Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Chiffon Rosette




Today we have a fun little tutorial for making an accent flower out of chiffon. So pretty! This project comes to us from Stephanie Baker and I can't wait to try it out myself! Here's Stephanie, with her step-by-step instructions:





I bought this really cute chiffon flower at Hobby Lobby and I occasionally pin it to different tops or dresses for an extra little touch. Shannon saw a photo of me wearing it (sneak peek of a women's pattern coming soon!) and asked if I could make one. So below is my version of the chiffon rosette, and it's very quick and easy to complete. 


You will need:
1/3 yard of chiffon 
2 1/2" felt circle
Alligator clip (or whatever attachment hardware you prefer) 
Hot glue gun and glue




Step 1: Cut two circles of your chiffon using the circle template provided. Cut one piece of chiffon 2 1/2" x 44".




Step 2: Fold one circle in half with right side facing out, then in half again. Pin in place. Pinning is important because the chiffon layers will move all over the place!  



Sew a gathering stitch along the curved edge, being sure not to back stitch. Repeat with second circle.




Step 3: Gather the edge as tightly as you can. you will begin to see a leaf shape take form. Repeat with second circle and set aside. 



Step 4: Take your rectangular piece and fold in half lengthwise with right sides facing out. Pin in place and sew a gathering stitch 1/4' from the edge. 



Step 5: Take your felt circle and apply glue to 1/4 of the edge of the circle. Attach "leaf" piece as shown in the photo. Repeat with second "leaf". 




Step 6: Take your long gathered strip, and tighten the gathers as much as you can. It's going to start to wrap around itself to form a circle as shown in the picture. 



Step 7: Place a circle of glue in the center of your felt circle. Start with the raw edge of your long strip of chiffon and fold it under. Begin gluing the gathered strip in a circular motion starting in the center. Note: you will glue the strip over the "leaf" ends as you go.   

Step 8: Glue whatever attachment hardware you've selected to the back. 






Now you're all done! How does it look compared to the one I bought? Now you can go add your rosette to your favorite top or scarf! 


~ Stephanie






Saturday, January 24, 2015

Weekly Wound Up




My kids are counting down the days until we take a little family trip. It's not much longer to wait but they were saying today how it seems like it will never come. Isn't it funny, how as kids we watched the time drag on while waiting for something fun -- but now, as adults, the time just flies by?!  If your week was at all like mine, you might be wondering how we already got to another Saturday and another Weekly Wound Up! But here we are, and I have a lot of great stuff to share:

New Releases



We kicked off the week by releasing two fabulous crochet patterns! First up is Etta's Pocket Pixie Scarf! Who doesn't love pockets in accessories?? With this pixie-hooded scarf, you can keep little ears AND hands warm! This pattern works up quickly and is sure to be your go-to "on-the-go" accessory! Rosette accent instructions are included! 



And then Mona's Hoodie Cowl is also a MUST HAVE for your winter wardrobe! Worn as cowl or as a hoodie, with it's ribbed and crossover stitch design, Mona's is not only warm--it's a show-stopper! 



 Then on Wednesday we released the much-anticipated Nova's!  Nova's Square Flutter Top and Dress features classic flutter straps, a square neckline, and multiple back tying options. You can do a beautiful criss-cross tie to give a unique look or do a standard buttonhole tie for excellent coverage! Nova also features a fun 4-panel skirt with two sweet and simple ruffles.




Just yesterday we released Winnie's Hooded Dress and Sweatshirt. Winnie's is so warm and comfy! The two different ear options give it many different looks. You can use fleece, minky, and even faux fur as long as it has stretch! Winnie's is on sale for 30% off today! 


On the Blog



If you've been looking for the perfect top pattern for expectant mothers, come see how you can make Evie's as a maternity top! Our step-by-step photos will make it easy!  




Come learn how to add a drawstring to your favorite skirts and shorts patterns! On Tuesday, Shayna Engel showed us how she does it for her bitty girl. 




Whether you are all new to sewing or just want to brush up on your basics, come join us on the blog for two new episodes in our Sewing 101 series: "Threading Your Machine" and "Starting to Sew". We even have this mini printable for you to tape to your machine. (Super helpful when teaching your kids too!) 



Announcements


After the release of our Nova's pattern on Wednesday, we had a lot of fan asking how to make the flutters longer. We all love more options so we decided to add them right into the pattern!  If you have already purchased Nova's, simply re-download your copy for the updated version that now has more options available! 



 In celebration of our 2-year anniversary of selling doll patterns, every single doll pattern is on sale for only $3.50 each!! Grab as many as you can- tiered pricing is on! This is a great sale that you need to take advantage of -- we don't do big sales like this often! Doll dresses make the perfect present for so many occasions. Sale ends Sunday!




Our #ckcfangirl promotion was such a hit last weekend that we decided to take it right into a new contest!  You can get all the details by watching this video from Shannon and Tiffany: 



Weekend Sales



Amanda's Triple Ruffle Skirt is our first half-off pattern for this weekend!  You can get it in girls, tweens, women's, and even doll's sizes, each for 50% off!  Amanda's fun design features three tiers of ruffles and a comfy elastic waistband. This sassy skirt can be perfect for a variety of occasions, from casual to dressy! 







The second pattern that is half off this weekend is Clover's Criss-Cross Top and Dress!  


 Clover's features that adorable criss-cross bodice and a shirred waist, and it comes with three different options for skirt length: top, sundress, and maxi.  That's a lot of different looks from just one pattern! Be sure to grab your copy of Clover's while it is 50% off, this weekend only! 



 

 Whew, that was a lot of announcements! I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did. I also hope you have a fabulous weekend and enjoy sewing up all your new patterns!

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sewing 101: Threading the Machine

In the previous episode of our Sewing 101 series, we showed which Supplies You Really Need to get started. Now that you have all that ready to go, today you're going to learn how to thread your sewing machine!  It's not difficult at all but with a few pointers you should be able to pick it up quickly and get on to what you really want to be doing -- sewing!  So let's jump right in. 



First of all, put your spool of thread onto the holder. Yours may look different depending on your machine. Slide it on all the way, and add a stopper to hold it in place if your machine requires it. Check to make sure that the thread pulls off smoothly. This is our top thread. Now let's take a look at the bottom thread, or bobbin: 



This is what the bobbin looks like, although yours might be made of metal or a different type of plastic. Some bobbins drop in through the top like this one, and some bobbins are front-loading. If you aren't sure which you have, you may need to look in your manual for extra help. But whichever type you have, you will need to put thread on it, and that process is the same for both. Right now you can see that my bobbin is empty, so in the next few steps we are going to wind thread onto it using our top spool. 


To begin, pull some thread out from the top spool and wrap it around the screw to the left, as shown by the guide on your machine. Some models have you wrap it once while others do a figure 8.  Wrap the thread as directed on your machine and then pull it to the far right, where you will find the bobbin winder (on most models.) 


Insert the end of the thread up through a hole on the top surface of the bobbin.  Then slide the bobbin onto the post until it latches in place. Slide it to the right to engage it. It should now look like the photo above, with the thread still going through the small hole. 


Pull the thread upward so it is taut and then begin to "drive" with your foot pedal.  The bobbin should spin quickly, wrapping the thread around it. Continue for just a few seconds. 



Once the thread has wrapped just enough to be secure, clip it where it comes out through the hole on top. 



Then continue "driving" as the bobbin fills up with thread. 



Most machines have a stopper, such as the white plastic one above, that will stop the bobbin from spinning once it has filled up to a certain amount. Keep an eye on it so you can stop your foot pedal once it gets full and the bobbin stops spinning. 

Now you can cut the connecting thread and remove the bobbin!


Take the bobbin back down to where it needs inserted (whether it's the top like mine or the front like other models) and thread it according to your manual's instructions.  You can see on the clear plate of mine above that there is a drawing showing how to wrap my thread. Machine manufacturers want to make this process easy on us and most new machines have illustrations where they are easy to see. 

 Once your bobbin is in place with the thread going toward the back, you are ready to go back to the top thread. 




Back on top of the machine, we are ready to thread our top thread.  Again, there are usually numbers or arrows to help with this process.  You generally begin by going behind a post, as shown above. 



Then the thread pulls downward through the machine...


And back upward again, just as the arrows show us. 


At the top, the thread will again wrap around a post, and this time it is a moving part (one that goes up and down as you sew) so if you cannot see it at first, you may need to twist the hand knob toward you until it appears. See the photo above.



Next, pull the thread downward again, as indicated by arrows.  Although there is some variation in sewing machines, they do all seem to follow this general down-up-down movement.  



With the thread down by the foot, many machines have a little notch at the top of the presser foot that you can slide your thread into for extra stability.  If your machine doesn't have this notch, don't worry about it. Mine does but my daughter's does not. 



Now it's time to thread the needle! Slide the thread into the needle hole from front to back. Some machines have a built in threader but I usually like to do it by hand. 




Now that both of your threads are in place, pull them both toward the back of your machine and you are ready to get sewing!  You are all threaded! 


Please join us for the next episode in our Sewing 101 Series!  You can find it here:



Let's Create! ~ Kristen