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

The Best Free Messenger Bag Patterns

The best free messenger bag patterns

Messenger bags are everywhere these days.  Grown ups, kids, men, and even dolls have a messenger bag.  Large or small, inconspicuous or bright, plain and simple or full of pockets, catches and accessories – the messenger bag allows you to carry exactly what you need everywhere. For the office, school, work, as a lunch bag, on your bike – this really is a versatile style of bag and I’ve put together a round up of some of the best, easiest, most thorough, biggest, smallest and nicest all round messenger bags for you to sew.  And of course they are all free patterns for you to sew. There are so many great inspiring ideas here, you could even mix and match your favorite features and make up a totally unique messenger bag all of your very own with just the pockets, … Continue reading

Pamper your sewing machine: a cleaning tutorial

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Ciao! MammaNene from Serger Pepper here, coming back after the article that helped you choose your first serger and the tutorial for making your own cute padded laptop bag. Today I’m talking to you about two of my favorite topics (but only if sewing-related!): cleaning and maintenance! How to clean your sewing machine As you may know, I try to be a frugal person, refashioning whenever I can, repurposing almost everything (my trash can is almost always empty!). To make thing last, the key is only one: regular maintenance! And this applies to almost everything, starting from your sewing machine and your serger, but also to cutting tools, measuring tools and, generally speaking, your sewing room. I’ll explain you here how I usually clean my sewing machine, since I already talked about serger cleaning routine on OneThimble issue 5 (and you can now read it on SergerPepper). Most of the things I … Continue reading

Easy way to change the colors on your Brother 1034d serger

How to change out the colors on a Brother 1034D serger without rethreading it from scratch. Would work for any serger too.

So you have a new serger and if you are lucky, like mine, it came pre-threaded and tested and ready to use. You are keen to give it a whirl, get practicing with your sergering, but again, like me, you might be nervous about taking out those threads just in case you can’t rethread it again and then you are stuck. Or maybe you just want a quick and easy way to rethread and know that it’s going to work just fine without starting again from scratch. So let’s cheat and rethread our serger the lazy way! We can simply pull through some new threads without taking out the old ones, and then we’ll KNOW that it’s still threaded correctly and can just sew away.      Step by step easy color change for the Brother 1034d serger Snip your … Continue reading

Moved to Tiers Tunic – POTM

Single layer shingle tunic top pattern. Love how this looks in stripes but there are some fun color blog versions here to check out too.

Thanks to Sharon who suggested this style of top based on one she owns and loves. This Moved to Tiers Tunic pattern has 4 layers, tiers or ‘shingles’ and is so versatile. Make it in a fun and funky stripes, or on-trend with color blocking with a different fabric in each tier or just comfy and casual in a solid color.  What about an ombre version with the tiers going from light to dark?  Features: Comfortable relaxed fit in a knit fabric 3 different sleeve lengths Versatile mix and match for the layers Sizes 29 to 45 inch bust Only one layer, no lining layer How about extending and making a dress! By request this time, the pattern is now all black and white to save on colored inks while printing.  I’d love to hear your feedback on whether you … Continue reading

Best fabric shops on Etsy

This page lists exclusive discounts to lots of Etsy fabric shops. I found some new favorites.

What makes a good online fabric shop?  Range of fabrics?  Designers stocked?  Style of designs?  Prices?  Good customer service?  Reasonable shipping? Fast response to enquiries?  Sales and discount codes?  All of the above and more? I’ve always been a big fan of Etsy, both for all the wonderful handcrafted goods, but also increasingly for their supplies.  There are so many awesome fabric sellers doing a good trade on Etsy these days that I wanted to pick out a few I recommend. I wrote to ALL the big fabric sellers on Etsy, told them all about the So Sew Easy site and invited them all to take part in this article, with a link to their store, a picture and a paragraph telling us all about them.  And would you know it – 90% of the fabric shops I contacted didn’t … Continue reading

1034D – Licenced to Serge

Not sure where to start? Feeling the fear? Check out these tips to get started with your new serger.

You must be wondering what happened to my serger I got for Christmas? Well, I’m embarrassed but I just never found the time! I enrolled in the Beginner Serging Class on Craftsy and then never found the time to watch it, and was afraid to make a start without knowing what I was doing. So while hubby was out an an event, I sat down with a big cup of coffee, my manual and my class and tried to put my fear aside. The lovely instructor in the class, Amy, is SUCH a sweetie and she gave me confidence that nothing terrible was going to happen if I just turned it on and pressed the pedal. She was right of course – it just worked. In fact it was absolutely fascinating to watch it work and then I just couldn’t … Continue reading

Wallet kits now available

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Just a quickie today to let you know that after a long break, kits are now available back in the Etsy Shop – Print or Plain. So far, just a small selection. Two different kits for the Super Simple Wallet. The kits include the two co-ordinating fabrics and interfacing. You add your own snap, button or velcro closure of your choice. You can buy the kit on its own, or also buy the kit including the pattern for a reduced price, getting a discount on the pattern if you don’t already have it. Check out the SUPPLIES section of the store. If there is enough interest, I’ll try to build up the range of ready to sew kits available. What other kits would you be interested in buying as a ready to sew set? Just let me know in the … Continue reading

Make your guy a credit card wallet

How to sew a card wallet for your man and use 'manly' style hardware so he'll actually love it. On my to do list for Fathers Day.

Hubby and I were chatting to some friends about my sewing and the site here, and they asked him what I sewed for him. He gave it some thought for a moment, and I sat a bit puzzled for a while and between us we could only remember the two things – the waterproof coaster and the can cozy. Hmm, he was actually a little bit disappointed. I’ve offered before to try to copy a pair of his favorite shorts that are falling apart, but he’s right, we don’t have the correct fabric for them.  Other than that – nothing.  I felt bad. So I made him a little something as a surprise.  He has a lot of plastic cards for various things.  He usually carries just one or two in his wallet and uses those, but a nice card … Continue reading

We did it!

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This week I had not one but two pieces of great news. The So Sew Easy site won not one but two awards – I was 100% astonished and delighted and want to thank everyone for the nominations and votes. Great news number 1 First, a recent one you’ll all probably remember,  The Craftsy Blogger Awards.  I’m excited to report that So Sew Easy was the winner in the Best Sewing Tutorials category.   All of the votes and your lovely comments on this awards contest were completely overwhelming and gave me a lump in the throat several times.  My hubby knew it was important to me and when I told him the site had won I don’t think I had seen him happier!  He was so delighted for me, and I want to give you all a very big THANK … Continue reading

Free crossover top pattern – with a difference!

Great beginner video tutorial on pattern hacking. How to take a basic t-shirt pattern and create this top, knowing it will fit you.

As you know, every month I like to offer up a new free sewing pattern. But so many people have been asking me recently about how I make the patterns, how they can make their own, and how they can adjust patterns to fit them better or slightly change the style, that I thought a change was in order for this month. So the free pattern for February is one you already have, and might already have downloaded and sewn.  What?  Stay with me, because we are going to do something very interesting this month that will change one pattern into something completely different. Why learn more about sewing patterns? Understanding how a pattern works, how it is created and can be manipulated is a really important skill for sewing your own clothes. It helps you take a simple pattern … Continue reading

Quick and Simple Valentine’s Baby Bibs

Quick and easy project for Valentines Day. Made in a flash.

Keeping on with the seasonal baby theme I started at Christmas, I designed some simple Valentine’s baby bibs. If you don’t have a baby to sew for, you can use the silhouettes for a multitude of other projects! Might make a cute t-shirt too! To make your own Valentine’s baby bib, you will need: The Pattern a couple large scraps of flannel (I used red and grey) – or other soft fabric a small scrap of pink satin fabric matching thread freezer paper (optional) scissors sewing machine How to sew a Valentine’s baby bib [Note: for more photos of each of the steps, check out the Christmas bib tutorial too!] Cut two of the baby bib (mirrored). Note: seam allowance is not included in the pattern. Cut around the pattern, including your desired seam allowance. I used 1/4 inch. Choose your applique and cut it from your desired … Continue reading