Tutorial: Sewing With Ease.

Today I am sharing some tricks I’ve learnt over the years when it come to sewing with ‘Ease’ .

file9271299306706_ kakisky So, what is ‘ease’? …

Put simply, ease is a small extra amount added to the measurement of a pattern.   

In the craft industry, ease isn’t something we need to particularly focus on, especially those of us designing and making things such as soft toys.  However, some pattern templates will naturally have an area where we are left trying to fit two pieces of different lengths  or shape together.

In this tutorial I will show you how to work with ease and some tips on avoiding those annoying tucks and pleats that can happen.

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Click here to see this tutorial …

I believe in sharing knowledge.  We all have different ways of doing things, sometimes it’s something we have been taught and sometimes we have stumbled onto a new way of doing something through trial and error.  That’s why I have started sharing what I’ve learnt with you through these tutorials.  

Are there any other techniques you have trouble with or maybe just curious to see another way of doing something?  If so, let me know by leaving a comment below. 

Happy Sewing :)  

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#Art_Chain Challenge: A Glimpse Of Some Other Creative Adventures

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The 2015 EU VAT Tax & Why I Can No Longer Sell To Customers In The EU …

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Goodbye 2014, you were full of adventure and change.

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Christmas Craft Ideas: — My Top 8 Picks.

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Christmas is fast approaching … again, and we are all thinking about Christmas themed crafts.   A few weeks ago I started a new board on Pinterest to gather some Christmas craft ideas — and there are plenty of them … Continue reading

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New Sewing e-Pattern — ‘Bowling Pin & Ball’

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It’s usually hot in most parts of Australia at Christmas time, some times too hot to play out doors for much of the day. As a parent you are always looking for games and activities to keep younglings occupied without causing too much destruction to the home.
With a set of fabric bowling pins and a fabric ball, you can turn your hallway into your very own bowing ally — and best of all — no stinky bowling shoe ;) Continue reading

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6 Free Soft Toy Patterns

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Amazing Designers: – Melly & Me ~ Fun Fabulous Design

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The number of independent designers is growing every day. And with so much of our shopping for craft supplies being done online, how do you know who is good and who isn’t. No one what’s to spend their hard earned money on something only to discover they aren’t happy with the end product. Independent reviews are one pain free way to check out a new product. Today on my blog I review Melly & Me soft toy patterns. Continue reading

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