12 Helpful Tips for a Stress Free Sewing Hobby

stress free sewing

Stress-free Sewing Stress is all around us these days.  According to the Mayo Clinic, stress can wreak havoc on both your mind and your body.  Thankfully sewing can be both a hobby and past-time that can really be a refuge from stress.  We’ve written before about how Sewing Fights Depression as well as about The Amazing Benefits of Quilting, but not yet about stress.  Here are some of my tips for stress-free sewing.  Do one project at a time, or at most you can have two. If you love to do something, it’s hard not to get overwhelmed by trying to make so many projects all at the same time. Here’s a scenario: You drop by a store with so many fabrics, pretty-designed embellishments, sewing patterns that are new to you, and many colorful ribbons that you can use in your projects. … Continue reading

The History of The Trench Coat: A New Sewing Project

trench coat history

I’ve always wanted to do a project to sew my own trench coat.  I’ve loved trench coats since I was a teen and with autumn just around the corner, I think it would be a fun project the would result in a practical garment for the cool, wet weather that is on the way.  (Actually, I live in Singapore and it is never cool here but I’m planning to Japan in the fall and it’s likely going to be trench-coat-wearing weather then.) As I often do before a project, I wanted to research the trench coat history so I could better understand how and why they were made.  Below is what I learned.  If you’re interested in a pattern and project to sew your own trench coat, please let me know in the comments at the end of the article. … Continue reading

Do You Know When to Replace Your Old Sewing Machine?

Replace Your Old Sewing Machine

All sewing enthusiasts can agree, it’s very difficult to decide when to change or replace your old sewing machine. Imagine using that same sewing machine for decades, and all the memories that attach to it. What if you inherited the machine from your Mom or even your GrandMa? Wouldn’t that make the value of the sewing machine as even more priceless and difficult to replace? However, a certain time will come that you have to let go of that old sewing machine that you’ve had for decades because YOU JUST HAVE TO. Now, here are some tips to help you know and decide when to replace your old sewing machine. 1.  When you have to pay a huge amount over and over just for repairs You know it is time to replace your sewing machine when the total costs of repair … Continue reading

Adding Cuffs to Shorts or Pants the So Sew Easy Way – Part Four

adding cuffs

  In this fourth and final part of the Walking Shorts Sew Along, we will be adding cuffs to any pair of shorts or pants can be easily done if you follow the instructions below. If you have missed the first three parts here are the links to take you there.  Please read thoroughly the first three parts so you are able to follow until the end of the sew-along. Part One – Walking Shorts Pattern & Sew Along Part Two– Walking Shorts Sew Along:  Slant Pocket and Zipper Part Three– How to Sew a Waistband to a Fly Front Zipper Adding cuffs to any pair of shorts or pants can be easily done if you follow the instructions below. The following instruction will be for both front and back of the pattern.  You can use any shorts or pants pattern in this … Continue reading

1-Hour Sewing Projects: 150+ Fun Ideas When You Only Have An Hour

1-Hour Sewing Projects

Most of us simply can’t find enough time to sew.  However, sometimes when I just have to sew something, I wish I had a list of small projects that I could fit into the short time I have available. So a few months ago, I started making a list of 1-hour sewing projects that I could squeeze into my schedule when I had only a few minutes to an hour.  Because I think many readers find themselves in the same situation, I wanted to share my list with you. We’ll be adding to this list as we come across new and interesting 1-hour sewing projects, so don’t forget to bookmark and share this list. Hover over the picture to show the title, click to open, or right-click and open in a new tab to keep this page open too. And … Continue reading

How to Sew a Waistband to a Fly Front Zipper – Part Three

In this third part of the Walking Shorts Sew Along, we will be sewing a waistband to a fly front zipper.  But before that, I will be showing you how to trace the waistband so you can learn the process from pattern making to final sewing. We are doing a straight waistband, so it will be easy to draft. If you have missed the first two parts here are the links to take you there.  Please read thoroughly the first two parts so you are able to follow until the end of the sew-along. Part One – Walking Shorts Pattern & Sew Along Part Two– Walking Shorts Sew Along:  Slant Pocket and Zipper Materials and Tools Fusible interfacing according to the weight of your fabric pattern making ruler or a meter stick measuring tape grading ruler button buttonhole foot thread to match patternmaking … Continue reading

Winners Announced for the $1,000 Fabric.com Giveaway!

And the Winners Are

We’re delighted to announce the winners of the $1,000 Fabric.com Giveaway today.  If you recall, in order to allow more people to win, we’re dividing the total prize into four winners of $250 each to spend at Fabric.com as they please. Unlike some of the previous giveaways sponsored by Fabic.com, this one was open to readers pretty much worldwide or at least to every country where Fabric.com ships –which is a pretty extensive list.  See the list of International Shipping destinations directly on Fabric.com. As it happens, one of the winners is actually from a small town in Norway, which I think is wonderful.  Congratulations Aase-Lill! Overall, the geographic diversity of the entrants was truly impressive.  About half the entrants were from outside the US, which roughly correlates to our readership base. Three of the four winners won with their entries from visiting … Continue reading

Ultimate Back-to-School Sewing Roundup

back to school sewing

It’s never too late to be ready for back-to-school! Having sent two kids off to school each fall for over ten years now I know it’s important to get ready for the big day as soon as possible. To help, we’ve put together what we think is the ultimate back-to-school sewing roundup with ideas and free patterns for everything from lunch bags to pencil cases and from messenger bags to backpacks. I hope these ideas help you get ready for the big day! Back-to-School Sewing Roundup Hover over the picture to show the title, click to open, or right-click and open in a new tab to keep this page open too. And don’t forget to pin so everyone can enjoy!

Only 2 More Days! Don’t Miss Out. $1,000 Fabric.com Giveaway Ends Soon.

Giveaway Final days

Just a quick reminder to everyone that the $1,000 Fabric.com Giveaway ends SOOOOON! There’s still time to get another couple entries in before the competition closes at midnight, US East Coast time Monday, July 31. Also, we’ve made a final update to the “Tell Us What You’d Make” entry where you comment what you’d make with a particular fabric. This new print is interesting but may be even more challenging than the last one. Looking forward to what you come up with. Good luck to everyone! PS:  Don’t miss this month’s Pattern of the Month Sale.  Get the popular Lucy Tote Bag for half price –only $3.. Ends this month.

A Big ‘Thank You’ to All Our Subscribers: 100K YouTube Subs! Yeah!

100k youtube

We were particularly excited to learn recently that our YouTube Channel reached the milestone of 100,000 subscribers! Thanks for all our readers, viewers and subscribers! YouTube has a fun tradition of sending “play button” awards to YouTubers as they reach certain milestones.  While we’ve only hit the first milestone at this point, we’re more than grateful to all our loyal followers. We look forward to continuing to develop the channel with more sewing and sewing related content for our subscribers.  We’d love for you to join us so please feel free to subscribe. A couple of quick stats on our YouTube channel: 130 FREE Sewing Videos on Youtube Almost 7.5 million views since we launched! More than 1 million minutes of video delivered in the last month. Average view duration is around 5 minutes which is extremely high for YouTube. Here … Continue reading

Surprise! As promised, here’s your FREE pattern (RRP$6.95). Today only!

free today only

During most of the year, I try to provide our readers with a variety fun and informative sewing-related articles as well as at least one free sewing project and pattern each and every week. However, as I mentioned in a recent email, I’m away on vacation with my family now.  You may not know it, but the weekly sewing projects take almost a full week of work to design, document, test, illustrate and write up.  I just haven’t been able to do it this week. So, we’re going to do something special instead.  To make sure everyone has something fun and seasonal to work on, we’re going to make one of our popular paid patterns free for this weekend only.  Yes, that’s right, FREE. As long as you download it on Craftsy this weekend, it will be free for you forever. … Continue reading