• Free dress patterns
  • Easy summer dress
  • Sew your own undies
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Twist Front Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Double layer chiffon blouse

Carry-All Bag Pattern with pockets galore!

Carry all bag collage 1

Need a new bag?  Silly question – of course we all need more bags and this one is practical and versatile.  You’re probably already familiar with this bag design as it featured in the recent post ‘How a Sewing Pattern is Born‘.  A lot of work and testing went into this pattern and I think you’ll love all the versions made by the pattern testing group. Not too big, not too small – just right!  This Carry-All Bag might be just right to carry everything you need to the gym, as a carry-on bag for travelling or even for an overnight stay.  There are lots of pockets both inside and out so you can quickly and easily keep everything organised and to hand without having to rummage about. A wide zipper top makes loading and unloading the bag a breeze … Continue reading

  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Twist Front Top
  • Easy summer dress
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Free dress patterns
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Sew your own undies
  • Summer Drape Top

Design your own Handbag – class review pt 1

Review of the Craftsy class Design your own Handbag. Plus 50% off the class through So Sew Easy.

Did you see the world’s ugliest bag I made?  Yep, that’s what still happens around here from time to time.  Most of my sewing disasters are hidden carefully away and never see the light of day, the outside world or the pages of the site.  I still blame it on my husband for what he did with the lime green paint!  (You’ll have to read the earlier post to find out.) It was the terrible waste of time and fabric on this bag that prompted me to sign up for the Craftsy Design your own Handbag class and I thought some of you may be interested to learn more about what the class covers and what I am learning. You can also get this class at 50% off – see below. Class review – part 1 Let’s start off right … Continue reading

  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Easy summer dress
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Sew your own undies
  • Twist Front Top
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Free dress patterns
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern

Teeny Tiny Mini Zipper Pouch Keyring

Teeny tiny zipper pouch, coin purse or add to your key ring.

I’m taking the Craftsy Class, Design your Own Handbag, so I’m all about bags this month, and we’ll go from this Teeny Tiny Mini bag for your key ring, through the handy ‘Make It Yours’ clutch bag pattern and all the way up to the Carry All Bag to be released later this month. Sometimes you don’t need a big bag.  Just something small enough to take a lip balm and a few notes and coins.  I made this tiny bag to keep on my key ring and thought you might like one too.  Uses just a tiny amount of fabric, so its a great scrap buster project. Features: Finished size – about 3.5 long, 1.25 inches tall and 2.25 inches wide Easy to scale pattern if you want a larger size Super cute! Great scrap buster – uses small … Continue reading

  • Sew your own undies
  • Free dress patterns
  • Twist Front Top
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Easy summer dress
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns

Win on Wednesday – Spring Placemats

Template and directions to make this Spring Mug Rug or placemat.

It’s time for another Win on Wednesday!  Up for grabs today, a set of 2 of my Spring mug rugs/placemats. All you need to do to enter, is to LIKE the Facebook page, and then leave a comment on the Win On Wednesday Facebook post that went live today. One person will be selected at random on Friday at 8am. The question this time - Just leave a comment on the FB contest and let me know what sort of tutorials and patterns you would like to see on the site in the future. I’m keen to feature the kind of projects you are interested in. See you there. p.s.  For readers who don’t have Facebook, I’ll try to think of an alternative so you can enter too…coming later.   Full terms and conditions: Facebook contests are open for 48 hours. … Continue reading

  • Summer Drape Top
  • Free dress patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Easy summer dress
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew your own undies

How a sewing pattern is born

The process of designing and publishing a sewing pattern from concept to release.

Over the last few months I’ve had several readers write and ask about how I design and produce my sewing patterns.  I thought it might be interesting to see how a pattern is developed right from the early stages of first idea through to pattern development, testing and the production of the samples.  So here goes – from conception to birth of a sewing pattern. Stage 1 – inspiration and conception How does a pattern design start?  For me, it often comes from considering what I personally want to wear or make.  A LOT of time and materials go into developing a pattern and if it wasn’t something I was personally interested in, I would quickly loose interest. Inspiration can come from several sources.  Obviously for a lot of crafters, inspiration comes from Pinterest.  That’s why we collect all of … Continue reading

  • Summer Drape Top
  • Easy summer dress
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Free dress patterns
  • Sew your own undies
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Twist Front Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns

‘Make it Yours’ Sewing Contest Opens

Make It Yours clutch bag sewing contest on So Sew Easy. 3 categories with lots of fun sewing prizes. Sew a bag and win!

‘Make it Yours’ Sewing Contest Open 1st April 2014 to 30th May 2014. Have you downloaded the ‘Make it Yours’ Clutch Bag pattern? While it’s entirely optional, you might like to consider entering your completed bag into the ‘Make it Yours’ sewing contest – there are prizes to be won! All you need to do is sew the bag using the pattern supplied, but give it your own touches.  Change the size, add pockets, embellishments, a strap, hardware, handles, embroidery, decorations – anything which sets your bag apart from the rest and makes it your own design. Then submit a photo of your completed bag along with a few personal details to So Sew Easy before 30th May 2014 (link to the form later in this document).  All bags submitted by 30th May will be showcased on the site and … Continue reading

  • Twist Front Top
  • Easy summer dress
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Free dress patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Sew your own undies

‘Make it Yours’ One Piece Clutch Bag Pattern and SEWING CONTEST

'Make it Yours' clutch bag. Free pattern with ideas for how to customise the bag to make it yours.

A simple one piece only pattern that folds ingeniously while sewn to create a basic clutch purse.  Pattern available in two slightly different sizes.  Make the purse plain with some top stitching around the flap, add some piping, add decorations, ribbon, flowers or embroidery to the flap or body of the bag.  Add internal pockets or a strap.  It’s all up to you – make the bag and then Make it Yours with this free clutch bag pattern! The ‘Make it Yours’ Sewing Contest is also launched today.  Find out more at the bottom of this post about how you can win some great prizes just for sewing this bag! Features: Uses just one pattern piece Super quick to sew Simple design Two sizes Magnetic snap closure Make it yours – add your own design features Bag sizing - The small … Continue reading

  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Free dress patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Easy summer dress
  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew your own undies
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns

Spring Mug Rug with template

Template and directions to make this Spring Mug Rug or placemat.

I’ve been spending a lot of time on bigger project recently, designing and testing sewing patterns which is a lengthy process.  So I wanted something fun to sew, something seasonal, something not clothes!  It’s feeling very much like Spring is here so I rummaged through my cottons and found some bright Spring colors and got to work on a simple mug rug. Well, I’m not sure you could call it a mug rug unless its for the whole family to use. It’s maybe more of a place mat.  Or maybe its just decorative.  I’ve not really decided yet, but it was fun to sew, so much so that I made a second so now hubby and I can have matching ones.  I’ve been using them as place mats when we eat our dinner out on the patio in the evening. … Continue reading

  • Free dress patterns
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Twist Front Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Sew your own undies
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Easy summer dress
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern

50 Spring and Easter Sewing Ideas

50 Spring and Easter Sewing Ideas and projects. Chicks, bunnies, flowers, eggs and more.

I LOVE this time of year.  In Cayman its not so easy to identify the seasons.  It’s just warm, warmer, hot and blistering.  We don’t get snow or even much rain, but we all love the Spring.  The winter breezes die down, the skies clear, the seas start to shine that crystal Caribbean blue and the bougainvillea turn the sides of the road to row upon row of bushes covered in multi-colored gems. Spring is in the air and Easter is on the way.  Time to celebrate new beginnings, a fresh start, lambs frolicking in the fields and our gardens bursting into bloom. If you’ve been stuck in the doldrums with your sewing, break out of it with some bright Spring sewing ideas.  It’s the perfect time of year to sew something colorful, sew for gifts and for children or … Continue reading

  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Easy summer dress
  • Free dress patterns
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew your own undies
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Twist Front Top

How to sew a French Seam

How to sew a French Seam. Ideal for light weight or sheer fabrics.

It seems there is more ways than one to sew a French Seam. Continuing on in my quest to learn more about the various types of seam finishes and getting a nice neat result on the inside of my projects, I’ve been reading several tutorials and books on the French Seam.  While the end result often looks the same, there are a few variations and I’ve cut it down to what I think is the best/easiest way. Where and why to use a French Seam The French Seam is a two-step process that encloses the raw edges of the fabric within the seam itself to leave a neat and finished seam on both the inside and the outside.  Although it could be used on most fabrics, you fill find it most commonly used on very fine, sheer or delicate fabrics … Continue reading