20 Tips for Etsy Success – and Giveaway

Did you know I had an alter-ego?  There are little hints hidden around the site, which reveal more about my other ‘secret’ activities.  The observant among you might have already noticed that I don’t just sew.  I also run Summer ScentSations – making bath and body products.  And if I suspend modesty for just a minute…I’m pretty damn good at it. My Etsy shop does very well, and I also have a lot of offline sales, local retail sales, features on daily deals sites and wholesale accounts – both locally and international.  You might say that I am an Etsy success story.  So much so, that I no longer have a ‘proper’ job,  I work at home, part-time hours and make my living selling my handmade products.  And I have fun doing it. But it wasn’t always like that – … Continue reading

FREE Video Course – Sewing Machine Feet

Sewing Machine Feet

At last – thank goodness.  Someone to tell me what all those presser feet do and give a really detailed instruction on how, why and when to use them. I was lucky to buy a machine that came with a lot of accessories, but I confess, as a new sewer, not only did I not recognise what these feet were called or what they did,  I had no idea when or how to use them.  But at last I feel I am about to go from complete novice sewer to perhaps beginner level with my sewing now that I have these strange and mysterious things explained. And it’s down to Craftsy again – have I told you how much I LOVE Craftsy – I think I might have mentioned it once or twice 😉     Craftsy says: “You’ll learn … Continue reading

Zipper Pouch Tutorial and Gallery

So Sew Easy: Free sewing pattern, zipper pouch tutorial

I made bags – a LOT of bags!  I never knew it could be so easy after struggling along following some of the tutorials I had found online.  Suddenly once I found the right tutorial it was quick, easy and fun. Er em, here are a few of the bags I quickly made….. Of course Craftsy came to my rescue when I wanted to get it right – I might just be in love with Craftsy. And this was one of their FREE classes too.  Bag-Making Basics: Reversible Tote & Zipper Pouch.  I haven’t watched the Reversible Tote sections yet, I jumped straight in with the Zipper Pouch.   There are a total of 6 video lessons, running time a total of 75 minutes, with Kristin Link from Sew Mama Sew. The Zipper Pouch is available in 4 sizes, with a free … Continue reading

More free patterns

So Sew Easy: FREE sewing patterns

I might be dragging behind everyone else, but I’ve just come across a new website with lots of free sewing patterns.  Although the site isn’t actually new – it’s just ‘newly found’ by me.   It’s even called Free Sewing.  I must be a dunce to have missed this one.  There are links to lots of user submitted patterns and tutorials. Enjoy – and if you find any patterns you make up, why not post a comment below with a link to your finished item. Authored by: So Sew Easy  

I drafted and made my own leggings

You can’t turn a street corner without seeing someone in leggings at the moment, and they are everywhere because: leggings are comfortable leggings are versatile they can be worn dressed up or down they can be modest under clothing or figure hugging on their own leggings are perfect for lounging leggings are ideal for exercising they can be plain, fun or funky and lots more reasons I had looked all around for a good way of drafting my own leggings pattern, but when I came across this tutorial video from Cal Patch I knew I had found it ! Starting with a few simple measurements taken on myself and a blank sheet of paper, in just a few minutes I had a custom made-to-measure personal leggings pattern.  And there is only two pieces so they sew up in super quick … Continue reading

$100 of Robert Kaufman fabrics giveaway

Did you participate in the quilt block of the month course with Craftsy during 2012? I was new to sewing and you all know I LOVE Craftsy, so I did join up and watch several of the videos to learn more about quilting. At the time I decided quilting wasn’t for me just yet – it seems to require a degree of accuracy in measuring, cutting and sewing that as a complete beginner I wasn’t yet achieving  But as soon as the 2013 course came out, I signed up again. A quilt is something I will certainly try this year.   The Quilt Block of the Month course is running for FREE again in 2013. I could tell you all about it, but it’s easier to let the course speak for itself: “The Craftsy Block of the Month is back and … Continue reading

A Gazillion Free sewing patterns

OK, not a gazillion right now, but who knows how many we could find if we acted together ! Read on to find out how to join the Pinterest Free Sewing Patterns Group Board and find 1000’s of free patterns. I was looking through my Pinterest boards of Free Sewing Patterns: Dresses Tops and blouses Shirts, shorts and pants when I started to search for other boards on free sewing patterns.  I found a LOT of them. Clearly it’s a subject a lot of people are interested in and like to pin and share. Which got me to thinking – wouldn’t it be great to have a central repository of the best of the internet’s free sewing patterns all in one place, where everyone could add something they found.  Then we could all just refer to the once place to … Continue reading

Resolution 2013 – Be More Giving to Others

I’ve really enjoyed reading all of the blog reviews of 2012, and everyone’s plans for 2013.  I subscribe mostly to sewing blogs, so this is what I have mostly been looking through – completed items and planned items for the coming year.  Well,  I am too new to sewing and to blogging to do much of a review, so I thought instead I would share my non-sewing plans for 2013. Late in 2012 I was feeling low as a result of my illness and I felt in need of a pick me up.  So I browsed online and came across Kiva.  I could tell you all about what they do, but it’s best to get it from their own ‘mouths’. “We are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of … Continue reading

Craftsy courses on Christmas SALE

Yay – just when you thought this time of year couldn’t be any better with Christmas on the way and everyone so excited – Craftsy announce a SALE so you can treat yourself and any other crafty person you know.  (You might notice that during this time the banners on my site will all change to show the sale.) From 22nd to 24th December all the courses will be on SALE from $9.99 to $24.99 each.  Bargain and perfect timing for last minute gift ideas.  What I love about these courses is not only that the instrcutors are highly expereienced professionals in their field, but the videos are there for life.  You watch them when you want, as often as you want and the teaching platform allows students to upload completed or work-in-progress projects, talk with each other and ask … Continue reading

Pants Fitting Techniques – Part 1

I recently enrolled in a course with Craftsy.  Pant Fitting Techniques – how to get a good fit on trousers that you make from a supplied Vogue pattern.  It was a new course so there weren’t many reviews to go on, and no finished student projects, but pattern fitting is an area where I am very interested to learn more. A pattern comes with the course for a pair of slim fit trousers with a princess seam down the front of the leg.  The idea behind this pattern is that there are now 4 seams you can adjust instead of the regular two only at the sides, and by having so many places you can adjust you will be able to get a great fit.  I’ve never sewn real trousers before so this seemed ideal.   As I am overseas, … Continue reading