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

How a sewing pattern is born

The process of designing and publishing a sewing pattern from concept to release.

Over the last few months I’ve had several readers write and ask about how I design and produce my sewing patterns.  I thought it might be interesting to see how a pattern is developed right from the early stages of first idea through to pattern development, testing and the production of the samples.  So here goes – from conception to birth of a sewing pattern. Stage 1 – inspiration and conception How does a pattern design start?  For me, it often comes from considering what I personally want to wear or make.  A LOT of time and materials go into developing a pattern and if it wasn’t something I was personally interested in, I would quickly loose interest. Inspiration can come from several sources.  Obviously for a lot of crafters, inspiration comes from Pinterest.  That’s why we collect all of … Continue reading

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

‘Make it Yours’ Sewing Contest Opens

Make It Yours clutch bag sewing contest on So Sew Easy. 3 categories with lots of fun sewing prizes. Sew a bag and win!

‘Make it Yours’ Sewing Contest Open 1st April 2014 to 30th May 2014. Have you downloaded the ‘Make it Yours’ Clutch Bag pattern? While it’s entirely optional, you might like to consider entering your completed bag into the ‘Make it Yours’ sewing contest – there are prizes to be won! All you need to do is sew the bag using the pattern supplied, but give it your own touches.  Change the size, add pockets, embellishments, a strap, hardware, handles, embroidery, decorations – anything which sets your bag apart from the rest and makes it your own design. Then submit a photo of your completed bag along with a few personal details to So Sew Easy before 30th May 2014 (link to the form later in this document).  All bags submitted by 30th May will be showcased on the site and … Continue reading

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

‘Make it Yours’ One Piece Clutch Bag Pattern and SEWING CONTEST

'Make it Yours' clutch bag. Free pattern with ideas for how to customise the bag to make it yours.

A simple one piece only pattern that folds ingeniously while sewn to create a basic clutch purse.  Pattern available in two slightly different sizes.  Make the purse plain with some top stitching around the flap, add some piping, add decorations, ribbon, flowers or embroidery to the flap or body of the bag.  Add internal pockets or a strap.  It’s all up to you – make the bag and then Make it Yours with this free clutch bag pattern! The ‘Make it Yours’ Sewing Contest is also launched today.  Find out more at the bottom of this post about how you can win some great prizes just for sewing this bag! Features: Uses just one pattern piece Super quick to sew Simple design Two sizes Magnetic snap closure Make it yours – add your own design features Bag sizing - The small … Continue reading

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

Sewing for Charity – MJ’s Tote bags for Cancer

Sewing for Charity - sew hand-made tote bags for breast cancer patients.

If you follow along on the So Sew Easy Facebook Page, then you may have already seen a few mentions about this opportunity to put your sewing time to good use.  Linda G shared a blog post with me from MJ, from MJ’s Lost Cause, and several readers have already been sewing and sending their tote bags. So what’s it all about?  MJ explains on her site about how she was diagnosed with breast cancer 9 years ago.  At the time of her diagnosis she was given a bag which contained her literature and information, but also a journal, and some small comforts.  That handmade tote bag meant a lot to her at the time, and she encourages us to help her pass on the same. “ I want you to help me make and distribute at least 100 hand-made tote bags. … Continue reading

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

World’s Ugliest Bag – latest sewing fail and GIVEAWAY

World's ugliest bag! Don't fall victim to sewing failures - take a class for God's Sake!

Oh dear. Oh deary deary me. (In my best British accent.) Just what happened here then Miss?  The sewing police had better not be reading this or I’ll be prosecuted for sure.  Thrown in sewing and fabric jail for such an epic failure. The charges: Woeful waste of fabric Wasting precious sewing time without due care for the consequences Failure to stop when I could tell it wasn’t ‘right’ Sewing without due care and attention Failure to properly execute a muslin Sewing while intoxicated?  I got cleared on this charge, which is almost a shame because I could have used it as an excuse. Inspiration had struck while I was asleep.  It often does.  In this dream, it was just an ordinary day at the grocery store, but I was carrying the bag of my dreams!  I can see it … Continue reading

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

The Boxy Bag is being taught in school!

Some examples of 'pattern hacks' made to the So Sew Easy Boxy Bag. How would you personalise yours?

Following on from the Scissors Pouch sewing pattern that Marina at Frocks and Frolics designed, I just wanted to tell you a bit about how the Boxy Bag is now being used as a learn-to-sew pattern in her sewing classes in the UK. I was so delighted when Marina asked if she could use my pattern in her sewing classes and I’ve been really interested to follow as her students have used the pattern, made changes and improvements and personalised it in so many different ways. The glorious red ‘heart’ bag above on the right for example, has had the top section increased in height and has extra wide straps.  The cute VW bag has applique on the bottom section and lined wide straps. In this example, the student used a single strap and placed it end to end instead … Continue reading

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

Sew a Scissors Pouch pattern

Scissors pouch pattern. Ideal to hold your sewing supplies.

Towards the end of last year, Marina from Frocks and Frolics offered readers a chance to download her Country Apron pattern for free and I know a lot of you took her up on that offer.  Well you know how it is when you get a couple of sewing enthusiasts ‘in the same room’ and Marina and I have been chatting and collaborating for a while. She loved the Boxy Bag (more on that in a later post) and wanted to use it as the pattern for a sewing bag in the sewing lessons she runs in the UK.  I was delighted of course and her students have been producing some really varied work, and some beautiful examples of the bag – you can see some examples on the courses page. To go along with the sewing bag, she also … Continue reading

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

Easy Cosmetics Bag Pattern – bribe me!

Easy Cosmetics Bag Pattern. Free pattern, quick and easy to sew but so many uses!

This cute little cosmetics bag has got a nickname.  This is the ‘I’m happy to take a bribe bag‘.  Why?  All will be revealed.  I don’t want to put you off by telling you right away what you need to do to get this bag pattern (evil laugh…). My own make up bag was in need of some attention.  I don’t wear a lot of makeup, hardly ever and a quick look inside my bag reveals congealed mascara, eye-shadow colors that haven’t changed since the early 90′s and some supermarket brand lip sticks.  I do have a couple of nice mineral foundation powders that I love and do wonders for my skin, but the rest needed to be sorted out and updated.  It seemed the perfect time to throw out the old cosmetics bag and make myself a nice smart … Continue reading

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

Wine bag pattern and tutorial

Wine Bag Pattern. Sew a padded wine or

It’s that time of year when you might be taking a bottle of wine to a party or giving a nice bottle of wine or brandy to a neighbor for Christmas.  But how to wrap it?  This quick to sew padded wine bag pattern will protect the precious contents, and keep them cool on the way to dinner. It doesn’t even have to be for Christmas – make these in your favorite fabrics for any time of year. Nothing too complicated or time-consuming for the free pattern this month – we’re all too busy!  So enjoy this simple project that fits everyone!   Where to get your free wine bag pattern? Directions This is an easy project suitable for beginners.  You don’t have to be 100% accurate, the bottle won’t mind if you are a little wonky and by the … Continue reading

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

Clam Shell Wristlet Purse – Seasonal Sewing Series

Clam shell wristlet, free purse sewing pattern.

Hi, I’m Rhonda from Rhonda’s Creative Life. I’m so excited about having the opportunity to come to you as a guest of So Sew Easy. I have an extra special project for you today, my clam shell wristlet. Party season will soon be upon us and every party dress needs the perfect little purse. It’s perfect for any holiday function! It will hang from your wrist and give you the freedom to enjoy a few hor dourvers or dance the night away and never worry about what might have happened to your bag. The bag can easily be customized with a special zipper pull. I made mine from a few leftover beads. I’ve included the pattern pieces and the full step by step photo instructions in two separate downloads for you to print and keep.  So download the pattern and … Continue reading