Fringed Bath Mat: A Fun and Functional Project

fringed bath mat

I think there must be a giant invisible poodle living in my house.  It is disguised as a teenage girl and she is tiny, with small hands and feet not even 75 pounds and yet, but when she comes out of the bathroom there is a Dracula cloud that follows her.  When the steam disperses, it reveals an unimaginable mess left behind.  I wonder “in horror” how the ceiling, all the walls, toilet paper and every square inch of the bathroom floor could possible get wet?  There’s got to be a giant poodle somewhere, just shaking water absolutely everywhere which is my only explanation. The thing that really gets me though, is the wet floor.  Not only can it be dangerous, but who enjoys walking around with wet socks?  No store-bought bath mat is big enough for this mess, so I have decided to make my … Continue reading

Bali the Reversible Skirt

reversible skirt

I’ve had so much fun working with Batik fabric since my recent trip to Indonesia.  This is another in the series of projects featuring Batik.  If you missed any of the prior articles, please have a look at The Ancient Art of Batik Printing for an introduction to Batik as well as our first project, a Folded Shopping Bag from Batik Fabric for more background and a neat beginner project.  Given that spring is well and truly on the way now, I thought it would be good to make a tropical-themed skirt for those warm summer evenings out.  I’ve used Batik fabric for both sides of this reversible skirt.  You can, of course, use other fabrics of similar weight and texture, but I like the exotic look of Batik. This is a very pretty reversible skirt, made out of cotton and silk … Continue reading

Simple Headband Project – Now with Video

  You may remember the Quick & Easy Headband Project we posted a few weeks ago. A Quick And Easy Headband Project in 15 minutes. Well, it turns out that a few of our readers struggled a bit with the instructions, so perhaps it wasn’t as easy as we thought.   We had a lot of requests to do a video walking you through the process.  It has taken us a while to to do this one, but it’s finally finished and live on the So Sew Easy Youtube Channel. With the video, I think you will find that the project is indeed quick, easy and most of all FUN!  Please give this simple headband project a try and let me know how you go.  I’d be grateful for your comments either below or on Youtube.  

Folded Shopping Bag from Batik Fabric

folded shopping bag

Here’s a fun Batik project– a folded shopping bag.  The project is simple and should take you about 30 minutes to an hour while the end product is extremely versatile.  I purchased a small treasure of Batik fabrics on my trip and would like to show you a few away to use Batik as accessories, clothing, and home decoration.  We will start with this super easy folded shopping bag that will turn into a flat pouch small enough that you can put handbag.  It will make the perfect gift for a friend on Mother’s Day or addition to your Etsy store. via GIPHY In our last article we talked about the ancient art of Batik Printing Technique, The Ancient Art of Batik Printing Technique If you’d like to make this from real Batik fabric, we’ve found a wonderful supplier in … Continue reading

How to Refashion a Scarf into a Top or Bikini Cover

scarf refashioned

There is nothing like going on a trip to point out the gaps in my wardrobe… I often can’t figure out the right things to pack without taking the entire closet with me.  What I need is something practical that can be worn in many occasions.  Something that is chic yet casual.  I thought I could use a top that could be transformed into a short dress or a swimsuit cover. I dug into my wardrobe and found one Pashmina that I got ages ago and hardly ever wear even though I get cold easily.  I guess I find it rather large and since it is a gift from my daughter, I still want to treasure it.  So how to turn a scarf into a top that I will actually wear?  I did not want to drape it on me because that … Continue reading

Fabric covered basket – an Easter basket for your table

fabric covered basket

The excitement of Easter Break is fast approaching and with it comes the welcome sight of kids collecting Easter eggs in the garden, grand children coming to visit and families and friends gathering around the table to share a meal or as they used to say, “break bread” together. The tradition of breaking bread, dates way back to at least Roman times, when the sole notion of sitting together assumed that all disputes were forgotten and friendships were renewed.  Today sharing a meal is still pretty much the most important act that can be performed in any culture as a seal of friendship, unity, enjoyment.   And within that meal, bread is one of the most essential and omnipresent dishes on the table. We owe it to the Romans who have handed down recipes for the breads we still eat … Continue reading

The Crafty Crayon Roll Up

Crafty Crayon Roll

I just meet the nicest people online! One being Susan who is an expert quilter and quilting instructor and produces the most amazing quilts she has shared with me, including exquisite hand applique quilts. She doesn’t have a website or anywhere I can share on her behalf, but I know we share an enthusiasm for introducing people to sewing. She’s been helping some friends get into sewing just recently and a couple of them asked her to write them some instructions on how to make one of those crayon roll ups for kids.  So she made one, took some photos and some notes and sent it on to them. Then she kindly thought of the So Sew Easy community and sent the instructions on over here too in case you’d like to use them. A Quick and Crafty Crayon Roll is … Continue reading

Warm days and cool nights, a flared t-shirt for many seasons.

Flared t-shirt

Spring is the time to dress comfortably and in layers.  A flared t-shirt is the one of those pieces of clothing we can just throw on with a pair of jeans, leggings, capri pants or if the top is long enough, it can also be a short mod-style dress.  Perfect for a quick run to the supermarket or picking up the kids!  This is an incredibly easy pattern and I have added two sleeves lengths to give you some flexibility.  If you want to, you can even eliminate the sleeves entirely and it becomes yet another top. I am using a fabric from my stash, because I am determined to reduce the amount of fabric in my sewing room.  I realize it is spring after all and that you would want to see some flowers.  I am not a flowery … Continue reading

Something sweet, something racy…..a free sexy dress pattern

This Valentine’s Day, we have something special for you –something sweet or something racy– with a free sexy dress pattern and tutorial.  This dress comes with a warning!  Be careful.  You may struggle to keep your lover’s hands off you when wearing this.. This is an intermediate level project.  It will take some time to make, but once its done, you’ll be happy to spend time in it!  It is comfortable, but sexy and is a very flattering design.  I have designed it on a bias and simplified the construction as much as possible.  I have made it specially for the curvy girl in mind.  The smallest size will accommodate a bust and hips between 43″ and 45″.  I have not used fusible interfacing because I did not want any more support, and my fabric did not need it.  You … Continue reading

A Quick And Easy Headband Project in 15 minutes.

easy headband

An Easy Headband Project   The question keeps popping up:  what to do with my scraps of fabric?  Should I throw them away?  Should I just give them away for free?  A couple weeks ago we published a tutorial showing how to make a beaded necklace using fabric scraps and a few small components. As another alternative, why not use your fabric scraps to make things that could be easily sold in market stalls?  Here’s a quick and easy headband project that will help you use up your scraps of fabric while at the same time making great little items that you can sell or give away to friends. I made this project with my teenage daughter (who reluctantly volunteered the model the end product…)   She is just starting out in sewing –so I’m always looking for simple and fun … Continue reading

January Mug Rug Tutorial – It’s SNOW much fun!

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, or in January’s case, it’s SNOW much fun! I hope you will follow us along here on our Mug Rug of the Month Tutorial.  For more holiday mug rug patterns, as well as everyday patterns, stop by my Craftsy Shop or Etsy Shop. Lets get started! What you will need for one mug rug: Small scraps of fabric for appliqués 1/8 yard of light weight paper backed fusible webbing 6 1/2 x 10 inch piece of … Continue reading