Fringed Bath Mat: A Fun and Functional Project

Fringed Bath Mat

I think there must be a giant invisible poodle living in my house.  It is disguised as a teenage girl and she is tiny, with small hands and feet not even 75 pounds and yet, but when she comes out of the bathroom there is a Dracula cloud that follows her.  When the steam disperses, it reveals an unimaginable mess left behind.  I wonder “in horror” how the ceiling, all the walls, toilet paper and every square inch of the bathroom floor could possible get wet?  There’s got to be a giant poodle somewhere, just shaking water absolutely everywhere which is my only explanation. The thing that really gets me though, is the wet floor.  Not only can it be dangerous, but who enjoys walking around with wet socks?  No store-bought bath mat is big enough for this mess, so I have decided to make my … Continue reading

Tips for Testing Fabric Content

testing fabric content

Here’s a quick video on testing fabric content.  Before we get started, please be careful if trying this at home.  In the video, I’ve used relatively large samples so you can easily see what’s happening.  I’m also in a controlled environment and using fabrics I’m confident have not been soaked in anything or that may be overly flammable.  If you’re doing this yourself, use small samples and be very careful.  Adult supervision is essential. Many people are unable to easily detect the presence of synthetic materials like polyester in fabrics.  Milling and weaving processes have been so refined and material properties so improved that it is often next to impossible to tell the difference between all-natural fabrics and synthetics –until it’s too late sometimes and you either already bought the fabric or have made something you really wanted to be natural … Continue reading

Spring Sale at Craftsy – Hurry for 50% off on their top classes

craftsy spring sale

  I know many of our readers are fans of Craftsy.  I certainly am too.  However, while good, their courses can sometimes be expensive.  So, when they put on a good sale, we try to let you all know.  Here’s their current offer: We love a lazy spring afternoon as much as anyone, but we love a crafting afternoon even more! Craftsy put hundreds of their top classes on sale at 50% off –– so you can find the inspiration to keep every day filled with creativity. Hurry, these deals end Saturday! To shop this sale, please click here:

How to Start Your Sewing Side Business + Free Giveaway!

sewing side business

You might be wondering how you can turn your sewing into a side business and start earning money from the sewing skills you’ve learned?  You may have a knack for repairing the kids’ clothes, creating costumes, making alterations and adjustments to clothes that don’t fit quite right. You might be really creative and sew your own clothing or design new ways to sew home decor together. If you’re skilled at sewing and you have a solid sewing machine, you can certainly turn your sewing into a side business and earn some extra cash! Here are 5 key things to think about to turn your sewing into a side business. Figure out what your customer wants to buy Use your skills to create products that you love, but also products that people will want to buy.  You may have a certain skill set … Continue reading

Making 1000 dresses- The Little Dress: A Journey of Hope

Little dress

I am very privileged to share with you a cause that is close to my heart –sewing for charity.  We’ve written about this topic in the past and most recently in our article called Sewing for Charity, Anyone?, but we’ve just been made aware of a story that is truly inspiring.  We’re glad to be able to share this journey of hope with you all. Some people sew and others feel the need to tell the story.  The latter is the case with Vicki Vasilopoulos, an independent film maker whose first film “Men of the Cloth” is an acclaimed portrait of three Italian master tailors in the twilight of their career.  The film was partly funded through PayPal contributions and crowd funding and has gone onto premiere at the largest documentary festival in America and been seen all over the world.  Vicki’s latest work tells … Continue reading

10 Tips for Buying a Sewing Machine

buying sewing machine

For me, buying a sewing machine, is a big decision.   I know it is the same for most of us.  If I buy well, hopefully the new machine will be lifelong investment and even something I can give to my daughter eventually.  However, I also know that if I choose badly, the new machine may be nothing but trouble and something soon discarded.  And who can afford to waste many that way these days?   What-is-more, once I get accustomed to using a machine, it’s a real disappointment when things go wrong and this can set me back days or even weeks on my sewing projects.  Hence we should be extra careful when buying a new one.   Here are few things you need to consider before buying a sewing machine. 1. Choose your features: The type of machine you buy should depend … Continue reading

Bali the Reversible Skirt

reversible skirt

I’ve had so much fun working with Batik fabric since my recent trip to Indonesia.  This is another in the series of projects featuring Batik.  If you missed any of the prior articles, please have a look at The Ancient Art of Batik Printing for an introduction to Batik as well as our first project, a Folded Shopping Bag from Batik Fabric for more background and a neat beginner project.  Given that spring is well and truly on the way now, I thought it would be good to make a tropical-themed skirt for those warm summer evenings out.  I’ve used Batik fabric for both sides of this reversible skirt.  You can, of course, use other fabrics of similar weight and texture, but I like the exotic look of Batik. This is a very pretty reversible skirt, made out of cotton and silk … Continue reading

Simple Headband Project – Now with Video

A Quick And Easy Headband Project in 15 minutes

  You may remember the Quick & Easy Headband Project we posted a few weeks ago. A Quick And Easy Headband Project in 15 minutes. Well, it turns out that a few of our readers struggled a bit with the instructions, so perhaps it wasn’t as easy as we thought.   We had a lot of requests to do a video walking you through the process.  It has taken us a while to to do this one, but it’s finally finished and live on the So Sew Easy Youtube Channel. With the video, I think you will find that the project is indeed quick, easy and most of all FUN!  Please give this simple headband project a try and let me know how you go.  I’d be grateful for your comments either below or on Youtube.  

Easy DIY Curtains – Luxury Curtains Made in a Snap

making curtains the easy way

Hi I’m Frankie, and I’m a self confessed ‘bodge it’ sewer, and today I’d like to share my journey to making easy DIY curtains! I love up-cycling clothes, making alterations, and sewing for the home. I like finding quick and easy projects that reward me right away, because when I’m not sewing, I’m doing yoga. With this small time frame in mind I made curtains. What!? You might be thinking, such a big project, and it sounds technical. Don’t be put off, it was really easy, and the finish, (I think), is pro! So, you must be wondering why I decided to make curtains? Well, I just moved to the country in France and bought a very old house with MASSIVE windows, which are too beautiful to replace, but too drafty to live with! Standard curtains were not long or wide … Continue reading

April Mug Rug – Blue Skies and Sunshine

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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. Spring is finally here so lets celebrate with some fun birds for April. What you will need for one mug rug: Small scraps of fabric for appliqués 1/8 yard of light weight paper backed fusible webbing 6 1/2 x 10 inch piece of fabric for background 6 1/2 x 10 inch piece of fusible fleece 7 1/2 x 11 inch piece of … Continue reading

Top 8 tips for Sewing Faster

Tips for Sewing Faster

People sew for all kinds of reasons. Some, like me, consider sewing as a passionate hobby –which I practice as often as I can. Whereas for others, it can be a means of livelihood or sewing to sell. Whatever the reason you pursue this wonderful hobby, there is nothing wrong in being well organised and getting as much done as possible.  After many years of sewing, I’ve developed some tips for sewing faster.  I’m sure many of you have your own which I hope you will share but first let me share mine with you. Get organised: This might sound silly, but I have figured out that this can create magic. Less the clutter, the faster I am able to finish the work. I make sure that all the essentials like thread, needle and buttons are neatly arranged in small pouches. … Continue reading