So Sew Easy http://so-sew-easy.com Free sewing patterns, sewing clothes and accessories. Dress patterns, skirt patterns, sewing tutorials and a great sewing blog. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:06:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Black Friday Sales – where to shop for sewing deals http://so-sew-easy.com/black-friday-sales-shop-sewing-deals/ http://so-sew-easy.com/black-friday-sales-shop-sewing-deals/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://so-sew-easy.com/?p=12699 It’s that crazy time of year again, at least for the Americans.  People trampled to death in the streets in the stampede to get the the cheap TVs first.  Or in our case the cheap fabric and sewing deals. If you are on the So Sew Easy newsletter list, already on its way to you this morning is the Black Friday sale newsletter with some deals for you to check out if you would rather shop online than face the endless queues at the shops. If you aren’t on the mailing list – you should be!  All of the new articles on the site are sent out in a summary every Sunday morning for you to check out and read at your leisure.  Then from time to time, actually very rarely, I’ll send out a special email if there is something … Continue reading

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FeaturedIt’s that crazy time of year again, at least for the Americans.  People trampled to death in the streets in the stampede to get the the cheap TVs first.  Or in our case the cheap fabric and sewing deals.

If you are on the So Sew Easy newsletter list, already on its way to you this morning is the Black Friday sale newsletter with some deals for you to check out if you would rather shop online than face the endless queues at the shops.

If you aren’t on the mailing list – you should be!  All of the new articles on the site are sent out in a summary every Sunday morning for you to check out and read at your leisure.  Then from time to time, actually very rarely, I’ll send out a special email if there is something extra to write about – today, all the best fabric and sewing sales.

So if you aren’t on the newsletter list:

1 – go and sign up now! (See that big box at the bottom – put your email address in there.)

2 – check out the web version of the Black Friday sales newsletter HERE

3 – check out the always up to date fabric and sewing coupons and sales database here

Live list of coupons, deals and fabric sales, quilting and sewing shops.

Of course the highlight of the Black Friday sales is the Craftsy ALL Classes for $19.99 or less deal, so if you haven’t cleared out your wish list yet, get over there and shop!  You’ll have a whole year until a sale like this one again!

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Looking to shop for Christmas?  Now is the time to get a bargain.  If you haven’t seen it already, take a look at my pick of some interesting and desirable gifts for people who sew in the Holiday Gift Guide.

Holiday Gift Guide - so many deas for lovely gifts for people who sew. Lots of these went on MY wishlist!

That’s all I’ve got time for today – I’m hitting the online sales and getting all the best bargains before they sell out.  I simply NEED more fabric!

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The Lucy Tote Bag pattern http://so-sew-easy.com/lucy-tote-bag-pattern/ http://so-sew-easy.com/lucy-tote-bag-pattern/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://so-sew-easy.com/?p=12404 After the release of the Ultimate Wallet, I’ve been getting lots of requests recently for more bag patterns, and more bag patterns suitable for improving sewers to tackle and try out or learn new skills.  The Lucy Tote Bag pattern is brought to you with those requests in mind. Its a stylish tote bag with a few nice touches I think you’ll like. Features: Zipper top for security Inside slip pockets Flat base Outside zipper pocket Nice handles with rectangle rings and tabs Great pattern to showcase a really nice fabric print Contrast top and lining for a little extra design flair This one has a lot of techniques that will be familiar to you, but you might also try a few new skills along the way such as adding the zipper pocket to the outside, or adding in the top zipper. This … Continue reading

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The Lucy Tote Bag Pattern.

After the release of the Ultimate Wallet, I’ve been getting lots of requests recently for more bag patterns, and more bag patterns suitable for improving sewers to tackle and try out or learn new skills.  The Lucy Tote Bag pattern is brought to you with those requests in mind.

Its a stylish tote bag with a few nice touches I think you’ll like.

Features:

  • Zipper top for security
  • Inside slip pockets
  • Flat base
  • Outside zipper pocket
  • Nice handles with rectangle rings and tabs
  • Great pattern to showcase a really nice fabric print
  • Contrast top and lining for a little extra design flair

Lucy tote bag patternThis one has a lot of techniques that will be familiar to you, but you might also try a few new skills along the way such as adding the zipper pocket to the outside, or adding in the top zipper.

This pattern has been rated as Intermediate by the testing team.

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See the Lucy Tote Bag Pattern Testing examples

I wore out the team this month with the testing of the Ultimate Wallet, the Show Some Flare skirt and this Lucy bag!  Here are a few examples they created before pattern testing overload got the better of them…

Robin at the Pattern Tester - A striking example in high contrast fabrics.  Nice job with those stripes Robin!

Lucy tote bag pattern

Sarah - I love the beachy colors in this one.  That turquoise is the color of the sea here and I could see myself carrying this bag to the beach.

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Linda – used thick round rings and denim at the top for a very sturdy and hardwearing bag.

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Donna – bold use of bright colors and everyone’s favorite – polka dots!

Lucy tote bag pattern

 

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This pattern is being sent out today to members of the Pattern of the Month Club – have you joined yet?

Save money and get to sew a lot! I'll be signing up at So Sew Easy to get a sewing pattern each month.

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Easy DIY Felt Elf Hat pattern http://so-sew-easy.com/easy-diy-felt-elf-hat-pattern/ http://so-sew-easy.com/easy-diy-felt-elf-hat-pattern/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://so-sew-easy.com/?p=12513 When I sat down to make these hats I wanted to make something simple to recreate but something that could easily be customized. These would make the perfect props for Holiday photos or simple handmade favors for a Holiday party!! To make your own elf hat, you will need: Felt (green and red) a length of yarn the same height you want your hat jingle bells (I used red but any color will work) matching thread Needle Scissors Sewing machine How to sew your Felt Elf Hat Pattern 1. Cut between a quarter and a third of a circle out of the green felt (Use your yarn to measure the height you want your hat and to measure the circumference of the head. The circumference of the head will create the distance along the curved edge in the third photo below. Use a … Continue reading

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When I sat down to make these hats I wanted to make something simple to recreate but something that could easily be customized. These would make the perfect props for Holiday photos or simple handmade favors for a Holiday party!!

DIY Felt Elf Hats

To make your own elf hat, you will need:

  • Felt (green and red)
  • a length of yarn the same height you want your hat
  • jingle bells (I used red but any color will work)
  • matching thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

How to sew your Felt Elf Hat Pattern

1. Cut between a quarter and a third of a circle out of the green felt (Use your yarn to measure the height you want your hat and to measure the circumference of the head. The circumference of the head will create the distance along the curved edge in the third photo below. Use a general circular shape, doesn’t have to be perfect.)

Elf Hat - string measure Elf Hats - string side Elf Hats - base2. Cut a rectangular strip of red felt and position along round edge of green felt. Repeat until the entire round edge is lined in red (I used the sheets of craft felt for the red part and just cut the sheet in half vertically. I used three rectangles – a sheet and a half – for the small hat and five rectangles for the large hat.)

Elf Hats - initial stitch3.  Using a small seam allowance, sew along the curved line in the hat

4.  Trim the extra red felt hanging below the curve of the green felt

Elf Hats - rounded5.  Flip the red felt to the opposite side of the green (hiding the seam) and pin in place

Elf Hats - right side6.  Top stitch along the curve

7.  Cut triangular shapes into the red felt (You can be as even or haphazard as you want in this step. I tried to make mine random shapes and sizes.)

Elf Hats - points8.  Fold the hat in half, with right sides together, and sew up the seam.

Elf Hats - seam9.  Clip the top corner (making sure not to snip the seam)

10.  Flip right side and pop out the point of the hat

11.  Sew jingle bells to the point in the hat

12.  Check that all the red points look good, trim as needed

Elf Hats - Models(My little monkey refused to sit still for pictures, despite bribes with M&M’s.)

Each hat took about 20 minutes, from start to finish. They are perfect, easy projects. My daughter refuses to take hers off now!

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Hope you enjoy making your own felt elf hats!!

If you liked our hats, be sure to check out some of our other Christmas projects, with more to come through December!

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Readers Questions – 6 http://so-sew-easy.com/readers-questions-6/ http://so-sew-easy.com/readers-questions-6/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://so-sew-easy.com/?p=12870 Welcome to another Readers Questions.  This is going to be the last in the present format of readers questions for a while because I’m working on something new.  It’s not yet fully ready to be revealed, but I’m hoping it will work better for you all to be able to post your questions more easily and get quicker answers instead of having to wait for this monthly feature. Providing you all participate of course.  :-) So please be generous with your time and advice and help out the So Sew Easy readers with their sewing questions below. Judi asks: My sewing is technically good but my clothes still often look “homemade”. How do I improve the look?  Part of my problem is the fitting because I live alone; I have had to put side zips in dresses because I can … Continue reading

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Welcome to another Readers Questions.  This is going to be the last in the present format of readers questions for a while because I’m working on something new.  It’s not yet fully ready to be revealed, but I’m hoping it will work better for you all to be able to post your questions more easily and get quicker answers instead of having to wait for this monthly feature.

Providing you all participate of course.  :-)

So please be generous with your time and advice and help out the So Sew Easy readers with their sewing questions below.

Judi asks:

My sewing is technically good but my clothes still often look “homemade”. How do I improve the look?  Part of my problem is the fitting because I live alone; I have had to put side zips in dresses because I can no longer zip them up. I found some good sites on Google which have given me some hints but would welcome yours as well.

Sandy asks:

I have a question that may sound dumb to most sewers, but, since I have recently got back into the swing of things, I have a notions and I don’t know how to use it. A “crotch” tape measure. It came as an extra with an order and I have no idea how it works. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Here’s a photo of the tape measure I was sent.

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Rene asks:

I have recently been diagnosed with a polyurethane allergy.  This means no latex, spandex, nylon and elastane.  I find it very hard to buy underwear.  Where can I find comfortable fabric to sew panties.  Cotton would be the best and available everywhere, but what can I use instead of the elastic ?  Do you have patterns for boy short style panties? I am thinking to use a draw string instead of elastic for the panties.  Any suggestions for bra?

I will greatly appreciate any suggestions, patterns or information on where to get hold of the correct fabric to make my own underwear.  I am sure the panties will not be to much of an issue to make, but I have never tried my hand at a bra.  I am not an expert sewer either, but are willing to learn anything.

Lily asks:

I’m looking to sew a poncho type of coat for a teen, so it has to be modern.  Something that’s warm but still easy to make because I’m new at sewing.  Can anyone suggest a pattern I could use?

Claire asks:

I have a dress I would like my mom to make for my bridesmaids for my wedding. Here is the dress.  Does anyone know of a pattern I could buy to make something similar?  Any advice on fabrics please?

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Show Some Flare A-Line Skirt pattern – POTM http://so-sew-easy.com/show-flare-a-line-skirt-pattern/ http://so-sew-easy.com/show-flare-a-line-skirt-pattern/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://so-sew-easy.com/?p=12348 I’ve had a request for a skirt with pockets, and something that doesn’t need stretch fabrics, because I know some are still a little reluctant to sew with knits. So I’m happy to oblige this month with a practical a-line skirt pattern, including set-in pockets. Features: Flattering a-line shape Easy to sew – no darts! Lowered waist Set-in pockets – the easy way At the top of the knee as standard, lengthen or shorten as needed. In sizes 34-50 inch hip Video tutorial Great news – this pattern is easy. So long as you can sew a zipper, you can get a great result with this skirt. As usual, there’s a video as well as the step by step photo instruction and I’ll give you all my tips on how to get a good result with the minimum of fuss, including: … Continue reading

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A-line skirt pattern.  Great pockets and very clear step by step video with lots of tips to get a great fit on this skirt.I’ve had a request for a skirt with pockets, and something that doesn’t need stretch fabrics, because I know some are still a little reluctant to sew with knits. So I’m happy to oblige this month with a practical a-line skirt pattern, including set-in pockets.

Features:

  • Flattering a-line shape
  • Easy to sew – no darts!
  • Lowered waist
  • Set-in pockets – the easy way
  • At the top of the knee as standard, lengthen or shorten as needed.
  • In sizes 34-50 inch hip
  • Video tutorial

Great news – this pattern is easy. So long as you can sew a zipper, you can get a great result with this skirt.

A-line skirt pattern.  Great pockets and very clear step by step video with lots of tips to get a great fit on this skirt.

As usual, there’s a video as well as the step by step photo instruction and I’ll give you all my tips on how to get a good result with the minimum of fuss, including:

  • how to fit before adding the pockets (can save trouble later!)
  • a new easier way to sew set-in pockets
  • how to get a nice square edge at the top of your zipper and waistband with no trimming and poking

A-line skirt pattern. Great pockets and very clear step by step video with lots of tips to get a great fit on this skirt.

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Take a look at the Show Some Flare a-line skirt pattern.  Lowered waist skirt with center back zipper and easy to sew pockets.  Make it light and floaty for summer or add a little length and a thicker fabric for winter-warm.

Pattern Rating – The pattern testers were split 50/50 on whether this should be a beginner or intermediate pattern.  Take a look at the video and decide if this is for you.

Watch me sew the Show Some Flare a-line skirt pattern

 

 

The Pattern Testing Team show some flare!

Judy at Stoney Lonesome Sew WorksReally enjoyed this pattern. Very easy, clear instructions both in print and on the video. I thought of a lot of pattern hacks while sewing the skirt.  [Judy will be showing us a tutorial soon about how to add a lining to this skirt to make it winter-warm for those of you in cold weather.]

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Diya at the Hobby HarborThe pockets are nice. This is good for beginners. But if you are an advanced beginner like me(I hope I really am). Then it is good to refresh your skirt making skills. I enjoyed making it.  I added a simple bodice to mine to make an easy dress – worked great.

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Theresa from the DIY PageEasy skirt, very versatile. Love how the pockets came out. The video was great. I will be doing my pockets this way from now on!

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JaneI was very excited to sew this skirt. I love the look of an A-line skirt. This skirt was very different. I hadn’t seen this type of pocket before. I thought it looked very cute. I liked that there were only a few basic pattern pieces to work with. The skirt seemed like it was going to be fun and easy to sew. (and it was!)  I will admit, I really dislike putting in waistbands. They make me nervous. I just have a really tough time with them. This pattern was easy to follow and the waistband went in with a minimum of stress and trouble for me.

I think showing a version of the skirt with the pockets a contrasting color to the skirt would be nice. It would be so cute with another color peeking out of the skirt. Of course, I thought of this AFTER I had already sewn up my sample skirt.  I really enjoyed the pockets on this skirt. I love the look as well. I think this skirt could easily become a staple pattern in a wardrobe.

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EmmaVery simple and straightforward – elegant and timeless. Will work as casual or smart.  Pattern went together easily – as usual. [Emma teamed her skirt with the Give Me A Shrug top for work.]

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Becky –  Very cute. Love the pockets. I think the pattern instructions were very clear. I went back and forth between the PDF instructions and the video.

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Linda  I love skirt for summer! or to wear to the office with a blazer or cardigan. I think they are very versatile. I love the A-line skirt I think it’s the most flattering one to most body shape. I was not sure about the pockets as they usually don’t sit right. I usually don’t make them but I was very surprised how these one stay in place and don’t add any puckers to the skirt. I love the way the waistband is made so it gives you a chance to adjust your skirt even after the waistband is on if you are not sure about your size or shape. For my body shape because of sway back, a low waistband is usually not a good fit but I was willing to try it and I was able to adjust it very easily to make it fit very well.

Thanks for the nice pattern. That will be a pattern that I go to very often as it can be made with so many type of fabric.

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Robin at The Pattern TesterI like the style of the skirt, and the addition of the pockets. It’s a flattering skirt, and makes for a great staple piece for anyone’s wardrobe. I wanted the pockets to be noticed more, so I used a contrasting colour so they are more noticeable. The instructions are very straight forward, and the video is very helpful.

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Diane C at Two Chicklets Sew ShopThis is such a cute skirt with unique pockets! I haven’t made this type of pocket before now. It was so easy to do and ended up nice and neat. I love my new skirt!

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JemmaI really like the pattern. Pretty and simple. The pockets are a great addition. 

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Thank you ladies – your skirts look fabulous.

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Fab Felt Christmas Tree pattern – still time! http://so-sew-easy.com/fab-felt-christmas-tree-pattern/ http://so-sew-easy.com/fab-felt-christmas-tree-pattern/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://so-sew-easy.com/?p=12512 People come and go all the time here, and with Christmas coming I just wanted to make sure that if you were new to So Sew Easy, that you knew all about the Fab Felt Christmas in July feature I ran earlier this year. I started off the series with this Fab Felt Christmas Tree pattern.  There is sewing and fabric involved, but its a bit more crafty too, so you can get to have fun with cardboard and glue as well as fabric and buttons.  The kids can even get involved and you can make it a family project. It even has magic musical buttons that play Christmas carols.   I really like this mini size.  It’s just perfect for a table centerpiece or for your entry table or hallway.  But mine has been designed especially for a toddler I … Continue reading

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I'm in love with this felt Christmas Tree! Too cute and you should see the ornaments too!People come and go all the time here, and with Christmas coming I just wanted to make sure that if you were new to So Sew Easy, that you knew all about the Fab Felt Christmas in July feature I ran earlier this year.

I started off the series with this Fab Felt Christmas Tree pattern.  There is sewing and fabric involved, but its a bit more crafty too, so you can get to have fun with cardboard and glue as well as fabric and buttons.  The kids can even get involved and you can make it a family project.

It even has magic musical buttons that play Christmas carols.   I really like this mini size.  It’s just perfect for a table centerpiece or for your entry table or hallway.  But mine has been designed especially for a toddler I know who loves Christmas and just couldn’t leave the tree alone last year – so now he has his very own tree to decorate and nothing can get broken or damaged.

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You can download the pattern and instructions for the Felt Christmas Tree from my design account at Craftsy.  It's a PDF file containing both instructions and pattern pieces all in the same file.  Enjoy!  And check the blog for the post about the ornaments pack too - they are really cute!

Watch how to make up the Felt Christmas Tree Pattern

There are a couple of videos to show you how to assemble your tree.

Part 1 – Take a look here at how to assemble the 4 stacking tree elements.

 

So now your tree is assembled but bare.  It’s time to cover it with the felt cover.  You’ll need brown and green, and if you want to add snow at the top, also some white felt. I also added a couple of spots of red felt to mark where my musical buttons are.

Part 2 – how to make the felt tree cover

 

There were lots more fab felt fun things in the series and once I get a spare 5 minutes I’ll do a quick round up of those too.  But get started now on your tree and we can add on some cute felt decorations later.

In the meantime, you could also take a look at the review and roundup I did of the Fab Felt Holiday Crafts class which is bursting with Christmas ideas, and with the exclusive So Sew Easy discount, costs just $9.99

Great ideas for fab felt holiday crafts - and big discount off the class

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I went to a REAL fabric shop – with virtual friends http://so-sew-easy.com/went-real-fabric-shop-virtual-friends/ http://so-sew-easy.com/went-real-fabric-shop-virtual-friends/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://so-sew-easy.com/?p=13689 I treated myself recently. In a very BIG way. I flew all the way to the good ole’ US of A for a shopping trip and to meet up with some virtual friends I had only ever ‘met’ before online. That’s me above about to burst with excitement and disbelief at all the fabric – a gazillion yards in every conceivable color, fiber and weave. Sigh – shopping heaven.  This is Mary Jo’s in Gastonia.  A fabric shop that’s as big as my town center here. I went to Charlotte, NC and met up with some of my online sewing friends. This is us enjoying a lunch – the coffee shop had more choices for food in one place than I think I can get on the whole island here. And did I want a free cookie with that – … Continue reading

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What it feels like to visit a fabric shop in teh USA when you are used to living on a small island!I treated myself recently. In a very BIG way. I flew all the way to the good ole’ US of A for a shopping trip and to meet up with some virtual friends I had only ever ‘met’ before online.

That’s me above about to burst with excitement and disbelief at all the fabric – a gazillion yards in every conceivable color, fiber and weave. Sigh – shopping heaven.  This is Mary Jo’s in Gastonia.  A fabric shop that’s as big as my town center here.

I went to Charlotte, NC and met up with some of my online sewing friends. This is us enjoying a lunch – the coffee shop had more choices for food in one place than I think I can get on the whole island here. And did I want a free cookie with that – hell yes I did- thank you very much.

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Left to right – Becky from Patchwork Posse, me, Heather from the Sewing Loft, Molly from Craft Ideas Weekly

I behaved like a total idiot the whole weekend, asking silly questions, being far too outspoken, shouting out “look at THAT!” at all the things they found quite ordinary. And you won’t believe how long it took me to work out in my hire car that there simply isn’t a place to put the ignition key – the car starts without it. Huh?  I hadn’t realised quite how far behind the modern times we are out here on a small island.  It was like landing on a much more advanced alien world!

But an alien world that had shops!

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But wow, was it COLD!  That’s me wearing the thermal underwear and 2 sweaters while the girls dance around in short sleeve t-shirts telling me how lovely and warm it is for this time of year.  Er, no.  It’s below freezing surely…I was lucky not to catch frostbite.

Sadly the customs police only allow a limited amount of shopping to be brought back into Cayman so I had to strictly limit myself.  Once I’d bought my new Christmas present, there wasn’t much of my allowance left for fabric, so I had to shop carefully and try to think about what  I would need for upcoming projects, make sure I bought thread and zips to match and not just get carried away with all the bright colors and phenomenal choice.

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So I brought back my shiny new serger, a fairly modest selection of fabric for upcoming bag projects and a couple of bra making kits for use in the Craftsy Bra Making class.  Learning to use my serger and making a bra that actually fits me is my challenge for the New Year.  Not necessarily at the same time.

A big thank you to Heather, Becky and Molly who made my trip such a lot of fun.

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Modern Christmas Tissue Box Cover pattern http://so-sew-easy.com/christmas-tissue-box-cover-pattern/ http://so-sew-easy.com/christmas-tissue-box-cover-pattern/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://so-sew-easy.com/?p=12509 Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says again; this time I’m sharing a perfect teacher or neighbor gift with a  festive tissue box cover tutorial. “Christmas tissue box cover” can conjure up mental images of large Santas and sequins but I lean towards a more modern aesthetic. This will be the first season I’m blogging any holiday projects; last year I waited too long to make them, let alone share them! In addition to more tissue box covers, I will be sewing several toy superhero capes & softies this year. I used a standard, vertical Kleenex brand box (sides measuring ’4.5″ X 5.25″‘ and top measuring ’4.5″ X 4.5″‘) so just measure your box if it’s a different brand and add on accordingly. Materials: Wonder Under 1 package White Ric Rac 1/4 yard red cotton fabric Green cotton fabric scraps 1/2 yard medium-weight fusible … Continue reading

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Modern Christmas Tissue Box Cover.  Simple trees and snow - nothing too kitchsy

Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says again; this time I’m sharing a perfect teacher or neighbor gift with a  festive tissue box cover tutorial. “Christmas tissue box cover” can conjure up mental images of large Santas and sequins but I lean towards a more modern aesthetic. This will be the first season I’m blogging any holiday projects; last year I waited too long to make them, let alone share them! In addition to more tissue box covers, I will be sewing several toy superhero capes & softies this year.

I used a standard, vertical Kleenex brand box (sides measuring ’4.5″ X 5.25″‘ and top measuring ’4.5″ X 4.5″‘) so just measure your box if it’s a different brand and add on accordingly.

Materials:

  • Wonder Under
  • 1 package White Ric Rac
  • 1/4 yard red cotton fabric
  • Green cotton fabric scraps
  • 1/2 yard medium-weight fusible interfacing
  • Ruler
  • Marking pen/pencil
  • Iron
  • The pattern download

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You can download the templates used in this project from Craftsy, or simply design your own.

How to sew your Modern Christmas Tissue Box Cover Pattern

Steps:

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1. Print out the template and tape to a window or a light-box, with the Wonder Under on top, smooth side up. Trace your desired number of tree shapes; I used a large & smaller tree on each side.

2. Roughly cut around each tree and iron on to the wrong side of the green fabric scraps.

3. Cut out the interfacing to the following dimensions: ( 4 side pieces 6.75″ X 5.5″, 1 top piece 5.5″ X 5.5″). Iron on to the wrong side of the red base fabric.

4. Use a scissors or rotary cutter to trim carefully to the lines.

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5. On each side piece, trace two lines along the short end, the first 1 inch from the bottom and then another 1/2 inch above the first line. Finger press the raw edge up to the first line, wrong sides together.

6. Fold the bottom up to the final line, press.

7. Flip it over and use a marking utensil to draw a line 1 inch above the new, folded hem. This should be covered by the ric rac eventually, but you can use a disappearing pen to be safe.

8. Trim the trees along the traced lines, and peel the paper backing off. Lay your ric-rac over the center of the line for placement, and then position the trees. Be sure to give at least .5″ clearance from each side, where the side seams will meet. Iron trees on.

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9. Cut out the circle and trace on to the top piece.

10. Stitch slowly, with a short length, and center the ric-rac around the circle, until you’ve sewn it completely around.

11. This doesn’t have to be perfect! You will be flipping it under – so use a coordinating thread color with your fabric.

12. Flip to the other side and trim carefully, 1/8″ away from the stitching line and avoiding the ric-rac points.

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13. Flip the ric-rac to the back, and use an iron to press and flatten.

14. Carefully sew right along the edge of the opening, tacking the ric-rac down.

15. Use a decorative zig-zag around the edges of each tree.

16. Fold hem down and put side panels right sides together and sew with 1/2″seam allowance, stopping a few stitches from the top.

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17. Once all four panels have been sewn together, press the seams open. Fold the hem back up, to its original position.

18. Flip to the right side and sew 1/2 inch up from the hem.

19. Turn the cover inside out and place the top piece right sides together and sew with 1/2″ seam allowance to each side’s edge.

20. You will be starting and stopping a few stitches from each end, just like you did on the side seams.

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21. & 22. This is what the corners should look like. You can trim the corners off inside the stitching lines once you have turned them right side out to check for alignment. This will reduce bulk and make the corners pointier. Press all seams.

23. Turn right side out and sew your ric-rac border on, covering up the initial line you drew!

Modern Christmas Tissue Box Cover.  Simple trees and snow - nothing too kitchsy

There you have it! A festive tissue box cover without the kitsch.

 

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Why I made a bag from someone else’s pattern http://so-sew-easy.com/pattern-parcel-bags/ http://so-sew-easy.com/pattern-parcel-bags/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://so-sew-easy.com/?p=12511 Have you ever heard of Pattern Parcel?  Until recently I hadn’t either but then several blogs I followed promoted a recent ‘pattern parcel’ and I clicked through to find out more – I’m so nosy! Here’s what they say about themselves: “Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel it is our mission is to offer high-quality pdf sewing patterns written by independent designers while supporting charity. We go about this in a unique way, by allowing the customers to choose  their own price in supporting the designers included in the Parcel. In addition to determining the total sales price, each customer purchasing the Parcel is able to allocate how much of their price goes to the designers, the company, and to the charity, DonorsChoose.org. As a company we cover the costs of web hosting, design and payment processing fees from our allocated position, … Continue reading

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Have you ever heard of Pattern Parcel?  Until recently I hadn’t either but then several blogs I followed promoted a recent ‘pattern parcel’ and I clicked through to find out more – I’m so nosy!

Here’s what they say about themselves:

“Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel it is our mission is to offer high-quality pdf sewing patterns written by independent designers while supporting charity. We go about this in a unique way, by allowing the customers to choose  their own price in supporting the designers included in the Parcel. In addition to determining the total sales price, each customer purchasing the Parcel is able to allocate how much of their price goes to the designers, the company, and to the charity, DonorsChoose.org. As a company we cover the costs of web hosting, design and payment processing fees from our allocated position, then we donate our remaining earnings to the charity as well. 

Support Children’s Education: Donors Choose is an organization that matches up the needs of teachers and their students for specific projects with willing donors. The funds raised from each Pattern Parcel sale will go to help K-12 students in minimizing educational inequality and encourage a community where children have the tools and experiences necessary for an excellent education. From pencils for poetry to microscopes for mitochondria, your support will help address educational inequality and grow generations to come. To date, you’ve helped us raise over $13,000! “

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win
So you can buy a Parcel of Patterns at a price that you choose, depending on what you can afford and how much you want to give to charity.  You choose the split between the designers and the charity.  The only advertising they get is from bloggers making up the patterns and promoting them, so I signed up to help them promote and I sewed a bag from someone else’s pattern!

Pattern Parcel #7 is bags:

Bonus Pattern: Choose a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #7 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That’s just over $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the brand new Daphne Bag pattern from Clover & Violet. The Daphne is a slouchy satchel that can be worn cross body or as a shoulder bag. The zip top keeps your gear secure and the internal pockets keep your accessories where you need them. This is a brand new, never been seen before pattern and is an exclusive opportunity for Parcel #7 customers!

You can of course also buy any of the bag patterns individually from the designers direct, at full price.

Pattern Parcel 7 – The Evelyn Bag

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I sewed the Evelyn Bag from Chris W Designs.  It’s a nice looking bag, but does take some experience and patience to sew.  It took me most of the day and of course much of that is cutting and pressing. I used a home decor fabric and a very light weight interfacing as recommended, and still my cheap machine couldn’t cope with some of the thick layers.  This pattern also has just a 1/4 inch seam allowance, and it gave me a few problems in the thicker areas.

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One area in particular was the very front piece where the center front ring is – when turning the bag right side out near the end, I pulled on this piece I had sewn into the seam earlier – and pulled it right out!  The thick layers must have shifted and this piece was barely caught – and then when I gave it a good tug it wasn’t caught at all which is why mine looks a little different to the pattern picture.  I had to sew mine back on the outside – totally my fault.

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But the Pattern Parcel contains bags suitable for all levels of experience and in all different styles.

So if you are in the market for making some bags and looking to buy some patterns, you can purchase this Pattern Parcel at a price of your choosing, get a great deal on the patterns and support charity at the same time.

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Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win
 

Parcel #7 Inspiration Tour Schedule – all the other bloggers helping to promote this pattern parcel:

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Holiday Gift Guide – for people who sew http://so-sew-easy.com/holiday-gift-guide-people-sew/ http://so-sew-easy.com/holiday-gift-guide-people-sew/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 11:00:14 +0000 http://so-sew-easy.com/?p=13414 It seems to be traditional in the blogging world for everyone to publish their annual holiday gift guide.  I suppose it makes sense – if we share the same kind of interests and the same kind of tastes, you’ll probably like similar shops and similar products to me.  So maybe I can save you all a little time and trouble this year with a few of my own favorites. In this gift guide – items big and small, cheap and expensive, for anyone and everyone who loves to sew or quilt.  And hey, who are we kidding here, you’re probably reading this for the same reason I was looking at these products online – to buy yourself something nice.  If I waited till my husband bought me a Christmas present, well, let’s say I’d still be waiting for my second … Continue reading

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Gift guideIt seems to be traditional in the blogging world for everyone to publish their annual holiday gift guide.  I suppose it makes sense – if we share the same kind of interests and the same kind of tastes, you’ll probably like similar shops and similar products to me.  So maybe I can save you all a little time and trouble this year with a few of my own favorites.

In this gift guide – items big and small, cheap and expensive, for anyone and everyone who loves to sew or quilt.  And hey, who are we kidding here, you’re probably reading this for the same reason I was looking at these products online – to buy yourself something nice.  If I waited till my husband bought me a Christmas present, well, let’s say I’d still be waiting for my second one I think…:-)

So whether its for you or for someone you know, enjoy these shops and products.

My Top 3 recommendations from my lists past, present and future

Video review of the PGM Pro 601 ladies dress form A dress form – this time last year Penelope joined our household.  She’s a very good sewing and pattern making friend and if you have the space – get one!  I love my PGM Pro dress form and you can read my 3 reviews about the form and the Fabulous Fit Padding Kit here:

Prices on these go up on 1st January so buy now!

41HN60XZM5L A shiny new serger – this is my personal Christmas present this year, the Brother 1034D serger.  I’ve never owned nor even used a serger before and I’m pretty nervous – OK I’m terrified!  So I’m also enrolled in the Craftsy Beginner Serging class.  Fingers crossed!
Crea+Craft+Table A sewing table or a space to call your own – we all need our own space and I’d love to have the perfect sewing room. Ideal for cutting out fabric and at the right working height, while keeping all your supplies on hand.  This site has a great range of sewing and crafting tables and sewing machine tables – I’ll be writing to Santa for this next year.

Other great gifts ideas for someone who sews

Save money and get to sew a lot! I'll be signing up at So Sew Easy to get a sewing pattern each month. Pattern of the Month Club membership – if you’ve not yet joined, time is running out to do so.  Join the 2014 POTMC and you get all these patterns for just $35.
free-craftsy-classes A Craftsy class – did you know you can buy a gift certificate for Craftsy?  That way the person can choose their own class.  They can choose from sewing, quilting, painting, gardening, paper crafts, cookery etc.  Any 1 class is $30, any 2 classes are $55 and any 3 classes are $75.  INSIDER TIP – you can also gift these to yourself.  So if you have your eye on 3 classes but they are pretty expensive, buy yourself a gift certificate and get all 3 for $75.
The Best Sewing Magazines and where to save money on your subscriptions. These also make great gift ideas for people who sew. A magazine subscription – there are so many great sewing and quilting magazines out there, and giving a magazine subscription is a great way to give a gift that lasts all year.  Or just buy your favorite magazines at a great discount.
Ingenious idea to make and line 3 cosmetics bags all from the same 1 yard of fabric. Can buy this on Spoonflower.
Magic fabric- a single yard of fabric that is enough to sew and line 3 completely different cosmetics bags!  Pattern and instructions included for how to make them.  Ideal for a beginner or for making your own gifts to give. Just add zips.
sip_and_stitch_blue_mugs A So Sew Easy custom sewing mug – treat yourself or your sewing friends to the Sip and Stitch mug, perfect for your sewing room. Available in 5 different colors, with sewing graphics and a discreet link to remind you of your favorite sewing site ;-)
Untitled-1 How much fabric reference cards. Handy wallet sized set of cards to give you the very best idea of how much fabric you’ll need to buy for any given sewing project if you don’t have the pattern with you. Save money by not overbuying fabric you’ll not need.
checks Custom checks – a custom sewing or quilting check book! Show how much you love your needlecraft with these custom checks. Choose from several sewing and quilting designs as well as hundreds of other custom check designs.
085197PR Machine on Wheels case – the ideal way to travel with your sewing machine and supplies.  Going to the quilting meeting, sewing at a friend’s house, then this roller case is specially designed for sewers and will carry your machine and all your supplies.
444777PK-IT,IM Quilting design software -make life easier with digitized designs for all your quilting needs! This software contains one user manual; ten tutorial videos; over twenty step-by-step how- to lessons; photo editing tools; over 5000 copyright-free block patterns and lots more. More basic version here.
160462PK-IT,IM_0 Sewing books – ideal gifts for beginners. Very inspiring, glossy and colorful, a good sewing book makes you rush to the machine. Lots more sewing books on Amazon.
086953SA-IT,IM Storage and organisation ideas – sewing comes with a lot of small pieces of equipment and its often part of the fun to keep all that and all of your fabrics nicely organised and pretty looking. This site has an enormous range of organisers and bins to choose from for every single thing you need to store!  In fact this site stocks more than 70,000 sewing and crafting supplies – great place to shop.
143_new case_thumbnail Fun sewing glasses – I just got myself some of these Peepers. Perfect for close up work, fun and trendy. If you don’t know a persons prescription, you can also buy a gift cert. I love to wear my Peepers when I sew.
Untitled-1 Fun sewing tote bag – this site has SO much for sewers and I love their bags.  They really do sell everything, including lots of craft supplies, sewing machines, etc.
ScissorPro+Diamond+Hone+Scissor+Sharpener Scissors sharpener – ok, I know we aren’t supposed to, but how often do you cut paper, crafty things and other inappropriate things with your sewing scissors, or find your husband just used them to cut some mosquito netting (yes it’s true!). Keep your favorite scissors sharper for longer.
Untitled-1 The most stylish fabric storage ever – this vintage mannequin storage trunk is the ideal way to store your fabrics and make your sewing space look stylish. I think I’ll be adding this to my wish list for future years. You’ve got to see this one!
71WYLMoKDDS._SL1500_ Sewing machine – this is the current best-selling sewing machine on Amazon and with good reason It’s got great reviews and an unbeatable price. If you are looking to start sewing, introduce a friend or daughter or upgrade an old machine, this one would be ideal for most people. And it’s very similar to the one I use.
0001 A Cricut machine – these machines can cut the most intricate fabric designs that you would never be able to cut yourself. Ideal for applique, as well as crafts of all sorts. A fun addition to any sewing room, and especially if the sewer loves other crafts too.
Measure-Twice-Cut-Once-Curse-Repeat Sewing slogan t-shirt – I love these funny sewing slogan t-shirts from The Sewing Loft. Available in several colors. Be the envy of your sewing group, or start a conversation at the fabric store in these.
Sewing-lesson-voucher Personal sewing lessons – got time and skills but not much money for gifts this year? Then share your time and your love of sewing with someone else and give them a book of sewing lesson vouchers – for sewing lessons with you!
Michael-Miller-fabric-Gnomeville-gnomes-dots-145014-1 Japanese fabric – this seller sends the most adorable fabrics worldwide so if you know someone who sews, delight them with some fabric they can’t find anywhere else
giftcard-fabriclogo Fabric gift card – not sure of someone’s style, taste or preference? Then any sewer would be delighted to receive a fabric gift card so they can pick out whatever they like! Nothing makes us happy like new fabric, so spread the happiness with a gift card from Fabric.com – they have a huge range so everyone can find 100′s of things they love

What do you think of my ideas?  Something for everyone?  Something for YOU?  What other must-have sewing things are on your Wish List for this year?

Holiday Gift Guide - so many deas for lovely gifts for people who sew. Lots of these went on MY wishlist!

Note – some of the links in the post will earn me a small commission if you make a purchase :-)

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