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How to Make a Pixie Skirt – DiY Fashion Tutorial

This is a step by step tutorial for how to sew a pixie skirt, also known as a handkerchief hem or a square circle skirt. If you already know how to make a circle skirt, this one is even easier!

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This version features a different waistband style from my original circle skirt tutorial, which is more suitable for wearing at your natural waist and/or for people with a large waist-to-hip ratio.

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You can use any type of fabric for this tutorial, woven or knit. My example skirt has two layers, but you can do a single layer if you prefer! I’ll show you how to determine how much fabric you need and what to do if your fabric isn’t wide enough to cut the skirt in one seamless piece.  

I’ll also show how to do the math the old fashioned way, but if you want you can skip that part and download my FREE circle skirt template here.

how_to_make_witch_skirtPaired with my mini witch hat tutorial, you’re well on your way to a spooktacular DiY Halloween costume!

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How to Make a Mini Witch Hat – DiY Halloween Tutorial

This is a quick and easy step by step tutorial for how to make a mini witch hat. Just in time for Halloween!

Click to watch the video! I’ll update soon with text/photo instructions as well.

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You can make your hat to wear or just use it as a decoration.

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You’ll need to download my free circle skirt template to make the hat. I used a glitter craft foam for my hat, but you can also use felt or even paper!

Stay tuned because tomorrow I’m posting a tutorial for a pixie skirt, which goes quite nicely with the hat when done in witchy fabrics!

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What is the difference between knit fabrics and woven fabrics?

As a seasoned seamstress, I tend to take it for granted that people know the difference between a knit and woven fabric, but plenty of people don’t. As evidenced by the questions I get at least once a week both in my clothing shop and my pattern shop like: “Can I use 100% cotton with this pattern?” or “Is this dress made of cotton or is it stretchy?”

The problem with both questions is that fabrics can be knit/stretch and be 100% cotton. But people have come to confuse 100% cotton with woven.

When you think of woven fabrics, think of fabric you’d use to make a quilt or curtains or upholstery. Woven fabric is generally crisp and not stretchy*. It can be as thin as chiffon or as thick as denim.

*Some woven fabrics, like stretch denim or stretch poplin, have spandex woven in to give it some stretch. A stretch poplin may have 15% stretch across the grain, which means a 10″ piece of fabric can stretch up to 11.5″.

When you think of knit fabrics, think of t-shirts and leggings. Knit fabric is usually stretchy and supple. It can be as thin as mesh or as thick as sweatshirt fleece.

Knit fabrics tend to offer a superior amount of stretch compared with wovens, perhaps 30-50% for a t-shirt or up to 100% for something like a nylon spandex. 50% stretch would mean a 10″ piece of fabric can stretch up to 15″. 100% would mean a 10″ piece of fabric could stretch up to 20″. That’s quite a difference from the 11.5″ from the stretch poplin example.

This handy little drawing (courtesy of Threads magazine) is a close-up of how woven fabric is constructed. Notice it’s a sort of basket-weave pattern, with the threads running perpendicular to each other. Each thread is separate from the next, meaning that when it’s cut, the edges fray.

 

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How To Make a Zipper Pouch – DiY Sewing Tutorial

This is a nice, quick tutorial for beginners and pros alike! Not only are zipper pouches easy to make, but they’re practical as well. They make great little clutch purses, or make up bags, or storage for art supplies (or whatever else you want to use them for)!

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Click below to watch a video version of the tutorial, or keep scrolling for a photo/text tutorial.

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Here we go!

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Collect your materials. You’ll need an outer fabric and a lining fabric, plus a zipper. I’m also adding a wristlet strap, but you could customize yours in lots of ways. You could add a keyring or swivel hook on the end of the strap, or you could skip the strap. Add a pocket or handles. Go crazy! You can also play with the size and dimensions.

The dimensions I used are as follows (and incidentally fit my Nook quite nicely):

  • cut two outer fabric rectangles 9.5″ wide and 6.5″ long
  • cut two lining fabric rectangles 9.5″ wide and 6.5″ long
  • cut one outer fabric strap rectangle 12″ wide and 3″ long
  • the zipper should be at least 3 inches longer than the width of the bag (so in my case, 13″ or longer)

I have interfaced my outer fabric, but only because it’s a stretch fabric, and I really don’t want it to stretch. Otherwise, interfacing is optional! Continue reading…

How to Make a Half Apron – DiY Fashion Tutorial

This is my step-by-step tutorial that will show you how to make a half apron using the free Mini Apron add-on pattern from my shop.

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It’s a quick and easy project- great for beginners- and aprons make great gifts!

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You might also want to grab the free pocket pattern or one of the free applique patterns while you’re at it!

 I have both a video tutorial and a text/photo tutorial for this project.

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How to Make a Tie Back Halter Top – No Sew Clothing Tutorial

This is a super quick project for turning a t-shirt from crummy to kick-ass! Works best with a t-shirt that’s a little big (or really big) on you.

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Difficulty:
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You’ll need:

  • A t-shirt that’s too big for you or approximately 1 yard of stretch/knit fabric
  • Sharp scissors

Click below to start the video!

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This tutorial was filmed using a Creative Labs Vado HD Digital Video Camera, a Canon Rebel (for still shots), and edited in Sony Vegas Movie Studio.

If you’d prefer a text tutorial with diagrams, continue reading below!

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Get yourself a t-shirt and some scissors!
A t-shirt that’s at least a hair too big on you works best. Larger will also work, of course.
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How to Make a Trompe l’Oeil Baby Tee – DIY Fashion Tutorial

I’ve always loved trompe-l’œil (which means “deceive the eye” in French). I love things that look like other things: tuxedo shirts and bookcases that are secretly doors and paintings that look like windows to a secret garden.

Here is a project I made as a baby shower gift for an old friend of mine. We have an old joke between us about Junior Park Rangers, and I felt that it was imperative for the future generations of Junior Park Rangers that we get this baby started young.

At first I considered trying to make an actual Ranger outfit, but baby clothes kind of freak me out. They are SO SMALL. So then I thought about embellishing a t-shirt. I can do that.

Of course, you can adapt the trompe-l’oeil thing to fit any theme. Baby’s first tuxedo! Baby’s first prison jumpsuit! Baby’s first motorcycle jacket!

tromp_loeil_baby_tee_faux_tutorialDon’t think you’re limited to just baby tees. The same process would work just as well on a onesie, or even on adult clothing!

And while I chose to use freehand machine embroidery, you could easily adapt this project for hand embroidery. Not a thread person? Make a no-sew version with fabric markers or fabric paint!

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Gather your supplies. In my case:

  • baby tee
  • dissolving fabric marker
  • sewing machine
  • thread (I used regular all-purpose sewing machine thread, but you may want to try a nice machine embroidery thread)

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Free Mini Apron Pattern in the Shop!

I’ve just added a new free pattern to the shop. It’s a mini apron add on for the Vintage Style Apron pattern. You’ll need to purchase (or have already purchased) the Vintage Style Apron if you want to use it as shown in the example below.

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However, as a bonus, I’ve also put together a stand-alone tutorial for a half apron, which only requires the FREE mini apron portion of the pattern.

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How to Gather Fabric – DIY Sewing Tutorial

This is a seven part series (in progress) that will show you damn near every possible way to gather fabric. Yeah, I said seven.

Why so many, you ask.

Isn’t one good enough?

Different fabrics will be better suited to different methods of gathered, so that’s why. Now quit questioning my authority!

Hold on to your butts….

How to Gather Fabric by Hand

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How To Make a Rosie Wrap Head Band – DIY Fashion Tutorial

Rosie wrap, tie up rockabilly headband, dolly bow… whatever you want to call it, this is a super duper easy and quick sewing project. This would be a perfect tutorial to start with if you’re new to sewing.howtorosie1

I made mine in a pretty pink floral print, inspired by the trends featured in the spring crafting inspiration site from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. To celebrate National Sewing and Craft month, Jo-Ann is offering a $5 off coupon on any $25 purchase! Click here for the coupon.

I’ll also show you how to make different widths for a slightly different look. Here’s a wider version, which I think looks a little more like the shape of Rosie the Riveter’s actual wrap:

howtorosiewrap2Heh. Okay, let’s get started. Below is the video version of this tutorial, but after that there’s also a photo/text version so you can go at your own pace.

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