Showing posts with label applique. Show all posts
Showing posts with label applique. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

BIG NEWS! + Holidays Past - Tutorial Round-Up

In a moment, everything has changed for us.
Our family has just welcomed a precious little one into our hearts and home through foster care. This was a bit (ENTIRELY!) :) unexpected, so I'm likely to be out of the loop for a while as we adjust. I have a couple of posts ready to share with you, but this may delay our kick off for January as we take things day by day. Thank you in advance for your support and understanding.

Rachael at imagine gnats is planning a special auction to support the families of CT, so be watching for how you can be a part of that.

And, with Christmas just a week away now, here's a quick share of some of my previous Christmas tutorials I thought you might enjoy! Maybe one will be just right for a last minute project or gift you can create. :)
Dress up those jammies! This tutorial shows you how to add ruffles or cuffs to your favorite pants/shorts pattern.
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Remember...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sewing Essential - Mini Iron

I have a "new to me" tool to share with you today.
I'm not sure I really consider it an "essential" but it is quite handy. And if you do a lot of intricate applique work, then it would definitely be essential.

It's the Mini Iron.

I've had this for some time now and finally broke it out of the package for some softies I was working on. In my opinion, it's most useful for projects involving applique with textured and/or synthetic fabrics like minky.
I found it especially helpful when making the Monster Mash Nap Mat, since the face was appliqued on a "hairy" fabric that would have melted all over my regular iron had I tried to use it.
 It made all the difference getting these pieces ironed in place and creating an adorable applique face for my monster.
 So whether or not it is "essential" would really depend on the projects you most commonly work on. I would definitely consider is helpful though!
For more items I consider very useful in my sewing room, just search "sewing essentials" in the tab on the sidebar. 
Happy Sewing!
Kristy

Monday, December 26, 2011

Penguin PJs w/ free Applique Template

After lots of cutting and ironing and stitching and drawing and stitching some more, our Penguin Jammies for our Christmas Eve tradition became a reality!
Best part, everyone loved them and made it all very much worthwhile!

And since penguins are super cute and not just for Christmas, and since I made a template for the applique on our shirts anyway, I thought I'd share it with you all in case you'd like to make your own penguins. They are super easy and can of course be personalized in a variety of ways.

 Access the template in PDF here.

I simply sketched a basic shape and then created the layered pieces. Each piece is included in the applique template you can print out above.

Cut the pieces from felt. I made very traditional penguins, but you could have a lot of fun making the belly from different printed felt or fabrics. 
Pin the pieces to your shirt and embellish however you'd like. 
You could use felt for the eyes too, but I went with buttons. Other fun additions could be bowties, scarves, hats, snowflake buttons scattered about....anything you'd like.
 Stitch everything in place and your done!

We had quite the adorable penguin parade around here for Christmas!
Hope someone else can enjoy our lil' fella too.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sweet Flannel PJs

Yes, I realize probably every sewing blog on the planet is posting about PJs, but it IS that time of year, and they are just so cute and fun....and this isn't likely to be my only post this month about them. :)

This sweet set came to be from an up-cycled T and a flannel remnant.
Yep, that old gray T was a hand-me-down from big brother that just wasn't quite "princess" enough for our little princess....so mama had to fix that! ;)
It was fun and easy to do too!
Once you've ironed your applique adhesive to your fabric, draw your shape right on the paper backing. Fold fabric in half and cut out shape. In this instance I made a bow to match the print on the flannel being used for the pj pants.

Adhere the applique to the shirt per package instructions and choose your thread. Since the fabric had a little glittery edge around the bows, I selected an iridescent rayon thread. 
The thread added a fun touch, but note that this thread is very stiff and scratchy and even with using regular cotton thread in the bobbin, it still pulled through to the inside of the shirt and I had to cover it with a bit of extra fabric to keep it from irritating the babe's skin. Plus, you can't iron this kind of thread....which doesn't matter in this case unless you iron your PJs....we certainly do NOT! :)

Once I had the bow applique on, I added a chunky button for the knot.
All I can say is we certainly made brother's ugly gray T very pretty! 

I made the pants from a remnant of flannel and McCall's pattern 4283.

Little Princess was pleased! 

So was Mama. :)


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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pattern Review - Butterfly Kisses Olivia Skirt

This week I've had the privilege of sewing for my girls. They are some of my favorite people to sew for! As always, they must have input regarding fabric and pattern selection. "Sister A" chose the darling Olivia Skirt by Jina Barney of Butterfly Kisses Patterns


I bought this pattern quite a while ago, but this was my first time using it. It certainly won't be my last though!!! I ran into a question when I first started, and wanted to make sure I understood clearly before moving ahead, so I emailed Jina. Yep, she's one of those great designers that puts an email address right on her patterns for this very reason. And, she responded promptly to my questions to help me get on my way with my project. My daughter and I couldn't have been more pleased with the end results either! The twirl appeal of this skirt is irresistible!

The skirt came together beautifully! Jina's approach teaches some sewing techniques that were new to me even having sewn similar style products before. Techniques that made the sewing assembly easier, more enjoyable and the finished product even more attractive. These are techniques I will apply to other sewing projects in the future and I am thankful to have learned them through this pattern.

And since a skirt this cute totally deserved a matching top...
"Sister A" helped choose her favorite prints on the fabric we were using and we created a one-of-a-kind applique. Then, I hand-stitched the words "bon voyage", including tiny buttons for the o's. The round button even has little stitch marks around it that match the applique stitching, too cute!!! I also added her initial to the luggage tag and a tiny heart button to the suitcase. Yes, I think I may be in love with this outfit! It matches my sweet girl's personality and style perfectly!
Now to get something made equally fitting for her sisters! So until then...
Bon Voyage!


Pattern: Olivia Skirt by Butterfly Kisses Patterns
Fabric: Bon Voyage Collection from Timeless Treasures
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