Tips for buying fabric online and fabric GIVEAWAY

Great tip on how to use PicMonkey to mi and match fabrics before buying online

  It’s amazing the wonderful people you meet online, and I think sewing people are the best people.  Is it our creativity?  Our shared love for color and fabric? The way we share all the tips and tricks we learn with each other?  All of the above and more.  So when I started chatting online with Jackie at CV Quiltworks we talked a little about making fabric bundles and she invited me to make up a Blogger Bundle for her with 10 fabrics of my choice from CV Quiltworks. I was delighted!  Then doubt set in.  How was I going to do that?  There are SO many wonderful fabrics in her store from top designers and manufacturers, how could I narrow it down to 10, and how could I put together a bundle online without being able to see the … Continue reading

Who wants some free zippers?

Giveaway to win vouchers for credit at Zipper Shop - free zippers, buttons and accessories

I order almost all of my zippers online to make sure I can get the best selection.  And my favorite store is K & C Supplies on Etsy, recently renamed Zipper Shop.  Irina is an absolute darling and always makes sure I get exactly what I need for my projects (and my stash!).  The range in her store is second to none, the prices fabulous and combine it with her first rate customer service and she is an all-round winner! So when I placed my last order I wanted to share with you all, so I was cheeky and asked if she would let me have some zips for a giveaway – and she said yes! Let’s take a look at just a little bit of what’s on offer at her store: As well as the fabulous range of zippers … Continue reading

Sharing on Saturday – time to win

Win sewing prizes every month with So Sew Easy's Share on Saturday

It’s a bit of a change up this month in the Win on Wednesday, now moved to Share on Saturday.  You share something with me, usually your opinion or comment and I’ll share something with you – hopefully cool sewing prizes. Usually I’ll offer a prize that needs to be posted and have to restrict where it can be sent, so this time to make it available to readers all over the world, I’ve decided to make it a pattern giveaway instead. Normally our monthly contests require you to make a comment on Facebook, but not everyone likes Facebook, and it’s been difficult to find an alternative that’s easy to use.  This poll promises that you don’t need to use a social profile to enter, so let me know how to you get on .  I’m hoping it will work … Continue reading

Make it Yours – the winning bags

Make It Yours clutch bag sewing contest on So Sew Easy. 3 categories with lots of fun sewing prizes. Sew a bag and win!

Thank you to everyone who voted in the Make It Yours Contest.  It’s time to announce the winners. Blogger Category The winner is number 5 – Gosia from As I Sew who sewed this awesome fox bag.  She had to work out how to piece together the fabric and how then to turn the bag once she had made her design.   It was a close run thing right through to the end and a special mention goes to Georgia at I Believe I Can Sew for her great Owl bag.  Seems you all like bags in the shape of animals. You’ll be hearing more from Gosia, because she’ll be writing a guest post here in the near future and we’ll be collaborating on a bag pattern – I’m fascinated to learn more about her ideas. Readers Category The winner with the … Continue reading

Don’t forget to vote in the Make It Yours Contest

Vote now

  Voting has been open since 1st June for all of the amazing bags submitted.  Have you voted for your favorites yet? There are two categories: Blogger entries Readers entries Both selections are stocked full to the brim with inspirational bags that should give you plenty of ideas on how to use the free Clutch Bag pattern and really style it to ‘make it yours’.  Do drop over and vote in both categories and show your support to everyone who entered. Prizes for you, just for voting! There will be a chance to win prizes just for voting on your favourite bags. 2 sewing patterns of your choice from Seamingly Smitten Any 3 So Sew Easy sewing patterns of your choice $50 voucher to redeem for purse supplies of your choice from Purse Supplies R Us  (USA Mailing addresses only) $35 voucher to redeem … Continue reading

Make It Yours Contest – Time to Vote – Readers Entries

Vote for your favorite bags in the Make It Yours sewing contest. Or be inspired to sew your own - the pattern is free.

Do you remember the Make It Yours Clutch Bag pattern released back in April.  So far, this pattern has been downloaded over 2000 times!  Wow.  Ladies have been busily sewing away, adding in their own creativity and imagination to turn this basic pattern into something really special. Enjoy these awesome bags, vote on your favorites, enter the voting contest to win prizes for you too, and then get inspired and go and sew one for yourself! The Blogger category can be found here, but without further delay, let’s look at the second category. Category 2 – Readers Readers Prizes Membership of the Pattern of the Month Club for 2014.  Get 15 free sewing patterns. Value $35. $50 voucher to redeem for purse supplies of your choice from Purse Supplies R Us  (USA Mailing addresses only) $35 voucher to redeem for purse … Continue reading

Make It Yours Contest – Time to Vote – Blogger Entries

Vote for your favorite bags in the Make It Yours sewing contest. Or be inspired to sew your own - the pattern is free.

The entries are all in and wow, there is some serious sewing talent out there.  Such a huge variety of bags all made from the same basic pattern.  The imagination and creativity amazes me.  A huge thank you to everyone who has entered and shared their wonderful sewing creations. Now it’s time for the voting!  Which bags do you love the best?  There are 2 categories – bloggers and readers, with prizes for each.  There’s even prizes for you, just for voting even if you didn’t get round to sewing the bag. Without further delay, let’s look at the first category. Category 1 – Bloggers These bloggers all shared their sewing creations on their own sites, so do pop over and visit and check out the full details of their amazing projects. Bloggers Prizes 3 months side bar advertising on … Continue reading

Win on Wednesday – win the Reversible Apron.

Reversible apron pattern. Sew looking forward to making this apron!

Win on Wednesday is always popular, except this time I’m changing it to Saturday.  Why?  Well, did you know that if you run a Facebook Page, like the So Sew Easy Page, Facebook will only show your posts to around 1% of the people who liked the page and asked to see your posts? If the post is popular and gets lots of comments, likes and shares, then Facebook might show it to a few more, maybe up to 3% will see it.  But to get my posts in front of more of the people who liked the page, I have to PAY Facebook, and it’s not cheap. So when I post a Win on Wednesday, not everyone gets to hear about it until the contest is already over.  So this time, I’ve decided to set it on Saturday so … Continue reading

Make It Yours Contest – 1 month to go

Make It Yours clutch bag sewing contest on So Sew Easy. 3 categories with lots of fun sewing prizes. Sew a bag and win!

So we are one month in and one month to go.  Your entries for the Make It Yours Contest must be in by 30th May 2014.  Are you planning to enter – don’t leave it till the last minute! Sew the Make It Yours Clutch Bag from the free sewing pattern supplied, then add your own embellishments and design elements, or use some funky materials. Submit for voting by the readers and the bags with the most votes win cool sewing prizes. Juliette from The Netherlands has submitted this fabulous bag made mostly from reclaimed materials: “A couple of months ago, I picked up a faux suede jacket from a charity shop, along with a satin blouse, total cost €3.50. My intention was to use them for a bag, but at the time I had no idea of the style … Continue reading

Win on Wednesday – Spring Placemats

Template and directions to make this Spring Mug Rug or placemat.

It’s time for another Win on Wednesday!  Up for grabs today, a set of 2 of my Spring mug rugs/placemats. All you need to do to enter, is to LIKE the Facebook page, and then leave a comment on the Win On Wednesday Facebook post that went live today. One person will be selected at random on Friday at 8am. The question this time - Just leave a comment on the FB contest and let me know what sort of tutorials and patterns you would like to see on the site in the future. I’m keen to feature the kind of projects you are interested in. See you there. p.s.  For readers who don’t have Facebook, I’ll try to think of an alternative so you can enter too…coming later.   Full terms and conditions: Facebook contests are open for 48 hours. … Continue reading

‘Make it Yours’ Sewing Contest Opens

Make It Yours clutch bag sewing contest on So Sew Easy. 3 categories with lots of fun sewing prizes. Sew a bag and win!

‘Make it Yours’ Sewing Contest Open 1st April 2014 to 30th May 2014. Have you downloaded the ‘Make it Yours’ Clutch Bag pattern? While it’s entirely optional, you might like to consider entering your completed bag into the ‘Make it Yours’ sewing contest – there are prizes to be won! All you need to do is sew the bag using the pattern supplied, but give it your own touches.  Change the size, add pockets, embellishments, a strap, hardware, handles, embroidery, decorations – anything which sets your bag apart from the rest and makes it your own design. Then submit a photo of your completed bag along with a few personal details to So Sew Easy before 30th May 2014 (link to the form later in this document).  All bags submitted by 30th May will be showcased on the site and … Continue reading