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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Birthday banner with interchangeable photo pouch on: June 11, 2011 04:38:43 PM

Made this for my little guy's 2nd birthday (today!). I made a clear vinyl sleeve so the picture can be changed out for other family members, or you could put a message in the middle instead. It's also reversible to a pinker, girlier pattern/color scheme. All out of scraps and a pack of quilt binding I had in my extra special 'found at an old lady's yard sale' box! An almost-during-naptime project.

Full tute is on my blog, http://tiedyedivadesigns.blogspot.com/2011/06/tie-dye-diva-free-photo-pocket-flag.html

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Petal tee made with a die cutting machine! Tutorial at link on: December 08, 2010 03:02:24 PM
I had no idea how much fun a die cut machine is!  I made this cute petal tee in an evening (a distracted, putting-3-kids-to-bed, watching-some-TV and trying-not-to-ignore-the-husband evening).

Used my new Sizzix Big Shot, a flower shaped die and 2 identical Target clearance tees.  There's a tute on my blog here: http://tiedyedivadesigns.blogspot.com/2010/12/how-to-make-petal-tee-with-die-cut.html
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Fabric Christmas Stocking Tutorial and printable pattern (tute and link) on: October 25, 2010 11:32:12 AM
Free tute with lots of pics on my blog, how to sew these cute fabric stockings with foldover cuffs. The printable pattern's right there for you as well. Enjoy!


You'll need:

Less than 1/2 yard of each main stocking fabric and lining fabric
1/2 yard light/mid weight fusible interfacing (optional but recommended)
16" x 12" cuff fabric
12" of 5/8" grosgrain ribbon or other hanging strap
printable pattern

1. Preparing your pieces. Print out and assemble the pattern. Do not overlap the pages, it's fine if there is a gap in the lines where the pages join, just imagine they are there. Cut 2 stocking pieces from each of your main fabric, liner, and interfacing. Be sure one of each is reversed! The easiest way to do this is to fold the fabric before cutting; that way you'll cut 2 at once, and one will be reversed. Cut 1 piece for your cuff fabric that is 12" x 16". Follow the manufacturer's instructions for fusing your interfacing to your main stocking pieces. You do not need to interface the lining or cuff.

2. Sew your stocking and liner. Pin your main stocking pieces right sides together. Sew around the edges (except for the top) using a 1/2" seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance down to 1/4", and clip the inner curve at the bend in the stocking and outer curves around the toe and heel. This will help it lie nice and flat.

Repeat this entire step for the liner. Turn your liner right side out. Place your main stocking (still inside out) inside the liner, and align your raw upper edges. Put this aside.

3. Prepare the cuff and hanging strap. Place your cuff fabric right (printed) side up. Fold your ribbon or other strap in half, and pin in place along the 12" side, about 1" from the top edge, angled down as shown.

Then fold your fabric in half along an imaginary middle line so that the raw side edges are together. The wrong side of the fabric will be facing out, and your strap will be sandwiched inside this 8 x 12 piece.

Sew along this edge, backstitching and sewing over the ribbon strap again for reinforcement. Trim your seam allowance to 1/4, including the little bit of ribbon that is sticking through. Remove your inner pin first or your best sewing scissors will suffer! Now you have a tube of a sort. Fold the tube in half lengthwise, wrong sides together (right sides facing out).It's helpful at this point to lay it down as I have done, with the raw edges on top, folded edge on the bottom, and your sewn seam on the left. If you had X-ray vision (ooh ... wouldn't that be cool?), you'd see the ribbon inside where the dotted lines are shown.

4. Put it all together. Now put the cuff around the top of your set-aside stocking. You want all 4 raw top edges aligned (two from your folded cuff, one stocking, one liner). Align the side seams and the raw edges neatly, and pin.

Sew around the top of the stocking, using a 1/2" seam allowance. Finish this seam using a serger, zigzag stitch, or pinking shears.

Turn your stocking right side out yup, its correct that the seam is on the outside.

Then fold the cuff down into place, covering this seam. Voila, your handy hanging strap will pop up in just the right place. Give the whole thing a good pressing, and you're done.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Any ideas on how to make a pickle costume? on: October 02, 2009 08:03:47 AM
I told a non-sewing friend I'd help her make a pickle costume for her 8 year old son. Now I am coming up dry on how to do it. I was thinking at first a "bubble" type suit with elastic around the bottom, stuffed with something (newspaper even, this is just for trick or treating), and a fleece hat with a tall crown and small stem, also stuffed. But she said she had a one-piece in mind. Any ideas, anyone?
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Satin (or silk) backed blanket coming apart at seams, what am I doing wrong? on: December 10, 2008 09:15:07 AM
I made my son a small lovey blanket, one side velboa (mid weight faux "fur" type fabric) and one side satin. I just did a simple "right sides facing, straight stitch around leaving an opening, turn and close up the opening" type blanket. I made him a scarf with the same fabrics using the same technique.

After a little use, both items have come apart at the seams, the satin has just shredded away from the stitching, leaving holes. I have another baby on the way and have grand plans to make a silk charmeuse backed blanket, but don't want this same problem to reoccur. Should I be using some other technique?
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Costume sewing - can anyone help me with V-neck??? on: November 15, 2008 04:24:32 PM
I am really under a time crunch to get 8 smocks sewn for a play my daughter is in. They are supposed to be "beautician" type smocks for an Emerald City scene. I need them to be one size fits all and pull on quickly so I wanted to make the neckline rounded with a V-slit as shown to fit over all kinds of heads.

What I want to do is simply turn back the edges of the "V" and hem, but how do I finish the point of the V? It seems like it will be a stress point and if I simply turn and stitch the straight edges, the point will be unfinished and prone to tearing. I really don't have time to face the whole thing, is there some other way?  Thank you for any help!

7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / So if money is NOT an issue ... which machine to get? on: July 16, 2008 04:03:34 PM
OK, money is always an issue...but I need a different perspective on the "what machine should I get" threads. If money were not an issue, what machine would you buy? Straight sewing (computerized or not), but not a serger/overlocker or embroidery machine.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Minnie Dress Top Set - my first time shirring! on: July 06, 2008 11:27:41 AM
Just finished this set for my daughter to wear to Disney, my first time shirring ever! I had a little machine trouble with the shirring at first (tracked it down to the bobbin thread not being threaded through the catch = no tension = big mess) but it was pretty easy! The bottoms are regular bike shorts with a double ruffle added.

I wish she had let me do a full length dress but she wanted it top length, so here it is.

9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Another newbie shirrer ready to end it all (pics) on: July 03, 2008 05:34:32 PM
Not pics of me about to end it all, though those would be entertaining.

I am shirring for the first time. The first 5 rows went beautifully! Then I ran out of bobbin elastic and had to wind a new one and reload. Since then, it is all WRONG and I cannot figure out for the life of me why it won't work now! It looks like the elastic is actually twisting on the back.

I am using highest tension on the thread and hand winding the bobbin with medium tension, longest stitch length. I have tried rethreading, winding tighter, winding looser, new needle.

Going right:

Now all wrong: wrong side

right side:

Thank you if anyone can help.
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