see kate sew http://seekatesew.com sewing, crafts, tutorials, DIY Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:57:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Labor Day Weekend Sale! http://seekatesew.com/labor-day-weekend-sale/ http://seekatesew.com/labor-day-weekend-sale/#respond Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=11127 Save big in the shop this weekend! All Graphic Tees are just $18 this weekend! Sizes are selling out quick! And all women’s patterns are marked down to $10!   Sale prices good through Monday. No coupon code required!   Enjoy!     Related Postsnew pattern! The EVERYDAY MAXI dress!pippa peplum pattern release!last day to buy […]

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Save big in the shop this weekend!

All Graphic Tees are just $18 this weekend! Sizes are selling out quick!

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And all women’s patterns are marked down to $10!

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Sale prices good through Monday. No coupon code required!

 

Enjoy!

 

 

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Find Joy in the Ordinary Screenprinted Tote Tutorial http://seekatesew.com/screenprinted-tote-tutorial/ http://seekatesew.com/screenprinted-tote-tutorial/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:00:20 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=11050 Written by Vivian of Vivileen I’ve been loving graphic tees (and totes), especially when they incorporate bold black and white designs, so I decided to make one myself!  I used this screen printing tutorial from Kate.  Since I purchased the materials for screen printing I’ve been obsessed!  I’ve made onesies, tee shirts, and totes and […]

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Written by Vivian of Vivileen

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I’ve been loving graphic tees (and totes), especially when they incorporate bold black and white designs, so I decided to make one myself!  I used this screen printing tutorial from Kate.  Since I purchased the materials for screen printing I’ve been obsessed!  I’ve made onesies, tee shirts, and totes and have a lot more planned.  For full instructions on how screen printing take a look at her tutorial.

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So you can make your own tote I provided a Silhouette Cameo cut file.  I also made a matching printable for your craft room or somewhere else in your home!

Download the files here:

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Silhouette Studio File

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uncommon sewing supplies // cake froster http://seekatesew.com/uncommon-sewing-supplies-cake-froster/ http://seekatesew.com/uncommon-sewing-supplies-cake-froster/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=11076 There are a few sewing supplies I use often that aren’t really sewing supplies at all! I thought I would share a few of them with you over the next few weeks because they are so helpful! The first up is probably the most surprising, a cake froster! I guess these are actually called “Icing […]

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There are a few sewing supplies I use often that aren’t really sewing supplies at all! I thought I would share a few of them with you over the next few weeks because they are so helpful! The first up is probably the most surprising, a cake froster!

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I guess these are actually called “Icing Spatulas”. This is a handy tool I use when ironing. I have my own dedicated cake froster for my sewing room, it just sits right on my ironing board. It’s helpful when you’re pressing something that has a straight edge. You can stick the spatula right in next to the seam allowance and iron over at the same time. The metal of the spatula also heats up to give you more heat. I don’t use this when pressing absolutely everything, but it really helps with lots of things!

I mentioned straight edges but I also like to push the rounded edge of the cake froster into curved edges as a I press. It helps me get a smooth edge on things like clutches and bags. Pressing well can really help your final product look more professional.

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Pretty self-explanatory really! You’ll definitely want to try this trick!

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I hope you enjoyed this short and sweet sewing secret! Do you have any pressing tips?

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GIVEAWAY! Win a Sewing Machine Tee + any 3 patterns! http://seekatesew.com/giveaway-win-sewing-machine-tee-pattern/ http://seekatesew.com/giveaway-win-sewing-machine-tee-pattern/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=11060   It’s SUPER SATURDAY! Check out the Daily Sew Collective Page on Facebook all day long to see giveaways from lots of sewing bloggers! So much sewing swag is up for grabs! Today I’m giving away a Sewing Machine Graphic Tee and any 3 Patterns from my shop to one lucky sewist! Enter below in […]

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GIVEAWAY!

 

It’s SUPER SATURDAY! Check out the Daily Sew Collective Page on Facebook all day long to see giveaways from lots of sewing bloggers! So much sewing swag is up for grabs!

Today I’m giving away a Sewing Machine Graphic Tee and any 3 Patterns from my shop to one lucky sewist!

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new pattern! The EVERYDAY MAXI dress! http://seekatesew.com/new-pattern-everyday-maxi-dress/ http://seekatesew.com/new-pattern-everyday-maxi-dress/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=10670 I’m so excited to release my newest women’s pattern today: the EVERYDAY MAXI dress! I’ve been scheming up this one for a while! A loose-but-not-too-loose knit maxi with sleeves! The short sleeves hug your bicep and the long skirt sweeps the floor! The perfect romantic dress for a date night or long summer day! Transitions […]

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I’m so excited to release my newest women’s pattern today: the EVERYDAY MAXI dress! I’ve been scheming up this one for a while! A loose-but-not-too-loose knit maxi with sleeves! The short sleeves hug your bicep and the long skirt sweeps the floor! The perfect romantic dress for a date night or long summer day! Transitions perfectly from day to night! Optional pockets included! The waistline is gathered and raised.

This pattern can easily be shortened to any length you want! It actually started as a knee-length smock dress that I made for myself, I’ll share that one soon! The pattern includes pieces for the bodice and skirt measurements for the skirt pieces, so you won’t waste a ton of paper printing out a million pieces.

This dress pattern is available in XXS to XL for busts 30″ to 44″.

Purchase HERE!

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Have a great weekend!

 

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Leather Tassel Necklace Tutorial http://seekatesew.com/leather-tassel-necklace-tutorial/ http://seekatesew.com/leather-tassel-necklace-tutorial/#respond Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:21:20 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=10719 Written by Jessica of The Ladyette. This summer I have practically worn out a black beaded tassel necklace of mine because I love the length and the bulk of it paired with flowly summer outfits.  This got me thinking I needed to add more tassel accessories to my wardrobe.  Today I have a leather tassel […]

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Written by Jessica of The Ladyette.

DIY tassle necklace

This summer I have practically worn out a black beaded tassel necklace of mine because I love the length and the bulk of it paired with flowly summer outfits.  This got me thinking I needed to add more tassel accessories to my wardrobe.  Today I have a leather tassel necklace tutorial to share with all of you See Kate Sew readers.  My favorite part is the turquoise color.  Turquoise is like a second black for me…it goes with everything.

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Supplies Needed: a small piece of leather about 9″ long and at least 2″ wide (I found this turquoise piece at Michael’s), a sharp pair of scissors, super glue, a large jump ring, two 18″ necklace strands (also can be found at Michael’s).

Step 1: I trimmed off the ends of my leather piece to get rid of the round edges.  Trim one end off by about 3/4″ because it will be used to wrap around the tassel ends later.  Then cut two long strips, each about 1″ wide.  You can easily eyeball the measurements and the piece will turn out imperfectly perfect.

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Step 2: Fold each strip in half so you know where the halfway point is, then cut long slits on each side stopping just a little short of the middle.  You can cut the leather folded or in single layers; I chose single layers to give it a more varied and random look.

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Step 3: Lay the leather pieces flat, one on top of the other as shown in the picture.  Slide the jump ring on to the middle of the leather and fold the leather in half around it.  You should start to see the tassel taking shape now.

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Step 4: Wrap the scrap of leather from Step 1 around the top of the tassel just under the jump ring and trim off any excess.  Super glue one end of the wrap to the tassel body and then glue the other end of the wrap on top of the first end, as shown in the picture.  Hold the leather down for about one minute to allow the glue to dry.

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Step 5: Now hook the two necklaces together.  To do this, lay the end out as shown in the picture and clip the two middle pieces together first.  So the clasp of one necklace hooks to the eye of the other necklace and vice versa.  Before clipping the outside ends together, slide the jump ring with tassel onto the chain necklace.  After both ends are hooked, it will easily slide over your head.

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I love the length of this necklace, it adds a lot of interest to an outfit and could be easily layered with other necklaces.  And, because of using two necklaces to create one extra long necklace, you can always remove one and have just a short necklace if that’s the look you’re going for.  I can just imagine this tassel in so many different colors.  I think a metallic gold would be really lovely.

 

Happy creating!

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metallic thread round-up http://seekatesew.com/metallic-thread-round/ http://seekatesew.com/metallic-thread-round/#respond Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=10643   Even though I’m wrapping up this series, I have a feeling I will have more metallic thread projects coming. Whenever I put together a little mini-series, I am always left with even MORE ideas than when I started, so I hope this series was fun and inspiring for you, too! This post is a […]

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Even though I’m wrapping up this series, I have a feeling I will have more metallic thread projects coming. Whenever I put together a little mini-series, I am always left with even MORE ideas than when I started, so I hope this series was fun and inspiring for you, too!

This post is a wrap-up of all the tutorials and posts from the series so you can easily find them.

Sewing 101: How to sew with Metallic Thread

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DIY Cloud Coasters with a silver “lining”

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DIY Hexagon Tee with Free Template

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DIY gem pouches with free pattern

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Striped Hair Bow//quilted fabric technique

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A special thanks to Babylock, Klasse and Madeirafor producing top quality sewing supplies for me to enjoy ;) !

 

And that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed this series!

 

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sewing machine graphic tees! http://seekatesew.com/sewing-machine-graphic-tees/ http://seekatesew.com/sewing-machine-graphic-tees/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=10931 I’m so excited to launch a new product today! TSHIRTS! So now the whole world can know that you like sewing without even asking! They probably already know, but now you can wear your love of sewing on your sleeve…or shirt. Anyways, introducing the SEWING MACHINE GRAPHIC TEE! For you, for your sewing friend, for […]

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I’m so excited to launch a new product today! TSHIRTS! So now the whole world can know that you like sewing without even asking! They probably already know, but now you can wear your love of sewing on your sleeve…or shirt.

Anyways, introducing the SEWING MACHINE GRAPHIC TEE! For you, for your sewing friend, for your mom!  This is a 2-color screen print with a super cool off-white sewing machine printed on your choice of a Seafoam or Light Pink 100% cotton American Apparel Tee (the softest!). You will be SEW ready to sew with this tee! (ha. ha.)

I had my lovely friend Katie model this for me so I could take the photos! Sizing is men’s sizing, so check out the size chart when ordering.

These are in my Big Cartel shop!

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Today I’m sharing the last project of the Metallic Thread Mini-Series. It has been so fun playing with a new sewing supply!
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This project is another very simple project, a bow with a striped metallic touch. I used Gold Heavy Metal thread from Maderia. It’s really fine and nice and sleek to sew with.

For the bow piece, reference one of these tutorials:

Date Night Double Bow
Knot Bow Tutorial

Materials:
-Scrap of chambray
-Madeira Heavy Metal Thread
-hair clip
-glue gun

Before sewing up the bow, sew stripes of metallic thread across the front bow piece.

I used glue to finish the bow with the center piece and then I glued it to the clip.

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Easy! You can do this technique to anything really! It gives the fabric a slight “quilted” look and a little bit of shine. I’d love to try it on clothing!

Metallic Stipe Fabric Technique

 

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FREE PATTERN // metallic gem zipper pouch http://seekatesew.com/free-pattern-metallic-gem-zipper-pouch/ http://seekatesew.com/free-pattern-metallic-gem-zipper-pouch/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=10632 This thread is inspiring all sorts of projects. Today I’m sharing this metallic gem zipper pouch project. It has a free pattern download and these are just so cute! You can really use them for anything! I’m going to hoard them for the holidays, probably stuff them with lipgloss for friends. This is my Christmas […]

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DIY gem pouches

This thread is inspiring all sorts of projects. Today I’m sharing this metallic gem zipper pouch project. It has a free pattern download and these are just so cute! You can really use them for anything! I’m going to hoard them for the holidays, probably stuff them with lipgloss for friends. This is my Christmas in July prep, a little late obviously! It will be nice to have a few gifts ready to go!

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Something about the sparkly, shiny thread got me thinking about gems and jewels. This geometric take on the standard zipper pouch is very easy to make and packs a punch with shiny thread on the front. You can use a fun print for the back of the pouch if you want. All you need is a fat quarter or two!

DIY gem pouches

Materials:
-2 fat quarters
-lightweight fusible interfacing
-metallic thread of choice
-one 7″ zipper
-free gem zipper pouch pattern

 

There are a few others tutorials you will need to reference during this tutorial:
-Sewing 101: how to sew with metallic thread
-basic zipper pouch tutorial

Let’s start! The first few steps are prepping fabric.

 

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Step one: Cut 2 of fabric, cut 2 of lining and cut 4 fusible interfacing, using your gem pattern piece.

Step two: Fuse interfacing to back of fabric and lining pieces.

Step three: Topstitch metallic thread to create the diamond shape. Use thread guide on pattern piece or make your own design. You can topstitch once for a thin line or twice for a thicker line.

Gem Pouch Tutorial with Metallic Thread

 

Next, get your zipper out and follow these instructions in the basic zipper pouch tutorial. The instructions are exactly the same from here on out, the only difference will be the shape of your pouch!

 

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