The Simplest Way to Line a Bag of Any Kind

How to line any purse, bag or tote

Making a simple tote bag is probably one of the best introductory sewing projects, but where do you go after that? How do you advance your sewing skills but still make a project that won’t overwhelm, or be too complicated? Well, I think that adding a lining to your bag is a fantastic way to learn a skill that can be applied to so many different sewing projects. The amazing, simple, way of lining a tote that I’m about to show you can be applied to the simplest, and the most complicated purses and bags. This tutorial assumes you have already pieced together your tote interior, exterior and handles. Haven’t done that yet? Read this tutorial on how to construct the basic pieces for your bag! *Note, if you’d like to apply pockets to the interior or exterior of your bag, … Continue reading

How to follow the So Sew Easy site

This is a handy article about how to follow your favorite blogs, including a new way I didn't know, but now LOVE!

I’ve had a few questions sent to me recently by new readers asking how they can ‘follow’ the site, or how they can find the Facebook page, do I have a Pinterest account etc.  Sometimes I just take it for granted you all know how to find the social media sites by now, but if you are new to the site, it’s often not that obvious. So here is a quick round up of the various places you can follow along. Obviously you don’t have to follow them all, just the venues you would be likely to use most often and whatever is the best way for you to keep in touch with all the new content. Navigation Firstly it can help if you know your way around the site and what to look out for.  Check out this earlier … Continue reading

Yes! You CAN make professional looking custom sewing labels!

make your own sewing labels

There are so many nice label shops out there, especially on Etsy.  I’ve been wanting to get some custom sewing labels for myself for some time now, but for wanting so many different styles, it would cost me a fortune.  Now that I know how to make them for next to nothing, I can make them more personal like “Made for Paige by Nana”, “Made Specially for You”, or “Love Mom”. You get the idea. I’ve tried this a couple of ways to see what would work best and quite honestly, I like them all. Let’s get started. What you will need: Sewing machine Iron Ink Jet printer A word processing program, or design program Scissors or a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat (preferred) Thread to match label Sewing machine needle Sewing machine foot you can see through (I LOVE … Continue reading

The Art of Sewing and Selling: More Tips to Help You Start

sewing and selling

Sewing and Selling Selling is as much an art as sewing is –and if you are willing to be creative and serious in both, then it may be time to showcase your work and earn some money too by practicing the art of sewing and selling. You can start stitching your way to success like others did. And one of the most amazing success stories in sewing is the Levi’s Jeans story when Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis, patented a unique way of making pants by using rivets at points of strain to make them last longer. The rest, as we all know, is a multi-million dollar sewing history. You can see a terrific video about the Levi Strauss story below which might give you some inspiration: So, let’s say you finally decide to start a home sewing business. Here … Continue reading

How to find your way around So Sew Easy

Tips for how to find what you are looking for and navgate your way easily around the So Sew Easy site

Welcome to all the new readers we’ve had visit us so far this year. It’s great to hear that so many of you got your first sewing machine for Christmas and are just itching to start creating and sewing things you can be proud of. There is so much content here already and so much more planned and I don’t want you to miss a thing so here are all the ways you can find your way around, search for patterns and tutorials and find great content you missed. Use the menu bar The menu bar is a great place to start when navigating round the site and you’ll find the major pages here as the start point for your sewing journey. Click Home at any time to return to the front page. Free Patterns page Whether you are looking … Continue reading

Crafting to make money in 2016?

Creativelive Sale

If you have any plans for crafting to make money in 2016, here’s an offer you won’t want to miss.   I don’t know if you’re familiar with CreativeLive or with one of their leading craft instructors, Megan Auman.  CreativeLive is a popular site for training courses and videos tending to be more business-related rather than purely artistic. Megan Auman is a designer, metalsmith, educator, and entrepreneur who has built a multi-faceted business around her passion for great design and sustainable business.  Megan is well-known for both her easy style as well as her detailed knowledge of business.  She’s a successful business owner who has grown her craft into a national business and is now teaching online.  One of her well-know classes is called “How to Make a Living Selling What You Make.” If you made a resolution to commit … Continue reading

40 Techniques every sewer should know-do you ?

Essential sewing skills for sewers of all levels. Review of the 40 techniques class.

I was fortunate, learning to sew at school  – it was one of the few lessons I took to but that’s a rather long time ago now. The course “40 Techniques every sewer should know” is great!! Divided into seven sections covering: Pressing, Stitching, Curves and Corners, Interfacing Tips, Beautiful Bindings, Getting Closure Each section covers a variety of tips. The division of the class into sections means you can easily refer back to subjects to refresh your memory. There is something for everyone in this course. Pressing Matters – This class has changed my relationship to my iron. Gail has converted me!!! A good press with the right tools improves the quality of the finished garment, within three minutes of the class starting I had learnt the value of pressing rolls. Stitch Perfect – Don’t you just hate wobbly top stitching?! Learn to use any foot with a guide (the guide is a … Continue reading

How I found more time in the sewing room

If you like to sew bags or use fusible interfacing, you NEED to see this about how you can do it so much quicker!

Sewing is a great hobby.  You can pick up a quick project and sew for 10-15 minutes then come back to it tomorrow, next week, even next year.  Or you can sit and sew full-on for the full weekend if you like. Your sewing machine won’t complain it’s tired. Actually, finding the time to sew is the hardest part of sewing I think.  How many of us truly have the time we want to dedicate to our favorite hobby?  How many of us have rushed a project because we don’t have all the time we need, and then made a mistake and had to spend 15 minutes with the seam ripper?  Hands up – me too.  Many times. How I saved time in the sewing room We’ve been following along with a series about sewing tools, looking at whether spending … Continue reading

Organising your stash, how to keep it neat

More ideas for how to fold and store your fabric stash so you can enjoy looking at it even more :-)

I did an article a little while back now about the new smart and tidy way I was storing my modest fabric stash.  I shared it in the group and got so many new ideas to try that I wanted to do a follow up with some extra bits and pieces.  Especially about securing the end of the fabric once it was on it’s new mini bolt. I don’t know about you, but for me, a lot of the pleasure from sewing actually comes from just looking at fabric, dreaming about fabric, stroking fabric, and browsing through fabrics online, even if I don’t buy many of them.  So having my fabric neatly displayed gives me a lot of satisfaction, makes me enjoy sewing even more, and also saves me time because I can find and match what I need faster. … Continue reading

Sewing pattern copyright law – myths debunked

Do you know the law about the copyright on sewing patterns and the things you make from those patterns. Don't believe everything you read! Here are the facts.

There were a couple of articles in July that had a lot of interest, both about sewing to sell.  How to price your work and a round up of projects that are good to sell. Good to see so many people were interested in this subject, but at the same time I got such a lot of emails telling me that it was illegal to sell things you had made from either someone else’s sewing pattern, or from licensed fabric.  Or that you had to buy a licence from the pattern designer if you wanted to sell an item made from their pattern, known as a cottage licence.  Or that if you want to make more than one item (such as 3 matching bridesmaid dresses) that you have to buy a new pattern for each person!  Sadly it only proves that … 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