• 30 minute skirt
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Baby changing mat
  • Moved to Tiers Tunic
  • Wrap skirt
  • Color Block Skirt
  • Turning Japanese Handbag
  • Easy cosmetics bag
  • The Ultimate Wallet
  • Cosmetics bag with brush roll
  • On Safari Skirt
  • Sew your own undies
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Easy summer dress
  • Twist Front Top
  • The perfect baby burp cloth
  • Teeny tiny zipper pouch
  • Color block dress

Cross Body Bag pattern – POTM

Just what I've been looking for. A cross-body bag sewing pattern with lots of pockets inside and out and lots of options.

Carry everything you need and stay hands free with this handy Cross Body Bag pattern.  Go fancy with smart hardware and adjustable strap, or keep it simple without these optional extras. With both open and zipper pockets front and back, inside and outside, you can keep everything organised and in its place.  Roomy enough to carry a tablet but smart enough to use as a purse. As usual the step by step video will show you how to get a great finish in easy steps, and all the options you can consider along the way.  The video here just gives you an over-view of the bag.  If you go for the pattern, there is a full 30 minute step by step video to show you how to sew it and which discusses the options you can pick. Finished size, approx. … Continue reading

How to make a rag quilt

I always wondered how to make a rag quilt, and this is a great tutorial. Has a video and a photo step by step. Snuggly-wuggly goodness :-)

I’m sure you’ve seen these before.  I’ve been drooling over all the lovely soft and snuggly rag quilts I see on my Pinterest feed and have been longing to find out how to make one.  So I gave it a try, took some photos and a video along the way to share the process with you, in case you’d like to give it a go too. Materials to make a rag quilt Flannel fabric in prints, solids or both Matching or contrasting thread Ideally but optional – ragging shears Ideally but optional – rotary cutter and long ruler Ideally but optional – walking foot Time and patience How much flannel you need will obviously depend on how big you want your quilt to be and how many layers you want to add.  My finished quilt is 9 squares by 13, … Continue reading

Class review – Custom bedding; Decorative shams and bolsters

Review of the Custom Bedding class where you can learn to sew different sorts of high quality pillows. Plus a special price for you from the instructor.

[There's a special price on this class for you - check out the bottom of this article] OK, so I don’t have much of a home here and only complete the simplest of home decor sewing so far.  When you only rent a room in a shared house and are strictly not allowed to change anything, there is only so much you can do !  But we can all dream and have plans and one day hubby and I hope to design our own home – hopefully here in Cayman if they let us stay.  Time will tell on that one. But I’m really interested in learning new sewing techniques, especially for really special-looking pillows and cushions so when I learned from Jann that she had been asked to create a class for Craftsy, I was so excited for her … Continue reading

Sew a cover for the Brother 1034d serger

Pattern and instructions on how to sew your own serger cover for the popular Brother 1034d serger

I know several of you treated yourselves to the Brother 1034D serger at Christmas when it was on special on Amazon.  Me too!  (Remember the embarrassing video of me taking it out of the box and not knowing what anything was?) It comes with a plastic cover, but let’s face it, it can be described as ‘flimsy’ at best. Here in Cayman I live right on the sea and the air is always humid and salty.  Anything and everything in the house rusts and disintegrates in no time, and my serger is no exception.  It’s already going rusty, and I think my sewing machine is in bad shape too.  I’m not sure a cover will help, because the air all around it is what’s causing the rust, but I have to try to protect it better if I can. So … Continue reading

Take a Free Online Sewing or Quilting class from Craftsy TODAY!

Links to all the free sewing and quilting classes on Craftsy and a summary of each, all in one place.

So Sew Easy has grown a lot this year.  It seems sewing is getting more popular, lots of people got new machines for Christmas and took up sewing and all of my beginner articles have been hot, hot, hot!  So for those of you looking to learn to sew, improve your skills and learn some new ones, I thought I’d give you some tips on how I started out in sewing and the best way to get quickly up to speed with your new hobby. You may have read a lot of mentions on this site, in my patterns, and on Facebook etc about Craftsy.  OK, I admit it, I’m a total Craftsy addict.  Maybe their biggest fan?  The 108 sewing classes and  103 quilting classes at Craftsy, quickly turned me from a complete sewing beginner to where I am … Continue reading

Teacher Appreciation Gifts to sew

More than 25 ideas for gifts to sew for Teacher Appreciation Day. From quick and simple to most impressive that need a bit more work.

  Around this time last year, a reader, (whose name I have forgotten, sorry) wrote and asked if I had any ideas for Teacher Apreciation Gifts.  It was only then that I really becamse aware of the custom in the USA for a Teacher Appreciation Day/Week.  It’s not something formal that we have in the UK or here in Cayman. I felt bad I wasn’t able to help out with anything then, but put a note in my diary for this year.  I admit, I’m not totally sure what teachers would want to receive, but in all of my searching on the subject, it seems that handmade goods are specially valued – as they should be! So here are a few ideas I’ve put together for some things you could sew as ideal Teacher Appreciation Gifts   Teacher Appreciation Gifts … Continue reading

Comfortable road trip car pillow

Oh yes, this simple idea is what I need for those long car trips. The kids could sleep so much better wiht one of these seatbelt pillows.

Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says, and I have a really easy DIY seatbelt pillow tutorial that’s perfect for car road trips. It’s made from fleece, which is perfect to personalize for kids and completely machine washable – you can use up the small scraps from this project and make a fun car activity for kids too! The little pocket can hold a phone or an ipod, so it doesn’t get stuck in the seat cushion. As always, please use your own discretion in terms of safety – I’ve seen these used with car seats and boosters but be sure to check your manual to make sure you don’t void any warranties! Supplies (2) 4.5″ Velcro strips 1/4 yard of 57″ wide fleece (perfect for raiding the remnant bin!) Poly-fill or other stuffing Coordinating thread, machine, scissors, hand sewing needle Cut … Continue reading

TrueGrips Non-slip pads for rulers – tool tip

I was getting so frustrated with my rulers slipping as I cut until I discovered this!

Generally as a rule, accuracy in sewing is important.  Accurate cutting and sewing makes sure that pieces fit together as they should, end up the right size, and in clothing, that they actually fit as intended!  In quilting too, accuracy is paramount for creating the pieced quilt blocks and tops.  So of course you’ll need the right tools and skills to help you get the best results. I have a number of quilting rulers I use to cut my fabric, especially when making bag patterns and such.  One is a 12.5 inches square and another is a long one at 24 inches long.  But both suffer from the same problem.  They ‘slide’  when I run my rotary cutter along them.  Especially the 24 inch ruler because I think I over-reach too, so that doesn’t help.  The square ruler is an … Continue reading

Simple Summer Pleated Skirt pattern

Free pattern, tutorial and video for how to make an easy pleated skirt for summer. Even has optional pockets!

I’ve had a couple of nice lightweight cotton fabrics in my stash since last summer, meaning to make myself a couple more skirts.  I’ve got quite a few patterns I’ve designed I could choose from now, but one of the skirts has a border print and I wanted to make sure I had a pattern that would work just as well with a border print as with the floral.  So I designed another skirt pattern. This could easily be your go-to skirt for summer.  Make it once, and then over and over in different fabrics.  I think you’ll like it! Features of the Summer Pleated Skirt Pattern Quick and quite easy to sew Cool and casual fit Pleats front and back, no darts Optional side seam pockets (who doesn’t love pockets!) Pick your own skirt length Ideal for use with … Continue reading

How and where to use Knit Stay Tape

Everything you need to know about Knit Stay Tape - its a miracle.! I'll be using this on all my knit and stretch projects from now on.

You may have seen an earlier video I made some time back now about using Knit Stay tape when sewing double needle hems on stretch fabrics. This video was really more about the double needle than it was about the stay tape.  It’s here in case you missed it. Then Anja got in touch about it and asked: “About the stabilizing tape you use with twin needle and some other places. Could it be possible you will make a video (or that you have one) where you will show and tell about the stabilizing tape. For example when you use the tape and where you are putting it on the clothes? I would like to see how far from the edge you are putting it.Is it on both the front and the back piece or just one of the pieces?” … Continue reading

Best of the Bags Pattern Bundle

6 awesome bag and wallet sewing patterns all in one bundle.

I can tell that many of you love to sew bags.  The bag patterns FAR outsell the clothes patterns on the site.  I guess because bags don’t have the same fitting issues that clothes can have.  Plus I see that lots of you sew bags to give as gifts or to sell on Etsy too. I love that my patterns have inspired so many of you to start up your own small home business selling your handmade bags. Now that the Pattern of the Month Club for 2014 is closed and the 2015 patterns are still under production and testing, I thought it would be nice to put together a pattern bundle just for bags, so those of you who don’t sew clothes can still benefit from bundle pricing. The Best of the Bags Bundle includes 6 of the best-selling … Continue reading