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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Printable Sewing-Themed Valentines

It's that time of year again!  When my first child came home with their first list of classmates to make valentines for them, I was SO excited! I soon discovered, though, that first of all, boys aren't always as into it as girls are (or maybe mine was an exception), and second, that it can be a LOT of work for tiny kids to make it through that whole list! Then we throw candy and art supplies into the mix, and... wow!  Multiply that by five and then ask me how my week has been. (Joking! I love my creative kids!) 

But still, whether we like it or not, Valentine's Day happens so let's have some fun with it!  I'm really not the valentine grinch like I might have made it sound.  This year at CKC we decided to create some super fun sewing-related valentines, just for you!   




How fun are these?!  All you have to do is download, print, and cut! If you want your kids to color them, you could print in grayscale instead of color. 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Conversation Heart Pillow

Last week we showed you how to use iron-on vinyl to personalize your outfits.  Today we're going to teach you a similar, but not-so-similar, technique that also turns out AMAZING.  It's called "Deco Foil" and it can give you a shiny foil look to your projects. Not only that, but with today's tutorial we are also including the free pattern for our adorable and timely Conversation Heart Pillow! 




Isn't it perfect?!  What a fun way to decorate your house or make as a gift for that special someone. The pillow even has a side strip that makes it 3D like a real conversation heart, plus ruffles on both the top and bottom edges: 



Saturday, February 6, 2016

Weekly Wound Up


I have a feeling it's going to be a "super" weekend around here -- at least for those of us who follow football. (Or spouses who do. Or co-workers, or friends, or family... you get the idea.) I won't be having a tailgate party, but you can bet I will be in front of the TV with my family, rotary cutter in hand, cutting out a few patterns while we watch. I've never been one to just sit still, but I do admire those who can. If you are looking for the perfect pattern to keep you company this weekend, look no further! We have a bunch of new patterns and sale patterns to choose from!  

New Releases


First of all, we just released Audrey's Knit and Woven Top/Dress in Toddler, Baby, and Doll sizes! It is the perfect mix of style and comfort! The wide knit bodice and skirt provides comfort and makes it easy to move and play, all while looking good. Audrey's includes two sleeve lengths and three front bodice options. The top length pairs perfect with leggings or shorts, and the dress length has some excellent twirl for those girly girls in your life! 


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

How to Iron Vinyl on Fabric

I love to personalize the clothes I make for my kids, and my kids seem to like it even more!  My new favorite way to do this is with iron-on vinyl.  There are many different types out there and you just want to make sure you choose one that is intended for ironing onto fabric. You can either cut the shapes out by hand the old fashioned way, or you can use a cutting machine such as a Cricut, Cameo, Silhouette, etc. Today I'm going to show you how it's done!



Yes, my daughter is the lucky recipient on this project. I'm so in love with how it turned out! 



I chose to use Cricut brand Glitter Iron-On Vinyl for this project. Basically, it is a sheet of clear backing with a layer of red glittery vinyl stuck to it. So there are two layers total: one will be ironed onto the shirt permanently and the other will be peeled off after ironing. 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Weekly Wound Up



It's going to be one of those weekends. The kind where my daughter has a dance competition in one city while two of my boys have ball games in two different cities, all at about the same time. I'm pretty sure it's going to be tricky for two parents to be in three places at once, so if anybody has a magic solution for that, be sure to let me know! Even so, we've had an exciting and busy week here at CKC too, so it seems I have my work cut out for me. Be sure to stick around and see all the great patterns, announcements, and promotions we have going on! Lots of great stuff ahead. 

New Releases


For starter's, we have two new releases that go hand in hand! Introducing Emmalyn's and Elijah's Knit Cardigans! They are super trendy, very adorable, and here's why you want both: Emmalyn's has raglan style sleeves; Eljah's has regular. Emmalyn's has a slimmer girly fit; Elijah's is looser at the shoulders/chest, perfect for boys. Emmalyn's has slimmer style bands and adorable slant pockets with trim; Elijah's has wider bands and grandpa-style pockets.

They BOTH include two versions: pull-over and button-up. Both come in multiple sizes: Emmalyn's for Dolls, Babies, and Toddlers; Elijah's for Babies, Toddlers, and Tweens. These two patterns are your new brother/sister must-have's for comfy knit this winter and even on into spring!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

How to Make Piping

Hey there! It's time for another helpful tutorial! You might have had the chance to sew with pre-made packaged piping before. It's a neat little trim you can add to many types of home goods and clothing. But did you know that you can make your own piping using just about any fabric? And it's not hard at all!  Today I'm going to show you how it's done and then we'll even put our new piping to use on a fun project.  



Supplies: 

Your choice of fabric
Any size of cording (mine is 3/16" from Walmart)
Sewing machine, scissors, & thread
Optional: Batting for pillow project

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Weekly Wound Up


There's a lot of talk about blizzards this weekend. We hope you stay warm and safe! It sounds like the perfect chance to stay in and sew something beautiful. If you're in the mood for a new pattern to sew up, we have quite a few re-sizes that just released! And of course a bunch that are on sale for the weekend too. Let's take a look.

New Releases


One of our favorite women's patterns is now available for the younger ladies in your life too! Kimber’s Circle Dress is super cute and super comfy, with lots of options! Choose from baby doll and skater dress options, curved and v-neck options, two sleeve length choices, plus circle sleeve add-on's!  Kimber's is now available for Babies, Girls, Tweens, and Women.
 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Weekly Wound Up



How are you handling the cold weather? It's not quite as fun to be surrounded by snow now as it was last month. (Something about the holidays...) My kids have been taking turns being sick at home this week so it feels like we're stuck somewhere between winter vacation and homework central! But that hasn't slowed down the excitement at CKC of course, and it seems like we have a bunch of NEW announcements for you today. I think you're going to like them quite a lot. Are you ready?

New Releases


Winter's Hooded Wrap is now available in Toddler, Tween, and Doll sizes! (This should help with the cold!) It is a hat and scarf all in one, and it even has pockets to keep their hands warm. No more losing gloves here and there! Plus Winter's comes with all kinds of fun options to add to the hood, including floppy ears, pointed ears, rounded ears, antlers, dino spikes, horse mane, and more! 


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Batman Blanket

Occasionally someone posts something incredible in our Patterns Group that everyone goes wild over, including myself, and we can't help but ask them to share their creativity with us.  Such is the case with Abbey Button and her Batman Blanket!


How cool is this kid?!  I know five kiddos at my house who would LOVE to have a Batman blanket! And you can't tell from the photo, but his arms are even spread out into the wings. Amazing!  Abbey used one of our free patterns as the base for the blanket and she has been kind enough to tell us how she made it. Awesome! 


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

How to Under-stitch (and How it Differs from Top-stitching)

Hi! It's Kristen here. Do you know the difference between top-stitching and under-stitching?  



There's a good chance that you have already learned to top-stitch, because most of our CKC patterns have you do it. I prefer finishing my edges with a top-stitch because it helps them lay flat and secure for the long term, no matter how roughly they are handled. I also like that it is done as the last step on a project, giving it that finishing touch. Basically, you sew along the seam 1/8" from the edge. That's it! See the curved edge below.