• Free dress patterns
  • Sew your own undies
  • Twist Front Top
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Easy summer dress
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Summer Drape Top

Make a handy mesh shower caddy

Use mesh fabric to sew this shower caddy or organiser

Did you see the mesh lingerie bags I sewed?  I had bought a yard of the mesh fabric and even after several bags, I still had a good size piece left over.  What to do?  Well I thought about the properties of the mesh fabric.  It’s pretty hard wearing, its breathable and lets water drain right through.  Washable, you can see through it and its a bit stretchy in one direction. I was in the shower wondering about how to use the left overs when I realised my husband had used the last of the shampoo. Grr, I hate having to drip water all over the bathroom floor to go and get a new bottle. If only we had room for more bottles and all my beauty goodies without cluttering up all around the bath.  Light bulb moment – we … Continue reading

  • Twist Front Top
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Free dress patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew your own undies
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Easy summer dress

Sewing a buttonhole with the buttonhole foot

Sewing machine buttonholes, perfect first time, every time.

Did you see my earlier article and video on how to sew on a button with your machine?  It wasn’t difficult at all, just a little bit of fiddling to make sure the needle lined up exactly with the button holes.  But, I admitted, I’m scared silly of actually sewing the buttonhole. Why?  Well the buttonhole is usually sewn right at the end of the project when eveything else is done. What if it messes up, gets all tangled, is skewed or just plain untidy?  It must be very hard to unpick a tiny buttonhole and resew without damaging the fabric.  And what if there are several, say 6 buttonholes to sew.  That means 6 chances to make a mess.  To do it nicely, each and every one has to be sewn correctly.  Getting it right on the first try, … Continue reading

  • Sew your own undies
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Twist Front Top
  • Easy summer dress
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Free dress patterns

Free bag pattern – Turning Japanese Bag

Free bag pattern. The handles make this bag really easy to make, but it looks fab! I want one!

Never sewn a bag before or just looking for a quick and easy project? The use of metal handles in this bag means there is no need for fiddly zippers or closures, but the bag still looks super cute and just like something you could have bought in a nice store. Feedback to the site, comments on Facebook and emails I’ve received show that you all love to sew bags!  You asked for more quick and simple projects, more bags, more for new and beginner sewists and more projects that can be made with small pieces of fabric, or short periods of time.  I think this bag fulfills all of those. My First Bag Series - In fact, I’ve decided that over the next 12 months I’ll try to bring out several new bags that could all be sewn by beginners … Continue reading

  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew your own undies
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Easy summer dress
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Free dress patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Double layer chiffon blouse

Piece, Patch, Quilt – free beginners quilting class

Review of the free beginners quilting class; Piece, Patch, Quilt.

I bought some fabrics with the intention of starting a quilt. I’ve never made a quilt before because I usually sew clothes, but I’ve been so attracted to the bright colors and especially some of the really modern designs so I HAD to give it a go.  But then I got scared because the fabrics were so beautiful that I was afraid of making just one big mess and wasting or ruining the lot.  This is my new quilting stash. I bought: Benartex Bali Batik 5 Yards Bundle (Sea and Sky) Matching jelly roll in sea and sky Free Spirit Fat Quarter Box (not shown) Amy Butler Lark Fat Quarter Bundle (not shown) A bright colored jelly roll from JoAnn Craftsy to the rescue!  Did you know that Craftsy offer some great FREE quilting classes to get you started? Check … Continue reading

  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Easy summer dress
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew your own undies
  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Free dress patterns
  • Summer Drape Top

The Flirty Skirty – 10 gored skirt pattern

The Flirty Skirty pattern. 10 gored skirt, fitted in waist and hips and flaring at hemline. I'm in love!

Put some swing in your step and show a little leg – the Flirty Skirty is here.  With just one pattern piece, only 4 sheets to print, super fast sewing and a fabulous end result -you won’t be able to stop at just one of these skirts. Feeling flirty or girly? This light twirly skirt is just perfect! Close fitted in the waist and hips and then light and full of movement when you walk for a really flattering and comfortable look.  Drafted to hit just above the knee, so you can show a bit of leg in the flirty skirt! I’ve got lots of photos to share, because I just couldn’t stop swinging my hips, swishing about and twirling.  This skirt has got LOTS of movement.  In fact I don’t seem to have a photo of me standing still … Continue reading

  • Summer Drape Top
  • Free dress patterns
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Sew your own undies
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Easy summer dress
  • Twist Front Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt

Fab Felt Christmas – series wrap up and what’s coming next

Everything you need for a fab felt Christmas. Felt Christmas Tree and lots of links to ornament tutorials.

Well, it’s been fun but our Christmas in July feature has now come to an end.  I’ve been enjoying a wonderful vacation away from the computer (mostly) and want to give a great big THANK YOU to all the wonderful bloggers who contributed unique felt and fabric ornament tutorials for you while I was away. Let’s have a quick recap in case you missed any of them.  See something you like?  Click on the picture to find out more and go to the tutorial. Fab Felt Christmas Tree So we started off with my tutorial for the Fab Felt Tree.  A bit of a departure from just sewing and a bit of simple crafting with cardboard involved to make this fun tree for your home, or for the kids to play with. Easiest Ever Felt Ornaments Then I completely cheated … Continue reading

  • Summer Drape Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Easy summer dress
  • Sew your own undies
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Twist Front Top
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Free dress patterns

Fab Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments – part 5

6 fab felt and fabric Christmas ornaments to sew.

To round off the wonderful blogging guests who have taken part in this Christmas in July series, today a total of 6 sewing bloggers share with your their tutorials for fab felt and fabric Christmas ornaments.  These tutorials are all new, all written just for you and the Christmas in July series. From simple to sophisticated, you’ll be sure to find a tutorial here you’ll want to pin and save for later.  Some of the examples today could easily be sewn by children, with a little help.  Why not sit and sew together? Stephanie at The Tip Toe Fairy Ren at The Inspired Wren  Wendi and Shiny Happy World Karin at Leigh Laurel Studios Remona at The Stitching Scientist Palak and Make It Handmade   Don’t forget to pin these tutorials so you can find them later, and follow the … Continue reading

  • Easy summer dress
  • Twist Front Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Sew your own undies
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Free dress patterns

Gathering Apron – free pattern

Gathering apron

My monthly sewing contribution to Little House Living is this gathering apron.  What’s a gathering apron?  I had the same question when I was asked to design one. Basically it’s an apron you wear out in the garden to allow you to collect produce.  This one keeps your hands free because the whole apron it one big pocket, so you can pick and carry your fruit and veg. Great for putting the washing out too because you can keep your pegs/clothes pins in the big pocket for easy access.  Find the free gathering apron pattern over at Little House Living. Thank you to Penelope for being my model.

  • Free dress patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew your own undies
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Easy summer dress
  • Summer Drape Top

Fab Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments – part 4

3 fab felt and fabric Christmas ornaments to sew.

Once more, fab sewing bloggers are helping me out during my break with these brand new tutorials written just for you.  Looking for something quick and cute to sew?  Then get your pins and needles ready, and sew in good time for the holidays this year with these Christmas Tree Ornament ideas. Thanks to all the bloggers taking part so far and those still to come.  Ajaire from Call Ajaire Heather from The Sewing Loft Hannah from Made with Hugs and Kisses Thanks for following along.  Please do visit each of the bloggers and check out their tutorials.  PIN for later and by the time the end of the year comes, you’ll be all ready and organised in good time.  Why not make up your own board for Christmas sewing ideas, and follow mine below. Follow Deby’s board Christmas Sewing … Continue reading

  • Easy summer dress
  • Twist Front Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Sew your own undies
  • Free dress patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Double layer chiffon blouse

Fab Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments – part 3

4 great tutorials for felt Christmas ornaments to make

It’s never too soon to start planning for the festive season, especially if you plan a lot of handmade decorations, hand-sewn gifts and a center piece like the Fab Felt Christmas Tree. Each of these four bloggers has created a fabulous felt Christmas Ornament tutorial just for you as part of the Christmas in July series.  Do visit them all, and make an early start or PIN for later on in the year.  Start saving your scraps of felt and fabric and check out these great tutorials. Cori at Let’s Eat Grandpa Linda at Night Owl Corner Kate at Candidly Kate Gina at Party of Eight Our Story   We’ll all be contributing to a Christmas Sewing Pinterest Board as well, sharing our favorite ideas for Christmas.  It might be a little quiet there now, but do follow along and you’ll … Continue reading

  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Sew your own undies
  • Free dress patterns
  • Easy summer dress
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Twist Front Top

Fab Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments – part 2

4 great fabric and felt Christmas Tree Ornament tutorials

While my vacation continues amid the Caribbean sunshine, our Christmas in July feature continues with more amazing fabric and felt ornament tutorials written just for you. Remember to follow through to see the tutorial from each of the individual bloggers and PIN them for later. Emily from Nap-Time Creations Chelsea from GYCT Designs Simmi from Grace’s Favours Becky from Patchwork Posse   Make your own Fab Felt Christmas Tree Need a Christmas Tree to hang your ornaments?  Did you see the Fab Felt Tree Pattern you can make?  Ideal size for a table centerpiece or for toddlers. That’s it for today, but Christmas in July continues soon with more great ornament tutorials, and more great sewing bloggers to discover. Authored by: Deby at So Sew Easy