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

Snowman Pot Holder

Fun snowman pot holder. I love how easy this background is to make - looks much more complicated than it is.

I write a monthly sewing feature over on Little House Living site, and so this is just a quick note to let you know that I have a new tutorial there now for this cute Snowman Pot holder. The backgrounds are made from a Christmas Jelly roll but its also a fun way to use old scraps and trust me, its not as hard as it looks working with those small pieces.  If it was hard, I wouldn’t be doing it! You can make the pot holder, or make it larger to make a placemat or even join several blocks together to make a table runner.  Once you have this simple idea for this background, you’ll be looking for all sorts of ways to use it! Drop on over and take a look.  

Easy felt Christmas tree ornaments – review

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.

So by now you may have already made your Fab Felt Christmas Tree.  But you’ll need to make some matching fab felt Christmas tree ornaments to go with it.  Here you’ll find a great assortment of felt tree ornaments including the easiest ever – I promise! I wrote about these easy to make felt ornaments originally as part of the Christmas in July feature – check out the earlier article about them HERE. Using the downloadable ornament sheets, you can create these pretty and colorful ornaments from plain white felt and some t-shirt transfer sheets.  Simply iron the images onto the white felt, cut around the image, back it with another sheet of plain white felt and stitch around the edge.  You can add a little dimension by filling them with a little polyfil and add on a string or … Continue reading

Fab Felt Holiday projects – Felt Christmas Trees

Easy to make felt Christmas Trees.

Do you remember the review I did of the Fab Felt Holiday Crafts class on Craftsy?  It really does have a whole lot of fun ideas and projects for the festive season and although time is tight for festive sewing, I’m determined to get a couple under my belt this year. Here are the projects covered in the class: Felt tree ornaments – 4 different types of origami inspired ornaments Penguin or Santa wine sleeve Poinsettia brooch or gift topper Felt gingerbread houses Mini Christmas trees Multi-colored festive garland Felted wool slippers I’ve been inspired by one of the projects and plan to work on something later this week.  No idea if it will work out but I’ll share it even if it doesn’t.  Nothing more fun than a felty-failure. But here are a few things that weren’t a failure – … Continue reading

Black Friday Sales – where to shop for sewing deals

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It’s that crazy time of year again, at least for the Americans.  People trampled to death in the streets in the stampede to get the the cheap TVs first.  Or in our case the cheap fabric and sewing deals. If you are on the So Sew Easy newsletter list, already on its way to you this morning is the Black Friday sale newsletter with some deals for you to check out if you would rather shop online than face the endless queues at the shops. If you aren’t on the mailing list – you should be!  All of the new articles on the site are sent out in a summary every Sunday morning for you to check out and read at your leisure.  Then from time to time, actually very rarely, I’ll send out a special email if there is something … Continue reading

The Lucy Tote Bag pattern

The Lucy Tote Bag Pattern.

After the release of the Ultimate Wallet, I’ve been getting lots of requests recently for more bag patterns, and more bag patterns suitable for improving sewers to tackle and try out or learn new skills.  The Lucy Tote Bag pattern is brought to you with those requests in mind. Its a stylish tote bag with a few nice touches I think you’ll like. Features: Zipper top for security Inside slip pockets Flat base Outside zipper pocket Nice handles with rectangle rings and tabs Great pattern to showcase a really nice fabric print Contrast top and lining for a little extra design flair This one has a lot of techniques that will be familiar to you, but you might also try a few new skills along the way such as adding the zipper pocket to the outside, or adding in the top zipper. This … Continue reading

Easy DIY Felt Elf Hat pattern

These easy felt elf hats look fun to make.

When I sat down to make these hats I wanted to make something simple to recreate but something that could easily be customized. These would make the perfect props for Holiday photos or simple handmade favors for a Holiday party!! To make your own elf hat, you will need: Felt (green and red) a length of yarn the same height you want your hat jingle bells (I used red but any color will work) matching thread Needle Scissors Sewing machine How to sew your Felt Elf Hat Pattern 1. Cut between a quarter and a third of a circle out of the green felt (Use your yarn to measure the height you want your hat and to measure the circumference of the head. The circumference of the head will create the distance along the curved edge in the third photo below. Use a … Continue reading

Readers Questions – 6

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Welcome to another Readers Questions.  This is going to be the last in the present format of readers questions for a while because I’m working on something new.  It’s not yet fully ready to be revealed, but I’m hoping it will work better for you all to be able to post your questions more easily and get quicker answers instead of having to wait for this monthly feature. Providing you all participate of course.  :-) So please be generous with your time and advice and help out the So Sew Easy readers with their sewing questions below. Judi asks: My sewing is technically good but my clothes still often look “homemade”. How do I improve the look?  Part of my problem is the fitting because I live alone; I have had to put side zips in dresses because I can … Continue reading

Show Some Flare A-Line Skirt pattern – POTM

A-line skirt pattern. Great pockets and very clear step by step video with lots of tips to get a great fit on this skirt.

I’ve had a request for a skirt with pockets, and something that doesn’t need stretch fabrics, because I know some are still a little reluctant to sew with knits. So I’m happy to oblige this month with a practical a-line skirt pattern, including set-in pockets. Features: Flattering a-line shape Easy to sew – no darts! Lowered waist Set-in pockets – the easy way At the top of the knee as standard, lengthen or shorten as needed. In sizes 34-50 inch hip Video tutorial Great news – this pattern is easy. So long as you can sew a zipper, you can get a great result with this skirt. As usual, there’s a video as well as the step by step photo instruction and I’ll give you all my tips on how to get a good result with the minimum of fuss, including: … Continue reading

Fab Felt Christmas Tree pattern – still time!

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

People come and go all the time here, and with Christmas coming I just wanted to make sure that if you were new to So Sew Easy, that you knew all about the Fab Felt Christmas in July feature I ran earlier this year. I started off the series with this Fab Felt Christmas Tree pattern.  There is sewing and fabric involved, but its a bit more crafty too, so you can get to have fun with cardboard and glue as well as fabric and buttons.  The kids can even get involved and you can make it a family project. It even has magic musical buttons that play Christmas carols.   I really like this mini size.  It’s just perfect for a table centerpiece or for your entry table or hallway.  But mine has been designed especially for a toddler I … Continue reading

I went to a REAL fabric shop – with virtual friends

What it feels like to visit a fabric shop in teh USA when you are used to living on a small island!

I treated myself recently. In a very BIG way. I flew all the way to the good ole’ US of A for a shopping trip and to meet up with some virtual friends I had only ever ‘met’ before online. That’s me above about to burst with excitement and disbelief at all the fabric – a gazillion yards in every conceivable color, fiber and weave. Sigh – shopping heaven.  This is Mary Jo’s in Gastonia.  A fabric shop that’s as big as my town center here. I went to Charlotte, NC and met up with some of my online sewing friends. This is us enjoying a lunch – the coffee shop had more choices for food in one place than I think I can get on the whole island here. And did I want a free cookie with that – … Continue reading

Modern Christmas Tissue Box Cover pattern

Modern Christmas Tissue Box Cover. Simple trees and snow - nothing too kitchsy

Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says again; this time I’m sharing a perfect teacher or neighbor gift with a  festive tissue box cover tutorial. “Christmas tissue box cover” can conjure up mental images of large Santas and sequins but I lean towards a more modern aesthetic. This will be the first season I’m blogging any holiday projects; last year I waited too long to make them, let alone share them! In addition to more tissue box covers, I will be sewing several toy superhero capes & softies this year. I used a standard, vertical Kleenex brand box (sides measuring ’4.5″ X 5.25″‘ and top measuring ’4.5″ X 4.5″‘) so just measure your box if it’s a different brand and add on accordingly. Materials: Wonder Under 1 package White Ric Rac 1/4 yard red cotton fabric Green cotton fabric scraps 1/2 yard medium-weight fusible … Continue reading