Easy DIY Curtains – Luxury Curtains Made in a Snap

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Hi I’m Frankie, and I’m a self confessed ‘bodge it’ sewer, and today I’d like to share my journey to making easy DIY curtains! I love up-cycling clothes, making alterations, and sewing for the home. I like finding quick and easy projects that reward me right away, because when I’m not sewing, I’m doing yoga. With this small time frame in mind I made curtains. What!? You might be thinking, such a big project, and it sounds technical. Don’t be put off, it was really easy, and the finish, (I think), is pro! So, you must be wondering why I decided to make curtains? Well, I just moved to the country in France and bought a very old house with MASSIVE windows, which are too beautiful to replace, but too drafty to live with! Standard curtains were not long or wide … Continue reading

April Mug Rug – Blue Skies and Sunshine

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Mug rugs remain so popular! For the past couple years they are by far my biggest pattern sellers. This is probably for many reasons. They are super easy to make, they can be made using your favorite techniques (hand or machine), they make great gifts, and they can be decorative as well as functional. Most of all, they are so much fun! I hope you will follow us along here on our Mug Rug of the Month Tutorial. Spring is finally here so lets celebrate with some fun birds for April. What you will need for one mug rug: Small scraps of fabric for appliqués 1/8 yard of light weight paper backed fusible webbing 6 1/2 x 10 inch piece of fabric for background 6 1/2 x 10 inch piece of fusible fleece 7 1/2 x 11 inch piece of … Continue reading

Top 8 tips for Sewing Faster

Tips for Sewing Faster

People sew for all kinds of reasons. Some, like me, consider sewing as a passionate hobby –which I practice as often as I can. Whereas for others, it can be a means of livelihood or sewing to sell. Whatever the reason you pursue this wonderful hobby, there is nothing wrong in being well organised and getting as much done as possible.  After many years of sewing, I’ve developed some tips for sewing faster.  I’m sure many of you have your own which I hope you will share but first let me share mine with you. Get organised: This might sound silly, but I have figured out that this can create magic. Less the clutter, the faster I am able to finish the work. I make sure that all the essentials like thread, needle and buttons are neatly arranged in small pouches. … Continue reading

Folded Shopping Bag from Batik Fabric

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Here’s a fun Batik project– a folded shopping bag.  The project is simple and should take you about 30 minutes to an hour while the end product is extremely versatile.  I purchased a small treasure of Batik fabrics on my trip and would like to show you a few away to use Batik as accessories, clothing, and home decoration.  We will start with this super easy folded shopping bag that will turn into a flat pouch small enough that you can put handbag.  It will make the perfect gift for a friend on Mother’s Day or addition to your Etsy store. via GIPHY In our last article we talked about the ancient art of Batik Printing Technique, The Ancient Art of Batik Printing Technique If you’d like to make this from real Batik fabric, we’ve found a wonderful supplier in … Continue reading

Sewing for Your Cat – Lovely Sewing Projects for Your Feline Friends

Sewing for your cat

Looking to jump-start your creativity? Sewing for pets can be so rewarding and we have a bunch of lovely cat sewing projects to prove it. Treat your cats like royalty with these sewing for your cat projects! These sewing projects for cats can’t help but make you and your pet smile. Free animal sewing patterns don’t often look this good! Give these easy sewing projects a try and you’ll have a cat that’s dressed for success. Every step in these tutorials purr-fectly explains how to make pretty and useful stuff for your cat, so when you are through, you’re gonna have a stylish sewing project for your cat and a very happy furry friend. These sewing for your cat projects make fantastic gifts for your feline friend too! Hover over the picture to show the title, click to open, or right click and … Continue reading

Sewing with Stretchy Knits

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For many sewists, working with the stretchy knit fabric for the first time can be daunting, but moving forward, many soon learn to love knits because of the elasticity and texture. Knits are also wrinkle resistant and comfortable to wear. The word knit is derived from “knot” and it originates from the Dutch word “knutten”. While knitting is the method that uses two or more needles to loop wool or yarn into a series of interconnected loops to produce knit fabrics or garments. It became popular in 1916 when Coco Chanel used knit fabric in her famous suits. Soon thereafter, knits became the fabric of choice for sportswear. Today, knit fabric is popularly used for sweaters, clingy dresses, cashmere turtlenecks, coats and various other knit wear. So what should we keep in mind when we sew using knit fabric? It is … Continue reading

The Sewing Revolution

Sewing Revolution

Sewing back then When ready-to-wear clothes were not yet popularly available, generations of women learned how to sew for home and hearth.  And they usually started stitching when they were still at their mother’s knees.  Others learned sewing from their home-economics and 4-H club teachers, but unfortunately this practice has been done away with some years ago.  And during the height of the feminist movement in the 70’s, many women stayed away from the sewing machine as an act of protest.  While we certainly don’t support any of the negative stereotypes, you have to ask how a skill that makes you more independent and self-sufficient should be seen as a negative.. photo credit: 1957 Simplicity Fashion Layout, with Singer & TV Star Gisèle MacKenzie, Sew for Spring in Rainbow Colors (2 pages, full color) via photopin (license) Sewing in the 1990’s It … Continue reading

British Sewing Awards 2015 – You Did It Again!

British Sewing Awards

We had some terrific news recently which we’d like to share it with you.  Thanks to the fantastic support of our readers, the So Sew Easy site has won the British Sewing Awards 2015 Award for Best Sewing Blog.  This is the second year in a row that we have won this award and we owe it all to the support of our loyal readers. A HUGE THANK YOU everyone.  It was all down to you and your votes.  To win, we had to overcome some significant competition.  We were truly astonished and delighted to again receive the award and want to thank everyone for their nominations and votes. Many readers may not be familiar with this contest which has been running for a long time.  Nominations were months ago now and the voting was open for months too.  So although … Continue reading

The Ancient Art of Batik Printing Technique

The Ancient Art of Batik Printing

We have come to Bandung, Indonesia with a group of friends with all our children (5-17 years old), on our yearly charity volunteer trip.  We support a school for children with multiple handicaps with financial and material contributions as well as, on our yearly visit, painting, cleaning and general repairs around the school.  Over the years, we have found the effort to be enormously worthwhile. Once the work has been done, I have taken a detour to seek out and write about the ancient art of Batik printing technique and the artists who practice it.  I’ve really loved Batik for a long time, so I was really looking forward to this opportunity to learn how it’s made directly from the source and then to share this wonderful process with you all.  We’re going to be doing a series of articles involving … Continue reading

Springtime sewing projects

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Bored of grey and black? It’s April already and time to look for bright prints, flowers and color for your springtime sewing projects. Anything to brighten your house and your life after the long and gloomy long winter. Flowers are poking through the ground and so why not celebrate with a flowery top or bag to add to your collection! I’ve been looking around the internet to see what everyone has been up to and I’ve tried to bring you the most clear and easy to follow tutorials, packed full of color and joy for springtime sewing. Anything for the children? Of course! As well as felt projects and little trinkets you could sew together for Easter, there are lovely things you could sew for your little ones, such as that darling sun hat, or applique t-shirt! Maybe you are … Continue reading

And the Queen of Button Collections is…

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A couple of weeks ago, we ran a contest as part of our article which was all about buttons and how to choose the right button for the right project.  Most sewists understand the importance of having the right button for the job –whether the requirement is for the physical size and shape to close a garment opening effectively or to match an existing set of buttons.   To be property prepared for any, if not all requirements, many sewists maintain large button collections often with elaborate organizational processes. At The Button of Things The contest was to share a photo of your stash of buttons and we were going to select the most impressive button collection from amongst the entrants.  However, we were really overwhelmed by the responses and we have been unable to select a single winner.  While I have a … Continue reading