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

The best free diaper bag patterns

Awesome collection of free diaper bag patterns and tutorials. I'm going to mix and match features to get my perfect diaper bag.

If you’ve been following a while, you’ll remember that I had 3 friends all expecting babies within a few weeks of each other near the end of last year and I went sewing crazy with multiple baby-related sewing projects.  It was fun to sew in nice bright colors and small projects for a change. One thing however I didn’t do especially was a diaper bag – they all got their goodies inside my Carry All Bag instead, which is a good substitute. [Here are some of the earlier sewing for babies projects in case you missed them.  You can find the list and patterns/tutorials here.] So after several readers have suggested it, rather than redesign the Carry All Bag to be a dedicated diaper bag, I thought I’d link you up with some great free diaper bag patterns and tutorials … Continue reading

Sewing the Glenda Clutch Bag from Swoon Patterns

Video tutorial for how to sew the GLENDS Convertible Clutch bag from Swoon Patterns.

{Read all the way to the bottom – there’s a giveaway here too!} I gave myself a break from pattern drafting and sewed up someone else’s pattern this week. Makes a nice change to not have to make 3 or 4 draft versions while I make changes here and there until I’m happy with the final version. Pattern drafting is a long process – I did an article some time back now about the Carry All Bag and what goes on behind the scenes to get a bag from idea to published pattern. Hint- its a lot of work! Plus, by sewing other people’s patterns, I can often pick up new tips and tricks, discover new materials or new ways of doing things that I’d not considered before. This can only help in the development of my own patterns. This … Continue reading

What fabrics do you want to know more about?

Which fabric is which? What fabric would you want to see in your perfect swatch kit?

  I’ve just heard from Fabric Mart that the Knit Fabrics Swatch Kit has almost sold out again, down to single digits. By the time this goes live, it may well be out of stock again. I’m glad so many of you are taking advantage of this great offer and learning more about the different types of knit fabrics. Don’t know what I’m talking about?  Check out the earlier article and video about the Knit Fabric Swatch Kit. So what would you like to know more about next? Fabric Mart have offered to put together another kit to help you out with your online fabric buying, so you can get some samples of fabrics, feel the weight, the thickness, the drape etc and help you determine which fabrics will be just right for which project and pattern. If you could … Continue reading

Different types of interfacing and when to use them

Very useful to see all the different types of interfacing on video so I could really see how they each affected the fabric. I have a better understanding of what does what now.

Whether you sew bags or clothes, from time to time, you’ll need to use an interfacing on your projects and it can often be difficult to choose which one works best with which project. Many sewing patterns usually will make a suggestion, but not list an essential interfacing product, because availability varies so widely that what is available in one area or country, can not be found in another area, making a person in that area reluctant to buy a pattern when the stipulated interfacing can’t be used. So let’s take a look at a few examples today and you can see in the video how they change the structure of the fabric in each case. Comparison of different types of interfacing     Fusible versus Sew in   Fusible interfacing has a fabric ‘glue’ on one side.  You can usually … Continue reading

The Best Free Messenger Bag Patterns

The best free messenger bag patterns

Messenger bags are everywhere these days.  Grown ups, kids, men, and even dolls have a messenger bag.  Large or small, inconspicuous or bright, plain and simple or full of pockets, catches and accessories – the messenger bag allows you to carry exactly what you need everywhere. For the office, school, work, as a lunch bag, on your bike – this really is a versatile style of bag and I’ve put together a round up of some of the best, easiest, most thorough, biggest, smallest and nicest all round messenger bags for you to sew.  And of course they are all free patterns for you to sew. There are so many great inspiring ideas here, you could even mix and match your favorite features and make up a totally unique messenger bag all of your very own with just the pockets, … Continue reading

Pamper your sewing machine: a cleaning tutorial

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Ciao! MammaNene from Serger Pepper here, coming back after the article that helped you choose your first serger and the tutorial for making your own cute padded laptop bag. Today I’m talking to you about two of my favorite topics (but only if sewing-related!): cleaning and maintenance! How to clean your sewing machine As you may know, I try to be a frugal person, refashioning whenever I can, repurposing almost everything (my trash can is almost always empty!). To make thing last, the key is only one: regular maintenance! And this applies to almost everything, starting from your sewing machine and your serger, but also to cutting tools, measuring tools and, generally speaking, your sewing room. I’ll explain you here how I usually clean my sewing machine, since I already talked about serger cleaning routine on OneThimble issue 5 (and you can now read it on SergerPepper). Most of the things I … Continue reading

Easy way to change the colors on your Brother 1034d serger

How to change out the colors on a Brother 1034D serger without rethreading it from scratch. Would work for any serger too.

So you have a new serger and if you are lucky, like mine, it came pre-threaded and tested and ready to use. You are keen to give it a whirl, get practicing with your sergering, but again, like me, you might be nervous about taking out those threads just in case you can’t rethread it again and then you are stuck. Or maybe you just want a quick and easy way to rethread and know that it’s going to work just fine without starting again from scratch. So let’s cheat and rethread our serger the lazy way! We can simply pull through some new threads without taking out the old ones, and then we’ll KNOW that it’s still threaded correctly and can just sew away.      Step by step easy color change for the Brother 1034d serger Snip your … Continue reading

Moved to Tiers Tunic – POTM

Single layer shingle tunic top pattern. Love how this looks in stripes but there are some fun color blog versions here to check out too.

Thanks to Sharon who suggested this style of top based on one she owns and loves. This Moved to Tiers Tunic pattern has 4 layers, tiers or ‘shingles’ and is so versatile. Make it in a fun and funky stripes, or on-trend with color blocking with a different fabric in each tier or just comfy and casual in a solid color.  What about an ombre version with the tiers going from light to dark?  Features: Comfortable relaxed fit in a knit fabric 3 different sleeve lengths Versatile mix and match for the layers Sizes 29 to 45 inch bust Only one layer, no lining layer How about extending and making a dress! By request this time, the pattern is now all black and white to save on colored inks while printing.  I’d love to hear your feedback on whether you … Continue reading

Best fabric shops on Etsy

This page lists exclusive discounts to lots of Etsy fabric shops. I found some new favorites.

What makes a good online fabric shop?  Range of fabrics?  Designers stocked?  Style of designs?  Prices?  Good customer service?  Reasonable shipping? Fast response to enquiries?  Sales and discount codes?  All of the above and more? I’ve always been a big fan of Etsy, both for all the wonderful handcrafted goods, but also increasingly for their supplies.  There are so many awesome fabric sellers doing a good trade on Etsy these days that I wanted to pick out a few I recommend. I wrote to ALL the big fabric sellers on Etsy, told them all about the So Sew Easy site and invited them all to take part in this article, with a link to their store, a picture and a paragraph telling us all about them.  And would you know it – 90% of the fabric shops I contacted didn’t … Continue reading

1034D – Licenced to Serge

Not sure where to start? Feeling the fear? Check out these tips to get started with your new serger.

You must be wondering what happened to my serger I got for Christmas? Well, I’m embarrassed but I just never found the time! I enrolled in the Beginner Serging Class on Craftsy and then never found the time to watch it, and was afraid to make a start without knowing what I was doing. So while hubby was out an an event, I sat down with a big cup of coffee, my manual and my class and tried to put my fear aside. The lovely instructor in the class, Amy, is SUCH a sweetie and she gave me confidence that nothing terrible was going to happen if I just turned it on and pressed the pedal. She was right of course – it just worked. In fact it was absolutely fascinating to watch it work and then I just couldn’t … Continue reading

Wallet kits now available

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Just a quickie today to let you know that after a long break, kits are now available back in the Etsy Shop – Print or Plain. So far, just a small selection. Two different kits for the Super Simple Wallet. The kits include the two co-ordinating fabrics and interfacing. You add your own snap, button or velcro closure of your choice. You can buy the kit on its own, or also buy the kit including the pattern for a reduced price, getting a discount on the pattern if you don’t already have it. Check out the SUPPLIES section of the store. If there is enough interest, I’ll try to build up the range of ready to sew kits available. What other kits would you be interested in buying as a ready to sew set? Just let me know in the … Continue reading