pom pom pincushions

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Long time no blog! I’ve been busy working on a few big projects, but this new fabric was the perfect excuse to break and make something fun and quick! Sew Caroline sent me some of her new Happy Home collection fabrics, the colors are so happy and bright! I used them to make hexagon pincushions and then topped each one with a yarn pom pom. I don’t know what is better than hexagons and pom poms!

The best part of this is you can use up to 7 different fabrics for each pincushion! The top has 6 little triangles that make up a hexagon and the bottom is one solid hexagon. Although, you could piece the bottom part, too, and include 12 fabrics! It’s fun to use a whole line of fabric for one project. I guess that is a normal thing to do, especially for quilters, but I don’t do it much! But maybe I will use whole lines more often now!

This project is fast! It will give you a little quilting experience, or if you’re already a quilter, you will whip it out really quickly! The pom pom is optional, but if you do top the pincushion with a pom pom, you don’t have to worry about sharp points on the triangles. The pom pom will hide the points!

So let’s get sewing!

Pom Pom Pincushions //

Materials:
Happy Home Fabrics
-Yarn
Pom Pom Maker
-Interfacing
hexagon pincushion pattern pieces

Hexagon Pom Pom Pincushion Tutorial | See Kate Sew

Print out the pattern piece and cut 6 triangles, and one hexagon back. Cut 2 hexagons from interfacing. Make your pom pom, leaving two strands really long for tying later.

Hexagon Pom Pom Pincushion Tutorial | See Kate Sew

Sew 3 triangles together, making sure the seam allowance is a consistent 1/4″.

Hexagon Pom Pom Pincushion Tutorial | See Kate Sew

Hexagon Pom Pom Pincushion Tutorial | See Kate Sew

Sew the 3rd triangle. There will be 1/4″ at the tip of the middle triangle, which will create a sharp point later. Read my post about getting sharp triangles for more help.

Hexagon Pom Pom Pincushion Tutorial | See Kate Sew

Repeat with bottom triangles.

Hexagon Pom Pom Pincushion Tutorial | See Kate Sew

Stitch these two pieces together along the center.

Hexagon Pom Pom Pincushion Tutorial | See Kate Sew

 

Press open.

Hexagon Pom Pom Pincushion Tutorial | See Kate Sew

Fuse interfacing to top and bottom of the pincushion.

Hexagon Pom Pom Pincushion Tutorial | See Kate Sew

Pin hexagons together and sew.

Hexagon Pom Pom Pincushion Tutorial | See Kate Sew

Pivot at each point and leave about 1-2″ open on one side.

Hexagon Pom Pom Pincushion Tutorial | See Kate Sew

Turn and stuff.

Hexagon Pom Pom Pincushion Tutorial | See Kate Sew

Fold over 1/4″ on the opening and pin together.

Hexagon Pom Pom Pincushion Tutorial | See Kate Sew

Use a needle and thread to sew together.

Hexagon Pom Pom Pincushion Tutorial | See Kate Sew

Attach the pom pom with a yarn needle. Tie the yarn tight and you’re done! I trimmed my pom pom a little bit after sewing it on, because I wanted to be able to see more of the fabric prints.

Hexagon Pom Pom Pincushion Tutorial | See Kate Sew

Stick in some pins and keep sewing!

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Check out the rest of the Happy Home Tour here:

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7/13/15 – Adrianna at Hey June Handmade
7/14/15 – Jenn at A Jennuine Life
7/15/15 – Miranda at One Little Minute
7/16/15 – Melissa at Melly Sews
7/17/15 – Thuy at My Paper Pinwheel
7/20/15 – Kate at See Kate Sew
7/21/15 – Abbey at Sew Charleston
7/22/15 – Erin at Sewbon
7/23/15 – Bev at Flamingo Toes
7/24/15 – Dana at Dana Made it

BOY doll fabric designs are here!

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The BOY doll fabric is finally available on Spoonflower! Click over to fill your cart with cute little doll fabric! Each boy panel comes with a mini printed TRIANGLE quilt! So it’s two projects in one! Check out the Girl Doll Fabric post for a tutorial on assembling the dolls, and this second post to assemble the accessories.

Each panel includes:
-1 Boy Doll
-1 Bow Tie
-1 Triangle Quilt Front and Back
-1 Ice Cream Cone
-1 Candy
-1 Tshirt Pocket

I recommend ordering Basic or Kona Cotton. Let’s meet the boys! Each girl doll now has a matching “sibling”! So these dolls come in the same hair colors and skin shades as the others.

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The boys have little sneakers and socks. And their shorts have topstitching and a tiny button!

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The triangle quilt is printed right next to each boy, so you can just cut it out, add the back and batting and stitch lines along the triangles. Just like in the One Hour Triangle Quilt tutorial, except it should be faster than that! These dolls fit pretty perfectly on IKEA doll beds!

BOY DOLL FABRIC! | See Kate Sew

Happy sewing!

SWITCH IT UP// DIY lace wedding dress and lace overlay tutorial

This post is sponsored by Ford as a part of the Switch it Up campaign. Ford has challenged me to “switch it up” and try something new!

DIY wedding dress | See Kate Sew

I didn’t make my own wedding dress, which I don’t necessarily regret. But I always thought it would be fun to make one, so I took this challenge as an opportunity to do it! It was the first thing that came to mind when I thought of doing something I had always wanted to try, just for the sake of doing something new.

DIY wedding dress | See Kate Sew

I’ve had the idea in my mind to use the Penelope Peplum pattern as a base for a wedding dress. This dress is actually pretty simple, it’s just a Penelope Peplum with the dress add-on and extra length. Really, that simple! It took me about 3 hours of sewing, including cutting the pattern pieces. I used a stretch lace as an overlay and I’m pretty happy with it! It was fun to make, an one of those “sewing bucket list” items that I can check off.

DIY wedding dress | See Kate Sew

And who has ever heard of a KNIT wedding dress?! But I really love the drape of a heavy knit and it’s super comfy. I think there should be more knit bridal wear! I’m actually pretty excited to wear it as a maxi dress for special occasions. I used a stark white knit and an off-white lace.

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Ford has put together a series of videos with experts Switching it Up and trying new things on their YouTube channel. This one includes a PS, I Made This DIY, it’s so cute!

It was really fun to get all dressed like a bride, if only for a photoshoot. I got the flowers at a grocery store and picked up a necklace at Target. It was all the thrill of planning a wedding without all the stress! I’m so glad I made my first wedding dress!

DIY wedding dress | See Kate Sew

DIY lace wedding dress//

Materials:
-3-4 yards white ponte knit, mine is from Girl Charlee
-3-4 yards stretch lace
Penelope Peplum + Add-on
-walking foot, optional.

A walking foot it a good foot to use with knits and also with thick fabric. Since we are gathering a few layers of fabric together, it’s a good option! A regular presser foot works fine, too.

DIY wedding dress | See Kate Sew

To start, you’ll need to calculate your maxi skirt length. Use your height and multiply by .62. Then add a few inches for the hem. Use that number as your skirt length. The widths are all based on the pattern width for the dress-add on to the Penelope Peplum. Cut out two skirt pieces using these two measurements.

Now cut out the rest of the pieces from the ponte. You need all the pieces, including the facings.

DIY wedding dress | See Kate Sew

Cut all pieces EXCEPT the facings out of the stretch lace fabric.

DIY wedding dress | See Kate Sew

Variation: I made my ponte skirt about 6-8″ shorter than the lace overlay, so there is a little extra lace hanging down. I did this on accident because I was running out of ponte, but I like the result!

I’ve done lace overlays before, but never as successfully as this. Usually I baste the lace to the fabric first, but this time I just used pins to keep it together. By doing it this way, I was able to keep the overlay smooth.

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1. Use a Microtex needle when sewing with lace. This is a super sharp needle that won’t snag fabric. I also use these needles for other fine or delicate fabrics.

2. Cut two pieces of fabric from each pattern piece: one from ponte and one from stretch lace.

3. Lay each piece of lace on top of ponte piece and smooth it out. The right sides of each fabric will be facing up.

4. Smooth over and pin fabrics together around edges.

5. Sew pattern pieces together according to pattern instructions. Be sure to smooth each piece of lace down as you go.

6. Hem fabric as one layer for sleeves. For hem, I prefer to keep the layers separate so they drape separately. You can use the finished edge already on the lace, or create a small rolled hem, by hand or by machine.

That’s it! You’re done!

DIY wedding dress | See Kate Sew

DIY wedding dress | See Kate Sew

DIY wedding dress | See Kate Sew

It always feels good to do something I wasn’t sure I could do. If I make another wedding dress, I’d like to try a different style, maybe a ballgown skirt or a finer fabric like chiffon.

I hope this post inspired you to try something new!

Have you ever sewn a wedding dress?

Simple Yarn Tied Baby Blankets

Yarn Tied Baby Blanket Tutorial

Adding another baby blanket to my long list of baby projects! Sewing for babies never gets old. I love giving baby blankets as gifts because they are quick and easy, but also so useful! Whenever I have a baby, there are never enough blankets and it’s nice to have fresh ones even if it isn’t the first baby. These are a really simple project, that can be super cute! Each blanket takes just 2 yards of fabric, one for the front and one for the back. So you can pick two really cute cotton prints and put them together!

Yarn Tied Baby Blanket Tutorial | See Kate Sew

I made two gender neutral blankets and one girly one. All of these prints are from Fat Quarter Shop, which is one of my favorite online fabric shops.

Here are my pairings:

Baby Blankets

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Use a strip of extra fabric to tie up the blanket!

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All fabric provided by the Fat Quarter Shop!

 Simple Yarn Tied Baby Blankets //

Materials:
-2 yards of fabric, in 1 yard cuts
-yarn + yarn needle
-batting

 

 

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Yarn Tied Baby Blanket Tutorial | See Kate Sew

Simple Yarn Tied Baby Blanket | See Kate Sew

 

You can leave the yarn as little knots or tie them into a bow!

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Fabric // c/o Fat Quarter Shop

Medium Cotton Gingham Gray
Cookie Book Coconut Mini Flowers
Hello, Bear Cotton Night Buck Forest
Cotton + Steel Basics Shag Carpet XOXO
Fox & Friends Brown Sleepy Fox
Maker Make Drafts Raw

Simple Yarn Tied Baby Blanket | See Kate Sew