How to shop for knit fabrics online

Stretch fabric swatch kit - at last I can see and feel what all these knit fabrics are like so I know which one to choose for my project. Great idea.

Do you ever shop for fabrics online?  What about shopping for knit and stretch fabrics?  Are you confident in where and how to shop for knit fabrics online, and how to make sure you are using the right kind of fabric for your project? I came to sewing only recently so naturally when I wanted to sew clothes,  I wanted to emulate the types of clothes already in my wardrobe, and these days most of them are stretch in some way or another.  I think some of that has to do with the expanding nature of my body in the last couple of years – I’ve found a stretch garment will fit me over more size changes than a regular woven garment. Many of the sewing patterns I’ve developed have been for stretch fabrics, but I still sometimes struggle to … Continue reading

Save on the Best Sewing Magazines

The Best Sewing Magazines and where to save money on your subscriptions. These also make great gift ideas for people who sew.

Do you already subscribe to any sewing, crafting or quilting magazines?  I buy them occasionally when I can find them here, but having a regular subscription is the best way to get your magazine delivered to you each month, and make sure you have a regular supply of patterns, projects and sewing inspiration. Getting a sewing magazine delivered is the perfect way to get access to original and seasonal sewing ideas and learn all the most modern techniques, and keep up to date with new products and materials being released.  You can tuck it in your bag to read in your lunch hour, read it on the train, lend it to friends. If you buy a subscription online, it usually works out MUCH cheaper than buying them in your local supermarket one magazine at a time. And, at this time of … Continue reading

Fab Felt Holiday projects – Felt Christmas Trees

Easy to make felt Christmas Trees.

Do you remember the review I did of the Fab Felt Holiday Crafts class on Craftsy?  It really does have a whole lot of fun ideas and projects for the festive season and although time is tight for festive sewing, I’m determined to get a couple under my belt this year. Here are the projects covered in the class: Felt tree ornaments – 4 different types of origami inspired ornaments Penguin or Santa wine sleeve Poinsettia brooch or gift topper Felt gingerbread houses Mini Christmas trees Multi-colored festive garland Felted wool slippers I’ve been inspired by one of the projects and plan to work on something later this week.  No idea if it will work out but I’ll share it even if it doesn’t.  Nothing more fun than a felty-failure. But here are a few things that weren’t a failure – … Continue reading

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

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