see kate sew http://seekatesew.com sewing, crafts, tutorials, DIY Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:28:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Boat Shoe Embellishment Tutorial http://seekatesew.com/boat-shoe-embellishment-tutorial/ http://seekatesew.com/boat-shoe-embellishment-tutorial/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:28:40 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=11124 Written by Jessica of The Ladyette.     I’ve had a pair of boat shoes for several years.  I wore them out in college and then even when they looked like they were on their last life line, I just couldn’t bear to throw them out.  So naturally, that means they need some sprucing up.  […]

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Written by Jessica of The Ladyette.

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I’ve had a pair of boat shoes for several years.  I wore them out in college and then even when they looked like they were on their last life line, I just couldn’t bear to throw them out.  So naturally, that means they need some sprucing up.  A little embellishment.  Some polka dot fabric, metallic ribbon, and an afternoon later these boat shoes had a second life.

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Boat Shoe Embellishment Tutorial

Supplies Needed: a pair of boat shoes, scrap fabric, Mod Podge, a sponge brush, scissors, a utility (or exacto) knife, and approximately 30-35″ of metallic ribbonboat shoes 03

Step 1: Using the scissors, cut your pieces of scrap fabric into a size and shape similar to the area of the boat shoe being covered.  This is as simple as laying the fabric over top of the shoe and cutting out a shape.  It doesn’t have to be perfect because it will be trimmed later.

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Step 2: Make sure the surface area of the shoe is clean and remove the laces.  Using the sponge brush, apply a thick layer of Mod Podge to the area of the shoe that will be covered in fabric.  For hard to reach areas like the tongue of the shoe, it can be easier to work in sections.  In this case, I covered the toe area in glue, moved on to step 3, then came back and started at step 2 again with the tongue.

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Step 3: Place the fabric over the area covered in glue.  Make sure to rub it down firmly and smooth out any bumps or bubbles.  Stick your hand into the shoe and apply pressure from both the top and bottom to be sure it the glue will hold.  It will need about ten minutes to dry enough to move on, so repeat step 2 in other areas at this time.

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Step 4: Trim the excess fabric around the glued area.  This can be done with the utility knife or the scissors, whichever you are more comfortable with.  If you notice edges not being fully glued down, go back and add more glue and hold them in place until it has begun to dry.

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Step 5: Using the sponge brush again, apply a moderate coat of Mod Podge to the top of the fabric.  Cover all the edges to prevent fraying.  The Mod Podge will dry clear and will act as a sealer for the fabric.  To work with the tongue area, I used the old laces to hold the flaps back by running the laces through the holes and tying them underneath the shoe.  Apply the Mod Podge to the back edges of the tongue so the fabric can be wrapped around behind for a finished look.  Apply some Mod Podge over top of all the fabric behind the tongue as well.boat shoes 09 boat shoes 10

Step 6: Allow about one hour for all of the Mod Podge to fully dry.  Once dry, remove the old laces holding the flaps back.  Cut the ribbon into two equal pieces and lace the shoes to your liking.

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Done!  Now these much loved boat shoes can take one last spin at life, and look quite a bit fancier!

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cotton + steel velcro wallet tutorial http://seekatesew.com/velcro-wallet-tutorial/ http://seekatesew.com/velcro-wallet-tutorial/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=11229   I finally got my hands on some of the Cotton + Steel spring line! I had to sit and stare at it for a few days before deciding what to do with it, but this is the first project! I made velcro wallet cases that can be used for lots of different things. I […]

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I finally got my hands on some of the Cotton + Steel spring line! I had to sit and stare at it for a few days before deciding what to do with it, but this is the first project! I made velcro wallet cases that can be used for lots of different things. I made these as little gel pen cases.

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Want to make some too? It’s really easy!

Velcro Wallet Tutorial

Materials:
-Fabric
-Felt
-Bias Tape
-1/2″ Sew-in Velcro

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First cut two rectangles, one from fabric and one from felt.

They should measure 5″ by 10″

 

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Next, press 1/2″ under on both long edges of the fabric.

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Pin the fabric to the felt centering it. Sew close to edge.

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Pin the bias tape over the short edges and tuck in the sides.

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Sew it on. Then place velcro on flap. Fold up bottom of wallet case to find correct velcro placement for the other side. Sew the velcro in place.

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Fold the bottom of the case back up and topstitch at 1/4″ with matching thread.

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All done! Now make some more!

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Pattern Anthology Giveaway! http://seekatesew.com/pattern-anthology-giveaway/ http://seekatesew.com/pattern-anthology-giveaway/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=11225 Pattern Anthology is about to release a new collection, another women’s collection! We’re so excited that we are giving away a Just Add Jeans collection! Just enter below! Loading… Related PostsPattern Anthology Video + Launch Announcementhow to coordinate sibling outfits!JUST ADD JEANS // pattern anthology spring 2014 collectionMINI ME collection photos + mommy&me bundlesGarden Party […]

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Pattern Anthology is about to release a new collection, another women’s collection! We’re so excited that we are giving away a Just Add Jeans collection! Just enter below!

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Bandana Bib Tutorial http://seekatesew.com/bandana-bib-tutorial/ http://seekatesew.com/bandana-bib-tutorial/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:00:12 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=11136 Written by Vivian of Vivileen My little man is teething and constantly covered in slobber.  I hate putting him in a bib every day because they cover up his cute clothes.  Instead of putting him in a bib that covered his clothes I decided to make some drool bibs that were part of his outfit. […]

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Written by Vivian of Vivileen

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My little man is teething and constantly covered in slobber.  I hate putting him in a bib every day because they cover up his cute clothes.  Instead of putting him in a bib that covered his clothes I decided to make some drool bibs that were part of his outfit.  These bandana bibs are really cute and great for soaking up teething baby drool!

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Bandana Bib Tutorial

Materials:

-two 12 by 12 in squares of fabric (at least one of the fabrics should be absorbent, like flannel or terrycloth)

-snaps or sew on velcro

1. Cut the fabric into 12″ squares.  This is enough fabric for two bandanas.

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2. Cut diagonally from one corner of the square to the opposite corner making an isosceles triangle.

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3. Fold the triangle in half along the long edge.

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4. Along the top of the triangle (the long side when it’s not folded) cut from the corner down to the folded edge an inch from the top.  This makes the neck of the bib.

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5. Unfold the triangle and cut an inch off each of the top corners.

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6. Repeat steps 1-5 with the lining fabric.

7. Place fabric right sides together and pin.

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8. Sew around the edge with a 1/4th inch seam allowance.  Create a curve when sewing the top corners.  This will make the bib look nicer when it’s turned out.  Leave a 2-3 inch opening for turning the bib.

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9. Turn the bib right side out.

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10. Iron the bib.

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11. Top stitch around the bib with a 1/8th inch seam allowance.

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12.  Add the snaps or velcro and put the bib on your drooling baby!

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uncommon sewing supplies // frixion erasable pens for sewing http://seekatesew.com/uncommon-sewing-supplies-frixion-erasable-pens/ http://seekatesew.com/uncommon-sewing-supplies-frixion-erasable-pens/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=11077 I really enjoyed all the comments on Part 1 of this series! I am planning to do a follow-up post later this week on where to buy “cute” icing spatulas, hah! Since so many of you asked, I don’t quite remember where I got mine since it was quite a few years ago, but I […]

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FRIXION PENS FOR SEWING

I really enjoyed all the comments on Part 1 of this series! I am planning to do a follow-up post later this week on where to buy “cute” icing spatulas, hah! Since so many of you asked, I don’t quite remember where I got mine since it was quite a few years ago, but I did find some really great ones that I’ll share with you soon! I’m so happy to spread the sewing tip love and here is another tip you have to know about!

FriXion Erasable Pens are useful in sewing because the ink disappears when you apply heat to it! So you can write all over your fabric with a nice ballpoint pen and not worry about it! Isn’t that awesome! There are a few other methods of writing on fabric, but nothing beats a ball point pen for precision. You can mark dart legs and points, pleats, notches, anything really! It’s magical!

Here’s a little demo of how it works:

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FriXion Erasable Pens for Sewing

1. Draw on fabric. 2. Press 3. It’s gone, just like that!

There is one caution, however! If you live in a very cold climate, you may not want to use Frixion Pens. In freezing cold weather, the marks can reappear. It might be fun to write secret messages on coat linings for kids that only appear in cold weather, though!

I’m guilty of using real pens on my fabric at times (GASP!) but with Frixion pens you don’t have to live on the edge when you’re trying to mark things! I got mine on Amazon, but they are also available at most office supply stores!

FRIXION PENS FOR SEWINGHope you enjoyed this tip! What’s your favorite way to write on fabric?

 

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Labor Day Weekend Sale! http://seekatesew.com/labor-day-weekend-sale/ http://seekatesew.com/labor-day-weekend-sale/#comments 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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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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