Insulated lunch bag pattern – POTM

Make your own insulated lunch bags with your favorite fabrics. Includes make your own laminated fabrics for a wipe-clean option too.

I’m loving my new lunch bag and know that you will too.  Whether you live in a hot or cold environment or somewhere in between, we often need to take things with us we want to keep insulated.  I like to take some cold drinks with me out in the car (and perhaps a bar of chocolate too – shhh) and don’t want them warming up.  Hubby and I have also bought hot take out and used these bags to carry it home too. These insulated lunch bags are perfect to take to work with your lunch, perfect for the kids to take to school and ideal for just making some sandwiches and getting into the big outdoors on the spur of the moment for lunch in the park or at the beach. It’s a fun thing to carry and … Continue reading

Tech and tablet cases – the best free patterns

iPod iPad iPhone case tutorials. All the best free patterns for storing, carrying and protecting your tech and tablets.

So can you believe that on the 10th of November it’s 14 years since the first iPod was sold! Whether you have one or not, they have certainly changed the face of technology and what with iPods, iPhones, iPads and all the other variations of tablets and smart technology it’s been a busy 14 years, and I think they need some appreciation. If you do have an ‘i’ something… one thing’s for sure… you’ll want to look after it, and so in celebration of their arrival I’ve brought you over 30 things you can sew for your ipod/iphone/tablet/kindle. Many of them can be adjusted to fit all devices so there’s something for everyone.  The best patterns can be found below for cases, covers and wallets for all of your e-gadgets. If tech is not your thing, this article is still … 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

Boutique Bags Book Review


This is a review of Boutique Bags by Sue Kim. I was provided a review copy of this book from CT Publications so I could check it out and see if it was something that the So Sew Easy readers would like.  I know Deby is a big fan of the projects in this one and also the great section on the tutorials. The book front says Classic Style for Modern Living, 19 projects and 76 bags. That’s a lot of bags, and I found the book really did deliver on that. The book begins with a short Introduction, in which Kim tells us this is her second book. She also tells us this book is fine for the beginner sewist. I agree with her. Most of the projects in this book are geared for beginner sewists, but there is enough … Continue reading

All in a Flap Bag – fold over bag pattern POTM

All in a Flap fold over clutch bag with options for shoulder or wrist strap. Easy to sew, uses very little fabric, instructions for using vinyl/suede etc too.

Introducing a new easy bag pattern this month.  A smart fold over bag that can be used as a clutch bag or with an optional handbag/shoulder strap too, or even make a wrist strap.  It’s very versatile.  Fashionable and practical, fold over for your essentials, but shop too much and unfold for extra space. It doesn’t use too much fabric so if you want to splurge on something really special, this could be the ideal pattern.  Make it in a regular cotton, home decor fabric etc and instructions are also included if you want to use a vinyl/faux leather/thicker suede etc. Features of the All in a Flap fold over bag pattern: Fold over top forms the flap Make in all the same or contrasting fabrics Outer zipper pocket in the back – optional Detachable strap – optional Instructions for … Continue reading

Have you tried the “Make It Yours” Clutch Bag

Make it yours Clutch bag - Pienkel for So Sew Easy

Are you a more recent follower of So Sew Easy?  The site has been active nearly 3 years now and with new patterns and projects being added every month, there is now quite a library.  If you’ve not been following since the start, you might have missed some of the great content from previous months and years so do go back and check out: The FREE Patterns page The Sewing Tutorials page The Video tutorials page Make sure to keep on scrolling down to see it all – there is a lot there now to re-discover.  Sometimes there is no need to wait for the next free pattern or project, when there are already so many there you might not have seen before. Nienke spotted the “Make it Yours” clutch bag in the archives and was keen to give it … Continue reading

Such a Sweetie gate-fold bag pattern

This is adorable! Use a beaded or glamorous fabric for an evening bag or a pretty print and lace or beads for a little girls purse.

I’m a sucker for shiny bag hardware.  Any time I see something new, my mind starts to turn over with the possibilities for how to use it and this unusual little piece was no exception.  It’s called an expandable gate-fold purse frame and lends itself perfectly to making a cute little round bag. I started out by making one for the little daughter of a friend, decorated it with lace and ric-rac, and it was so pretty.  When we asked what she was going to keep in her little bag, she replied “All my sweeties” and so the name “Such a Sweetie” bag came about.  It truly is a sweetie too, and looks great as an evening bag, fabulous in a sequin, beaded or embroidered fabric too. Make one in a luxurious silk  with hand beading perhaps? I’ll be delighted to … Continue reading

How to make clear vinyl zipper bags

How to make clear vinyl zipper bags. I use mine to keep fabric, thread, pattern and zipper together for planned projects, but these are good for lots of things. Think first aid kit!

Did you see the earlier article about the clear project and storage bags I made with the snap tops?  These have been very handy for sorting and storing my small sewing supplies.  I can quickly see what is in all of the bags without having to open them. Hubby even had me make him a couple for his work bag, so that he can keep stuff organised in this great big backpack he lugs around at work.  It really helps him that they are vinyl because he works as a scuba diving instructor and often puts damp stuff into his bag and the vinyl pouches keeps the damp off whatever else he is carrying, paperwork, money, phone etc. But I needed more bags, bigger bags and ones with a totally closed top so I gave it a try with a zipper … Continue reading

Clear vinyl project pouches

Quick and easy to make clear vinyl bags and pouches with snap tops for storage. Kids love these for their small toys. Make them any size.

Do you have a lot of supplies that need storing? Or kids that have small toys or cars to keep tidy? Or even Unfinished Works in Progress that need to be organised? Or want to keep a pattern, zipper, fabric, thread etc all together for a planned project. ME TOO! I love anything that helps me to stay tidy and organised so I’ve been making up whole bunch of clear bags and pouches to do just that. I like these because I can see at a glance what’s inside. I made a couple of different types. Small and medium flat pouches with snap tops and then some larger ones with a zipper top too. Now I have plenty of variety and just the right bag to store all my goodies in. If you want to have a go, here’s how you … Continue reading

Just for You – Selfish Sewing book review and project

Pattern from the Just for You Selfish sewing book. This is the Painters Clutch Bag.

Do you know the Sew Can She site? The lovely Caroline is one of my sewing bloggy buddies so when she wrote a book about sewing, and collected together some great tutorials and patterns from other awesome sewing bloggers – I knew you might be interested in it.  She asked me if I would like to try out one of the patterns, and of course I said yes.  A chance to sew a nice easy project without having to design my own pattern first – you bet! Read down to the bottom for a chance to win your own copy! JUST FOR YOU – SELFISH SEWING WITH YOUR FAVORITE SEWCANSHE BLOGGERS We all need a little sewing time for us.  I’m lucky, I just sew for me, but I know many of you sew for others and only occasionally or even … Continue reading

The Trinity Bag Pattern 3-in-1 – POTM

The Trinity Bag is a triple zipper pouch all joined together and closed with a flap and with a removable strap. I've never seen a pattern for a bag like this before - I need one!

I have a great new bag pattern released today for you as the Pattern of the Month for September.  A friend had one similar that I just loved and it took me a while to work out how to sew it, so the bags would all be joined, but now it’s become my new favorite for running around town and doing all my errands. Why settle for one bag when you can have three-in-one.  The Trinity bag has three zipper pouches, each with slip pockets in the lining, to keep all of your bits and pieces organized. Use it as a clutch, or make an adjustable and removable strap to wear it on your shoulder or as a cross-body bag. Features: Optional detachable and adjustable strap Finished size 9.5” wide x 6.5 ” high x 1” deep Three zipper pouches … Continue reading