Thursday, July 23, 2015

Kids Camp Sleeping Bag Tutorial

Kids Camp Sleeping Bag Tutorial by GYCT

Summer is one of my favorite times of year.  No school, a free calendar and loads of time to play in the sun.  The last few years we have enjoyed time camping with family.  However, the kids haven't had anything to sleep in and usually ended up in our sleeping bags.  This year, I knew we needed a change.

Kids Camp Sleeping Bag Tutorial by GYCT

That is how the Kids Camping Sleeping Bag was born.  I am happy to share.  After shopping on Amazon and reading all the reviews on kids sleeping bags, I figured I could make one for about the same price and much better quality.

Materials Needed
Cut 2 - 30" x 45" main fabric panel and lining
Cut 2 - 30" x 14" contrasting fabric panel and lining
Cut 1 - 60" x 58" batting or fleece fabric
20 -30" separating zipper
Thread

Kids Camp Sleeping Bag Tutorial by GYCT
Step 1
With Right Sides Together (RST), place the main fabric panel and contrasting fabric panel together and stitch.  Repeat with other side.  Place the two finished panels with right sides together and stitch down one of the side seams.  Open and press flat.  Repeat with lining pieces.

Kids Camp Sleeping Bag Tutorial by GYCT
Step 2
With RST, place the main sleeping bag and the lining sleeping bag together.  Lay flat on the ground.  Place the batting or fleece pieces over both pieces.  


Kids Camp Sleeping Bag Tutorial by GYCT
Step 3
Open up your separating zipper.  Decide which of the zipper will go on which side of the sleeping bag.


Kids Camp Sleeping Bag Tutorial by GYCT
Step 4
Fold over batting and lining piece of the sleeping bag so the main piece is visible.  Place the zipper down the side edge of the sleeping bag with the teeth on the inside.  Fold the batting and lining piece back over the zipper.  Pin in place.  Using your zipper foot, sew down the side seam until the end of the zipper.  Repeat on opposite side of the bag.

Kids Camp Sleeping Bag Tutorial by GYCT
Step 5
Open the sleeping bag now so that the two zipper sides are down center front, the outside of the bag is on one side and the inside on the other.  (See above)  Zip the 2 sides of the zipper together.  Lay bag flat.  Pin around the bottom edges of the bag and up the side seams.  Stitch along those edges closing the bag up.  Follow lines in above picture.


Kids Camp Sleeping Bag Tutorial by GYCT
Step 6
Carefully match up the front of the sleeping bag and the back of the sleeping bag at the very top.  (The bottom edge of the bag will still be separate from sewing Step 5.)  Stitch along the top edge of the bag leaving a 5-6" opening so you can turn the bag right side out.

Kids Camp Sleeping Bag Tutorial by GYCT
Step 7
Gently pull the sleeping bag right side out through the opening.  Topstitch along the top edge to close the opening.

Optional:  You may wish to topstitch along the stitching line between the main fabric and contrasting fabric to help keep the lining and batting from moving.  You may also wish to topstitch along the zipper to keep from the zipper catching.

Kids Camp Sleeping Bag Tutorial by GYCT


There you have it.  Your own Kids Camping Sleeping Bag.  This is great for sleepovers around the house, or add a heavier batting for colder conditions.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Monthly Monday Madness: Lazy Day Crossover Bag


Today only grab the Lazy Day Crossover Bag with adult and kid sizes for only $3.95.  

Great for Back to School!!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Mario & Luigi Applique Pattern and Tutorial


Mario & Luigi Applique Pattern and Tutorial By GYCT Designs

I am excited to bring home a post I did early this year for Crafting Con.  Perhaps your little ones will enjoy it too.  My kids and husband love Mario.  My son is only 4, but he has a little addiction to all things Mario.  He only ever plays the video game maybe 2 times a month, but he has Mario, Luigi and Yoshi stuffed toys, Mario and Luigi hats, and even a few t-shirts.

Mario & Luigi Applique Pattern and Tutorial By GYCT Designs

As I was planning for this month, I knew I wanted to make a t-shirt using the Rival Raglan pattern in our Etsy Shop.  I use this pattern all the time for my kids and knew it would be perfect.  

Okay, now let's get stitchin'!

Materials Needed:
Fabric for t-shirt
Red, Black, Green and White, scrap fabric
Mario and Luigi Applique Pattern - Grab it for free HERE
Permanent Marker
Thread


Mario & Luigi Applique Pattern and Tutorial By GYCT Designs

Step 1
Print off your applique patterns.  Grab your Wonder Under and trace your Mario and Luigi hats onto it.  If you are not familiar with Wonder Under, it has a smooth side and a shiny, bumpy side.  Make sure to trace on the smooth side.


Mario & Luigi Applique Pattern and Tutorial By GYCT Designs

Step 2
Iron each of your transferred designs onto the correct color of scrap fabric.  The pattern pieces should show you what colors you'll need.  You can see below I have red, black and white.  


Mario & Luigi Applique Pattern and Tutorial By GYCT Designs

Step 3
Once the pieces are ironed on cut them out with some nice sharp scissors.  Then peel off the backing the paper part of the Wonder Under.  You should now have a shiny film on your fabric.  This is the part you will iron to your t-shirt.


Mario & Luigi Applique Pattern and Tutorial By GYCT Designs

Step 4
If you are sewing up your own t-shirt, like the Rival Raglan, all you'll need to grab is the t-shirt front.  That is what you see below.  Carefully place your applique pieces together and move them around the tee until you get the desired look that you want.  This t-shirt is a size 4.  If you are making a larger or small shirt, you might first want to see if your applique should be shrunk or enlarged.  Once you have them how you want them, iron them in place.  Make sure the the rim of your hat (the long skinny piece) is the last to be ironed.  It should overlap the top of the hat just a little to cover up the bottom edges.


Mario & Luigi Applique Pattern and Tutorial By GYCT Designs

Step 5
Using your sewing machine, stitch around the outer edge of the applique to keep it in place and prevent it from falling off in the wash.  You can do a straight stitch like I did, or you can do a short zig-zag stitch all the way around as well.


Mario & Luigi Applique Pattern and Tutorial By GYCT Designs

Step 6
Follow your sewing instructions on how to add the sleeves, back and neckband.  And Voila!  You have yourself a fun, fast Mario and Luigi shirt.


Mario & Luigi Applique Pattern and Tutorial By GYCT Designs

If you have a little girl, perhaps you would rather have a cute Princess Peach t-shirt?  Grab the tutorial and pattern for making a sweet Peach tee HERE.  Don't forget to grab yourself the Rival Raglan Pattern on the way.


Mario & Luigi Applique Pattern and Tutorial By GYCT Designs

Monday, July 6, 2015

Free Pencil & Coin Pouch Tutorial

Free Pencil & Coin Pouch Tutorial by GYCT

If you are curious what you can do with a zipper, let me show you!!  Today we have a fun and simple zipper project to help you learn to sew a zipper.


What You’ll Need:



Free Pencil & Coin Pouch Tutorial by GYCT

Step 1:  Place the lining fabric on a table with the right side facing up, place the zipper facing up and then the main fabric with wrong side up.  Pin in place.  Stitch the layers together along the zipper using your zipper foot.  (Just attach your zipper foot and sew close to the zipper teeth.) Press both layers out away from the zipper.


Free Pencil & Coin Pouch Tutorial by GYCT  Free Pencil & Coin Pouch Tutorial by GYCT

Step 2:  Repeat with opposite side of the zipper and pencil pouch pieces.  Again pressing them away from the zipper.

Free Pencil & Coin Pouch Tutorial by GYCT

Step 3:  Open the zipper about 3 inches.  Flip the pouch so that the right sides are all together.  Pin in place.  


Free Pencil & Coin Pouch Tutorial by GYCT Free Pencil & Coin Pouch Tutorial by GYCT


Step 4:  Make a small opening on the bottom of the lining about 3" wide.  Stitch the lining and main fabric together, starting at one end of your 3" opening and ending at the other end.


Free Pencil & Coin Pouch Tutorial by GYCT

Step 5:  Through the opening in the lining, pull the pouch right side out. 
Free Pencil & Coin Pouch Tutorial by GYCT

Step 6:  Pull the main pouch and the lining pouch apart.  Stitch close the opening in the lining.
Free Pencil & Coin Pouch Tutorial by GYCT  Free Pencil & Coin Pouch Tutorial by GYCT


Step 7:  Push the lining into the main pouch.  Optional:  Topstitch the lining and main fabric together around the zipper. 

 Free Pencil & Coin Pouch Tutorial by GYCT


TADA!!  You are finished!!  See....zippers are not so bad!

Free Pencil & Coin Pouch Tutorial by GYCT







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