If you follow my Facebook or Twitter, you may have deduced that I’ve been working on my knitting skillz lately. I tried learning a few years ago, but didn’t get past the basics. I’m determined to get further this time!
I just bought yarn for my first “real” project, this lovely cowl, which is a free pattern from madelinetosh.com:
Last night I knit up a gauge swatch, so today I’m ready to get started with the actual cowl. I just had on worry… how do I estimate the right tail length for casting on 220 stitches? Seems like I could easily mess that up and have to pull out 200 stitches when I run out of tail. So I did some googling and found this tutorial from cocoknits.com:
No more estimating tail length for a long tail CO
Knitters be geniuses!
This is a quick and easy step by step tutorial for how to sew a fabric bow.
You can turn your bow into a clip / barrette for your hair or a pin / brooch for clothing, bags, etc.
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Click here for the video tutorial
or continue reading for the text/photo version of the tutorial.
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.
I made the iridescent blue/pink bow from this awesome fabric from WholePort.com!
Ready? Here we go!
Tools and Materials
- scrap fabric – my example measures 10″ x 12″.
- 6″ length of ribbon – 3/8″ wide to 3/4″ wide for this size bow. (Thinner or thicker ribbon might be more appropriate for smaller or larger bows.)
You can use grosgrain, satin, etc. It’s up to you.
- high temp glue gun
- sewing machine or serger
- binder clip or clothespin
- fastener of choice: alligator, snap clip, or bobby pin for hair accessories, pinback for a brooch
Cut a rectangle of fabric twice the width and twice the length of the size of your desired bow. My 10″ x 12″ rectangle of fabric will create a bow that is roughly 5″ x 6″.
If you fold the rectangle in half twice, you can get a good idea of what the end bow size will be.
I use a fairly narrow (1/4″) seam allowance, and I’m not too picky about the bow being slightly smaller than estimated, so I don’t account for seam allowance. If you’re going to use larger seam allowances (1/2″, for example), you may want to account for that when choosing your rectangle size.
Fold the rectangle in half, right sides together, lining up the longest sides (in this case, the sides that measure 12″). Pin, if necessary. Continue reading…
This scarf is great because it’s easy, quick, and inexpensive to make!
I’m using fleece, but if you’re feeling ballsy, try it with a lighter weight fabric, like jersey knit.
This tutorial works best if you have a serger, but it can be done without one, your results will just be slightly different.
You’ll need at least 1/3 yard of fabric (58-60″ wide) for one scarf. It’s always a good idea to buy a little extra, so I’d buy 1/2 a yard to be safe.
Click here for the video tutorial.
For a limited time, you can get my Fingerless Gloves pattern for free! Click the image to get your pattern:
Every year I watch The Nightmare Before Christmas and carve pumpkins! This is my collection of foam pumpkins (aka Funkins). My goal is to someday have a whole army of them!
Here they are unlit.
This year I carved this googly eyed fellow.
Here he is lit up.
And I also caved this Death’s Head Hawkmoth.
Quid pro quo, Clarice!
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!
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.
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.
Paired with my mini witch hat tutorial, you’re well on your way to a spooktacular DiY Halloween costume!
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.
You can make your hat to wear or just use it as a decoration.
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!
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.
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)!
Click below to watch a video version of the tutorial, or keep scrolling for a photo/text tutorial.
Here we go!
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…
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.
It’s a quick and easy project- great for beginners- and aprons make great gifts!
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.
Continue for the text/photo version of the tutorial.