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

My Craftsy page has a face lift

Craftsy page

Craftsy have been kind enough to give me my own So Sew Easy landing page. It’s been a while since it had a face lift so this month it’s just relaunched with some new content. At the top you’ll see 3 recent additions to the Sewing Classes library on Craftsy, each with exclusive 50% discounts for you to enjoy.  Check out: Zip It Up: Easy techniques for zippered bags Essential Guide to Tailoring: Structure and shape 20 Essential Techniques for Better Bags Then we have some of my favorite patterns there for you, some of the most popular: Free patterns: Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouch Empire of the Sun Dress Wrap Front Top Paid patterns: Tech or tablet tote bag In a Twist Dress Cross Body Bag   Then a few items from the ever-expanding selection of sewing fabrics, supplies and notions, … Continue reading

How to sharpen scissors and other sewing tools

How you can sharpen your own sewing scissors and other sewing supplies such as your rotary cutter and pins

Hi Vicky here.  Sharpening scissors is a subject dear to my own heart. I am not the tidiest of people so over the years I have gained a few pairs of sewing scissors (whilst the original pair were lost somewhere in the sewing room!). Everyone knows that sewing scissors should only be used for fabric but I cannot guarantee my children have not borrowed them for paper…. The end result is three pairs of dull scissors, perfect for researching how to sharpen your sewing scissors. I tried three different methods of sharpening your sewing scissors yourself at home.  How would each of these methods work out? How to sharpen scissors 1. Cutting through foil: Fold several layers of foil. I folded the foil so I had six layers. Cut smoothly through the foil ensuring all the blade touches the foil with each cut. Repeat … Continue reading

Clear vinyl project pouches

Quick and easy to make clear vinyl bags and pouches with snap tops for storage. Kids love these for their small toys. Make them any size.

Do you have a lot of supplies that need storing? Or kids that have small toys or cars to keep tidy? Or even Unfinished Works in Progress that need to be organised? Or want to keep a pattern, zipper, fabric, thread etc all together for a planned project. ME TOO! I love anything that helps me to stay tidy and organised so I’ve been making up whole bunch of clear bags and pouches to do just that. I like these because I can see at a glance what’s inside. I made a couple of different types. Small and medium flat pouches with snap tops and then some larger ones with a zipper top too. Now I have plenty of variety and just the right bag to store all my goodies in. If you want to have a go, here’s how you … Continue reading

Do you want every single Craftsy class for $9.99 TOTAL?

Watch every single class on Craftsy during October for a one-off payment of just $9.99. Get them all for a single payment!

Yup I couldn’t believe it either when that fell into my inbox this week. Craftsy are clearly trying out something new to see if we like it.  I DO like it, very much. Grab yourself an All – Access Pass for the entire month of October. You can watch every single class – yes every single one of more than 880 classes for a one-off single price of $9.99 for the month. Not $9.99 each.  That would be amazing enough, but $9.99 paid once for ALL of the classes. I know not everyone out there gets these special offer emails from Craftsy so if you don’t you can read more about it here. How it works – the highlights 5 reasons you don’t want to miss this crafting dream come true Enjoy 887 classes (that’s more than 2,594 hours of … Continue reading

Tool tips-budget or quality? The brass seam ripper

Can you actually save money, time or get better results if you invest in a better seam ripper? Interesting take on sewing tool quality.

We looked in my earlier article on sewing tools at sewing machines.  How much should you spend?  Will buying an expensive machine make you a better sewer or get you better results.  Or should you just go with the best machine your budget allows?  I’m a frugal kinda gal and am sticking with my budget Brother machine, but that doesn’t mean I might not want to upgrade some of the other more modest sewing tools in my collection. So in this series we will take a look at what I currently use and what I might upgrade to or in some cases downgrade to where a budget version works just fine too. Will upgrading any of these tools get me better results or save me time in the sewing room?  Today the seam ripper. Seam rippers As much as we don’t … Continue reading

October’s Halloween Mug Rug – Hiding in the Pumpkin Patch


Mug rugs have become so popular lately! For the past couple years they are by far my biggest pattern sellers. This is probably for many reasons. They are super easy to make, they can be made using your favorite techniques (hand or machine), they make great gifts, and they can be decorative as well as functional. Most of all, they are so much fun! I hope you will follow us along here on our Mug Rug of the Month Tutorial. Lets get started!

Giveaway winners are announced.

Winners annoucned

  I’m delighted to confirm the winners for the National Sewing Month big giveaway. We had awesome prizes from both US and International sewing brands and sites, and I’d like to give each and everyone of them a BIG THANK YOU from me and from all of you for donating the prizes and helping to make National Sewing Month something special. The Winners USA National Sewing Month giveaway International National Sewing Month Giveaway Thank you to YOU Thank you to all for your participation.  Every time you share a giveaway, Pin a pattern or tutorial to Pinterest, post to Facebook, tell your friends, tell your sewing group, or share one of my links in a sewing chat group it brings in traffic to the site and potential new readers. Visitors are the life-blood of the site, people to potentially buy … Continue reading

I was a sewing judge – it was hard!


I was asked this year to be a judge in round 3 of the Fabric Mart Fashion Challenge. Each year Fabric Mart run this great contest where sewers have a week to complete a challenge and get votes or risk being knocked out for the next round. Round 3 opened on 30th Sept and is a subject close to my heart – writing a sewing tutorial. The 4 contestants at this stage of the game had to write a tutorial on: How to sew a French Seam Tips for working with chiffon How to hem pants Tips for working with ITY knits All challenging subjects in their own way.  How far would each contestant go?  Would they complete the challenge, or would they exceed expectations with the greatest blog article ever written?!  Or somewhere in between. Wow, it was hard … Continue reading

How To Make A Pillow Out Of A Shirt

Easy way to make a pillow out of a shirt - already has a button closure ready to use for the back!

Hi everyone!  It’s Jann from Newton Custom Interiors again.  Today, I’m going to share another cute pillow idea.  I’ll be showing you how to make a pillow out of a shirt – with some special added details! Everyone knows how expensive fabric can be.  That’s what is so great about this type of pillow.  You can use a shirt that you already have, or you can go to Goodwill, like I did, and find some great shirts to make your pillows.  The added bonus is that the buttons and buttons holes on the front of the shirt make your closure.  No need to hand-sew or insert a zipper to close your pillow! I loved finding this bright pink men’s shirt at my local Goodwill.  I think I paid $3.00 for it.  It was an XL, so there was a lot … Continue reading

Free patterns for Halloween costumes to sew

Halloween costumes to sew for kids and adults, all free patterns.

So as Halloween fast approaches I’m feeling the pressure to come up with the best possible costume… something quick and easy to sew, and an easy picture tutorial to follow… free of course! Well if you feel the same you’ve come to the right place. I’ve put together the best free costume tutorials I could find. While lots of them are for children, I’m sure you can size them up for ‘big kids’ too!! Some of the costumes use cheap plain items you can find in Target, a thrift store or your local shop or wardrobe, and you can ‘upcycle’ them to create the perfect costume for Halloween. Some other great ideas I found, like the ‘furry ears’ just make a great quick accessory to a normal outfit. There really is a Halloween costume here for everyone, even the man … Continue reading

Bargello Style Halloween Table Runner

Bargello style quilted Halloween Table Runner. Great idea to try out bargello patterns.

Just in case you missed this, last year I took part in a Halloween sewing blog tour over at GYCT and made this Bargello style reversible table runner.  Well, that was a year ago and no doubt there’s a lot of new readers here now so here it is in full again. You know how one thing on Pinterest leads to another sometimes.  Well I stumbled across this board on Bargello Quilts and was fascinated.  One link lead to another and before you know it husband was home and no dinner was ready.  Although I’m by no means a quilter, I wanted to just give this a very basic try so when my Halloween Jelly Roll arrived, I knew what it was destined to become. Making the Bargello Halloween Table Runner You will need: Moda Eerie Jelly Roll or 2.5 inch … Continue reading