Monday, June 29, 2015

Monthly Monday Madness: Firecracker Dress and Tunic


Happy Independence Day!!!  To celebrate, we wanted to offer our Firecracker Dress and Tunic to all our great customers for only $4.  But this deal ends at midnight tonight, so go grab your pattern today!!!


So cute for the 4th of July.


 But it can be for everyday wear too!!  Don't forget to check out our Firecracker sewalong from earlier this year.  There are some great tips and tricks on sewing up your own Firecracker.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Free Polka Dot Peplum Top

Today we are excited to share we have a FREE pattern available!!  Go check it out on DIY Crush!!  But don't wait, it is only available for a limited time.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Free Reusable Snack Bag Tutorial

Free Reusable Snack Bag Tutorial

Last week we talked about Hook and Loop Tape closures.  They are so simple but perfect when you need a fast closure.  Today we wanted to give your some practice adding hook and loop tape.  So for our free pattern we have this fun Reusable Snack Bag.

Free Reusable Snack Bag Tutorial
This would be a great project for adults, as well as children learning to sew.

Materials Needed:
15" x 5" piece of Laminated Cotton or PUL fabric (affiliate)
Thread
Pinking Shears


Step #1
Use your pinking shears to cut our your fabric piece.  You can use a plain cotton fabric but laminated cotton or PUL will wash up better and repel grease.
Free Reusable Snack Bag Tutorial

Step #2
Fold one short edge down 3" with right sides together.
Free Reusable Snack Bag Tutorial

Step #3
Now fold the entire piece in half with right sides together and pin at the top where you folded down 3".
Free Reusable Snack Bag Tutorial

Step #4
Draw a diagonal line with your fabric pen from the folded corner to raw edge of the piece.  Cut along this line.
Free Reusable Snack Bag Tutorial

Free Reusable Snack Bag Tutorial

Step #5
Open your fabric up again.  You now have a little facing piece that is a triangle.  Sew the facing to the main piece along the diagonal lines.

Free Reusable Snack Bag Tutorial
Step #6
Turn your facing right side out and press.  Topstitch along the diagonal lines.
Free Reusable Snack Bag Tutorial

Step #7
Place one side of your hook and loop take in the middle of your facing piece.  Stitch down.
Free Reusable Snack Bag Tutorial

Step #8
Fold the bottom short edge of the snack bag up 1/4".  Stitch down the edge.
Free Reusable Snack Bag Tutorial

Step #9
Turn the piece right side up, in the middle and about 1.5" from the edge stitch down your other side of the hook and loop tape.
Free Reusable Snack Bag Tutorial
Step #10
With right sides together, fold the bottom of your piece up to the bottom of the facing.  Stitch down the side seams of the bag.
Free Reusable Snack Bag Tutorial
Step #11
Turn the bag right side out and press.  And you are done!!!!
Free Reusable Snack Bag Tutorial     Free Reusable Snack Bag Tutorial

Such a fast sew but a great little project to learn to sew hook and loop tape.  I made some of these a few years back and we take them everywhere we go.  Especially during the summer when we pack a lunch for the zoo or park.  
Free Reusable Snack Bag Tutorial
And the best part, you can throw them in the laundry when they get dirty.  So go find your some fabric and get sewing!!

Free Reusable Snack Bag Tutorial

Monday, June 8, 2015

Sewing 101: Hook & Loop Tape Closures

For the summer we are excited to be adding a bit more to our Sewing 101 Series.  We wanted to talk sewing closures.  Yes, closures.  Things like zippers, buttons, snaps and hook and loop tape.  Closures are necessary to understand when sewing.  They can be scary, but once you understand the "How" it isn't as scary as you think.  So stick with us and you'll be successful!

Sewing 101: Hook & Loop Tape Closures

Today's closure is Hook and Loop Tape (affiliate).  Hook and Loop tape is probably the easier closure you can use.  Many call it "Velcro".  But that is just a brand name.  Hook and Loop tape takes a minimal amount of sewing and it holds up really well in most instances.  It works great for bags and craft projects and can be used on clothing but it isn't the most comfortable of choices.


Here is my children's quiet book for church.  I made a fun cover that has hook and loop tape to close it.  I only needed about 1".
Sewing 101: Hook & Loop Tape Closures  Sewing 101: Hook & Loop Tape Closures

An accessory you'll often use hook and loop tape is on Bow Ties.  Here is one of my Little Man's Bow Ties.  Totally cute and great for wearing under his button-up collar shirts.


Sewing 101: Hook & Loop Tape Closures

To sew Hook and Loop tape all you need is your fabric, tape and thread.  Of course you always want to reference your pattern before sewing to know how much hook and loop tape you'll need.  Most often it is a small amount.

Sewing 101: Hook & Loop Tape Closures

Separate your hook and loop tape.  Decide which side will get the hooks and which the loops.  It your tape is being used on clothing, you'll want to take a moment to think which side might come in contact with skin.  Choose the loop side of the tape to touch the skin.  

Place one side of the tape on your fabric.  It is always smart to first mark where your tape will be placed with a fabric pen.  Either pin your tape to the fabric or you can use a bit of hot glue or super glue to keep it from moving.  Stitch a box around the tape and then place a criss-cross or "X" in the middle.  This adds strength and keeps your tape from separating from the fabric.  
Sewing 101: Hook & Loop Tape Closures

You don't always need to do the criss-cross.  See, my Bow Ties aren't criss-crossed.  However, that is only because I wanted to reduce a little of the bulk of a seam.  I almost always do the criss-cross.
Sewing 101: Hook & Loop Tape Closures

Now, repeat with the opposite side.  Tada!!  You've just sewn hook and loop tape.


Sewing 101: Hook & Loop Tape Closures

See!  Wasn't that the easiest thing in the world.  Now one more bit of advice.  Your sewing needle.  You'll want to make sure that the needle you use in your machine can handle sewing through the thick tape.  I would suggest at least using a size 12.  Otherwise, you'll probably break a needle.  Also, make sure not to use the sticky back tape when sewing.  If you do, your sewing needle will get covered and jam.  You can grab the hook and loop tape for sewing HERE.
Sewing 101: Hook & Loop Tape Closures

Monday, June 1, 2015

DIY Padded Camera Cube


Last month we took a family vacation to Disney.  To prepare I made the littles several Disney outfits (post here) and I also made them some fun autograph books (check them out here).  But I had a problem.  I didn't want to carry around my DSLR camera bag the entire time.  I wanted my camera, but I really didn't want to carry EVERYTHING with me.  So I came up with this little camera cube tutorial.

DIY Padded Camera Cube by GYCT

Materials Needed:
1/2 yard fabric
Batting
Thread
Hood and Loop Tape
Fabric Marker
DSLR Camera  - for your information I use the Canon Rebel 3 (affiliate)
Measuring Tape

DIY Padded Camera Cube by GYCT

Step 1
First you want to measure your DSLR camera.  You'll need to know the height, width and depth with the lens you use the most. 

 Next you'll need to cut out a "T" shape.  This is the most difficult part, mostly because every camera and lens is different.  I'd suggest using a large piece of pattern paper or butcher paper to help you with the measurements.  Use the guide below to help you with your measurements.

Cut out 2 "T" in fabric and one in your batting.


DIY Padded Camera Cube by GYCT
Step 2
Place your two "T" pieces with right sides together.  Stitch across the top of the "T" and then around the base of the "T".  Leaving the 2 sides of the "T" open.
DIY Padded Camera Cube by GYCT
Step 3
Clip into the corners of your "T" and trim the edges.


DIY Padded Camera Cube by GYCT
Step 4
Turn your "T" right side out.  Press all your corners and edges out.  Press with iron.


DIY Padded Camera Cube by GYCT
Step 5
Insert your "T" of batting into your fabric "T".  Pin it in place at the corners and edges.  This will help you as you sew.


DIY Padded Camera Cube by GYCT

Step 6
Using a fabric marker, draw lines where you will fold the cube.  You should have 4 lines like the picture above.  Now stitch down these lines.  To keep your batting and fabric from moving, you can pin along each line.


DIY Padded Camera Cube by GYCTDIY Padded Camera Cube by GYCT

Step 7
Measure the short edge of the "T" and cut 2 pieces of Hook and Loop tape.  Separate the hook side from the loop side.  Pin the Hook side to the wrong side of short side of the "T".  Stitch it in place.  Repeat on the opposite short "T" side. 

DIY Padded Camera Cube by GYCT DIY Padded Camera Cube by GYCT

Step 8
Flip your "T" so the right side is up.  At the base of the "T", pin the Loop side of the Hook and Loop tape on either side of the base.  You can see how that was done above.  Stitch your loop pieces to the "T".



Your done!!!  Now to fold up your cube.  Follow along below.
DIY Padded Camera Cube by GYCT
 See super simple!!!  Now go place it in your purse or bag and your camera is ready for action and won't get ruined with all the other items in the bag.  You could even add a little pocket on the outside of the cube for your lens cap or other camera items.


DIY Padded Camera Cube by GYCT


Monday, May 25, 2015

Sewing 101: How to Understitch


Bringing home a little post I shared over at the Swhetty Betties blog a month or so ago.  It is a super simple post, but so important for new and experienced sewers to know.  We are talking Understitching.  Many sewers know about topstitching which helps finish off a seam and keeps it in place.  However, for many types of fabrics and projects, understitching is a better and more professional finish.  If you are sewing with satins or silks, often understitch keeps the neckline from rolling and keeps it nice and flat.  Understitch is also only visible on the lining or facing fabric instead of on the front of the garment, which is preferable on many sheer or fine fabrics.

So let's get right to it.


Step 1
Start by sewing your lining or facing to your main fabric with right sides together.  Mine pictured below is a bodice front and back.  Stitch around the neckline at the appropriate seam allowance.  Press.



Step 2
If you are on a curved edge, clip around the curve every 1-2 inches.  This will help the curve to lay nice and flat and gives a little ease.



Step 3
Turn you fabric right side out.  Press along the seam so it is nice and flat.



Step 4
Carefully lift your main fabric out of the way.  You'll see that I pulled my fabric towards the neckline.  Press your seam allowance towards your lining.  Stitch your seam allowance to your lining.  This is the "understitch".  This keeps the seam allowance in place and helps the seam to lay nice and flat.  But it also doesn't show the seam on the outside of the garment.  



Turn your garment right side out and press.  You can see below the stitching that is along the top edge of the lining.  That is the understitching.  You can see it on the lining, but flip your garment over.

Notice, no stitching on the outside of the garment neckline.  It does the same thing that topstitching does, meaning it keeps the seam allowance in place, but it doesn't show through.  




No go find something to understitch.  Happy Sewing!!