Ombre faux pleated pillow – Sewing Texture

Faux pleated pillow. Looks difficult, but this is actually easy to do. Looks good in solids too.

Did you read the review I wrote of the Sewing Texture class last month? So far, I’ve just completed the one project although the class gave me lots of ideas and tips which I have filed away into the inspiration section of my brain for future use! Today I’m sharing with you my “Cayman Colors Ombre Faux Pleated Pillow”. When I first saw this project I was actually a little bit intimidated.  Accurate and straight sewing has never been overly important to me, I admit.  I’m a speed-sewist.  The challenge of getting all those pleats the same size and distance – was I up to it?  I thought not, but then based on the lessons in the class, and a little planning, it was no where near as hard as it looks. Materials used: 10 strips from the Benartex Bali … Continue reading

Wow, I can’t believe I made the short-list

Vote for So Sew Easy in the British Sewing Awards - just because its pretty darned awesome and everyone there makes a great team!

Every week something that happens here on the site or on the Facebook page just blows my mind. A really kind or appreciative comment, a photo shared of something sewn with one of my free patterns or even some of the recent photos I’ve shared with you from sewing groups, like this one that sewed the Easy Cosmetics Bag or this one where they sewed the Nautical Mug Rug. Honestly, you all inspired me just as much as the site has inspired others to try their hand at some easy sewing. I can’t believe how its grown in the last 2 years from my own online diary as I started to learn to sew.  Now it’s a place where we all share our experience through Readers Questions, and I have a whole page of sewing tutorials linking to articles I’ve … Continue reading

Fab Felt Holiday Crafts class review and discount

Great ideas for fab felt holiday crafts - and big discount off the class

Oh no, it’s that time of year again.  Have you seen places are already counting down to Christmas, the shelves are starting to fill with all of our festive favorites and if you are organised, you might already have started some of the shopping.  But as a crafter or sewist, do you feel even more pressure to come up with ideas for gifts and seasonal decorations too? If you get organised soon enough, time need not be the major pressure, but I find that coming up with ideas can be.  Especially for the smaller, quicker projects.  So to get me in the holiday spirit and give me some much needed Christmas inspiration when its still sunny outside, I signed up for the Fab Felt Holiday Crafts class.  It’s so much fun!  An oldie but goodie. As usual, I asked Craftsy … Continue reading

Handy sizing reference sheet

Handy guide to sizes for popular pre-cut fabrics, plus standard mattress and quilt sizes.

I was just working on something this week to pin up next to my sewing machine as a handy reference sheet, when I actually came across something that was already made and I didn’t need to work on it at all. I almost feel like it’s cheating. Like buying something at the store instead of sewing it! But let’s face it, they have a design team, I have a very old version of Photoshop that I don’t know how to use very well.  I think they win. This handy reference includes: Precuts – sizes and descriptions Fabric terminology Standard US mattress sizes Standard quilt sizes (I should have paid heed to this when I made my first ever quilt) Recommended batting sizes So if you are thinking of making a quilt or bed spread of some sort, crib sheets, a … Continue reading

Fat Quarter Shop Jelly Roll Giveaway

Worldwide Jelly Roll giveaway, from Fat Quarter Shop, closes 14th October

Remember my first ever quilt, a jelly roll baby quilt. Well, I know I said it might be my last, but actually I’ve been itching to give it another try. I just need more fabric (naturally) and more time. Well, while time might be a scarce commodity, fabric doesn’t have to be.  I fancy trying out another Jelly Roll quilt because then at least a lot of my fabric is already both cut for me, and co-ordinated perfectly for me already.  Saves time and makes things more accurate if you are a new quilter I think. So I had my eye on some of the new arrivals at Fat Quarter Shop and when I saw this one called Fancy from Lily Ashbury for Moda Fabrics, the bright colors really appealed to me.  I know winter and the dark long nights … Continue reading

Sewing with Vinyl Coated Mesh – free pattern and giveaway

Tips and a free pattern for sewng with vinyl coated mesh fabric. Cool ideas!

Hello my name is Michelle Dorsey.  I am a pattern designer and digitizer doing business under the name, SewMichelle.  First of all, I would like to thank Deby for letting me appear as a guest on her blog. I enjoy designing patterns that are easy and quick to make.  After all, isn’t instant gratification what most of us are after?  I try and design unique patterns that make you think outside the box, yet are functional for everyday use.  I also like to incorporate different materials to spice things up a bit too. One of my favorite materials to work with is vinyl coated mesh, aka pet screen.  Some quilt shops carry this mesh in bright, fun colors.  If your quilt shop hasn’t started stocking it yet, don’t worry, you can purchase it by the roll at your local hardware store, on Amazon or … Continue reading

Sewing Texture – class review

Sewing Texture class review and projects. Great for beginners and lots of creative ideas for all sorts of projects.

I was looking through my class list (which is pretty large now) on Craftsy and I noticed nestling down at the bottom the Sewing Texture Class. This was the first ever class I bought from Craftsy in the early days when I wasn’t sure what direction my sewing would take and I loved the look of the project examples.  But I had never even watched it – shame on me!  So in a quiet afternoon when my husband was asleep on the sofa, I got out my headphones and enjoyed a little ‘me time’. Sewing Texture Class Review There are a total of 10 lessons, and they take the format of a lesson showing the technique followed by a lesson featuring a project using the technique we just learned. This class is good for – beginners. While I think that … Continue reading

I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it…

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  …I’m about to loose control and I think I like it! I guess you have to be a certain age to remember that one.  But I really am excited and delighted.  So Sew Easy has been nominated in the Burda Style Top 50 Blogs for Sewing Enthusiasts and in the Sew Mag awards.  Whoop, whoop. As part of all of the celebrations and events for National Sewing Month, there are various awards and votes taking place this month and I’ve had a couple of nominations that I’m so chuffed about. 1 - Burda Style Top 50 Blogs for Sewing Enthusiasts. We asked and you answered… what are the best blogs for sewing enthusiasts? Below are the blogs other BurdaStylers are loving for sewing inspiration, DIY fashion ideas, and sewing tips. Make sure your favorite made it on the list! Voting for the Best of … Continue reading

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

Oliver the Owl Pillow – Fun with Fusible Applique

Making an Owl applique cushion. Fun with Fusible Applique.

Have you seen owls have been everywhere the last couple of years.  So I wasn’t surprised when one of the expectant moms-to-be in my circle asked me to make her an owl cushion for her nursery, but not one that was ‘too cutesy’. I’ve dabbled in applique before, and designed a couple of small mug-rug type projects for the Spring Mug Rug and the Nautical Mug Rug. They were really fun to make. But I really was making it up as I went along in terms of my technique, materials and especially my stitching.  For this project, I wanted it to be really special, something I could be proud of for a new baby’s nursery, and I wanted a really good owl applique pattern.  I’d had my eye on a course called Fun with Fusible Applique and remembered that it … Continue reading

HUGE Craftsy Summer Sale – ALL courses on sale

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  It’s that time of year – the BIG Craftsy Summer Sale.  ALL of their classes are included so whether it’s sewing, quilting, gardening, cooking, art, photography, knitting or more, there is sure to be a class on a subject you would be interested in learning more about. I’ve just bought myself another three: One Pattern, Many Looks – Blouses The Perfect Wrap Dress Sew Sturdy Travel Organisers I don’t know when I’ll get time to watch them, my sewing and my ideas are already WAY backed up more than the time I have available, but at these prices, and the lifetime access, I know they’ll be there waiting for me when I get the chance.   Did you read the earlier article from last week, about How This Site is Funded? I would appreciate your support.  If you are … Continue reading

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