interview with DIY Craft Club.

First, here are the best Gingercake patterns for when you need a unique sewing pattern. There's many to choose from in her Etsy shop, from wallet clutches to the most adorable notebook covers.


1. Stuffed Penguin Pillow

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This is the cutest penguin sewing pattern you will ever find! It is so easy to follow and the results are just adorable.

This pattern is perfect for anyone who loves to sew, whether you are a beginner or an experienced sewer. The pattern includes everything you need to know to make your very own penguin.

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2. Bird Pillow Sewing Pattern

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This adorable little bird sewing pattern is perfect for whipping up a cute and cuddly pillow!

The pattern includes easy to follow instructions and all the necessary templates, so you can create your very own huggable friend in no time.

Plus, this would make a great gift for any bird lover in your life!

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3. Kids Organizer Tote Sewing Pattern

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Looking for a cute and practical sewing pattern for your little one? Look no further than the kids tote sewing pattern! This beginner-friendly pattern is perfect for those who want to make a stylish and functional tote bag for their child.

Plus, it's easy to personalize with your child's name or favorite colors. With this sewing pattern, you can make a one-of-a-kind tote that your child will love!

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4. Lunch Bag Sewing Pattern

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Learn how to make a stylish, sustainable lunch bag using this easy sewing pattern. This lunch kit sewing pattern includes step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow.

The lunch bag is perfect for bringing your lunch to work or school, never use plastic again :)

kids lunch kit sewing pattern

5. Lulu Llama Pillow Sewing Pattern

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Here's Gingercake's famous Lulu Llama pillow. This adorable llama sewing pattern is perfect for any DIY sewing enthusiast!

With simple and easy to follow instructions, you'll be able to create this cute pillow in no time! 

llama pillow sewing pattern

6. Wallet Clutch Sewing Pattern

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This versatile wallet pattern can be made using a variety of fabrics, so you can really let your creativity shine. And with multiple pockets and compartments, it's perfect for storing all your essentials

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7. Notebook Slipcover Sewing Pattern

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Looking for a unique handmade gift? Check out this sewing pattern for a binder cover. This stylish cover will make any binder look great, and it's easy to make with just a few supplies.

Plus, it's a perfect way to use up any fabric scraps you might have lying around.

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8. Changing Pad Sewing Pattern

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The perfect sewing pattern for a baby changing pad with pockets! This pattern is designed to make sewing a breeze, and the finished product is sure to impress.

Whether you're a first-time sewer or an experienced crafter, this pattern is easy to follow and guarantees a perfect outcome.

baby changing pad sewing template

9. Backpack Sewing Template

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This backpack sewing pattern is perfect for the modern girl on the go. Whether you're hitting the books or hitting the town, this stylish backpack has got your back.

With a sleek and versatile design, this backpack is a must-have for any fashionista. So ditch that old tote and show off your style with this chic backpack sewing template pattern.

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10. Makeup Case Sewing Pattern

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Make your own stylish makeup case with this sewing pattern! This pattern is perfect for any level of sewer and is a great way to show your creative side.

With this pattern, you can customize your makeup case to fit your needs perfectly.

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11. Sleepover Tote Sewing Template

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This overnight tote sewing pattern is the perfect way to take all of your belongings with you on your next trip.

The stylish and functional design makes it easy to pack everything you need, while the extra handmade touches ensures you look great no matter where you go.

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Interview With Virginia Lindsay aka Gingercake Sewing Patterns

We know you are extremely busy. Take us through a typical week of creating.

I would say I spend an equal amount of time on my computer as I do sewing. Answering customer emails, adding to my social media, updating my sewing patterns, etc. I try to create as much as possible though too!

How many hours a week do you spend on your business?

During the school year, I spend 20-30 hours a week on my business. But during the summer, only about 10 :). I have 4 kids! I love to spend time with them and that is one of the benefits of running my own business!

Do your kids like to sew? Do they give you ideas of what to create?

My older daughters do like to sew! But now they like to sew when I am out of the room for the most part. I am allowed to help set up but then I'm asked to leave. HA! My oldest loves to decorate her room.

She just made a pillow with pom pom trim that turned out so cute! She also has made shorts and skirts for herself.

My middle daughter loves to make gifts for people and likes to work on small projects like kindle covers, sunglass cases, and she has made my Lucky Elephant pillow several times.

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What is your favorite item to make?

I love making many many things but seeing a fun decorative pillow come together is great. My Lulu Llama is very popular right now and making those cute faces is such a blast!

What does your creative space look like?

About 4 years ago I took out a small loan and had my basement finished as my sewing studio. It was worth every penny! It is large, bright yellow, and decorated with lots of fun fabrics and brightly painted furniture.

My favorite space for sure :)

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If you could suggest one project to try first from your Sewing To Sell book, what would it be?

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I find myself making and using the grocery bag all the time! I also love the lunch bag, easy organizer, and the pin cushion. So many favorites! AND, the follow up to Sewing To Sell is coming out in December!

It has 16 more copyright free projects and lots of new and fantastic information. I am so proud of it and think it will really help take small sewing businesses to the next level.

What type of sewing machine do you use?

I use a Janome New Home DC2013. I like a basic machine, especially since I write patterns for beginners and if I can’t do it on my machine, I know they won’t be able to sew it on theirs!

If you had to choose one single tool from your sewing room besides your sewing machine, what would it be?

My seam ripper of course! I use it all the time in spite of years of sewing. If you are trying new things and love to design sewing projects, your seam ripper has to be around all the time! I have about 8 of them :)

What is the kindest comment you have received that stands out right now?

Every few weeks I get an email about my books, saying that they are really helping someone to make their dreams come true of running their own sewing business.

There is nothing so nice as hearing that your hard work is paying off in helping others! I often feel alone in my studio and to hear that my work is changing lives in even the smallest ways, that is a huge compliment.

What one single tip do you have for readers who are just starting out on selling their items?

I would suggest keeping going. Understanding that this is a marathon and not a sprint is a good way to enter into a handmade business.

We hope you found this article about Gingercake super inspiring!


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