• Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Easy summer dress
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew your own undies
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Free dress patterns
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns

Easy felt Christmas tree ornaments pack

Genius idea for how to make quick and easy felt ornaments for the tree. These come in 2 sizes, mini and regular. Great for kids.

To accompany the Felt Christmas Tree I shared with you yesterday, today the easiest set of felt tree ornaments ever!  It’s totally cheating and the minimum of effort, but they make great mini felt ornaments which are a perfect size for your felt tree, and totally toddler safe too. Each of these mini ornaments is just 2 inches tall and you don’t need to collect lots of colors of felt or cut out lots of teeny tiny felt shapes to make them.  Let me show you how to create a whole bunch of ‘cheater’ felt ornaments for your toddler’s tree. Materials: White felt An iron Some string, cord or very thin ribbon An inkjet printer Iron-on transfer paper The So Sew Easy felt ornaments pack Optional – Polyfill Have you ever used this iron-on transfer paper before?  It’s genius!  I … Continue reading

  • Free dress patterns
  • Sew your own undies
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Twist Front Top
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Easy summer dress

Christmas in July – Fab Felt Christmas Tree

I'm in love with this felt Christmas Tree! Too cute and you should see the ornaments too!

When my husband saw me gradually assembling and sewing what looked like a Christmas tree in late May, he was rather confused. He knows I like to be organised, but even he thought that was a bit early.  I tried to explain about Christmas in July, but he’s never heard of it.  We’re from the UK and its not a term you’d hear there – is it just the US?  You can read more about the origins of Christmas in July at Wikipedia. Not to be deterred by his Scrooge impressions, I’ve made the cutest Christmas Tree.  What do you think?  It’s the perfect size to go on an entry table or use as a table centerpiece, although I designed it initially with toddlers in mind, so they could safely decorate their own Christmas Tree. I even included magic buttons … Continue reading

  • Summer Drape Top
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew your own undies
  • Free dress patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Easy summer dress
  • Twist Front Top
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern

Sharing on Saturday – time to win

Win sewing prizes every month with So Sew Easy's Share on Saturday

It’s a bit of a change up this month in the Win on Wednesday, now moved to Share on Saturday.  You share something with me, usually your opinion or comment and I’ll share something with you – hopefully cool sewing prizes. Usually I’ll offer a prize that needs to be posted and have to restrict where it can be sent, so this time to make it available to readers all over the world, I’ve decided to make it a pattern giveaway instead. Normally our monthly contests require you to make a comment on Facebook, but not everyone likes Facebook, and it’s been difficult to find an alternative that’s easy to use.  This poll promises that you don’t need to use a social profile to enter, so let me know how to you get on .  I’m hoping it will work … Continue reading

  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Free dress patterns
  • Twist Front Top
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Sew your own undies
  • Easy summer dress
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns

Make it Yours – the winning bags

Make It Yours clutch bag sewing contest on So Sew Easy. 3 categories with lots of fun sewing prizes. Sew a bag and win!

Thank you to everyone who voted in the Make It Yours Contest.  It’s time to announce the winners. Blogger Category The winner is number 5 – Gosia from As I Sew who sewed this awesome fox bag.  She had to work out how to piece together the fabric and how then to turn the bag once she had made her design.   It was a close run thing right through to the end and a special mention goes to Georgia at I Believe I Can Sew for her great Owl bag.  Seems you all like bags in the shape of animals. You’ll be hearing more from Gosia, because she’ll be writing a guest post here in the near future and we’ll be collaborating on a bag pattern – I’m fascinated to learn more about her ideas. Readers Category The winner with the … Continue reading

  • Twist Front Top
  • Free dress patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Easy summer dress
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Sew your own undies

Gathered Summer Skirt – free skirt pattern

How to sew a pretty and easy tiered and gathered skirt.

Well, it took me a while, but it’s here at last.  Do you remember I wrote a while back about a skirt I wore during the Cayman Islands first ever sewing meet up?  Robin suggested I should sew a skirt like the one I was wearing, and immediately I knew it was a great idea and got to work. Introducing the Gathered Summer Skirt.  Sizing given for sizes 34-52 inch hips, all should fit on less than 1.5 yards of fabric. Summer is here at last.  For some of us it lasts longer than others, but whether it’s a trip to the beach, a picnic, shopping with the girls or a day sailing, you’ll still need to look cute and summery. The design for this skirt was copied from a Ready To Wear skirt I already owned and loved.  I … Continue reading

  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Sew your own undies
  • Free dress patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Easy summer dress

Two Become One – free t-shirt dress pattern

Free dress pattern. I love how this dress can be made to look like a t-shirt and skirt with belt, or how you can make it to look like a regular dress.

Need a comfy every day dress?  One that looks good no matter where you go, and one that can take on the look of separates or be sewn in the same fabric throughout?  Then the Two Become One Dress is for you. I became fascinated with this style of dress just recently.  I love the casual look, like a t-shirt and a skirt, but without the fuss of having to make sure both matching pieces are clean and ironed at the same time (lazy I know).  Now I can just grab it off the hanger, slip it over my head and rush on out – anywhere.  Of course, you can also make it throughout in the same fabric so it looks more like an obvious dress if you like and I think that would look great too – I’d really … Continue reading

  • Sew your own undies
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Free dress patterns
  • Easy summer dress
  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern

Expanding Nautical Tote Bag Pattern

Great free bag pattern. Side closures make it small and neat or expand for bigger loads. Great hardware options

Want to keep everything ship-shape as you go to the beach or the pool? This handy tote bag has lots of great features and optional extras to keep your organised.  It also has a handy expanding feature to keep the bag trim when you don’t carry much, and expand it out when you have enough ‘stuff’ for the kids too. With the use of really cool hardware and handles, this bag looks anything but home-made.  Use a nautical fabric in red, white and blue and big rope handles to be on-trend, or mix it up with cool prints of your choice for an everyday tote that is sure to bring admiring comments from all your friends. Change it up a little Of course, all the hardware and fancy stuff is optional.  If you want to skip the rope handles and … Continue reading

  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Sew your own undies
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Easy summer dress
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Twist Front Top
  • Free dress patterns

Sewing the perfect narrow hemline

How to sew the perfect narrow hemline - two options

Most garments you sew are going to need some kind of hemline, and there are lots of options to choose from on how to achieve that.  Many of them depend on the type of fabric you are sewing.  A knit fabric would require a different approach than a wool or a chiffon for example.  Often the type of hemline is dictated by the weight of the fabric. In today’s example, we are looking at the narrow hem.  This would be more suitable for light weight fabrics with no stretch and can often be found on gathered skirts, circle skirts and anything where a stiff or wide hem would interfere with the hang of the skirt. How narrow is narrow? This depends again on the weight and fluidity of your fabric, as well as your own sewing skills.  When a pattern … Continue reading

  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew your own undies
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Easy summer dress
  • Free dress patterns
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Twist Front Top

Your opinions are in and noted

Readers survey

When my husband came home from work and saw me sat at the computer wiping away tears, he thought something terrible had happened.  I had to explain that I was reading comments left on the readers survey and I had been really touched by some of the lovely things you said and it made me feel a bit weepy.  You are a wonderful bunch and you make this site a joy to write for. Thank you to everyone who completed responses in the Future of So Sew Easy survey.  There were more than 180 responses – thank you to each and every one of you that took a few minutes away from your sewing room to let me know exactly what you think. The results and feedback were anonymous so you were free to let me know what you really … Continue reading

  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Easy summer dress
  • Sew your own undies
  • Free dress patterns
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns

Drafting ruffle sleeves for the Easy Breezy Blouse

How to draft the cutest of double ruffle sleeves

I am delighted today to be able to introduce to you Diya from the Hobby Harbor.  Diya is one of the pattern testers who sews and checks over every one of the paid-for patterns here, and helps me to make sure they all are a good fit for all sizes, and don’t suffer from mistakes and typos.  For the latest pattern, the Easy Breezy Blouse, she made some variations of her own to add in the cutest of ruffle sleeves and I invited her over to show you how she did it. * * * * * * * * * * Hello So-Sew-easy readers I am Diya, someone who eats , drinks and sleeps Sewing! Doesn’t make sense but its kind of true. I love to design garments and sew them for myself, friends and family, and I am … Continue reading

  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Sew your own undies
  • Free dress patterns
  • Easy summer dress
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Double layer chiffon blouse

Easy Breezy Blouse Pattern

Easy Breezy Blouse with front gathers, bias facing, french seams and super cute!

Summer is coming, I can feel it!  Summer here can be overwhelmingly hot, and I love to wear light and loose clothing, and especially loose around the neck to keep me cool and feel the warm Caribbean breeze on my skin.  This light and breezy blouse pattern is perfect for the warmer weather. Make it in a very nice fabric for a special outdoor dinner, overlooking the sea.  Or just make it light and casual for everyday or even as a light and loose beach cover up.  As with so many clothes, it all depends on the fabric you choose. Features: Available in 5 sizes with bust from 34 to 46 inches (86-117cm) Wide relaxed collar Low cool neckline at the back Front gathers replace darts Slightly shaped but still a relaxed fit No closures needed Ideal for that special … Continue reading