I’m running a Sew-Along!

Coming soon to So Sew Easy - the Conference Tote Bag sew-along

I’m delighted at last to let you in on something I’ve been working on for a couple of months now. Several members of the pattern testing team and on the sewing chat group have suggested I should bring you a new pattern and arrange a ‘sew-along’ for it. Have you taken part in a sew-along before? It’s a first time for me. Starting on Sunday next week, I’ll be launching the Conference Tote Bag pattern, a bag I designed to take to Sewing Holiday with me that could take my notebook for all the new sewing tips I was going to learn (and carry all my sewing goodies). The Sew-Along will last for 10 days, with new lessons being released each day, comprising the pattern, materials list, tips on interfacing and then step by step sewing instructions each day with … Continue reading

30+ Free Jelly Roll Quilt patterns you will love

The best free jelly roll quilt patterns. From beginner to advanced and everything in between. Love that rainbow one!

  If you have been thinking about quilting you have come to the right place. All that cutting and matching might seem daunting but help is at hand… and it’s in the form of the most fabulous ‘jelly roll’; pre-cut strips in various colors from a single print collection. With strips measuring 2.5″ by 42″, these compact rolls put all the right colors and patterns together to help you make the most beautiful quilt. Now you’ve got the perfect jelly roll, what are you going to do with it? That’s where we step in, by bringing you a fabulous selection of free jelly roll quilt patterns and tutorials. These tutorials will guide you as you arrange the pattern and construct the quilt, from start to finish. So why should you make a quilt? Why not!! Really, they make wonderful gifts … Continue reading

Moved to Tiers striped maxi skirt pattern

Free sewing pattern for this diagonal striped maxi skirt. Of course it doesn't have to be striped but it looks great either way!

In our sewing chat group, sometimes we chat about seeing clothes and thinking  “I could make that!”  I carry around a notebook and make a quick sketch – my book is nearly full.  Others sneak around the mall taking pictures of strangers in clothes they’d like to make for themselves!  (Mary, you know who I’m talking about!)  One skirt in particular was in my book and also featured on the chat group recently – a maxi skirt with stripes that go across the skirt in diagonals. This is just like the Moved to Tiers Tunic pattern I made a little while back, and I love this so much, a skirt in the same fashion is ideal. Obviously I’m not suggesting you wear them both together or you’ll look a little odd and give people a migraine. Features of the Moved … Continue reading

Tropical Wrap Dress maxi dress pattern hack

Oh wow, on my summer sewing list for sure. Free pattern and tutorial on how to make this tropical wrap maxi dress pattern.

The most downloaded pattern from So Sew Easy is the Wrap Dress. It came second in the Craftsy best pattern award for 2014 and at the time of writing has been downloaded more than 52,000 times!  If I had a dollar for each one….. So when I wanted to sew a tropical maxi dress, this pattern immediately sprung to mind.  Sometimes you just don’t need to mess with a good thing!  I bought this amazing ITY knit print from Fabric Mart (sadly now sold out) and it’s just perfect for island life.  But I wanted to make just a few changes: Maxi dress rather than knee length Enough room to walk properly in the longer skirt Loose flutter sleeves We looked before at skirts when we made the Perfect Maxi Skirt.  If you take a straight skirt which is hip width … Continue reading

Sewing 4 Free – my other site

All the best of the webs free sewing patterns in one place. A new free sewing pattern added to the site every day at Sewing 4 Free.

Did you know that I have another sewing site? It’s been going for a little while now and focuses purely on free sewing patterns and tutorials. You can find it at Sewing4Free.com There is a new free sewing pattern or tutorial added everyday, and there are pages for: dress patterns skirt patterns tops patterns lingerie, swimwear, night wear things to sew for the home pants  bags stuff to sew for kids – unisex, boys and girls seasonal for Christmas, Valentines, Easter and Thanksgiving things to sew for pets gift ideas miscellaneous and sewing tutorials Find the ideal free pattern easily All of the categories are ‘picture indexes’ which means you can see all the pictures of dresses on the dress patterns page, and then click through to the ones you like.  Same with skirts, etc.  It really helps to see … Continue reading

Free skirt pattern – The Flouncy Bouncy Skirt

This skirt goes straight to the top of my summer sewing list! The cotton jersay is great, but I LOVE the drape in the ITY knit version.

I’ve had this skirt design in mind for a while now and with the warm weather coming, now seems the perfect time to show a little leg and put some wiggle in my walk. With this skirt you’ll certainly be swinging your hips and swishing your hemline at every opportunity. It’s fitted to your body in the waist and hips because most of us feel like we don’t need to extra volume there.  Then the skirt flares out to give you a great full hemline. What’s great about it? Quick and easy to sew Comfy elastic waist Fitted in waist and hips Lots of flare and fun Uses a stretch fabric for fit and comfort In hip sizes 34 to 50 inches You will need: Stretch knit fabric with a good drape and a non-directional pattern 3/4 inch elastic, enough for your waist … Continue reading

How to sew a coin purse with a sew-in purse frame

Free pattern and lots of detailed photos on how to sew a coin purse using a sew-in purse frame. All my girl friends are getting these this year :-)

At the moment, I’m all about small and cute projects.  My stash has been worn down by quite a bit of bag sewing for friends and for fun, so while I wait on some new fabric supplies to arrive from overseas, I’m working with small pieces, and mixing and matching. I had a couple of these little half-round purse frames with the kiss-lock and though it time to tackle a pattern for them.  Actually pattern drafting for fixed size frames like this is a bit harder than I thought, you really to need to fiddle quite a bit with the shape and the size to get something that’s workable and in the right proportion. In the end I was over-complicating it – this is a simple pattern and totally ideal for beginners.  And because you are using the ready-made hardware, … Continue reading

Sew a cover for the Brother 1034d serger

Pattern and instructions on how to sew your own serger cover for the popular Brother 1034d serger

I know several of you treated yourselves to the Brother 1034D serger (alternative UK link) at Christmas when it was on special on Amazon.  Me too!  (Remember the embarrassing video of me taking it out of the box and not knowing what anything was?) It comes with a plastic cover, but let’s face it, it can be described as ‘flimsy’ at best. Here in Cayman I live right on the sea and the air is always humid and salty.  Anything and everything in the house rusts and disintegrates in no time, and my serger is no exception.  It’s already going rusty, and I think my sewing machine is in bad shape too.  I’m not sure a cover will help, because the air all around it is what’s causing the rust, but I have to try to protect it better if I … Continue reading

Simple Summer Pleated Skirt pattern

Free pattern, tutorial and video for how to make an easy pleated skirt for summer. Even has optional pockets!

I’ve had a couple of nice lightweight cotton fabrics in my stash since last summer, meaning to make myself a couple more skirts.  I’ve got quite a few patterns I’ve designed I could choose from now, but one of the skirts has a border print and I wanted to make sure I had a pattern that would work just as well with a border print as with the floral.  So I designed another skirt pattern. This could easily be your go-to skirt for summer.  Make it once, and then over and over in different fabrics.  I think you’ll like it! Features of the Summer Pleated Skirt Pattern Quick and quite easy to sew Cool and casual fit Pleats front and back, no darts Optional side seam pockets (who doesn’t love pockets!) Pick your own skirt length Ideal for use with … Continue reading

Quick and Simple Spring / Easter Baby Bibs

Easter Spring Baby Bib

Next in the seasonal baby bib series, I created some quick Easter and Spring designs. As I mentioned in the Valentine’s post, if you don’t have a baby to sew for, these silhouettes can be used for a multitude of other projects! They would be cute on a t-shirt too! To make your own Spring or Easter baby bib, you will need: The Pattern a couple of large scraps of fabric a couple of small scraps of fabric (for the appliques) matching thread freezer paper (optional – If you have never used freezer paper before, check out my freezer paper tips!) Heat N Bond Lite scissors sewing machine How to sew a Spring / Easter baby bib [Note: for more photos of each of the steps, check out the Christmas bib tutorial too!] Cut two of the baby bib (mirrored). Note: seam allowance is not included in the pattern. Cut around the pattern, including … Continue reading

Sew a pretty lace jacket

One piece free pattern for this pretty lace coverup. Ideal for modesty over a strapless dress.

Do you remember the free Sew A So Simple Shrug pattern that came out at the start of this year. I’ve worn that thing to death! But already its getting a little warmer here in Cayman and although sometimes you need a little cover up in the evenings, not something very heavy. And I do like to wear a nice dress when we go out for dinner, which is almost always outdoors, or sometimes in a restaurant with overly aggressive air-conditioning. So I needed something light but pretty to wear with a nice dress. Ta dah – I already had the perfect pattern for it, I just needed to use a lighter fabric. This stretch lace is perfect. You will need: Stretch lace - 1 yard of 58 inch wide.  (The largest 2 sizes will need just a few inches over 1 … Continue reading

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