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

Scrappy Valentine’s Day Pincushion

Heart pincushion. I like that its a larger size.

February brings lots of red, pink, and hearts! Stephanie from Swoodson Says here, and I have a quick, easy, scrappy Valentine’s Day pincushion tutorial for you. If you’re looking for another idea, I also have a heart-shaped hand warmer tutorial on my blog that uses upcycled wool. This pincushion is on the large side, so it won’t slide down in between the couch cushions, and you can use the tiniest of scraps for the inset patchwork. You could also fill it with dried lavendar as a sachet! Supplies 1/4 yard of main body fabric, woven cotton 10 1″ strips of scraps for inset Poly-fill stuffing Hand sewing needle & thread Iron Heart Pincushion Template  Steps Cut 3 pincushion body pieces, 6″ X 7″ & 10 strips 1″ X 5″ for the inset. Cut the heart template out from the print-out … Continue reading

Back in stock – the Knit Fabrics Swatch Kit

Stretch fabric swatch kit - at last I can see and feel what all these knit fabrics are like so I know which one to choose for my project. Great idea.

  It seems the Knit Fabric Swatch Kit from Fabric Mart was really popular because 100 of them went in next to no time! I’m so happy that so many of you got the kit and will be well on your way to picking the best knit fabrics for your projects in future. But some of you did miss out and emailed me about it and I’m pleased to say that I have persuaded Fabric Mart to make another batch. If you missed out the first time, they are now back in stock here – KNIT FABRIC SWATCH KIT The price is $4.99 or if you place an order for $50 or more at the same time, you can add the kit to your cart, then enter code SWATCH when you check out to see the $4.99 removed from your … Continue reading

What do you want to learn in 2015?

What sewing skills do you want to learn in 2015? Answer the sewing poll and make sure to get your topics covered.

I’m working on my schedule for the upcoming months.  I like to have a plan rather than just bumble along especially because if I have a goal in mind and it seems too hard, I’ll put it off if I don’t set myself a target date for it. So we’ve already had the polls and the results so far this year for: Sewing Videos – Awesome or Evil? What Craftsy Class Should I Review Next? Results HERE.   I’ve got lots of things I want to master.  Right off I’m still working on sewing bras and want to perfect the fit, and create a new wardrobe of perfect underwear.  Here’s bra number 1 and bra number 2 so far. And that serger – I’m so embaressed.  I posted the video of me opening it on Christmas Day and I admit … Continue reading

My second attempt at a bra – fitting

Review of the Craftsy Class on Bra Making, Construction and Fit. Adding lace and working on the perfect fit.

So I made a bra from following along with the Bra Making: Construction and Fitting Class on Craftsy.  It looked amazing and I was SO happy with how it came together.  But no matter what it looks like, it only really works if it actually fits.  Did it fit?  No.  Sadly not.  It was actually a pretty good fit in most places, but the cups were far too small and I had some top overspill as well as feeling constrained.  It felt like my boobs were being pushed flat. [Read part 1 of my class review and more about my first bra sewing experience here.] The neckline edge of the cups was also too tight.  I almost always have this in store bras too and think I must be fuller in the upper chest than ‘average’ which is probably why … Continue reading

The results are in – Sewing Videos – Awesome or Evil

What do you think of sewing videos? Great idea? Terrible idea? Boring? Depends on who makes them..?

A little while back I asked your opinion about sewing videos. not just the ones I make, but in general. When you are sewing a project, whether its a bag, something for the home or an item of clothing, in what format do you like the instructions. Let’s take a look at the results: Well, first it was reassuring to see that no one picked the last option and said the videos were rubbish.  Phew, I wasn’t sure! It looks like most people would want at least the written instructions with step by step photos.  The majority wanted both, the written with photos and the video.  Comments were all lovely and so supportive.  Thank you everyone for your feedback.  It really helps me keep on track and plan out my content for the coming year. Due to the time constraints … Continue reading

Valentines Kissing Fish Mug Rug Tutorial

Love this - so cute! I'll be making some for a wedding anniversary gift, but nice for Valentines too

Hi there! Amy from Friends Stitched Together, back with a new tutorial and a little confession: I’ve never been a huge fan of Valentine’s Day – I’m not really the flowers-and-chocolate type! This year though, I thought I’d challenge myself a little and come up with a tutorial for a holiday I’m not really into. The fish are made with tiny amounts of fabric, so it’s a great scrap buster! For two mug rugs, or one set, you’ll need: The Kissing Fish Mug Rug downloadable pattern 1/4 yard main fabric for the fishbowl. You could use a contrast for the back if you prefer. Small scraps (OR 1/8 yard of fabric each) for the body, tails, lips, and fins. You can mix and match as much as you want with this – I like to use at least two different … Continue reading

The Jewelry Purse pattern video tutorial

Jewelry purse for home or travel. Has a place for everything and all explained in the video tutorial.

It was all a big rush to get the Jewelry Purse Pattern out in early December because I knew lots of you would want the chance to sew it for Christmas presents. Phew, did you go crazy in December with handmade gifts?  I’m telling myself not again this year, but I’ll probably forget the stress of the last minute sewing rush and decide to do it again anyway.  I’m pleased that everything I made was well-received. Things have had time to settle down a bit now and I’m ready with the long-awaited video tutorial to go with this pattern. So if you didn’t get the pattern because it didn’t have a video – problem solved. Here is a reminder of the pattern details. Features: Finished size closed – 8.5 inches by 6 inches Ring holder, earring holder, 2 hangers for chains, zipper … Continue reading

Where to buy Bra-Making Supplies

Big list if suppliers for bra making and lingerie, fabrics, patterns and other materials

(Image credit – all images from Bra Makers Supply)   I recently posted about my first ever bra I’ve sewn following after watching the Bra Making class on Craftsy – you can read about it here if you missed it. Both here and on Facebook, people asked about where they could buy these specialist supplies, in the US and elsewhere because you don’t often find everything you need in your local sewing shop. I can’t get what I need here on Cayman at all – well, my local shop does sell bra underwires but only in one size , and it’s not mine. They also sell replacement hooks and things for bra repair but not really all the supplies you need if you are going to sew your own from scratch. So enjoy my extensive online research and hopefully somewhere … Continue reading

The last time I ask for your help

Last time

The end of 2014 and the start of 2015 has been really busy with various awards of one type or another.  Every time, So Sew Easy has been successful in reaching the finals of the voting thanks entirely to the nominations you all send in. Ones that I can just think of recently off the top of my head include the Burda Top Sewing Blogger Awards (for which the results were never announced!), Craftsy Favorite Sewing Pattern (made the final 4 with the Wrap Dress), and The British Sewing Awards (made the final 4). You have always supported me with your time and effort and I’m very appreciative.  But the So Sew Easy site is quite small and new, doesn’t have that many followers and so when it comes to voting, naturally the ‘bigger’ sites with their thousands of followers … Continue reading

Fun and easy sewing projects for kids

30 + fun and easy sewing projects for kids of all ages. I'm going to teach my niece some of these.

Looking for fun and easy projects for teaching kids to sew?  In many parts of the world its the winter months, and not so much fun to go outdoors, so enjoy some indoor activities with the kids and share with them your love of sewing. If you are introducing a younger person to sewing, you’ll need bright projects that will attract their interest and keep their attention, while not taking days to complete or boredom will soon set in. If it’s something that they can use, show off or give as a gift at the end even better! So I’ve put together a few ideas for easy projects for kids of all ages, from simple lacing cards for the very young ones, to felt and hand-sewing projects, and those that require a bit more skill for tweens and teens. [Right … Continue reading

Free Bag Pattern – the Ruffled and Ready Bag

Easy to sew free bag pattern. The frame can be removed to use in other bags too so you can make lots of different covers and swap them out.

Do you remember the Made in a Snap Bag pattern? It’s a cute little purse but it is small, designed as a bag for your essentials. What if you need a little more room, have a lot of ‘essentials’ or just prefer something in a different style? Well, the purse frame on the Made in a Snap Bag is completely removable, so it makes great sense to make several covers in different styles and fabrics. Here is the Ruffled and Ready Bag using exactly the same purse frame – looks completely different and has a flat bottom with more volume so you can carry more ‘stuff’. Good news – its simple to sew.  No closures, zips, snaps etc – just sew the fabric bag and slide in the frame.  The frame snaps closed and has a place to even add a chain … Continue reading