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

How To Make A Baby Quilt

Hi everyone!  It’s Jann from Newton Custom Interiors again.  I love sewing for my  grandchildren, and I especially love sewing something for them when they’re newborns.  Today, I’m going to share with you how to make a baby quilt.  This is what I made for my newest grandson when he was born, and I love how it turned out. How To Make A Baby Quilt The finished size of the baby quilt is 33″ wide x 38″ long Materials needed: 1/2 – 3/4 yards of 4 coordinating fabrics 1 1/4 yards of fabric or lining for the back side 1 1/4 yards of Warm & Natural Disappearing ink marking pen Thread to match binding fabric Thread to match quilt fabrics Instructions: Pre-wash all of the fabrics and the Warm & Natural (following package instructions).  Cut out your back piece of … Continue reading

The best free Softie and Plushie patterns

More than 30 free patterns for all sorts of fun softies and plushies that kids will love.

Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says again and I’m really excited to share this round-up of the best free softie sewing patterns 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 imaginative options for toddlers! Softies are my very favorite, keep up with my Pinterest board if you love them too! Softies are a great way to use up smaller pieces of fabric – you can get creative with embellishments, embroidery and accessories (I love adding felt “eyeglasses!”). No one is too old for snuggly toys! Here you’ll find a collection of plushies and softies that kids of all ages will love, and for all skill levels too.  The little ones don’t notice your wonky stitching, the eyes that aren’t quite level – it’s … 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

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

You’ll love these patterns and a giveaway

You know how sometimes you are just looking for something and then quite by chance you come across something else that catches your eye.  Happens to me all the time – short attention span.  Etsy can be the worst for that and it was while browsing for some trim, that I came across the store for Maria Palito – she makes the most amazing felt toys, patterns and kits. Check out The Pattern Hub on Etsy. You know me well enough by now that when I find something I think you might like, I try to do us a deal.  So I asked Maria if she would create a pattern just for us, and give you the chance to win something from her store.  She said YES to both – what a star!  So enjoy below as she shares with … Continue reading

Interview with the Dragon Charmer !

Our sewing chat group has been so inspiring to me.  From time to time I see things there I would never have discovered otherwise, different aspects of sewing I’ve never tried.  Many times I’m just so impressed with all of the design, sewing and fitting skills from the members, but then other times I’m just blown away! We have one member, Sabine, who is fairly new to sewing and only recently started to use a sewing machine, so when she showed us photos of her first doll she made – well, the internet went crazy!  Since then she has been taking our breath away regularly with her gorgeous sewn creatures and dolls of all sorts, so naturally we were all clamoring to know where she got the patterns from. Etsy comes up trumps again and she pointed us to the … 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

Invisible Zipper Pillow Cover

How to sew an invisible zipper into the side seam of a pillow cover. I love this look!

  Hi, I’m Nienke, from the Dutch blog Pienkel and I’m very happy to meet all of you over here at So Sew Easy. For this first contributor post, I made you a tutorial for quite a basic yet versatile project: a pillow cover with an invisible zipper. Inserting an invisible zipper was one of the sewing skills I didn’t dare to undertake for a long time. However, as with most intimidating skills, once done it turned out fairly easy. Materials to make your invisible zipper pillow cover: – Fabric. For a common 16″ square pillow, you’ll need two 16″ squares of woven fabric without stretch. Quilting cotton is perfect for this purpose! – One invisible zipper, 16″ long. If you’d like, a slightly shorter one would do, and if you have a longer one at hand that works as … Continue reading

Learn to Sew a Circus Quiet Book (Part 2)

Page 2 in the Circus quiet book series. The high wire! I'm loving this series.

It’s Alicia here again, from Felt With Love Designs. A few months ago, I began the “Learn to Sew a Quiet Book” series with “What is a quiet book?” and continued last month with the first page in the series. Today, I have a full tutorial and free pattern for the second page! If you are interested in more options, check out the quiet book archive on Felt with Love Designs. Supplies you’ll need for your Circus Quiet Book page 2: The Pattern Craft Felt (full 9×12 sheet for the background and scraps of green, grey, yellow, red, and brown) Thread to match Scissors Freezer paper (optional – see my tutorial on using freezer paper to precisely cut your pattern) To sew the second page: Cut all of the pieces from felt. Sew an approximately three inch tall strip of brown along the bottom of the full sheet of felt (I used … Continue reading