20 Tips for Etsy Success – and Giveaway

Did you know I had an alter-ego?  There are little hints hidden around the site, which reveal more about my other ‘secret’ activities.  The observant among you might have already noticed that I don’t just sew.  I also run Summer ScentSations – making bath and body products.  And if I suspend modesty for just a minute…I’m pretty damn good at it. My Etsy shop does very well, and I also have a lot of offline sales, local retail sales, features on daily deals sites and wholesale accounts – both locally and international.  You might say that I am an Etsy success story.  So much so, that I no longer have a ‘proper’ job,  I work at home, part-time hours and make my living selling my handmade products.  And I have fun doing it. But it wasn’t always like that – … Continue reading

$50 Amazon card giveaway and more

I love a good giveaway and am delighted to have found some bloggers with which I can team up to offer my readers some great prizes between the hours at the sewing machine.  And today I was fascinated by this offer – not just the ‘meaty’ prizes and the $50 Amazon Card, but there is one thing about this Valentines offer that my husband would LOVE – DRY ICE.  Find out more and click through to the Rafflecopter to enter. Welcome to the “Give Him Some” Giveaway, hosted by Stay a Stay at Home Mom and co-hosted by Mamal Diane and Mom to Bed by 8. Wondering what you should get your hubby this Valentine’s Day? Well, they say that the key to a man’s heart lies in his stomach, so this year, why not give him something unique to … Continue reading

Self drafted halter neck chiffon blouse

So Sew Easy - Easy halter chiffon blouse

[UPDATED – the pattern and tutorial for this blouse is now available HERE.] My regular rummage in the remnants bin this week found a piece of chiffon.  It has a floral pattern and isn’t too big, but it was so light, and the remnants are priced by weight, so this cost just $1.25.  I’m sure it’s supposed to be for sheer curtains or something, but I wanted to give it a try to see what it would be like to sew with.  It’s not only sheer, it’s slippery ! I had seen a halter top on the Burda site, but I can’t get the magazine here, and didn’t fancy paying to download the pattern for something that looked so simple.  So I had a go at drafting something myself.  I wanted it to be very simple (because that’s all I … Continue reading

FREE Video Course – Sewing Machine Feet

Sewing Machine Feet

At last – thank goodness.  Someone to tell me what all those presser feet do and give a really detailed instruction on how, why and when to use them. I was lucky to buy a machine that came with a lot of accessories, but I confess, as a new sewer, not only did I not recognise what these feet were called or what they did,  I had no idea when or how to use them.  But at last I feel I am about to go from complete novice sewer to perhaps beginner level with my sewing now that I have these strange and mysterious things explained. And it’s down to Craftsy again – have I told you how much I LOVE Craftsy – I think I might have mentioned it once or twice 😉     Craftsy says: “You’ll learn … Continue reading

So Sew Easy is moving to a new RSS Email system

Hi to all readers, and especially to those that follow this blog via RSS emails and may be reading this post in an email. The WordPress RSS email does not always send my posts correctly and the layout goes all wonky and the photos sometimes don’t display.  So while the blog and the followers list is quite new, I’ve decided to move away from the WordPress auto-email to the same system with Mail Chimp which seems to do a much better job from my testing and allows me to customise the layout. If you are happy with the RSS emails you receive, then you don’t have to do anything – you will stay on the list and still receive them.  But if you want to ‘upgrade’  then unsubscribe from this email and go to the site at So Sew Easy … Continue reading

Maggie Bag & Sibu Chocolates Giveaway

  We Welcome you to the Maggie Bag and Sibu Omega 7 Chocolates Giveaway The Giveaway is Hosted By Oh! My Heartsie   Thank you to My Co-Hosts For Helping Me To Sponsor | Giveaway Promote | Welcome to My Kitchen | Capris Coupons  | GiaVanne’s Gems |   | To Sew With Love | Sweeping The USA |Mommies Point of View   Participating is Easy, just follow the directions in the Rafflecopter. We Wish You Good Luck!!   Thank you so much to Karen for making it possible for me to offer this giveaway to my readers.  Her reviews of the great prizes are below.  She tells me that she LOVES the Maggie bag she has, and well, we all love chocolates.  To enter – click on the ENTER HERE – a Rafflecopter Giveaway, towards the bottom of the post.   … Continue reading

Nook HD+ Slate Giveaway Event

Blogging isn’t just about me, (at least not all the time), it’s about community.  The sewing community, the blogging community, a community of women, and more.  And as a new blogger I have started to reach out to others in the blogging community to share experiences, ideas and opportunities.  At the moment, I don’t have much to share, but others have been so generous with their time and knowledge that I am overawed. And some very kind bloggers have invited me to take part in one of their team events – a fabulous giveaway.  It’s something I could have never done on my own, and I am so grateful for this opportunity to offer my few readers a chance at a great giveaway. And the prize is fabulous too.  Take a look, visit the sponsors of this great giveaway and enter below on … Continue reading

Poppy skirt – easy elastic waist skirt

Easy elastic waist skirt

I enjoyed the last couple of skirts so much that my idea of elasticated waist skirts had changed – why not?  So I fancied a combination of the elasticated waist from my paper bag skirts, and the a-line pattern I had drawn up for the unfinished skirt (still unfinished).   So I drew up a basic pattern on some paper (probably a bit TOO basic) and cut out two pieces of fabric the same for the front and back of the skirt.  I sewed these up the sides, hemmed along the bottom, finished the top edge and then folded it over just over an inch, and sewed along the bottom leaving a small gap at one of the side seams.  Then I threaded through some 3/4 inch wide elastic for the waist and tried it on for fit.  I marked the elastic where I … Continue reading

Zipper Pouch Tutorial and Gallery

So Sew Easy: Free sewing pattern, zipper pouch tutorial

I made bags – a LOT of bags!  I never knew it could be so easy after struggling along following some of the tutorials I had found online.  Suddenly once I found the right tutorial it was quick, easy and fun. Er em, here are a few of the bags I quickly made….. Of course Craftsy came to my rescue when I wanted to get it right – I might just be in love with Craftsy. And this was one of their FREE classes too.  Bag-Making Basics: Reversible Tote & Zipper Pouch.  I haven’t watched the Reversible Tote sections yet, I jumped straight in with the Zipper Pouch.   There are a total of 6 video lessons, running time a total of 75 minutes, with Kristin Link from Sew Mama Sew. The Zipper Pouch is available in 4 sizes, with a free … Continue reading

More free patterns

So Sew Easy: FREE sewing patterns

I might be dragging behind everyone else, but I’ve just come across a new website with lots of free sewing patterns.  Although the site isn’t actually new – it’s just ‘newly found’ by me.   It’s even called Free Sewing.  I must be a dunce to have missed this one.  There are links to lots of user submitted patterns and tutorials. Enjoy – and if you find any patterns you make up, why not post a comment below with a link to your finished item. Authored by: So Sew Easy  

I drafted and made my own leggings

You can’t turn a street corner without seeing someone in leggings at the moment, and they are everywhere because: leggings are comfortable leggings are versatile they can be worn dressed up or down they can be modest under clothing or figure hugging on their own leggings are perfect for lounging leggings are ideal for exercising they can be plain, fun or funky and lots more reasons I had looked all around for a good way of drafting my own leggings pattern, but when I came across this tutorial video from Cal Patch I knew I had found it ! Starting with a few simple measurements taken on myself and a blank sheet of paper, in just a few minutes I had a custom made-to-measure personal leggings pattern.  And there is only two pieces so they sew up in super quick … Continue reading