Mug rug madness – free mug rug patterns

The BEST free mug rugs patterns. More than 40 free patterns for mug rugs, including seasonal and shaped ones.

I am suffering from a severe case of mug rug madness. I can’t help it. Being English I love tea, and drink at least 10 cups a day. I also like a biscuit to go with it, like a digestive or something English like that. Imagine my amazement when I discovered mug rugs. A beautiful mat I could make, (often in under 30 minutes), that would provide a snug home for my tea and my biscuit! Mug rug madness is sweeping the nation, and it’s no wonder. Make your own washable coasters, to suit your taste and your home. Quick projects are great to do with bored teenagers, especially over the summer holidays and best of all, you’ll never see a cup stain or a crumb on your side table again! There are a couple of other reason why mug … Continue reading

Cutest Free Baby Shoe Patterns

Cutest Free Baby Shoes Patterns. These can be addictive to sew!

Can you think of anything cuter than baby shoes? Those tiny – often not functional – pieces of fabric would almost make me consider a baby #4… Almost that is, so for now I’ll dive into these ten too cute free baby shoe patterns just for baby gifts. They hardly take any fabric, just some puzzling with tiny pattern pieces, so it’s a great scrapbuster. Last year, I made the booties by This Heart Of Mine, perfect to keep little feet warm for fall and winter because – as promised in the tutorial – they actually stay on the little feet due to the elastic in the back. However, though these patterns and tutorials are mostly for babies, I think even my boy would love those Dragon Slippers from Made By Rae. The tutorial explains how to draft a pattern by … Continue reading

15 Favourite Free Summer Dress Patterns

Favourite Free Summer Dress Patterns

  Remember the cute free dress patterns for little girls that I shared over here a few weeks ago? Well, I couldn’t leave us grown up girls out of the fun of course! So below you’ll find my favourite free summer dress patterns and tutorials for women.  Whether for the daytime or evening, for work or for play, you’re sure to find some you’d love to sew here. Most of them are available in multiple sizes, some only in one or two, so be sure to hop over to the original source, before you run out to the fabric shop. Maybe where you live a long-sleeved wrap dress wouldn’t count as a summer dress, but over here in the Netherlands I would definitely get a lot of use out of it, even during summer months… And besides, shortening basic sleeves … Continue reading

Round up – Things to sew for boys

Boys can be a whole lot more difficult to sew for than girls, so here's a round up that gives you some great ideas and sewing inspiration.

Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says again and I’m really excited to share this round-up with you. I have a 2.5 year old son who I love to sew for – I started designing PDF patterns for toys because I wanted more options for toddlers! Sometimes it seems like all the tutorials and patterns are for ruffle-y dresses and dolls with pigtails. Don’t despair! There are lots of fun things to sew for the boys in your life – and sometimes that frilly, flowery idea just needs a change of fabric. I included two applique patterns in the list too – one of my favorite ways to make t-shirts special when sewing for boys. Don’t forget to get your boys involved, too! My son has already started “embroidering” with me when I hand sew – it’s so cute. Things to sew … Continue reading

Pinterest Feature – bias and binding pins

Pick of the best pins for bias, piping and binding tutorials

Do you use Pinterest to save and collect your sewing inspiration?  I love it, but admit I don’t pin as much as I used to.  So much to do, so little time and Pinterest can suck me in until I’ve enjoyed a couple of hours browsing and reading without realising it! I thought you might enjoy checking out a few of my Pinterest Favorites, so here’s my top picks from the Bias Binding Tutorials board.  There are 55+ pins covering all aspects of how to make and use binding, bias binding and piping.  Here are a few of my favorites and some of my own: (Take note of the numbers and scroll down to the bottom for the Pin links) Check out these pins to find great content and repin them to your own Pinterest sewing tutorials boards to save … Continue reading

30+ Free Jelly Roll Quilt patterns you will love

The best free jelly roll quilt patterns. From beginner to advanced and everything in between. Love that rainbow one!

  If you have been thinking about quilting you have come to the right place. All that cutting and matching might seem daunting but help is at hand… and it’s in the form of the most fabulous ‘jelly roll’; pre-cut strips in various colors from a single print collection. With strips measuring 2.5″ by 42″, these compact rolls put all the right colors and patterns together to help you make the most beautiful quilt. Now you’ve got the perfect jelly roll, what are you going to do with it? That’s where we step in, by bringing you a fabulous selection of free jelly roll quilt patterns and tutorials. These tutorials will guide you as you arrange the pattern and construct the quilt, from start to finish. So why should you make a quilt? Why not!! Really, they make wonderful gifts … Continue reading

Sewing for profit. Projects that are great to make to sell

Ideas and tips for sewing for selling. What do you need to consider and links to some great projects that could be good profit-makers.

Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says again, with a really fun round up of things that I think would be great to see and then sell at a craft fair or on Etsy and other online handicrafts venues. I am an avid handmade shopper, so I not only looked for things I’d buy myself but also considered how long they’d take to make, how much fabric they’d use, and if they’d make good gifts! I think you will find some fun new ideas if you sew to sell, or maybe just some new projects if you don’t.  I have a round-up of fabric scrap gift ideas that also has some great ideas too! What makes a good “sew to sell”  project? Supplies – if it uses small pieces of fabric or basic sewing supplies, you don’t have much of an outlay.  If … Continue reading

Best sewing books as recommended by our readers

The Best Sewing Books as recommended by the So Sew Easy readers. Lots of great reference and inspiration here.

I was lucky enough to pick up a couple of sewing books at our local second-hand bookstore that supports our Humane Society.  It got me to wondering, do people still buy sewing books or do we all now look for our answers online.  So I asked our readers here in the sewing chat group… “Do you buy sewing books still, or just use the internet to look things up? Do you have any favorite books you refer to often and would recommend – and why? Is it for beginners, intermediate or advanced? Thanks.” I was pleasantly surprised at all of the answers, and even photos of book shelves full of sewing books.  It turns out that many of us still love our sewing books and some (you know who you are) have accumulated quite a library of books that are … Continue reading

Things to sew for eating outdoors – National Picnic Week!

Things to sew for eating outdoors - National picnic week. Make eating out fun and summery.

For my Grandad Douglass, every picnic had to be perfect, more like an outdoor banquet. Plates, cutlery, a set table, a 3 course meal.. meats, salads, potatoes and of course, all the condiments. One day he hiked a 3 mile round trip for ‘salad cream,’ (an English delicacy), as he just couldn’t have his picnic without it.  I feel like I’ve been slipping recently, as I sit on a rock with my apple and a bag of chips! So what can I do about it? Start sewing of course!! With my Grandad in mind here I looked high and low and tried to find all things to sew for eating outdoors – for National Picnic Week which is 13th to 21st June! Wherever your are eating outdoors; in the shade of your homemade garden teepee, or out on the moors, on the forest floor, … Continue reading

15 Cutest Free Dress Patterns for Little Girls

15 Cutest Free Girls Dress Patterns

Though I do sew quite a lot for myself and for the little man in my life, to me nothing beats sewing dresses for little girls… These dresses usually take little time to sew, take little fabric and the result is sooo sweet! So, with summer approaching fast – or at least supposed to approach any day now, it’s still cold over here in the Netherlands – I selected the fifteen cutest free dress patterns for little girls. Some of the patterns listed below are full on pdf patterns, such as the Popover Dress by Oliver+S, others, such as the Vintage Heirloom Dress and the Simple Ruffled Sundress, are tutorials, so no pattern pieces are included. However, the tutorials clearly explain what to do and how to create your pattern pieces, so no need to stay away from them. Some … Continue reading

Pretty and Practical Things to Sew for your kitchen

More than 50 pretty and practical things to sew for the kitchen.

Are you hoping to have friends over for parties, picnics and BBQs this summer? If you are you need to look through these free things to sew for your kitchen. I just love an excuse to sew something new, and there’s none better than sewing something useful. Save the environment with reusable cloths and paper towels – what a brilliant idea! Cooking in my house gets messy and I like to cook wearing an apron. Like me, you might have one too, but after I saw these free apron patterns, I knew my old rag was surely fit to line the trash; I had to make a new one, and they are so gorgeous, I think I’ll keep it on for dinner! Got little ones to help you out in the kitchen? If you need to keep them clean while they ‘help’ you … Continue reading