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The Lucy Tote Bag pattern

The Lucy Tote Bag Pattern.

After the release of the Ultimate Wallet, I’ve been getting lots of requests recently for more bag patterns, and more bag patterns suitable for improving sewers to tackle and try out or learn new skills.  The Lucy Tote Bag pattern is brought to you with those requests in mind. Its a stylish tote bag with a few nice touches I think you’ll like. Features: Zipper top for security Inside slip pockets Flat base Outside zipper pocket Nice handles with rectangle rings and tabs Great pattern to showcase a really nice fabric print Contrast top and lining for a little extra design flair This one has a lot of techniques that will be familiar to you, but you might also try a few new skills along the way such as adding the zipper pocket to the outside, or adding in the top zipper. This … Continue reading

Easy DIY Felt Elf Hat pattern

These easy felt elf hats look fun to make.

When I sat down to make these hats I wanted to make something simple to recreate but something that could easily be customized. These would make the perfect props for Holiday photos or simple handmade favors for a Holiday party!! To make your own elf hat, you will need: Felt (green and red) a length of yarn the same height you want your hat jingle bells (I used red but any color will work) matching thread Needle Scissors Sewing machine How to sew your Felt Elf Hat Pattern 1. Cut between a quarter and a third of a circle out of the green felt (Use your yarn to measure the height you want your hat and to measure the circumference of the head. The circumference of the head will create the distance along the curved edge in the third photo below. Use a … Continue reading

Readers Questions – 6

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Welcome to another Readers Questions.  This is going to be the last in the present format of readers questions for a while because I’m working on something new.  It’s not yet fully ready to be revealed, but I’m hoping it will work better for you all to be able to post your questions more easily and get quicker answers instead of having to wait for this monthly feature. Providing you all participate of course.  :-) So please be generous with your time and advice and help out the So Sew Easy readers with their sewing questions below. Judi asks: My sewing is technically good but my clothes still often look “homemade”. How do I improve the look?  Part of my problem is the fitting because I live alone; I have had to put side zips in dresses because I can … Continue reading

Show Some Flare A-Line Skirt pattern – POTM

A-line skirt pattern. Great pockets and very clear step by step video with lots of tips to get a great fit on this skirt.

I’ve had a request for a skirt with pockets, and something that doesn’t need stretch fabrics, because I know some are still a little reluctant to sew with knits. So I’m happy to oblige this month with a practical a-line skirt pattern, including set-in pockets. Features: Flattering a-line shape Easy to sew – no darts! Lowered waist Set-in pockets – the easy way At the top of the knee as standard, lengthen or shorten as needed. In sizes 34-50 inch hip Video tutorial Great news – this pattern is easy. So long as you can sew a zipper, you can get a great result with this skirt. As usual, there’s a video as well as the step by step photo instruction and I’ll give you all my tips on how to get a good result with the minimum of fuss, including: … Continue reading

Fab Felt Christmas Tree pattern – still time!

I'm in love with this felt Christmas Tree! Too cute and you should see the ornaments too!

People come and go all the time here, and with Christmas coming I just wanted to make sure that if you were new to So Sew Easy, that you knew all about the Fab Felt Christmas in July feature I ran earlier this year. I started off the series with this Fab Felt Christmas Tree pattern.  There is sewing and fabric involved, but its a bit more crafty too, so you can get to have fun with cardboard and glue as well as fabric and buttons.  The kids can even get involved and you can make it a family project. It even has magic musical buttons that play Christmas carols.   I really like this mini size.  It’s just perfect for a table centerpiece or for your entry table or hallway.  But mine has been designed especially for a toddler I … Continue reading

I went to a REAL fabric shop – with virtual friends

What it feels like to visit a fabric shop in teh USA when you are used to living on a small island!

I treated myself recently. In a very BIG way. I flew all the way to the good ole’ US of A for a shopping trip and to meet up with some virtual friends I had only ever ‘met’ before online. That’s me above about to burst with excitement and disbelief at all the fabric – a gazillion yards in every conceivable color, fiber and weave. Sigh – shopping heaven.  This is Mary Jo’s in Gastonia.  A fabric shop that’s as big as my town center here. I went to Charlotte, NC and met up with some of my online sewing friends. This is us enjoying a lunch – the coffee shop had more choices for food in one place than I think I can get on the whole island here. And did I want a free cookie with that – … Continue reading

Modern Christmas Tissue Box Cover pattern

Modern Christmas Tissue Box Cover. Simple trees and snow - nothing too kitchsy

Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says again; this time I’m sharing a perfect teacher or neighbor gift with a  festive tissue box cover tutorial. “Christmas tissue box cover” can conjure up mental images of large Santas and sequins but I lean towards a more modern aesthetic. This will be the first season I’m blogging any holiday projects; last year I waited too long to make them, let alone share them! In addition to more tissue box covers, I will be sewing several toy superhero capes & softies this year. I used a standard, vertical Kleenex brand box (sides measuring ’4.5″ X 5.25″‘ and top measuring ’4.5″ X 4.5″‘) so just measure your box if it’s a different brand and add on accordingly. Materials: Wonder Under 1 package White Ric Rac 1/4 yard red cotton fabric Green cotton fabric scraps 1/2 yard medium-weight fusible … Continue reading

Why I made a bag from someone else’s pattern

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Have you ever heard of Pattern Parcel?  Until recently I hadn’t either but then several blogs I followed promoted a recent ‘pattern parcel’ and I clicked through to find out more – I’m so nosy! Here’s what they say about themselves: “Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel it is our mission is to offer high-quality pdf sewing patterns written by independent designers while supporting charity. We go about this in a unique way, by allowing the customers to choose  their own price in supporting the designers included in the Parcel. In addition to determining the total sales price, each customer purchasing the Parcel is able to allocate how much of their price goes to the designers, the company, and to the charity, DonorsChoose.org. As a company we cover the costs of web hosting, design and payment processing fees from our allocated position, … Continue reading

Holiday Gift Guide – for people who sew

Holiday Gift Guide - so many deas for lovely gifts for people who sew. Lots of these went on MY wishlist!

It seems to be traditional in the blogging world for everyone to publish their annual holiday gift guide.  I suppose it makes sense – if we share the same kind of interests and the same kind of tastes, you’ll probably like similar shops and similar products to me.  So maybe I can save you all a little time and trouble this year with a few of my own favorites. In this gift guide – items big and small, cheap and expensive, for anyone and everyone who loves to sew or quilt.  And hey, who are we kidding here, you’re probably reading this for the same reason I was looking at these products online – to buy yourself something nice.  If I waited till my husband bought me a Christmas present, well, let’s say I’d still be waiting for my second … Continue reading

10 Insulated Sewing Projects

10 insulated sewing projects to keeps things hot or cold. Fun stuff.

  It’s that time of year when we all look to the upcoming winter and are consumed with how to keep things warm – our drinks, our food, ourselves even.  But all too soon winter will be over and before you know it summer will be drawing near and we’ll all become concerned with keeping things cold again! Luckily we can sew our own insulated projects to exactly match what we need.  Using an insulated foil liner in your sewing can create a whole range of products that either will keep things warm or cold, or protect you from the heat too.  Check out some of my favorites below (including a shameless plug for a couple of my own you might have missed). 10 great insulated sewing projects to try 1. Baby Bottle Cover Whether you are keeping milk warm for … Continue reading

Make a Cathedral Window Cushion

Cathedral window pillow cover. Oh wow, this is simply fabulous. I love how the two designs come together to make a central window too.

Thrilled to be here today on So Sew Easy! My name is Laura and I blog over at Crafty Hour, mostly my handmades for my two boys, 7 & 5, and my girlie, 3, and more recently wardrobe sewing for myself. Very occasionally I’ve come up with something for my husband, but it has to be very unique or geeky for him to love! Sewing is my creative outlet since I’ve been staying home with my littles - I’ve learned so much in the past few years from all the wonderful creative blogs out there! Now it’s my turn to share! This Cathedral Window cushion is perfect for a classy addition to any living area. I like quilting and piecing but sometimes patchwork seems a bit less formal, so this cushion fits the ticket. So – want to try a Cathedral Window? A cushion … Continue reading