Showing posts with label tutorial. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tutorial. Show all posts

6.06.2014

Girls Bow Back Tank Top TUTORIAL

 
 I've been trying to work through my fabric stash and in the process, make some new clothes for my kids.  And, if I'm being totally honest, I'd love to make room for some new fabric!  I'm trying not to buy anything new, until I use up some of the old stuff.  So I cam up with a little pattern hack to help the process.  I bought a cute scoop back tank from Old Navy for my daughter and decided to recreate it with a little bow in the back.  I started with a free tank top pattern from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.  Mine is a size 8.
 I used the pattern to cut a front and a back, but on the back piece, I cut an extra deep scoop.
 I do my finishing/binding a little differently than the tank top tutorial shows.  I cut a strip of fabric that is 1.75 inches wide, iron it in half and then sew it to the raw edge of the neck, stretching it slightly as I go.  Whether you do it my way or bind it like the original tutorial shows, you'll have to cut the binding longer.  I didn't give a measurement because it depends on how deep you cut the scoop.  I always make my binding longer and then just cut off whatever extra I end up with. I sewed the shoulder, then added binding to the arms.  You'll want to add your bow before sewing the side seams.  You can do it after, but it's a little harder to manipulate.
 To make the bow, cut 2 pieces of fabric that are 8x6 inches for the bow, and 2 pieces that are 1.5x4 inches for the center.  With right sides together, sew along each raw edge with about 1/4inch seam allowance.  Turn right side out.
Fold the center piece in half lengthwise and sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Turn so that raw edge is on the inside of the loop.
 Pull the bow fabric through the center piece.
 Adjust the center piece to make a nice bow.
 Pin the bow in the back scoop neckline (I forgot to take a photo of the pinned bow).
 Top-stitch around neckline, making sure to catch the edges of the bow in the stitching.  Sew the sides seams and hem.  Super easy!
 I made 3 in about an hour.
 And the girl loves them!  Really cute and helps her stay cool.


5.29.2014

Girls Capri Leggings - Free Pattern and Tutorial


I'm so excited to offer my first tiled PDF pattern!  As I mentioned in my last post, I'm finally teaching myself Adobe Illustrator and hopefully opening up a whole new world of pattern drafting.  I'm thinking about taking this course, but I'm not fully committed yet.

My first pattern is for girls capri leggings in size 8.  Get the pattern HERE.  Make sure you select "actual size" when you print.  Your assembled pattern should look like this.
 You'll need about a yard of stretch knit fabric, and 20 inches of 3/4inch elastic.  I would recommend a cotton spandex/lycra knit.  The lycra keeps the pants from "stretching out".

Use the pattern to cut 2 pieces that are mirror images of each other.  The easiest way to do this is to fold your fabric in half and trace and cut the pattern through both layers.

With a 1/2 inch seam allowance and right sides together, sew each piece along the leg.  Turn one leg right side out and place it inside the other, so the right sides are matching.  Sew along the curved raw edge with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
 Turn it right side out, voila, you've got some capris!
 Turn each leg hem under by 1/2 inch and sew with a zigzag stitch.
 Cut a piece of 3/4inch elastic to be 20 inches.  Sew the ends together (overlapping about 1/2 inch) to make a loop.
 Mark the halfway points on the loop and match and pin those points to the front and back seam, on the wrong side of the top edge of the capris.  I like to pin the elastic so that it sits flat in the front and then stretch it as I sew it along the back.
 Sew the elastic in place with a zigzag stitch.  You can see here how I didn't stretch the elastic in the front, but did in the back.
 Fold the elastic to the inside and sew a zigzag stitch along the bottom edge of the elastic/fabric.
I like to sew a little piece of ribbon into the seam in the back since for whatever reason, my kids can never seem to tell the back from the front on these kinds of things. 
 I will be making lots more of these for sure!  This pair took me probably 30 minutes or less start to finish.
 Cute and comfy.  Perfect for a little baton practice in the yard.

Let me know how if you give my pattern a try and how it comes together.  This is my first tiled pattern and I'm sure it's not perfect and could use some tweeking.

2.10.2014

Easy Clip-On Bow Tie - TUTORIAL


What little boy doesn't look cuter with a bow tie?  Here's an easy tutorial for a bow tie that can clip on to any shirt.  My little guy loves bow ties, but rarely wears a shirt with a collar.  So a clip on is the way to go.
Easy enough to whip up for that special Valentine's Day outfit.

 Here's what you need:
fabric rectangles, 10 x 6 inches and 4 x 2.5 inches
midweight fusible interfacing, 6 x 2.5 inches
1 clip on earring clip (I got mine HERE)
glue gun and felt scraps to attach the clip
 Fuse the interfacing to the center of the wrong side of the large rectangle.
 Fold the rectangle in half and stitch along the long edge with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
 Turn right side out and press so that the seam is in the center of one side (the interfacing will help the fabric settle this way)
 Match the short, raw edges, with the previous seam on the outside.
 Sew along the edge with a 1/2 inch seam allowance and pink or finish edge.
 Flip the loop so that the seams are now all on the inside and centered at the back.
 Fold in half lengthwise and sew a line of stitching about 2 inches long, about 3/4 of inch from the fold (white line in the photo below)
To make the center of the bow tie, take the smaller rectangle and fold in fourths; 
fold in half the long way, unfold, fold the long edges to the center, fold in half again.

 Top-stitch along each long edge.


 Determine how tight you want the center loop to be and sew.
 Trim edge.
 Flip so the raw edge is on the inside.

 Slide the loop around the bow.
 Glue the earring clip to the back of the bow tie.
 Glue a small felt square to cover the metal.
 Cut a long strip of felt and cover the entire clip.  I find that the felt is necessary to hold the clip to the shirt.  The metal slips off fairly easily.
Adorable!
I am not adorable.
Okay...maybe I am.