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

Sewing Bras – Construction and Fit

Learn how to sew a bra, and make it fit you perfectly. Surprisingly easy!

New Year – new resolutions. Do you have any sewing resolutions for this year? I have two – I want to learn how to use my new serger and I want to learn how to sew bras, and make one that actually fits and that I would want to wear (and be seen in!) Now let’s be honest about my sewing – an accurate fit has never been super important to me. Most of us wear ready to wear clothes and get used to how a standard fit we buy off the rack rarely fits us properly as a custom tailored garment would fit. So I’m not too worried about getting the perfect fit when I sew – I’m still new, I forgive myself. But when it comes to a bra, getting it to actually fit is a bit more … Continue reading

White Winter Girl’s Stole Pattern and Tips for Working with Faux Fur

White Winter Girl's Stole and Tips for Working with Faux Fur {{Friends Stitched Together for So Sew Easy}}

Every month, my son’s school has a dress-up day and for December the theme was “Narnia”. My nieces go to the school as well, so I ended up making costumes for the Green Witch, Susan, Peter, the White Witch, and Aslan (you can see them all here). I made a fur stole for the White Witch costume and have a pattern to share with you, as well as some tips for working with faux fur. My niece is six, but this would work for a younger girl by shortening the scarf pieces and for an older girl by lengthening and widening them. You will need: The pattern: Stole Pattern 1/2 yard of faux fur (you will only use half, but you need the length) or another appropriate fabric such as minky or velvet 1/2 yard lining fabric 3″ of cord/ribbon/elastic … 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

Piggie Pacifier Clip tutorial

Cute idea for a Piggie pacifier clip holder. These are so simple, great baby gift.

Oink! Stephanie from Swoodson Says here, I’m sharing a quick and easy pig pacifier clip tutorial today. My son never took to a pacifier very well but I know when he carries things around, the last place I want them to end up is left in a shopping cart or on the floor! The felt piggie adds a special touch and could be swapped out for any other animal face. I never pass up a chance to add an animal when sewing for babies — if you’re looking for more ideas, check out my list of Free Softie Patterns + Matching Kids’ Books. I want to be clear – use caution when sewing things for little ones! If safety is a concern, you could alternately use velcro for both closures instead of sewing and using the KAM snaps. Make sure … 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

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

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