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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.]  * * * * * * Hi everyone! I have sewn several zipper bags, but usually I end up with a different result than I planned and so this time I searched for a pattern – and I found Deby’s. The perfect size for … 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

How to sew a hem facing on a circle skirt

How to sew a wide hem on a circle skirt using a hem facing

I’ve got a project I’m working on that has been giving me a headache.  I’ve been itching to make a half-circle skirt but the hemline is just not turning out as I would like.  It really is impossible to sew a ‘regular’ hem when the bottom of the skirt is so curved.  Usually on a skirt I would turn in half an inch and press, and then turn up another inch, inch and a half or even two inches on the bottom of a regular skirt, and sew. But that’s not going to work on a circular hemline simply because the length of the hem around the outside is longer than the length of the fabric you are turning into, so it’s never going to lie flat. Now you can sew a teeny tiny hem, by pressing up tiny 1/8th … Continue reading

Crossover baby bib pattern

How to sew this cute baby bib pattern. I love the video, makes it look so easy.

The Baby Showers are fast approaching and I’m sewing madly to get the bundles together. Today, I’m making bibs. Not the most glamorous of items, but an everyday essential and no one wants a grotty one when you can have a really nice home made one instead. I’ve tried several styles, and depending on time might share some of the others later, but here is the crossover style that I’ve been making in batches today. It has a cross over front with the option to have two different fabrics, plus, its fully reversible so you can have another two different fabrics on the back if you want to. The perfect way to use up 4 smaller leftover pieces of fabric from other projects. With the 4 layers of fabric, this is going to be long-lasting, hard-wearing in the wash time after … Continue reading

Readers Questions – 4

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It’s that time again where you get a chance to both share what you know, and also learn more at the same time.  Readers Questions is your opportunity to share your sewing dilemma with the So Sew Easy readers and get their combined years of experience working on your problem. Please offer up answers to these questions.  It’s OK to share links in the comments to relevant pages and tutorials, whether on your own site or someone else’s. You can submit a question, answer one or more questions by leaving a comment below, or just learn more by reading through the answers.  Thanks everyone for taking part. Susan Asks: Are there any good tutorials or instruction you would recommend on making a t-shirt quilt?  It seems like a good way to re-purpose t-shirts that are no longer worn, but they … Continue reading

Awesome free pencil case patterns to sew

Great variety of all sorts of zipper pouches and pencil cases including some really interesting ideas

Enjoy these awesome free pencil case patterns!  Everyone is settling into the new routine.  Kids are back to school, Mom has more spare time for her own interests and crafters everywhere are starting to think about the upcoming holidays.  So time to get organised. Here are a few of my favorite pencil case patterns.  Good for the kids pens, pencils and crayons at home or at school, good to keep all your pens where they should be instead of strewn around, and perhaps a nice stocking stuffer to sew too.  They don’t need to just be for your pencils – these are one trendy, fancy bunch of pencil cases you can use to keep lots of things organised – enjoy! Free pencil case patterns and tutorials Click on each of the pictures to go to the original free pattern or … Continue reading

‘Give me a shrug’ Top pattern – POTM

Interesting top to sew with a built in collar that looks like you're wearing a shrug over the top.

Did you notice the black top I was wearing when I modeled the Flirty Skirty pattern a while back?  It had my pattern testing team calling out for me to make a pattern just like it.  Their wish is my command! So here is the Pattern of the Month for September – the Give Me A Shrug Top. Features: Made with knit fabric Wrap around collar that pleats under the arms and forms a back yoke 3 sleeve lengths 7 sizes from 31-46 inch bust Lined over the bust Wear the collar turned up or laid flat Flattering square cut neckline Includes a short video just to help with the pleating, the rest is easy Pattern rating – Intermediate My own versions I made several versions during my development of this pattern using various different fabrics and sizing.  I think … Continue reading