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

Vintage envelope zipper pouch – print your own fabric

Wow, I love this idea. How to print your own fabric in any design you like and great a roject with it. These vintage envelope bags look great!

Here’s the big wrap-up to our Print Your Own Fabric At Home series with a unique sewing project for you. We’ve looked in the earlier articles at: How to print on fabric at home – 4 different ways Printing on fabric – washing and fading Handmade For You Printable Fabric Labels Now it’s time to put everything we’ve learned into creating our own custom sewing projects.  I’ll get you started with this fabric download to create this unique vintage envelope zipper pouch. Vintage envelope zipper pouch You will need: 2 or 3 sheets of pre-treated printable fabric ( I tested these by June Tailor and was very happy with them (Amazon US here and UK here)  Lining fabric, two pieces 9 by 6.5 inches 8 inch zipper (or longer) Optional – ‘Handmade’ printable fabric labels sheet for your designer label Color bubble jet printer … Continue reading

How, when and why to clip seam allowances

Serger Pepper - Clip and notch seam allowances - how to easily sew perfect curves

If you have ever read instructions from a sewing pattern which included any curved seam, you’ve certainly been asked to “clip (or notch) seam allowances”. If they were your first steps in sewing, I bet you stopped a while to figure out what you had to do…  and maybe you’re still there, wondering what you needed to do and why? Go on reading my “how-to clip (and notch)” guide and never skip this important step again! When should you clip your seam allowances? When you’re sewing a concave curve (C-shaped valleys) or inside corners (think welt pockets, a zipper pocket slots, squared necklines…). On a garment, you’ll likely need to clip seam allowances on necklines, facing, armholes, hip pockets: mostly curved seams! Why do you need to clip? To allow fabric’s raw edge to stretch enough to lay flat, without … Continue reading

Pattern of the Month Club and Pattern Bundle Sale

2015 Pattern Collection Bundle Part 1 - 7 sewing patterns, 5 bags, 1 top and 1 skirt

About this time last year I launched the enormously popular Pattern of the Month Club, where members paid a single subscription and received all of the patterns for the year automatically sent to their inboxes as they were released. Lots of you have been asking when it will be launched for 2015 – well it’s not quite ready yet. I want to put together my final ideas for the patterns to work on for the rest of the year and then I’ll let you all know. We may end up with the 2015 Collection Part 1 and then Part 2.  Let’s see … In the meantime, we are 6 months into 2015 so its the perfect time to create a mid-year 2015 pattern bundle. Thank you everyone for your support.  By investing in a paid pattern, you help me keep … Continue reading

Multi-purpose Tech or Tablet Bag Pattern – POTM

Love this tablet bag pattern.. Nice and padded, separate pocket for the tablet, stylish, and a big zipper pocket in back for charger, wallet, etc. This is going everywhere with me!

  Do you own an iPad, tablet, reader, Kindle, small laptop or other mobile computer?  Then you’ll probably want to take it out and about with you and this bag has been especially designed with that in mind.  But even if you don’t have a techie item to carry, its a useful bag with some great pockets and features that you’ll love. Features of the Multi-purpose Tech or Tablet Bag Fits a standard large size tablet or iPad Finished size, approx. 9 inches wide, by 11.5 inches tall, plus strap. Step by step video instructions Easy-sew zipper technique Step by step photo instructions Full video tutorial to show you how to make it every step of the way Skill level – confident beginner More about the Tech Tote The padded tech bag is designed for your tablet or reader, and … Continue reading

Things to sew for eating outdoors – National Picnic Week!

Things to sew for eating outdoors - National picnic week. Make eating out fun and summery.

For my Grandad Douglass, every picnic had to be perfect, more like an outdoor banquet. Plates, cutlery, a set table, a 3 course meal.. meats, salads, potatoes and of course, all the condiments. One day he hiked a 3 mile round trip for ‘salad cream,’ (an English delicacy), as he just couldn’t have his picnic without it.  I feel like I’ve been slipping recently, as I sit on a rock with my apple and a bag of chips! So what can I do about it? Start sewing of course!! With my Grandad in mind here I looked high and low and tried to find all things to sew for eating outdoors – for National Picnic Week which is 13th to 21st June! Wherever your are eating outdoors; in the shade of your homemade garden teepee, or out on the moors, on the forest floor, … Continue reading

Handmade For You Printable Fabric Labels

Printable sheet of 'handmade' labels. Print on fabric at home to create your own deisgner sewing labels.

We’ve looked now at how to print your own fabric at home on your home printer over two earlier articles: How to print on fabric at home – 4 different ways Printing on fabric – washing and fading So now we have the necessary knowledge and equipment on hand, we really ought to put that into practice.  I have an upcoming project for you I think you’ll like, but before we get to that one, let’s start with some labels you can print yourself. Print your own sewing labels If you sew for gifts, or sew for sale, then it’s really nice to include a label in your completed project to show that it was handmade.  We put a lot of care, hard work and love into the things we sew and should be proud of what we make. So … Continue reading

Sewing video for the Swoon Della Wallet Pattern

Full step by step video tutorial on how to make the Della Wallet from Swoon Patterns.

I’ve been sewing up someone else’s bag pattern again this week.  Another from Swoon Patterns.  Did you see my video tutorial from before on how to sew the Glenda Clutch Bag?  This is a great pattern too, give it a try if you are looking for a clutch bag. This week, the Della Wallet pattern.  I like sewing other designers’ patterns.  Gives me an idea of the materials they are using, any techniques I might want to try out, and how they are writing their instructions.  All good tips for improving my own pattern writing skills.  The Della Wallet is no exception, with some interesting ideas to work on. This pattern is described as: ” The Della Wallet Clutch is an ideal accessory, she’s easy to sew and practical enough to use daily. This wallet features 8 credit card slots, 2 … Continue reading

Craftsy pattern drafting classes – exclusive offer

Exclusive discount for 50% off on ALL the Craftsy pattern drafting classes. These are just the best way to learn all aspects of pattern drafting - and all are 50% off here.

So Sew Easy site, the pattern store and the sewing chat group have grown a lot this year.  Things really started to take off when the site won a couple of awards and now there are more readers visiting each week than ever before.  Which is great, because as a team, it gives us a certain ‘bargaining power’. I love to bargain hard with suppliers to try to get you all discounts and specials or prizes for giveaways.  This month, I’ve been working on one of our favorite sewing sites, Craftsy and have come up with a very special exclusive deal I think you will LOVE. I asked the members of our sewing chat group to vote on what classes they were most interested in taking next and reported this list to the Craftsy team, to see what offers they … Continue reading

15 Cutest Free Dress Patterns for Little Girls

15 Cutest Free Girls Dress Patterns

Though I do sew quite a lot for myself and for the little man in my life, to me nothing beats sewing dresses for little girls… These dresses usually take little time to sew, take little fabric and the result is sooo sweet! So, with summer approaching fast – or at least supposed to approach any day now, it’s still cold over here in the Netherlands – I selected the fifteen cutest free dress patterns for little girls. Some of the patterns listed below are full on pdf patterns, such as the Popover Dress by Oliver+S, others, such as the Vintage Heirloom Dress and the Simple Ruffled Sundress, are tutorials, so no pattern pieces are included. However, the tutorials clearly explain what to do and how to create your pattern pieces, so no need to stay away from them. Some … Continue reading

Burda patterns without all the crazy tracing

New Burda Style Flagship Kits - 51 sewing patterns as a single download. Great value for money.

This week I made a sewing first for me – I sewed with chiffon!  Just a simple light and boxy throw-over cover-up style for wearing over my swimsuit or a plain cami.  It’s from a pattern from the Burda Style May Flagship Kit. When I first started out in sewing, I used to be a subscriber to the Burda monthly sewing pattern magazine.  I think the Europe and UK version is monthly, the US version is quarterly.  It’s very trendy, has interesting patterns and styles you won’t find anywhere else and is fun to read. What’s NOT so much fun is the way the patterns are delivered.  There is a large sheet in the center of the magazine that you pull out and that sheet has ALL of the pattern pieces on it for all of the patterns, all laid … Continue reading

Printing on fabric – washing and fading

Printing on fabric at home. How washable is it? How to make the ink stick so you can wash your print at home fabric.

We looked before about how to print on fabric and I carried out a review of 4 different methods. Freezer paper sheets Freezer paper on a roll Ready-made printable fabric sheets Fusible web such as Heat N Bond Check out the earlier article for the review and information on all of the different ways I tried to stiffen the fabric for printing. What settings to use on your printer I tried various different settings on my printer to see if photo or standard printing gave best results.  You may see some tutorials that suggest you use photo print settings, but actually I found that this added too much ink to the fabric, made it too wet and the colors ran and bled into each other a little, making the end result less sharp. The recommendation on the ready-made print sheets … Continue reading

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