Saturday Pattern Sharing 1/7/12

The tree is down, decorations are put away and the dust of holiday chaos is beginning to settle. With that said it’s the perfect (down)time to start working on projects for Valentine’s Day!

These cute zippered pouches would make great gifts for the favorite people in your life.  They’re even the perfect size to fill with conversation hearts!

Heart Shaped Zippered Pouch Tutorial

Happy sewing!

 

Saturday Pattern Sharing 11/12/11

I will admit that when it comes to cleaning my house, I am a woman of convenience!  I love, love, love products such as pre-moistened cleaning wipes (windex, clorox, etc.) and the dusting cloths (swiffer).  With two kids, two dogs and constant chaos I often find myself multitasking to keep the house semi clean in between deep-cleaning sessions.  This means wiping the bathroom sink/counter/mirror down while I brush my teeth, dusting the living room while on the phone and sweeping the kitchen floor while the baby is having a snack in the highchair. 

But as much as I love the convenience, I hate the cost and the waste it creates.  So I was super excited to find this tutorial on the internet yesterday.  I’m hoping to squeeze an hour in this weekend sometime to make a handful of these!

Reusable Swiffer Duster Cloths Tutorial

With overflowing containers of scrap fabric in my sewing room, I hope I can find a handful of flannel scraps!

Happy sewing!

Saturday Pattern Sharing 11/5/11

(First off, November? Already?  Yikes.)

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, I thought it would be fun to showcase a cute craft today instead of a sewing pattern.  This project would be great activity to do with your kids as well and if you’re on the ball could be used for both Halloween and Thanksgiving.  It might just be a Turkey Day craft for us.  😉

Mini Paper Pumpkin Tutorial

Happy crafting!

Pattern Testing — Pink Ribbon Ruffle Scarf

Denise over at Whimsy Couture is once again, gearing up for the launch of ANOTHER great pattern.  This ruffle scarf is super easy to sew and she’s donating proceeds to help breast cancer research!

As always, I love testing for her.  She’s hoping to have the pattern available for purchase sometime tomorrow.  When it’s purchasable I’ll make sure to let you know!

Changing Pad Cover Tutorial

If your house is anything like ours, after each child we seem to have a plethora of receiving blankets stuffed in drawers and closets.  We love them for the itty-bitty stage when you can lay baby on a blanket on the floor and the baby actually stays ON the blanket.  They’re easy to wash if baby spits up and will help preserve more cherished blankets.  But as baby grows and becomes mobile, those same blankets that were so well used at one point sit untouched.  I hate tossing anything that is still functional, (especially when it’s good usable fabric!) but in a crowded house I need all the space I can get.

So instead, I came up with a great way to re-purpose them into something functional!

1.  Gather the receiving blankets you want to use.  I’ve found there are two sizes — the small ones aren’t big enough to cover one side of my changing pad so I have to use the larger ones.  I think the large ones are about 40″ x 30″.  You can use either the flannel or the cotton and if you’re lucky you’ll have 2 of the same pattern so both sides match.  :)  If your receiving blankets aren’t big enough to cover one side of your changing pad you can always sew them together in a patchwork sort of fashion to get fabric pieces large enough.

2.  Measure the changing pad.  You’ll need all three dimensions — length, width and height.  If you have a contoured changing pad (where the sides are higher than the center) make sure to measure at the highest point.

3.  Calculate the size of the fabric pieces to cut.  Since my fabric wasn’t big enough to cut a single piece, I had to cut 2 (one for each side) and sew them together.  To determine the width of the fabric add the width and the height together, adding an extra 1″ for seam allowance.  

To determine the length of the fabric add the length and the height together, adding an extra 1″ for the seam allowance.


The 4th photo shows how to calculate the dimensions for a single piece.  If you have a contoured changing pad, add an extra 1″ or so to the width to account for the uneven surface.
4.  Cut your fabric piece(s).

5.  Right sides of fabric facing, sew along 3 of the sides.  When you’re finished it will look like a pillowcase.  I used my serger to keep the raw edges from fraying.  If you don’t have a serger you can use a zigzag stitch instead.

6.  Sew along the the open edge to keep it from fraying.

7.  Fold the edge down 1/2″ toward the wrong side of the fabric and iron.

8.  Reach inside, grab the bottom seam and pull, turning right side out.

9.  Topstitch 1/4″ from the edge of the opening.  This will sew that edge down that you folded under.  If you don’t want to finish the edge you could just fold the raw edge under twice and then topstitch instead.

10.  Slip the finished cover over your changing pad.

11. (Optional)  Add Velcro, snaps or buttons to close the opening.  I left it just the way it was for quicker removal in messy situations.

AND YOU’RE DONE!

 

This project has been approved and endorsed by the small one in the Stitch To Stitch household.  If you’re not taking photos to write a tutorial, you should be able to complete this project in under 30 minutes.  Easily.  Maybe even 15 if you’re not distracted by small children, your cell phone or Facebook.

Happy Sewing!


Saturday Pattern Sharing 10/8/11

Ruffle Fabric is a huge craze right now!  You can see it being used in a myriad of ways on Etsy — including the petti ruffle romper and the ruffle bubble romper in the Stitch To Stitch shop.

So when I find free tutorials like this Ruffle Fabric Skirt for WOMEN it makes me giddy! 

Now I just need to figure out if I can pull this look off or if I’m too wide through the waist/hips for it.  Hmmm…

Happy Sewing!

Saturday Pattern Sharing 10/1/11

With cold weather closing in on us quickly, we’re all thinking about staying warm and maintaining some style.  Our minds are also shifting to buying/making gifts for everyone on our holiday lists.  So this tutorial is the perfect project to do for OURSELVES!

Skip To My Lou shares this great tutorial for making a Ruffled Infinity Scarf in their Holiday Craft Along.

Happy Sewing!

Saturday Pattern Sharing 9/24/11

Another great Christmas gift idea! 

Lindsay over at The Cottage Mama shares this great tutorial for Embellished Hooded Towels. This would be a great project to help use up some fabric scraps.

My girls have always used hooded towels and they both desperately need some new ones.  Looks like I’m adding this to my to-do list!