Easy baby shower gift!

Easy baby shower gift!

I love it when people have babies because it gives me the chance to make cute little things!! I’m almost always excited because it’s hard for the stuff to not turn out so dern cute!

School has been crazy lately and having the holidays right around the corner I’ve been going nonstop. And guys, I’m exhausted! So time is lacking. I needed a quick cute baby shower gift for some friends and I decided to whip up some burp clothes! I’ve made these for some other folks and they always tell me they love these burp cloths the most! So since they are super easy and a crowd pleaser I decided to share with you guys in case you needed a quick gift! I think these burp cloths could be modified to be kitchen or enemy bathroom towels for the home as well. maybe even a great stocking stuffer!!

Materials:

1/4 yard of chosen cotton fabric- makes 2 clothes

1/4 yard cotton terry cloth- makes atleast 2 clothes

Thread

1/2 yard coordinating ribbon

Rotary cutter

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I chose to make 4 burp clothes so I just doubled all the above measurements. Isn’t this narwhal fabric absolutely adorable?

1. Cut your terry cloth and cotton fabric. They will both need to measure 9×19 inches for a finished measurement of 8×18 inches.

2. Cut your ribbon! I went with 6 inch long pieces. It’s a good length to hang on things and it adds a little more cuteness!

3. Fold your ribbon pieces in half. Make sure the raw edges are matched up with raw edges of the fabric and the loop is face down. Pin to one layer in your chosen location. Match one piece of terry cloth to one cotton printed fabric. We want to line them up with right sides together and pin them together. They aren’t super big so you don’t need too many pins. However, the terry cloth stretches so pins help keep it from shifting too much!

4. Sew around the rectangle with 1/4 seam allowances. You want to leave an opening that’s at least 2 inches wide.

5. Clip your corners off to minimize the bulkiness of the fabric. The terry cloth is just really thick and bulky. Flip your burp cloth inside out and press!

6. Oh em gee! They are already so cute! Now we need to do some top stitching, and then we will be done! I do an edge stitch all the way around the outside. You want to make sure that you close up the opening that you left when sewing the two pieces together.

7. Wa-laaaaah! You are all done!

My Cheeky Revolution!

My Cheeky Revolution!

So, a couple years ago, I discovered that I could make my own panties! I got a free pattern from online, and man, i was super excited. I carried them around in my purse to show everyone.

I mean I know how to make the craziest of things, why had I never thought to make my own underoos! It takes like 15 minutes! Everyone can do it! So now,  I created my own pattern to share with the world for FREEEEEEE! Why shouldn’t everyone be allowed  to make their own panties?  NO excuses …..here is my free panty pattern.  Click on the link to download the pdf pattern!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LNirN8JpDXdwnkfDFc8ewk_mlQnZzEgB/view?usp=sharing

These were intended to be a more cheeky bikini pattern, but the back is a little more full coverage. I am updating the back side to be a little  more cheeky and will update that when I have a chance.

For now, Here is the tutorial for the first run!

  1.  Print out your pdf pattern. I suggest stacking them up and cutting the right side and the bottom off with your rotary cutter.  Then tape them together as shown below. IMG-3401
  2.  Cut out which size you  need. I didn’t include a size chart. These are based off of a favorite Victoria Secret Pattern that I deconstructed. So  I wear Large in VS, so that’s what I cut out.
  3. Pin down your pattern pieces to fabric. You want to make sure you line your pattern pieces up with the grainline going in the direction of the most stretch. I used about a 1/4 a yard of some left over Cotton and Steel knit fabric. IM such a fan. of cotton and steel knits! If you havn’t tried them yet, please do. My only complaint is they are printed so the insides are white, depending on what you make, the white can be annoying.IMG-3402
  4. Once you have your pieces cut out,  We are going to take the back piece and two crotch inserts. Match at the center. One insert should be right sides together, the other, wrong sides together. You are creating a sandwich with  the inserts being the bread and the back piece being the meat!

5. I serged the whole pair of panties, but if you don’t have a serger, then you can zigzag with a wider zig zag.  Once you have sewn the inserts to the back piece, you want to fold them down like so:

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6. Now for the tricky part!  We are gonna add the front piece to the inserts. You want to pin the front piece to the front of the right side of the fabric. We are then going to burrito it by wrapping the other insert around the other pieces so that we have all 3 layers together again.  Then Serge!

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7.  Now you can pull it all out and it will look like this:

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8. We are almost done! See I told you these were so quick!  I decided to serge my leg openings, but since these are knit, they won’t ravel, so you can save even more time and skip this.  After you serge we want to match right side together at seams and serge!

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9.  Now comes the waist. There isn’t a waist band included in the pattern.  There are a couple different options. 1st- add your own stretchy lace waist band! This is what I did with my first pair.  If you don’t have any on hand, we are gonna create our own using the left over knit. You will want to use a tape measure and measure the circumference of  you panty opening. I chose to do a 1.5 inch wide band to attach. Once you have the circumference (A), you will need to  cut out a strip measuring  A x 1.5 inches. You can totally make this wider if you like.  Then serge the 2 ends together making  it a circle.

10. Fold the circle in half length wise, with wrong sides together and iron. This helps to keep in it place.  Now attach it to the panty bottoms with the fold facing down. Serge or sew all the way around connecting the waist band to the bottoms.

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11. Last step guys! You are almost done! Woohoo. We just need to finish the leg holes!  I chose to use a double needle for the leg holes. If you don’t have one on hand,  you can always use your handy dandy zig zag again. But be sure to use a stretch stitch. I folded the edges of the leg holes in by 1/4 inch then stitched all around! Wa– LAH! Here are my finished Cheeky Revolution Panties! Hope you enjoy!

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My Sewing Hero(es)

My Sewing Hero(es)

I love sewing now, but it wasn’t always that way.  When I  look at where I am now, sewing is such an integral part of my life. From creating new designs to relieving some stress, sewing is something that really completes me. lol. The other day, I was sewing and it got me thinking, where did my love of sewing actually begin? Who fostered that love? Fellow indie pattern designer Sew this Pattern recently started the social media hastag #Isewbecause so I figured I would continue the trend with the hastag #mysewing hero. I hope this will inspire all of you to share who fostered your love of sewing as well!

I have several sewing heroes, but first and foremost  it has to be my parents. My parents are not traditional, when I say parents, I mean my mom and my gramma. They both made such an impact raising me, since my father was not in the picture. These two strong ladies, were constantly creating when I was growing up. Between watching “Bold and the Beautiful” and watching them create, I knew by age 8, that I wanted to be a designer. I never really thought that sewing was part of that, I just knew I wanted to create. My mom and gramma would sew up the most elaborate costumes for Halloween, create completely unique bedroom bedding sets, and pair up the most unique fabrics you had ever seen. Unfortunately they never taught me to sew, but seeing them doing and creating definitely planted the seed for me. Here is a picture of us, just after I graduated college with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Fashion Design circa 2004!

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Since I was so interested in design, when I became a freshman in high school I learned about a fashion design program that was in my school. I couldn’t believe I could start learning skills for my future at the ripe age of 14.  I immediately enrolled in Fashion Design 1. This is where I met sewing hero #2- Mrs. Ren Jetton.  Almost instantly, I was hooked. Mrs. Jetton was so patient and relaxed. She taught us all the ins and outs of sewing, and most importantly she provided me with the tools I needed to be successful. I was a generally good student in advanced level classes, but I really didn’t like school much. As soon as I was old enough to drive, I would conveniently sleep in so I didn’t have to go to first period, but I always made it to Mrs. Jetton’s class. I always wanted to be in her classroom.  She is also part of the reason I chose to be a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher. I  hoped then and still do now that I could be as impactful to someone as she was for me.  In addition to teaching me a life long skill of sewing, she always listened to my random stories and rants and provided advice when needed.   In the picture below, you will see us together when I traveled back to Charlotte to do a fashion show. I believe it was around 2008 ish. (sorry for the crappy quality)

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Last but not least, I give you super hero #3! Super hero #3 is not a specific person but the league of sewcialist I follow on Instagram! There are so many talented individuals out there sharing their love for sewing and creating everyday online. Social media can often times be overwhelming with all the political posts and negativity,  but I find that there is a great community of makers out there that inspire me everyday! I know a lot about sewing and design but I don’t know everything. I love seeing different sewing techniques and people’s creativity. What is knowledge is you never share it?

Sew… there you have it! My sewing heroes! Who are yours? Please share online with the hastag #mysewinghero or comment below! Keep on sewing!

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Transform your oversized tee!

Transform your oversized tee!

I love going to nerd conventions like Comic Con and Dragoncon because they have so much great merch! Back in June, I went to Denver Comiccon and found this awesome Craft Goddess t-shirt! Well… since I love all things crafty, I had to get it. All the shirts were rolled up, so instead of having them open it up to check the size, I just looked at the brand. I am pretty good about knowing what brands fit me or not. I totally assumed it was a lady fit tee. I got an extra Large because I wanted some extra room for comfort. My mistake,  I guess I am sexist. Seriously though,  how many dudes do you know who call themselves a craft goddess?  Well…. Womp womp, I got it home only to realize it was a man’s fit shirt. That’s where my little blog post comes in! I wasn’t gonna let this XL tee become a night shirt! I had to use my craft goddess powers to make this into something more wearable.  Let me show you how I modify an oversized t-shirt to be more flattering and fashionable.

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As you can see, it’s basically a night gown!Continue reading to see how I made it so much cuter!

  1. Find a shirt that you love the fit. I have this red swing tank top from Target that I absolutely love. Turn the oversized shirt you plan to alter inside out.

IMG-2273.JPG2. Lay the top you love on top of your oversized tee, then trace the shape with a chalk pencil or other fabric tracing tool!       IMG-2276.JPGimg-2277-jpg.jpeg

2. Cut on the lines.

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4. Serge or zigzag your side seams to get the more fitted look.

5. Using your excess fabric from the sleeves, you will now cut out a new sleeve. I used a cap sleeve pattern from another pattern that I like. Don’t worry, I’ll scan a sample one in soon for you guys to use! Using your old sleeves and excess fabric, make sure your pattern piece is placed on the fold, as shown.

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6. Once you have both cap sleeves cut out, mark the center of the cap sleeve. Next you will go ahead and hem the straight edge of your sleeve. I just serged the edge and turned the edge in ½’ and sewed.

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7. Now that your cap sleeve is hemmed, match the center sleeve mark to the shoulder seam and pin the curved edge along the sleeve opening. The straight edge should be opposite of the arm hole opening.

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8. Once I attached my cap sleeves, I then folded in the seam allowance on the rest of the armhole inside and stitched it under.

9. Since the neckline was so high, I also cut a small slit in the center of the neck band to make it so that I could show a little more skin.

10. Finally, I serged around the bottom opening and folded up a ½ inch to finish the edge, but you could totally leave it raw since knits don’t tend to ravel!

Any who, now you are done!! There are so many great tutorials online for modifying oversized t-shirts, so go out and scavenge!

Overall, I am happy with my shirt modification, I probably would have made the shoulders a little bigger so I could have more of a cap sleeve, But all in all, I can’t wait to wear this shirt out! IMG-2491.JPG

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Why should you make your own clothes? And where to start!

Why should you make your own clothes? And where to start!

Why should you make your own clothes? And where to start!

Growing up, especially in high school, I hated wearing things that others had. If I  got something new and wore it to school, and saw someone else wearing it, I would immediately put it in the back of my closet. Wearing the same thing as a classmate was just not cool in my book. I didn’t care if others  did it, It just wasn’t something I could handle myself.If I did wear it again, it became a challenge to wear it differently than others. Creating things was and still is one of my favorite things.

Often times when I am shopping, I see lots of cute things. I AM pretty obsessed with clothing. BUT, over the past 4 years my shopping mentality has shifted. I look at the quality of the garment, the wearability, the price, and the originality. Very rarely do I see things that I feel are worth my hard erned cash because so many items can be made at home! Yes I said it! Handmade is wher its at.

I teach high school fashion as well as adult sewing classes, and more times than not, students tell me its too hard. They will make bags all day long, even though they don’t need them. The main issue I see is that they have no clue where to start. They may know what they like and they already know how to use a machine but they shy away from attempting clothing because, it just seems to hard.  Well I am here to tell you it isn’t! Most of the best patterns out there are simple, well fitting basics! You can go out buy some fabric that you choose, and make make away. But I can buy basics that I like easily you say…well here are my reasons to make your own clothes;

  1. You can choose the fabric! You might make something super simple but when you create it in your chosen fabric , it becomes an original piece!
  2. You can create a well fitting garment! Why spend money on something that doesn’t fit well only to have to come home and take it in or send it to a tailor.
  3. Its pretty affordable! Average patterns cost around $15 and you can use it more than once! So lets do the math. I just made a shirt spent $15 on the pattern and about $20 on the fabric. So we are up to $35. The average shirt at target or other fast fashion establishments, cost anywhere from $15-25. So why not spend a little extra and have something original that you love!
  4. It’s a stess reliever. Yeah right you say, sewing stresses  you out. But once you build your confidence, its so nice to create something from scratch and see it come to life! Then get compliments on something you made!
  5. Fast Fashion Sucks! They have trained us to think that we are never in style and always need something new. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 15.1 million tons of textile waste was generated in 2013, of which 12.8 million tons were discarded. We buy things because we think we need them then we discard them because who cares, it’s taking up space in my closet and it was only $10.  Hey, I will be the first to tell you I AM guilty, and I LOVE shopping at H&M and forever 21 but… we all have to start somewhere. Most of those styles are pretty basic anyway and you could make your own, save some money, and also have a garment that will last longer because it’s just better quality!

So you agree with me but you just don’t have the skills! Here is where to start:

  1. Take a class! Even if you already know how to sew, there are always new tips to learn from others. I have been sewing for 20 years and there is still so much I have to learn and can learn from others. This can also help build your confidence! Having some moral support and someone to guide you can really help with the whole process.
  2. Practice! Use old sheets from the thrift store or old clothing that you will never use again. Youtube and Instagram are full of tutorials and videos that can guide you through most basic projects.
  3. Start simple. Just because you want to make something super difficult, doesn’t mean you should. But it also doesn’t mean you can’t either. Starting simple really helps you to learn new skills and build on your confidence. Starting with a sewing project that is too difficult can scare you away and make you never want to sew again. So start slow. You need your driver’s permit before you can get your license. The same holds true for sewing, you will never feel comfortable if you don’t get the practice you need.
  4. Don’t be so hard on yourself. You are doing way more than most people and you are learning a new skill! You are going to make mistakes and that’s OK!

 

These are some great introductory patterns that I love and have made several of each! Great fitting patterns that are simple and the perfect place to start!

  1. Ogden Cami by True Bias
  2. Sew Caroline’s Tank Dress
  3. The Ella Top by Liola Patterns
  4. Laurel Top by Collette patterns
  5. Belcarro top by Sewaholic

SEW…. Join me in the #handmaderevolution and try your hand at making your own clothes!