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How to sew an easy padded laptop bag

Padded Laptop Bag Tutorial. Nice and quick and easy but strong too.

Hi SoSewEasy reader! Happy to be here again, after my latest post about your #1 serger’s must have features. I’m Irene and I usually blog at Serger Pepper. Let’s start with a fact: this year I must have been a Good Girl, because Santa decided I deserved a new laptop ;) It is bigger than the old one (which, by the way, was perfect for cooking eggs above the keyboard, since it was getting hotter every single time I turned it on), so now I have an old laptop bag that is too short for it. When I started blogging about sewing, I decided that everything I was going to share, had to be something useful… this is why I’m showing you how to DIY an easy (but cute) padded laptop bag, that you can sew using your laptop (or maybe tablet) … Continue reading

Things to sew for your pets – National Dress Up Your Pet Day

Sewing projects for pets. Lots of both fun and practical ideas here for animal lovers.

14th Jan is National Dress Up Your Pet Day! As you might know, I’m a cat lover.  I have 3 cats, all black and all a little bit crazy in their own way.  Oliver, my 3-legged cat, is often the unintended star of my sewing videos and especially is very fond of quilting. I’m such a sucker for an animal sob-story. Oliver was near to death as a kitten when I found him and hand-reared him back to health at the resort where I worked, only for him to then loose a leg in an accident on the road and he had to come and live with us permanently. His vet bills cost more than my car! Oliver’s full name is Oliver Twist because as a starving kitten he was always asking for more. Panther is a huge black cat who … Continue reading

Last chance to buy the 2014 Pattern of the Month Club

Save money and get to sew a lot! I'll be signing up at So Sew Easy to get a sewing pattern each month.

2014 has now drawn to a close and it’s been an epic year!  A lot of hard work, but a lot of fun and a huge steep learning curve for me as I tried to learn new tricks, improve my sewing skills and try my hand at some pattern designing.  I think it all turned out OK. I managed to meet my target of producing at least one new free and one new paid pattern each month in the year, so even if your budget didn’t allow for paid patterns, I still hope you had plenty to work on in 2014. But all good things eventually come to a close and the 2014 Pattern of the Month Club is now finished.  In the end there were a total of 18 different patterns included for just $35, so a little under … Continue reading

Sewing Bras – Construction and Fit

Learn how to sew a bra, and make it fit you perfectly. Surprisingly easy!

New Year – new resolutions. Do you have any sewing resolutions for this year? I have two – I want to learn how to use my new serger and I want to learn how to sew bras, and make one that actually fits and that I would want to wear (and be seen in!) Now let’s be honest about my sewing – an accurate fit has never been super important to me. Most of us wear ready to wear clothes and get used to how a standard fit we buy off the rack rarely fits us properly as a custom tailored garment would fit. So I’m not too worried about getting the perfect fit when I sew – I’m still new, I forgive myself. But when it comes to a bra, getting it to actually fit is a bit more … Continue reading

National Book Month sewing projects

20+ book-related sewing ideas for National Book Month

Did you know that January was National Book Month and the third full week in January is National Book Week.  Reading is SUCH an important part of life, for personal pleasure and enjoyment, for recreation, for learning, for reference and of course for employment skills and more. Make reading fun!  How about some of these 20+ projects for National Book Month.  From simple book covers, to book marks you can make in minutes and a few more complicated projects too.  I love the idea of a reading pillow that supports the book on your lap. Of course many books are going digital now, much of our reading time is actually spent reading online instead of on paper so there’s a project or two for the digital readers too.  20+ book-related sewing projects to try for National Book Month    

Get Well Soon tissue box cover pattern

Nice idea. Get well soon tissue box cover with pocket for your chap stick, cough drops etc

Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says again; if you’ve already made your modern holiday tissue box cover and are looking for a New Year’s replacement, get ready! I invariably find myself sick each January after all the Christmas gatherings and what better way to suffer through a cold than with a cheery tissue box. It has a shallow pocket to hold tea, chapstick, or some cough drops. I think this would also make a nice ‘new neighbor gift’ – maybe pair it with a set of cheery kitchen scrubbers! I used a standard, vertical Kleenex brand box (sides measuring ’4.5″ X 5.25″‘ and top measuring ’4.5″ X 4.5″‘) so just measure your box if it’s a different brand and add on accordingly. Materials: 1/2 yard cotton fabric 4.5″ of 1/4″ wide elastic 1/2 yard medium-weight, one-sided fusible interfacing Ruler Marking pen/pencil … Continue reading

3 methods for boxing corners on bags

3 different way how to box the corners on a bag. One of these I hadn't seen before.

Take a look at some of the bags you own.  If you are a typical woman, you probably own more than 3, maybe even more than 10.  Bags can be made for all types of purposes, styles and occasions, but generally they are all designed to do the same thing – carry things.  To fulfill their basic function, they will usually have common features such as straps or handles, zips or closures, and pockets. They can be flat like a simple tote bag designed to carry a few light items and perhaps roll or fold up flat, or can be designed where their size and shape fit a certain function, such as the Easy Cosmetics Bag you see here. One common feature that most bags will have is some kind of volume.  Whether this is created with pleats, darts or … Continue reading

Free shrug pattern – Sew A So Simple Shrug

Free sewing pattern for an easy shrug. 1 pattern piece, 3 seams and its done!

The free sewing pattern for January is the Sew A So Simple Shrug – try saying that quickly!  It’s a bit of a tongue-twister.  But honestly, that’s the most difficult part right there. The free shrug pattern looks pretty funky when you look at the pattern.  It’s just one piece and hard to make out what it’s going to become.  But the sewing is really quick and easy and you’ll be carrying this one around with you as Winter turns to Spring. (Soon I hope…) You will need: Stretch knit fabric – 1 yard of 58 inch wide.  (The largest 2 sizes will need just a few inches over 1 yard.) More needed for pattern matching. thread the pattern download To Sew your Free Shrug Pattern It will take me longer to write about how to sew this pattern than … Continue reading

Starting on my second ever quilt – a WIP

Making my 2nd quilt. Cherie Jubilee from a ready made kit. Love the mix of vintage and modern fabrics.

I wasn’t sure if I would ever make another quilt.  My first one had turned out OK despite several trials and errors (especially errors) along the way, but it hadn’t especially been something I wanted to repeat.  Until that is, I gave it away to a friend for a baby shower gift and it melted my heart when she sent me a photo of it ready in the babies room, just waiting for the new arrival. So I’d been keeping my eye open for a beginner design that appealed to me.  Because I can’t get quilting fabrics on the island, I had already decided I would want to buy a ready made kit to make sure I had everything I needed and that all of the fabrics co-ordinated well.  It’s certainly possible to mix and match fabrics to buy online, … Continue reading

White Winter Girl’s Stole Pattern and Tips for Working with Faux Fur

White Winter Girl's Stole and Tips for Working with Faux Fur {{Friends Stitched Together for So Sew Easy}}

Every month, my son’s school has a dress-up day and for December the theme was “Narnia”. My nieces go to the school as well, so I ended up making costumes for the Green Witch, Susan, Peter, the White Witch, and Aslan (you can see them all here). I made a fur stole for the White Witch costume and have a pattern to share with you, as well as some tips for working with faux fur. My niece is six, but this would work for a younger girl by shortening the scarf pieces and for an older girl by lengthening and widening them. You will need: The pattern: Stole Pattern 1/2 yard of faux fur (you will only use half, but you need the length) or another appropriate fabric such as minky or velvet 1/2 yard lining fabric 3″ of cord/ribbon/elastic … Continue reading

Sewing for babies – baby shower gifts to sew

Sewing for babies. Lots of great stuff her for the new arrival, great baby shower gifts to sew.

I’m delighted that the sewing for babies projects I did on the site this year have been so popular.  All 3 friends have now delivered and so my miniature sewing is over for now at least.  Several people have written and suggested I list them all in one easy to find place, so here it is.  I’ve also added on a few of my favorites from other bloggers and listed my Pinterest board too.  Just so you’ll never run out of ideas. If you are expecting a new arrival to your family, or to a friend, or having a grand child, then these make handy baby shower gifts.  Everyone loves something handmade for baby. It shows such a lot of thought and care, and can be personalised too.  So book mark this page because Spring will soon be here and … Continue reading