Monday, December 15, 2014

Printable Honey Do List


Printable Honey Do List by GYCT

I love the holiday season!  I love the smells, the colors and the cleaning!!  Getting organized and ready for the holidays is one of my favorite tasks.  This means getting the house deep cleaned and fixing what has broken.  If you are have company this holiday season, make sure to check out someof our Organizing Tips and Tricks
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Advent Envelopes Tutorial

12 Days of Christmas Advent Envelopes Tutorial

I have always enjoyed the idea of Advent Calendars.  We've had a few in the past like the house to fill with chocolates or the magnetic Christmas tree.  However, this year I wanted to do the 12 days of Christmas with my kids.  I'd come up with 12 activities to do as a family for the 12 days up until Christmas.  Each day the kids would "open up" the idea and we would do that activity together.  Fabulous idea right!  Problem was, I didn't have anywhere to put those ideas.  That is when I came up with the Christmas Advent Envelopes!

12 Days of Christmas Advent Envelopes Tutorial

One envelope for each of the 12 Days.  Smaller envelopes could contain a slip of paper or coupon.  While larger envelopes could contain a game, treat or prize.  We could string them up on the wall or even put them under or on the Christmas tree.  That way we could use them year after year after year.

Today I thought I'd share a little tutorial so you could make your own and start your own tradition.

Materials Needed:
Several fat quarters in different Christmas colors and designs
Wonder Under or Iron On Transfer Paper
Buttons, Snaps or Velcro
Thread


Step 1:  Cut out pattern
Step 2:  Using Wonder Under, add your design to the outside of your envelope.  Could be numbers, pictures, buttons or snaps, whatever.
Step 3:  With right sides together, stitch your inside and outside of the envelope together.  Leave a 2" opening at the short straight edge so you can turn it right side out.
Step 4:  Turn right side out and press.
12 Days of Christmas Advent Envelopes Tutorial

Step 5:  Stitch across the short straight edge to close your opening.
Step 6:  Fold your short straight edge up to form the large part of the envelope.  Stitch across the side seams.
Step 7:  Turn your envelope right side out and add your button, snap or velcro closures.
12 Days of Christmas Advent Envelopes Tutorial


That is the basics of the design.  But get creative.  You could finish the edges with pinking shears instead of having turned edges.

12 Days of Christmas Advent Envelopes Tutorial

Or you might prefer a simple velcro closure to a button or snap.

12 Days of Christmas Advent Envelopes Tutorial

Whatever you choose to do, make if fun and personal.  Your family can enjoy all the memories year after year.  You could even have the kids help you by having them design their own.


12 Days of Christmas Advent Envelopes Tutorial

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Winter Mitten Garland Tutorial for 12 Days of Christmas


I love the holiday season.  What better way to enjoy the season than with mittens in the snow.  Make your own mittens and display them for the season on your mantel or tree.  Make them even more special by using your little ones hand prints to create the template, or you can print ours.

Winter Mitten Garland Tutorial by GYCT

Materials Needed:
Several Sheets of Colored Felt
1 Pkg Embroidery Floss
Polyester Fiberfill
2" pieces of Ribbon
3-4 feet of Ribbon
Thread

Winter Mitten Garland Tutorial by GYCT
Begin with your mitten template.  Cut out 2 pieces of felt for each mitten.  I cut out 10 mittens for my garland.

Winter Mitten Garland Tutorial by GYCT

Next grab your embroidery floss.  Take one strand, unwind it and take from that 2 pieces of floss.  Then thread your needle.  You will be using a blanket stitch to stitch together your mittens.  You can see below the basics of a blanket stitch.

Winter Mitten Garland Tutorial by GYCT

Go around your entire mitten with the blanket stitch, leaving only the straight edge at the bottom open.  


Winter Mitten Garland Tutorial by GYCT
Take your fiberfill and stuff your mittens.  You don't want them to puffy, but you do want some shape to them.

Winter Mitten Garland Tutorial by GYCT

Now you will need ribbon and rectangle pieces of felt.  This rectangle only needs to be big enough to cover the straight edge opening on the bottom of the mittens.  Fold the rectangle in half at the bottom of the mitten and pin.  Loop your ribbon and place it in between the mitten and rectangle and pin.  Stitch around the rectangle to keep all the pieces in place.

Winter Mitten Garland Tutorial by GYCT
Repeat all the steps with each of your mittens.  You should have at least 10.

Winter Mitten Garland Tutorial by GYCT
Take your 3 feet of ribbon and thread your mittens onto the ribbon.  Space them about 5" apart.

Winter Mitten Garland Tutorial by GYCT
Thread your needle with thread and tack your mittens to the ribbon.  Repeat with all the ribbons.


Winter Mitten Garland Tutorial by GYCT


Now hang your garland.  You can put it on the tree, or outside on a fence or hang it from the mantel.

Don't forget to check out some of our other fun Christmas Projects like:

        

         


DIY Keepsake Mitten Ornaments Tutorial at GYCT

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12 Days of Christmas Holiday Blogger Challenge with sewmccool.com large

Don't forget to visit all of the bloggers who are creating tutorials for the Sew McCool 12 Days of Christmas challenge! Voting will begin on www.sewmccool.com on December 13 and go through 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern time on December 20. The blogger with the most votes will win $100 - just in time for Christmas!

December 1
December 2
Natalie @ Sew Outnumbered *Deby @ So-Sew-Easy * Ajaire @ Call Ajaire
December 3
December 4
December 5
Beth @ Beth Jarrett * Jen @ Just Joshin
December 6
December 7
December 8
Addie @ Addie K * Michelle @ Not My Tree
December 9
Ula @ Lulu & Celeste * Sara @ Made By Sara * Chelsea @ GYCT Designs
December 10
Nichole @ Bluebird & the Boy * Darcy @ Ginger House Designs * Shelly @ Coral & Co.
December 11
December 12
Maegen @ Mae and K * Jess @ Gracious Threads * Jone @ Knot Sew Normal
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Cabbage Patch Clothes - Free Pattern


Free Baby Doll Clothing Patterns from GYCT

If your little ones are anything like mine, they love a good baby doll.  Both my son and daughter love to play house and get the "baby" ready for outings and adventures.  I kept my Cabbage Patch doll from my childhood thinking my little ones would enjoy it, and boy was I right.  My daughter spends so much time mothering that I knew she needed another baby to take care of.  So I decided to grab her the baby Cabbage Patch too.  Now she will have two dolls to take care of.


Free Baby Doll Clothing Patterns from GYCT

However, their "clothes" are a bit wanting these days.  So why not put together some new clothes?  So that is just what I did.  It was a bit of a trick because the baby is a gift for Christmas.  It seemed like every time I needed to get it out for measurements she came into the room.  But, now it is done and we can wrap it for under the tree.


Lucky for you, I am in a giving mood these days.  I drafted up the patterns and digitized them just for you!  (And for me in the future because I can foresee I will need them.)



Materials Needed:

12" Baby Doll Pattern  OR  17" Baby Doll Pattern
Approximately 1/4 yard of fabric or less
Thread
Ballpoint Needle

Free Baby Doll Clothing Patterns from GYCTFree Baby Doll Clothing Patterns from GYCTFree Baby Doll Clothing Patterns from GYCT

I created 3 patterns in 2 sizes.  The patterns include dress, bodysuit/t-shirt and leggings for size 12" dolls and 17" dolls.  If you are not sure what the difference is in the babies, the baby on the left is the 12" doll and the 17" doll is on the right.  
   
Free Baby Doll Clothing Patterns from GYCT

Each pattern is designed for use with knit fabrics.  This is to help with the stretch over the head as well as easy care in washing.  The dress and bodysuit are lapped.  This allows for easy fit over the head.

Free Baby Doll Clothing Patterns from GYCTFree Baby Doll Clothing Patterns from GYCT

The leggings have a yoga style knit waistband to help with easy fit on and off.
Free Baby Doll Clothing Patterns from GYCT

So whether your little one has a 12" or 17" baby doll, we have the pattern for you.  You can grab them for FREE in our Craftsy Shop.  Enjoy!!! 




Free Baby Doll Clothing Patterns from GYCT








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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Holly & Ivy Party Dress Sew-Along Winners

Thank you to all those that sewed along during the Holly and Ivy Party Dress sew-a-long.  This was our first sew-a-long and we had a great time!  


If you haven't grabbed the pattern yet, you can get it in our Craftsy or Etsy Shop.  OR get the baby size 0-3 months for FREE in our Craftsy Shop.

We'd also like to thank our sponsor Bee Quilted Beauties


Today we want to announce our sew-a-long winners!!

Prizes:

1st Prize:  Kathryn Smith
Most "Liked" Project -  Will receive 2 patterns from GYCT Designs and the $25 gift certificate from Bee Quilted Beauties





2nd Prize:  Karen Burke
Designers Favorite - Will receive 1 pattern of choice from GYCT Designs




3rd Prize:  Debi Martin
Random Draw - Will receive 1 pattern of choice from GYCT Designs


Now, we need to decide what pattern to make for our next sew-along.


If you missed any of the fun, check out our posts from the week:
Tuesday - Sewing the Bodice 
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Friday, December 5, 2014

How to Make Perfect Gathers

How to Make Perfect Gathers from GYCT

This week we are sewing up the Holly and Ivy Party Dress pattern.  

If you haven't grabbed the pattern yet, you can get it in our Craftsy or Etsy Shop.  OR get the baby size 0-3 months for FREE in our Craftsy Shop.

Here is what we have covered so far:

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Today we are going to talk about adding gathers to a dress.  Gathers are one of my favorite features when sewing for children.  It adds fullness and makes a dress or top more feminine.  Today we will gather the skirt portion of the dress. 

When gathering a skirt, it is best to use a basting stitch on your machine.  To do this you'll want to make your stitch length the longest you can on your machine.  On my machine that is a 4.  Start by sewing a row of stitches along the top edge of the skirt at about 1/8".  Stitch a straight stitch across the edge WITHOUT backstitching.  Make sure to leave your thread tails long at the beginning and at the end.  This will help with gathering later.  Now about 1/4" below this line of stitching, stitch another basting stitch.  So you should have two rows of stitching.

How to Make Perfect Gathers from GYCT

For most skirt patterns, to get the best gathers it is smart to stitch separate sections of gathers.  I usually will make two rows of stitches on the front of the skirt.  Than 2 rows on both of the back pieces of the skirt.  So you would end up with 3 sections of gathers.  You can see below how mine looks.


How to Make Perfect Gathers from GYCT

Now take the bobbin threads of your thread tails from one of the sections and gently pull.  This is how your skirt will gather.  I will often place my gathered skirt up to the bodice or waistband and gather to the width of the bodice.  Repeat with each section.


How to Make Perfect Gathers from GYCT

Once they are gathered, you'll pin it to the bodice and stitch it in place.  You can see below how even those gathers turn out when you have 2 rows.  It really makes for some beautiful gathers.


How to Make Perfect Gathers from GYCT


Here is the outside view of the gathers.  Once you add your topstitching it will be so cute.


How to Make Perfect Gathers from GYCT


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Thursday, December 4, 2014

How to Make a Simple Tulle Underskirt

How to Make a Simple Tulle Underskirt by GYCT

This week we are sewing up the Holly and Ivy Party Dress pattern.  

If you haven't grabbed the pattern yet, you can get it in our Craftsy or Etsy Shop.  OR get the baby size 0-3 months for FREE in our Craftsy Shop.

Here is what we have covered so far:

Tuesday - Sewing the Bodice 


Today we are going to show you how to fancy up your dress by making a super simple tulle skirt.  This is a great way to add some fullness to your dress without needing to much fabric.

First, cut out an underskirt of lining fabric.  Sew it up as the directions say and then hem the skirt.  Next, measure the width of you skirt.  Mine was 30" across.  

Now, cut a long strip of tulle that is at least double the width of your skirt.  You may cut more strips or longer strips if you want more fullness and gathering on your tulle.  I ended up cutting 2 strips of tulle that were 5 x 40" each.

How to Make a Simple Tulle Underskirt by GYCT

Take your tulle and measure down 2" from the top.  Stitch a gathering stitch down the tulle at the 2" mark.  Gently pull your gathering stitches to gather your tulle.


How to Make a Simple Tulle Underskirt by GYCT
Measure up between 1.5 - 2" from the bottom of your skirt and pin your tulle along the gathering stitch.  Make sure to pull the gathering stitches so that the tulle covers the entire length of the skirt.


How to Make a Simple Tulle Underskirt by GYCT
Place your skirt and tulle in your sewing machine and stitch the tulle to the skirt along the gathering stitch.  Now finish the skirt using the directions in the pattern.  make sure the tulle skirt is underneath the main skirt .


How to Make a Simple Tulle Underskirt by GYCT


Doesn't that tulle just add a little more character and it also gives it some fullness.  


How to Make a Simple Tulle Underskirt by GYCT



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