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Fab Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments – part 4

3 fab felt and fabric Christmas ornaments to sew.

Once more, fab sewing bloggers are helping me out during my break with these brand new tutorials written just for you.  Looking for something quick and cute to sew?  Then get your pins and needles ready, and sew in good time for the holidays this year with these Christmas Tree Ornament ideas. Thanks to all the bloggers taking part so far and those still to come.  Ajaire from Call Ajaire Heather from The Sewing Loft Hannah from Made with Hugs and Kisses Thanks for following along.  Please do visit each of the bloggers and check out their tutorials.  PIN for later and by the time the end of the year comes, you’ll be all ready and organised in good time.  Why not make up your own board for Christmas sewing ideas, and follow mine below. Follow Deby’s board Christmas Sewing … Continue reading

New feature – readers questions


In the recent Readers Survey, there were a lot of comments made, questions asked and areas of interest raised.  Far, far more than I can cover here.  You all clearly have a very wide range of sewing interests from sewing vintage styles to sewing for men, to sewing very specific types of clothing, and more. I love that!  I wish I could truly cover everything that you were all interested in.  But it’s simply just not possible unless I write something everyday, for years.  But between us, and especially between all of you – there are decades of sewing experience.  I bet there isn’t a sewing question, dilemma or problem that someone reading this couldn’t answer.

Fab Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments – part 3

4 great tutorials for felt Christmas ornaments to make

It’s never too soon to start planning for the festive season, especially if you plan a lot of handmade decorations, hand-sewn gifts and a center piece like the Fab Felt Christmas Tree. Each of these four bloggers has created a fabulous felt Christmas Ornament tutorial just for you as part of the Christmas in July series.  Do visit them all, and make an early start or PIN for later on in the year.  Start saving your scraps of felt and fabric and check out these great tutorials. Cori at Let’s Eat Grandpa Linda at Night Owl Corner Kate at Candidly Kate Gina at Party of Eight Our Story   We’ll all be contributing to a Christmas Sewing Pinterest Board as well, sharing our favorite ideas for Christmas.  It might be a little quiet there now, but do follow along and you’ll … Continue reading

Fab Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments – part 2

4 great fabric and felt Christmas Tree Ornament tutorials

While my vacation continues amid the Caribbean sunshine, our Christmas in July feature continues with more amazing fabric and felt ornament tutorials written just for you. Remember to follow through to see the tutorial from each of the individual bloggers and PIN them for later. Emily from Nap-Time Creations Chelsea from GYCT Designs Simmi from Grace’s Favours Becky from Patchwork Posse   Make your own Fab Felt Christmas Tree Need a Christmas Tree to hang your ornaments?  Did you see the Fab Felt Tree Pattern you can make?  Ideal size for a table centerpiece or for toddlers. That’s it for today, but Christmas in July continues soon with more great ornament tutorials, and more great sewing bloggers to discover. Authored by: Deby at So Sew Easy

Fab Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments – part 1

4 fab felt Christmas Ornaments to sew, all with tutorials.

  The holiday/vacation season is here and I’ll be taking a little break for some sunshine , scuba diving and boating here in the Caribbean so I’ve invited some other awesome bloggers to share with you their Christmas in July ideas while I soak up the sun and put my sewing machine in for a much needed rest. Over the next few days, watch out for some great Felt and Fabric Christmas Ornament ideas.  If you like to get an early start on the Festive season, get ordering your holiday fabrics now – please check out the generous fabric shops that advertise on this site where you’ll find everything you need.  See the listings lower down in the sidebar. Featured today in our Christmas in July features are these wonderful tutorials from : Pam from Threading My Way Marti from Sewlicious … Continue reading

Easy felt Christmas tree ornaments pack

Genius idea for how to make quick and easy felt ornaments for the tree. These come in 2 sizes, mini and regular. Great for kids.

To accompany the Felt Christmas Tree I shared with you yesterday, today the easiest set of felt tree ornaments ever!  It’s totally cheating and the minimum of effort, but they make great mini felt ornaments which are a perfect size for your felt tree, and totally toddler safe too. Each of these mini ornaments is just 2 inches tall and you don’t need to collect lots of colors of felt or cut out lots of teeny tiny felt shapes to make them.  Let me show you how to create a whole bunch of ‘cheater’ felt ornaments for your toddler’s tree. Materials: White felt An iron Some string, cord or very thin ribbon An inkjet printer Iron-on transfer paper The So Sew Easy felt ornaments pack Optional – Polyfill Have you ever used this iron-on transfer paper before?  It’s genius!  I … Continue reading

Christmas in July – Fab Felt Christmas Tree

I'm in love with this felt Christmas Tree! Too cute and you should see the ornaments too!

When my husband saw me gradually assembling and sewing what looked like a Christmas tree in late May, he was rather confused. He knows I like to be organised, but even he thought that was a bit early.  I tried to explain about Christmas in July, but he’s never heard of it.  We’re from the UK and its not a term you’d hear there – is it just the US?  You can read more about the origins of Christmas in July at Wikipedia. Not to be deterred by his Scrooge impressions, I’ve made the cutest Christmas Tree.  What do you think?  It’s the perfect size to go on an entry table or use as a table centerpiece, although I designed it initially with toddlers in mind, so they could safely decorate their own Christmas Tree. I even included magic buttons … Continue reading

Sharing on Saturday – time to win

Win sewing prizes every month with So Sew Easy's Share on Saturday

It’s a bit of a change up this month in the Win on Wednesday, now moved to Share on Saturday.  You share something with me, usually your opinion or comment and I’ll share something with you – hopefully cool sewing prizes. Usually I’ll offer a prize that needs to be posted and have to restrict where it can be sent, so this time to make it available to readers all over the world, I’ve decided to make it a pattern giveaway instead. Normally our monthly contests require you to make a comment on Facebook, but not everyone likes Facebook, and it’s been difficult to find an alternative that’s easy to use.  This poll promises that you don’t need to use a social profile to enter, so let me know how to you get on .  I’m hoping it will work … Continue reading

Make it Yours – the winning bags

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

Thank you to everyone who voted in the Make It Yours Contest.  It’s time to announce the winners. Blogger Category The winner is number 5 – Gosia from As I Sew who sewed this awesome fox bag.  She had to work out how to piece together the fabric and how then to turn the bag once she had made her design.   It was a close run thing right through to the end and a special mention goes to Georgia at I Believe I Can Sew for her great Owl bag.  Seems you all like bags in the shape of animals. You’ll be hearing more from Gosia, because she’ll be writing a guest post here in the near future and we’ll be collaborating on a bag pattern – I’m fascinated to learn more about her ideas. Readers Category The winner with the … Continue reading

Gathered Summer Skirt – free skirt pattern

How to sew a pretty and easy tiered and gathered skirt.

Well, it took me a while, but it’s here at last.  Do you remember I wrote a while back about a skirt I wore during the Cayman Islands first ever sewing meet up?  Robin suggested I should sew a skirt like the one I was wearing, and immediately I knew it was a great idea and got to work. Introducing the Gathered Summer Skirt.  Sizing given for sizes 34-52 inch hips, all should fit on less than 1.5 yards of fabric. Summer is here at last.  For some of us it lasts longer than others, but whether it’s a trip to the beach, a picnic, shopping with the girls or a day sailing, you’ll still need to look cute and summery. The design for this skirt was copied from a Ready To Wear skirt I already owned and loved.  I … Continue reading

Two Become One – free t-shirt dress pattern

Free dress pattern. I love how this dress can be made to look like a t-shirt and skirt with belt, or how you can make it to look like a regular dress.

Need a comfy every day dress?  One that looks good no matter where you go, and one that can take on the look of separates or be sewn in the same fabric throughout?  Then the Two Become One Dress is for you. I became fascinated with this style of dress just recently.  I love the casual look, like a t-shirt and a skirt, but without the fuss of having to make sure both matching pieces are clean and ironed at the same time (lazy I know).  Now I can just grab it off the hanger, slip it over my head and rush on out – anywhere.  Of course, you can also make it throughout in the same fabric so it looks more like an obvious dress if you like and I think that would look great too – I’d really … Continue reading