Valentines Kissing Fish Mug Rug Tutorial

Love this - so cute! I'll be making some for a wedding anniversary gift, but nice for Valentines too

Hi there! Amy from Friends Stitched Together, back with a new tutorial and a little confession: I’ve never been a huge fan of Valentine’s Day – I’m not really the flowers-and-chocolate type! This year though, I thought I’d challenge myself a little and come up with a tutorial for a holiday I’m not really into. The fish are made with tiny amounts of fabric, so it’s a great scrap buster! For two mug rugs, or one set, you’ll need: The Kissing Fish Mug Rug downloadable pattern 1/4 yard main fabric for the fishbowl. You could use a contrast for the back if you prefer. Small scraps (OR 1/8 yard of fabric each) for the body, tails, lips, and fins. You can mix and match as much as you want with this – I like to use at least two different … Continue reading

Free Bag Pattern – the Ruffled and Ready Bag

Easy to sew free bag pattern. The frame can be removed to use in other bags too so you can make lots of different covers and swap them out.

Do you remember the Made in a Snap Bag pattern? It’s a cute little purse but it is small, designed as a bag for your essentials. What if you need a little more room, have a lot of ‘essentials’ or just prefer something in a different style? Well, the purse frame on the Made in a Snap Bag is completely removable, so it makes great sense to make several covers in different styles and fabrics. Here is the Ruffled and Ready Bag using exactly the same purse frame – looks completely different and has a flat bottom with more volume so you can carry more ‘stuff’. Good news – its simple to sew.  No closures, zips, snaps etc – just sew the fabric bag and slide in the frame.  The frame snaps closed and has a place to even add a chain … Continue reading

Things to sew for your pets – National Dress Up Your Pet Day

Sewing projects for pets. Lots of both fun and practical ideas here for animal lovers.

14th Jan is National Dress Up Your Pet Day! As you might know, I’m a cat lover.  I have 3 cats, all black and all a little bit crazy in their own way.  Oliver, my 3-legged cat, is often the unintended star of my sewing videos and especially is very fond of quilting. I’m such a sucker for an animal sob-story. Oliver was near to death as a kitten when I found him and hand-reared him back to health at the resort where I worked, only for him to then loose a leg in an accident on the road and he had to come and live with us permanently. His vet bills cost more than my car! Oliver’s full name is Oliver Twist because as a starving kitten he was always asking for more. Panther is a huge black cat who … Continue reading

National Book Month sewing projects

20+ book-related sewing ideas for National Book Month

Did you know that January was National Book Month and the third full week in January is National Book Week.  Reading is SUCH an important part of life, for personal pleasure and enjoyment, for recreation, for learning, for reference and of course for employment skills and more. Make reading fun!  How about some of these 20+ projects for National Book Month.  From simple book covers, to book marks you can make in minutes and a few more complicated projects too.  I love the idea of a reading pillow that supports the book on your lap. Of course many books are going digital now, much of our reading time is actually spent reading online instead of on paper so there’s a project or two for the digital readers too.  20+ book-related sewing projects to try for National Book Month    

Free shrug pattern – Sew A So Simple Shrug

Free sewing pattern for an easy shrug. 1 pattern piece, 3 seams and its done!

The free sewing pattern for January is the Sew A So Simple Shrug – try saying that quickly!  It’s a bit of a tongue-twister.  But honestly, that’s the most difficult part right there. The free shrug pattern looks pretty funky when you look at the pattern.  It’s just one piece and hard to make out what it’s going to become.  But the sewing is really quick and easy and you’ll be carrying this one around with you as Winter turns to Spring. (Soon I hope…) You will need: Stretch knit fabric – 1 yard of 58 inch wide.  (The largest 2 sizes will need just a few inches over 1 yard.) More needed for pattern matching. thread the pattern download To Sew your Free Shrug Pattern It will take me longer to write about how to sew this pattern than … Continue reading

Sewing for babies – baby shower gifts to sew

Sewing for babies. Lots of great stuff her for the new arrival, great baby shower gifts to sew.

I’m delighted that the sewing for babies projects I did on the site this year have been so popular.  All 3 friends have now delivered and so my miniature sewing is over for now at least.  Several people have written and suggested I list them all in one easy to find place, so here it is.  I’ve also added on a few of my favorites from other bloggers and listed my Pinterest board too.  Just so you’ll never run out of ideas. If you are expecting a new arrival to your family, or to a friend, or having a grand child, then these make handy baby shower gifts.  Everyone loves something handmade for baby. It shows such a lot of thought and care, and can be personalised too.  So book mark this page because Spring will soon be here and … Continue reading

Christmas Baby Bib

Christmas Baby Bibs to sew includes bib pattern and 2 appliques.

I had a lot of fun with this project! I prepared a pattern to make your own bib complete with two different appliques. If you don’t have a baby to sew for, you can use the silhouettes for a multitude of other projects! I think I might make a shirt for my little one with the reindeer. I just love how cute it turned out! To make your own Christmas baby bib, you will need: The Pattern – DOWNLOAD FROM HERE a large scrap of Christmas fabric a large scrap of soft fabric (I used flannel for the back of the snowman and a minky fabric for the back of the reindeer) a small scrap of black fabric a small scrap of red fabric (if sewing the reindeer) matching thread freezer paper (optional) scissors sewing machine How to sew a Christmas … Continue reading

Made in a Snap – easy bag pattern

I've never seen this type of easy bag pattern before. Love those handles!

This is the Made in a Snap Bag – and its a quick and easy bag pattern and the latest in the ‘My First Bag’ series.  It’s a good bag for beginners to bag-making, although it can be just a little bit tricky in one place, but if you are careful, you can do a good job on this one. What’s special about this bag – well I’ll tell you.  See that metal frame – it’s removable.  Which means that you make up several different bags and you can swap them in and out to match your outfit but they all use the same frame.  Of course you can buy several frames and not bother to switch up the cover too.  It’s good either way. To sew the Made in a Snap easy bag pattern Materials: 6 inch half-round purse frame – … Continue reading

Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouches for Christmas

Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouches - pretty much everyone I know will be getting one of these as a gift this year. Addictive free pattern!

If you are fairly new to following along at So Sew Easy, then you might have missed this project from some time back so I thought you’d like to see what I’ve been sewing. I’ve been busily sewing away these teeny tiny zipper pouches for stocking stuffers and for handy gifts for hubby to give to some of his colleagues.  They work in the sun all day, in and out of the water working as diving instructors and these little pouches are ideal.  They can hang them off their bag and have easy access to their lip balm, sun block and lunch money while keeping the rest of the stuff in their bag dry. I use mine on my key ring and its ideal to keep my lip balm and a few bank notes for when I pop out to … Continue reading

Color block skirt – free skirt pattern

Free skirt pattern. Love this color block skirt with the fade away panels on the side that make me look instantly slimmer!

The free pattern for December is nice and simple – none of us have time for complicated sewing this time of year!  So here’s a simple free skirt pattern for a skirt with shaped seams front and back, flattering side panels and a nice comfy fit. Make this skirt all in the one color for a classic knit straight skirt or use the seams to create a color block effect.  Be more traditional with the solid or dark panels on the outside, or go crazy with print! Features: Easy to sew Princess-style seams front and back Video tutorial Knit fabric for comfort and fit Sewn-in elastic waist Sizes 34-50 hip just 4 pages to print for the pattern – nice Works well with a ponte knit Want more of a dramatic tapered look to the center panel and skirt? The standard … Continue reading

Easy felt Christmas tree ornaments – review

Genius idea for how to make quick and easy felt ornaments for the tree. These come in 2 sizes, mini and regular. Great for kids.

So by now you may have already made your Fab Felt Christmas Tree.  But you’ll need to make some matching fab felt Christmas tree ornaments to go with it.  Here you’ll find a great assortment of felt tree ornaments including the easiest ever – I promise! I wrote about these easy to make felt ornaments originally as part of the Christmas in July feature – check out the earlier article about them HERE. Using the downloadable ornament sheets, you can create these pretty and colorful ornaments from plain white felt and some t-shirt transfer sheets.  Simply iron the images onto the white felt, cut around the image, back it with another sheet of plain white felt and stitch around the edge.  You can add a little dimension by filling them with a little polyfil and add on a string or … Continue reading

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