Salvage your Selvages!

salvage your selvages

Now any seamstress or hobby sewist will undoubtedly have discarded that little white strip along the fabric edge without a second thought, probably a few hundred times or more. You know that “useless” strip where the manufacturer’s branding is printed…along with a few strange coloured circles? Well, there’s more to it than just branding! That printing along the fabric edge is known as the fabric selvage marking and, together with keeping the fabric from fraying or unravelling, it actually contains more useful info than you’d previously imagined. What’s in a name? Before you learn the secrets of the strip: how about that weird name?! Well, the name selvage or selvedge originated form the term self-edge, meaning a self finished edge of fabric. You will find that the specific weave in the selvage strip stops it from fraying entirely. It is … Continue reading

Creativebug FREE Trial – a good alternative to Craftsy?

craftsy alternative

As most of our readers know, we’ve been long-time fans of Craftsy. We maintain a large and popular pattern library on Craftsy which I encourage everyone to check out.  Our library has both free and paid patterns and tutorials that suit most any sewer from beginner to advanced and from those interested in clothing to those who love to sew bags, accessories and household items. However, as you might note from some of the recent comments on our site, Craftsy has been undertaking a major upgrade to their site.  Unfortunately, this upgrade seems not to have gone as smoothly as everyone would have hoped.  I’m sure they’ll get it together soon and be back up to their usual high standards, but the situation has led some of our readers to me ask if there are other good options for sewing classes … Continue reading



Social media makes home sewing cool again Under the headline, “Social media makes home sewing cool again”, we were delighted to see So Sew Easy get a press mention recently in The News & Observer based out of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.  If you were in any doubt that your sewing hobby was officially “cool” again, this article should leave you in no doubt.  Perhaps we’re a bit biased, but we’d certainly agree! While we were only mentioned in the sewing resources section, it was still fun to see ourselves listed alongside such big names as Craftsy, Creativebug and as well as a few other of the larger bloggers.  There are many aspects of this article that we have written about before, so it is great to see the mainstream media is finally catching on. According to the author: A key … Continue reading

Quilting Hacks Every Beginner Should Learn

quilting hacks

Imagine relaxing in a log cabin listening to a crackling fireplace, covered by a patchwork quilt that you recently made yourself.  Fantastic!  Indeed, quilt making is a very rewarding art project and it makes for a very precious gift for your friends and family too.  In a recent article, we also described the Many Amazing Benefits of Quilting for your health and mental well-being. From the careful choice and preparation of fabrics to the placement of the last stitch, quilt makers give a lot of love and attention to details.  As such, some home-made quilts are passed on from one generation to another and are highly cherished as family heirlooms. Making your own quilt is a time consuming process but the result is almost always worth all your efforts.  We’ve had a lot of readers express interest in learning how … Continue reading

Leather and fabric handbag: the perfect mix for beginners

leather and fabric handbag

This leather and fabric handbag is the perfect project for those who are starting to sew with leather and for those who are bored with fabric only handbags.  You can make this with a normal domestic sewing machine so don’t be afraid to give it a try! I am not yet an expert in leather work.  But, I absolutely love the material for its durability and handling.  Furthermore, the shine of the leather will forgive a mistake should you need to unpick a seam, so I suggest to buy a whole hide and not to be afraid of trying.  It won’t go to waste! If you don’t feel like trying with leather, you can also use vinyl, oilcloth, canvas or another heavy fabric.  I just wanted to try with leather and it came out so well, my daughter won’t give it back … Continue reading

Movie Inspired Halloween Costumes Roundup

halloween costumes

It’s almost that time of year again, can you believe it?! It seems like just yesterday we were sitting up late into the night for weeks on end to finish Halloween costumes for the fam-fam…well here we go again! Too many vague ideas floating around in your head? Don’t know where to start? Do not fret and have no fear (not until the ghouls come knocking anyway)! We are here to support you with a host of great ideas, patterns and tutorials inspired by none other than all our favourite flicks! So if you’re hung up on deciding on a theme, just go with the movie you (and your kids) love the most… Despicable Me: This one is ideal for sewing mammas with little tots as this is an unquenchable hit amongst the kiddies…and who doesn’t crack a smile when … Continue reading

The Many Amazing Benefits of Quilting

benefits of quilting

A lot has been written about the many benefits of quilting, but it is only in the last couple of years that scientists and scholars really started to study this claim. A long time ago, quilting was done for a very practical reason –to keep the family warm especially during the cold winter months. This is not really required as much anymore because of advances in technology and with women working more outside the home, there has been less time.  Surprisingly and thankfully however, this did not cause the demise of quilting which is still alive and popular as a form of hobby and expression of creativity. A few months ago we did an article about How Sewing Fights Depression.  If you missed it, please check it out.  We were delighted that this article was widely shared and reprinted by several … Continue reading

8 autumn sewing projects for 2016

autumn sewing projects

Autumn Sewing Projects For everyone living in the northern hemisphere, Autumn is definitely here now.  Fast approaching too are the fun family events and holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving.  We thought we’d compile some fun autumn sewing projects to help you prepare. Along with myriads of memories that autumn brings, two things that strike me the most about the season are the colors and the autumn leaves. The bright and bold hues have a lot of influence on the sewing projects that I undertake. Here are 8 fun and interesting autumn sewing projects that will help brighten up your days with the colors of fall. Fall Mug Rugs Here is a very interesting project influenced by the colors of the season. All you need to make this mug rug are fabrics in autumn colors, matching thread, flannel for the filling and template … Continue reading

Sewing Wallets: Step by Step – launch

sewing wallets

It’s official!  The Sewing Wallets: Step by Step class is now live on Craftsy after what has been months of behind the scenes work, and more than 70 wallets sewn!  There are 3 simple wallet projects you can sew along with lots of tips along the way to help you all get great results.  These simple projects are even suitable for those who are fairly new to sewing as Deby teaches you everything you need to know, every step of the way. You’ll get the opportunity to learn: 3 different closures you can use on your wallets, and how to install them how to sew a zipper pocket without a zipper foot (although you can still use one of course if you are comfortable with it) how to fold and sew pockets for your bank cards to minimise bulk and … Continue reading

Crushed velvet dress – easy project for your fall wardrobe

crushed velvet dress

A crushed velvet dress is all the rage this fall.  This style usually means dressing in layers.  Stockings, light coats, long vests, short dresses worn as tops –the possibilities are endless.  The short dress for autumn is an essential piece of clothing that can take us from morning to night time.  It is easy to add to if the temperature drops and easy to wear during the warm hours of the day. Autumn and spring really is when northern and southern hemispheres actually have similar temperatures, so this design should work for everyone.  This particular dress is one of my favorites because of the flexibility that it provides –worn with high boots, stockings and ankle boots, over skinny jeans, leggings or just a scarf.  It is the perfect piece of clothing for your wardrobe.  Layer it any way you want and you’ll have … Continue reading

Adding Bling with Fabric Stencils, Sew-On Jewels, and Sequins

fabric stencils

Printing using fabric stencils is one of the easiest ways to decorate a garment in need of a bit of excitement.  To tell you the truth, the princess I “borrowed” for the photo shoot a couple weeks ago for the Easy Princess Dress Pattern didn’t like the costume at first.  Who can blame her?  There was no tiara, no jewels or slippers and most importantly no bling on the dress to make her feel special. The costume she wore was made of satin.  Plain satin can be a flat and somewhat boring fabric if it doesn’t have a little bling on it.  Satin is like a blank canvas where you can paint, embroider and glue things to it to make it more exciting and beautiful. So I set about to liven up the Easy Princess Dress and in the process I wanted to … Continue reading