Thursday, December 18, 2014

14th Day of Christmas: Eye Mask

It's the 14th Day of Christmas and today's free pattern comes to us from Tosha Smith, the designer of our dancewear patterns at CKC! I think this accessory is going to be a huge hit for Christmas gifts this year, judging from all the super cute pajama pictures we have seen you post in our patterns group this week. 

What little kiddo wouldn't want a super cute (and comfy) eye mask to match their new PJ's?  Plus you can give Santa a little reassurance that the sleepers aren't peeking if their eyes are covered while they sleep! You can make an eye mask to match any of our fabulous pajama patterns at CKC or even pajamas that they already own. It's quick and easy! 

That's it!  We hope you love this tutorial. Be sure to share your pics with us when you're done. We would love to see.  

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

13th Day of Christmas: Patchwork Bed Scarf

Today is the 13th Day of CKC Christmas (yes, you read that right) and we are excited to continue on with our free patterns for you every weekday right up until Christmas! Just a little gift from us to you! Today's free pattern comes to us from Jessica Fulton, the admin of our CKC Sew-Alongs group. This pattern is perfect for the Christmas holidays right now and right on through to the other seasons! 

Isn't this quilted bed scarf just beautiful? I love how the fun prints bring a lot of Christmas to the bed without needing an entirely new bed cover.  And it looks very classy! 

 The construction for this bed scarf is sturdy and easy to follow with Jessica's tutorial. I bet you will fall in love with it and want to make one for every bed in your house and for every season! 

And if you need a little extra help with the binding as the last step of your bed scarf, you can use our blog tutorial for binding a quilt here

A bed scarf isn't just for holiday decorating, of course. You could sew up a fun one to match any theme you want to decorate with in your house! I also love this one that Jessica made:  

So fun!

We would love to see the bed scarves you make using our free tutorial so please share your photos with us when you're done. 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

12th Day of Christmas: Shell Topped Boot Cuffs

It's the 12th Day of CKC Christmas and you are in for a TREAT today!  This free pattern comes to us from Kristi Fitzpatrick, who has an amazing women's pattern coming out later this week AND she is opening up our brand new category of crochet patterns in January! 

So what better way to celebrate the new line than with a free crocheting tutorial today?  If you haven't bothered to learn crocheting in the past (like me), I'm pretty sure this next photo is going to inspire you to learn asap!

Aren't these boot cuffs amazing!?! 

 You can download our free crochet PDF pattern for Shell Topped Boot Cuffs here

 This pattern is rated Beginner and you just need to learn a few basic crochet skills before jumping in. Kristi assures me that I can learn the basics on YouTube with just a little patience, and we will also be having lots of helps here on the blog in January when our first official patterns release. Are you as super excited as I am?!  

Of course many of you already know how to crochet, and we would love to see your adorable boot cuffs you make with this free tutorial. Please model and share them in our patterns group on Facebook!! They will look fantastic with all different styles of boots so don't hold back!

 And that's not all!  Speaking of our big release in January, we have a giveaway for you today, to share the excitement! 

All you need to do to enter the giveaway is comment below (on the blog) and tell us your thoughts on our upcoming crochet patterns. What are you most excited about? What would you like to see?  One lucky fan will win their choice of one of our brand new CKC Crochet patterns on the day they release! Mark your calendars for January 5, 2015!!  (A few sneak peeks are in the image above!) 

We would also LOVE for you to share this with your friends on Facebook and pin it on Pinterest!  We can't reward you for it (new Pinterest and Facebook rules) but we can see when you pin it and it makes us so happy! All you have to do to pin from here is hover your cursor over the image and click the Pinterest icon that appears. (You can do that with any of our blog images and posts for easy access from your own Pinterest board!) Please share! 

Alright, that's enough talk for now.  Don't forget to download the free Boot Cuff Pattern above AND to comment below to enter our giveaway!  

Let's Create!  ~  Kristen 

Monday, December 15, 2014

11th Day of Christmas: Fabric Bead Necklace

For the 11th Day of CKC Christmas we have another fabulous FREE tutorial for you!  This one comes to us from Susan Smith, one of our girl size pattern designers. (Just wait until you see the dress she's working on right now! So pretty!)  Today Susan is going to teach us a fun new accessory to go with all those adorable CKC outfits we're making. 

Look at this trendy fabric bead necklace!  It's much easier than it looks (with help from Susan's tutorial, of course), and all you need to make it is fabric strips and wooden beads!

You can make these for girls by following the tutorial as written, and I bet it would also be fairly easy to add more length and more beads to make it long enough for women! I would love to wear these pink and silver polka dots. Oh, the possibilities!  Here is the girl size PDF pattern that Susan has put together for us to download for FREE:   

 And that's all there is to it!  Merry Christmas! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Weekly Wound Up

I have always felt especially creative this time of year, between making handmade Christmas cards for friends and family, baking up some special goodies with my kids, and sewing up those secret gifts to open on Christmas morning. I have also noticed, though, that the days in December fly by twice as fast as the rest of the year! So in case you missed anything in the whirlwind of this past week, here's all that's been happening here at CKC: 

New Releases

On Monday we released Nicole's Party Dress in both girl and tween sizes! Nicole's pattern features a fitted bodice with three sleeve options, a gorgeous button-down back, an attached sash, a built-in pettiskirt, and that adorable split-front skirt. We have simplified the design for this style of dress and you are going to LOVE how it turns out the very first time! Be sure to look in our photo gallery on the website to see all the amazing dresses our testers made with just one pattern! 

On Wednesday we released three new doll patterns! First is Maggie's with it's unique color block design. The dress has Velcro at the shoulders to make it easier for kids to dress their dollies. Next is Elliette's Apron Skirt. Pair it with a long sleeve shirt, leggings, and ankle boots for a stylish winter outfit! Third is Merideth's Center Ruffle peasant dress/top. Such an easy, fast outfit to sew and such a cute style! 

Yesterday we released Tween Porter's Button Up Shirt and Tween Josh's Knit Pajama Set! Just like the smaller boy sizes, these two patterns have lots of options and are sure to please!  Both are perfect for the upcoming holidays (think fun prints) and beyond! They both include sizes 7/8 to 15/16 and are on sale for 30% off!

On the Blog

This was our second week of free patterns on the blog for the 12 Days of CKC Christmas. Rumor has it that we're not going to stop at twelve days, but continue right on until Christmas Eve! How does that sound? Stay tuned! Here are this past week's freebies, from Days 6-10:   

6th Day of Christmas:  Fabric Bowl Cover

7th Day of Christmas:  Stuffed Animal Scarf

8th Day of Christmas:  Hanging Hand Towel

9th Day of Christmas:  Tablet or Phone Bean Bag

10th Day of Christmas:  Christmas Doll Stocking


December's Monthly Mixup is finally available! Get these six awesome boutique patterns for just $18!!! These patterns are perfect for mixing and matching together no matter what season it is. They really are must-have, basic patterns for every boutique owner or pattern collector alike! These were some of our first, best-selling patterns so don't miss out on this fabulous pack to add to your collection.

We have a super exciting announcement! Create Kids Couture is expanding into a NEW market for the NEW year! Mark your calendars now because we will be releasing the first four patterns in our brand new CKC Crochet division on January 5, 2015! We have some amazing crochet patterns out to testers already that are true to CKC's style in both their bold designs AND the simplicity of the patterns. A few sneak peeks are in the photo above! 

Weekend Sale

This weekend we have all sizes of Primrose's Ruffled Princess Corset Dress on sale for 50% off! Primrose's is one of our best sellers, with it's gorgeous ruffles and sweetheart halter top. Primrose's looks amazing with everything from fun character prints to fancy satin and lace. Be sure to look at all the size ranges you can get to match your Primrose's:  Doll, Baby, Toddler, Tween, Women, and even Dogs!  And all are on sale for half off all weekend long!  Happy shopping! 

Well, that's all for this week!  We hope you have a great weekend and find time to do the things that matter most.

Let's Create! ~ Kristen   

Friday, December 12, 2014

10th Day of Christmas: Doll Stocking

It's the 10th Day of Christmas and we have a really fun new free pattern for you today!  You might have seen our super cute stocking tutorial from last year. Well this year, Maria, the head designer of our doll clothes patterns, has made a matching ruffled stocking for your dolls!  

How cute is this?!   Your daughter will love to have a matching stocking for the little best friend in her life. It's so teeny tiny but we know you can do it!  Maria is really good at making doll clothes doable and I can't wait to make one for my daughter!  

We hope you enjoy this free pattern as a gift from us to you!  We would love to see the adorable little stockings you make with it so please share your photos with us in our Patterns Group on Facebook! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

9th Day of Christmas: Tablet or Phone Bean Bag

It's the 9th Day of CKC Christmas and we have a new free pattern for you!  This one comes to us from Lana, the designer of our Home Decor patterns. I am really excited to share this freebie with you and I'm also excited that my kids don't ever read the blog because they're going to be getting one of these for Christmas!

You know those giant beanbag chairs that are so comfy to plop down into for movie night or to read a good book?  Well now you can make a mini version for your handy little device to sit in! How cute and practical is that?!  Lana has put together the tutorial as a free downloadable PDF, and you can access that file here: 

This is a beginner project and after you get your first one made, I bet you can sew up a bunch for gifts in no time at all!  Have some fun and don't forget to share your photos with us. 

Let's Create!  ~ Kristen 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

8th Day of Christmas: Hanging Hand Towel

It's the 8th Day of CKC Christmas and we have another free tutorial to share with you! This one was put together by Nikki, the head of our Women's and Tweens' patterns at CKC.  Nikki wanted to take the classic look of a hanging hand towel and dress it up CKC style! 

Aren't they both so cute?!  I love using this kind of towel because my little ones can't pull it off our oven door as easily. The Mrs. Clause towel is the simple version and we think it would be pretty cute to make as a green Christmas tree as well, with a yellow felt star in just the right place. Then the dress version of the towel is perfect for all the little girl lovers out there!  Both styles are included in the pattern and you can download it here: 

These hanging hand towels make great holiday decorations, hostess gifts, and of course everyday accessories in your kitchen! We hope you enjoy the tutorial and please share a photo of your completed hand towels with us when you're done.

Let's Create! ~  Kristen

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

7th Day of Christmas: Stuffed Animal Scarf

It's the 7th Day of CKC Christmas and we have a fantastic freebie tutorial for you today!  It comes to us from Tosha Smith, our dance wear designer at CKC. Tosha has such creative and trendy ideas, and I'm sure you'll agree that she is right on the money with this one!

How cute is that?!  Yes, it's a scarf made out of a stuffed animal!  My kids are going to flip when they see this!  I don't recommend cutting your kids' furry best friend in half without their permission, but there are lots of stuffed animals out in the world just waiting to be made into a favorite accessory! 

Tosha has made her step-by-step tutorial into a FREE downloadable PDF file for us, so simply CLICK HERE to get started on your own Stuffy Scarf right away!  

I wonder if there's an age limit on this project, because I'm pretty sure I could use a minky Stuffy Scarf myself. 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen

Monday, December 8, 2014

6th Day of Christmas: Fabric Bowl Cover

It's the 6th Day of Christmas and today's free pattern comes to us from Morgan, the designer of a few of our most popular toddler patterns such as Cosette's and Maggie's! Clearly she is full of creativity and we're excited to show you what she has to offer.  Here's Morgan!

If you all know me personally, you know I have this addiction called Pyrex. Haha yes, that's right! I collect vintage Pyrex. So when the staff started bouncing ideas off each other for this year's 12 days of tutorials I knew exactly what I was gonna do! 

To start we will cut two fabric circles using the pattern provided at the bottom of this blog. 

With right sides together, sew all along the outer edge with a 1/4" seam allowance, making sure to leave a 1" opening where you start and finish. 

We will then flip right side out and top stitch 1/8" from the edge, making sure we still leave the opening. (See outer red line below.)

Then sew one continues circle 3/8" in from the top stitch line, creating a casing, as shown with the inner red line below. 

We will then cut a 15" piece of 1/4" wide elastic and feed it through the opening and through the casing. 

Next, we sew the two ends of elastic together.

Lastly, sew the opening closed. 

And just like that you've got the cutest bowl cover ever! Who needs colored plastic wrap? You've got a custom reusable cover!  

Isn't Morgan great? Click here to download the free template she made for us: 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen