10 Travel Sewing Projects Before Your Next Trip

travel sewing projects

With summer coming to a close and the popular travelling holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas now on the horizon, we thought it would be timely to compile of list of travel sewing projects that will make your upcoming journeys a bit more enjoyable.  I did a lot of travelling this summer and how I wished I had had many of these helpful items with me at the time.  When I got back, I put this list of travel sewing projects together thinking of all the things I wish I had had during our trip. Travel is the time when you need lot of bags and pouches for storing and organising those itsy bitsy items. For long distance travel, you might even need few items to make your journey as comfortable as possible. The good news is that you need not have … Continue reading

Sewing Vintage Clothing Has Never Been This Easy

sewing vintage clothing

Haven’t you fantasized about being a 1930’s woman wearing that elegant dress that your favorite Hollywood actress wore during her time?  Perhaps you’re looking forward to sewing your own dropped-waist dress, just like the ones which were in style during the early ‘1920s.  If so, let’s take a quick look at the possibility of sewing vintage clothing during the time of Information Technology. (See our recent article The Wandering Waistline Explained for more the dropped-waist and other vintage styles.) Patterns for Sewing Vintage Clothing are Readily Available on the Internet: When we say vintage clothing, we refer to garments that were in style between 20 and 100 years ago that are representative of their era. They are either used, manufactured, handmade or new, which means it comes from dead stock. It’s important to take note that the meaning of vintage is fluid … Continue reading

30 Sewing Hacks You Should Know By Heart

sewing hacks

Are you a hacker? I am not talking about hacking on the computer here, but about a sewist who can work around with what she has on hand and sew easier and faster. Well, if you are not, it’s time to start hacking and here are a few tips and suggestions to become a certified sewing hacker. In the past, we’ve done whole series of Tool Tips focusing on finding and using the best sewing tools.  Here’s just a short list: Tool tips– budget or quality? The brass seam ripper Tool tips – budget or quality? Sewing scissors Tool tips – budget or quality? Wonder Clips Tool tips– Sewing storage ideas Tool tips – budget or quality? The Bodkin But these articles have focused on helping you find the best traditional sewing tools and supplies to get the job done.  Now, we’re … Continue reading

Sewing for Your Cat – Lovely Sewing Projects for Your Feline Friends

Sewing for your cat

Looking to jump-start your creativity? Sewing for pets can be so rewarding and we have a bunch of lovely cat sewing projects to prove it. Treat your cats like royalty with these sewing for your cat projects! These sewing projects for cats can’t help but make you and your pet smile. Free animal sewing patterns don’t often look this good! Give these easy sewing projects a try and you’ll have a cat that’s dressed for success. Every step in these tutorials purr-fectly explains how to make pretty and useful stuff for your cat, so when you are through, you’re gonna have a stylish sewing project for your cat and a very happy furry friend. These sewing for your cat projects make fantastic gifts for your feline friend too! Hover over the picture to show the title, click to open, or right click and … Continue reading

Star wars sewing projects to bring the force home!

star wars sewing

The world is going Star Wars crazy, there’s no avoiding it, so why not get involved and try out some super Star Wars sewing projects!?! You must be wondering what on earth you could sew related to Star Wars, well I was anyway! There’s actually some super projects out there including costumes of course for adults and children, puppets, but also throws, pillows and even aprons for your kitchen! If you got really into these projects you could create an entire Star wars theme bedroom! I never know there could be so much to create! What I love about some of these projects is that they provide links to great places to buy Star Wars themed fabric, which you can mix in with plains and prints to get a great color scheme going. These items could be great for a … Continue reading

For Men Who Love to Sew

men who love to sew

Sewing is one of those rare fields where women dominate the scene –but there are surely a few men out there who would love to learn to sew at home.  So why don’t we see more guys famously sewing when we have many male fashion designers who have made names for themselves and nearly almost all tailors are men? The main reason is perhaps the widely held, but fixed and oversimplified, idea that sewing is a task fit only for women. Alas, sewing was on the standard curriculum for girls in high school while the boys were usually taught some kind of industrial arts like carpentry or car repair, weren’t they?  As a result, sewing became something that a woman was expected to know, which she can use as her contribution to her future family.  This was especially true during … Continue reading

Oriental sewing roundup for Chinese New Year

oriental sewing roundup

Trying to avoid Valentines Day? So while everybody is busy planning for Valentines, I wondered what else was going on in February.  If I see much more pink I might be sick, and Valentines isn’t for everyone… right? (Like those of us who have been married for more than 5 minutes don’t get a look in!) Anyway, less moaning, more sewing… and inspired I was, as I consulted my teachers calendar and realized it is in fact Chinese New Year on February 8th, and it’s the year of the monkey. This got me thinking… Get inspired with Asian-styled projects in this oriental sewing roundup! New inspiration and ideas for sewing are always good, so why not find some oriental style sewing patterns for all of you?! Not only are there some fabulous dress designs, and cute little purses, but games, bags, decorations … Continue reading

Pinterest feature – Working with knits

Collection of pins all on the subject of Working with Knits - follow this Pinterest board for all the best tips on working with stretch fabrics

It’s been a while since I did a feature about sewing pins on Pinterest. Check out this earlier article about binding and bias tape pins and one of my favorite boards that I refer to often for tips and reminders: Pinterest – bias and binding pins If you aren’t yet a follower on the So Sew Easy Pinterest boards do come and join us. It’s not just me, I have a whole team of the best sewing bloggers helping to find great content and keep those boards up to date with all the latest free sewing patterns and best sewing tutorials. Today I’m focusing on Working with Knits. My board has 44 pins at the time of writing this, although I’m finding new resources and adding them all the time.  I find Pinterest really useful because: its a visual way to … Continue reading

Tech and tablet cases – the best free patterns

iPod iPad iPhone case tutorials. All the best free patterns for storing, carrying and protecting your tech and tablets.

So can you believe that on the 10th of November it’s 14 years since the first iPod was sold! Whether you have one or not, they have certainly changed the face of technology and what with iPods, iPhones, iPads and all the other variations of tablets and smart technology it’s been a busy 14 years, and I think they need some appreciation. If you do have an ‘i’ something… one thing’s for sure… you’ll want to look after it, and so in celebration of their arrival I’ve brought you over 30 things you can sew for your ipod/iphone/tablet/kindle. Many of them can be adjusted to fit all devices so there’s something for everyone.  The best patterns can be found below for cases, covers and wallets for all of your e-gadgets. If tech is not your thing, this article is still … Continue reading

Hats, gloves and scarves to sew for winter

Stephanie from Swoodson Says, it’s starting to get brisk in the States which makes for perfect timing to sew cozy winter projects. Free patterns are so much fun – I actually tested 4 kid’s free beanie hat patterns that are perfect for fall! Now that it’s getting a little colder, I’ve started looking for winter gear – warm hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, cowls, and even a fun hand muff. Accessories make such great presents because sizing isn’t as much of an issue, and it’s easy to upcycle sweaters or use inexpensive fleece. I know I’ll be whipping up a few more upcycled heart hand warmers in addition to some of these scarves, my tutorial is here if you want to check it out! Lots of these patterns would be fun to incorporate applique or patchwork for a personal touch, too.   … Continue reading

Free patterns for Halloween costumes to sew

Halloween costumes to sew for kids and adults, all free patterns.

So as Halloween fast approaches I’m feeling the pressure to come up with the best possible costume… something quick and easy to sew, and an easy picture tutorial to follow… free of course! Well if you feel the same you’ve come to the right place. I’ve put together the best free costume tutorials I could find. While lots of them are for children, I’m sure you can size them up for ‘big kids’ too!! Some of the costumes use cheap plain items you can find in Target, a thrift store or your local shop or wardrobe, and you can ‘upcycle’ them to create the perfect costume for Halloween. Some other great ideas I found, like the ‘furry ears’ just make a great quick accessory to a normal outfit. There really is a Halloween costume here for everyone, even the man … Continue reading