Today’s Flag Day T-Shirt Tutorial is a fun way to Celebrate Flag Day by making a A Flag t-shirt. You can follow the sewing tutorial below or use hot glue or fusible webbing to apply the design. Sewing is the most durable and detailed way to apply the Rick Rack and fabric. Continue reading Flag Day T-Shirt Tutorial
Baby Tie Pacifier Holder Part 2
How to sew the tie together. You can make the pattern longer to make a full tie. I choose to make an elastic band with Velcro for the neck part and the tie wraps around the elastic. You can also thread the tie through a pacifier clip to make a clip on tie. Materials:
I used 2 fat quarters of printed fabric and white muslin for the backing of the ties.
Small elastic 1/4″ for the pacifier holder part 4″ each
3/4″ elastic for the neck-band the measurement of the child’s neck.
Velcro or a button to close the elastic. You can sew the elastic in a full circle with no closure if you like.
Basic sewing supplies
Cut out your pattern
One for the print side and one for the backing. I made two ties one in each color.
Layer right-sides together backing facing the print on the fabric.
Stitch a .25″ seam allowance back-stitching the corners.
Be sure to leave an opening on one side of the shorter end of the tie. You will turn out the tie and insert the pacifier elastic in this point.
Turn out and iron flat.
Cut the .25″ elastic in a 4″ length.
Fold in half and insert in to the open end of the tie. Top stitch the tie closed being sure to back-stitch over the elastic.
Fold the tie in half length wise and stitch along the length.
Turn the tie right side out.
Iron the Tie flat.
Measure your neck elastic and cut.
Cut 2″ or 3″ of Velcro and hand stitch it to the elastic. You can use a sewing machine just work slowly because the thread likes to tangle with the loops in the Velcro. Do not use sticky Velcro in the machine it will be a mess of loops and birds nests. Believe me I know!!!!
Tie the tie to the neck piece and you are ready to go. Tie the tie the same way you would tie a regular tie.
Wishing you Luck and Love,
How to tie the tie
Please be sure to notify me if you plan on selling the ties. the design and tutorial are owned by me and can not be copied for resale. For personal use only.
I decided to try to make my own Baby Tie, and being the woman I am I also decided to make it a pacifier clip. I searched the internet and Pinterest for instructions and even downloaded a pattern. (I did not like the pattern and it did not work out.) So I decided to make my own pattern. The beauty of this pattern is that you can make it as long or short, thick or thin as you want. Here is how I did it. Pattern Materials:
Paper: I use a large art pad and cut a section from a page. You can use wrapping paper, butcher paper, taped together pieces of copy paper.
Scissors: for paper not your fabric scissors
ink pen or marker
Fold the paper in half. This is a great guide for the center line.
Draw a line the length of the tie + seam allowance down the center fold. Mine measured 16″ because I am attaching the tie to a clip and to an elastic neck band. You will have to add the width of the neck to the measurement for a regular tie length.
I drew a 2.25″ line for the smallest width of the tie.
I drew a 6″ line for the bottom width of the tie.
Connect the dots for the sides. Cut out the pattern.
Fold the top and bottom corners to meet at the center line and cut on the folds.
The pattern is ready.
Friday is the Second part of the tutorial making the tie Pacifier holder.
Wishing you Luck and Love,
ready for iron
Layer righ sides
opening to turn
Fold to stitch
Hidden pacifier holder
Please be sure to notify me if you plan on selling the ties. The design and tutorial are owned by me and can not be copied for resale. For personal use only.
A friend has asked for a bandana top forever and I finally had the chance to make it. I happened to have these two bandanas and thought the combination would be fun. Luckily she liked the idea too and now I get to share it with you.
I am sorry about some of the pictures. I’m not sure what went wrong but a few turned out a little blurry. I promise I’m working on it.
Ribbon – the final length after cutting is 46″
Basic sewing supplies.
I marked 4″ in and 8″ down. This will depend on the size of the person wearing the top. I found the measurements by measuring the length from collar-bone to under arm 8″ and divided by 2 for the top measurement.
Once I drew the line I decided to add an inch making it 5″ and 9″. I wanted to be sure there would be enough space under the arm.
Cut both bandanas with the same measurements.
Find the center point on the back bandana and cut 5″ to 10″ Down from the top. I choose 6″ because I liked the look of a smaller opening.
I used the ribbon to decide where to fold the top seam down. You want to make sure that the ribbon will thread through easily once sewn.
When Ironing the sides I folded the fabric under twice to have a clean edge once sewn.
Sew all the edges down. I used a hem zigzag stitch because I liked the pattern and it helped the edges to lay flat.
Line up the sides. I did not pin but you can if you want.
Sew the sides. I used the same stitch as the edges and then a straight stitch to add strength to the seams.
Thread the ribbon starting in the center back.
Trim and seal the edges of the ribbon. To seal the edges and prevent fraying run the edges through a flame. Check out the pacifier clip tutorial for photos of sealing ribbon.
Tie your bow and you are done.
Today’s Baby Bath Set Part 3 Hooded Bath Blanket Tutorial is part 3 of a 3 part set. The Bath Set consists of a Bath blanket and wash cloth with a terry towel material on one side and a soft Minky fabric on the other. The bath blanket has the baby’s name and initial appliqued with an embroidery machine. The beauty of this type of gift is that you have many uses from one set. The bath blanket can be a hooded towel or a swaddle blanket. The Washcloth is both a wash cloth and burp cloth. When you are a parent the best items in you arsenal are the ones that do double and sometimes triple duty. Do you have a favorite baby item or gift that works for multiple uses? If so what is it and did you or someone else make it? I made this set as a gift for a friends baby and I hope they like it. The embroidery adds just a little bit of heart to any baby project and makes it unique to the child.
Minky fabric cut to the dimensions of your blanket or towel.
tear away stabilizer
Water soluble stabilizer I use it because it is clear and can tear away easily
Coordinating fabric for the applique. A scrap will work as long as it is bigger than the applique size.
Basic Machine materials – hoop, embroidery thread etc.
*Do not iron minky – You will lose the dots Step 1
Decide where you want your design. Most machines or software come with this wonderful tool to help with positioning. You can also use the top of the hoop.
Remember to leave space for seam allowances when you sew the blanket together.
Hoop the fabric
Stitch the outline layer. (I do not use the water-soluble stabilizer in the applique step because the fabric layering covers the nap of the fabric.)
Layer the scrap fabric over the first set of stitches. Make sure the fabric covers all of the stitch outline.
Stitch the second outline and trim the excess fabric.
The machine satin stitches around the outside.
Lay your clear or water-soluble stabilizer where you plan to stitch the name. This stabilizer helps to keep the nap of the fabric from tangling in the thread and warping or covering the stitches. You will have more support for the lettering and a clear name.
A great up-cycle for baby is to take your well laundered towels and turn them into Baby bibs. Materials for Pattern:
a baby bib
paper – I use large drawing pad paper or used wrapping paper (recycle). You can also tape together sheets of paper. Step 1
lay bib out flat on sheet. I do not pin down because it warps the paper and pattern.
Cut out pattern. Materials for Bib:
Layout pattern and pin
Cut out bib
All you need to do now is attach Velcro on opposite sides and you are done. I choose embroidery and button holes. I also choose not to trim the edges, but you can add bias binding, ribbon, even lace would be beautiful.
Optional – You can use sticky Velcro and hand tack stitch or Hot Glue it into place and use an Iron on Design patch instead of embroidering a design. A fun idea is to put your child’s hand print on the center of the bib with fabric paint and write their age in puff paint. When the child grows out of the bib you have a keepsake.
If you have an embroidery machine or like to hand embroider, these are the steps I follow and stabilizers I used.
Hoop and Embroider designs on bib front. The terry cloth I used was thin and easily hooped. If you use a thicker terry cloth you may want to use a sticky stabilizer instead of hooping the towel.
Crankenstein, All you Need is Love and Cupcakes and I love You Deerly.
I embroidered button holes using sticky stabilizer because you can not hoop the small part of the bib.
Here are the completed bibs.
The embroidery designs purchased from Urban Threads and www.urbanthreads.com
Today’s Baby Bath Set Part 1 Wash Cloth Tutorial is part 1 of a 3 part set. The Bath Set consists of a Bath blanket and wash cloth with a terry towel material on one side and a soft Minky fabric on the other. The bath blanket has the baby’s name and initial appliqued with an embroidery machine. The beauty of this type of gift is that you have many uses from one set. The bath blanket can be a hooded towel or a swaddle blanket. The Wash cloth is both a wash cloth and burp cloth. When you are a parent the best items in you arsenal are the ones that do double and sometimes triple duty. Do you have a favorite baby item or gift that works for multiple uses? If so what is it and did you or someone else make it? I made this set as a gift for a friends baby and I hope they like it. The embroidery adds just a little bit of heart to any baby project and makes it unique to the child.
Terry cloth 12″ x 12″
Minky dot 12″ x 12″
Do not iron Minky – You will loose the dots
Cut fabric in 12″ x 12″ squares.
Layer right sides together and pin.
Stitch – Be careful and go slowly the minky is slippery. If you need a little grip layer a strip of plastic grocery bag over the top. When you finish the edging all you have to do is tear the plastic away. I curved my corners but you can keep then squared, just back-stitch the corners.
One of my favorite baby gifts is a full-sized hooded towel. Babies grow so fast that the baby size towels don’t last long enough. I deal with this problem by giving a gift that the child can use as they grow, a hooded towel. The towels in this tutorial have names appliqued to individualize the gifts. You can also buy towels embroidered with designs or trim the towels with matching ribbon to add a pop of color.
1 full-sized towel
1 hand towel
basic sewing supplies
(each hand towel makes two hoods so buy 2 towels and then you can make 2 hooded towels and not waste fabric.)
Ribbon for decoration of hood
Find the center of the hand towel and cut in half.
Step 2 (optional)
Measure and cut ribbon for decoration and stitch in place.
Fold in half to make the hood. (I made a mistake in the photo. The ribbon side should be inside the fold. If you cut like this you will have to fold right-side together before pinning and sewing.)
Cut- I used a cake plate to cut my curve in the back of the towel. You can leave the towel squared in the back, but it does not look polished.
Ribbon side together. Pin the hood and stitch.
You can fake surge if you want to add durability.
I trim the bottom corner at an angle to help ease sewing the hood to the base towel.
If you want a lip to the hood fold to the edge of the ribbon. (If you want a thicker lip you can put the ribbon on the inside of the hood and fold it over.)
Pin in place.
Pin the hood to the towel.
Find the center of the towel and pin.
Match the center point of the towel with the center seam of the hood. Right Sides together.
Pin out from there, be sure to pin the folded lip in place.
Stitch hood to towel with a straight stitch.
To create a finished look and durability to the hood fold the seam down and stitch with a zig zag stitch.
The hooded towel is complete.
A great way to package the towel is to fold in threes, roll the towel and secure with a ribbon. Add a wash cloth and a bottle of baby shampoo or a small set of shampoo, lotion, and baby powder.
The best gift I received when I became a new mom was the Velcro Pacifier Clip. There were no more worries about the pacifier hitting the floor or ground when the Kiddo spit it out. Here is the first option for the Velcro Pacifier clip. Continue reading Velcro Pacifier Clip Tutorial
Today my Dears,
We are making a diaper clutch. It is so very cute and useful. The clutch itself has a pocket to hold wipes and diapers and a wipeable side for changing baby.
The cool thing about this projects id that I used a Vinyl table-cloth for the wipeable side. repurpose, repurpose , repurpose. Continue reading Diaper Clutch Tutorial
The Kiddo’s Aunt and Uncle are having a baby, The Kiddo and I wanted to make them something Special for the Baby. Sewing a Simple Baby Quilt was perfect. The Kiddo picked out the fabric and set up the design and I did the sewing. I realized, after we organized the pattern for the blocks, that you may want to make one yourself. Continue reading Sewing a Simple Baby Quilt