15 Essential Tools for Your Beginner Sewing Kit

essential sewing tools

People who have never been interested in sewing before or who only practiced sewing as a hobby in their younger years may wonder what it takes to get started or get back into sewing.  Many of these prospective sewists often wonder what are the essential sewing tools that would make up the perfect beginner sewing kit?  And what’s the cost to stock up on these items to complete various projects? Below is a list of tools that can be considered “essential” for the beginner sewing kit.  They are the tools you want to learn the name of, have in your sewing box and learn to use if you want to try various sewing projects to see what you like doing. For your convenience only, each image links to the actual product on Amazon so you can check pricing compared to … Continue reading

How to make a bell sleeve top, a pattern transformation made easy

bell sleeve top

The focus of this tutorial is to teach you how to transform an existing pattern to adapt it to the bell sleeve top design.  It’s time to use the patterns you already have and learn how to alter them to come up with different outfits. This tutorial works best if you’re modifying the sleeves on the popular High-Low T-Shirt free pattern that we recently released.  However, if you’re more practiced in pattern alteration, you can do this with almost any top pattern.  You can download the pattern for the High-Low T-Shirt here if you’ve not done so already. I have chosen the bell sleeve style because it is very easy to make and it’s going to be trendy this spring. We’re going to look at two options of the bell sleeve design today.  The first is the classic, long bell … Continue reading

You’re invited to check out So Sew Easy on Instagram

so sew easy instagram

After much prodding from our readers, we recently expanded our social media sites to include Instagram.  I wanted to personally invite everyone to check out the So Sew Easy Instagram account and follow us over there.  As you know we have active social media communities on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and even Google+, but the recent growth and popularity of Instagram makes it hard to ignore these days. Generally, most people think Instagram is mainly for the younger audience, and we certainly welcome them, but I also think people of all age groups are really starting to enjoy the platform and it’s very visual format.  If you’re looking for a good way to connect with you teenager or granddaughter, you’ll find young people today pretty much live on Instagram. Instagram is actually owned by Facebook, so it integrates very well with … Continue reading

40+ Pillowcase Dresses Free Patterns and Tutorials

pillowcase dresses

So what are pillowcase dresses anyway? Pillowcase dresses are quite simply a dress made from the fabric found in a pillow case (or two..).  Based on the designs and the free patterns below, a simple pillow case and some trimmings can make you a fantastic little dress for your daughter or granddaughter.  We also have some wonderful options for women as well to make to make simple dresses and skirts. Why do sewists like pillowcase dress patterns and projects? I’ve really found pillowcase dresses to be a lot of fun and so simple (and inexpensive) to make.  Pillow cases are often such a good source of interesting and attractive fabrics.  If you find some nice designs on sale, you might even discover that the material is sometimes even cheaper than buying normal fabric.  This really makes for a quick, easy … Continue reading

A Sale Worth Checking Out if You’re a Craftsy Fan

Craftsy BOGO

Our regular readers would know we rarely promote sales from other companies.  Goodness knows you’re probably already inundated with email offers already.  So, we rarely do it, unless, of course, it is something relatively special. When Craftsy was just starting out, they often discounted their classes which are very popular with our readers.  As their business has matured, however, we see fewer and fewer big percentage sales like this one –so it’s probably worth acting now since the offer ends 3/29/17 at 11:59 PM MT. At the moment, Craftsy is doing a Buy One, Get One Sale but only for a day.  This means you can effectively get 50% off any of those courses you’ve been waiting to buy. This link should automatically add the sale coupon to your shopping cart, but in case it doesn’t, please check out using the … Continue reading

New Video Tutorial: Sewing the Fabric Easter Egg

fabric easter egg video tutorial

This has been an enormously popular project and a lot of readers have asked for some extra help with the more challenging aspects of sewing the lining and zipper of the Fabric Easter Egg.  So here’s a complete video tutorial that shows the whole process, step-by-step for Sewing the Fabric Easter Egg. I’ve sped up the video in the tutorial, but it’s still a little long.  That’s because I really wanted to make sure you could see absolutely everything.  Don’t be afraid to skip ahead or pause and come back to sections to see exactly how the Fabric Easter Egg is sewn. I’ve added a link below to the free pattern on Craftsy as well as links to the full written tutorial on our website.  There are subsequent projects for making the Fabric Easter Bunny as well as making the … Continue reading

Easter Bunny Clothing: a Wardrobe for Daisy & Duke

Easter bunny clothing

This is the tutorial for the Easter bunny clothing I promised a week or so ago.   The outfits for this adorable pair are very easy to make. Both bunnies will fit perfectly inside the Easter Egg.  I hope you use your imagination and the scraps of fabric that you have laying around.  There is no need to use organza but you will need at least two layers of fabric to give the skirt the volume. As I mentioned on the post about Introducing Daisy, the size of the bunnies can change by just changing the seam allowance.  For the female bunny the seam allowance is 3/8″ and for the male 1/4″. Materials: scraps of fabric in quilting cotton, tulle, and organza. thread to match Tools pinking shears a candle if using organza (optional) sewing needle size 70 Pattern download … Continue reading

The High-Low T-Shirt: How to hide your panty line..

high-low t-shirt

The High-Low T-shirt is the perfect item to hide your panty line.  Let’s face it, girls, sometimes depending on the mood and “time of the month,” we feel like wearing an underwear that leaves us with the dreaded panty line.  We’re not always in the mood for a tiny g-string, a sports undergarment, or a sexy lacy number.  There’s nothing good about a panty line, but sometimes you just don’t care. I’ve recently taken up Pilates and I’m determined to tone my Gluteus maximus aka my butt.   Not for the reasons you might think, but simply because this muscle helps us keep a straight posture.  In other words, no more back pain.  If that isn’t reason enough, this is simply a great high-low t-shirt that is easily made and transformed into a great top. With this top, the back is … Continue reading

A Score of Skirt Styles: Be Sure to Take the Quiz

skirt styles

The age old, immensely feminine, and ever evolving skirt is a staple in the wardrobe of anyone who’s proud to call herself a woman and it comes in more skirt styles than most of us can imagine or certainly name by memory. When building up your wardrobe and planning for your next sewing project, take a look at some of these timeless and unique skirt styles to see if you can find something you don’t already have –perhaps a skirt style to flatter your particular form or make a slightly different fashion statement. Rest assured, in one of these styles you ought to see something which gets that pedal foot jittering! A simple rule of thumb to keep in mind when skirting for a particular body type is this: Maxi skirts will lengthen, fitted skirts will show off a stunning … Continue reading

Sewing Viscose, or is it Rayon??: Fabric Tips

sewing viscose

Viscose (known in the US as Rayon) often elicits very strong feelings. Some sewists hate this material, while others see its benefits.  I remember back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s when this fabric started to be popular and it was used for numerous garments that you would see on the racks in the store. The material does not crease much and was, therefore, a big draw for clothing stores. However, the first time the garment gets washed, it tends to shrink. This often meant a big waste of money, so after a while, viscose clothes went right back on the rack when the shopper saw a label saying viscose or rayon. Today, however, viscose standards are significantly different and many sewists are turning to viscose more often. While the fabric should always be pre-washed before you start a sewing … Continue reading

New $500 Giveaway from Fabric.com: Open Worldwide! (well almost..)

new worldwide giveaway

Well, you asked for it and we’ve worked with our friends at Fabric.com to deliver! This new $500 shopping spree giveaway sponsored by Fabric.com is open to entrants in every country where Fabric.com ships –which is a pretty long list and covers all our top markets and then some.  (However, we certainly realize there are still some readers in a few countries who will not be able to participate and for that, we apologize in advance.) If case you didn’t know… For those who don’t know, Fabric.com is the world’s leading online fabric store.  Founded in 1993, Fabric.com focuses on bringing you a wide range of cotton print, home décor and apparel fabrics along with crafts and notions.  At any time their warehouse holds millions of yards of fabric.  Whether your needs run from denim to silk, linen to faux fur, … Continue reading