Friday, July 27, 2012

New Fabric Friday

And just like that....It's Friday again.

I really love spending my Friday's with you. Really I do. 

So here is what's new in the SHOP this week!

Madrona Road By Violet Craft for Michael Miller Fabrics

Do you love it?
I love it.
Those pinks, reds and oranges would make the most beautiful fall clothing!

MODERN by Robin Zingone for Robert Kaufman
Man how I wish my camera could capture the awesomeness of this collection!  The colors are spectacular!  And the Black and Whites aren't too shabby either.
This collection just makes me smile :)

 Restocks this week:

 Three very fun and adorable Urban Zoologie prints are back in stock!  Holla!


Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Cute Little Apron Tutorial

Her pioneer outfit just wouldn't be complete without an apron.
And of course I needed to add pockets for all her treasures.

Here is the How To!

You will need:
1/2 yard Cotton Fabric

1. I opened up my 1/2 yard of fabric and then cut it in half, right down the fold.
2. Then I trimmed a 3" strip off the top of the one of the pieces.  That bottom piece is now the main piece of the apron.

3. Next I trimmed off 2 more 3" strips from the OTHER piece of the 1/2 yard. And laid them aside.

4.  I took the main piece for the apron and hemmed up the bottom, and the two sides of the apron.  You don't need to do the top as it will be covered by the band.

I folded the bottom and sides over 1/4" and pressed down. Then folded it over again 1/4", pressed down, and then sewed them down.

5.  Next, I ruffled the top of the main piece of the apron.  I used the classic, long-stitch pull and gather method, but you can ruffle it anyway you would like. 

6. Now, grab your three 3" strips and sew them end to end making a really long strip that is 3" wide.
7. Next you will fold them in half, right sides together, and sew a straight stitch all the way down the strip, and then sew one end of the strip shut.

 8. Now, turn that strip ride sides out again. This can be tricking with such a long strip. **I get a really long wooden spoon, and place the end of the strip I sewed shut over the handle and start feeding it over the spoons long handle.  Once the right side of the fabric peeks through the end of the spoon, just grab it and pull it out.        Press your strip nice and flat when done.

8. Next I laid my strip onto the top of the apron and pinned it where I wanted it.
 Then I sewed it right into place.

The main piece is done!  Phew!
Now onto the pockets.

Out of the leftover 1/2 yard, I cut 2 squares, about 4"x5"
I folded over all the edges and pressed them down.  Then I sewed down just the top fold over.
Next I pinned the pockets onto the apron and sewed down both sides and the bottom, obviously leaving the top open.  

Ta Da!  

Your Pioneer gal is ready to go.

 Especially with those Little Mermaid socks!

Thanks everyone!
See you on New Fabric Friday!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pioneer Skirt Tutorial

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So this week our Church is doing a Family Pioneer Trek.
Where we all dress up like Pioneers and reenact the Pioneers crossing the plains from Nauvoo, Illinois to the Salt Lake Valley,  over 165 years ago.

(To learn more about the Mormon Pioneers, click HERE)

We won't be trekking 1300 miles as they did, but 7 miles a day, for 3 days, pulling a handcart by day, and camping by night, with my wee little ones whining about being hot and hungry is sure to be an adventure. 

It's going to be awesome. 

So for this upcoming adventure, we needed clothing. Good thing I have a fabulous fabric shop in my basement and all the cute fabric I could dream of at my fingertips.

So I whipped up a few items for me and my little gal to wear on the trek. 

Here is a little tutorial for the size 4T skirt!

You will need:
1 yard Cotton Fabric
Enough Elastic to go around the waste of your little pioneer

(Please excuse these awful phone pics, my camera was in the shop)

1. I opened up my 1 yard of fabric and cut it in half right down the fold.

 2. Then I laid the pieces right sides together and sewed down the right side, making one really long strip of fabric. 2yardsx22".
3. I like to hem the bottom at this point before it becomes a circle. So I folded over the edge about 1/4", and then fold it over again 1/4" and press down.

4.  Then sew a straight stitch all the way along the bottom of the skirt to make a clean hem.
5. Next, put your skirt right sides together again, and sew down the left side of the skirt, connecting the other end and making a circle, tube, skirt thing.  Sorry, no picture.

6. Once you have your circle, it's time to the make the casing for the elastic.  Fold over the top just a little bit wider that your elastic width, then fold it over again and press.

7. Next you are going to sew a straight stitch all the way around the top of the skirt, but make sure to leave a little opening to feed your elastic through!
8. Now, measure your little lady's waste and cut your elastic about 1" shorter than that measure. Connect a big safety pin to the elastic and feed it through the skirt.
Once it is fed through, you will have the ends of the elastic sticking out the opening you left.
This is the point where I try it on the my little lady and make double check the how the elastic fits, and make any adjustments to the elastic length as needed.

9.  Next, connect your two elastic ends.
10.  And sew your opening shut.

 Hello cute little skirt!
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 And cute little pioneer girl!
I will be back tomorrow with the tutorial for that sweet yellow apron!

Friday, July 20, 2012

New Fabric Friday

                                                  Can you believe it is already Friday again?
                                                    TGIF baby!

We have added some fun and exciting prints to the shop this week, check them out!

Cherry Christmas by Aneela Hoey for Moda
That Santa sweater on the clothesline....cute as a button!

And after much anticipation.....

Ombre Dots by Riley Blake Designs

 The fade is just gradual enough to make you do a double take!

At the top of this photo is the fold, and the bottom is the selvage. The fade runs down both sides of the width of this print.  See where I have it folded over?
 Dark at the fold, light at the selvages. LOVE IT!

What a delightful Ombre rainbow!
I am loving the skirts I have seen make with the Ombre fade.

 Collect all 8 captivating colors!

Restocks this week:

As well as more yardage of each of the Seaside Stripes! They are delicious!

And we have in more of these two awesome Chevrons. Other colors are still on order.

And that's a wrap ladies and gentlemen.

Be sure to tune in next week for an awesome Pioneer Tutorial.

Have a superb weekend!

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