PRINTED DOLL FABRIC + tutorial!

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I’m so excited to share this project that I’ve been working on for the last month or so! Printed doll fabric! This fabric is soooo fun! I designed 6 little dollies, all with unique names and personalities!  I designed it on Spoonflower for my little girl, printed it off and sewed them together.  These are similar to my triangle fabric in the fact that most of the work is done for you, but you get to put it together and choose your options!

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Each doll is a one-yard panel with everything you need printed on it, including all the bows, skirts and accessories. You just order it from Spoonflower, cut out the pieces and sew them together. All you have to do is add 1/4″ elastic (for the skirt) and stuffing!

Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

I love options, so each fabric panel as a total of 4 bows in two colors! You can sew them to one side of the doll’s head or put one on each pigtail!

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Each doll panel has 3 skirt pieces printed on it including a cat skirt, a skirt with little X’s across the bottom and a third colored skirt. And you can add the optional pocket, too!

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Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

Ready to meet the girls?

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Pearl is style! She has platinum hair, flawless light cocoa skin and bright red lips! Her shirt is polka dot with 3 skirt options: b/w stripe, lavender kitty cat, and aqua/purple with an X pattern. Pearl loves mint chocolate chip ice cream and writing poetry.

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Rosie is a seriously cute girl with jet black hair and bright red lips! Her shirt is grey with 3 skirt options: b/w arrowhead, grey kitty cat and pink. Olive chocolate sprinkle ice cream cones and her tiny teddy bear!

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Chloe is a red-headed beauty with bright orange hair and pink cheeks. Her shirt is pink with 3 skirt options: polka dot, cream kitty and bright yellow. Chloe loves frolicking in the meadow and bubblegum chocolate chip ice cream!

Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

Goldie has a blonde head of hair and sweet pink cheeks. She loves polka dots and has three pretty skirt options: b/w stripes, blue kitty cat and pink X design. Goldie loves bubblegum ice cream and flying kites!

Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

Ruby is the definition of chic! She has dark skin and dark brown hair with soft pink lips, a pink shirt and three skirt options: b/w polka dots, pink kitty cat, and bold yellow. Ruby loves chocolate chip ice cream and hiking with her friends!

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Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

Olive is a suntanned beach babe with brown hair and mauve lips. Her shirt is mint green with 3 skirt options: magenta, striped kitty cat, and purple with an X pattern. Olive loves pink sprinkle ice cream and reading a good book by the waves!

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Printed doll fabric  // Tutorial
One doll panel (one yard of Basic or Kona cotton)
-6.5 inches of 1/4″ elastic
-softie stuffing, I like Pellon Perfect Loft

 

When you order your fabric, it will come to you looking like this:

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Let’s start!

Cut out the doll pieces:
-the body front
-the body back
-4 arms
-1 skirt (optional pocket)

Cut along the dashed lines printed on the fabric. There is a 1/4″ seam allowance included on all pieces!

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Press all pieces so they are nice and flat.

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Pin the arm pieces together with right sides together.

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Sew around the arm piece with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Use pinking shears to trim seam allowance. Turn and press.

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Now stuff the arms. I love the Perfect Loft stuffing.

Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

Pin the arms to the body 1/2″ from the neckline.

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Baste arms on.

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Tuck arms into the middle of the body and pin back piece to the front with right sides together. Sew all the way around, leaving a 2-3″ opening at the side of the torso.

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Trim seam allowance, turn and press.

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Now stuff her up! I like it pretty full, so start at the head and push as much as you can into the body.

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Sew up the opening with a needle and thread.

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Each doll fabric panel has 3 skirts to choose from. You can pick your favorite or sew them all up and create a little wardrobe for your doll!

To make the pocket, press under 1/4″ at the top TWICE and stitch along the top.

Press under 1/4″ on the sides and bottom then pin to skirt. Sew around the sides and bottom of the pocket, backstitching at each end.

Press under 1/2″ at the top of the skirt and 1/4″ at the bottom.

Make a casing at the top by stitching at 3/8″.

Hem the bottom with a straight stitch.

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Thread your elastic through the casing and sew it at each side.

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Sew the side seam and finish seam allowance.

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Now put it on your doll!

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Next week I will post a tutorial for the bows, and all the other accessories!

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DIY Printed Zipper Pouch (from your inkjet printer!)

DIY Printed Pouch (from your printer!) | See Kate Sew

Yesterday I posted about 5 secrets to doing it all, including sneaking away to my “happy place.” I made these printed pouches to go along with that post! I made the HAPPY pouch to hold my tablet but it was so fun I made a few more. Today I’m sharing the tutorial for these pouches!

I recently found out about this cool product called Kraft Tex, that is just like Kraft paper but it is actually a durable FABRIC! As soon as I saw it I thought it would be fun to put it through my printer! This is a true mixed media project and I love how fun they are. There are SO many possibilities with this, because you can design anything you want on your computer and print it out. You can even do colors! And custom pouches for specific events! So fun! I started out with these modern black and white pouches, backed with a black and white twill from Joann.

DIY Printed Pouch (from your printer!) | See Kate Sew

I printed stars, lines and HAPPY on sheets of Kraft-tex that I trimmed down to 8.5″ by 11″ so it would fit in my printer. My old printer had a little trouble figuring out how to get the thick paper through. I ironed the paper on low to flatten it out. Since it comes on a roll, it was a little curved at first. My newer printer had no problem with it, though! It’s probably a little thicker than cardstock.

DIY Printed Pouch (from your printer!) | See Kate Sew

I love the crinkled look of the Kraft-tex! It’s also very durable.

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DIY Printed Zipper Pouch///

Materials:
Kraft-Tex
-Backing Fabric
-14″ Zipper
Printables for HAPPY, stripes and stars (or print your own design!)

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Let’s get started!

Print off your design on the paper.

Cut two rectangles: 7.5″ by 10.5″, one with the backing fabric and one from the Kraft-tex

Cut one rectangle 3″ by 9-10″ for a zipper tie.

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Clip the the zipper face down on the Kraft-tex. You don’t want to pin this paper/fabric because the pins will leave holes.

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Sew and then fold the seam allowance down.

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Optional: Topstitch along zipper to secure seam allowance.

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Repeat on the other side of the pouch with the fabric. Make sure to line up the fabrics at the same point on the zipper, so they match up. Then, open the zipper most of the way.

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Match the front and back of the pouch, and clip together. Sew around the pouch, sewing the zipper pieces towards the bottom of the pouch. Pivot at the corners.

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Clip the corners and trim the seam allowances a little bit.happy-pouch-10

Turn your pouch! It is a little tricky to turn the Kraft-tex, since it has a thick paper consistency, but just crinkle it up a bit and push it through the zipper. I used the ends of my scissors to get the corners sharp.

For the tie, press the strip in half and sew around the edges and corners, leaving a 2″ opening in the middle of the strip.

DIY Printed Pouch (from your printer!) | See Kate Sew

Turn and topstitch over the opening that you left.

DIY Printed Pouch (from your printer!) | See Kate Sew

When you tie it in a knot, the stitching will be hidden, so don’t worry about that.

DIY Printed Pouch (from your printer!) | See Kate Sew

Now, use a hand needle and thread to stitch the center of the strip to the zipper pull. Don’t worry about what your stitching looks like, it will be hidden also. Tie off and then tie your strip into a knot.

DIY Printed Pouch (from your printer!) | See Kate Sew

Now you have a cute little zipper pull!

DIY Printed Pouch (from your printer!) | See Kate Sew

That’s it! Now fill it up with whatever you please!

DIY Printed Pouch (from your printer!) | See Kate Sew

DIY Printed Pouch (from your printer!) | See Kate Sew

DIY Printed Pouch (from your printer!) | See Kate Sew

DIY Printed Pouch (from your printer!) | See Kate Sew

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HOW TO DO IT ALL + make time for sewing with HP

I’ve partnered with HP & Intel to show you how I work from my happy place and make time to sew!

HOW TO DO IT ALL + make time for creativity | See Kate Sew

As a busy mom, I am often asked the age-old question “How do you do it all?”. The question first makes me laugh (Hah! you have no idea, come see my laundry pile!), and then it makes me a little sad! The feeling I get from the women who ask me this question is that they don’t think they are doing enough, or they want to have time to be creative and pursue hobbies, but it just doesn’t seem to fit in their current lifestyle. I never want anyone to think she isn’t enough. And I wish everyone had more time to be creative.  I’m hoping this little glimpse into my life will help you feel like you are doing and achieving and also help you make time to sew. Let’s face it, that’s what it comes down to: MORE SEWING. ;)

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The motherhood + life/work balance is hard. In bold. Even if you don’t consider you creative pursuits “work”, I think it takes careful prioritizing to make sure you have time to be creative each day.

It feels silly for me to be giving life advice. I’m still young and someone lost. (hah!) I mean, I don’t have it all figured out. But in the past almost 5 years of motherhood, I’ve learned a few things that have helped me make time for myself to create. It is so important for me to have time for creative pursuits, and I’m guessing since you’re here that it is important to you also. I’m wired to create and I go crazy if I can’t.

These 5 tips are simple things that I have put into practice that help me feel more on top of things and less guilty that I am not “enough” in any aspect of my life. There have been lots of tears, so much stress and questioning why I try along the way, so don’t think I don’t get discouraged. I still do. So here is HOW TO DO IT ALL:

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1. “Doing it all” doesn’t exist.

That’s the real answer. I don’t do it all. There is no “doing it all”. There is no perfect work/life balance and I’m not sure there ever will be. So stop worrying that you aren’t good enough or aren’t doing enough. I think you are! Just do your best! I’m a big believer in times and seasons, ebbs and flows, and taking breaks when you need to.

It’s daunting knowing that perfect balance isn’t truly achievable, but at the same time, it takes a lot of pressure off. Whew! We don’t have to try to do it all anymore. Let’s just do what we can. So that’s what this post is about, doing what I can do to make time for myself to create. Not doing “it all”.

 

With that out of the way, let’s move on to some real tips you can put into practice now!

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2. Freezer Meals

My first tip is very pragmatic. The first thing I always tell people is “Oh, I don’t cook dinner!” It’s sort of a joke, to deflect how awkward that question makes me feel. But it is also kind of true. I do COOK the dinner, but I prepare meals ahead of time so I don’t have to think about what meals to make, where the ingredients are, etc etc. And no last minute runs to the store at 4:30 pm with two cranky kids.

I have done a few freezer meal plans in the last few months that I love. I’m on a Costco/Freezer Meal kick. There are two ways I have done this. The first way is to make all the meals at once, it usually takes a solid 4 hours. It’s so much chopping and dumping and cooking. But then it is done! Or, I will make 1-2 meals each day for a week, making double or quadruple batches and freezing the extra.

I’ve found that this is also very cost effective (more money for fabric! Yeah!) and reduces my stress level SO MUCH. Also, we eat out a lot less and don’t depend on unhealthy, quick meals as much.

This is my favorite resource for freezer meal plans: http://www.5dollardinners.com/recipe-lists/ There is a Sam’s Club version also. I split the meals in half because they are a little too big for my family of 4. Most of the plans make 20 meals, but since I split them in half I get about 40 out of them. That’s over a month of meals ready in one day! I’m a believer!

I’m always looking for more ideas, so leave a comment if you have a favorite freezer meal or plan!

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Ah, dinner is out of the way. Dinner is so daunting to me. Onto the other tips!

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3. Prioritize tasks

Ah tasks! I usually make this just work/creative stuff. All of my other responsibilities get done in between (like dishes) or they don’t (like laundry) and that’s okay. Here are my tips for task prioritizing.

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  • List 2-3 important tasks you want to achieve each day.
    • I use a post-it or small piece of scratch paper for this
    • If I write all the things I really have to do, which is always over 10 items, I have trouble concentrating. Now I try to focus on a few first and then move on to the next 2-3 things.
    • Example:
      • Baby Quilt
      • Little Zipper Pouch
      • Face Adelaide Top
  • Do the most important thing first
    • If I can get up a few minutes early and get my 1 important thing done, my day will be so much more productive. Without that one task hanging over my head, it’s amazing what I get done. For example, I HAVE to finish my Adelaide Top in time for date night on Friday, so that is my first task. It will only take 30 minutes or so but if I don’t get it done right away I will procrastinate it (and all my other tasks) while worrying about my deadline.
  • Have big AND small projects
    • If you have too many big projects going on at once, it’s hard to feel accomplished, because you can’t check them off for a while. Big things such as a quilt, take days or weeks…or months or years. Have a small project around for when you feel like feeling accomplished. A simple project that takes an hour or less but leaves you feeling creative and happy. When your day doesn’t permit for sewing a whole dress or blouse, a small but cute project will keep you going.
    • For example, the Baby Quilt is my big task and the others are smaller tasks that can be squeezed in to small time slots, like a little zipper pouch or a quick facing.
  • Save busy work or mindless sewing for when you’re out of energy
    • For me, this is at night. After about 9pm, I am useless! I’m worn out from wrangling kids all day and too tired to focus on anything important. So I save things like emails, quilting the top of quilts, photo editing and cleaning my sewing room for night. I can usually tell when I’m too tired to sew, my seams get pretty wonky!

 

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4. Be present in whatever you are doing

This is pretty simple, at least in concept. If you’re in mom-mode, be a MOM. If you’re working WORK. If you’re playing with your kids PLAY. This is a mindset exercise. Put down your phone and be present. It’s harder than you might think. But practice makes it easier. You’ll get so much more work done when you’re working and you’ll feel so much less guilt about balancing things.

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5. Work from Your Happy Place

My final secret is slipping away to my little “happy place!” away from home for a few hours every once in a while. I LOVE working in the library.

It’s INSANE how much I can get done when I am alone, without distractions in a quiet place. Usually I have a task list to be done that I estimate will take me 3 hours and I’m always done with it in about 45 minutes. It’s library magic! I think it’s more the fact that there are no snacks, no kids and no household chores around.

I save all of my computer tasks for this chunk of time. For me that is emails, patternwork, writing posts and editing photos. And sometimes I hang out streaming episodes of Friends on Netflix…. Recharging my batteries. It’s work. ;) Sometimes I wander over to the books while I’m there, but usually, I am just working working working.

The HP Stream 8 with Intel allows me to work from my happy place, the library or anywhere. Sometimes I think about bringing my sewing machine and sewing in a private study room. I haven’t done that yet, but the HP stream 8 with Intel comes with a free year of Office 365, so I can get a lot of work done using those programs, like Word and Excel. I try to save all of my computer work for these times when I can sneak to the library.

I can use the HP Stream 8 with Intel and it’s apps to make grocery lists, plan out freezer meals, order craft supplies or groceries. Anything I can do at home with kids crawling on me, I can do in the library so much faster. This helps me to separate work and play also and be present where I am.

HOW TO DO IT ALL + make time for creativity | See Kate Sew

 

This isn’t an exhaustive list but I do hope these tips give you a place to start and help you find your own time to be creative!

 

I still don’t have a solution for the laundry. Sorry.

 

Tomorrow I will share the tutorial for that “HAPPY” pouch! It makes a great tablet case, or art supply pouch and it can be one of your “quick, easy” projects that make you feel accomplished!

 

Pattern Anthology for Riley Blake!

I’m on the Riley Blake Tour today sharing my new FABRIC! I designed this triangle print fabric for the IDLEWILD collection by Pattern Anthology! This collection is a 4 piece knit collection that comes in 3 colorways! It will be available this fall and we can’t wait to make things with it!

I wanted to design a colorful and modern print that could be used for a variety of sewing projects! Since this will be a knit, I’m seeing the triangles as baby pants, baby blankets, soft couch pillows, girl’s dresses, boys sweatshirts, and on and on.

The first colorway is my favorite: it has bright yellow, bold blue, grey, pink and mint! All of my favorite colors all in one print. There is so much happy in this print and I’m so excited to pair it with other fabrics!

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The second colorway is very pink and blue with a little grey thrown in! This colorway is bright, feminine and fun.

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And finally a black and white! Black and white is always useful, I’m thinking I might try a pencil skirt for myself with this print!

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I hope you love it! You can click over to the other Pattern Anthology sites to see their prints and the inspiration behind them! Start at Melly Sews and follow the link to the others!

Be sure to follow along as we meet our fantastic designers and get sneak peaks at their upcoming collections!

5/15 – Where Women Cook
5/18 – Becky Marie Designs
5/18 – Pattern Anthology
5/19 – Carina Gardner
5/21 – Lori Holt
5/21 – Tasha Noel
5/22 – Lori Whitlock
5/22 – Cinderberry Stitches
5/23 – Eleanor Dugan
5/26 – Simple Simon
5/26 – The Quilted Fish
5/28 – Melly & Me
5/28 – Elea Lutz
5/29 – Zoe Pearn
5/29 – Doohikey Designs

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the SOHO top pattern | See Kate Sew

This might be my favorite The Soho Pattern is available in my shop! so far! It’s made with a lightweight striped shirting material from Joann. I wanted to take a few more photos of this pattern to show you the pockets and back neckline.

I sewed this up with the angled hem.

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The side pocket is a tiny little pocket, perfect for chap stick, keys or other little essentials!

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The back neckline has a similar V angle, but is not as deep as the front. the SOHO top pattern | See Kate Sew the SOHO top pattern | See Kate Sew the SOHO top pattern | See Kate Sew the SOHO top pattern | See Kate Sew

Light and summery, perfect with shorts!

The Soho Pattern is available in my shop! And a sewalong is coming next month!