Double welt pocket with flap by the butterfly method

double welt pocket with flap

The double welt pocket with flap using the butterfly method is a really easy and contemporary technique to make a pocket and attach a flap at the same time.  I have already showed you the five lines technique that is used mostly on thin fabrics.  This new technique using the butterfly method works well on both thin or thick fabrics.  It can even be used on leather and suede as well as with thick wools and cashmeres coats. I was told by a reader in a comment that the correct name for this pocket is double piped besom pocket or pound pocket.  Prior to 1962, all the tailoring books called this type of pocket by that name.  However, no contemporary tailoring book I was able to search in used the term double pipe besom pocket or pound pocket.  I think the language has … Continue reading

Easy sweater pattern for non-knitters: Let’s call her Cami

easy sweater pattern

After many reader requests, I wanted to come up with a design for an easy sweater pattern for non-knitters.  Knitting is one of my passions but, since I started designing at So-Sew-Easy.com I have had no time for it at all.  But I do miss knitting.  Often, I think of a dress or a top and I could picture it in my mind on a knitted kaleidoscope of colors.  I love the fresh look of a soft cotton long sleeve knitted top, even in summer you can pull this look.  But winter is a special time to wrap yourself in a comfortable but elegant knitted top that won’t break the bank.  If you are lacking in time like me, here is an easy sweater pattern for non-knitters. This is an easy sweater to make, however, you do have to pay special attention to … Continue reading

Adding Piping to a Flap or Collar: The Easy Way

adding piping

This is the easiest way I know of adding piping to a flap or a collar.  You can use this technique to make an iconic Chanel-inspired jacket, a sophisticated set of silk pajamas or even cushions. When I was in design school, the thought of adding piping to a collar or to a pocket filled me with horror and I would often result in many sleepless nights trying to finish a garment.  That was until, I found this much better way to do it and this is what I am going to share with you here today. I’ve created a little practice tutorial below if you want to get comfortable with the technique.  Of course, if you’re going to use the technique on a sewing project, you will need the corresponding materials.  The short list below is only if you want to try … Continue reading

Dog Fashion: Sewing for Man’s Best Friend

Dog Fashion

We have featured a round up of sewing for your dog as well as a huge list of dog bed patterns which were very popular with our readers –so I know that I’m not the only dog-lover in the group.  The approach of the cold months in the northern hemisphere got me thinking about clothes for man’s best friend and inevitably about dog fashion.  I think it will be a fun topic to explore, so here we go. A Glimpse At The History of Dog Fashion Dressing up dogs is certainly not a new thing. In the last 12,000 years, man have regarded dogs as loyal companions and historical documents have shown that dog fashion has been around for quite a long time too.  Setting the trend were the royal courts of Europe that lavished their favorite dogs with bejeweled … Continue reading

Three ways to make an easy tassel

easy tassle

Here are three ways to make an easy tassel.  Tassels have been made and used for centuries from the times of ancient Rome until today as ornaments, embellishments, and decorations.  They were often viewed as symbols of power and prestige.  Today, they mainly just make things like our handbags and curtain holdbacks look better.  I learned a lot about the history of tassels which I’ll write about in the future, but today I wanted to show you these simple techniques to make an easy tassel. Using the leftovers from our recent projects, there should be very little shopping to do.  I had a few beads left from the fabric cover beaded necklace.  The hessian threads are from the fringed table runner from a couple weeks ago. The first tassel illustrates the most common way to make tassels.  These sort of tassels are commonly used … Continue reading

No fireplace? No Problem with “No Hang” Christmas Stocking

christmas stocking

Here’s a free pattern and tutorial for a “no hang” Christmas stocking.  If like me, you don’t have a fireplace (and don’t feel like drilling holes in the walls) but you still have kids and family who love the tradition of Christmas stockings filled with small presents, this might be for you.  With this design, the stocking itself has enough support and is shaped in a way that it can stand up on its own instead of hanging. Life in the tropics is easy-going, but when Christmas comes, you really notice that the practice of hanging Christmas stockings on the fireplace mantel was borrowed from European cultures where it’s very cold and they actually have fireplaces.  It was going to disappointing to the kids around our house to not participate in this wonderful tradition.  But even outside the tropics, I … Continue reading

The Great Christmas Sewing Roundup: 50+ Projects

christmas sewing roundup

In case you’re looking for some sewing ideas for the holidays, here’s our Great Christmas Sewing Roundup with more than 50 seasonal sewing projects and tutorials. Some of my sewing friends call it the “Fat Quarter” (sewing pun definitely intended..)—that’s the final quarter of the calendar year with all the holidays, family meals, etc.  It’s easy to see how one might put on that extra pound or kilo here or there if we’re not careful.  But what this time of year also provides are numerous opportunities to sew. The holiday season is one of the best excuses we sewists may ever have just to sew like crazy to impress all our neighbours, family and friends with our seriously hard-earned and outstandingly creative sewing skills… and no-one had better stop us!  Whether you’re on the lookout for a full-scale Christmas table project … Continue reading

More Quilting History Passed On For Generations: Part 2

quilting history

European-American Quilting History In my last article about quilting history called Lean Some Quilting Traditions Passed on for Generations, I mentioned the fact that the African-American quilting tradition is not very well documented. The European-American quilting textile tradition, on the other hand, is only slightly better documented I’ve discovered. Starting largely simply to provide warmth for the family members, especially during the winter months, quilting has been constantly evolving over the centuries. The European-American quilting tradition traces its roots back to Europe where quilting was a necessity as mothers and wives had to cover their families for basic warmth. Then it became a practice to make quilts as gifts for weddings or to commemorate births and even deaths in the family.  And at times when ink and paper were sparse, quilts were also used to document historical events.  It is important to … Continue reading

Announcing the winner of the $250 Fabric.com shopping spree

We’re delighted to announce the winner of the $250 shopping spree offered to our readers by our good friends at Fabric.com.  As you may recall from the launch of this giveaway, Fabric.com is part of Amazon.com so you can always rely on them for competitive pricing, outstanding customer service and the best delivery options in the business. Patricia B from Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA is the lucky winner with entry #99 out of a total entries in the contest of 10,469. Patricia winning entry came from a bonus entry from her sharing the contest with a friend –which was a great strategy to really leverage her chances to win.  Let’s all congratulate Patricia for this great win.  I wonder what she’ll get with her loot? If you were holding out to see if you were going to win this contest, all … Continue reading

Our most popular paid pattern EVER, FREE today ONLY (27 Nov 2016)

popular paid pattern

To celebrate the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, we’re going to do something very special.  Over the last two years, The Ultimate Wallet has been by far our most popular paid pattern.  It has far outsold all our other designs with a normal price of $6.50. This pattern has proven very popular as it comes with detailed PDF instructions which are detailed and richly illustrated.  The design has been thoroughly tested with plenty of user examples for you to look at.  The pattern has 5* reviews in both our Etsy and Craftsy stores.  And there’s also a video intro to the pattern which you can see below. You can read more about the pattern by clicking the image below or go straight to the download box at the bottom of this page to get it FREE for today only … Continue reading

Small Sewing Projects: 10 gifts to sew with one yard of fabric

small sewing projects

Being a regular sewer, I have noticed that I have a huge stash of fabrics that are less than one yard. This are basically left over fabric, but the pieces are so beautiful and fabric often so expensive that I can hardly imagine throwing any away.  Also, Christmas is fast approaching and my gift list is still a long way from complete.  Perhaps I can solve two problems at the same time.. That’s when I started thinking of pulling together a list of small sewing projects.  These would items which require around one yard of fabric or less.  If you’re like me with a huge stash of such fabric scraps (I am sure you will be), I’m sure you’ve been waiting for just the right opportunity to use these special treasures. The small sewing projects on this list are also relatively quick to complete … Continue reading