50+ Cute and Cozy Free Dog Bed Patterns

dog bed patterns

They are our most special friends…bottomless cups of cuteness all day long and all night too! We want only the best for our furry friends because there’s no one in the world who loves us quite like they do and the feeling is definitely mutual! Sewing for your dog might be some of the most rewarding sewing you’ll ever do…because you just know that whatever you make for him is going to result in far more than just one future smile. Where our pets are involved, there’s just no end to the joy they bring and so the same goes for our doggy sewing efforts.  We’ve done some features on Sewing for Your Dog in the past but this time we wanted to focus solely on one of the things that makes your doggy the happiest and put together a … Continue reading

May Mug Rug of the Month – Puppies and Kittens!

may mug rug

Everybody loves puppies and kittens, and who wouldn’t? They have big, innocent eyes, ears they have to grow into, and watching them play is such pure joy. Mug rugs remain so popular! For the past couple years they are by far my biggest pattern sellers. This is probably for many reasons. They are super easy to make, they can be made using your favorite techniques (hand or machine), they make great gifts, and they can be decorative as well as functional. Most of all, they are so much fun! I hope you will follow us along here on our Mug Rug of the Month Tutorial. A FUN VARIATION: If you are a cat person, and not a dog person, make two cats, and vice versa for dog lovers. I have one of each, so I am putting one of each … Continue reading

Fringed Bath Mat: A Fun and Functional Project

fringed bath mat

I think there must be a giant invisible poodle living in my house.  It is disguised as a teenage girl and she is tiny, with small hands and feet not even 75 pounds and yet, but when she comes out of the bathroom there is a Dracula cloud that follows her.  When the steam disperses, it reveals an unimaginable mess left behind.  I wonder “in horror” how the ceiling, all the walls, toilet paper and every square inch of the bathroom floor could possible get wet?  There’s got to be a giant poodle somewhere, just shaking water absolutely everywhere which is my only explanation. The thing that really gets me though, is the wet floor.  Not only can it be dangerous, but who enjoys walking around with wet socks?  No store-bought bath mat is big enough for this mess, so I have decided to make my … Continue reading

Easy DIY Curtains – Luxury Curtains Made in a Snap

making curtains the easy way

Hi I’m Frankie, and I’m a self confessed ‘bodge it’ sewer, and today I’d like to share my journey to making easy DIY curtains! I love up-cycling clothes, making alterations, and sewing for the home. I like finding quick and easy projects that reward me right away, because when I’m not sewing, I’m doing yoga. With this small time frame in mind I made curtains. What!? You might be thinking, such a big project, and it sounds technical. Don’t be put off, it was really easy, and the finish, (I think), is pro! So, you must be wondering why I decided to make curtains? Well, I just moved to the country in France and bought a very old house with MASSIVE windows, which are too beautiful to replace, but too drafty to live with! Standard curtains were not long or wide … Continue reading

Free Coaster Tutorials & Patterns

coster tutorials free paterns

Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says, sharing a round-up of free coaster patterns and tutorials. Coasters are fun to sew for a bunch of reasons – they are great for busting scraps, everyone can use them, they are quick to sew, and there is lots of room for personalization and embellishment. It looks much more polished to have your guests place their drinks on a fun coaster instead of a stack of magazines! A set of four makes a nice gift by itself, but you can also easily  pair them with placemats, a bottle of wine, or a fun mug. One of my favorite things about fabric coasters is that you can stick them in the wash – no need to worry about stains. In my house, we have a coaster embroidered with each person’s initial – by placing our glasses … Continue reading

Fabric covered basket – an Easter basket for your table

fabric covered basket

The excitement of Easter Break is fast approaching and with it comes the welcome sight of kids collecting Easter eggs in the garden, grand children coming to visit and families and friends gathering around the table to share a meal or as they used to say, “break bread” together. The tradition of breaking bread, dates way back to at least Roman times, when the sole notion of sitting together assumed that all disputes were forgotten and friendships were renewed.  Today sharing a meal is still pretty much the most important act that can be performed in any culture as a seal of friendship, unity, enjoyment.   And within that meal, bread is one of the most essential and omnipresent dishes on the table. We owe it to the Romans who have handed down recipes for the breads we still eat … Continue reading

The Crafty Crayon Roll Up

Crafty Crayon Roll

I just meet the nicest people online! One being Susan who is an expert quilter and quilting instructor and produces the most amazing quilts she has shared with me, including exquisite hand applique quilts. She doesn’t have a website or anywhere I can share on her behalf, but I know we share an enthusiasm for introducing people to sewing. She’s been helping some friends get into sewing just recently and a couple of them asked her to write them some instructions on how to make one of those crayon roll ups for kids.  So she made one, took some photos and some notes and sent it on to them. Then she kindly thought of the So Sew Easy community and sent the instructions on over here too in case you’d like to use them. A Quick and Crafty Crayon Roll is … Continue reading

20+ Free Floor Pillow Patterns

floor pillow patterns

Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says again, sharing a round-up of one of my very favorite things to sew. Floor pillows are easy to make but make a big impact – the down side is once you sew one, all your friends will be begging you to make them one too! We pull them out for reading books, watching movies, and sometimes I even use them when I’m working on hand sewing projects or embroidery. There are all types of tutorials in the round-up, from simple to complex and quilted, with a few fun animal shapes snuck in. If you’re a fan of quilting or animal, you will want to see the patchwork hexie turtle floor pillow I made for my son too! “; amzn_assoc_search_bar_position = “bottom”; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = “search”; amzn_assoc_ad_type = “smart”; amzn_assoc_marketplace = “amazon”; amzn_assoc_region = “US”; amzn_assoc_title = … Continue reading

An easy serger scrap catcher!

server scrap catcher

An easy serger scrap catcher will put an end to this nightmare! My sewing area, which is on the way to the kitchen, is a terrifying sight almost every day.  It’s only when I finish a project that I look around to find the embarrassing pile of scraps, paper and thread all over the table and floor.  Sometimes I use a plastic bag or a cereal box, to catch the mess, but after a while the bag or the box falls off the table because of the weight of the scraps and it’s a mess all over again.   To be frank the plastic bag ends up being a sore site anyway and really brings down my sense of order in my humble work room.  Since I know I am not the only one that happens to inflict this nightmare … Continue reading

Easy phone charger holder

phone charger holder

A phone charger holder seems to me a great way to keep the mess of cables and electronics contained.  I don’t know about you, but the piles of cables on the kitchen counter, on the floor, or on the desks are enough to send me into a frowning mood.  So I thought this little project can make the ugly cables disappear and the best part is that the holder can be done in only seven easy steps. Required Sewing Materials 2 rectangles of quilting fabric, color of of your choice, 18” x 8” Fusible interfacing Non-woven, sew-in interfacing.  I am using Therm-O-Web but Pellon is equally good and cheaper. Bias tape of 1/2″ wide x 38” long (you need a strip of 2″x 38″ long) follow this post to make your own bias binding tape. Sewing thread Sewing scissors Step … Continue reading

My Caribbean Carnivale Bright Quilt Top

All the bright and crazy colors of the Caribbean combined in a single easy quilt for beginners. Don't like it bright? You can make this from any 6 inch strips.

I love living here in the Caribbean.  The sunshine, the relaxed lifestyle, no income taxes and of course the color. Bright color everywhere.  From the ocean and beaches, to the homes, the beach bars, the tourist attractions, (the tourists themselves!) and the wonderful bright and colorful nature of our islands. So when I saw this pack of fabric, it HAD to be mine.  Everything about it just screams Caribbean and I had to make a new quilt top.  If you’ve been following along with my previous quilt top attempts, you’ll know that I’m very much still a beginner and enjoy the simple patterns with the quick results, and of course the very bright colors and contrasts.  This pack came with a free pattern as a quilt ‘kit’ on Craftsy and it was a quick and fun sew. Materials The whole … Continue reading