Zibbet T-shirt Giveaway Winners Announced

Zibbet Giveaway Winners

We are delighted to announce and congratulate the winners of the Zibbet T-shirt Giveaway which concluded yesterday. You may recall that Zibbet was the sponsor of this recent contest that went along with our article on How to Start Your Sewing Side Business. The folks from Zibbet will be contacting the lucky winners directly to organise the shipment of the prizes.  There was an excellent turnout for this giveaway and it is great to see a winner from Canada as well as two from the USA. Interestingly, based on the names and photos submitted, it would appear that 2 or the 3 winners are men!  It’s really great to see such diversity in our readership.  You may all remember our recent post called For Men Who Love to Sew.  Hopefully this is an indication that our male audience growing strongly! For … Continue reading

Professional sewing labels – the next step for your business

professional sewing labels

Attractive and professional sewing labels and hang tags are essential to creating that polished look and feel for a growing home sewing business.  They are essential in building your brand recognition and value and the more the professional looking, the better. (What are hang tags you might ask? Those are those cardboard tags you find on clothing in stores that show the brand name, price, care instructions, material and other info the potential purchaser might want to know.  These aren’t necessary for everyone, but are pretty important if you want to really look professional.) We’ve written a lot over the years about how to create your own sewing labels.  Just a few weeks ago we published a popular post called Yes! You CAN make professional looking custom sewing labels!.  And while the materials and techniques presented can certainly get you a very presentable … Continue reading

Culottes tutorial for summer time glamour

culottes tutorial

Culottes, one of the most trendy styles of the 50’s and 60’s, are back!  Culottes are flared pants or shorts that can often look like a skirt or a dress when you’re wearing them.  I have been trying to help you build a warm weather wardrobe that is both easy and practical  –and that is easy to make.  Here is another free pattern to add to your collection of projects for the summer. “Culotte” is a French word that means the lower part of a garment or knee breeches.  They have been fashionable since Henry III made them popular at court in France in the latter part of the 1500’s and were worn mostly by the upper class.  Later, in the time leading up to the French revolution in 18th century, the lower classes who wouldn’t have worn culottes became … Continue reading

Baby Kimono Onesie – Free Sewing Pattern and Tutorial

Free Baby Kimono Onesie Sewing Pattern: Make this cute kimono style onesie for your little one or as a lovely baby shower gift.

If you’ve ever dressed a little baby, you’ll know how much they like to wiggle; making it really difficult to put any clothes on them. Any item of clothing which needs to go over the baby’s head, or has lots of fiddly buttons can be especially cumbersome. That’s why I love baby clothes with a front opening, such as this baby kimono onesie. My baby girl, Umi, has been wearing a kimono as her pyjamas ever since she was born. She’s recently grown out of the kimono I bought for her in Japan, so I decided to make my own baby kimono in a bigger size. The Sewing Pattern This baby kimono onesie sewing pattern comes in two sizes, 3-6 and 6-9 months. Umi is 7 months old and she is wearing the 6-9 months size.  Make sure you print the … Continue reading

And the winner is…

fabric contest winner

This week we were delighted to announce the winner of our recent $50 fabric giveaway sponsored by Smuggler’s Daughter. Eva C from Fair Lawn NJ, USA will receive the $50 gift certificate directly from Susan at Smuggler’s Daughter. We had a huge turnout for this contest and we really want to thank everyone for their participation.  In total, we received 4446 entries which is almost exactly 4X the participation we had the last time we ran this free fabric giveaway contest only a year or so ago.  This is a real sign of how quickly the So Sew Easy community is growing. Please stay tuned, we have another exciting giveaway starting shortly!  

The Lost Art of Hand Sewing

hand sewing

Considered as one of the oldest kinds of textile arts, hand sewing started during the Paleolithic Age, when Stone Age people made clothes out of fur and skin.  We published an article recently tracing the origins of sewing back over 25,000 years to the very beginning.  In another of our recent articles examined the sewing revolution and how sewing has changed since the invention of the sewing machine and the ready-to-wear clothing market to the present day. In this article we look at the time in between, when complex and beautiful garments we constructed by hand often over weeks and months of painstaking effort and what of that art still exists today in the form of the Haute Couture fashion industry. Hand sewing became a popular art and craft for thousands of years largely until the invention of the sewing machine in … Continue reading

Easy Tunic

easy tunic

This is a tunic that is so easy to make that you will want to make many in different colors.  This pattern would make a good project for those looking for their first garment. The only slightly tricky part is applying bias tape to the v-neck which is why we’ve created a separate tutorial on that to make sure anyone and everyone can succeed at this project. Last week we had the pleated blouse and many of you asked about elongating the sleeves so the arms will not show as much.  We’ve tried to address that request in this new design.  This tunic has a very loose fit, is very easy to make and easy to wear.  Dress it up or down to be perfect for any occasion. This tunic makes an awesome mini dress if you make it a couple sizes too … Continue reading

Easy way to apply bias tape to a v-neck tutorial

bias tape to a v-neck

Have you ever wanted to apply a bias tape to a v-neck and did not know how?  This quick and easy tutorial will show you how to do this and is appropriate for woven and knit fabrics. This kind of technique can be use when you do not want to sew a collar to your garment, making the garment lighter and easier to style –which is perfect for the warmer days of summer. Materials fabric of your choice bias tape.  I’m using Wrights Double Fold Quilt Binding, 7/8 by 3-Yard, Blue in this tutorial. thread to match your your bias tape sewing machine I am using calico fabric and cotton/poly bias tape for illustration purposes so you can see clearly what I am doing.  However, for better results please match the thread to the bias tape and the bias tape to … Continue reading

Our Perfect Work Dress Featured in the Toronto Star!

perfect work dress

We were so delighted to see the recent article in the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily newspaper, featuring our Perfect for Work Dress free sewing pattern.  You can read the full article HERE. The Toronto Star article tells the story of Tyler Hamilton, a Toronto, Canada-based reporter –and man– who decided to sew a dress for his wife.  She had dared him to do it, but never imagined he’s succeed.  We’re proud to say that with the help of our free Perfect for Work Dress pattern and tutorial, Tyler really created something fantastic for his wife.  Doesn’t she look great!? So Sew Easy has a huge audience in Canada, which represents our third largest market after the US and the UK.  We’re read by almost 40,000 followers each month in Canada and we’re so happy that this reporter is one of them. … Continue reading

May Mug Rug of the Month – Puppies and Kittens!

may mug rug

Everybody loves puppies and kittens, and who wouldn’t? They have big, innocent eyes, ears they have to grow into, and watching them play is such pure joy. Mug rugs remain so popular! For the past couple years they are by far my biggest pattern sellers. This is probably for many reasons. They are super easy to make, they can be made using your favorite techniques (hand or machine), they make great gifts, and they can be decorative as well as functional. Most of all, they are so much fun! I hope you will follow us along here on our Mug Rug of the Month Tutorial. A FUN VARIATION: If you are a cat person, and not a dog person, make two cats, and vice versa for dog lovers. I have one of each, so I am putting one of each … Continue reading

Mother’s Day Sale – 50% Off These Popular Patterns

mothers day sale

Hi Everyone, we rarely do this sort of thing, but given that Mother’s Day is nearly here, we thought what the heck, let’s run a sale on some of our most popular patterns. If you’re still looking for something nice for your mum get it now for 50% off but only until Mother’s Day. We’ve picked a selection of our most popular patterns, a mix of bags and clothing so there is something for everyone.