As promised, today I’m sharing a free pattern for footed baby pants! If you hate trying to keep socks on a baby’s feet as much as I do, you’ll love these little pants! [Read more...]
This quick little project had been on my mind for some time – I first saw the idea on U-Create and then another version by Christie of A Lemon Squeezy Home, and I was glad to check it off my mental list before Hattie was born. [Read more...]
I’m excited to be participating in Jamie from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom’s Holiday Sewing Blog Tour today! 18 holiday projects from all of the bloggers listed below!
I’ve been wanting to make some ornaments for my tree this year, and Jamie’s series was a great excuse to finally make that happen. I decided on mini stocking ornaments. There are many crocheted and knitted versions online, but surprisingly, sewn versions seem to be few and far between.
I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share a free pattern for mini stocking ornaments, so that you can easily make your own!
Here we go…
fabric scraps – at least two coordinating fabrics (one for the stocking and one for the toe/heel contrast pieces)
white flannel scraps – for top of stocking
cotton batting scraps
Heat n Bond Lite
rick rack – 7″ length for each stocking
Print pattern pieces HERE. Make sure that your printer is not set to scale and is printing at 100%.
Following manufacturer’s directions, press Heat n Bond to wrong side of fabrics. The amount of fabric and Heat n Bond will depend on how many stockings you’re making at once – use the pattern pieces to make sure you have enough. For each ornament, you’ll need two stocking pieces, two heel pieces, two toe pieces, and two top pieces.
Cut pattern pieces out and trace onto Heat n Bond (wrong) side of fabrics. For each ornament, you’ll want to trace one of each piece right side up, and for the second of each piece, trace it with the pattern piece upside down (I wasn’t thinking and learned that the hard way the first time around). The two sides need to be opposite from eachother so that they can be joined wrong sides together. I made the front and backs different for each ornament (red stocking on one side and turquoise on the other), but you could also make them the same on each side, or mix it up however else you want!
Cut all stocking, toe, heel, and top pieces out.
Cut one stocking out of cotton batting for each ornament you’re making.
Remove paper backing from toe, heel, and top pieces, and press them onto the appropriate stocking pieces.
Remove paper backing from stocking piece and zig zag stitch around each toe, heel, and top piece along inner raw edge. The Heat n Bond will make it more difficult for your feed dogs to guide your fabric, but I was still able to navigate my pieces just fine. If it’s more difficult on your machine, you can leave the paper on the stocking back and tear it off carefully after stitching the toe, heel, and top pieces on.
Sandwich the cotton batting piece between two stocking pieces, with front and back of stockings right sides out. Fold the rick rack (7″) in half, and sandwich 1/2″ of each end along the top of the ornament, between the front and back pieces.
Press all layers together, allowing Heat n Bond to join front and back pieces and holding rick rack and cotton batting between the front and back.
Zig zag stitch around entire outside edge of stockings, including top edge, through both front and back layers. This will also secure the rick rack in place.
That’s it! Make a few or make a bunch, and enjoy them on your tree!
As part of the blog tour, Jamie is also giving away a serger! On December 21 she will be hosting a holiday sewing linky party, and will also be picking the winner of the serger, so make sure to head over to Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom before the 20th to get your entry in!
Also be sure to check out yesterday’s blog tour stop, Domestic Bliss Squared, and learn to make a one seam doll skirt! Sounds like my kind of project :).
And Mel from The Crafty Cupboard will be sharing this cute Felt Christmas Light Garland with everyone tomorrow!
I recently taught a class to a group of ladies at my church on how to make a simple table runner, and I thought I would share it with you as well. Even those with little or no sewing experience were able to complete their runners with no trouble, and you can too!
With Christmas right around the corner, a new runner is a great way to spice up any table and add a fun print or color to a dining room.
So, want to make a runner that’s fast, easy, and cute? It’s just four steps. Here we go!
Front fabric – To make a 7′ long runner, you’ll need to buy 2.5 yd home decor fabric – if your fabric is 56-58″ wide, you’ll be able to get three runners out of one length. Cut the length in three equal pieces, or 18″ wide. For a 7″ runner, cut the fabric 88″ long. You can adjust the length to whatever you’d like – just add 4″ to the desired finished length to account for hems.
Backing fabric – To make a 7′ long runner, you’ll need to buy 2.5 yd quilting cotton or muslin fabric – if your fabric is 44″ wide, you’ll be able to get three runners out of one length, just as the front fabric (you’ll see below why the backing fabric is narrower than the front fabric). Cut the length in three equal pieces again, or 14″ wide. Cut to an equal length as the front fabric.
*The cutting measurements above will give you a finished runner of 16″ wide.
That’s it! The back of your runner will look like this…
They make great gifts (for others and yourself :)), and are easy to switch out for any holiday or occasion.
If you don’t follow me on Instagram (@sewmuchado), you may be surprised to see the photo above, but it’s me! Yep, number four is on the way and due at the end of March. We find out the gender today, and I can’t wait! I’ll be sure to keep you all posted :).
I spent the other evening in a maternity store, trying on every pair of maternity jeans that they have. Most of the maternity jeans I already have fit best later on in pregnancy, and I was sick of feeling frumpy in my regular jeans. I came home with one pair, but wasn’t thrilled with them. I was even less thrilled when I tried them on again at home.
The next morning I woke up and had another look through my closet and bin of maternity clothes. I came across a pair of jeans that I always liked, but had a broken zipper, and then it dawned on me that I should use them to make my own maternity jeans.
I grabbed a pair of old maternity jeans that I had been given from my sister (who had been given them by her sister-in-law, lol), that were not exactly in style anymore, but had a band that I liked. I cut the waistband off as close to where it was sewn to the jeans as I could, and took it in quite a bit on one side so it would be snug enough on my mid-pregnancy belly to hold my jeans up. If you don’t have a pair of maternity jeans that you can steal a band from, you could use a belly band, or make your own with knit fabric. If making your own, make sure to add the curve for the front of the jeans when you cut it out, and I’d also recommend using knit with lycra or spandex in it. Without the lycra or spandex, the knit will likely stretch out and you’ll have issues keeping your pants up :).
Next I cut the waistband of the jeans off, right under the waistband on the back, and dipping down into a curve in the front. I then stitched around the top, securing the pockets and belt loops to the top raw edge where I had cut.
Right sides together, I pinned the band to the top of the jeans, adjusting so that the band would evenly stretch around the entire top of the jeans. I used a zigzag stitch to stitch them together, and they were done!
The transformation literally took about 20 minutes from start to finish, and these are the best mid-pregnancy jeans I’ve had yet out of all my pregnancies. The band holds the jeans up well without me having to constantly adjust them, and the jeans themselves are comfortable. The best part is that they actually look like regular jeans rather than maternity jeans (because they are!), which makes me love wearing them even more.
The top above is one of my Seafarer Tops – they’ve been so great so far with pregnancy, and I’ll be posting a tutorial soon on how to alter the pattern for a full belly! Stay tuned for some fun posts this week, including a book review and a fabric giveaway! Hope you have a happy Monday!