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

Christmas Stockings Tutorial

Easy Christmas Stocking template and tuorial for a traditional stocking shape. East to personalise too.

It’s Amy from Nap Time Crafters and Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop stopping in today. I love the holidays so I’m thrilled to be participating in this fun series. Today I have a tutorial and FREE pattern for Christmas stockings to share with you. I want these to last a long time so I went with a very traditional design and fabrics and I went ahead and made 8 🙂 I want to have enough for our growing family plus some extras for holiday visitors or family pets. Better to make them all now and have them coordinate 🙂 You can get a great selection of Christmas, holiday themed and winter fabrics here.  They have a great selection of cheery festive fabrics and since they are all designer prints it’s super easy to come up with a set that coordinates well.  Once you … Continue reading

Santa Tote Bag pattern

Sew this Santa Toe Bag tutorial and pattern.

Hello!! This is Amber from Crazy Little Projects here to share a very fun Christmas project with you today for this great Seasonal Sewing Series! This is kind of the combination of two projects on my site-the simple tote bag and the Santa hand towels. Combine the two and you get…a Santa Tote Bag! And the best part? It’s really easy to make! Santa Tote Bag Tutorial: Supplies Needed: About 1/2 yard of red fabric (mine is canvas and was 60″ wide. If you get 45″ wide you may need a little more than 1/2 yard.) 1 yard of fusible fleece Wide, black ribbon (3 inches wide or so) Narrow silver ribbon (about 1/2 inch wide) White fur (small amount) Instructions: For basic construction of this bag, I am going to refer you to my Simple Tote Bag Pattern. In … Continue reading

Reusable Fabric Gift Bags to sew

Sew these fabric gift bags - eath-friendly alternative to wrapping paper, and cute too!

  When Deby asked if I wanted to contribute to the So Sew Easy Seasonal Sewing Series, I immediately agreed. Not only did it sound like a fun series, but I could get a head start on planning and sewing for Christmas. For the past couple of years, I’ve cut down on my use of Christmas paper, by sewing re-usable fabric gift bags. Today I’ll show you how I make some of those bags… Super easy, next to no sewing bag: Cut a rectangle twice the width you need (mine is 15″ x 8″, suitable for a small gift such as a pack of cards). Fold in half, with the right sides together. Sew down one side and across the bottom. Use pinking shears on the seams and across the top. Don’t worry if you don’t have pinking shears… just leave … Continue reading

Quick and Simple Key Fobs Tutorial

Quick and simple, sewn ribbon key fob tutorial.

Welcome to the first post in our Seasonal Sewing Series.  I’ve already seen many of the projects that are coming your way over the next few weeks, and I’ve been amazed at the quality of both the projects and the tutorials.  Puts my little project to shame!  But at least these won’t take you long to make … I’m kicking us off today with something very quick and simple you can make for the festive season – a quick and simple key fobs tutorial.     These are great to make at this time of year.  These really do take just minutes to make and are inexpensive.  A quick and easy project for: stocking stuffers for everyone make to sell at your Christmas Bazaar or Church Fayre earning a little extra cash on Etsy practical, we all need them There … Continue reading

Super Simple Wallet Sewing Pattern

Super Simple Wallet Sewing Pattern. Ideal for your first sewing project. Wallet holds 6 cards with room for a few bills, coupons or stamps etc. Great for gifts too!

  You read last month that I am starting out on a range of paid sewing patterns and tutorials and I introduced you to the Boxy Bag.  For the October pattern, it’s the Super Simple Wallet sewing pattern.     New to sewing?  Know someone who is?  Or perhaps looking to extend your skills towards bag making?  Maybe you want to teach your daughter to sew.  Or even run a sewing basics class.  This project is ideal for your very first sewing pattern, but if you already know how to sew, you can sew these up a storm in no time.  And they’re great for gifts too. This Super Simple Wallet is a perfect beginner tutorial for anyone starting out in sewing.  Follow along the instructions carefully and you will get a great result and make something you can use … Continue reading

The Boxy Bag Pattern and kits

The Boxy Bag. Great for a lunch box, cosmetics or toiletries bag, mini holdall for the beach, traveling and more. Soft and padded but sturdy. From So Sew Easy.

You know that I love to design sewing patterns, and I usually then upload them to Craftsy so you can all download the pattern for free to use along with the instructions that I post on the site here. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to make that happen. My latest pattern, the Wrap Dress, was nearly a full weeks work.  From the design stages, through pattern grading, drawing the pattern and scanning it, adjusting the pattern, making up 2 or 3 tests and then a final dress, taking step by step photos along the way, getting my husband to take photos of the finished dress and writing the instructions and the post, then uploading and publicising the pattern. Pretty much a solid 6 days work. My husband questioned why I did all this for free. Where … Continue reading

Buttercup Bag – the perfect bag pattern?

Buttercup bag in corduroy

One of the most popular free sewing patterns on the web is the Buttercup Bag by Made by Rae.  And for good reason. You can make a really cute bag using just a fat quarter of fabric, and some lining fabric. What is a fat quarter? A fat quarter is what you would get if you took a regular one yard cut of fabric and cut it in half both length-ways and width-ways to make 4 nearly square pieces.  Commonly used with pretty printed cotton fabrics for quilting and crafting, if the fabric is 44 inches wide and 36 inches long in a yard, then a fat quarter measures 22 inches by 18 inches.  It is an economical way to buy a more expensive fabric and perfect for making quilting patterns, or for small crafting items like this bag where the rest of the … Continue reading

Making zipper pouches – on sale until 24th March at PinkEPromise

I’ve been making more of the great zipper pouches.  I started these originally following the FREE online video course from Craftsy – Bag Making Basics – Reversible Tote and Zipper Pouch.  These are super quick and easy to make, and I’ve made a ton of them.  I sell them in my Etsy shop – Print or Plain, and in local gift shops here on the island.  They sell REALLY well to the tourists.  I think because they are so bright and colorful and fit in with island lifestyles.  Soft and comfy to carry, big enough for the essentials but not too bulky and obvious.  I use one everyday and so do all my friends since I’ve been making these.   Plus from 20th March I also have them on a 4 day sale at PinkEPromise.  Usual price $12.99, but on … Continue reading

Zipper Pouch Tutorial and Gallery

So Sew Easy: Free sewing pattern, zipper pouch tutorial

I made bags – a LOT of bags!  I never knew it could be so easy after struggling along following some of the tutorials I had found online.  Suddenly once I found the right tutorial it was quick, easy and fun. Er em, here are a few of the bags I quickly made….. Of course Craftsy came to my rescue when I wanted to get it right – I might just be in love with Craftsy. And this was one of their FREE classes too.  Bag-Making Basics: Reversible Tote & Zipper Pouch.  I haven’t watched the Reversible Tote sections yet, I jumped straight in with the Zipper Pouch.   There are a total of 6 video lessons, running time a total of 75 minutes, with Kristin Link from Sew Mama Sew. The Zipper Pouch is available in 4 sizes, with a free … Continue reading

The Blue Bag – a mess of glue and bling

Random bling bag

I’ve been making a new skirt. It’s in a lovely slinky-drapey navy fabric, but it’s not finished yet because it needs a zipper and I’ve been struggling to insert one without a proper zipper foot – so all zipper projects are still on hold.  But it’s all cut out and ready and I have some fabric left over. I’m a sucker for matching accessories – I made the Molly bag to match my Paper Bag Skirts.  So I decided to make a new handbag to go with this navy skirt.  But I only had a little fabric left over and looked around for a pattern that would only use a small amount – and I came across the Buttercup bag – perfect. The pattern is free to download with great instructions and the bag was ready in no time.  I … Continue reading