So Sew Easy http://so-sew-easy.com Sewing, free patterns, sewing clothes and accessories Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:51:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ombre faux pleated pillow – Sewing Texture http://so-sew-easy.com/faux-pleated-pillow/ http://so-sew-easy.com/faux-pleated-pillow/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://so-sew-easy.com/?p=11772 Did you read the review I wrote of the Sewing Texture class last month? So far, I’ve just completed the one project although the class gave me lots of ideas and tips which I have filed away into the inspiration section of my brain for future use! Today I’m sharing with you my “Cayman Colors Ombre Faux Pleated Pillow”. When I first saw this project I was actually a little bit intimidated.  Accurate and straight sewing has never been overly important to me, I admit.  I’m a speed-sewist.  The challenge of getting all those pleats the same size and distance – was I up to it?  I thought not, but then based on the lessons in the class, and a little planning, it was no where near as hard as it looks. Materials used: 10 strips from the Benartex Bali … Continue reading

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Faux pleated pillow. Looks difficult, but this is actually easy to do.  Looks good in solids too.Did you read the review I wrote of the Sewing Texture class last month? So far, I’ve just completed the one project although the class gave me lots of ideas and tips which I have filed away into the inspiration section of my brain for future use!

Today I’m sharing with you my “Cayman Colors Ombre Faux Pleated Pillow”.

Faux pleated pillow. Looks difficult, but this is actually easy to do.  Looks good in solids too.

When I first saw this project I was actually a little bit intimidated.  Accurate and straight sewing has never been overly important to me, I admit.  I’m a speed-sewist.  The challenge of getting all those pleats the same size and distance – was I up to it?  I thought not, but then based on the lessons in the class, and a little planning, it was no where near as hard as it looks.

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  • 10 strips from the Benartex Bali Batik Design Roll (Sea and Sky)
  • 1/2 yard from the Benartex Bali Batik 5 yd Bundle (Sea and Sky)
  • Iron and steam
  • Fabric marker such as a Frixion Pen

Because I was using a jelly roll, the pieces were already pre-cut so I just had to fold them in half to make the pleats.  Easy to be accurate.  Vanessa talks us though in the class how to work out spacing, and I drew my lines across my ‘anchor’ fabric, lined up the folded pieces and it was sewn in no time!

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I love the way it really does include the same colors as I see out of my window everyday, looking out onto the sea, from the very clear and light on the sand near the shore, to the deep indigo blue as the depth of the sea drops far, far away into the Cayman Trench, and every shade of blue in between.

This easy technique produces a very nice finish that looks like it was a lot of work, when it really isn’t!  I think this would look beautiful on the bottom of curtains or blinds, as an accent on decorative towels in the bathroom, or even as a decorative panel for a tote bag.

Faux pleated pillow. Looks difficult, but this is actually easy to do.  Looks good in solids too.

If you are interested in adding a little texture to your sewing projects, check out my review of the class by clicking this picture.

Sewing Texture class review and projects. Great for beginners and lots of creative ideas for all sorts of projects.

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Make your own Hammerhead Shark Pillow Pet Pattern http://so-sew-easy.com/hammerhead-shark-pillow-pet-pattern/ http://so-sew-easy.com/hammerhead-shark-pillow-pet-pattern/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://so-sew-easy.com/?p=12506 Hi! I’m Stephanie from Swoodson Says and I’m excited to be contributing posts over here. My son is almost 2 and at such a fun age; I love making him unique toys, dress-up accessories,  and softies. Two of my favorites that I’ve blogged about are a DIY Buckle Toy & a giant Floor Book Pillow. Pillow pets are so popular – we already have one store-bought small one and my son loves to lay on it and read or drag it around by the tail. The selection of animals is pretty small, so I decided to make my own! Materials: 1/2 yard grey minky fabric 1/2 yard grey fleece fabric Scraps of dark grey & ivory felt for the eyes Coordinating thread Poly-fill 6 inches of white Velcro The pattern download How to make up your hammerhead shark pillow pet … Continue reading

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How to make your own Pet Pillow Pattern - love this one is a hammerhead shark.  What a great idea.Hi! I’m Stephanie from Swoodson Says and I’m excited to be contributing posts over here. My son is almost 2 and at such a fun age; I love making him unique toys, dress-up accessories,  and softies. Two of my favorites that I’ve blogged about are a DIY Buckle Toy & a giant Floor Book Pillow.

Pillow pets are so popular – we already have one store-bought small one and my son loves to lay on it and read or drag it around by the tail. The selection of animals is pretty small, so I decided to make my own!

Materials:

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You can download the hammerhead shark pillow pet pattern here.  This includes the template for the shark only, all sewing instructions are here for you to refer to.

How to make up your hammerhead shark pillow pet pattern

1. Cut pattern pieces! Eyes  (2 grey, small + 2 ivory felt, large) — Head (1 fleece + 1 minky) — Tail (2 minky, as a mirrored pair) — Body (1 minky + 1 fleece; rectangles 15″ X 15″) — Velcro (3 pairs; 2 inches long each) — Straps (6 fleece rectangles; 4.5″ X 3″)

How to make your own Pet Pillow Pattern - love this one is a hammerhead shark.  What a great idea.

2. Pin or clip together the head & tail pieces, right sides together (RST), and sew with a 3/8″ seam allowance around the outside, leaving the bases open. A walking foot is handy to keep the layers together as you sew. Snip curves and turn right-side out. Stuff the tail firmly and the head lightly with poly-fill and baste the openings shut.

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3. Fold each rectangle in half length-wise and sew two sides with 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving one short end open. Trim seam allowance and cut corner, turn right side out. Sew Velcro on to the closed end.

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4. Lay the minky pillow piece right side up and lay the head minky side down on top and centered, pull an inch of the head outside of the pillow edge, and pin. Center the tail on the opposite side, pull an inch outside of the pillow edge and pin. Baste in place along the pillow’s edges, using the extra inch of fabric to keep it straight and guide it under the feed dogs without skewing. (Please ignore that the minky pillow base hasn’t been fully trimmed yet, it was an oversight when I was taking pictures!)

5. Lay the fleece pillow piece right side up and position the three hook-Velcro straps facing up, laying on the inside of the pillow. Place the outer two straps 2″ from each edge and the third strap 8″ from both edges. Position the loop-Velcro straps facing down, laying on the inside of the pillow with the same space. Baste along the edges of each strap. Optional: use tape to keep the end laying straight.

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6. Lay the pillow bottom and pillow top RST making sure to keep all straps, head, and tail tucked inside. Pin or clip around the edges, leaving a 3-4 inch gap open to turn the pillow. Sew with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Trim off the excess from the head & tail bases, clip corners.

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7. Carefully turn right side out, stuff, and ladder stitch the opening closed. Hand or machine sew the grey smaller eye on to the ivory larger eye and then hand-stitch the eyeball on to the head, centering over the fleece/minky seam.

How to make your own Pet Pillow Pattern - love this one is a hammerhead shark.  What a great idea.

Trim any basting threads that have snuck out and enjoy! Your very own custom pillow pet!


 How to make your own Pet Pillow - love this one is a hammerhead shark. What a great idea.

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How to sew a recessed zipper on a bag http://so-sew-easy.com/sew-a-recessed-zipper-on-a-bag/ http://so-sew-easy.com/sew-a-recessed-zipper-on-a-bag/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://so-sew-easy.com/?p=12401 I’ve been working on some new bag ideas and one of the areas of bag-making that has been a bit of a puzzle to me until recently is how to close the top of the bag. Of course, not all bags need to be closed. Some simple tote bags are left open, and that’s just fine. With these examples of the Expanding Nautical Tote Bag and the Turning Japanese Purse, in each case simply holding the handles keeps the bag closed. The Zipper Top Tote bag as a zipper right across the top and isn’t very deep.  Other bags I’ve made have either had magnetic closures and snaps or zippers at the top, like the Easy Cosmetics Bag.  So I was up for a challenge and looking forward to learning something new so I’ve got a video for you today … Continue reading

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Great video on how to sew a recessed zipper for a bag.  This is the easiest & clearest way I've seen to do it.I’ve been working on some new bag ideas and one of the areas of bag-making that has been a bit of a puzzle to me until recently is how to close the top of the bag. Of course, not all bags need to be closed. Some simple tote bags are left open, and that’s just fine.

With these examples of the Expanding Nautical Tote Bag and the Turning Japanese Purse, in each case simply holding the handles keeps the bag closed.

How to add a recessed zipper to a bag pattern

The Zipper Top Tote bag as a zipper right across the top and isn’t very deep.  Other bags I’ve made have either had magnetic closures and snaps or zippers at the top, like the Easy Cosmetics Bag.  So I was up for a challenge and looking forward to learning something new so I’ve got a video for you today on how to add a recessed zipper to a bag.

You can pretty much add this to the top of any bag which has a lining, so even if the pattern doesn’t call for it, you can split the lining and add in the recessed zipper.  Just remember to place any inside pockets accordingly.

Here’s how to sew a recessed zipper on a bag

In the video I show how to sew the recessed zipper and then add it to a simple tote bag. At the same time, I’m trying out supporting the bag with headliner fabric too.  It’s all of a bit of an experiment, and not everything goes to plan!

 

 

And here’s what it looks like – pretty easy and it gives a very nice result.  This would work on any bag that has a lining and space to slightly drop the zipper down inside.

Great video on how to sew a recessed zipper for a bag. This is the easiest & clearest way I've seen to do it.

Step by step

(See all these steps demonstrated in the video.)

  1. Look at your bag pattern and see where and how volume is added to the bag.  Are the bottom corners cut out or boxed?  What is the finished width and depth of the bag? In this example, I’m just working on a small tote bag and assume that it’s 3 inches deep and 12 inches wide when finished.
  2. Use a zipper a couple of inches longer than the finished width of the bag.  You can always use a longer zipper and shorten it if needed.
  3. Neaten the end of the zipper with a fabric tab.
  4. Cut 4 pieces of fabric.  My length will be 12 inches.  For the width, take the finished depth of the bag, divide it in half and then add on 1/2 of an inch.  My bag is 3 inches deep, so divide that in half to get 1.5 inches, add on 1/2 of an inch to get 2  inches.  So I cut 4 pieces each 12 inches long by 2  inches wide.  Apply interfacing to all 4 strips.
  5. Fold under the ends of the zip tape and pin them or hold in place.  Turn under 1/2 inch on each end of the long pieces and press.  Layer the zipper between two of the long pieces with right sides facing in.  Turn the end of the upper piece back over to the underside, and then stitch using a zipper foot from one end of the fabric to the other, keeping everything even.  Repeat the same on the other edge of the zipper tape.Great video on how to sew a recessed zipper for a bag. This is the easiest & clearest way I've seen to do it.
  6. Fold the fabric right sides out and push out the corners.  Press the fabric top and bottom away from the zipper and top stitch on all 3 sewn edges.
  7. Your recessed zipper is now completed.  Now we just have to add it to the lining of the bag.
  8. If your lining is already split into an upper and lower section, then you are good to go.  If not, split your lining a couple of inches down from the top and remember to add in a half inch seam allowance to each pattern section.
  9. Mark the middle of the lining pieces and the middle of the zipper section and match them up.  Make sure the zipper is facing the right way up, towards the top of the bag.  Stitch the zipper section in between the lining pieces and press.
  10. Then add the lining pieces to the bag in the usual way, and sit back and enjoy your recessed zipper.

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30+ Thanksgiving sewing ideas http://so-sew-easy.com/30-thanksgiving-sewing-ideas/ http://so-sew-easy.com/30-thanksgiving-sewing-ideas/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://so-sew-easy.com/?p=12400 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

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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

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Don’t miss out on another 30 Thanksgiving sewing projects.  Check out this collection from last year.

Thanksgiving sewing projects. Want to go turkey crazy? Sewing projects for fall and Thanksgiving.

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Wow, I can’t believe I made the short-list http://so-sew-easy.com/wow-cant-believe-made-short-list/ http://so-sew-easy.com/wow-cant-believe-made-short-list/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://so-sew-easy.com/?p=12826 Every week something that happens here on the site or on the Facebook page just blows my mind. A really kind or appreciative comment, a photo shared of something sewn with one of my free patterns or even some of the recent photos I’ve shared with you from sewing groups, like this one that sewed the Easy Cosmetics Bag or this one where they sewed the Nautical Mug Rug. Honestly, you all inspired me just as much as the site has inspired others to try their hand at some easy sewing. I can’t believe how its grown in the last 2 years from my own online diary as I started to learn to sew.  Now it’s a place where we all share our experience through Readers Questions, and I have a whole page of sewing tutorials linking to articles I’ve … Continue reading

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Vote for So Sew Easy in the British Sewing Awards - just because its pretty darned awesome and everyone there makes a great team!Every week something that happens here on the site or on the Facebook page just blows my mind. A really kind or appreciative comment, a photo shared of something sewn with one of my free patterns or even some of the recent photos I’ve shared with you from sewing groups, like this one that sewed the Easy Cosmetics Bag or this one where they sewed the Nautical Mug Rug.

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Honestly, you all inspired me just as much as the site has inspired others to try their hand at some easy sewing.

I can’t believe how its grown in the last 2 years from my own online diary as I started to learn to sew.  Now it’s a place where we all share our experience through Readers Questions, and I have a whole page of sewing tutorials linking to articles I’ve written and videos I’ve made as I’ve learned all these new sewing skills along the way.  Not to mention all the patterns I’ve loved designing too.

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We even teamed together to fund a loan for a lady in Tajikistan so she could buy a new sewing machine and set up in business to support her family. Within a couple of hours of my posting about it, the So Sew Easy readers had funded her loan! I hope our interest in sewing helped to improve her life.

Many also took part in a charity sewing project, sewing tote bags for those newly diagnosed with cancer. MJ of MJ’s Lost Cause wrote about the story of her diagnosis and the hand-made bag she received from the hospital with her information, a journal and a few simple gifts to make life a little easier. Again the So Sew Easy readers rose to the challenge and supported her efforts and in the end she received more than 550 bags!

In fact, So Sew Easy will be 2 years old on 28th November.  We’ve come a long way together in that time.  I know I couldn’t have done it without you all, encouraging me, correcting me, giving me your advice and suggestions along the way and showing me the better way to do things.  My sewing has come along in leaps and bounds as a result, and I know its inspired others to pick up a needle or borrow a machine and give it a try too.

Just take a look below at some of what you’ve all helped me achieve in the last 2 years.
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I really like to think this site is a collaboration of all of our efforts, shared for everyone to enjoy and benefit from.

The British Sewing Awards

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So when I got an email earlier this month with this heading above, I was simply amazed and delighted.  So Sew Easy has made it through to the final voting in the Sew Mag awards, and is listed along with some of the most awesome and well-followed sewing blogs around.  I feel like a bit of an imposter when listed alongside such sites as Tilly and the Buttons, and Debbie Shore – who are all very popular in the UK.  Tilly even appeared in the first series of the British Sewing Bee so she’s a TV personality too!

Up against such stiff competition, I’m not expecting to win but I’d still like to give them a run for their money and not totally embarrass myself by getting only votes from me and my friends. :oops:

Vote for So Sew Easy in the British Sewing Awards - just because its pretty darned awesome and everyone there makes a great team!

So if you get a moment, would you consider a VOTE for So Sew Easy in the best sewing blog category?  If you are in the UK, you even get entered into a draw to win sewing goodies just for voting too.  But anyone worldwide can vote.  If you just don’t know the answer to a question they are asking, pick other and hit the ‘-’ key for your answer to skip the question.

Don’t just vote for ME, vote for US and let’s see what else we can achieve together.  If you ALL voted for So Sew Easy, I know we could WIN it.  And if we win, I promise you a great big sewing giveaway for 2015.  And I’d also post a video of me doing a happy dance!  Got to be worth it to see me shaking my booty  :-)

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Cuddle Me Cardy – POTM http://so-sew-easy.com/cuddle-cardy-potm/ http://so-sew-easy.com/cuddle-cardy-potm/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:00:44 +0000 http://so-sew-easy.com/?p=11503 If there is one thing I don’t get to wear very often here in the tropical weather of the Caribbean, it’s a cardigan or jacket.  But when I was running a few ideas past the pattern testing team, a cardy or jacket was a pretty popular idea now the cooler months were coming and so I knuckled down and got my thinking cap on. I don’t mind telling you, it took 7 different pattern designs and many trials and errors before I finally settled on this design that I hope will look flattering and wearable to most figure types. Features: Interesting vertical seaming Long loose sleeves to wear over the top of other things Optional ties at the waist High cosy collar at the back of the neck Can be worn loose and long, or cinched with a belt Not … Continue reading

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Love this really unusual pattern for a draped front cardigan, for stretch fabrics.  PDF pattern.

If there is one thing I don’t get to wear very often here in the tropical weather of the Caribbean, it’s a cardigan or jacket.  But when I was running a few ideas past the pattern testing team, a cardy or jacket was a pretty popular idea now the cooler months were coming and so I knuckled down and got my thinking cap on.

I don’t mind telling you, it took 7 different pattern designs and many trials and errors before I finally settled on this design that I hope will look flattering and wearable to most figure types.

Love this really unusual pattern for a draped front cardigan, for stretch fabrics. PDF pattern.

Features:

  • Interesting vertical seaming
  • Long loose sleeves to wear over the top of other things
  • Optional ties at the waist
  • High cosy collar at the back of the neck
  • Can be worn loose and long, or cinched with a belt
  • Not too baggy in the back!
  • 8 sizes from 32 to 46 bust

I loved the look of mine over a t-shirt and leggings, and made a neutral color that can hopefully go with anything.  As you can see, I made mine from a very lightweight knit that was a little sheer but its perfect for a light cover up for the cooler evenings or restaurants that have too much air conditioning!

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Pattern Tester Reviews

The pattern testers rated this pattern 50% for beginners and 50% for the intermediate sewer.  Choose your fabric carefully for the best results.  Some knits can be hard to sew!

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JaneFirst, I love cardigans so I was really excited to give this pattern a try. The pattern looked simple, yet classy. Very approachable. All and all, this really was a lovely pattern. I had a lot of fun sewing it. It will make a great addition to people’s wardrobes.

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Diane at Two Chicklets Sew Shop - It’s a cute and different look than what I would normally choose but I can see myself wearing it in cooler weather.  Can easily be dressed up or down.  I think next time, I’d make the belt separately and attach it to the side seam with some loops.

Emma

Emma – It all went together beautifully as usual.  For the testing I left the belt off completely (mainly due to lack of enough fabric!) but next time I’ll make a completely seperate belt and maybe add loops at the side seam for it to feed through. That way the fullness when it’s tied can be distributed evenly around the waist.  I also used narrow tape iron on tape to stabilise the front edge before I hemmed it, likewise on the hem. this was a trick I learnt from you and now use all the time!!

Judy

Judy at Stoney Lonesome Sew Works –  Came together very quickly and easily. Very versatile pattern that could be used for all seasons depending on what type of fabric is used. There really isn’t anything I didn’t like. Thought it sewed up very cute. Made this for my daughter who is 5′ 3″. I shortened the main pieces approx. 6 inches. Also, made the sleeves 3/4 length. 

Theresa

Theresa at The DIY PageI like the look of the cardy very much.At first, I wanted to make it out of a stretch lace, but I didn’t have enough in my stash and the store was out of the fabric. After thinking it over,I went ahead and cut the back out of a solid and I’m really happy with the look. The fit is excellent and it really helps fill a need in my wardrobe.  I chose not to make the belt but I cut out enough fabric to make a separate belt if I chose to belt it.  This is a great wardrobe extender and a nice addition to your pattern line. I really liked that you had a link to the video on stabilizing the shoulders. 

Linda

Linda I really like this pattern. The cardigan has style instead of the boxy style. My fabric is very thin and OK for summer or early fall. For winter I would make it with something warmer! Thank you for designing such nice and feminine pattern!  The pattern pieces fitted together very well. I love the way you made the collar. It was easy to sew. Nothing square that you are trying to fit to something round (hope that makes sense). I love the way we finished the seams with the top stitching. I had never done that before but will be applying it to other project. The fit is great, roomy enough for a shirt under but not bulky. You can still see the body shape. I like that the ties are sewn into the side seem. You cannot loose your ties that way! It also looks good open.

Diane D

Diane D at Thread Sweat and TearsIt’s my style of cardigan and yet it looked different – made me want to try itDeby, I loved this pattern and the way it was in style but slightly different. Some of the similar cardigans have too much fabric in front which just makes everyone look bigger in front and who wants that? LOL

Audrey

Audrey - I opted to not do the ties because my toddlers just use them to hang on the fit is ok, I could’ve done a smaller size but I was in between the twoand was afraid if I did the smallest size the sleeves wouldn’t be long enough. Very comfortable, stylish and perfect for laying. Thank you for the opportunity to test this pattern I REALLY like it!!!

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Sarah - It was super windy when we were doing photos and we loved the way this looked. I added a white collar to this for a couple of reasons. I didn’t order enough blue so I could use the white I had or wait for more blue to arrive. Since scarves are what everyone around here wears all the time – infinity, long, whatever, I could make that appear to be part of the design of this. We both love how this came out and we have both worn it to lounge in since it was completed. I can say it was a HUGE success and I will be making another (or many others) for us to share and wear. We liked how it was appropriate to wear as business casual but was also appropriate with sweatpants.

LouiseI love it. So easy. I will be making more of these. Even though I’m short I left it the original length. I like them long!

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Anke’s Brushes Bag – now with Video http://so-sew-easy.com/ankes-brushes-bag-video/ http://so-sew-easy.com/ankes-brushes-bag-video/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://so-sew-easy.com/?p=12363 Do you remember that awesome tutorial and pattern that Anke shared for how to add a brushes bag section to the Easy Cosmetics Bag? I couldn’t make up mine right away because I had to wait for my closures to arrive from overseas but I was so keen to give this bag a try.  I just love it when people send in photos of things they’ve made with my patterns, and especially this one where it was such a big change from the original. This is my version – what do you think? Knowing how long her tutorial was, I had set aside a whole afternoon, but in fact, it went together very quickly. The tutorial was just long because she had been so very thorough and included great photos and instructions for every step. None of it is difficult or … Continue reading

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Free pattern and video tutorial to make this cute cosmetics bag with brush roll attached. Do you remember that awesome tutorial and pattern that Anke shared for how to add a brushes bag section to the Easy Cosmetics Bag?

I couldn’t make up mine right away because I had to wait for my closures to arrive from overseas but I was so keen to give this bag a try.  I just love it when people send in photos of things they’ve made with my patterns, and especially this one where it was such a big change from the original.

Brushes roll and cosmetics bags combined. Love this idea. Free pattern. This is my version – what do you think? Knowing how long her tutorial was, I had set aside a whole afternoon, but in fact, it went together very quickly. The tutorial was just long because she had been so very thorough and included great photos and instructions for every step. None of it is difficult or takes much time. Make much more sense to add on this extra section to the cosmetics bag, than carry round a second bag or brush roll.  I’m loving it. Free pattern and video tutorial to make this cute cosmetics bag with brush roll attached. I made a video as I went along, and this is my first time sewing the bag so I kept my fingers crossed the whole time, but there’s nothing to worry about – it’s a fun sew.

Watch me make the bag

 

 

I got my tuck lock from Pacific Trimming.  Not tried the Frixion pens yet?  You should – you can draw right on the fabric and then iron afterwards to remove it again.  Great for this sort of project.

Free pattern and video tutorial to make this cute cosmetics bag with brush roll attached. I used the original instructions for the size of the pockets for my brushes and it was perfect. If you have more thin brushes, or a thicker one for powder, you could easily adapt it to make the right sized pockets for your brushes.

Free pattern and video tutorial to make this cute cosmetics bag with brush roll attached. I’ll go back to the original article and add in the link for the video there too.  If you’ve not sewn the Easy Cosmetics Bag yet, give it a try!  We’ve seen so many great results shared by readers on the Facebook page, and now with this new and expanded version you have a new reason why you should sew up another one.

Know someone who needs one of these?  Would make a great handmade gift idea or teacher gift, something for a niece, neighbour, girlfriend. Of course, assuming you sew it and can still then give it away.  Too much of what I sew never makes it to the recipient – (evil grin). I’ve a feeling the person I had in mind for this bag will be getting chocolate for Christmas instead.

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Readers Questions – 5 http://so-sew-easy.com/readers-questions-5/ http://so-sew-easy.com/readers-questions-5/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://so-sew-easy.com/?p=12399   Another round of Readers Questions.  New and not so new sewists with sewing dilemmas for you to give advice, guidance and solutions. Please leave your answer in the comments below.  And if YOU have a sewing question you would like answered, drop me a line using the Ask A Question link in the menu bar above. Readers Questions runs about once a month on the site, so if you have a pressing question that simply can’t wait – try posting on the Facebook page and see if anyone is online to help. Questions for this month   Desperate Mom asks: Can anyone tell me where to find extra large bra cup patterns with small band sizes? Please I am desperate! My 13 year old daughter was blessed with enough breast tissue for 4 people and hates it. I can’t … Continue reading

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Another round of Readers Questions.  New and not so new sewists with sewing dilemmas for you to give advice, guidance and solutions.

Please leave your answer in the comments below.  And if YOU have a sewing question you would like answered, drop me a line using the Ask A Question link in the menu bar above.

Readers Questions runs about once a month on the site, so if you have a pressing question that simply can’t wait – try posting on the Facebook page and see if anyone is online to help.

Questions for this month

 

Desperate Mom asks:

Can anyone tell me where to find extra large bra cup patterns with small band sizes? Please I am desperate! My 13 year old daughter was blessed with enough breast tissue for 4 people and hates it. I can’t blame her since I have dragged her around to every department store, lingerie store, and specialty boutique in our area to try them on. She and I are both so frustrated that a size 30 J or something close is like finding a needle in a haystack. Even the lady at the specialty bra boutique measured her incorrectly and then kept bringing us bras that my daughter’s cups continued to “runneth over” to the point where she was in tears once again. She just wants a cute tween bra like all the other girls in gym class and I do NOT think that is asking too much. Please help.

Jackie asks:

This week on a TV series there was an attachment or foot demonstrated on a Baby Lock or Brother machine that  sewed in perfect circles.  Does anyone know – what was the name of that foot and where can it be purchased?
Thank you.

Rachael asks:

Do I really need a serger?  I see so many sewing bloggers and sewing patterns where a serger is used so I’m wondering if I should get one.  Can you tell me, what do you use yours for?  What is a serger good for doing, and where is it not really needed.  I mostly sew clothes and bags, the sort of projects you find on this site.

And if you do recommend one – what are the features I should look out for on my first serger?  Thanks.

Joan asks:

I’ve got a question about rotary cutters.  How do I decide what size to buy?  I can see they come in very small, at about 18mm to quite large at 45mm.  I’m assuming this is how wide the cutting disc is.  Why are there different sizes and how do I decide what size is right for me?  I’m not a quilter, I want to sew clothes for my grand-daughters, but find using scissors a bit difficult these days.

Rosayln asks:

I’ve just recently found out about reusable peripads (maxi pads) and can’t find a pattern for them.  I ran across a how to video from preciousstars.net but she does not have a pattern and I am to clumsy and impatient to try to figure it out on my own!

Do any of the readers have any links to suitable patterns or tutorials, or have any tips or advice for sewing this sort of product?

Val asks:

I recently made an Elsa dress (Frozen character) which my grand daughter was ecstatic about. However one sewing section I am still not happy about is the point at the bottom of the bodice.  It sticks out.

The bodice comes down to a point in the center and joins into the gathered skirt which is shaped to match, but the point sticks out.  I unpicked it and made it lie flat by changing the point to a softer curve, but I’d love to know how to fix this for the future.

Val

 

Thank you everyone for sharing your advice.  Till next month….

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Fancy reusable market tote bag http://so-sew-easy.com/fancy-reusable-market-tote-bag/ http://so-sew-easy.com/fancy-reusable-market-tote-bag/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://so-sew-easy.com/?p=12811 My guest post over at Little House Living this month is for this reusable market tote bag. It has a vinyl bottom to make sure the bag lasts and lasts and doesn’t get worn or poked through in the bottom like my usual reusable bags from the supermarket. My favorite thing about this bag – the lovely handles. Nice and soft to carry a heavy bag full of groceries but strong and attractive at the same time. Drop on over to Little House Living to take a look and make your own. There’s a video too.

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My guest post over at Little House Living this month is for this reusable market tote bag. It has a vinyl bottom to make sure the bag lasts and lasts and doesn’t get worn or poked through in the bottom like my usual reusable bags from the supermarket.

My favorite thing about this bag – the lovely handles. Nice and soft to carry a heavy bag full of groceries but strong and attractive at the same time.

Drop on over to Little House Living to take a look and make your own. There’s a video too.

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Fab Felt Holiday Crafts class review and discount http://so-sew-easy.com/fab-felt-christmas/ http://so-sew-easy.com/fab-felt-christmas/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:00:27 +0000 http://so-sew-easy.com/?p=11448 Oh no, it’s that time of year again.  Have you seen places are already counting down to Christmas, the shelves are starting to fill with all of our festive favorites and if you are organised, you might already have started some of the shopping.  But as a crafter or sewist, do you feel even more pressure to come up with ideas for gifts and seasonal decorations too? If you get organised soon enough, time need not be the major pressure, but I find that coming up with ideas can be.  Especially for the smaller, quicker projects.  So to get me in the holiday spirit and give me some much needed Christmas inspiration when its still sunny outside, I signed up for the Fab Felt Holiday Crafts class.  It’s so much fun!  An oldie but goodie. As usual, I asked Craftsy … Continue reading

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

Oh no, it’s that time of year again.  Have you seen places are already counting down to Christmas, the shelves are starting to fill with all of our festive favorites and if you are organised, you might already have started some of the shopping.  But as a crafter or sewist, do you feel even more pressure to come up with ideas for gifts and seasonal decorations too?

If you get organised soon enough, time need not be the major pressure, but I find that coming up with ideas can be.  Especially for the smaller, quicker projects.  So to get me in the holiday spirit and give me some much needed Christmas inspiration when its still sunny outside, I signed up for the Fab Felt Holiday Crafts class.  It’s so much fun!  An oldie but goodie.

Review of the Fab Felt Holiday Crafts class and a great discount.

As usual, I asked Craftsy to give the So Sew Easy readers a nice discount on this class in return for my review, so you can enjoy this one for 33% off – just $9.99.

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Here’s my over view of the class.

Fab Felt Holiday Crafts with Betz White

Here are the projects covered in the class:

  • Felt tree ornaments – 4 different types of origami inspired ornaments
  • Penguin wine sleeve
  • Poinsettia brooch or gift topper
  • Felt gingerbread houses
  • Mini Christmas trees
  • Multi-colored festive garland
  • Felted wool slippers

A word about materials.  Betz teaches us how we can make our own high quality felt from thrifted sweaters and she uses this felt in some of her projects, namely the wool slippers and the mini Christmas trees.  I’ve been here in Cayman over 7 years now and can’t think I have ever seen anyone once wear a sweater, so my visit to the thrift store turned up not a single one.  But the rest of the projects are made in regular felt you would find at the fabric or craft store.

Lesson 2 – fab felt ornaments

Review of the Fab Felt Holiday Crafts class and a great discount.A variety of cute felt ornaments made using origami techniques.  There are a variety of finishing techniques including gluing, hand stitching and machine stitching.  Betz shows us how they can be combined to make one much larger snowflake ornament too.  These would all be great scrap busting projects for small felt leftovers and also a great rainy afternoon craft for the kids to make too.  I can imagine these all strung together in a garland too – very cute.

Lesson 3 – character wine sleeve

Review of the Fab Felt Holiday Crafts class and a great discount.

I am loving this penguin idea for a wine sleeve.  My suggestion would be to add a bottom to the sleeve, because I’m worried the bottle might fall out the bottom but its a really nice way to add a bottle to a gift basket or to give to your host for dinner, or to add some festive cheer to your drinks at home.

Review of the Fab Felt Holiday Crafts class and a great discount.

The course materials also include the pattern and instructions on how to make this Santa bottle cover too.

Lesson 4 – Poinsettia Brooch

Review of the Fab Felt Holiday Crafts class and a great discount.

This might be one of my favorites in the class.  This poinsettia could be used in lots of ways; table decorations, tree decorations, a big brooch on a thick winter coat, embellishment for a bag, gift topper etc.  You can make it just in felt or create some of the petals double sided by bonding the felt to a festive fabric.  Very nice idea.

Lesson 5 – Felted Wool Slippers

Review of the Fab Felt Holiday Crafts class and a great discount.

Created using old sweaters turned into felt, if you live somewhere cold, or where wearing silly Christmas sweaters is a tradition in your family, then you’ll probably love these wool slippers to make.  There’s a pattern included for the plain ones, as well as this cute reindeer slipper idea for kids (or big kids).

Lesson 6 – fab felt gingerbread house

Review of the Fab Felt Holiday Crafts class and a great discount.

This house is absolutely adorable!  So much beautiful detail really set this far, far above other examples I’ve seen. Again, the full pattern is included and Betz shows us step by step how to make it.  It is a bit more involved and would take more time than some of the other quick projects, but this is something you could get out year after year.  Why not make a whole matching village, each slightly different?

Review of the Fab Felt Holiday Crafts class and a great discount.

Lesson 7 – Felty Fir Trees

Review of the Fab Felt Holiday Crafts class and a great discount.

My absolute favorites from the class.  A basic cone shape is constructed (there are 2 sizes) and then felted sweater ribbing is snipped and wound around before decorating with felt balls or jingle bells.  I love this look SO much.  Shame I can’t get any sweaters, but it might also be worth giving this a try with regular craft felt.  A light spray of glitter over the top makes it sparkle for your mantle display.

Lesson 8 – Scrappy Garland

Review of the Fab Felt Holiday Crafts class and a great discount.

So now you’ve made all the other projects, what do you do with all the small pieces of felt left over?  Time to make a scrappy garland!  Made with little bells, purchased felt balls, simple small squares and easy felt pom poms, it’s another fab felt holiday decoration for your home or your tree.  I was sorely tempted to make this one, but then I looked at the price of felt balls – wow, they’re pretty expensive, especially in the larger sizes.  But if you want something special, something handmade and that can stay in the family for years, then its worth it. Who do I know who can smuggle me a suitcase of felt balls to the Cayman Islands?

I think I’ll make the felt ornaments from the earlier lesson and string those together for a garland with my scrappy pieces.

In summary

This class is lots of fun and can give you lots of creative ideas for the holiday season.  Plenty of the projects are suitable for doing with the children, and all of them will create finished projects that can be cherished for years to come and used over and over again.  Except maybe the felted slippers, I don’t expect they’ll last for years!

The projects use a combination of sewing and gluing and none of them are difficult.  The felt gingerbread house will probably be the one that takes the most time to make because of cutting the shapes but the tip she gives for using freezer paper even makes that quick and easy too.

With the exclusive discount making this class just $9.99 – its a bargain!

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