30+ Thanksgiving sewing ideas

Some really original Thanksgiving sewing ideas I've not seen anywhere else. Plus links to lots more from previous years.

Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to show off your sewing skills to a wider audience.  Maybe family you’ve not seen in a while will be visiting to celebrate and have dinner so it’s time to dress-to-impress and decorate your home, your dinner table and maybe even your kids in your sewn Thanksgiving creations. Create a banner and decorative pumpkins for your entry way and mantle decorations, a holiday table runner and placemats, and have your kids serve dinner in their turkey t-shirts or costumes. Going out to dinner ?  Then how about taking a thanks you or hostess gift of a thanksgiving potholder, table runner or apron. Got any other favorite ideas and patterns – share them in the comments below.   Thanksgiving sewing ideas (Right click to open each link in a new tab so you don’t … Continue reading

Fathers Day sewing ideas – sewing for men

Sewing ideas for men and gifts for Fathers Day to sew.. I can see my Dad liking some of these.

Father’s Day is approaching, both for the US and the UK.  Dads in particular and men in general, are all difficult to buy for.  They don’t seem to just have things because they like them, like women do.  Men-things have to have a purpose, be useful, or be techie. Men too are less likely to enjoy homemade or handmade perhaps.  What do you think? But all is not lost.  There are still some projects you can sew that Dad or the man in your life will appreciate. There are some projects which are unisex, tech-bags and the like, that can be sewn unaltered just using a more ‘manly’ fabric.  Or how about sewing a Fathers Day tie? In the tradition of ugly Christmas sweaters, how about a home made tie Dad has to wear all day? I’ve scoured the internet … Continue reading

Hot Pan or Skillet Handle Cover – kitchen sewing series

10 minute sewing project! Make these easy handle covers for your hot pans. Great for scraps.

These hot skillet handle covers were the first thing I’ve ever made for my kitchen and its an essential.  I cook like I live – always on full, thinking I can get it done in half the time.  Not only does it mean my food is often burnt on the outside and raw in the middle, (my poor husband) but it also means the handles of my pans often get really hot.  I used to try to pick them up with the tea-towel but we cook with gas and all to often the towel would touch the flame and oops – something else burnt.  So I made these nifty pan handle covers and you can too! Materials: This project is a great scrap buster.  You will need: Outer fabric – 5.5 inches by 7 inches Lining fabric – 5.5 inches … Continue reading

Easy quilted potholders – kitchen sewing series

How to make easy quilted potholders. Great beginner project and love the free-form quilting!

In our kitchen sewing series today – an every day essential.  These easy quilted potholders can be used to pick up hot pans and dishes, get trays out of the hot oven, and protect your counters or tables from hot dishes and plates. Mine often gets used as an emergency coaster for a hot mug of coffee too. Materials: You will need: Cotton fabric – two 8 inch squares Ideally – insulated lining such as Insul-Bright Or cotton batting or fleece, even an old towel Bias binding – home made is cute, 1 yard Want to make your own matching or contrast bias binding ?  Take a look at the How to make your own continuous bias binding tutorial. Easy Quilted Potholders Instructions I like to start with my fabric a little larger than the finished size to allow for shifting … Continue reading

Continuous Bias Binding Calculator

Continuous bias binding calculator. Work out how much you will get from a square, or what size square you will need.

  Did you enjoy the tutorial on how to make your own cute bias binding? So now you want to have a go at creating your own.  But how much do you need to make?  What size square will you need to start with.  Or how much will get you from a piece of fabric?  There’s nothing worse than running out of bias binding before you get to the end of your project, so make sure you always have enough with this handy Continuous Bias Binding Calculator.   You know from my background in finance that I love working with numbers and formulas and I’ve already shared a couple of handy spreadsheets to use for pattern drafting, for the pencil skirt pattern and the custom fit leggings. This project is perfect for another spreadsheet, so I’ve made one that works … Continue reading

Hearts and Valentines Sewing Projects

The pinkest, cutest, most covered in hearts ideas to sew for Valentines Sewing Projects.

It’s that time of year again when our thoughts turn to love and the celebration of our relationships, or perhaps the hope of receiving a card from a secret admirer and starting a new one!  The shops are full of pink, balloons, cards, special chocolates and gifts for your sweetheart.  You won’t find any sweeter hearts than the ones found in these cute Valentines Sewing Projects.   Hearts and Valentines Sewing Projects From tote bags, to t-shirts, home decor to gift ideas, this collection has banners and bunting, useful and decorative heart motif goodies for your kitchen, and lots more besides.  Make it sexy and sophisticated in black and red, or sweet and sugary in shades of pink.  Celebrate the season of love with some Valentines sewing. Don’t miss my Heart on Your Sleeve fabric book cover.   You can … Continue reading

Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners

Easy sewing projects for beginners. New to sewing? Find great starter projects here including bags, accessories, clothing, home decor, seasonal and more. From So Sew Easy.

I’ve really enjoyed putting together this collection of Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners.  If you are new to sewing or looking to learn, many of the sewing patterns, projects and blogs out there can be intimidating to start with.  Get you sewing muscles exercised and your foot at the sewing machine peddle with these easy sewing projects and ideas to get you started.     Find bags, accessories, clothes, home decor, seasonal and more in this great list to get you started with sewing.  Each includes a pattern or tutorial to help you along every step of the way.   Further Reading Once you have sewing mastered, you might want to move on to some of the other more advanced projects and look for inspiration here – Easy Sewing Projects and Patterns for Beginners Right click and Open in a … Continue reading

It’s my First Blogging Birthday

My first blogging birthday. A look back at the first year at So Sew Easy.

Looking back at So Sew Easy, I posted my first blog post 1 year ago today – 28 Nov 2012.  So today is my first blogging birthday.  In fact, I started out with a site on Blogger, then remembered what had happened to my first Blogger account when Google decided to randomly delete it, and I set up with WordPress. Want to be reminded of how bad my sewing and photography was 1 year ago?  Here is my first ever sewing project and my first blog photo – not exactly rocking it !  Although my sewing has improved – I still need to work on the photos! Looking back, I can’t believe how much I have learned over the last year, and how much I found the time to sew, although that did trail off a little towards the end … Continue reading

Felt Gingerbread House – Seasonal Sewing Series

Make this cute felt gingerbread house with removable felt candy shapes.

I’m so excited to be here today! It’s so fun to sew for the holidays! My name is Heather and nickname Heather Feather. I blog about my creative “flights” over at Feathers Flights. I have a two year old son, a baby girl on the way, and am married to a man in law school . I love sewing and decided to make a holiday activity for my son to give him something fun to do as I get busier with holidays. I came up with a felt gingerbread house that he can put felt candy on. It teaches him shapes, and I don’t have to worry about him eating tons of candy! I set up the house to for pictures, and my son couldn’t wait to play with it! You can see his hand sneaking in! Would you like to … Continue reading

Joy Christmas Pillow – Seasonal Sewing Series

Sew this Joy Christmas pillow at So Sew Easy.

Hey everyone! I’m Jennifer from Ellison Lane and I’m excited to be guest posting here today! I love Christmas and as soon as Halloween is over I am itching to turn on holiday music! I try to hold out until Thanksgiving but sometimes I have to give in early. Joy is definitely the word that embodies the holidays for me. Joy on my children’s faces, joy in the time spent with family and friends and joy in the blessings I’ve been given. It’s always fun to work on new holiday projects each year and a pillow is the perfect way to add something fresh to your holiday decor. This one comes together quickly and is super easy to customize! 16″ x 16″ finished Christmas pillow Materials: 1 Fat Quarter of Green Printed Fabric 1 Fat Quarter of Red Printed Fabric … Continue reading

Snowman or Turkey Applique – Seasonal Sewing Series

Instructions and pattern for sewing this cute snowman applique - and one for a thanksgiving turkey too!

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be guest blogging over here at So Sew Easy for the Seasonal Sewing Series. I am Stephanie from The TipToe Fairy.  I blog about sewing, baking, book reviews, and general crafty stuff. I love to sew, especially for them. It’s also my creative outlet.  One of my favorite things to sew is machine applique.  I love to draw out images and create them in applique. Today, I’ve brought you two fun little appliques that you can make from one basic pattern.  You can have Thanksgiving and Christmas covered with both.   Turkey & Snowman Applique Tutorial Materials Several scraps of fabric including white, black, brown, red, orange, plus feather and scarf scraps Heat n Bond Lite – Lite will not gum up your needle. Microtex Sharp sewing machine needles – Schmetz – 80/12 or 70/10 … Continue reading

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