Selling what you sew – how to price your work

Sewing to sell. How to price your work. Several different methods discussed and a handy worksheet to give you a range of selling prices.

Handy Calculator below that will give you guidelines on pricing your work to sell. –>  We’ve mentioned previously at a few articles about sewing to sell, or selling what you sew, either online in marketplaces like Etsy, or locally at craft fairs. For example, How to get traffic to your Etsy Shop. In the sewing chat group, people often post pictures of what they’ve made and make enquiries about what to sell it for.  Or just ask for general advice on how to price to sell, based on cost of materials used etc.  Too often the likely selling price is no more than the cost of the materials, so you don’t make a profit, or even get compensated for your time. Sadly some people just don’t recognise the value of ‘hand-made’ goods these days so you can’t always achieve the price you need. … Continue reading

Sew a pretty summer sundress pattern

I love the fact this dress is reversible. The v back is so cool for summer, and would make a nice date night dress too. And the pattern is free - can't beat that!

Summer is here!  Time for more summer dresses and here is my Empire of the Sun-Dress.  It has a cross-over bodice front and back, and an elastic fitted empire-line waist, and a softly gathered skirt.  Pull it on and go – it’s actually reversible!  The front and the back are the same. The free clothing pattern for July comes to you a little early this month because I’m taking part in the 30 days of Sundresses series over at Melly Sews.  Melly is gathering up all of your favorite bloggers to share their summer sundress tutorials during June, and there’s a giveaway each week too.  Drop over to enter her giveaway here. If I can get the time, I’ll try to do a bonus extra pattern in July too – no promises! Features of the Empire of the Sun-Dress Cross-over … Continue reading

Best sewing books as recommended by our readers

The Best Sewing Books as recommended by the So Sew Easy readers. Lots of great reference and inspiration here.

I was lucky enough to pick up a couple of sewing books at our local second-hand bookstore that supports our Humane Society.  It got me to wondering, do people still buy sewing books or do we all now look for our answers online.  So I asked our readers here in the sewing chat group… “Do you buy sewing books still, or just use the internet to look things up? Do you have any favorite books you refer to often and would recommend – and why? Is it for beginners, intermediate or advanced? Thanks.” I was pleasantly surprised at all of the answers, and even photos of book shelves full of sewing books.  It turns out that many of us still love our sewing books and some (you know who you are) have accumulated quite a library of books that are … Continue reading

Vintage envelope zipper pouch – print your own fabric

Wow, I love this idea. How to print your own fabric in any design you like and great a roject with it. These vintage envelope bags look great!

Here’s the big wrap-up to our Print Your Own Fabric At Home series with a unique sewing project for you. We’ve looked in the earlier articles at: How to print on fabric at home – 4 different ways Printing on fabric – washing and fading Handmade For You Printable Fabric Labels Now it’s time to put everything we’ve learned into creating our own custom sewing projects.  I’ll get you started with this fabric download to create this unique vintage envelope zipper pouch. Vintage envelope zipper pouch You will need: 2 or 3 sheets of pre-treated printable fabric ( I tested these by June Tailor and was very happy with them (Amazon US here and UK here)  Lining fabric, two pieces 9 by 6.5 inches 8 inch zipper (or longer) Optional – ‘Handmade’ printable fabric labels sheet for your designer label Color bubble jet printer … Continue reading

How, when and why to clip seam allowances

Serger Pepper - Clip and notch seam allowances - how to easily sew perfect curves

If you have ever read instructions from a sewing pattern which included any curved seam, you’ve certainly been asked to “clip (or notch) seam allowances”. If they were your first steps in sewing, I bet you stopped a while to figure out what you had to do…  and maybe you’re still there, wondering what you needed to do and why? Go on reading my “how-to clip (and notch)” guide and never skip this important step again! When should you clip your seam allowances? When you’re sewing a concave curve (C-shaped valleys) or inside corners (think welt pockets, a zipper pocket slots, squared necklines…). On a garment, you’ll likely need to clip seam allowances on necklines, facing, armholes, hip pockets: mostly curved seams! Why do you need to clip? To allow fabric’s raw edge to stretch enough to lay flat, without … Continue reading

Pattern of the Month Club and Pattern Bundle Sale

2015 Pattern Collection Bundle Part 1 - 7 sewing patterns, 5 bags, 1 top and 1 skirt

About this time last year I launched the enormously popular Pattern of the Month Club, where members paid a single subscription and received all of the patterns for the year automatically sent to their inboxes as they were released. Lots of you have been asking when it will be launched for 2015 – well it’s not quite ready yet. I want to put together my final ideas for the patterns to work on for the rest of the year and then I’ll let you all know. We may end up with the 2015 Collection Part 1 and then Part 2.  Let’s see … In the meantime, we are 6 months into 2015 so its the perfect time to create a mid-year 2015 pattern bundle. Thank you everyone for your support.  By investing in a paid pattern, you help me keep … Continue reading

Multi-purpose Tech or Tablet Bag Pattern – POTM

Love this tablet bag pattern.. Nice and padded, separate pocket for the tablet, stylish, and a big zipper pocket in back for charger, wallet, etc. This is going everywhere with me!

  Do you own an iPad, tablet, reader, Kindle, small laptop or other mobile computer?  Then you’ll probably want to take it out and about with you and this bag has been especially designed with that in mind.  But even if you don’t have a techie item to carry, its a useful bag with some great pockets and features that you’ll love. Features of the Multi-purpose Tech or Tablet Bag Fits a standard large size tablet or iPad Finished size, approx. 9 inches wide, by 11.5 inches tall, plus strap. Step by step video instructions Easy-sew zipper technique Step by step photo instructions Full video tutorial to show you how to make it every step of the way Skill level – confident beginner New pattern download venue As a change from my usual Craftsy link this month, you can buy … Continue reading

Things to sew for eating outdoors – National Picnic Week!

Things to sew for eating outdoors - National picnic week. Make eating out fun and summery.

For my Grandad Douglass, every picnic had to be perfect, more like an outdoor banquet. Plates, cutlery, a set table, a 3 course meal.. meats, salads, potatoes and of course, all the condiments. One day he hiked a 3 mile round trip for ‘salad cream,’ (an English delicacy), as he just couldn’t have his picnic without it.  I feel like I’ve been slipping recently, as I sit on a rock with my apple and a bag of chips! So what can I do about it? Start sewing of course!! With my Grandad in mind here I looked high and low and tried to find all things to sew for eating outdoors – for National Picnic Week which is 13th to 21st June! Wherever your are eating outdoors; in the shade of your homemade garden teepee, or out on the moors, on the forest floor, … Continue reading

Handmade For You Printable Fabric Labels

Printable sheet of 'handmade' labels. Print on fabric at home to create your own deisgner sewing labels.

We’ve looked now at how to print your own fabric at home on your home printer over two earlier articles: How to print on fabric at home – 4 different ways Printing on fabric – washing and fading So now we have the necessary knowledge and equipment on hand, we really ought to put that into practice.  I have an upcoming project for you I think you’ll like, but before we get to that one, let’s start with some labels you can print yourself. Print your own sewing labels If you sew for gifts, or sew for sale, then it’s really nice to include a label in your completed project to show that it was handmade.  We put a lot of care, hard work and love into the things we sew and should be proud of what we make. So … Continue reading

Sewing video for the Swoon Della Wallet Pattern

Full step by step video tutorial on how to make the Della Wallet from Swoon Patterns.

I’ve been sewing up someone else’s bag pattern again this week.  Another from Swoon Patterns.  Did you see my video tutorial from before on how to sew the Glenda Clutch Bag?  This is a great pattern too, give it a try if you are looking for a clutch bag. This week, the Della Wallet pattern.  I like sewing other designers’ patterns.  Gives me an idea of the materials they are using, any techniques I might want to try out, and how they are writing their instructions.  All good tips for improving my own pattern writing skills.  The Della Wallet is no exception, with some interesting ideas to work on. This pattern is described as: ” The Della Wallet Clutch is an ideal accessory, she’s easy to sew and practical enough to use daily. This wallet features 8 credit card slots, 2 … Continue reading

Craftsy pattern drafting classes – exclusive offer

Exclusive discount for 50% off on ALL the Craftsy pattern drafting classes. These are just the best way to learn all aspects of pattern drafting - and all are 50% off here.

So Sew Easy site, the pattern store and the sewing chat group have grown a lot this year.  Things really started to take off when the site won a couple of awards and now there are more readers visiting each week than ever before.  Which is great, because as a team, it gives us a certain ‘bargaining power’. I love to bargain hard with suppliers to try to get you all discounts and specials or prizes for giveaways.  This month, I’ve been working on one of our favorite sewing sites, Craftsy and have come up with a very special exclusive deal I think you will LOVE. I asked the members of our sewing chat group to vote on what classes they were most interested in taking next and reported this list to the Craftsy team, to see what offers they … Continue reading

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