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Readers Questions – part 1


Welcome to the first ever Readers Questions.  A place to share all those decades of sewing knowledge and experience. Please give advice in the comments.  It’s OK to add a link to a relevant article on your own site or someone else’s if that helps. If you have a burning sewing question that needs an answer from the readers, you can use this page to Submit Your Sewing Question. TARA ASKS: What is the best way to transfer a stitchery pattern onto fabric, other then using a light box. Something like transfer paper, iron on pen etc? Thanks MASON ASKS: I have a question about my sewing machine. I have been very happy with a Singer Touch and Sew 626.  The machine was built around 1966.  I have not had any problems with it until just recently.  The machine won’t … Continue reading

Fab Felt Christmas – series wrap up and what’s coming next

Everything you need for a fab felt Christmas. Felt Christmas Tree and lots of links to ornament tutorials.

Well, it’s been fun but our Christmas in July feature has now come to an end.  I’ve been enjoying a wonderful vacation away from the computer (mostly) and want to give a great big THANK YOU to all the wonderful bloggers who contributed unique felt and fabric ornament tutorials for you while I was away. Let’s have a quick recap in case you missed any of them.  See something you like?  Click on the picture to find out more and go to the tutorial. Fab Felt Christmas Tree So we started off with my tutorial for the Fab Felt Tree.  A bit of a departure from just sewing and a bit of simple crafting with cardboard involved to make this fun tree for your home, or for the kids to play with. Easiest Ever Felt Ornaments Then I completely cheated … Continue reading

Fab Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments – part 5

6 fab felt and fabric Christmas ornaments to sew.

To round off the wonderful blogging guests who have taken part in this Christmas in July series, today a total of 6 sewing bloggers share with your their tutorials for fab felt and fabric Christmas ornaments.  These tutorials are all new, all written just for you and the Christmas in July series. From simple to sophisticated, you’ll be sure to find a tutorial here you’ll want to pin and save for later.  Some of the examples today could easily be sewn by children, with a little help.  Why not sit and sew together? Stephanie at The Tip Toe Fairy Ren at The Inspired Wren  Wendi and Shiny Happy World Karin at Leigh Laurel Studios Remona at The Stitching Scientist Palak and Make It Handmade   Don’t forget to pin these tutorials so you can find them later, and follow the … Continue reading

Gathering Apron – free pattern

Gathering apron

My monthly sewing contribution to Little House Living is this gathering apron.  What’s a gathering apron?  I had the same question when I was asked to design one. Basically it’s an apron you wear out in the garden to allow you to collect produce.  This one keeps your hands free because the whole apron it one big pocket, so you can pick and carry your fruit and veg. Great for putting the washing out too because you can keep your pegs/clothes pins in the big pocket for easy access.  Find the free gathering apron pattern over at Little House Living. Thank you to Penelope for being my model.

Fab Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments – part 4

3 fab felt and fabric Christmas ornaments to sew.

Once more, fab sewing bloggers are helping me out during my break with these brand new tutorials written just for you.  Looking for something quick and cute to sew?  Then get your pins and needles ready, and sew in good time for the holidays this year with these Christmas Tree Ornament ideas. Thanks to all the bloggers taking part so far and those still to come.  Ajaire from Call Ajaire Heather from The Sewing Loft Hannah from Made with Hugs and Kisses Thanks for following along.  Please do visit each of the bloggers and check out their tutorials.  PIN for later and by the time the end of the year comes, you’ll be all ready and organised in good time.  Why not make up your own board for Christmas sewing ideas, and follow mine below. Follow Deby’s board Christmas Sewing … Continue reading

New feature – readers questions


In the recent Readers Survey, there were a lot of comments made, questions asked and areas of interest raised.  Far, far more than I can cover here.  You all clearly have a very wide range of sewing interests from sewing vintage styles to sewing for men, to sewing very specific types of clothing, and more. I love that!  I wish I could truly cover everything that you were all interested in.  But it’s simply just not possible unless I write something everyday, for years.  But between us, and especially between all of you – there are decades of sewing experience.  I bet there isn’t a sewing question, dilemma or problem that someone reading this couldn’t answer.

Fab Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments – part 3

4 great tutorials for felt Christmas ornaments to make

It’s never too soon to start planning for the festive season, especially if you plan a lot of handmade decorations, hand-sewn gifts and a center piece like the Fab Felt Christmas Tree. Each of these four bloggers has created a fabulous felt Christmas Ornament tutorial just for you as part of the Christmas in July series.  Do visit them all, and make an early start or PIN for later on in the year.  Start saving your scraps of felt and fabric and check out these great tutorials. Cori at Let’s Eat Grandpa Linda at Night Owl Corner Kate at Candidly Kate Gina at Party of Eight Our Story   We’ll all be contributing to a Christmas Sewing Pinterest Board as well, sharing our favorite ideas for Christmas.  It might be a little quiet there now, but do follow along and you’ll … Continue reading

Fab Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments – part 2

4 great fabric and felt Christmas Tree Ornament tutorials

While my vacation continues amid the Caribbean sunshine, our Christmas in July feature continues with more amazing fabric and felt ornament tutorials written just for you. Remember to follow through to see the tutorial from each of the individual bloggers and PIN them for later. Emily from Nap-Time Creations Chelsea from GYCT Designs Simmi from Grace’s Favours Becky from Patchwork Posse   Make your own Fab Felt Christmas Tree Need a Christmas Tree to hang your ornaments?  Did you see the Fab Felt Tree Pattern you can make?  Ideal size for a table centerpiece or for toddlers. That’s it for today, but Christmas in July continues soon with more great ornament tutorials, and more great sewing bloggers to discover. Authored by: Deby at So Sew Easy

Fab Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments – part 1

4 fab felt Christmas Ornaments to sew, all with tutorials.

  The holiday/vacation season is here and I’ll be taking a little break for some sunshine , scuba diving and boating here in the Caribbean so I’ve invited some other awesome bloggers to share with you their Christmas in July ideas while I soak up the sun and put my sewing machine in for a much needed rest. Over the next few days, watch out for some great Felt and Fabric Christmas Ornament ideas.  If you like to get an early start on the Festive season, get ordering your holiday fabrics now – please check out the generous fabric shops that advertise on this site where you’ll find everything you need.  See the listings lower down in the sidebar. Featured today in our Christmas in July features are these wonderful tutorials from : Pam from Threading My Way Marti from Sewlicious … Continue reading

Easy felt Christmas tree ornaments pack

Genius idea for how to make quick and easy felt ornaments for the tree. These come in 2 sizes, mini and regular. Great for kids.

To accompany the Felt Christmas Tree I shared with you yesterday, today the easiest set of felt tree ornaments ever!  It’s totally cheating and the minimum of effort, but they make great mini felt ornaments which are a perfect size for your felt tree, and totally toddler safe too. Each of these mini ornaments is just 2 inches tall and you don’t need to collect lots of colors of felt or cut out lots of teeny tiny felt shapes to make them.  Let me show you how to create a whole bunch of ‘cheater’ felt ornaments for your toddler’s tree. Materials: White felt An iron Some string, cord or very thin ribbon An inkjet printer Iron-on transfer paper The So Sew Easy felt ornaments pack Optional – Polyfill Have you ever used this iron-on transfer paper before?  It’s genius!  I … Continue reading

Christmas in July – Fab Felt Christmas Tree

I'm in love with this felt Christmas Tree! Too cute and you should see the ornaments too!

When my husband saw me gradually assembling and sewing what looked like a Christmas tree in late May, he was rather confused. He knows I like to be organised, but even he thought that was a bit early.  I tried to explain about Christmas in July, but he’s never heard of it.  We’re from the UK and its not a term you’d hear there – is it just the US?  You can read more about the origins of Christmas in July at Wikipedia. Not to be deterred by his Scrooge impressions, I’ve made the cutest Christmas Tree.  What do you think?  It’s the perfect size to go on an entry table or use as a table centerpiece, although I designed it initially with toddlers in mind, so they could safely decorate their own Christmas Tree. I even included magic buttons … Continue reading