How I found more time in the sewing room

If you like to sew bags or use fusible interfacing, you NEED to see this about how you can do it so much quicker!

Sewing is a great hobby.  You can pick up a quick project and sew for 10-15 minutes then come back to it tomorrow, next week, even next year.  Or you can sit and sew full-on for the full weekend if you like. Your sewing machine won’t complain it’s tired. Actually, finding the time to sew is the hardest part of sewing I think.  How many of us truly have the time we want to dedicate to our favorite hobby?  How many of us have rushed a project because we don’t have all the time we need, and then made a mistake and had to spend 15 minutes with the seam ripper?  Hands up – me too.  Many times. How I saved time in the sewing room We’ve been following along with a series about sewing tools, looking at whether spending … Continue reading

Boutique Bags Book Review


This is a review of Boutique Bags by Sue Kim. I was provided a review copy of this book from CT Publications so I could check it out and see if it was something that the So Sew Easy readers would like.  I know Deby is a big fan of the projects in this one and also the great section on the tutorials. The book front says Classic Style for Modern Living, 19 projects and 76 bags. That’s a lot of bags, and I found the book really did deliver on that. The book begins with a short Introduction, in which Kim tells us this is her second book. She also tells us this book is fine for the beginner sewist. I agree with her. Most of the projects in this book are geared for beginner sewists, but there is enough … Continue reading

All in a Flap Bag – fold over bag pattern POTM

All in a Flap fold over clutch bag with options for shoulder or wrist strap. Easy to sew, uses very little fabric, instructions for using vinyl/suede etc too.

Introducing a new easy bag pattern this month.  A smart fold over bag that can be used as a clutch bag or with an optional handbag/shoulder strap too, or even make a wrist strap.  It’s very versatile.  Fashionable and practical, fold over for your essentials, but shop too much and unfold for extra space. It doesn’t use too much fabric so if you want to splurge on something really special, this could be the ideal pattern.  Make it in a regular cotton, home decor fabric etc and instructions are also included if you want to use a vinyl/faux leather/thicker suede etc. Features of the All in a Flap fold over bag pattern: Fold over top forms the flap Make in all the same or contrasting fabrics Outer zipper pocket in the back – optional Detachable strap – optional Instructions for … Continue reading

Vote in the British Sewing Awards

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It’s that time of year again when the online world starts to think of its annual ‘award ceremonies’, like the Oscars of the Internet.  Ok, not quite, but its fun to take part in, and always exciting to get a nomination. Last year, the So Sew Easy site won a couple of awards, and this year, I’d love it if our site could reign undefeated and win for a second time. So can I ask for a few minutes of your time? The So Sew Easy site has been nominated in the British Sewing Awards – I’m so honored. Last year we won the best sewing blog category and I’d love to win again. Would you consider voting for us? Prizes just for voting If you are in the UK, you can also win £500 of sewing stuff just for voting … Continue reading

Tool tips- Sewing storage ideas

Ideas to store small sewing tools and supplies. Some are pretty practical, some are pretty nifty and for some, buying a dedicated item does work best.

We’ve been looking at sewing tools recently and asking if you can get better sewing results, save time in the sewing room or just have more fun if you spend more money, or if the budget versions of your favorite tools are ‘good enough’.  Covered so far: Sewing machines Seam rippers Sewing scissors Wonder Clips Sewing storage ideas – small tools and things Today I’m looking at basic sewing room storage for your tools and equipment.  Do you like something custom designed for sewing, or do you keep everything in a big cardboard box and rummage about, or something in between.  Maybe you have a custom designed sewing space with peg boards, or dedicated sewing storage.  Is your storage also a decorative item, and are there practical reasons why spending more is going to get you better organised and save you … Continue reading

Have you tried the “Make It Yours” Clutch Bag

Make it yours Clutch bag - Pienkel for So Sew Easy

Are you a more recent follower of So Sew Easy?  The site has been active nearly 3 years now and with new patterns and projects being added every month, there is now quite a library.  If you’ve not been following since the start, you might have missed some of the great content from previous months and years so do go back and check out: The FREE Patterns page The Sewing Tutorials page The Video tutorials page Make sure to keep on scrolling down to see it all – there is a lot there now to re-discover.  Sometimes there is no need to wait for the next free pattern or project, when there are already so many there you might not have seen before. Nienke spotted the “Make it Yours” clutch bag in the archives and was keen to give it … Continue reading

Vote for your favorite – who made it best?


Wow, such great entries in our sewing contest! A lot of variety, lots of different projects covered, great skills through out. Now is the time for you to vote on your favorites. Take a look through all of the projects listed below and cast your vote. You can cast a total of 3 votes. The three at the close of voting with the greatest number of votes will each win a Craftsy class of their choice. Voting closes on Friday 23rd October at the end of the day. Get more votes for your entry Have you submitted a project? Then tell all of your friends, family, supporters and sewing buddies to come and vote for you. Give them this short link and it will bring them directly to this page: The awesome entries – thank you everyone Note – entries … Continue reading

Win free fabric from the Smuggler’s Daughter

Smugglers Daughter $50 fabric giveaway at So Sew Easy. Open until 1 Nov 2015.

I’m so delighted to be able to offer you some free fabric today, from one of the long time supporters of this site.  The lovely Susan at the Smuggler’s Daughter is offering you the chance to pick fabric of your choice in this giveaway. About the Smuggler’s Daughter I think it’s fair to say that Susan has had an ‘interesting’ life.  Check out her story and why she chose the name for her store on her About page. Don’t stop there though, because her site has many fabric delights to tempt you.  She specialises in top quality designer fabrics for garment sewing. You’ll find all kinds of very fine fabrics on her site that you won’t commonly find elsewhere with new fabrics being offered regularly.  I like how she displays the fabrics on a dress form, so you can see … Continue reading

Such a Sweetie gate-fold bag pattern

This is adorable! Use a beaded or glamorous fabric for an evening bag or a pretty print and lace or beads for a little girls purse.

I’m a sucker for shiny bag hardware.  Any time I see something new, my mind starts to turn over with the possibilities for how to use it and this unusual little piece was no exception.  It’s called an expandable gate-fold purse frame and lends itself perfectly to making a cute little round bag. I started out by making one for the little daughter of a friend, decorated it with lace and ric-rac, and it was so pretty.  When we asked what she was going to keep in her little bag, she replied “All my sweeties” and so the name “Such a Sweetie” bag came about.  It truly is a sweetie too, and looks great as an evening bag, fabulous in a sequin, beaded or embroidered fabric too. Make one in a luxurious silk  with hand beading perhaps? I’ll be delighted to … Continue reading

Show me your sewing success and win a prize!


I’m feeling so inspired by all of the chat and sharing in our sewing chat group that I am really buzzing. I’ve been a little ill and not able to sew for a while so I’ve been enjoying the sewing success of others and I want you to make my day and cheer me up with your own sewing success. So we are having a flash sewing contest! Just now, right out of the blue! Feeling spontaneous. To Enter: Add a photo of yourself below modelling an item you have sewn from any of the So Sew Easy patterns. Any of the free or the paid ones, they all count. Or show me a bag you created from one of my patterns. You’ve probably already got several projects you can share but if you want something new, check out: Free patterns … Continue reading

Tool tips – budget or quality? Wonder Clips

Looking at sewing supplies. Does spending more on our tools get us better sewing results? Today - Wonder Clips!

Next in our series of articles on looking at tools and equipment in the sewing room and asking if buying a better/more expensive/high quality tool will make sewing faster, easier or just more fun.  Can you sew well on a budget or will spending more money make you a better sewer? In earlier articles we looked at: Sewing machine Seam ripper Sewing scissors Today I want to look at one of the miracles in the sewing room and a tool I use all the time – the Wonder Clip.  Should you buy branded or budget? Wonder clips OK, these are a little sewing miracle that make so many jobs just that little bit easier.  I use these all the time, especially in bag making with the thick layers, but also for quilting and binding too.  Any time I don’t want … Continue reading