see kate sew http://seekatesew.com sewing, crafts, tutorials, DIY Mon, 20 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 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!

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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.

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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

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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!

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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!

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.

HOW TO SEW A STRECH LACE OVERLAY | See Kate Sew

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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Simple Yarn Tied Baby Blankets http://seekatesew.com/simple-yarn-tied-baby-blankets/ http://seekatesew.com/simple-yarn-tied-baby-blankets/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=13572 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 […]

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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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The Dress Up Party http://seekatesew.com/the-dress-up-party/ http://seekatesew.com/the-dress-up-party/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=13863 Today I’m participating in Sara’s Dress Up Party series, a series of dress pattern reviews! Click over to Sew Sweetness to read my review of the Stylish Dress Book today!   Related Postssewing 101 // Parts of a Dress form + Shop Company reviewsewing 101 at sew sweetnessPenelope Peplum by iCandy HandmadeFREE kids knapsack pattern!penelope […]

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Today I’m participating in Sara’s Dress Up Party series, a series of dress pattern reviews!

Click over to Sew Sweetness to read my review of the Stylish Dress Book today!

 

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Doll Tutorial Part 2 + Spoonflower Giveaway! http://seekatesew.com/doll-tutorial-part-2-spoonflower-giveaway/ http://seekatesew.com/doll-tutorial-part-2-spoonflower-giveaway/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 12:40:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=13689 Thanks so much for the fun response to the Doll Fabric! I am just so excited to see all of your dolls when your fabric comes! If you missed the Doll Fabric post and tutorial, check it out here! You can also see the fabric here. Today I have TWO things in this post: Quick […]

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Thanks so much for the fun response to the Doll Fabric! I am just so excited to see all of your dolls when your fabric comes! If you missed the Doll Fabric post and tutorial, check it out here! You can also see the fabric here.

Today I have TWO things in this post:

  • Quick tutorials for the accessories to each doll, included in each panel
  • A GIVEAWAY from Spoonflower, woo!

Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

Let’s do the tutorials first! In Friday’s post I showed you how to put the doll and skirts together.

Today I will show you how to sew the bows, the ice cream cone, the piece of candy and the animal toy. These are all pretty simple to sew!

Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

The bows are really simple to make. There are 4 bows included in each panel, so you can choose the colors you want to use.

Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

TO MAKE THE BOWS: Pin the bow pieces together right sides together. Make sure to match up the points. Sew around the bow at 1/4″, leaving a small space on one side of the bow. Clip the corners and turn. Press and sew up the side opening with your sewing machine OR by hand using a slip stitch.

Stack the bows on top of each other and sew to your doll OR sew one to each pigtail.

Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

TO MAKE THE CANDY: Do the same thing you did with the bow, leaving a small opening on one of the “wrapper sides”. Stuff the candy with stuffing. Stitch up the side, then tie thread around the “wrapper” to shape the candy piece. Tie it tight and repeat on the other side.

Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

TO MAKE THE ICE CREAM CONE: Sew with right sides together. Leave an opening, turn and stuff. Then sew up the opening with a needle and thread.

Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

TO MAKE THE ANIMAL TOY: This is getting a little redundant, but sew this the same way. Sew right sides together and leave a small opening at the side of the leg. Stuff and finish opening. And you’re done!

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PRINTED DOLL FABRIC + tutorial! http://seekatesew.com/printed-doll-fabric-tutorial/ http://seekatesew.com/printed-doll-fabric-tutorial/#respond Fri, 22 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=13562 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 […]

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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!

Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

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

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Ready to meet the girls?

Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

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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Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

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!

Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

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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!

Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

Press all pieces so they are nice and flat.

Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

Pin the arm pieces together with right sides together.

Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

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

Make Your Own Printed Doll! | See Kate Sew

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!) http://seekatesew.com/diy-printed-zipper-pouch-from-your-inkjet-printer/ http://seekatesew.com/diy-printed-zipper-pouch-from-your-inkjet-printer/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=13639 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! […]

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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.

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Turn and topstitch over the opening that you left.

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

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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.

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Now you have a cute little zipper pull!

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

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

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HOW TO DO IT ALL + make time for sewing with HP http://seekatesew.com/how-to-do-it-all-make-time-for-sewing-with-hp/ http://seekatesew.com/how-to-do-it-all-make-time-for-sewing-with-hp/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=13334 I’ve partnered with HP & Intel to show you how I work from my happy place and make time to 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 […]

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

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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.

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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!

 

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Pattern Anthology for Riley Blake! http://seekatesew.com/pattern-anthology-for-riley-blake/ http://seekatesew.com/pattern-anthology-for-riley-blake/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 03:00:20 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=13683 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 […]

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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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