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Sewing for Mothers Day

Mothers Day

Was it your mother who taught you how to sew?  Or a grandmother?  If so, they gave you a precious gift of knowledge that makes every day better and will be with you forever.  Perhaps one day you’ll pass on that knowledge to your own daughter or grand daughter. The day will soon be upon us when we celebrate the special relationship we have with our mother and I think making something handmade is the perfect way to say thank you and show you care.  A handmade gift takes time, thought and an investment greater than simply popping out to the shops to buy some flowers or a box of chocolates. Show your mum/mom you care with these handmade goodies to create with fabric. Sewing for Mothers Day

The Turned Under Seam Finish

One of the simplest ways to create a neat finish on the inside of your projects and ideal for beginners

Continuing on in the series about how to sew seams, for those of us without a serger. Today, a simple one suitable for lots of applications and one I remember being taught in school a long, long time ago.  Even if you have the simplest of sewing machines that only does a straight stitch, you can still get a neat result with this seam.  I’ve seen this called either the Turned Under Seam Finish or a Clean Finish seam. If you have a stable fabric that holds a crease well, this easy finish creates a nice neat look on the inside with minimal fuss and fancy stitching.  Raw edges are protected and hidden.  1.  Sew your seam as usual. 2.  Press seam open. 3.  Turn under raw edges 1/4 of an inch and press again neatly. 4.  Try to make … Continue reading

Use bias tape for a neckline or arm hole facing

Bias tape facings

  Do you have garments you’ve either made or bought that have facings?  How do you like them?  Some of mine seem to work well, others are too big, floppy, irritating, show through to the right side, or just keep getting in the way somehow.    So how do you finish the edge of a neckline or armhole without facings or doing a full lining? Have you come across sewing patterns that tell you to simply fold over the raw edge to the inside and stitch in place, either on the neckline or armhole?  That’s fine with knit fabrics that stretch, but on wovens – really!  How is that going to work then, when you have to turn the shorter edge in and make it lie flat against a longer edge? Well, I can tell you that it just doesn’t … Continue reading

Make It Yours Entries and reminder


Entries are starting to arrive for the Make It Yours Clutch Bag Contest.  Are you already sewing?  Better start if you haven’t already, as all entries are due in by the end of May. Larissa from Australia has submitted this fabulous bag made from the most unusual materials: “This clutch is made from pages out of a book, foil, vliseofix and felt. The fabric is created first by layering strips of paper next to each other, layered then with painted vliseofix and sewn together. The flower feature was freeform machine embroidery over the pages, cut out and attached to the front. The inside is lined with felt.” The prizes Here’s the fun stuff you could win just for sewing the ‘Make it Yours’ Clutch bag! Bloggers Prizes 3 months side bar advertising on So Sew Easy in a 125×125 spot, … Continue reading

Carry-All Bag Pattern with pockets galore!

Carry All Bag

Need a new bag?  Silly question – of course we all need more bags and this one is practical and versatile.  You’re probably already familiar with this bag design as it featured in the recent post ‘How a Sewing Pattern is Born‘.  A lot of work and testing went into this pattern and I think you’ll love all the versions made by the pattern testing group. Not too big, not too small – just right!  This Carry-All Bag might be just right to carry everything you need to the gym, as a carry-on bag for travelling or even for an overnight stay.  There are lots of pockets both inside and out so you can quickly and easily keep everything organised and to hand without having to rummage about. A wide zipper top makes loading and unloading the bag a breeze … Continue reading

Design your own Handbag – class review pt 1

Review of the Craftsy class Design your own Handbag. Plus 50% off the class through So Sew Easy.

Did you see the world’s ugliest bag I made?  Yep, that’s what still happens around here from time to time.  Most of my sewing disasters are hidden carefully away and never see the light of day, the outside world or the pages of the site.  I still blame it on my husband for what he did with the lime green paint!  (You’ll have to read the earlier post to find out.) It was the terrible waste of time and fabric on this bag that prompted me to sign up for the Craftsy Design your own Handbag class and I thought some of you may be interested to learn more about what the class covers and what I am learning. You can also get this class at 50% off – see below. Class review – part 1 Let’s start off right … Continue reading

Teeny Tiny Mini Zipper Pouch Keyring

Teeny tiny zipper pouch, coin purse or add to your key ring.

I’m taking the Craftsy Class, Design your Own Handbag, so I’m all about bags this month, and we’ll go from this Teeny Tiny Mini bag for your key ring, through the handy ‘Make It Yours’ clutch bag pattern and all the way up to the Carry All Bag to be released later this month. Sometimes you don’t need a big bag.  Just something small enough to take a lip balm and a few notes and coins.  I made this tiny bag to keep on my key ring and thought you might like one too.  Uses just a tiny amount of fabric, so its a great scrap buster project. Features: Finished size – about 3.5 long, 1.25 inches tall and 2.25 inches wide Easy to scale pattern if you want a larger size Super cute! Great scrap buster – uses small … Continue reading

Win on Wednesday – Spring Placemats

Template and directions to make this Spring Mug Rug or placemat.

It’s time for another Win on Wednesday!  Up for grabs today, a set of 2 of my Spring mug rugs/placemats. All you need to do to enter, is to LIKE the Facebook page, and then leave a comment on the Win On Wednesday Facebook post that went live today. One person will be selected at random on Friday at 8am. The question this time - Just leave a comment on the FB contest and let me know what sort of tutorials and patterns you would like to see on the site in the future. I’m keen to feature the kind of projects you are interested in. See you there. p.s.  For readers who don’t have Facebook, I’ll try to think of an alternative so you can enter too…coming later.   Full terms and conditions: Facebook contests are open for 48 hours. … Continue reading

How a sewing pattern is born

The process of designing and publishing a sewing pattern from concept to release.

Over the last few months I’ve had several readers write and ask about how I design and produce my sewing patterns.  I thought it might be interesting to see how a pattern is developed right from the early stages of first idea through to pattern development, testing and the production of the samples.  So here goes – from conception to birth of a sewing pattern. Stage 1 – inspiration and conception How does a pattern design start?  For me, it often comes from considering what I personally want to wear or make.  A LOT of time and materials go into developing a pattern and if it wasn’t something I was personally interested in, I would quickly loose interest. Inspiration can come from several sources.  Obviously for a lot of crafters, inspiration comes from Pinterest.  That’s why we collect all of … Continue reading

‘Make it Yours’ Sewing Contest Opens

Make It Yours clutch bag sewing contest on So Sew Easy. 3 categories with lots of fun sewing prizes. Sew a bag and win!

‘Make it Yours’ Sewing Contest Open 1st April 2014 to 30th May 2014. Have you downloaded the ‘Make it Yours’ Clutch Bag pattern? While it’s entirely optional, you might like to consider entering your completed bag into the ‘Make it Yours’ sewing contest – there are prizes to be won! All you need to do is sew the bag using the pattern supplied, but give it your own touches.  Change the size, add pockets, embellishments, a strap, hardware, handles, embroidery, decorations – anything which sets your bag apart from the rest and makes it your own design. Then submit a photo of your completed bag along with a few personal details to So Sew Easy before 30th May 2014 (link to the form later in this document).  All bags submitted by 30th May will be showcased on the site and … Continue reading

‘Make it Yours’ One Piece Clutch Bag Pattern and SEWING CONTEST

'Make it Yours' clutch bag. Free pattern with ideas for how to customise the bag to make it yours.

A simple one piece only pattern that folds ingeniously while sewn to create a basic clutch purse.  Pattern available in two slightly different sizes.  Make the purse plain with some top stitching around the flap, add some piping, add decorations, ribbon, flowers or embroidery to the flap or body of the bag.  Add internal pockets or a strap.  It’s all up to you – make the bag and then Make it Yours with this free clutch bag pattern! The ‘Make it Yours’ Sewing Contest is also launched today.  Find out more at the bottom of this post about how you can win some great prizes just for sewing this bag! Features: Uses just one pattern piece Super quick to sew Simple design Two sizes Magnetic snap closure Make it yours – add your own design features Bag sizing - The small … Continue reading