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

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