Easy way to apply bias tape to a v-neck tutorial

bias tape to a v-neck

Have you ever wanted to apply a bias tape to a v-neck and did not know how?  This quick and easy tutorial will show you how to do this and is appropriate for woven and knit fabrics. This kind of technique can be use when you do not want to sew a collar to your garment, making the garment lighter and easier to style –which is perfect for the warmer days of summer. Materials fabric of your choice bias tape.  I’m using Wrights Double Fold Quilt Binding, 7/8 by 3-Yard, Blue in this tutorial. thread to match your your bias tape sewing machine I am using calico fabric and cotton/poly bias tape for illustration purposes so you can see clearly what I am doing.  However, for better results please match the thread to the bias tape and the bias tape to … Continue reading

Our Perfect Work Dress Featured in the Toronto Star!

perfect work dress

We were so delighted to see the recent article in the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily newspaper, featuring our Perfect for Work Dress free sewing pattern.  You can read the full article HERE. The Toronto Star article tells the story of Tyler Hamilton, a Toronto, Canada-based reporter –and man– who decided to sew a dress for his wife.  She had dared him to do it, but never imagined he’s succeed.  We’re proud to say that with the help of our free Perfect for Work Dress pattern and tutorial, Tyler really created something fantastic for his wife.  Doesn’t she look great!? So Sew Easy has a huge audience in Canada, which represents our third largest market after the US and the UK.  We’re read by almost 40,000 followers each month in Canada and we’re so happy that this reporter is one of them. … Continue reading

May Mug Rug of the Month – Puppies and Kittens!

may mug rug

Everybody loves puppies and kittens, and who wouldn’t? They have big, innocent eyes, ears they have to grow into, and watching them play is such pure joy. Mug rugs remain so popular! For the past couple years they are by far my biggest pattern sellers. This is probably for many reasons. They are super easy to make, they can be made using your favorite techniques (hand or machine), they make great gifts, and they can be decorative as well as functional. Most of all, they are so much fun! I hope you will follow us along here on our Mug Rug of the Month Tutorial. A FUN VARIATION: If you are a cat person, and not a dog person, make two cats, and vice versa for dog lovers. I have one of each, so I am putting one of each … Continue reading

Mother’s Day Sale – 50% Off These Popular Patterns

mothers day sale

Hi Everyone, we rarely do this sort of thing, but given that Mother’s Day is nearly here, we thought what the heck, let’s run a sale on some of our most popular patterns. If you’re still looking for something nice for your mum get it now for 50% off but only until Mother’s Day. We’ve picked a selection of our most popular patterns, a mix of bags and clothing so there is something for everyone.

30 Sewing Hacks You Should Know By Heart

sewing hacks

Are you a hacker? I am not talking about hacking on the computer here, but about a sewist who can work around with what she has on hand and sew easier and faster. Well, if you are not, it’s time to start hacking and here are a few tips and suggestions to become a certified sewing hacker. In the past, we’ve done whole series of Tool Tips focusing on finding and using the best sewing tools.  Here’s just a short list: Tool tips– budget or quality? The brass seam ripper Tool tips – budget or quality? Sewing scissors Tool tips – budget or quality? Wonder Clips Tool tips– Sewing storage ideas Tool tips – budget or quality? The Bodkin But these articles have focused on helping you find the best traditional sewing tools and supplies to get the job done.  Now, we’re … Continue reading

Eve: the any day, everywhere pleated blouse

pleated blouse

Many of you may remember the very popular project we published recently featuring Bali the Reversible Skirt.  When we were shooting the photos for this post, we chose to use a white pleated blouse to complement the skirt.  While the skirt was very well received and many of our members made the project, we ended up getting as many questions about the blouse the model was wearing as we did about the skirt! So this week I decided to make a pattern and project for this attractive pleated blouse. About the name: Eve, the any day blouse, why the name?  According to the Bible, Eve was the first mother.  As mothers go, once you are a mother, you will always be a mother.  So in the lead up to Mother’s Day, I wanted to share this blouse tutorial with you as … Continue reading

Don’t Miss Out

dont miss out

Just a quick reminder for everyone that we have these two giveaways ending in the next couple weeks.  You can’t win if you don’t enter!  Links are below.  Both allow multiple entries so increase your chances to win. How to Start Your Sewing Side Business + Free Giveaway!   Mother’s Day Fabric Giveaway with Smuggler’s Daughter

Sew Your Blues Away! – How Sewing Fights Depression

Sewing Fight Depression

The World Health Organization estimates that there are 350 million people worldwide who suffer from depression. It is also found out that women are more likely to be diagnosed with depression compared to men. The thing is –anyone can get depression and that includes you and me. Indeed, people around the globe can get depressed regardless of their socioeconomic standing or age. This is not exactly a very encouraging piece of news but it is also a fact that we can combat depression and one of the ways in doing so is to take up a craft like sewing.  You can literally Sew Your Blues Away! Many studies indicate that sewing is good for both our mental and physical wellbeing.  Just to reiterate, aside from the obvious benefits of sewing like having an up to date and well-fitting wardrobe or getting … Continue reading

Tips For Sewing Denim

sewing denim

Denim is a very popular fabric these days and is synonymous with jeans. Today term “jeans” usually refers to a specific style of pants, called Blue Jeans.  These“rivet-reinforced” denim pants were invented by Jacob W. Davis, along with Levi Strauss & Co., in 1871.  We did a post a few months about highlighting this story of Levi Strauss, who perhaps more than any other individual or institution has done more to expand the role of denim in our society. Origins of Denim However, given this important American contribution to the success of denim, what most people don’t know today is that denim was actually invented in France.  In fact, the word “denim” comes from the French “de” which means from and “Nîmes” which is a wonderful town in the south of France where denim was invented during the Middle Ages.  So denim literally … Continue reading

The Colors of Spring 2016 – Tell Us What You Think!

colors of spring

You are probably planning to welcome the spring season with a new project for your home or loved one, but before you go out and buy that fabric, it is perhaps helpful to know what the experts think are the colors of spring 2016.  You can also tell us what you think in the survey at the bottom of the article. Every year, Pantone, a company that is best known for its Pantone Matching System (PMS), which is a proprietary color space for the printing and manufacture of paint, fabric, and plastics, declares what they call as the “Color of the Year”. They choose the year’s color by holding two secret meetings in a European city with representatives of color standards groups from various countries a year before. This group attends sessions where they discuss and debate what they think … Continue reading

Fringed Bath Mat: A Fun and Functional Project

Fringed Bath Mat

I think there must be a giant invisible poodle living in my house.  It is disguised as a teenage girl and she is tiny, with small hands and feet not even 75 pounds and yet, but when she comes out of the bathroom there is a Dracula cloud that follows her.  When the steam disperses, it reveals an unimaginable mess left behind.  I wonder “in horror” how the ceiling, all the walls, toilet paper and every square inch of the bathroom floor could possible get wet?  There’s got to be a giant poodle somewhere, just shaking water absolutely everywhere which is my only explanation. The thing that really gets me though, is the wet floor.  Not only can it be dangerous, but who enjoys walking around with wet socks?  No store-bought bath mat is big enough for this mess, so I have decided to make my … Continue reading