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

Sewing a buttonhole with the buttonhole foot

Sewing machine buttonholes, perfect first time, every time.

Did you see my earlier article and video on how to sew on a button with your machine?  It wasn’t difficult at all, just a little bit of fiddling to make sure the needle lined up exactly with the button holes.  But, I admitted, I’m scared silly of actually sewing the buttonhole. Why?  Well the buttonhole is usually sewn right at the end of the project when eveything else is done. What if it messes up, gets all tangled, is skewed or just plain untidy?  It must be very hard to unpick a tiny buttonhole and resew without damaging the fabric.  And what if there are several, say 6 buttonholes to sew.  That means 6 chances to make a mess.  To do it nicely, each and every one has to be sewn correctly.  Getting it right on the first try, … Continue reading

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

Fab Felt Christmas – series wrap up and what’s coming next

Everything you need for a fab felt Christmas. Felt Christmas Tree and lots of links to ornament tutorials.

Well, it’s been fun but our Christmas in July feature has now come to an end.  I’ve been enjoying a wonderful vacation away from the computer (mostly) and want to give a great big THANK YOU to all the wonderful bloggers who contributed unique felt and fabric ornament tutorials for you while I was away. Let’s have a quick recap in case you missed any of them.  See something you like?  Click on the picture to find out more and go to the tutorial. Fab Felt Christmas Tree So we started off with my tutorial for the Fab Felt Tree.  A bit of a departure from just sewing and a bit of simple crafting with cardboard involved to make this fun tree for your home, or for the kids to play with. Easiest Ever Felt Ornaments Then I completely cheated … Continue reading

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

Fab Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments – part 5

6 fab felt and fabric Christmas ornaments to sew.

To round off the wonderful blogging guests who have taken part in this Christmas in July series, today a total of 6 sewing bloggers share with your their tutorials for fab felt and fabric Christmas ornaments.  These tutorials are all new, all written just for you and the Christmas in July series. From simple to sophisticated, you’ll be sure to find a tutorial here you’ll want to pin and save for later.  Some of the examples today could easily be sewn by children, with a little help.  Why not sit and sew together? Stephanie at The Tip Toe Fairy Ren at The Inspired Wren  Wendi and Shiny Happy World Karin at Leigh Laurel Studios Remona at The Stitching Scientist Palak and Make It Handmade   Don’t forget to pin these tutorials so you can find them later, and follow the … Continue reading

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

Fab Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments – part 4

3 fab felt and fabric Christmas ornaments to sew.

Once more, fab sewing bloggers are helping me out during my break with these brand new tutorials written just for you.  Looking for something quick and cute to sew?  Then get your pins and needles ready, and sew in good time for the holidays this year with these Christmas Tree Ornament ideas. Thanks to all the bloggers taking part so far and those still to come.  Ajaire from Call Ajaire Heather from The Sewing Loft Hannah from Made with Hugs and Kisses Thanks for following along.  Please do visit each of the bloggers and check out their tutorials.  PIN for later and by the time the end of the year comes, you’ll be all ready and organised in good time.  Why not make up your own board for Christmas sewing ideas, and follow mine below. Follow Deby’s board Christmas Sewing … Continue reading

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

Fab Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments – part 3

4 great tutorials for felt Christmas ornaments to make

It’s never too soon to start planning for the festive season, especially if you plan a lot of handmade decorations, hand-sewn gifts and a center piece like the Fab Felt Christmas Tree. Each of these four bloggers has created a fabulous felt Christmas Ornament tutorial just for you as part of the Christmas in July series.  Do visit them all, and make an early start or PIN for later on in the year.  Start saving your scraps of felt and fabric and check out these great tutorials. Cori at Let’s Eat Grandpa Linda at Night Owl Corner Kate at Candidly Kate Gina at Party of Eight Our Story   We’ll all be contributing to a Christmas Sewing Pinterest Board as well, sharing our favorite ideas for Christmas.  It might be a little quiet there now, but do follow along and you’ll … Continue reading

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

Fab Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments – part 1

4 fab felt Christmas Ornaments to sew, all with tutorials.

  The holiday/vacation season is here and I’ll be taking a little break for some sunshine , scuba diving and boating here in the Caribbean so I’ve invited some other awesome bloggers to share with you their Christmas in July ideas while I soak up the sun and put my sewing machine in for a much needed rest. Over the next few days, watch out for some great Felt and Fabric Christmas Ornament ideas.  If you like to get an early start on the Festive season, get ordering your holiday fabrics now – please check out the generous fabric shops that advertise on this site where you’ll find everything you need.  See the listings lower down in the sidebar. Featured today in our Christmas in July features are these wonderful tutorials from : Pam from Threading My Way Marti from Sewlicious … Continue reading

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

Sewing the perfect narrow hemline

How to sew the perfect narrow hemline - two options

Most garments you sew are going to need some kind of hemline, and there are lots of options to choose from on how to achieve that.  Many of them depend on the type of fabric you are sewing.  A knit fabric would require a different approach than a wool or a chiffon for example.  Often the type of hemline is dictated by the weight of the fabric. In today’s example, we are looking at the narrow hem.  This would be more suitable for light weight fabrics with no stretch and can often be found on gathered skirts, circle skirts and anything where a stiff or wide hem would interfere with the hang of the skirt. How narrow is narrow? This depends again on the weight and fluidity of your fabric, as well as your own sewing skills.  When a pattern … Continue reading

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

Drafting ruffle sleeves for the Easy Breezy Blouse

How to draft the cutest of double ruffle sleeves

I am delighted today to be able to introduce to you Diya from the Hobby Harbor.  Diya is one of the pattern testers who sews and checks over every one of the paid-for patterns here, and helps me to make sure they all are a good fit for all sizes, and don’t suffer from mistakes and typos.  For the latest pattern, the Easy Breezy Blouse, she made some variations of her own to add in the cutest of ruffle sleeves and I invited her over to show you how she did it. * * * * * * * * * * Hello So-Sew-easy readers I am Diya, someone who eats , drinks and sleeps Sewing! Doesn’t make sense but its kind of true. I love to design garments and sew them for myself, friends and family, and I am … Continue reading

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

Make a mesh lingerie bag

Sew a mesh lingerie bag for travelling, storage or laundry

I’m always keen to try new things so when I saw this ‘fabric’ I just had to give it a try.  Fabric that is far more air and holes than it is fabric.  I thought this was going to be a nightmare to sew, but I was wrong.  It’s easy! Where to buy mesh It’s not something you’ll find everywhere and might not be in your local fabric store.  You can find mesh fabric online at JoAnn, Fabric.com and Online Fabric Store. How to sew a mesh lingerie bag The size of your bag will be determined by the size of your zip, because the zip will go the full width of the bag.  My zip was 14 inches so I cut my mesh 15 inches wide and 22 inches long.  I’ll trim it later Cut a piece of mesh … Continue reading

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

Reading glasses case using a Flex Frame

How to sew an easy glasses case using one of those flex frames that you pinch to open.

This week, something bad happened to my sunglasses.  Oops.  They were floating around in my bag while it was briefly raining and next time I took them out, the lense was broken.  That’s the second pair this month I’ve broken.  And don’t talk to me about reading glasses – even worse. I keep my best reading and sewing spectacles at home but my arms are no longer long enough to be able to read menus when I’m out and about, so I carry some small readers with me where ever I go, and they are always getting bumped about in my bag.  But I don’t want one of those big and bulky hard cases in my purse, so I decided to make myself some small padded glasses bags and these Flex Frames looked a really interesting option. Materials needed: Flex … Continue reading

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

Sew the perfect slip pocket for your bag

Sew the perfect slip pocket into your purse or bag pattern

I’m taking the Design Your Own Handbag Class on Craftsy at the moment and am picking up lots of tips about how to sew bags as well as how to design them.  One easy way to adapt any bag pattern is to add your own pockets to the design, and the slip pocket is the easiest way to add some extra storage and organisation space inside your bag. What is a slip pocket? A slip pocket is a basic open pocket, usually on the inside of a bag, where you can simply ‘slip’ something in easily.  It has no buttons, zips or closures and is the easiest pocket to sew.  It will be sewn onto the lining piece before the bag lining is assembled.  Let’s look at how we can make one. What makes the perfect slip pocket What features … Continue reading