Since this month is Halloween we thought the Happily Ever After Dress would be the perfect pattern to put on sale. So from now until 11:59pm on Tuesday, October 6th, you can grab the pattern for only $4.00.
Monday, October 5, 2015
Monday, September 14, 2015
Happy Monthly Monday Madness!! Today and tomorrow only grab the Denali Fleece Jacket for just $4! Perfect for the fall weather. Sale ends 9/15 at 11:59pm.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
We're back! Yes, GYCT Designs took a little break this summer. Mostly to spend time with the kiddos and now we are trying to get back in the grove. So we jumped at the chance to join Call Ajaire's Not Just a Sunsuit Tour. The Paneled Sunsuit is a fun and unique pattern with TONS of options.
Since we are working to squeeze ever last drop out of our summer fun, we went with the paneled sunsuit with shorts. It is perfect for those hot weather days.
The little miss loves here new princess jumper and enjoyed prancing around and picking strawberries.
If you know me you know I love to use shirring whenever I can. (Like in THIS post or THIS one) So it was no surprise that when faced with this sunsuit I decided to add a bit of shirring to the shoulder straps instead of elastic. I had great intentions of using shirring instead for all the elastic pieces. But in the end I decided just to shirr the shoulder straps. I really love how they turned out. Just a little change but a cute one.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Today I am hanging out over at Whimsical Fabric sharing the Back 2 School Art Kit tutorial. Go check it out.
I promise it will be worth your time. Plus, the fabric is perfect for Back to School.
You won't want to miss this tutorial.
Now if you enjoyed that tutorial, make sure to stop by the blog or follow me on social media.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Open up your separating zipper. Decide which of the zipper will go on which side of the sleeping bag.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Monday, July 13, 2015
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.
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'!
Fabric for t-shirt
Red, Black, Green and White, scrap fabric
Mario and Luigi Applique Pattern - Grab it for free HERE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, July 6, 2015
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 PATTERN - for pencil pouch AND coin purse
- 1 Fat Quarter or 1/8 yard of fabric for Pencil Pouch; scrap fabric for coin purse
- 1/8 yard Fusible Interfacing
- 7” Zipper
- Zipper Foot for your machine (affiliate)
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.
Step 2: Repeat with opposite side of the zipper and pencil pouch pieces. Again pressing them away from the zipper.
Step 3: Open the zipper about 3 inches. Flip the pouch so that the right sides are all together. Pin in place.
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.
Step 6: Pull the main pouch and the lining pouch apart. Stitch close the opening in the lining.
Step 7: Push the lining into the main pouch. Optional: Topstitch the lining and main fabric together around the zipper.
TADA!! You are finished!! See....zippers are not so bad!