see kate sew http://seekatesew.com sewing, crafts, tutorials, DIY Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:28:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 two new sewing tees now available! http://seekatesew.com/two-new-sewing-tees-now-available/ http://seekatesew.com/two-new-sewing-tees-now-available/#respond Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=14108 We introduced a new sewing themed tee in the shop this week: The SCISSOR HAPPY TEE! Plus, scroll down to see the SECOND brand new tee! The Scissor Happy Tee is perfect for any crafter and scissor lover (and even great for hair stylists, hah!). These shirts are white and light grey striped tees made […]

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We introduced a new sewing themed tee in the shop this week: The SCISSOR HAPPY TEE! Plus, scroll down to see the SECOND brand new tee!

The Scissor Happy Tee is perfect for any crafter and scissor lover (and even great for hair stylists, hah!).

SCISSOR HAPPY tees // SeeKateSew.bigcartel.com

These shirts are white and light grey striped tees made of 100% cotton. The design is 2 colors of pink ink with a cute little scissor graphic. They are so comfy and soft and 100% made in the USA!

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The Make Do & Mend Tee is the second tee, that I’ve been giving peeks of this week! It is a super soft navy tee with sparkly GOLD ink! This custom calligraphy design is so swirly and pretty and is printed with water based gold ink, so it’s soft, too!

Today only, buy the SCISSOR HAPPY tee with the Make Do & Mend tee for just $40! (Bundle is available under size selection on the Make Do & Mend page)

MAKE DO & MEND tee

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See all the sewing tees HERE.

Happy Weekend!

 

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sherbet doll quilt tutorial & ruched corner binding technique! http://seekatesew.com/sherbet-doll-quilt-tutorial-ruched-corner-binding-technique/ http://seekatesew.com/sherbet-doll-quilt-tutorial-ruched-corner-binding-technique/#respond Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:00:34 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=14118 Ever since I released the doll fabric panels, my kids have been playing with them constantly. They especially like to put them in our little doll bed, so I’ve been making doll blankets for them! This cute quilt is really simple and can be upsized for larger quilts. It’s also the most basic kind of […]

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DIY Doll Quilt with Ruched Corners

Ever since I released the doll fabric panels, my kids have been playing with them constantly. They especially like to put them in our little doll bed, so I’ve been making doll blankets for them! This cute quilt is really simple and can be upsized for larger quilts. It’s also the most basic kind of quilt I can think of–just a whole bunch of squares arranged in a diagonal pattern.

I’m also sharing a technique I made up to avoid mitering corners! I’ll show you how to round the corners and then use 1″ (METALLIC!) binding with basting to gather around the edges.

DIY Doll Quilt with Ruched Corners

DIY Doll Quilt with Ruched Corners

DIY Doll Quilt with Ruched Corners

Sherbet Doll Quilt

DIY Doll Quilt with Ruched Corners

 

So let’s go!

Sherbet Doll Quilt Tutorial //

Materials:

-1/4 yard each of 4 cotton solid colors and 1 cotton stripe print
-1/2 yard fabric for backing
-batting
1″ bias tape or quilt binding for binding
DIY Doll Quilt with Ruched Corners

Helpful tools:
Wonder Clips
Spray Baste
-Rotary Cutter + Ruler
-Disappearing ink pen
-15oz Soup Can

 

You need 63 squares for this project, they should measure 2.5″ by 2.5″. I like to cut 2.5″ strips and then stack them up and create squares quickly with a rotary cutter.

Here is the breakdown:
Pink: 16
White:16
Purple: 11
Coral: 6
Stripe: 14

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Next, create your design. Lay out all your squares in the pattern of your choice.

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To copy this pattern exactly, use this chart.

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DIY Doll Quilt with Ruched Corners

 

Sew the squares together in rows. Pair each square with the square to its right and chain stitch them together. *Chain stitching is a method of piecing where you don’t stop to clip the thread before starting the next fabric. It makes the process a little quicker since you can clip all the threads at the end.

Use 1/4″ seam allowance.

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When they are all paired up line them back up and sew together to complete the row.

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Finished row:

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When all your rows are done, sew the rows together. Match up the seams with pins to help make sure all the points and seams match up correctly.

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When you have 9 rows of 7 sewn together, cut batting and a backing, a bit larger than your finished pieced quilt.

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Use Spray N Bond to baste the quilt top to the batting and the batting to the quilt back.

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Use a soup can to draw a rounded corner with a disappearing ink pen.

 

 

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Trim corners.

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Time to bind!

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Clip the binding to a straight edge of the quilt sandwich. When you get about 2″ from the corner, sew a line of baste stitching (a long stitch length) on both sides of the bias tape. Gather the corner binding tape and curve it around the corner. Continue pinning along the next side.

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Repeat until you’ve finished all the corners. When your binding meets itself, fold under the top piece and clip in place.

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Sew all the way around 1/8″ from edge of binding.

Sherbet Doll Quilt

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All done!

DIY Doll Quilt with Ruched Corners

If you decide to use metallic binding like I did (mine is from Hobby Lobby) this post about sewing with metallic thread will be helpful:

How to sew with metallic thread

 

And to learn more about the doll panel fabric, see this post!

Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

 

DIY Doll Quilt with Ruched Corners

 

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NEW PATTERN! The ARLO shorties + knit pants! http://seekatesew.com/new-pattern-the-arlo-shorties-knit-pants/ http://seekatesew.com/new-pattern-the-arlo-shorties-knit-pants/#respond Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=14017   I released a new pattern last month but forgot to post about it here! This is the ARLO shorties + knit pants pattern! The ARLO pattern has two variations: shorties and knit pants! Make loose knit shorties for a day at the beach or long cozy pants for lounging around!  Your child will love […]

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ARLO pants

 

I released a new pattern last month but forgot to post about it here! This is the ARLO shorties + knit pants pattern!

The ARLO pattern has two variations: shorties and knit pants! Make loose knit shorties for a day at the beach or long cozy pants for lounging around!  Your child will love the comfy construction!

-Infant and kids size 3M to 5
-drop crotch knit shorts and pants
-pants have raw folded hem
-Pants have cuffed hem
-Waistband tie optional
-applique gusset for extra style and contrast
-Simple construction
-confident beginners to intermediate sewers
-instant download PDF pattern
-26 page PDF file with full size pattern and illustrated instructions
-Unisex, great for boys and girls!

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My favorite part about this pattern is mixing prints in the same pair of pants. Stripes + floral, solid colorblocking, there are so many possibilities!

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These cute little critter shorts are made with fabric from Bloome Copenhagen….and right now I have a giveaway going for 4 yards of their fabric on instagram! Hurry the giveaway ends tomorrow!

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the CALLIE TOP SEWALONG // Sleeves, buttons and hem http://seekatesew.com/the-callie-top-sewalong-sleeves-buttons-and-hem/ http://seekatesew.com/the-callie-top-sewalong-sleeves-buttons-and-hem/#respond Mon, 17 Aug 2015 13:00:16 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=14041 Today we’re finishing off the Callie Top sewalong! I have another finished Callie Top to share, too! This one is my current favorite, the fabric is so flowy and I love the black and white cat pattern. In case you missed it, here are the other sewalong posts: Day 1 (+ giveaway!) Day 2   […]

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Today we’re finishing off the Callie Top sewalong!

I have another finished Callie Top to share, too! This one is my current favorite, the fabric is so flowy and I love the black and white cat pattern.

In case you missed it, here are the other sewalong posts:

The CALLIE top pattern by See Kate SewThe CALLIE top pattern by See Kate Sew The CALLIE top pattern by See Kate Sew  The CALLIE top pattern by See Kate Sew The CALLIE top pattern by See Kate Sew

 

After finishing the dart/ruffle, sew the back bottom piece to the back bodice top piece. It’s just a straight seam. Be sure the straight side edge is in the center of the top.

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If you’re setting in sleeve, do that how you would any other sleeve. Here is a tutorial on ease-stitching to help you out.

If you’re doing a sleeve ruffle, gather it up like you did with the shoulder ruffle in Day 2 of the sewalong.

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We’re going to finish the ruffle with bias tape for a nice clean finish. Unfold it and sew it to the armscye 1/8″ from the edge of the fabric. You’ll sew at 3/8″ for the seam allowance, which will end up right in the fold of the bias tape.

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Fold the bias tape over to the inside of the top and pin. Stitch along right at the edge of the bias binding. This stitching will show up on the outside of your top, so be careful when picking thread colors.

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  • Sew up side seams and finish seam allowance.

Now finish the back seam with a button placket. Fuse interfacing strip to center back, 3/8″ from edge of fabric. Then fold over the extra 3/8″ and press.

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Fold the fabric over again to create a 1″ placket. Press, and topstitch 1/8″ from the edge of the placket.

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  • Finish the neckline the same way you bound the ruffle sleeves.
  • Hem the bottom.
  • Sew buttons and buttonholes.
  • And you’re done!

Today is the last day to enter to win $100 worth of fabric from Pattern Jam! Enter here!

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Welcome to Day 2 of the Callie Top Sewalong!

Today we’re going to tackle the trickiest part of the Callie Top, the ruffle/dart. If you’re sewing the Avery, it’s just a ruffle sandwich, but the methods are pretty similar!

Day 1: Choosing Fabric + $100 fabric giveaway!

This pink Callie top is made from double gauze. It’s a great choice for this pattern, I just love how flowy and soft the ruffles turned out. I bought this fabric from Miss Matatabi, it’s reversible, too!

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The ruffle goes across the shoulder and eats up both the front and back dart, so you won’t even really know you’re sewing a dart!

The first step is to mark the dart point on your fabric. I used a purple disappearing ink pen for this. This is my favorite way to mark fabric, the ink disappears with air after a while, or you can use water to remove the ink faster. I drew a little ‘x’ on the fabric below. Look closely, it kinda matches the fabric.

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To prep the ruffles,fold in half and press.

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Sew 2 rows of basting along curved edge and pull threads to gather. I like to sew them at 1/4″ and 1/2″ from raw edge. That will give me a nice even ruffle at the 3/8″ seam allowance.

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Now sew the back pieces to the front along shoulder seam. There are 3 pieces for each side of the shirt, so I will just show you one. It can be confusing, but looking at the neckline and armscye will help you fit them together correctly.

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Sew shoulder seams with right sides together.

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Finish seam allowances.

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Mark the point where the ruffle stops at the back on the fabric. Use your pattern piece dot as a guide.

Then pin the ruffle in between the mark on the front and the mark on the back. Baste ruffle on.

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At each end of the ruffle, taper the fabric out into the seam allowance so the raw edge is totally sandwiched on the wrong side of the fabric.

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Fold the other side of the bodice over and pin the ruffle inside. Now sew the seam! Use 3/8″ seam allowance the whole way, until you get to the dart on the front. At that point you will taper slightly until you get to your dart point, then sew right off the fabric. DO NOT BACKSTITCH. Tie the ends of your thread together in a knot. That way, the dart will lay flat and not have extra stitching to make a weird point.

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Finish seam allowance and press toward the middle of the top. Then topstitch along bodice piece next to the ruffle seam at 1/8″ for a clean finish. This stitching will also help keep your ruffle in the right spot!

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Repeat on the other side and I’ll see you Friday to finish up the top! You’ve finish the hardest part so the rest will be smooth sailing.

The CALLIE top pattern by See Kate Sew

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the CALLIE TOP SEWALONG// Fabric Selection and Pattern Jam GIVEAWAY! http://seekatesew.com/the-callie-top-sewalong-fabric-selection-and-pattern-jam-giveaway/ http://seekatesew.com/the-callie-top-sewalong-fabric-selection-and-pattern-jam-giveaway/#respond Mon, 10 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=14009 This post is sponsored by PatternJam! You’ll love this new pattern and fabric planning app! I’m excited to introduce you to a new pattern sewing tool today! It’s a new website called Pattern Jam, that just launched last month! I met the owner and creator Emily at a conference and had a really fun conversation […]

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This post is sponsored by PatternJam! You’ll love this new pattern and fabric planning app!

The CALLIE top pattern by See Kate Sew

I’m excited to introduce you to a new pattern sewing tool today! It’s a new website called Pattern Jam, that just launched last month! I met the owner and creator Emily at a conference and had a really fun conversation with her. She’s a fabric designer with big dreams! Emily has so much passion for this project, and it rubbed off on me pretty quickly. We decided to partner up for the Callie Top Sewalong! And today we’re giving away a $100 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop! Scroll all the way to the bottom of the post to enter.

The CALLIE + AVERY top patterns by See Kate Sew

The CALLIE top pattern by See Kate Sew

This is how it works: Pick a pattern and drag the fabric over. There are TONS of fabrics and all of them connect to a shop where you can purchase it. Pretty cool!

Pattern Jam

Pattern Jam’s interface allows you to virtually “try-on” fabric in your quilt and clothing patterns. From there you can buy all the patterns and fabric you need, or just print it out and get sewing! It feels like a missing piece in the sewing world has been filled.

For this sewalong, I “tried” on some fabrics in my Callie top design and then chose my favorite! I tried some with the coordinating Avery top for my daughter as well.

PATTERN-JAM

The CALLIE + AVERY top patterns by See Kate Sew

I can see myself getting carried away on this thing! You can see my profile here and check out my designs!

Pattern Jam

So let’s start the sewalong!

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The CALLIE top

Materials
-10 1/2″  buttons
-1.5-1.74 yards 60″ fabric. Add more for 44″ fabric.
-fusible interfacing
-1/2″ single fold bias tape

If you’re using multiple fabrics, such as different fabrics for the ruffles, you’ll end up needing less yardage.

Recommended fabrics

This pattern is designed for lightweight woven
fabrics. Suggested are voile, chambray, lawn,
crepe de chine, shirtings, broadcloth, cotton
poplin, eyelet and other lightweights.

The fun thing about this top is you can really use a wide variety of fabrics! In this post, I used simple quilting cotton and it works great! This is a floral from Cotton + Steel, which I got at Fat Quarter Shop!

The CALLIE top pattern by See Kate Sew

Callie Top Sewalong Schedule

Day 1 // Today!: Fabric Selection

Day 2 // Wednesday: Ruffles and Darts

Day 3 // Friday: Sleeves and buttons (finish)

 

The Avery top is the little girl’s version of the Callie. It has all of the same techniques, with a few variations. It’s super easy and it’s fun to colorblock! If you decide to use multiple fabrics for the Avery, you can use scraps (depending on the size you sew).

Save 15% off the Callie top with code CALLIE or 15% off the CALLIE/AVERY bundle with code AVERY in the shop!

The CALLIE + AVERY top patterns by See Kate Sew

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So grab your fabric, design your top and I’ll see you Wednesday for the ruffles and darts!

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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pom pom pincushions http://seekatesew.com/pom-pom-pincushions/ http://seekatesew.com/pom-pom-pincushions/#respond Mon, 20 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=13978   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 […]

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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:

HH-BLOG-TOUR

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

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BOY doll fabric designs are here! http://seekatesew.com/boy-doll-fabric-designs-are-here/ http://seekatesew.com/boy-doll-fabric-designs-are-here/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=13932 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 […]

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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!

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SWITCH IT UP// DIY lace wedding dress and lace overlay tutorial http://seekatesew.com/switch-it-up-diy-lace-wedding-dress-and-lace-overlay-tutorial/ http://seekatesew.com/switch-it-up-diy-lace-wedding-dress-and-lace-overlay-tutorial/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=13931 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! 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 […]

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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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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

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