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Handy sizing reference sheet

Handy guide to sizes for popular pre-cut fabrics, plus standard mattress and quilt sizes.

I was just working on something this week to pin up next to my sewing machine as a handy reference sheet, when I actually came across something that was already made and I didn’t need to work on it at all. I almost feel like it’s cheating. Like buying something at the store instead of sewing it! But let’s face it, they have a design team, I have a very old version of Photoshop that I don’t know how to use very well.  I think they win. This handy reference includes: Precuts – sizes and descriptions Fabric terminology Standard US mattress sizes Standard quilt sizes (I should have paid heed to this when I made my first ever quilt) Recommended batting sizes So if you are thinking of making a quilt or bed spread of some sort, crib sheets, a … Continue reading

How to install bag feet – 2 styles

How to install bag feet, different types and where else to use them

I’m always looking for ways to make my homemade bags looks more professional and although it does increase the cost, adding hardware such as clasps, feet, grommets, sliders, straps, rivets, studs and handles really does make them look great. Today I’m looking at a couple of examples of bag feet and how we can easily install them. Both of these examples came from Pacific Trimming. There is one you are probably more familiar with, the flattened cone shaped ones with the long prongs, and another that you don’t see as often but are actually very versatile, these dome shaped ones with a screw fitting. Let’s have a look at how we can use them. How to install Bag Feet – Do you have a ‘firm bottom’ ? Firstly, in order to install the bag feet, you need a bag with … Continue reading

Scrappy reversible Halloween table mats

Great way to use jelly rolls or scraps for a scrappy look. Love the silhouette applique on the back.

  Halloween is a great time of year to have friends over.  Costumes optional, although with some of our friends, it’s sometimes hard to tell! Whether you are having a full-on party, just a few friends over for nibbles or a family dinner, it’s fun to put together a Halloween table setting.  I’ve been making a few things to share with you. Bargello Style Halloween Table Runner My Bargello-style Halloween table runner tutorial is being featured over at GYCT today as part of their 31 Days of Halloween series.  There is my usual video and a tutorial on how to make this reversible table runner. I’m using the same Jelly Roll today to make matching table mats, although in a different design. Scrappy reversible Halloween Table Mats These mats are quick and easy to make and a fun way to … Continue reading

Baby changing mat pattern – two options

Baby changing mat. Several different styles and options in the same pattern.

  Babies will soon be popping out everywhere so my sewing for all the new babies continues.  There’s one thing I know, when they aren’t sleeping / feeding / screaming, babies are pooping.  One of my expecting friends showed me the changing mat she used first time round and just told me – it’s just so big.  I don’t need all these pockets and things, all these bells and whistles.  Just make it simple and small enough to carry about, but big enough at the same time. And it needs a wipe clean inner surface. So I made one, and although it’s great and is already on its way to a new home, I wanted to make one that closed up even smaller so I made a second version too.  Here is the pattern and brief instructions for both. Making … Continue reading

Half circle wrap skirt pattern – the sewing

Cute half-circle wrap skirt pattern. Looks easy to sew and fun to wear.

  If you’ve found this article, then hopefully you’ve already drafted your custom-fit wrap skirt pattern. If not, don’t worry, you aren’t far behind. You can go back to the pattern drafting post here or simply download these instructions which include the drafting and sewing all in one document for you to keep. Here’s the wrap skirt pattern we are going to sew. It has a front and back and a third panel which wraps over the front. Fitting is easy because it ties at the waist so even if you add or loose a few pounds, this skirt will still fit just fine.  You might just want to move the button. Features: Custom fit wrap skirt pattern Can be made in any size and length Nice and soft and flouncy Quick to sew How to cut out your fabric. … Continue reading

Sew a half circle wrap skirt – custom fit pattern

Cute half-circle wrap skirt pattern. Looks easy to sew and fun to wear.

One of the most popular posts on the site was an early one I wrote a long time back now on how to draft your own custom fit straight skirt pattern.   It was followed up with a sew-a-long series of posts for beginners covering every step in detail from choosing fabric to inserting the invisible zipper and lining the skirt too. It’s been really successful and ladies have written to tell me how they were amazed that they made their own pattern and a skirt that actually fitted.  The beauty of your own custom pattern – once you’ve made the pattern once, you can use the same pattern over and over again to quickly sew up a whole wardrobe full of skirts without lots of fitting adjustments needed. So today, let’s do that again.  We’ll make ourselves a simple … Continue reading

Fat Quarter Shop Jelly Roll Giveaway

Worldwide Jelly Roll giveaway, from Fat Quarter Shop, closes 14th October

Remember my first ever quilt, a jelly roll baby quilt. Well, I know I said it might be my last, but actually I’ve been itching to give it another try. I just need more fabric (naturally) and more time. Well, while time might be a scarce commodity, fabric doesn’t have to be.  I fancy trying out another Jelly Roll quilt because then at least a lot of my fabric is already both cut for me, and co-ordinated perfectly for me already.  Saves time and makes things more accurate if you are a new quilter I think. So I had my eye on some of the new arrivals at Fat Quarter Shop and when I saw this one called Fancy from Lily Ashbury for Moda Fabrics, the bright colors really appealed to me.  I know winter and the dark long nights … Continue reading

50+ more Halloween sewing ideas

More than 50 Halloween sewing ideas for projects of all sorts.

Last year I published a collection of more than 50 Halloween sewing ideas so this year when I started looking around at recently posted projects I didn’t expect to find many new ones.  Boy was I wrong!  Looks like the bright colors and spooky fabrics are addictive and Halloween sewing is HUGE!  Especially Halloween quilting, maybe that’s a project for me for next year. In the end, I had to cut back on the projects I included or this page would take 5 minutes to fully load!  Even then, there are still another 50+ free sewing ideas and projects here, all with a Halloween theme.  Grab yourself a big bundle of holiday fabrics and go to town – both big and small projects, easy and more involved to choose from. Halloween sewing ideas   {Right click and open each project … Continue reading

Crinkle ribbon toy for babies

How to make this ribbon toy for babies and toddlers that makes a crinkly noise that they love.

Did you see the article I did on the comfort snuggle blanket for babies and toddlers over at Little House Living? This one was made with super soft flannel and minky and was SO soft and cuddly. But I’m told babies don’t sleep all the time and sometimes they’re pretty active and like to play.  One mom-to-be tells me that her crinkle sheet was kept with the changing mat and was the only thing that would keep the little devil angel from squirming away during changing time. So this version has smooth satin ribbons around the outside in some nice bright colors, a regular cotton front and back – and the special crinkle liner that makes the interesting noise babies love when you scrunch it and wave it. To make your Crinkle Ribbon Toy   Supplies: Two 12 inch squares of … Continue reading

Anke’s Brushes Bag – free pattern

Brushes roll and cosmetics bags combined. Love this idea. Free pattern.

I’m delighted today to share with you a tutorial written especially for you by Anke, one of the So Sew Easy readers.  She used the Easy Cosmetics Bag pattern and improved it immensely.  When she sent me photos, I knew I wanted to sew this so I begged her to share it with us all.  I’m so pleased she said yes.  Please welcome Anke from Germany. [Anke uses cm and mm so if you need to convert because you are used to inches, here is a handy online measurements converter here or a ready made table here.] UPDATE – you can now find my own project including a step by step video for how to sew this bag – click on the image here.  * * * * * * Hi everyone! I have sewn several zipper bags, but usually I … Continue reading

Turning Japanese Bag – some variations

How to make changes to a simple bag pattern to make it something a bit more special.

Have you tried the Turning Japanese Bag pattern yet. You should give it a try – it’s really easy! Part of the ‘My First Bag series’ it’s a single pattern piece, no fancy zippers or closures, the handles are ready made and it’s perfect to showcase a really nice fabric or a large scale print. However, just because its simple, there’s no need to stop there. A simple pattern is often an ideal base to start from if you want to add a few additions of your own. In this example: I add a hard bottom and some shiny bag feet It has a couple of small d-rings on the side where you can add a removable shoulder chain I split the pattern to use two different fabrics instead of just one. You can split it in any direction, sew a … Continue reading