Holiday Gift Guide – for people who sew

Holiday Gift Guide - so many deas for lovely gifts for people who sew. Lots of these went on MY wishlist!

It seems to be traditional in the blogging world for everyone to publish their annual holiday gift guide.  I suppose it makes sense – if we share the same kind of interests and the same kind of tastes, you’ll probably like similar shops and similar products to me.  So maybe I can save you all a little time and trouble this year with a few of my own favorites. In this gift guide – items big and small, cheap and expensive, for anyone and everyone who loves to sew or quilt.  And hey, who are we kidding here, you’re probably reading this for the same reason I was looking at these products online – to buy yourself something nice.  If I waited till my husband bought me a Christmas present, well, let’s say I’d still be waiting for my second … Continue reading

Fabric sales, deals and coupons

Live list of coupons, deals and fabric sales, quilting and sewing shops.

If you are anything like me, you love a good sale.  Every self-respecting sewer needs a fabric stash.  You never know when you might see the perfect fabric, but don’t have a project for it yet.  But what about if you come across the perfect project and don’t have the perfect fabric in your stash to make it right now – disaster! It’s that time of year where the shops and shoppers go crazy, Black Friday is coming up with all the fabric sales we hope to take advantage of, but at this time of year with the Christmas holidays coming up too, we don’t always have the money to spare for expanding our stash. These coupons are always up to date So I put together this quick list of fabric, sewing, quilting and crafting stores and their current offers, … Continue reading

Applique Snowman table runner project

Love the bright colors in this snowman table runner. Would also make a great mini quilt or wall hanging.

So I’ve been playing around with applique again this week.  Pre-laser-cut fusible applique to be exact!  Oh sounds dangerous.  I must be showing my age, but every time I hear the word LASER I think of this! Laser-cut fusible applique is not quite as exciting, but still fun. I took the Fun with Fusible Applique Class from Craftsy earlier this year and one of the projects was the Snowmen pattern.  The panel is actually taken from a very popular quilt kit that the instructor offers in her own store, but the class materials also includes the templates and pattern for you to be able to make this Snowman Table Runner, panel or wall hanging yourself using your own fabrics. This is such a gorgeous pattern that I think it’s worth taking the class just to get a chance to sew this … Continue reading

My wrap dress pattern is in the final

Pattern-voting

Craftsy are having a Pattern Designer Award, and asked their readers to nominate their favorite patterns for sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet etc  I’m delighted that so many of you nominated my Wrap Dress pattern that it made it through to the finals in the sewing category. There are 4 finalists, two are paid patterns and two are free patterns.  If you have a moment, would you be able to vote for the Wrap Dress in the sewing category – you’d make my day! All you need to do to vote is check the box next to the Wrap Dress pattern and add your email address in case you win the voters prize of a free Craftsy class.  There’s no prize for the winning designers – just publicity and a badge for the website.  Oh, and lots of feel good. Click … Continue reading

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

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