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Pattern of the Month Club Giveaway

Win a Pattern of the Month Club giveaway. Win 17 sewing patterns - 2 prizes.

It’s been a little while since we had a giveaway on the site and the end of the year is drawing to a close, so many of us are thinking about giving gifts to those close to us. I think YOU are great and I’d love to give you ALL a Christmas present, but with so many people following along now, it’s sadly not possible. I hope you’ll accept all the free sewing patterns I’ve issued this year as my gift to you all, with my sincere thanks for everything you do to help make this site a success. As a thank you for reading, commenting, sharing and Pinning my articles and patterns throughout the year a final giveaway from me.  Two readers can win all 17 (now 18 with the early release of the Jewelry Purse)  of the patterns in the … Continue reading

Non-Slip Sewing Machine Organizing Pad

Sewing Machine Organizing Pad with Detachable Thread Catcher

I’ve been slowly working on organizing my sewing space and made this sewing machine pad to keep some tools handy. This is Amy from Friends Stitched Together and today I’ll show you how to make your own! The pocket sizes are customizable and the thread catcher is detachable which means it’s easy to pull off and empty when it’s full. You will need: 1/2 yard cotton fabric 1 13″x25″ piece of non-skid “grip stop” fabric 1 13″x25″ piece of fleece or batting 2.5″ piece of velcro All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless stated otherwise – backstitch at the beginning and end of all seams Download this tutorial to keep Cutting out your pieces First, cut your cotton fabric pieces. I made a little cutting chart so you can fit it all on 1/2 yard:   1 – 13″x19″ (main panel) … Continue reading

Sew a jewelry travel case pattern

Jewelry purse - love this jewelry case. Soft and padded for travel but nice enough to use on your dresser every day.

Introducing the Jewelry Purse pattern. Here’s a bonus pattern which is just in time to sew for Christmas.  If you are giving a piece of jewelry as a gift this year, then this makes the perfect way to wrap it in this pretty and useful jewelry purse pattern. Ideal to keep your favorite pieces easily to hand, or just right for travelling and looking glamorous on the go.  This jewelry purse has a spot for earrings, chains or bracelets, rings, and other small items, and a full width zipper pocket too. Make it sumptuous in silk or satin, or practical and more hard-wearing in a quilting weight cotton. Features: Finished size closed – 8.5 inches by 6 inches Ring holder, earring holder, 2 hangers for chains, zipper pocket, 2 slip pockets Soft and padded. Step by step photo tutorial (no … Continue reading

Felt Gingerbread House tissue box cover

Felt Gingerbread house. This is a tissue box cover, but you could easily stuff it, or use an empty tissue box as the frame. I'll be making a mini village!

I was so inspired by the Modern Christmas Tissue Box Cover, that I felt I had to make the opposite.  Nothing sleek and modern about this design – its all kitcsh and traditional.  I love the felt gingerbread house idea anyway – here is one from the Seasonal Sewing Series from last year.  This one is designed for play, its all soft and squishy with windows and doors to add and play with.  Of course the real gingerbread house is all covered in icing and candy and will make your hips expand and your teeth fall out. Here is a calorie-free alternative, that will still be looking good this time next year too. I’ve designed this as a removable tissue box cover, but there is no reason you can’t decide to add a felt bottom and stuff this instead.  Or … Continue reading

Snowman Pot Holder

Fun snowman pot holder. I love how easy this background is to make - looks much more complicated than it is.

I write a monthly sewing feature over on Little House Living site, and so this is just a quick note to let you know that I have a new tutorial there now for this cute Snowman Pot holder. The backgrounds are made from a Christmas Jelly roll but its also a fun way to use old scraps and trust me, its not as hard as it looks working with those small pieces.  If it was hard, I wouldn’t be doing it! You can make the pot holder, or make it larger to make a placemat or even join several blocks together to make a table runner.  Once you have this simple idea for this background, you’ll be looking for all sorts of ways to use it! Drop on over and take a look.  

Easy felt Christmas tree ornaments – review

Genius idea for how to make quick and easy felt ornaments for the tree. These come in 2 sizes, mini and regular. Great for kids.

So by now you may have already made your Fab Felt Christmas Tree.  But you’ll need to make some matching fab felt Christmas tree ornaments to go with it.  Here you’ll find a great assortment of felt tree ornaments including the easiest ever – I promise! I wrote about these easy to make felt ornaments originally as part of the Christmas in July feature – check out the earlier article about them HERE. Using the downloadable ornament sheets, you can create these pretty and colorful ornaments from plain white felt and some t-shirt transfer sheets.  Simply iron the images onto the white felt, cut around the image, back it with another sheet of plain white felt and stitch around the edge.  You can add a little dimension by filling them with a little polyfil and add on a string or … Continue reading

Fab Felt Holiday projects – Felt Christmas Trees

Easy to make felt Christmas Trees.

Do you remember the review I did of the Fab Felt Holiday Crafts class on Craftsy?  It really does have a whole lot of fun ideas and projects for the festive season and although time is tight for festive sewing, I’m determined to get a couple under my belt this year. Here are the projects covered in the class: Felt tree ornaments – 4 different types of origami inspired ornaments Penguin or Santa wine sleeve Poinsettia brooch or gift topper Felt gingerbread houses Mini Christmas trees Multi-colored festive garland Felted wool slippers I’ve been inspired by one of the projects and plan to work on something later this week.  No idea if it will work out but I’ll share it even if it doesn’t.  Nothing more fun than a felty-failure. But here are a few things that weren’t a failure – … Continue reading

Black Friday Sales – where to shop for sewing deals

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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

The Lucy Tote Bag pattern

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 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

Easy DIY Felt Elf Hat pattern

These easy felt elf hats look fun to make.

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

Readers Questions – 6

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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 … Continue reading