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Scrappy Liberty Lanyard Tutorial

Posted by Katie Remski on Sep 22, 2017 4:53:44 PM
  

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

If you love Liberty of London Tana Lawn, you know how precious every little scrap is! This patchwork lanyard not only helps you use up small pieces of fabric, but it gives you an easy way to "wear" a piece of Liberty patchwork. Here's how to make one of your own! 

For fabric, I used prints from one Liberty Scrap Pack. If you don't have scraps left over from projects, this is a great way to get a variety of prints in small cuts. One lanyard certainly won't take up the whole pack, so you'll still have some fabric left over. You'll also need some lightweight interfacing and a swivel hook or lanyard clip + jump ring. If you don't want a scrappy piecded lanyard, just cut a 44" by 3" strip of fabric and start the instructions at step 4. 

Materials

Asorted Liberty of London Scraps

1/4 yard of lightweight fusible interfacing 

Swivel hook OR lanyard clip + jump ring

1. Cut

From fabric: the only rule is each piece needs to be AT LEAST 3" long and at least 1" wide. Don't worry about making the scraps all the same size, as long as the 3"+ sides are cut straight. 

From interfacing: Ultimately, you need a long strip that's 43" long and 2" wide, but since interfacing is typically only 20" wide you'll need to piece it (more on that later.)

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

2. Sew

Start sewing the scraps longest-sides together, using a 1/4" seam allowance. 

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

Keep going until you have a strip that's about 44" long. 

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

3. Iron

Press all seams open. It's important that they're pressed open to reduce bulk; pressing to one side would make a bumpy lanyard. 

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

4.Fuse Interfacing

Lay 2" wide interfacing strips in the middle of your Liberty strip, centered as well as you can. Press according to interfacing directions. To extend the full length of the Liberty piece, butt the next interfacing strip right up against the previous one. Repeat pressing and laying down interfacing until you reach the end of the Liberty strip. 

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics
You'll end up with a piece that looks like this.  Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

5. Trim

Trim away irregular edges, leaving a 1/4" margin of fabric around the interfacing. Repeat on both sides. 

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

All neat and trimmed!

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

6. Fold

Fold the strip in half lengthwise and iron to crease. 

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics
Unfold strip and fold both sides in toward the center crease; press.  Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

Fold the whole strip in half and press.  

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics
Use WonderClips or pins to secure in place.  Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

7. Stitch

Sew down clipped size with a very small seam allowance-- try to get as close to the edge as you can while still catching all layers and sewing straight. 

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics
Turn and sew down the folded size, using the same small seam allowance you used on the other side.  Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics
You now have a sewn strip of Liberty that's about 43" long. You're almost done! Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

8. Sew on hook

Slide swivel hook or jump ring onto one end of strip. Fold up end to make about a 1" loop. Take other end of strip (careful- don't twist it at all!) fold it under about 3/4". 

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics
clip or pin the folds on top of each other, raw edges and folds on the inside.  Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics
Stitch down folds, going through all 4 layers, sewing from one side of the lanyard to the other.   Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

Move up about 1" and sew across again. 

 

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

If you would like, you can sew an "X" from corner to corner between the two lines of stitching for extra security. Clip threads. 

Liberty Lanyard Tutorial from Pink Castle Fabrics

You're all done! Use lanyards for name badges, keys, tiny scissors and notions, glasses, or whatever you need to keep nearby! If you make a scrappy lanyard from this tutorial, use the hashtag #scrappylibertylanyard and #pinkcastlefabrics 

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Topics: Liberty of London, Tana Lawn, Glamp Stitchalot, Free Pattern, Tutorial, lanyard, free tutorial, glamp, liberty, technique, glamp 4

Free Pattern: Girls' Fully Reversible Skirt

Posted by Katie Remski on Jul 27, 2017 11:39:33 AM
  

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Do you know a little girl who loves to change outfits multiple times throughout the day? While expressing themselves though fashion may be fun for the kiddos, the laundry can start to pile up! Enter the Girl's Fully Reversible Skirt, a free pattern for a simple, twirly skirt that's just as much fun to sew as it is to wear. The comfy elastic waist and choice of two favorite fabrics will make it a wardrobe staple, and the ease of sewing (no pattern pieces! no interfacing! no zippers or buttons!) will make it easy to sew up a whole closet full. 

Download the FREE Reversible Skirt Pattern PDF!

A free pattern for a  girl's fully reversible skirt from Katie Remski at Pink Castle Fabrics

 

My favorite thing about this skirt is the way it is 100% reversible without the usual piping, binding, or added bands that are typical for reversible patterns. All you need is two different prints, enough elastic to fit comfortably around the child's waist, and an hour or so for cutting and sewing. 

A free pattern for a  girl's fully reversible skirt from Katie Remski at Pink Castle Fabrics

Another wonderful thing about this skirt is you can customize it in so many ways. Make it shorter or longer, add fullness, stitch on some applique or pockets, whatever makes you (and the recipient) happy! The sewing is very, very easy, especially once you get the hang of sewing down and around the side seam. 

A free pattern for a  girl's fully reversible skirt from Katie Remski at Pink Castle Fabrics

For the fabric for these skirts, we chose two new lines in the shop-- the skirt at left is made from "Double Dutch" by Latifah Saafir for Hoffman Fabrics. Aside from the line having the perfect name, how could we resist an ice cream bar skirt for a little girl?! Not to mention that if (ahem, when) popsicle juice drips onto her outfit and you've still got to get through the grocery store, just flip the skirt over to a clean side. The happy, colorful geometric dots on the reverse side look like something from a retro arcade game. 

 

For the yellow skirt on the right, we used "Supernova' by Rae Ritchie for Dear Stella Fabrics. This line of science-inspired motifs, including these glasses, will appeal to the girl who would rather read books and pair her skirts with high top sneakers (how sweet would this be with a cardigan for school?) The reverse of the skirt is Dear Stella Scallop Dot, which makes for a simple basic perfect for pairing with busy shirts.  A free pattern for a  girl's fully reversible skirt from Katie Remski at Pink Castle Fabrics

 Download the FREE Reversible Skirt Pattern PDF!

Here's an image for your Pinterest boards: 

A free sewing pattern for a skirt for little girls that's fully reversible from Pink Castle Fabrics

Topics: kids sewing, latifah saafir, skirt, Free Pattern, dear stella, Apparel Sewing, kids, reversible skirt, girls, kids clothes, Techniques

Liberty of London Tana Lawn Popover Dress

Posted by Katie Remski on Jul 5, 2017 5:00:42 PM
  

Liberty of London Popover Sundress! Oliver+S pattern review at Pink Castle Fabrics.

Everyone loves free patterns, and Oliver + S's Popover Sundress for little girls is a fast and easy summer make! Using Liberty of London Tana Lawn makes the dress particularly light and cool, and always looks pretty and classic. The whole pattern is only 3 pieces and the front and back are identical (perfect for twisting around in case of any popsicle mishaps.) There's no zippers or buttons or snaps, just sweet (and easy!) shoulder ties that double as armhole binding. We found we only needed about 1 1/2 yards of 54" wide lawn to make the size 6, including the bias straps! A little rickrack (about 1/2 yard) trims the narrow yoke, but you could also sew a mini ruffle or add lace instead.

Liberty of London Popover Sundress! Oliver+S pattern review at Pink Castle Fabrics

 Oliver + S really knows kids clothes, and their patterns work so well together-- couldn't you just see how adorable a matching bucket hat would look with this dress? 

Liberty of London Popover Sundress! Oliver+S pattern review at Pink Castle Fabrics

 The construction of the dress couldn't be simpler, and to make it even faster we used  Janome serger and Janome CoverPro 1000CPX for side seams and hem (read more about this machine here.) You certainly don't need a serger or coverstitch machine to make this dress but if you have them, it will make the process a snap. 

Liberty of London Popover Sundress! Oliver+S pattern review at Pink Castle Fabrics

 The Liberty of London fabric print we used here is called Betsy Ann in E, a tiny, feminine floral with a lot of movement and detail. It washes like a dream and is sturdier than its soft, smooth hand implies. It only took me an hour and fifteen minutes to make this dress start to finish, so you could turn out a few of them in a weekend. We'd love to see any popover dresses you make-- just be sure to use the hashtag #pinkcastlefabrics on social media!

Other Oliver + S pattern reviews:

Summer is for Sun Hats 

 

Buy Yourself Some Liberty Here! 

Topics: Liberty of London, kids sewing, Free Pattern, Apparel Sewing, oliver+s, oliver and s, oliver + s, Techniques, Fabric

We <3 Unicorn Fabric!

Posted by Katie Remski on Jun 25, 2017 11:59:38 AM
  

"Unicorns I love them, unicorns I love them." 

--Agnes, Despicable Me

Scientific fact: it's hard to be grouchy while sewing with unicorn fabric. If you're looking to add some magic and fun to your stash, we have the perfect prints for you!

Mini Tossed Unicorns

"Minis Tossed Unicorns in Pink" by Timeless Treasures checks all the boxes for unicorn fabric: rainbows, stars, and pink. The little unicorns are small and sweet and the rainbow-gradient stars seem to almost twinkle. 

 

 'Daydream in Light Blue" by Cosmo Textiles has SO MUCH DETAIL! Not only are there sparkly glitter winged pegasus unicorns but glass slippers, ballet pointe shoes, perfume bottles, pearls, candy, swans, and more! photos really can't do this fabric justice.  Daydream in Light Blue

 

Sketched Unicorns

 If you're in the market for some unicorns who are a tad more chill about their mythical status, "Sketched Unicorns in Pink" by TImeless Treasures might be just the thing. Realistically equine and sprinkled with just a few ferns, these unicorns would rather shyly lounge in a field than go flaunting their majesty.

 

 

This one is from the princess of unicorn prints herself, Lizzy House! "Whisper Palette Unicorn Dream in Cloud" has unicorns serving as noble steeds for these castle knights, all in the style of medieval illustrations. Wouldn't this make an amazing quilt backing?!  Lovely Hunt Whisper Palette Unicorns

 

Magical Unicorns in Teal  If a fairytale woods sounds like the perfect setting for a white and blue unicorn, you'll love "Magical Unicorns in Teal" from Timeless Treasures! Sprinkled with hedgehogs, mushrooms, bunnies, and sly foxes, this unicorn is happy to be surrounded by friends and flowers. 

 

Lastly, we have Sarah Watts' "Magic Forest Unicorns in Yellow," appearing at PCF this July! This print from Watts' upcoming Cotton and Steel collection has medium sized unicorns in grown-up but whimsical shades of mustard and peach, and it also comes in a black/gray/hot pink colorway! To make sure you get some when it arrives, click "Email me when available" on the product page! 

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Unicorns are Real pattern by Dear Stella

 BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE...

Dear Stella's "Unicorns are Real" plush mount is a free pattern, available on their website! We happen to know firsthand that they can really brighten up a work cubicle ;) 

 

 Shop unicorn fabric here! 

 

 

Topics: Free Pattern, unicorn fabric, dear stella, timeless treasures, cosmo textiles, Fabric

Free Quilt Patterns for Beginners Round-Up: June 2017

Posted by Katie Remski on Jun 7, 2017 3:17:45 PM
  




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Hello readers! 

There is certainly no shortage of amazing quilt patterns out in the world, which can make the search for the perfect one intimidating and overwhelming. To make the process a little easier, we've rounded up some of our favorite free quilt patterns from around the web! 

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Photo credit: Suzy Williams of Suzy Quilts

This design from Suzy Quilts was inspired by tartan plaid, and would look equally striking in prints or solids!

http://suzyquilts.com/retro-plaid-free-quilt-pattern/

fletcher-cover-1000-px-600x600.jpgPhoto credit: Wendi Gratz of Shiny Happy World

This one is a simple geometric pattern that resembles feathers and arrows, and is designed to make efficient use of fat quarters. 

https://www.shinyhappyworld.com/2014/08/fletcher-free-chevron-quilt-pattern-2.html

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 Photo credit: Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt 

There's so many interesting things happening in this one little quilt, yet each block is simple to put together with the photo tutorial! Wouldn't this make a gorgeous baby quilt? 

http://fabricmutt.blogspot.com/2016/09/planetary-mini-medallion-quilt-tutorial.html

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Photo Credit: Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew

Could these little patchwork hearts be any sweeter? They're also a cinch to make, and a great opportunity for fussy cutting from your favorite prints. 

http://cluckclucksew.com/2015/01/simple-heart-quilt-tutorial.html

 




 

Topics: Free Pattern, free quilt pattern, Techniques, Quilting

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