Baby changing mat pattern – two options

Baby changing mat. Several different styles and options in the same pattern.

  Babies will soon be popping out everywhere so my sewing for all the new babies continues.  There’s one thing I know, when they aren’t sleeping / feeding / screaming, babies are pooping.  One of my expecting friends showed me the changing mat she used first time round and just told me – it’s just so big.  I don’t need all these pockets and things, all these bells and whistles.  Just make it simple and small enough to carry about, but big enough at the same time. And it needs a wipe clean inner surface. So I made one, and although it’s great and is already on its way to a new home, I wanted to make one that closed up even smaller so I made a second version too.  Here is the pattern and brief instructions for both. Making … Continue reading

Half circle wrap skirt pattern – the sewing

Cute half-circle wrap skirt pattern. Looks easy to sew and fun to wear.

  If you’ve found this article, then hopefully you’ve already drafted your custom-fit wrap skirt pattern. If not, don’t worry, you aren’t far behind. You can go back to the pattern drafting post here or simply download these instructions which include the drafting and sewing all in one document for you to keep. Here’s the wrap skirt pattern we are going to sew. It has a front and back and a third panel which wraps over the front. Fitting is easy because it ties at the waist so even if you add or loose a few pounds, this skirt will still fit just fine.  You might just want to move the button. Features: Custom fit wrap skirt pattern Can be made in any size and length Nice and soft and flouncy Quick to sew How to cut out your fabric. … Continue reading

Sew a half circle wrap skirt – custom fit pattern

Cute half-circle wrap skirt pattern. Looks easy to sew and fun to wear.

One of the most popular posts on the site was an early one I wrote a long time back now on how to draft your own custom fit straight skirt pattern.   It was followed up with a sew-a-long series of posts for beginners covering every step in detail from choosing fabric to inserting the invisible zipper and lining the skirt too. It’s been really successful and ladies have written to tell me how they were amazed that they made their own pattern and a skirt that actually fitted.  The beauty of your own custom pattern – once you’ve made the pattern once, you can use the same pattern over and over again to quickly sew up a whole wardrobe full of skirts without lots of fitting adjustments needed. So today, let’s do that again.  We’ll make ourselves a simple … Continue reading

50+ more Halloween sewing ideas

More than 50 Halloween sewing ideas for projects of all sorts.

Last year I published a collection of more than 50 Halloween sewing ideas so this year when I started looking around at recently posted projects I didn’t expect to find many new ones.  Boy was I wrong!  Looks like the bright colors and spooky fabrics are addictive and Halloween sewing is HUGE!  Especially Halloween quilting, maybe that’s a project for me for next year. In the end, I had to cut back on the projects I included or this page would take 5 minutes to fully load!  Even then, there are still another 50+ free sewing ideas and projects here, all with a Halloween theme.  Grab yourself a big bundle of holiday fabrics and go to town – both big and small projects, easy and more involved to choose from. Halloween sewing ideas   {Right click and open each project … Continue reading

Anke’s Brushes Bag – free pattern

Brushes roll and cosmetics bags combined. Love this idea. Free pattern.

I’m delighted today to share with you a tutorial written especially for you by Anke, one of the So Sew Easy readers.  She used the Easy Cosmetics Bag pattern and improved it immensely.  When she sent me photos, I knew I wanted to sew this so I begged her to share it with us all.  I’m so pleased she said yes.  Please welcome Anke from Germany. [Anke uses cm and mm so if you need to convert because you are used to inches, here is a handy online measurements converter here or a ready made table here.]  * * * * * * Hi everyone! I have sewn several zipper bags, but usually I end up with a different result than I planned and so this time I searched for a pattern – and I found Deby’s. The perfect size for … Continue reading

Turning Japanese Bag – some variations

How to make changes to a simple bag pattern to make it something a bit more special.

Have you tried the Turning Japanese Bag pattern yet. You should give it a try – it’s really easy! Part of the ‘My First Bag series’ it’s a single pattern piece, no fancy zippers or closures, the handles are ready made and it’s perfect to showcase a really nice fabric or a large scale print. However, just because its simple, there’s no need to stop there. A simple pattern is often an ideal base to start from if you want to add a few additions of your own. In this example: I add a hard bottom and some shiny bag feet It has a couple of small d-rings on the side where you can add a removable shoulder chain I split the pattern to use two different fabrics instead of just one. You can split it in any direction, sew a … Continue reading

Crossover baby bib pattern

How to sew this cute baby bib pattern. I love the video, makes it look so easy.

The Baby Showers are fast approaching and I’m sewing madly to get the bundles together. Today, I’m making bibs. Not the most glamorous of items, but an everyday essential and no one wants a grotty one when you can have a really nice home made one instead. I’ve tried several styles, and depending on time might share some of the others later, but here is the crossover style that I’ve been making in batches today. It has a cross over front with the option to have two different fabrics, plus, its fully reversible so you can have another two different fabrics on the back if you want to. The perfect way to use up 4 smaller leftover pieces of fabric from other projects. With the 4 layers of fabric, this is going to be long-lasting, hard-wearing in the wash time after … Continue reading

Awesome free pencil case patterns to sew

Great variety of all sorts of zipper pouches and pencil cases including some really interesting ideas

Enjoy these awesome free pencil case patterns!  Everyone is settling into the new routine.  Kids are back to school, Mom has more spare time for her own interests and crafters everywhere are starting to think about the upcoming holidays.  So time to get organised. Here are a few of my favorite pencil case patterns.  Good for the kids pens, pencils and crayons at home or at school, good to keep all your pens where they should be instead of strewn around, and perhaps a nice stocking stuffer to sew too.  They don’t need to just be for your pencils – these are one trendy, fancy bunch of pencil cases you can use to keep lots of things organised – enjoy! Free pencil case patterns and tutorials Click on each of the pictures to go to the original free pattern or … Continue reading

Sewing with Vinyl Coated Mesh – free pattern and giveaway

Tips and a free pattern for sewng with vinyl coated mesh fabric. Cool ideas!

Hello my name is Michelle Dorsey.  I am a pattern designer and digitizer doing business under the name, SewMichelle.  First of all, I would like to thank Deby for letting me appear as a guest on her blog. I enjoy designing patterns that are easy and quick to make.  After all, isn’t instant gratification what most of us are after?  I try and design unique patterns that make you think outside the box, yet are functional for everyday use.  I also like to incorporate different materials to spice things up a bit too. One of my favorite materials to work with is vinyl coated mesh, aka pet screen.  Some quilt shops carry this mesh in bright, fun colors.  If your quilt shop hasn’t started stocking it yet, don’t worry, you can purchase it by the roll at your local hardware store, on Amazon or … Continue reading

Sunshine for babies – handmade baby toys

Easy and quick to make terry and ribbon baby toy. Could use an old towel too.

With 3 friends expecting happy events shortly, I’m concentrating some of my sewing time for sewing for the little ones.  Today, making handmade baby toys.  Don’t we always joke that if you buy a child a toy, it spends more time playing with the box than with what’s inside.  Somewhere along the line, moms started to notice that babies enjoyed the feel of the labels on their toys, and the ribbons, and so those started to become a feature of the toy itself.  Such as the satin binding on the comfort-blanket. As we get older, what feels good to us changes.  Right now, good feels like a big creamy latte and a Danish pastry. Photo credit: Linh H. Nguyen via photopin cc   But back to the sewing, and a quick and easy toy for a new baby with plenty … Continue reading

It’s a Wrap top – free pattern

Love the way the pleats form the wrap front on this top. Video and free pattern.

I’ve had this pattern on my mind for a while now and at last, ‘It’s a Wrap!’ The Wrap Top is loosely based on the original Wrap Dress pattern that has been downloaded thousands of times and been the most popular pattern on the site so far.  This ‘It’s a Wrap’ top has taken some of the best elements of that dress and turned it into a blouse with a few variations that I think you’ll like. Features: Cross-over front bodice Loose and casual sleeves with a little flutter Pleats on one side to create soft draping across the front Can help to hide a prominent tummy Slightly shaped at the waist Close fitting in the hips Flattering look with no awkward ‘gaping’ Step by step photos and written instructions Video tutorial too Sizes from 32 to 44 inch bust This … Continue reading

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