Adding Bling with Fabric Stencils, Sew-On Jewels, and Sequins

fabric stencils

Printing using fabric stencils is one of the easiest ways to decorate a garment in need of a bit of excitement.  To tell you the truth, the princess I “borrowed” for the photo shoot a couple weeks ago for the Easy Princess Dress Pattern didn’t like the costume at first.  Who can blame her?  There was no tiara, no jewels or slippers and most importantly no bling on the dress to make her feel special. The costume she wore was made of satin.  Plain satin can be a flat and somewhat boring fabric if it doesn’t have a little bling on it.  Satin is like a blank canvas where you can paint, embroider and glue things to it to make it more exciting and beautiful. So I set about to liven up the Easy Princess Dress and in the process I wanted to … Continue reading

Easy Princess Dress Pattern: Have you seen Frozen?

fabric stencils

I am clueless about it because I don’t have a little girl in my house anymore, so I don’t really know much about the recent movie “Frozen” except that it was very popular.  Parents of a child under 9 will be more familiar with the lyrics and the story line.  A main character in the movie was the princess and as you would expect, the Disney artists made her gown magnificent and I’ve had a lot of requests about whether we could design a project to make something similar. While I didn’t see the movie, I am certainly still familiar with having “princess” in the house and I know how much little girls love the idea of princess costumes.  My daughter, who is now fifteen, used to parade herself around day and night in a tutu.  On “bad” or extreme princess … Continue reading

Why do we use the baby swaddle?

baby swaddle

So why do we use the baby swaddle? Swaddling is the the age-old practice of wrapping a newborn up tight and cozy in a blanket, in order to restrict the movement of limbs. It helps to keep the baby on it’s back and makes for a sounder sleep with less upsets and tears. The practice dates back millennia and has been practiced in varying degrees throughout history. Statues and engravings from Cyprus and Crete, depicting babes in a swaddled state, date back as far as 4500 years. In the Christian Bible, Mary is said to have wrapped her newborn baby Jesus in swaddling clothes, before placing him in the manger. The original swaddling garb was a linen cloth which was bound tight with bandage-like strips. Common practice was to wash and oil the baby down after birth and immediately bind … Continue reading

Tips for Choosing Fabric for Children’s Clothes

fabric for childrens clothes

All parents would agree that it’s a herculean task to maintain children’s clothes. All the chocolates and cookies that they snack on inevitably leave their mark on that pretty dress or handsome pair of pants, not to mention puddles of mud and dirt cakes. Moreover, the sensitive skin of the tiny tots may be affected by certain fabrics and textures. That’s why I’ve come up with a few simple tips to apply when selecting fabric for children’s clothes. Type of fabric: As a general rule, it’s a good idea to avoid synthetic fabric for children’s clothes because of it’s high level of chemical content, which could cause allergic reactions on their delicate skin. Try to use all natural fabric like cotton, wool and silk at all costs. For toddlers, organically grown natural fabric would be the best bet. We did a … Continue reading

Baby Kimono Onesie – Free Sewing Pattern and Tutorial

Free Baby Kimono Onesie Sewing Pattern: Make this cute kimono style onesie for your little one or as a lovely baby shower gift.

If you’ve ever dressed a little baby, you’ll know how much they like to wiggle; making it really difficult to put any clothes on them. Any item of clothing which needs to go over the baby’s head, or has lots of fiddly buttons can be especially cumbersome. That’s why I love baby clothes with a front opening, such as this baby kimono onesie. My baby girl, Umi, has been wearing a kimono as her pyjamas ever since she was born. She’s recently grown out of the kimono I bought for her in Japan, so I decided to make my own baby kimono in a bigger size. The Sewing Pattern This baby kimono onesie sewing pattern comes in two sizes, 3-6 and 6-9 months. Umi is 7 months old and she is wearing the 6-9 months size.  Make sure you print the … Continue reading

Simple Headband Project – Now with Video

  You may remember the Quick & Easy Headband Project we posted a few weeks ago. A Quick And Easy Headband Project in 15 minutes. Well, it turns out that a few of our readers struggled a bit with the instructions, so perhaps it wasn’t as easy as we thought.   We had a lot of requests to do a video walking you through the process.  It has taken us a while to to do this one, but it’s finally finished and live on the So Sew Easy Youtube Channel. With the video, I think you will find that the project is indeed quick, easy and most of all FUN!  Please give this simple headband project a try and let me know how you go.  I’d be grateful for your comments either below or on Youtube.  

The Crafty Crayon Roll Up

Crafty Crayon Roll

I just meet the nicest people online! One being Susan who is an expert quilter and quilting instructor and produces the most amazing quilts she has shared with me, including exquisite hand applique quilts. She doesn’t have a website or anywhere I can share on her behalf, but I know we share an enthusiasm for introducing people to sewing. She’s been helping some friends get into sewing just recently and a couple of them asked her to write them some instructions on how to make one of those crayon roll ups for kids.  So she made one, took some photos and some notes and sent it on to them. Then she kindly thought of the So Sew Easy community and sent the instructions on over here too in case you’d like to use them. A Quick and Crafty Crayon Roll is … 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

Sewing for Teens: and Audio Book Review

Sewing for teens

This is a review of an audio book aimed at sewing for teens called Sewing: the Ultimate Guide to Mastering Sewing for Beginners in 30 Minutes or Less by Jessica Pickens. My name is Samantha (Sammy for short).  I’m 14 and live with my parents and my older brother who is 17. For Christmas, my mom gave me this audio book as a way of introducing me to the world of hand and machine sewing.  She’s been sewing all her life and really likes it.  I’m still deciding, but this book gave me a good idea what it’s all about. The book is an audio book, so you have to download it and listen to it on your phone or iPod.  If you want to listen to it, you can get if for free along with another audio book just … Continue reading

How to upcycle kid’s clothes, reusing hems

Upcycle kid's clothes no hemming required

Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says again, and I’m sharing one of my favorite tips on how to upcycle kid’s clothes. A new year often triggers cleaning out the closet, but don’t donate all those clothes just yet. You can upcycle adult clothes into kids clothes quick and easy – there are a few adjustments to make so you can reuse the existing hems and skip the fussiest part of sewing. If you don’t have any clothes to work from, I have some tips for thrift store shopping effectively, specific to sewing refashions and upcycles. Something that looks dated and frumpy for an adult can turn out to be just perfect on a child! Step 1 Pick out a pattern to use, and make sure that you will have enough fabric by holding it up to the existing garment. The main … Continue reading

The Best Free Baby Quilt Patterns

So many perfect baby quilt patterns and all free. From the very simple but striking to more complicated and everything in between. Love the panel quilting ideas.

Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says and I have the most fun round-up to share with you today: baby quilts! I still have the baby quilt that my Grandma made me, I shared it here. Baby quilts are the best – smaller size, faster to sew, super sentimental, and they’ll definitely be used. If you’re in the mood for a quicker project, use up some scraps and make a quilted rainbow burp cloth! Babies love colors and shapes, so I picked bright, modern quilts with lots of things to look at, perfect for a baby shower gift.  Simple shapes and bright contrasts work well for the little ones, as well as the more traditional nursery and cartoon style prints.  You can also ‘cheat’ using a ready made panel and simply add batting and backing without any piecing at all.  Some of … Continue reading