• Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Free dress patterns
  • Twist Front Top
  • Easy summer dress
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew your own undies
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt

How to download and print PDF sewing patterns

Tips and a video on how to download, open and print PDF sewing patterns.

As the readership here at So Sew Easy has been increasing, and I’ve got more and more pattern downloads every month, so the number of emails I get asking for advice on how to download and print PDF sewing patterns has also increased.  This also seems to coincide with the increase in mobile devices since Christmas, and so I thought it was about time I shared with you the best way to access the patterns, download and print them. Take a look at the video where I will go through a couple of examples of how to download patterns and open and unzip them, with examples from Facebook, Google Drive, Craftsy, Unzipping, Adobe Reader and printing. Examples used in this video: Easy Cosmetics Bag pattern – Facebook fan-only pattern Wear Everywhere dress – free pattern via Craftsy Where will you … Continue reading

  • Twist Front Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Easy summer dress
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Free dress patterns
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Sew your own undies
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Summer Drape Top

Woven fabric pillow cover for my sewing chair

Woven fabric pillow made from weaving strips of folded fabric. Great scrap buster and so pretty too!

Both at the same time, a couple of my online sewing buddies discovered and shared with me a beautiful woven fabric basket, made entirely from carefully cut and folded fabric strips.  Terry Ann from Atkinson Designs shared how she made some woven baskets from pre-cut strips and immediately we all said – we’ve got to do something with that idea! I’m mostly all about sewing clothes, and the technique didn’t really immediately lend itself to clothing, but an idea did spring to mind.  For some time, I’ve been meaning to sew a small cushion for my sewing chair.  When I sit for a while, with the one leg extended and hunched for hours over my sewing projects, I do get some back ache and wanted to sew a small pillow to go behind me as I sew. Immediately, this seemed … Continue reading

  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Free dress patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Sew your own undies
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Easy summer dress
  • Twist Front Top

Easy quilted potholders – kitchen sewing series

How to make easy quilted potholders. Great beginner project and love the free-form quilting!

In our kitchen sewing series today – an every day essential.  These easy quilted potholders can be used to pick up hot pans and dishes, get trays out of the hot oven, and protect your counters or tables from hot dishes and plates. Mine often gets used as an emergency coaster for a hot mug of coffee too. Materials: You will need: Cotton fabric – two 8 inch squares Ideally – insulated lining such as Insul-Bright Or cotton batting or fleece, even an old towel Bias binding – home made is cute, 1 yard Want to make your own matching or contrast bias binding ?  Take a look at the How to make your own continuous bias binding tutorial. Easy Quilted Potholders Instructions I like to start with my fabric a little larger than the finished size to allow for shifting … Continue reading

  • Free dress patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Sew your own undies
  • Easy summer dress
  • Twist Front Top
  • Double layer chiffon blouse

The Flat Felled Seam Finish

How, where and why to sew a Flat Felled Seam finish. One way to hide your raw edges.

  Looking again today at how to get a nice neat finish on the inside of your projects.  This isn’t one technique that might immediately spring to mind and it’s certainly not right for every project, but if you look closely you’ll be surprised how often you might find it on your store-bought clothes. How can we use the Flat Felled Seam? The places you’ll find the seam give clues to its features.  Looking down right now, I’m wearing a pair of board shorts and the side seams and the central seam running front to back between the legs are both flat felled seams.  It’s generally used on heavy weight fabrics such as jeans and on seams where extra strength is needed. You can often also find it on children’s wear where the seams might undergo a bit more stress … Continue reading

  • Free dress patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Easy summer dress
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Sew your own undies
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Twist Front Top
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern

Turning corners with bias binding

How to turn sharp corners with bias binding

Earlier this month we looked at making bias tape or bias binding (is there a difference?) How to make continuous bias tape and use the Clover bias maker tool How to work out how much a square of fabric will make, or how to decide how big a square you need to start with for any given length – swanky calculator spreadsheet or handy table Now it’s time to start using it.  But oh dear, it’s not as easy as you might think when you start out.  A straight line is fine, but corners – oh my!  I just assumed because it was on the bias and stretchy, that I just would bend it slightly round the corners and that would be fine.  You do not want to see my first attempt – its a sewing nightmare! So after much … Continue reading

  • Free dress patterns
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Easy summer dress
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Sew your own undies
  • Twist Front Top

Sewing Pattern of the Month Club launched

Save money and get to sew a lot! I'll be signing up at So Sew Easy to get a sewing pattern each month.

I asked a little while back what you all thought of a Sewing Pattern of the Month Club. Overall, comments were positive with quite a few saying they would be interested, so the So Sew Easy Pattern of the Month Club goes live today! How it works Every month during 2014, I’ll be releasing a new pattern into the range of paid-for sewing patterns.  There will be a variety of projects on offer and as usual, if you see a pattern you like, you can continue to buy any one of more of the sewing patterns individually.  You can find a list of the currently available patterns in the Pattern Shop. None of that will change. But if you would like several of the patterns, you might find it good value to sign up to the Pattern of the Month … Continue reading

  • Sew your own undies
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Easy summer dress
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Twist Front Top
  • Free dress patterns

Cowl Neck Top Pattern – great wardrobe builder

Cowl Neck Top sewing pattern. Sleeveless, or 3 different sleeve lengths. Got to make at least 5 of these!

  Introducing the Cowl Neck Top Pattern.  What is it about a cowl neck that we all love?  As one of my pattern testers said when I was talking about my various plans for this pattern, “You had me at cowl neck….”  I think this style is just universally flattering for all figure types and shapes. It can look both casual and dressy, flirty or formal, sexy or sassy! This Cowl Neck Top comes with plenty of options to suit every taste and every occasion.  Make it sleeveless in something slinky for a night on the town, or try one of the three different sleeve lengths is a soft jersey for something cozy and casual. Available in 7 sizes with bust ranging from 31 to 46 inches. You can take a sneak peak at how to sew the sleeveless version … Continue reading

  • Twist Front Top
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Free dress patterns
  • Sew your own undies
  • Easy summer dress

Continuous Bias Binding Calculator

Continuous bias binding calculator. Work out how much you will get from a square, or what size square you will need.

  Did you enjoy the tutorial on how to make your own cute bias binding? So now you want to have a go at creating your own.  But how much do you need to make?  What size square will you need to start with.  Or how much will get you from a piece of fabric?  There’s nothing worse than running out of bias binding before you get to the end of your project, so make sure you always have enough with this handy Continuous Bias Binding Calculator.   You know from my background in finance that I love working with numbers and formulas and I’ve already shared a couple of handy spreadsheets to use for pattern drafting, for the pencil skirt pattern and the custom fit leggings. This project is perfect for another spreadsheet, so I’ve made one that works … Continue reading

  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Twist Front Top
  • Easy summer dress
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Free dress patterns
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew your own undies

Free class about Color Theory and Block of the Month

Free class about color theory, and how it applies to fabrics, sewing and quilting. I need to learn more about this!

If there is one thing I find frustrating about sewing, its fabric!  Really!  I buy things I like, solids, print and patterns, but then when I look through my (several) boxes of fabrics, I’m never sure which to put together.  I love to sew bags, and I’d like to sew more for the home, but usually I never actually start – paralyzed by my inability to put the right fabric with the right project, or just to put the right co-ordinating fabrics together. Do those two prints work together?  Which solid should I use as contrast/binding/piping/straps?  Even, what color zipper would work in this bag? I’ve looked at various sites about color theory, mainly as it relates to art or photography and usually never come out of it any the wiser.  Then this year, Craftsy introduced their Block of the … Continue reading

  • Free dress patterns
  • Double layer chiffon blouse
  • Sew a custom fit lined skirt
  • Perfect Wrap Dress - free pattern
  • Summer Drape Top
  • Twist Front Top
  • Easy summer dress
  • Over 100 free skirt patterns
  • Sew your own undies

The Boxy Bag is being taught in school!

Some examples of 'pattern hacks' made to the So Sew Easy Boxy Bag. How would you personalise yours?

Following on from the Scissors Pouch sewing pattern that Marina at Frocks and Frolics designed, I just wanted to tell you a bit about how the Boxy Bag is now being used as a learn-to-sew pattern in her sewing classes in the UK. I was so delighted when Marina asked if she could use my pattern in her sewing classes and I’ve been really interested to follow as her students have used the pattern, made changes and improvements and personalised it in so many different ways. The glorious red ‘heart’ bag above on the right for example, has had the top section increased in height and has extra wide straps.  The cute VW bag has applique on the bottom section and lined wide straps. In this example, the student used a single strap and placed it end to end instead … Continue reading