New $100 Giveaway from Ellie and Mac

New $100 Gift Certificate Giveaway

We’re delighted to announce a new $100 Gift Certificate Giveaway sponsored by Ellie and Mac, an online store specializing in PDF sewing patterns and embroidery designs mainly for children’s clothes. Ellie and Mac has a huge selection and the winner can spend the $100 any way they like for any item in the Ellie and Mac web store. Over the years, we’ve written a lot about sewing, selling and how to make a living from your sewing passion.  I think Lindsey’s story about how and why she created Ellie and Mac is pretty inspiring.  Here’s how she describes it in brief: My passion for creating PDF patterns and embroidery designs is so that others are able to create stunning things for their children or to help them create a successful business that allows them to live the life they dream of … Continue reading

Giveaway Winner Announced PLUS Special Discount Code

Giveaway winner

Once again, we are thrilled to announce the giveaway winner of the $100 shopping voucher from Wunderlabel.com! You may recall our post entitled Yes! You CAN make professional looking custom sewing labels!, where we introduced the idea of enhancing your professional profile with custom sewing labels. That post was followed by an intro to our fantastic new sponsor Wunderlabel.com, with their generous $100 giveaway! And the giveaway winner is.. Congratulations to Miry S from Vallejo, CA, USA!  Miry will receive an email with the prize from the sponsor and we wish her all the best with her future creative endeavors. Wunderlabel.com provides gorgeous custom clothing labels for everyone from school-sewing-moms to bespoke professional fashion designers. But that’s not the end of it, we’re also delighted to announce that Wunderlabel.com decided that everyone should be a winner this month. They’ve generously provided a coupon code, … Continue reading

Zibbet T-shirt Giveaway Winners Announced

Zibbet Giveaway Winners

We are delighted to announce and congratulate the winners of the Zibbet T-shirt Giveaway which concluded yesterday. You may recall that Zibbet was the sponsor of this recent contest that went along with our article on How to Start Your Sewing Side Business. The folks from Zibbet will be contacting the lucky winners directly to organise the shipment of the prizes.  There was an excellent turnout for this giveaway and it is great to see a winner from Canada as well as two from the USA. Interestingly, based on the names and photos submitted, it would appear that 2 or the 3 winners are men!  It’s really great to see such diversity in our readership.  You may all remember our recent post called For Men Who Love to Sew.  Hopefully this is an indication that our male audience growing strongly! For … Continue reading

Professional sewing labels – the next step for your business

professional sewing labels

Attractive and professional sewing labels and hang tags are essential to creating that polished look and feel for a growing home sewing business.  They are essential in building your brand recognition and value and the more the professional looking, the better. (What are hang tags you might ask? Those are those cardboard tags you find on clothing in stores that show the brand name, price, care instructions, material and other info the potential purchaser might want to know.  These aren’t necessary for everyone, but are pretty important if you want to really look professional.) We’ve written a lot over the years about how to create your own sewing labels.  Just a few weeks ago we published a popular post called Yes! You CAN make professional looking custom sewing labels!.  And while the materials and techniques presented can certainly get you a very presentable … Continue reading

And the winner is…

fabric contest winner

This week we were delighted to announce the winner of our recent $50 fabric giveaway sponsored by Smuggler’s Daughter. Eva C from Fair Lawn NJ, USA will receive the $50 gift certificate directly from Susan at Smuggler’s Daughter. We had a huge turnout for this contest and we really want to thank everyone for their participation.  In total, we received 4446 entries which is almost exactly 4X the participation we had the last time we ran this free fabric giveaway contest only a year or so ago.  This is a real sign of how quickly the So Sew Easy community is growing. Please stay tuned, we have another exciting giveaway starting shortly!  

Don’t Miss Out

dont miss out

Just a quick reminder for everyone that we have these two giveaways ending in the next couple weeks.  You can’t win if you don’t enter!  Links are below.  Both allow multiple entries so increase your chances to win. How to Start Your Sewing Side Business + Free Giveaway!   Mother’s Day Fabric Giveaway with Smuggler’s Daughter

How to Start Your Sewing Side Business + Free Giveaway!

sewing side business

You might be wondering how you can turn your sewing into a side business and start earning money from the sewing skills you’ve learned?  You may have a knack for repairing the kids’ clothes, creating costumes, making alterations and adjustments to clothes that don’t fit quite right. You might be really creative and sew your own clothing or design new ways to sew home decor together. If you’re skilled at sewing and you have a solid sewing machine, you can certainly turn your sewing into a side business and earn some extra cash! Here are 5 key things to think about to turn your sewing into a side business. Figure out what your customer wants to buy Use your skills to create products that you love, but also products that people will want to buy.  You may have a certain skill set … Continue reading

And the Queen of Button Collections is…

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A couple of weeks ago, we ran a contest as part of our article which was all about buttons and how to choose the right button for the right project.  Most sewists understand the importance of having the right button for the job –whether the requirement is for the physical size and shape to close a garment opening effectively or to match an existing set of buttons.   To be property prepared for any, if not all requirements, many sewists maintain large button collections often with elaborate organizational processes. At The Button of Things The contest was to share a photo of your stash of buttons and we were going to select the most impressive button collection from amongst the entrants.  However, we were really overwhelmed by the responses and we have been unable to select a single winner.  While I have a … Continue reading

Mother’s Day Fabric Giveaway with Smuggler’s Daughter

mothers day fabric giveaway

Hi everyone, we’re delighted to once again team up with the lovely Susan from Smuggler’s Daughter to offer a $50 fabric giveaway in honor of Mother’s Day which falls on May 8 this year.  Susan’s going to give you the chance to select the fabric of your choice from her entire stock list. About the Smuggler’s Daughter Many of you may remember Susan from the last time, but I think her story is worth re-telling.  I think it’s fair to say that Susan has had an ‘interesting’ life.  Like so many of us sewists, her mother taught her how to sew.  You can learn why she chose such an interesting name for her store on her About page.  From there you can continue on to check out the many terrific fabrics she has on her site.  You can see just a few of … Continue reading

At The Button of Things

choosing the right button

Often times, buttons are the last things sewers think about when they stitch garments. Choosing the right buttons, however, may have a big effect on how your finished garment turns out. This article will try to get to the bottom of choosing buttons for your sewing project –so let’s start by making a list of the different factors that have to be taken into account when choosing a button for a garment, and this includes function, type of garment, fabric and style. What’s the function of the button? Generally, buttons are chosen for their function such as a fastening mechanism, but they can also be used for aesthetic reasons, or more commonly, for both.  As fasteners, buttons keep shirt sleeve, dress, collar, pocket, coat and the like closed. They may also be used to attach a piece of fabric or … Continue reading