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

50 Favorite Best Free Purse Patterns

I totally agree - these are 50 of the best free bag and purse sewing patterns. I'll never be able to sew them all!

I love to sew bags and I can tell that you do too as the bag and purse patterns on my site are always very popular and get a lot of sewing pattern downloads and pins.  There are a lot of tote, bag, wallet and purse patterns out there so how do you choose what to sew next? Honestly, I don’t know – there are so many awesome bag patterns to choose from! So I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite bag, tote and purse patterns, along with a few of my own you might not have seen if you are fairly new to the site.  So jump in and start browsing – you’ll want to pin lots of these for sure. From small like the teeny tiny pouch, to large totes and overnight bags and everything … Continue reading

20+ things to sew for yoga, the gym or a workout

Fun ideas for things to sew for yoga, the gym and working out. Love the t-shirt refashions to work out wear

Did you make a resolution this year to work out more, go to the gym, do daily yoga, jog, run or even walk more?  How is that going?  Oh dear…me too.  My 30 days of yoga stopped after day 8 and has been rather sporadic after that. Isn’t it the way that you would have more energy and get up and go if you did these things, but don’t have the energy and get up and go to start them! I feel we need a boost, a little something to get us moving again.  So let’s get our sewing machine needles moving first and create some work out wear, or something for our yoga class or the gym.  Just so we can feel a little more inspired to get out there and just do it. Here’s a collection of inspiration … Continue reading