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Applique Snowman table runner project

Love the bright colors in this snowman table runner. Would also make a great mini quilt or wall hanging.

So I’ve been playing around with applique again this week.  Pre-laser-cut fusible applique to be exact!  Oh sounds dangerous.  I must be showing my age, but every time I hear the word LASER I think of this! Laser-cut fusible applique is not quite as exciting, but still fun. I took the Fun with Fusible Applique Class from Craftsy earlier this year and one of the projects was the Snowmen pattern.  The panel is actually taken from a very popular quilt kit that the instructor offers in her own store, but the class materials also includes the templates and pattern for you to be able to make this Snowman Table Runner, panel or wall hanging yourself using your own fabrics. This is such a gorgeous pattern that I think it’s worth taking the class just to get a chance to sew this … Continue reading

Lace from my stash giveaway + vouchers

Lace giveaway

As more and more people move to using mobile devices to browse the site and download files, I’m gradually trying to go back through some of my earlier patterns and give them an update.  Recently, I just changed the Cheeky Panties pattern.  It was originally hand drawn and in a ZIP file but now its digital and available as a PDF so it can be downloaded and printed more easily. I printed out the new pattern to test and check it and thought, hmm, about time I updated my underwear drawer.  That got me going back through my stash to make some more.  I can’t believe quite how much of the stretch lace I had.  Originally when I developed the pattern I was intending to sew some for sale in my Etsy shop but then one project led to another … Continue reading

Penguin Pot Holder

This penguin pot holder is so cute! Can make this a boy or girl potholder. Christmas fabrics are good for this too.

While it might seem like an obvious comparison, as I was designing this little guy, I realized potholders are much like puppets. I feel rather silly having never thought of that before now. To make your own penguin pot holder, you will need: The Pattern - download from Craftsy HERE 1/4 yard of cotton batting 1/4 yard of black cotton fabric 1/4 yard of white cotton fabric felt (white, black, yellow, and red) matching thread How to sew a Penguin Pot Holder   Cut two of the main body pieces from the black fabric, two from the white fabric, and four from the batting. (I did NOT include a seam allowance in the pattern. You will need to include a seam allowance when cutting out the body piece) Cut the white belly patch from the white fabric (do not include a seam … Continue reading

The Wear Everywhere Skirt – free pattern

The perfect skirt to fill a gap in my wardrobe. Something I can wear everywhere and every day. Love the pleat in front to give plenty of room without too much flare.

Everyone needs a wardrobe of good basic skirts. Ones you can wear every day or for lots of different occasions.  This Wear Everywhere Skirt fits the bill perfectly.  A classic straight skirt with a single inverted pleat center front, makes this skirt easy to wear, ideal for the office, working, shopping, the school run – in fact, anywhere and everywhere.  Once you’ve got a great fit on this skirt, mark up your pattern because it’s a quick and easy sew you’ll want to make again and again. We’ve talked before about sewing ‘real clothes for real women‘- sewing the sort of clothes you wear everyday, rather than too many fancy-smancy dresses and jackets that you rarely wear.  You’ll get plenty of wear from this every-day skirt. I’ve made mine in a plain fabric so you can see the pleat detail … Continue reading

The Ultimate Wallet sewing pattern

The Ultimate wallet sewing pattern. Space for 28 cards, coins, notes, receipts, list etc. Looks like a fun pattern.

  I think you’ll all love this pattern. The original Super Simple Wallet has always been popular, but what if you have more cards?  Need more space?  Want to carry all your bills, coins, cards and receipts in the one wallet?  Then the ULTIMATE Wallet sewing pattern is for you. You can even fit in your cell phone. Features: Enough space for 28 cards, even more if you double them up Large coin purse with zipper Full width space for notes and bills Space for receipts and papers behind the card slots Slide a phone inside too?  Or your shopping list, notepad and pen? Full written and photo tutorial AND a video tutorial too Finished size - approx. 6.75 inches, by 4.75 inches by 1 inch. Rating – This pattern has been rated by the pattern testing team as Intermediate. See … Continue reading

My wrap dress pattern is in the final

Pattern-voting

Craftsy are having a Pattern Designer Award, and asked their readers to nominate their favorite patterns for sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet etc  I’m delighted that so many of you nominated my Wrap Dress pattern that it made it through to the finals in the sewing category. There are 4 finalists, two are paid patterns and two are free patterns.  If you have a moment, would you be able to vote for the Wrap Dress in the sewing category – you’d make my day! All you need to do to vote is check the box next to the Wrap Dress pattern and add your email address in case you win the voters prize of a free Craftsy class.  There’s no prize for the winning designers – just publicity and a badge for the website.  Oh, and lots of feel good. Click … Continue reading

Ombre faux pleated pillow – Sewing Texture

Faux pleated pillow. Looks difficult, but this is actually easy to do. Looks good in solids too.

Did you read the review I wrote of the Sewing Texture class last month? So far, I’ve just completed the one project although the class gave me lots of ideas and tips which I have filed away into the inspiration section of my brain for future use! Today I’m sharing with you my “Cayman Colors Ombre Faux Pleated Pillow”. When I first saw this project I was actually a little bit intimidated.  Accurate and straight sewing has never been overly important to me, I admit.  I’m a speed-sewist.  The challenge of getting all those pleats the same size and distance – was I up to it?  I thought not, but then based on the lessons in the class, and a little planning, it was no where near as hard as it looks. Materials used: 10 strips from the Benartex Bali … Continue reading

Make your own Hammerhead Shark Pillow Pet Pattern

How to make your own Pet Pillow - love this one is a hammerhead shark. What a great idea.

Hi! I’m Stephanie from Swoodson Says and I’m excited to be contributing posts over here. My son is almost 2 and at such a fun age; I love making him unique toys, dress-up accessories,  and softies. Two of my favorites that I’ve blogged about are a DIY Buckle Toy & a giant Floor Book Pillow. Pillow pets are so popular – we already have one store-bought small one and my son loves to lay on it and read or drag it around by the tail. The selection of animals is pretty small, so I decided to make my own! Materials: 1/2 yard grey minky fabric 1/2 yard grey fleece fabric Scraps of dark grey & ivory felt for the eyes Coordinating thread Poly-fill 6 inches of white Velcro The pattern download How to make up your hammerhead shark pillow pet … Continue reading

How to sew a recessed zipper on a bag

Great video on how to sew a recessed zipper for a bag. This is the easiest & clearest way I've seen to do it.

I’ve been working on some new bag ideas and one of the areas of bag-making that has been a bit of a puzzle to me until recently is how to close the top of the bag. Of course, not all bags need to be closed. Some simple tote bags are left open, and that’s just fine. With these examples of the Expanding Nautical Tote Bag and the Turning Japanese Purse, in each case simply holding the handles keeps the bag closed. The Zipper Top Tote bag as a zipper right across the top and isn’t very deep.  Other bags I’ve made have either had magnetic closures and snaps or zippers at the top, like the Easy Cosmetics Bag.  So I was up for a challenge and looking forward to learning something new so I’ve got a video for you today … Continue reading

30+ Thanksgiving sewing ideas

Some really original Thanksgiving sewing ideas I've not seen anywhere else. Plus links to lots more from previous years.

Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to show off your sewing skills to a wider audience.  Maybe family you’ve not seen in a while will be visiting to celebrate and have dinner so it’s time to dress-to-impress and decorate your home, your dinner table and maybe even your kids in your sewn Thanksgiving creations. Create a banner and decorative pumpkins for your entry way and mantle decorations, a holiday table runner and placemats, and have your kids serve dinner in their turkey t-shirts or costumes. Going out to dinner ?  Then how about taking a thanks you or hostess gift of a thanksgiving potholder, table runner or apron. Got any other favorite ideas and patterns – share them in the comments below.   Thanksgiving sewing ideas (Right click to open each link in a new tab so you don’t … Continue reading

Wow, I can’t believe I made the short-list

Vote for So Sew Easy in the British Sewing Awards - just because its pretty darned awesome and everyone there makes a great team!

Every week something that happens here on the site or on the Facebook page just blows my mind. A really kind or appreciative comment, a photo shared of something sewn with one of my free patterns or even some of the recent photos I’ve shared with you from sewing groups, like this one that sewed the Easy Cosmetics Bag or this one where they sewed the Nautical Mug Rug. Honestly, you all inspired me just as much as the site has inspired others to try their hand at some easy sewing. I can’t believe how its grown in the last 2 years from my own online diary as I started to learn to sew.  Now it’s a place where we all share our experience through Readers Questions, and I have a whole page of sewing tutorials linking to articles I’ve … Continue reading