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

Opening my new Christmas Present

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  Merry Christmas everyone.  Just a quick hello from me today because I’ll be far too busy trying to save my reputation and not become a laughing stock across the internet. Yup, here I am on Christmas morning opening the box on my new serger.  Honestly, it’s painful to watch.  I am such a dunce and have no idea what to expect.  Still, who cares.  It’s real life and unscripted as they say.  If you want a giggle, watch me make a complete idiot of myself on camera when I try to show you around my new serger and bits of it fall off and it becomes completely apparent that I have no idea what I’m talking about. We all have to start somewhere! I look very happy until I undo the box and then I look utterly bewildered by … Continue reading

Piggie Pacifier Clip tutorial

Cute idea for a Piggie pacifier clip holder. These are so simple, great baby gift.

Oink! Stephanie from Swoodson Says here, I’m sharing a quick and easy pig pacifier clip tutorial today. My son never took to a pacifier very well but I know when he carries things around, the last place I want them to end up is left in a shopping cart or on the floor! The felt piggie adds a special touch and could be swapped out for any other animal face. I never pass up a chance to add an animal when sewing for babies — if you’re looking for more ideas, check out my list of Free Softie Patterns + Matching Kids’ Books. I want to be clear – use caution when sewing things for little ones! If safety is a concern, you could alternately use velcro for both closures instead of sewing and using the KAM snaps. Make sure … Continue reading

What class should I review next?

Which class next

In the last big sale on Craftsy I really stocked up on classes and have a LOT now – over 50 in total across all sorts of subjects.  The prices were just too good to miss.  I’ve already started on the Bra Making, Construction and Fit class, but wondered about the others. Sometimes I like to do a review of a class when I watch it and share what I learn. So I wondered which classes I should do next, let you know what I think of them and write more in detail about what they cover. Here are the reviews I’ve done so far: Sewing with knits (25% off) – Complete review Sew the Perfect Fit (20% off) – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 Design your Own Handbag (just $19.99)- Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 … Continue reading

Christmas Baby Bib

Christmas Baby Bibs to sew includes bib pattern and 2 appliques.

I had a lot of fun with this project! I prepared a pattern to make your own bib complete with two different appliques. If you don’t have a baby to sew for, you can use the silhouettes for a multitude of other projects! I think I might make a shirt for my little one with the reindeer. I just love how cute it turned out! To make your own Christmas baby bib, you will need: The Pattern – DOWNLOAD FROM HERE a large scrap of Christmas fabric a large scrap of soft fabric (I used flannel for the back of the snowman and a minky fabric for the back of the reindeer) a small scrap of black fabric a small scrap of red fabric (if sewing the reindeer) matching thread freezer paper (optional) scissors sewing machine How to sew a Christmas … Continue reading

Twist Front Dress Pattern – POTM

Love this twist on the front of this dress. Flattering and yet its easy to sew. (Video)

Classy, classic, elegant, refined.  Not words you could use to describe every dress, but this twist front dress pattern really does suit those words.  You’ll look a knockout in this dress, whether you choose a solid or a small print.  Introducing the ‘In a Twist’ Dress pattern, Pattern of the Month for December. With a higher neckline in the front and a more dramatic lowered neckline at the back, this dress is a good-looker from every direction.  Worried that it looks complicated to sew?  The pattern testing team thought so too until they tried it!  It’s deceptively easy and there is a video to take you through the sewing on this dress every step of the way. Features: Interesting twist detail at the waist Creates interest and diagonal lines across the center of the body to shape and create a waist … Continue reading

Made in a Snap – easy bag pattern

I've never seen this type of easy bag pattern before. Love those handles!

This is the Made in a Snap Bag – and its a quick and easy bag pattern and the latest in the ‘My First Bag’ series.  It’s a good bag for beginners to bag-making, although it can be just a little bit tricky in one place, but if you are careful, you can do a good job on this one. What’s special about this bag – well I’ll tell you.  See that metal frame – it’s removable.  Which means that you make up several different bags and you can swap them in and out to match your outfit but they all use the same frame.  Of course you can buy several frames and not bother to switch up the cover too.  It’s good either way. To sew the Made in a Snap easy bag pattern Materials: 6 inch half-round purse frame – … Continue reading

Introducing the new sewing forum

Come and chat about sewing and get your questions answered in this new sewing forum.

Do you remember in the last Readers Questions that I said it would be the last one for a while because I was working on something new?  Well that something new has been a lot of work and took me longer to get off the ground than I was thinking, but it’s here now and I think it’s going to be awesome!   Introducing a sewing room of our very own.  The new forum and chat room – tah dah!     Features of the new sewing forum It’s private – only for members, so you can feel free to chat and share without it showing up all over your Facebook wall etc. It’s going to be full of people who love sewing, quilting and fabric arts so you’ll always find someone with the same interests as you You can … Continue reading

How to shop for knit fabrics online

Stretch fabric swatch kit - at last I can see and feel what all these knit fabrics are like so I know which one to choose for my project. Great idea.

Sorry – this knit fabric swatch kit is currently out of stock.  Fabric Mart are working on cutting another batch and I will remove this notice when its ready for purchase.  Pin or bookmark this page and check back. Do you ever shop for fabrics online?  What about shopping for knit and stretch fabrics?  Are you confident in where and how to shop for knit fabrics online, and how to make sure you are using the right kind of fabric for your project? I came to sewing only recently so naturally when I wanted to sew clothes,  I wanted to emulate the types of clothes already in my wardrobe, and these days most of them are stretch in some way or another.  I think some of that has to do with the expanding nature of my body in the last … Continue reading

Must have features for your first serger

Must have features for your first serger - and those you can do without. Great tips if you are thinking of getting one.

Hi there! I’m Irene and I usually blog at Serger Pepper; today I’m here sharing with you all I know about one of my favorite topics: sergers! Yes, I’ll do my best helping you choosing your first serger (or overlocker, depending on where you come from)… aren’t you excited? I am! Let me start saying that the perfect model does not exist! It’s all relative! Read what you should consider before you start evaluating the models/features: What is a serger sewing machine? Maybe you already know what a serger is/does, maybe not: let’s define it! A serger is a fast sewing machine that produces professionally finished seams because it trims away seam allowances and encases raw edges with an overcast stitch…. wow! Can you guess how much it reduces the boring time spent trimming and zig-zagging seam allowances? One step does everything! Do I really … Continue reading

Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouches for Christmas

Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouches - pretty much everyone I know will be getting one of these as a gift this year. Addictive free pattern!

If you are fairly new to following along at So Sew Easy, then you might have missed this project from some time back so I thought you’d like to see what I’ve been sewing. I’ve been busily sewing away these teeny tiny zipper pouches for stocking stuffers and for handy gifts for hubby to give to some of his colleagues.  They work in the sun all day, in and out of the water working as diving instructors and these little pouches are ideal.  They can hang them off their bag and have easy access to their lip balm, sun block and lunch money while keeping the rest of the stuff in their bag dry. I use mine on my key ring and its ideal to keep my lip balm and a few bank notes for when I pop out to … Continue reading

Wonky Stars Christmas Mug Rug

Wow, love this Wonky Stars Christmas Mug Rug. Pretty idea.

It’s me, Laura from CraftyHour again! I’m here today with a tutorial one of my favourite small projects, a mug rug. This one is a Christmas-themed one, but you could use another colour palette and make it for any occasion. The Wonky Star block was the first quilt block I was really interested in two years ago – I made a quilt with 6″ and 12″ wonky stars as one of my first quilted projects. Materials: Scraps of coordinating fabrics – I used a few prints from the Holiday Cheer line by Jan Shade Beach Coordinating fabric strip for binding White or other solid background Small scrap of batting Backing fabric Embroidery floss in coordinating colours How to sew your Wonky Stars Christmas Mug Rug The finished dimensions of this little mug rug are 4.5″ x 6.5″. It’s based on a 1″x1″ grid (finished squares), so … Continue reading