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

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