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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. 


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

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 


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

Free Pattern: 1 Yard Liberty Lawn Easy Kimono Top

Posted by Katie Remski on May 23, 2017 9:24:50 AM


"I have nothing to wear!"

Have you ever wished there was a garment you could make that would be fast, simple, and actually wearable in everyday life? Open-front kimono tops are definitely having a moment, with stores and designers at every price point jumping on the trend. This light throw-on layering piece couldn't be more simple to make, and will look just perfect over anything, from a sophisticated sheath dress to your favorite concert tee. With just 1 yard (36" by 54")  2 seams, and a little hemming, you can make this simple kimono-style top with our free apparel pattern! 

What is Tana Lawn fabric? 

I chose Liberty Tana Lawn for our free pattern because it has all the features of good cotton fabric: light and airy to catch those gentle summer breezes, and always cool against your skin. You can machine wash it with a cool, gentle cycle and a little detergent, and the crisp weave will keep looking fresh for years. Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabrics are perfect for apparel-- a 54" width makes for easy pattern placement and means you get a pretty decent amount of fabric for your money. 


With the body and sleeves cut as a single piece, the kimono has a gently angled front and flattering drape. One yard works perfectly with the PDF cutting diagram and will fit ladies' sizes small-XL as is (you'll just have more or less ease depending on body type.) If a longer length or larger size is desired, more than one yard can be used-- simply fold the fabric lengthwise instead of widthwise to accomodate cutting proportions.   We are so excited to see the tops you make with our free kimono pattern!

Free Easy Kimono Top Pattern



  • This pattern works best on non-directional prints (a print like the one featured that looks the same up, down, and across.) If your Liberty lawn is a directional print (such as brids or animals that you don't want to be upside down,) use 1.5 yards to get the 54" needed length. 
  • 5/8" seam allowances are used for side/underarm seams. 
  • Use a zizag stitch or overlocking stitch on a regular sewing machine to finish seams. A serger's blade may cut underarm corners too deeply as you pivot. If you would like to use a serger to finish seams, practice turning corners on a piece of scrap fabric first. 
  • A narrow rolled hem works best on the neck/front opening. Clip the 2 neckline corners as needed for ease. Alternatively, you can also bind the opening with premade or homemade bias tape.
  • For the sleeves and bottom of kimono top, I used a 1" hem. If you have a coverstitch machine, that would also make very nicely finished hems. 


Step 1: Fabric layout 


The folded edge is at the top, furthest away from you. The selvedge is at the bottom, closest to you. 


Step 2: Mark lines and cut fabric 


Using a fabric marking tool and ruler, mark all lines from diagram onto fabric exactly as shown. 



For cutting the front "V" shape, remember to cut ONLY the top layer! cut off top of "V" at the folded edge. 



Step 3: Sew!


Sewing diagram 

Flip your piece over so right sides are together. Pin in place, then use a 5/8" seam allowance to stitch up the side seam, pivot, then sew down the sleeve. Repeat on other side. 

Hint: now is a good time to try your kimono top on and see how deep you want your sleeve and bottom hem to be-- I choose a 1" hem, with a 1/4" edge turned under first so there would be no raw edges. 

Hem front opening/neckline using a narrow rolled hem, clipping back neckline as needed for easing in seam. Don't worry if you have to clip corners in order to turn hem-- just backstitch over the a few times to prevent fraying. 

Turn sleeve hems under 1/4"  and press, then turn them under 1" and press. Pin in place, then stitch around. Repeat for second sleeve. 

Turn bottom hem up 1/4" and press, then turn hem up 1" and press. Pin in place, then stitch. 

Give your kimono top a final press, and you're all done!

Make sure to take a photo and tag us on Instagram!



Want to see all the Liberty of London fabric we have in store for you? Check out this post to get some great quilt pattern ideas with Liberty!

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Topics: Liberty of London, garments, Free Pattern, Tutorial, Apparel Sewing, Techniques

Quilt Patterns for Liberty of London Tana Lawn

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Apr 13, 2017 10:19:21 AM
Liberty of London fabric bundles
Liberty of London tana lawn fabrics are some of the most lovely fabrics you can purchase.  We are proud to carry this lovely fabrics at Pink Castle Fabrics!  We love them so much we have a Liberty of London Fabric Club that is perfect for Liberty Lovers who make quilts! Many of you may already be in our Liberty of the month club and have collected a nice stash and are looking for projects to create!  I have put together a list of a few of my favorite quilt patterns and small projects made with Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabrics!
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 Aerial Grove Quilt by Carolyn Friedlander


WOW!  Talk about beautiful!  This lovely quilt is a pattern called Aerial Grove from Carolyn Friedlander's book Savor Each Stitch.  This is perfect for Liberty of London fabric bundles or Liberty scrap packs! 

The chambray fabrics that Carolyn uses in this quilt work perfectly with the bright floral Liberty prints.  And you really need to check out the hand quilting!  So lovely!

Members of our Liberty London Club can start making this project right away!  Each month you can hand stitch a row or squircles!







 Liberty Lawn Fancy Fox Quit by Elizabeth Hartman

Liberty of London Fancy Fox Quilt by Elizabeth Hartman

I love the Fancy Fox pattern by Elizabeth Hartman!  I think it's ultra cute.  AND the blocks are flexible, you can make just a few blocks for a sweet baby quilt or a small pillow or you can create a lovely bed quilt in any size!

In the quilt shown Elizabeth uses an Essex Linen fabric for the background by Robert Kaufman.  I love the way this looks with the bright floral liberty tana lawn!

This is another great pattern to make with a Liberty scrap pack!  If you have the Liberty Club you can get 3 foxes from one fat eighth of Liberty fabrics!



Liberty Lawn Chevron Quilt by Made Peachy

Liberty Chevron Quilt.jpg


I love Liberty of London blues! Every season they come out with a great selection of lovely true blue fabrics.  Of couse right now these denim shades are particularly popular!  Paired with a bright white solid fabric (like Cotton Supreme Solid in Optical White) and you get a really nice pop on the zig zags!

A great plus to this pattern is that it is FREE!  That's right!  Made Peachy has step by step instructions on how to create this lovely bed quilt (it can easily be downsized too).  It might be a little confusing for those of you not used to metric measurements.  BUT it's the same method as this also FREE Zig Zag quilt pattern by Moda.









Liberty Quilt by She Quilts a Lot


This is a simple and beautiful quilt pattern using Liberty fabrics!  AND it's another FREE pattern!  Adding some coordinating solids to the mix makes this simple design really work.  I love that the fabrics she chose are monochomatic as well!  These would make the sweetest baby quilts.






Liberty and Crochet Quilt by Tied With a Ribbon

Tied With a Ribbon.jpg


It's amazing how a detail like the crochet border on this simple baby quilt really takes it up a notch!  Simple sqaures of pink florals and a feminine border!

Even without the edging (you can find some patterns here) this simple and quick baby quilt made from the super soft and silky Liberty Lawns will make a great gift.

This is another pattern that is perfect for a Liberty of London fabric bundle!










There are so many great quilt patterns out there that would look amazing with Liberty of London tana lawns!  Be sure to tag us on Instagram or link a blog post in the comments if you have used Liberty fabrics from our shop in a quilt or other small project!  

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Topics: Liberty of London, Techniques, Quilting

Liberty of London Fabric! All new in stock!

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Jan 25, 2017 11:30:00 AM
All New Liberty of London Fabric!
LIberty of London Tana Lawn
Thanks to our last shipment, we now have over 100 Liberty of London tana lawns in stock!  If you have never used Liberty lawns before you are missing out!  These fabrics are GORGEOUS!  Lawns are 100% cotton fabrics with a high thread count.  They feel and drape almost like silk.  These lawns were named after Lake Tana in Ethiopia where the cotton originated to create these lovely fabrics.  Liberty has been considered one of the Leaders in the fabric industry for over 100 years because of their  quality and style.

We have some bundles in stock too!   These stash boxes and extra bundles from our Liberty of London club are great to grab for patchwork!

LIberty of London Tana Lawn
LIberty of London Tana Lawn
These fabrics are wonderful for clothing AND amazing quilts and other sewing projects!  One of our favorite designers,  Alexia Abegg created  Liberty Love , a collection of patchwork projects featuring Liberty lawns.  This book is out of print but you can still get the Kindle edition!

Check out our Liberty of London Pinterest board for some inspiration!

See all Liberty in stock here!

Topics: Liberty of London, lawn, Fabric

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