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!!

Monday, May 18, 2015

DIY Character Autograph Books and Printables

DIY Character Autograph Books and Printables by GYCT

 We had ourselves a Disney adventure recently.  As I was preparing for the trip, I thought of so many fun things to do and ways to make the trip special for my kids.  For us, this is a BIG deal.  So I really wanted them to have their own autograph book.  I know I could just buy them and it wouldn't be a big deal.  But I also knew I could make them and personalize them and they would just love that.  So today, you get some fun free printables and a little tutorial on how to make your own autograph book.


Materials Needed
Free Character Printable Cards - HERE
Cardstock 
Printer
Paper cutter or scissors
Metal Rings
Hole Punch
DIY Character Autograph Books and Printables by GYCT

Start by printing off the character cards.  There should be 19 characters plus 2 blank card options for those other characters that aren't included.  Once you've printed, get cutting.

DIY Character Autograph Books and Printables by GYCT

The cards are each 4x5.  So you will want to make sure you cut them so they are even.  You can do a couple at a time if you are using a paper cutter.

DIY Character Autograph Books and Printables by GYCT

Next, grab your hole punch and punch 2 holes in the tops.  Then loop your metal rings through each hole and close them.  That's it.  Simple, fast and perfect for visiting some fun characters.

DIY Character Autograph Books and Printables by GYCT

If you have time, you can make some cute cover's with your little's names on them and favorite characters.  I laminated a front and a back sheet.  That way when they were holding them or put them in a bag they wouldn't get ruined or bent out of shape.  



Now let me say that these books were a HUGE hit.  It was a great conversation starter with each of the characters.  They got really excited when they saw their picture.  And so did my kids.  It was also fun if they didn't have a picture but saw that others did.  They got "angry" and would be silly.




Thursday, May 14, 2015

Drawstring Tote Bag Tutorial

FREE Drawstring Tote Bag Tutorial by GYCT

Drawstring Tote Bags are perfect for all sorts of projects.  They work great for keep toys out of your way.  We use them to back shoes and clothes around.  Or you can use them to organize your holiday decorations.  Whatever you use them for, you'll love knowing how easy it is to make them.  Monday we talked about How to Make a Casing for our Sewing 101 Series.  Today we are going to put that skill into practice and make a Drawstring Tote Bag.

Materials Needed
Drawstring tote bag PDF pattern or measurements (below)
2 Fat Quarters of fabric
35" of ribbon
Thread


Step 1
Cut 2 of the pattern pieces or 2 fabric pieces 14" x 15".  Cut the ribbon 35" long.  Place the two pieces right sides together.  Pin in place.

FREE Drawstring Tote Bag Tutorial by GYCT  FREE Drawstring Tote Bag Tutorial by GYCT

Step 2
Measure from the top edge down 1” and mark with a pencil.  Mark again at the 2” mark.  


FREE Drawstring Tote Bag Tutorial by GYCT

Step 3
Begin sewing at the top of the bag.  Sew down to the 1” mark.  Backstitch and cut your threads.  Begin sewing at the 2” mark.  Backstitch and continue sewing all the way around the bag.  Making sure to turn your corners.  Stop on the opposite side of the bag.




FREE Drawstring Tote Bag Tutorial by GYCT

Step 4
Press the top edge of the bag down ¼” all the way around the “circle”.  Roll down another 1” and iron again.  Pin in place.  This is your Casing for you ribbon.


FREE Drawstring Tote Bag Tutorial by GYCT   


Step 5
 Place the bag over the arm of the machine.  Stitch a casing around the bottom edge of the ironed casing.  
FREE Drawstring Tote Bag Tutorial by GYCT

Step 6
Cut your corners and finish your seams with pinking shears or zig-zag stitch.  (Check our our Seam Finishes post here)


FREE Drawstring Tote Bag Tutorial by GYCT

Step 7
Place a safety pin on the edge of the ribbon.  Thread the ribbon through the hole in the bags casing.  Slowly thread the ribbon all the way around the casing.  Pull the ribbon back out of the hole.


FREE Drawstring Tote Bag Tutorial by GYCT  FREE Drawstring Tote Bag Tutorial by GYCT

Step 8
Finally, tie the ribbon at the bottom so it doesn't get pulled back into the bag.  Now you’re done!!


FREE Drawstring Tote Bag Tutorial by GYCT

All done and ready to fill!!  Now you can see how simple a casing is.  Next you'll be ready to sew up some elastic casings like in our Jean and Jamey Jammies Pattern.


FREE Drawstring Tote Bag Tutorial by GYCT





Monday, May 11, 2015

Sewing 101: How to Make a Casing


Sewing 101:  How to Make a Casing by GYCT

Today for our Sewing 101 Series we are going to talk Casings.  Perhaps you don't know what a casing is.  A Casing in sewing is a cover that is created to enclose something like elastic or a ribbon. You might use a casing on a bag to enclose the ribbon or tie that is used to close the bag.  Or you might have a casing on some pants to enclose the elastic so it doesn't touch the wearer.  Both examples are uses of casings. 


So how do you make a casing?  It is actually very simple.  Basically you are "rolling" or folding your fabric.  You fold towards the wrong side a small amount.  Then you fold again a larger amount.  For instance, below you can see we folded the drawstring bag 1/4" all the way around, then we folded it again 1".  It allows for the raw edges to be hidden while giving room for ribbon, ties or elastics to go through.


Sewing 101:  How to Make a Casing by GYCT  Sewing 101:  How to Make a Casing by GYCT




Once it is folded and pressed, then you stitch around the bottom edge of the casing. 


Sewing 101:  How to Make a Casing by GYCT

For each casing, there is a small opening, on a drawstring bag it is near the side seam.  On pajama pants, like our Jean and Jamey Jammies, you can find the opening on the back of the casing. This is where the elastic is inserted.

Sewing 101:  How to Make a Casing by GYCT  Sewing 101:  How to Make a Casing by GYCT


 On some pants, there may only be a casing on the back of the pants to give some stretch over the bum but keep them from falling off.  The elastic is inserted at the side seam and pulled to the opposite side seam like in our Love Me Knot Shorts.

Sewing 101:  How to Make a Casing by GYCT

Casings are actually pretty simple.  The most important detail to remember is making sure you measure your casing.  If it says to fold 1/4", make sure you measure around the entire casing so it is even and not lopsided.  Make sure to come back later this week.  We have a FREE pattern for you so you can practice your own Casing.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Guest Posting Lollipop Top



Today I am hanging out over at Crafting Con sharing this fun Lollipop Top Tutorial.  So fast and fun.  So make sure to check it out!!

You could also check out my Mini Effie look or Mario T-Shirt Tutorial over there while you are at it.  

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Quick Sunglass Case Tutorial



Quick Sunglass Case Tutorial By GYCT

If you ask my husband, I am always buying sunglasses.  But honestly, I don't.  Okay, maybe once or twice a year I get new sunglasses.  Why?  Because they get all beat up and scratched or chopped in half by my children.  Just the normal stuff.  So this time, I said enough is enough!!  I need a sunglass case.  One that will not get beat up in my purse.  Once where they can "slide out".  One that closes and fits ginormous glasses into.


Materials Needed
2 - 8"x 8" pieces of fabric
2 - 6" x 6" pieces of interfacing
thread


Quick Sunglass Case Tutorial By GYCT

Cut your pieces and then iron the interfacing to the wrong side of both of your fabric pieces.
Quick Sunglass Case Tutorial By GYCT

Fold the bottom edge of your fabric up 3 1/2" and pin it in place.  Stitch it down.
Quick Sunglass Case Tutorial By GYCT

Next take the bottom edges of your case and fold them to make a diamond shape.  Measure from the edge 1 inch and stitch across (like the picture above).
Quick Sunglass Case Tutorial By GYCT

The finished pieces should look like this.
Quick Sunglass Case Tutorial By GYCT

Place the two pieces right sides together so they fit inside of one another.
Quick Sunglass Case Tutorial By GYCT

Pin in place and stitch around the edge.  Make sure to leave a 2" open so that you can flip it right side out later.
Quick Sunglass Case Tutorial By GYCT

Turn it right side out.  Iron well and then...
Quick Sunglass Case Tutorial By GYCT

Topstitch around the entire case.  Finishes it nicely but also keeps the lining from coming out.  Next, place your Velcro and stitch it in place.
Quick Sunglass Case Tutorial By GYCT


You're all done!!  See, so much roomier and no scratching!  Closes nicely.  Doesn't take up loads of room.  Helps prevent scratches.  Now my husband has nothing to complain about.  Perhaps I should get some new sunglasses just to mark the occasion.

Quick Sunglass Case Tutorial By GYCT

Monday, April 27, 2015

Monday Monthly Madness: Rival Raglan


It is Monthly Monday Madness again!!  Today only you can purchase one of my most used patterns the Rival Raglan for just $4.  

Honestly, of all the patterns I have designed, this one I sew the most.  It is fast, comfy and great for every season.  In fact, I just made several for our family vacation coming up.  Pattern comes with the top, tunic and dress option and includes the short, 3 quarter and long sleeves.  You also get directions on how to layer your sleeves for even more looks.  Go grab it today in our Shop.