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Reversible Skirt Hack: Make it with Jersey Knit Fabric!

Posted by Katie Remski on Jan 24, 2018 9:33:06 AM
  
Girl's Fully Reversible Skirt Free Pattern Girl's Fully Reversible Skirt Free Pattern

If there's anything kids love more than outfit options, it's comfy outfit options! Soft and stretchy cotton jersey turns our sweet Girl's Fully Reversible Skirt into "secret pajamas" that still look cute and ready for school. Here's how we made a few tweaks to this easy (and free!) pattern to make it from jersey knit fabrics.

Girl's Fully Reversible Skirt Free Pattern

We made this sample from the new Cotton+Steel knits-- Dress Shop Moons in Orchid and Dress Shop It's a Plus in Cream. If you don't want to use two different prints, you could easily use the same one for both layers or use a solid color on one side.

Before you start, you'll need to download the free pattern here.

There's no real changes to anything in the construction of the skirt, but there are some tips and important things to keep in mind. Let's get started!


Cutting the fabric. Jersey knits are often wider width than standard quilting cotton, so be sure to cut your fabric according to the dimensions in the size chart (rather than the cutting diagram) for your desired size and pay attention to the direction of the stretch. I made the smallest size in the pattern, but kept the width of fabric to give the skirt extra fullness. Be careful of the direction of stretch--you want the most stretch to be across the width of the skirt. Use a rotary cutter and ruler for the cleanest cut of knits with the least amount of distortion. No real changes to the pattern here! Girl's Fully Reversible Skirt Free Pattern
Girl's Fully Reversible Skirt Free Pattern

Sewing Machine vs. Serger. If you have a serger, great-- you can definitely use it for this skirt! That said, some parts of the pattern will still require a regular sewing machine, and you can easily sew the entire thing on a regular machine. Use a ballpoint needle and polyester (not cotton) thread, since it won't break with repeated stretching and wear. Set your stitch length to be slightly longer than usual (setting 4 or 4.5 is good) and loosen your tension slightly. If you have a walking foot, that's also very helpful for keeping the layers evenly feeding through the machine. If you've never sewed with knits before, this is an excellent first project.

In the pattern, use a serger for step 2 (be careful about starting/stopping since you don't sew all the way to the edge,) and step 5.

Ironing Knits. When ironing knits, use a dry, medium-temperature iron. You don't want to kill the stretch or risk melting any acrylic fibers that may be blended in the fabric.If there's rayon or silk or another speciality fiber blended in the fabric, check the manufacturer's instructions before ironing. 

Girl's Fully Reversible Skirt Free Pattern
Girl's Fully Reversible Skirt Free Pattern

General Sewing Tips

  • You can use a twin needle for the hem top stitching if you have one, or skip the top stitching altogether.
  • If your two fabric colors are very different, use a thread color that matches the color of the fabric you're sewing on top and match the bobbin thread color to the fabric being sewn on the bottom layer. 
  • Use the guide bar of your walking foot (if you're using one) or a strip of washi tape on the plate of your sewing machine to help you sew the elastic casing evenly in step 7 of the pattern.

Warning: your child may only want to wear jersey knit reversible skirts from here on out! Here's the Pinterest image for this tutorial:

jerseyreversibleskirtpin5.jpg

Download the FREE Reversible Skirt Pattern PDF!

Topics: Cotton+Steel, kids sewing, knit fabric, knits, Free Pattern, Apparel Sewing, kids, kids clothes, Techniques, free tutorial, jersey knit, girls fully reversible skirt, cotton and steel, free

Chocolatier BOM - November

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Nov 21, 2017 1:01:00 PM
  

Hi everyone!

Each month we will be sharing the current Chocolatier Block with you - we're grateful you've chosen to sew with us!

For all of the blocks in the Chocolatier quilt, we recommend pressing all seams open. Some of the pieces in these blocks can get small and pressing open can help reduce bulk when multiple seams collide.


As you've probably figured out by looking at the Cutting Instructions, this month is NOT for the faint of heart. 

Put on you patience pants and carefully follow the instructions and you'll do great! 

We'll start off with the Flying Geese. You'll make 16 with White Polka Dot/Dark Aqua and 16 with Dark Aqua/White Polka Dot.


Layout the Block and then sew together! 


Repeat the Flying Geese Instructions with the Deep Pink and Whilte Polka Dot fabrics.

Sew all the pieces together.

Phew! We'll have 8 Bracelet #1 Blocks and 16 Bracelet #2 Blocks

Next month we're putting it all together! When you've finished this month's blocks, hop on over to Instagram and show them off using the hashtags #chocolatiersampler and #PCFchocolatier - we love seeing what you make!

See you next month! - Kara 

Topics: Techniques, Quilting

Chocolatier BOM - October

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Oct 21, 2017 12:36:00 PM
  

Hi everyone!

Each month we will be sharing the current Chocolatier Block with you - we're grateful you've chosen to sew with us!

For all of the blocks in the Chocolatier quilt, we recommend pressing all seams open. Some of the pieces in these blocks can get small and pressing open can help reduce bulk when multiple seams collide.

September's blocks are called Argyle and use hourglass blocks. We will be making 8 blocks. 


We will be making a total of 32 Hourglass units in 3 different colorways.

Follow the instructions to create the half-hourglass units.


After sewing two half-hourglass units together to make the hourglass block, trim the block to be 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Take your time trimming to make sure the blocks keep the right angles.

Sew 4 squares together to make a complete hourglass block.

We're almost done! Just two more months and our Chocolatier Quilt will be complete. 

When you've finished this month's blocks, hop on over to Instagram and show them off using the hashtags #chocolatiersampler and #PCFchocolatier - we love seeing what you make!

See you next month! - Kara 


Topics: Techniques, Quilting

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. Here's a handy Pinterest pin for you to use:

libertylanyardpin1.jpg

Buy Yourself Some Liberty Here!

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

Chocolatier BOM - September

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Sep 21, 2017 12:13:00 PM
  

Hi everyone!

Each month we will be sharing the current Chocolatier Block with you - we're grateful you've chosen to sew with us!

For all of the blocks in the Chocolatier quilt, we recommend pressing all seams open. Some of the pieces in these blocks can get small and pressing open can help reduce bulk when multiple seams collide.

September's blocks are called Maple Leaf and Baseball and use half-square triangles and curves techniques. This is the last of the sampler blocks, and we'll be making one of each block. 


We'll start with 4 HST units and 1 Stitch-n-Flip unit. Layout the squares and sew them together

Sew into rows.

Quick and easy! Now, let's tackle curves.

First, cut out your pieces.

I was able to learn how to use a seam roller from Violet Craft at Glamp Stitchalot 2 and I highly recommend it for pressing curved pieces!


Pin the pieces in place and then press towards the while polk dot (or light aqua). 

Trim the block as shown in the instructions.

When you've finished this month's blocks, hop on over to Instagram and show them off using the hashtags #chocolatiersampler and #PCFchocolatier - we love seeing what you make!

See you next month! - Kara 


Topics: Techniques, Quilting

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