How to Make a Round Tote Bag Using Only Cord

Here’s another idea to use up some of that cord that you may have lying around. Recently on the website, we have been doing a couple of projects using cord, so you might have some left over.  If you don’t it’s pretty inexpensive stuff and easy to find. This project is the round tote bag.  It makes a good accessory for a quick trip to the store and a fantastic gift for a friend or family member.  This project will make a great present for the upcoming holidays or a birthday. If you remember, I previously made a couple of place mats for an auction using this technique, but I still have a lot of cord left over.  This project is fun and very simple.  All you need is a bit of patience and a couple of hours. The dimensions … Continue reading

Adding Cuffs to Shorts or Pants the So Sew Easy Way – Part Four

adding cuffs

  In this fourth and final part of the Walking Shorts Sew Along, we will be adding cuffs to any pair of shorts or pants can be easily done if you follow the instructions below. If you have missed the first three parts here are the links to take you there.  Please read thoroughly the first three parts so you are able to follow until the end of the sew-along. Part One – Walking Shorts Pattern & Sew Along Part Two– Walking Shorts Sew Along:  Slant Pocket and Zipper Part Three– How to Sew a Waistband to a Fly Front Zipper Adding cuffs to any pair of shorts or pants can be easily done if you follow the instructions below. The following instruction will be for both front and back of the pattern.  You can use any shorts or pants pattern in this … Continue reading

Ultimate Sports Bra Video Tutorial Released!

sports bra video

I just wanted to let everyone know that we have published a video tutorial on Sewing the Ultimate Sports Bra on our YouTube channel. There were a lot of people following this project so we wanted to get the video out there as soon as we could. Sewing stretchy spandex and lycra fabrics can be a bit tricky so hopefully, it will help to see the whole process on video.  We’ve tried to show close-ups of my work whenever possible. Please enjoy and don’t forget to Like and Subscribe over on YouTube.  We really appreciate it. Sewing the Ultimate Sports Bra Video Tutorial Here’s a link to the written tutorial as well as the pattern download link for the Ultimate Sports Bra. Ultimate Sports Bra Pattern, an essential piece in your workout wardrobe: FREE Pattern Download

How to hem a skirt – Easy pleated skirt sew-along: Part 3

hem a skirt

This is the third part of our Easy Pleated Skirt sew-along. This article will show you how to hem a skirt and make a blind hem by hand. As well as how to iron the pleats on this skirt. You will need the first and second parts of this series if you’re just seeing this episode for the first time. If you missed the first two parts you can click the links to our previous articles below. Part One:  Print, cut and sew the skirt and pleats. Part Two:  How to sew a skirt lining with an invisible zipper. Part Three:  How to make pleats and hem a pleated skirt. (YOU ARE HERE) Part Four:  How to fit and alter the pattern to make the skirt bigger or smaller. Pattern Download: I love pleats!  They are slimming and make the illusion … Continue reading

Running belt, travel belt or money belt with pouch- FREE pattern & tutorial

running belt

Here’s a pattern for a running belt with pockets and an elasticized adjustable strap so you can tailor it to any waist size.  This pouch could also be called a money belt, travel belt or sports belt.  Place the pouch on your front or back and cover it with a T-shirt and no one will know it is there.  There is enough room for a big phone, money, keys and even coins.  Keep your valuables safe while at the gym, jogging or traveling. I have come up with a new scheme for making excuses not to exercise.  My gym wear does not have enough pockets.  That’s it!  When I am in the gym, I worry about my phone, the locker key, the earphones, and money.  The thing is that all these items plus the towel leave me with the annoying … Continue reading

Sewing the skirt lining – Easy pleated skirt sew-along: Part 2

skirt lining

We will be continuing with sewing the skirt lining, the second part of our Easy Pleated Skirt Pattern sew-along.  You will need the first part of this series if you’re just seeing this episode for the first time.  You can download the FREE pattern below if you missed it but you will still need the instructions from Part 1. Part One:  Print, cut and sew the skirt and pleats. Part Two:  How to sew a skirt lining with an invisible zipper. (YOU ARE HERE) Part Three:  How to make pleats and hem a pleated skirt. Part Four:  How to fit and alter the pattern to make the skirt bigger or smaller. Pattern Download: I have received a few questions and on why and should you add a lining to a skirt.  I am going to be straight with you, ultimately it’s your … Continue reading

Easy pleated skirt pattern, FREE sew-along: Part 1

easy pleated skirt pattern

I have a new, easy pleated skirt pattern to share with you that will help streamline your figure and look great.  This A-line shaped skirt style is so easy to sew that you’ll want to make a few skirts and they should last you for many years. Warning:  This is a sew along where you will learn how to handle this pattern to fit it to any waist size, how to shorten and lengthen the skirt.  Therefore, sizes are limited. Made of linen, cotton, light wool or other fabrics with a bit of body, this skirt will give you an effortless classy and elegant look.  This skirt has three pleats in the front and three in the back.  Lately, I have had a few requests and since there are a few that relate to each other I thought a sew-along showing … Continue reading

Easy bow tie pattern and tutorial, when you need to pull a James Bond look fast

easy bow tie pattern

This easy bow tie pattern is free and the tutorial is easy to follow and make.  If you need to go “James Bond,” you can do it under an hour.  The best part is that this free bow tie pattern is that when is all done and on your guy’s bow tie looks as you actually tied it by hand. The design uses two rectangles to compose the bow and a clip-on strap, making it easy, especially for young ones, to strap and go. The first thing you will notice is the amount of fabric you need, which is not very much at all.  With only 3/4 yard you will be able to make at least five bow ties.  We will definitely put this one on our list of small sewing projects not requiring much fabric. Materials: 3/4 yard of satin, … Continue reading

Ultimate Sports Bra Pattern, an essential piece in your workout wardrobe

sports bra pattern

As most of our readers would know, I’m not a fan of gyms as I explained in my post on creating A New Workout Wardrobe: My New Year Resolution.  But I actually would love to own a sports bra that gives me not only support but comfort.  I think this particular item of clothing is the “unicorn” in our wardrobe.  Almost like a myth, it seems to be a never-ending search for that one bra that will give me comfort while securing the girls during a vigorous workout.  However, look no further….. the Ultimate Sports Bra Pattern does exist –although you may have to make it yourself. This project is for making a race back sports bra pattern with a front facing for extra comfort and the ability to insert pads.  There’s also a 1″ under-chest band for maximum support. A … Continue reading

New Video Tutorial: Sewing the Fabric Easter Egg

fabric easter egg video tutorial

This has been an enormously popular project and a lot of readers have asked for some extra help with the more challenging aspects of sewing the lining and zipper of the Fabric Easter Egg.  So here’s a complete video tutorial that shows the whole process, step-by-step for Sewing the Fabric Easter Egg. I’ve sped up the video in the tutorial, but it’s still a little long.  That’s because I really wanted to make sure you could see absolutely everything.  Don’t be afraid to skip ahead or pause and come back to sections to see exactly how the Fabric Easter Egg is sewn. I’ve added a link below to the free pattern on Craftsy as well as links to the full written tutorial on our website.  There are subsequent projects for making the Fabric Easter Bunny as well as making the … Continue reading

The High-Low T-Shirt: How to hide your panty line..

high-low t-shirt

The High-Low T-shirt is the perfect item to hide your panty line.  Let’s face it, girls, sometimes depending on the mood and “time of the month,” we feel like wearing an underwear that leaves us with the dreaded panty line.  We’re not always in the mood for a tiny g-string, a sports undergarment, or a sexy lacy number.  There’s nothing good about a panty line, but sometimes you just don’t care. I’ve recently taken up Pilates and I’m determined to tone my Gluteus maximus aka my butt.   Not for the reasons you might think, but simply because this muscle helps us keep a straight posture.  In other words, no more back pain.  If that isn’t reason enough, this is simply a great high-low t-shirt that is easily made and transformed into a great top. With this top, the back is … Continue reading