• Wrap skirt
  • Sew your own undies
  • Cosmetics bag with brush roll
  • 30 minute skirt
  • Baby changing mat
  • Turning Japanese Handbag
  • Summer Drape Top
  • On Safari Skirt
  • Moved to Tiers Tunic
  • The Ultimate Wallet
  • Easy cosmetics bag
  • Twist Front Top
  • Easy summer dress
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Color block dress
  • The perfect baby burp cloth
  • Color Block Skirt
  • Teeny tiny zipper pouch

How to sew a tiny hem with the rolled hem foot

Serger Pepper 4 So Sew Easy - Rolled Hem Foot tutorial - get the most from your rolled hem foot

When working with lightweight  or even sheer fabrics, the best way to finish an edge is often with a rolled hem foot: faster than hand-sewing and a lot easier, if you know how to do it. What? You don’t?  No worries! Let me share with you my best tips and in no time you’ll be sewing a perfect rolled hem: I can see so many fluttering dresses, silk scarves, napkins (and so on) featuring this couture hem in your future Wait! I don’t have a rolled hem foot: where can I find one for my machine? You can try with your sewing machine dealer, if you’re so lucky to have one in the neighborhood. If not, check your manual and see if there is an online shop (or just google *your machine brand* + spare parts online). You can save some money and get an … Continue reading

My sewing holiday

Designer Joi's sewing holiday 2015.

I’ve just had the BEST time!  I don’t get to leave Cayman very often, so it was a double treat for me to go on vacation, and it was a sewing vacation too.  I went to Sioux City for the first ever Sewing Holiday organised by Joi Mahon of Designer Joi. Joi got a bunch of the best Craftsy instructors together, along with other leading industry experts and teachers, all in one place at the same time and invited us along to join her and brush up on our sewing and quilting skills.  How could I resist. To many Sioux City might not be the center of the universe, it’s a ‘small’  place, but still has a much larger population than the Cayman Islands.  So put 200 keen sewers and quilters, the instructors and all the support and organisation staff … Continue reading

How to sew a corset in a day

How to sew a corset. Full photo step by step, pattern download and 2 videos.

How to sew a corset – the basics of corset sewing In this tutorial I’ll show you how to sew a basic simple corset. If you are a beginner in corset tailoring, this lessons will be perfect for you to understand the basics and dive deeper into the world of corset creation! This are the video tutorials, and also for the first time I publish a workbook of the process. I hope you enjoy it and find it helpful! If so, don’t just keep it to yourself – share it with your friends!  Visit me at the Corset Academy for more, I’ve got SO much more to show you there. Part 1: Part 2: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FREE CORSET PATTERNS: Pattern 1 Pattern 2 Tools and Materials Required for Corset Tailoring. You will need the following: – strong fabric, for … Continue reading

Conference Tote Bag Pattern Sew-Along

Want to learn more about sewing bags? This tote bag pattern sew-along includes so much info with videos, photos and lots of helpful links and tips.

I’m so excited because the first ever So Sew Easy Sew-Along launches today.  It’s been months in the making and finally you all get to join me in this project.  Let me explain to you about the bag we will sew and about how the Sew-Along will work. The finished size of the bag is approx 12 inches wide, by 4 inches deep and 10 inches tall. The schedule The Sew-Along will last for 10 days, with new lessons being released each day, comprising the pattern, materials list, tips on interfacing and then step by step sewing instructions each day with photos and a video. All throughout we’ll be sharing what we make at each stage, showing off our fabric choices, asking questions and sharing advice over in the Sewing Chat Group and I am really looking forward to it … Continue reading

Round up – Things to sew for boys

Boys can be a whole lot more difficult to sew for than girls, so here's a round up that gives you some great ideas and sewing inspiration.

Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says again and I’m really excited to share this round-up with you. I have a 2.5 year old son who I love to sew for – I started designing PDF patterns for toys because I wanted more options for toddlers! Sometimes it seems like all the tutorials and patterns are for ruffle-y dresses and dolls with pigtails. Don’t despair! There are lots of fun things to sew for the boys in your life – and sometimes that frilly, flowery idea just needs a change of fabric. I included two applique patterns in the list too – one of my favorite ways to make t-shirts special when sewing for boys. Don’t forget to get your boys involved, too! My son has already started “embroidering” with me when I hand sew – it’s so cute. Things to sew … Continue reading

What You Need To Make A Bra

What you need to sew a bra. Start of a new lingerie sewing series - looking at machine and stitches needed, patterns, basic supplies and other equipment.

Are you thinking of sewing a bra for yourself? Are you wondering what you will need to even start something like this?  Well, here’s what you’ll need to start, and a few things you don’t absolutely need, but are awfully useful and quite enjoyable. What machine and stitches do you need? First, you need a sewing machine. You don’t need a specialty machine that does 50 different stitches. In fact, all you’ll need to sew a bra are three stitches. This is my sewing machine, and it just happens to have 50 stitches. The first stitch your sewing machine will need to do is a Straight stitch, both forward and backward. Here’s what the icon for the Straight stitch looks like on my machine - it’s the first stitch, 01, and the most basic stitch you’ll use for almost all sewing and on … Continue reading

Today is National Underwear Day! Sew your own

Underwear and lingerie sewing resources including a free pattern for some Victoria Secret style lacy panties

Did you know that 5th August is National Underwear Day?  Honestly, there is a National Day for the strangest things these days.  I guess we all just need a little fun in our lives every now and then.  I thought it might be a good time to remind you of a pattern on the site that you might not have seen if you are fairly new here, for the Cheeky Panties! These are SO quick and easy to sew, don’t cost a lot of money, are comfortable, and look just like you bought them in a nice store.  You can easily run up a whole new undies wardrobe in now time. The tutorial for these comes in 3 parts. Part 1 – the pattern download.  This pattern has now been updated and changed from hand-drawn to digital.  Comes in sizes … Continue reading

Pinterest Feature – bias and binding pins

Pick of the best pins for bias, piping and binding tutorials

Do you use Pinterest to save and collect your sewing inspiration?  I love it, but admit I don’t pin as much as I used to.  So much to do, so little time and Pinterest can suck me in until I’ve enjoyed a couple of hours browsing and reading without realising it! I thought you might enjoy checking out a few of my Pinterest Favorites, so here’s my top picks from the Bias Binding Tutorials board.  There are 55+ pins covering all aspects of how to make and use binding, bias binding and piping.  Here are a few of my favorites and some of my own: (Take note of the numbers and scroll down to the bottom for the Pin links) Check out these pins to find great content and repin them to your own Pinterest sewing tutorials boards to save … Continue reading

I’m running a Sew-Along!

Coming soon to So Sew Easy - the Conference Tote Bag sew-along

I’m delighted at last to let you in on something I’ve been working on for a couple of months now. Several members of the pattern testing team and on the sewing chat group have suggested I should bring you a new pattern and arrange a ‘sew-along’ for it. Have you taken part in a sew-along before? It’s a first time for me. Starting on Sunday next week, I’ll be launching the Conference Tote Bag pattern, a bag I designed to take to Sewing Holiday with me that could take my notebook for all the new sewing tips I was going to learn (and carry all my sewing goodies). The Sew-Along will last for 10 days, with new lessons being released each day, comprising the pattern, materials list, tips on interfacing and then step by step sewing instructions each day with … Continue reading

Make new sewing friends locally with the sewing map

A worldwide sewing map for sewers and fabric stores. Contact a new sewing friend, arrange a sewing meetup or start a new sewing or quilting group locally.

We know there are people who love to sew everywhere, but did you know there are most probably people who love to sew very locally to you that you don’t even know about.  They might find themselves in the same situation as you are – looking for a fitting buddy, someone to help them measure, or just be looking for a new friend who shares a common interest that they can go fabric shopping with. Or maybe you are looking for the best sewing and fabric shops near you, in a new town, or in a place you’ll be visiting for your next vacation. Or maybe you’d love to arrange a sewing meet-up in your area or even start a new sewing or quilting group with like-minded local people. photo credit: Close-Up, Multiple quilts on display – King of Kings … Continue reading

Interview with the Great British Sewing Bee Winner

Sewing Bee team images courtesy of the BBC

If you are British and enjoy sewing then as soon as I mention the Great British Sewing Bee I’m sure you know all about it.  If you aren’t in the UK, you might not be aware of it – but you need to watch this show! The Great British Sewing Bee is a series on UK TV run by the BBC, where amateur sewing contestants sew or alter projects against the clock each week.  Their garments are then all judged and one at a time the contestants are knocked out and the rest go though to the following round until there are just 3 sewing contestants left in the final – sewing furiously to be crowned the series winner. It’s very tense, sometimes funny, and often there are tears when things just don’t go right.  We’ve all been there. It’s … Continue reading

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