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How to sew a French Seam

How to sew a French Seam. Ideal for light weight or sheer fabrics.

It seems there is more ways than one to sew a French Seam. Continuing on in my quest to learn more about the various types of seam finishes and getting a nice neat result on the inside of my projects, I’ve been reading several tutorials and books on the French Seam.  While the end result often looks the same, there are a few variations and I’ve cut it down to what I think is the best/easiest way. Where and why to use a French Seam The French Seam is a two-step process that encloses the raw edges of the fabric within the seam itself to leave a neat and finished seam on both the inside and the outside.  Although it could be used on most fabrics, you fill find it most commonly used on very fine, sheer or delicate fabrics … Continue reading

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  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt

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

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  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
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  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern

How to download and print PDF sewing patterns

Tips and a video on how to download, open and print PDF sewing patterns.

As the readership here at So Sew Easy has been increasing, and I’ve got more and more pattern downloads every month, so the number of emails I get asking for advice on how to download and print PDF sewing patterns has also increased.  This also seems to coincide with the increase in mobile devices since Christmas, and so I thought it was about time I shared with you the best way to access the patterns, download and print them. Take a look at the video where I will go through a couple of examples of how to download patterns and open and unzip them, with examples from Facebook, Google Drive, Craftsy, Unzipping, Adobe Reader and printing. Examples used in this video: Easy Cosmetics Bag pattern – Facebook fan-only pattern Wear Everywhere dress – free pattern via Craftsy Where will you … Continue reading

  • Easy summer dress
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
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  • Free dress patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Sew your own undies
  • Summer Drape Top

Woven fabric pillow cover for my sewing chair

Woven fabric pillow made from weaving strips of folded fabric. Great scrap buster and so pretty too!

Both at the same time, a couple of my online sewing buddies discovered and shared with me a beautiful woven fabric basket, made entirely from carefully cut and folded fabric strips.  Terry Ann from Atkinson Designs shared how she made some woven baskets from pre-cut strips and immediately we all said – we’ve got to do something with that idea! I’m mostly all about sewing clothes, and the technique didn’t really immediately lend itself to clothing, but an idea did spring to mind.  For some time, I’ve been meaning to sew a small cushion for my sewing chair.  When I sit for a while, with the one leg extended and hunched for hours over my sewing projects, I do get some back ache and wanted to sew a small pillow to go behind me as I sew. Immediately, this seemed … Continue reading

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  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew your own undies
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Easy summer dress
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Free dress patterns
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns

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

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  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Free dress patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Twist Front Top
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Easy summer dress
  • Sew your own undies

The Flat Felled Seam Finish

How, where and why to sew a Flat Felled Seam finish. One way to hide your raw edges.

  Looking again today at how to get a nice neat finish on the inside of your projects.  This isn’t one technique that might immediately spring to mind and it’s certainly not right for every project, but if you look closely you’ll be surprised how often you might find it on your store-bought clothes. How can we use the Flat Felled Seam? The places you’ll find the seam give clues to its features.  Looking down right now, I’m wearing a pair of board shorts and the side seams and the central seam running front to back between the legs are both flat felled seams.  It’s generally used on heavy weight fabrics such as jeans and on seams where extra strength is needed. You can often also find it on children’s wear where the seams might undergo a bit more stress … Continue reading

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  • Free dress patterns
  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew your own undies
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Easy summer dress
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern

Turning corners with bias binding

How to turn sharp corners with bias binding

Earlier this month we looked at making bias tape or bias binding (is there a difference?) How to make continuous bias tape and use the Clover bias maker tool How to work out how much a square of fabric will make, or how to decide how big a square you need to start with for any given length – swanky calculator spreadsheet or handy table Now it’s time to start using it.  But oh dear, it’s not as easy as you might think when you start out.  A straight line is fine, but corners – oh my!  I just assumed because it was on the bias and stretchy, that I just would bend it slightly round the corners and that would be fine.  You do not want to see my first attempt – its a sewing nightmare! So after much … Continue reading

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  • Twist Front Top

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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  • Sew your own undies
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  • Summer Drape Top
  • Double layer chiffon blouse

Making continuous bias binding tape

Easy to follow steps for making continuous bias binding tape from a square of fabric. No more fiddly sewing strips together.

I was so inspired by some of the projects shared as part of the Seasonal Sewing Series back last November that I have been keen to try my hand at lots of non-clothing sewing projects.  On my list for this month – sewing for the kitchen and I wanted to make some swanky potholders.  Oh no, they need bias binding, and I’ve never made or even used it before.  So here’s my first attempt at making continuous bias binding tape – shared for you all to enjoy or laugh at, depending on how it turns out! Materials You will need: A square of cotton fabric A ruler and Fabric Marker Scissors An iron Optional but highly recommended – a Clover Bias Tape Maker Two ways to make bias binding It seems there are two main ways to make bias binding … Continue reading

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  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Sew your own undies
  • Easy summer dress
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Free dress patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns

Fabric Covered Notebook with applique

Make a fabric covered notebook with cute reverse applique heart cover.

I wanted to try something different today.  I really liked the JOY Christmas Pillow that Jennifer shared with us for the Seasonal Sewing series and I wanted to try my hand at applique.  But nothing on too big a scale in case it turned into something terrible and wasted my precious imported fabric stash.  At the same time, I just bought a new sewing notebook this morning so everything came together fortuitously and I made a Fabric Covered Notebook with applique. Materials needed All dimensions given are for my regular composition book.  Measure your book to see what size fabric you need. Outer fabric – 16 x 10.5 inches Inner fabric – 16 x 10.5 inches Inner pockets – 2 at 8 x 10.5 inches Plus scraps for the applique Paper and pen for your template Disappearing fabric marker Piece … Continue reading