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Readers Questions – 6


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


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

Fabric sales, deals and coupons

Live list of coupons, deals and fabric sales, quilting and sewing shops.

If you are anything like me, you love a good sale.  Every self-respecting sewer needs a fabric stash.  You never know when you might see the perfect fabric, but don’t have a project for it yet.  But what about if you come across the perfect project and don’t have the perfect fabric in your stash to make it right now – disaster! It’s that time of year where the shops and shoppers go crazy, Black Friday is coming up with all the fabric sales we hope to take advantage of, but at this time of year with the Christmas holidays coming up too, we don’t always have the money to spare for expanding our stash. These coupons are always up to date So I put together this quick list of fabric, sewing, quilting and crafting stores and their current offers, … Continue reading

My Disco Party skirt – 30 minute skirt pattern

Sew this skirt and still be ready to go out in 30 minutes. Dance the night away in the quickest skirt ever.

Hubby came bundling in like a whirlwind like he usually does after work, dropping things everywhere.  As he crashed about and made his way to the shower he shouted out “How soon can you be ready to go out?” Er, what?  Where?  And who with?  Turns out the team at work had decided on an impromptu party night and were going into town to the monthly 80′s night for drinks and retro dancing.  And the bus was coming in an hour! Darn – you know the feeling of instant panic – I don’t have ANYTHING to wear!  At least not for an unplanned 80′s disco dancing night.  I fluttered through my wardrobe.  No, nothing would do. The 30 minute skirt pattern came to the rescue.  Could I really make something and still be ready to go out in an hour?  My … Continue reading