Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Quilted Ornaments




Look at these adorable quilted ornaments that Jennifer Watkins is going to teach us to make today!  They look like they took hours and possibly an engineering degree to make, but you'll soon see that with this tutorial they're really not all that tricky and you can make them too! Ornaments aren't only for the Christmas tree - they can be dressed up cute for all occasions. Here is Jennifer with today's tutorial: 



Hello everyone! Today I am going to show you how to make TWO
different fabric quilted ornaments. These are such darling little
things!! These ornaments would be perfect for birthdays, Christmas
gifts or a just-because gift for someone special. And the best part of
it is that they only take a small amount of fabric scraps!! Let's begin,
shall we?

Create Kids Couture Scavenger Hunt Winners!!!

It's the moment all your crazy hunters have been waiting for......the winner's are being announced! Sorry for being late but WOW was it super fun checking all the links your guys posted to make sure they were all correct. Drumroll please....

Grand Prize Winner is: Heather Whitlock 
She won these awesome prizes: 


All 11 paper patterns for you and a friend AND 25 PDF Patterns of your choice!

Fat Quarter bundle and Rolie Polie of one of Riley Blake Designs newest lines
Fabric Bundle from Art Gallery Fabrics
$50 Store Credit to Katie's Quilt Shop
$50 Store Credit to Create For Less
$50 Store Credit to Bobbin' For Appliques
August's Box from Stitch Box Monthly (item pictured from previous month)
$30 Store Credit to Giggle Berry Clothing
Christmas Accessory Set from Shadandy Shoppe

First Runner-Up Winner is: Hannah Wetterstrom
She won these great prizes:


All 11 paper patterns for you and a friend AND 15 PDF Patterns of your choice!
Fat Quarter Bundle from Andover Fabrics
2 yards of fabric from Polka Dot Umbrella Boutique
$15 Store Credit to Breezy Lane Embroidery
Frozen Necklace from The Little Black Bow
Black and Gold Bow (similar to picture) from J. Elisyn Boutique
5T Dress (pictured) from Unique O's

Second Runner-Up Winner is:  Lucero Rico
She won these awesome prizes:

All 11 paper patterns for you and a friend AND 10 PDF Patterns of your choice
Fat Quarter Pack from Benartex

Girl's and matching doll purses (Doll not included) from Punky Fae
Crown Necklace from Stewiecakes Boutique
$15 Store Credit to Cute Nails by Abbey

Third Runner-Up Winner is: Kendra Watkins
She won these spectacular prizes:

All 11 paper patterns for you and a friend, 5 PDF patterns of your choice, AND 2 surprise yards of our in-stock fabrics!
Marblehead Blobal Brights Snack Pack from Fabri-Quilt

$15 Store Credit to Pigtails and Lace Designs
Fourth Runner-Up Winner is: Axa Lima 
She won this great prize:
All 11 paper patterns for you and a friend, 5 PDF patterns of your choice, AND 2 surprise yards of our in-stock fabrics!
Congratulations to ALL the winners and thank you to everyone who participated! We have emailed all of the winners and they have 24 hours to respond before NEW winners will be chosen! 

Happy Sewing!
Shannon and Tiffany

Saturday, September 27, 2014

How to Embellish your Anna-Inspired Dress

Have you seen our new Annabelle's Princess Dress-Up Set pattern that was released yesterday? It is so versatile to make any color/inspiration of dress that your little princess desires!  Be sure to check out the image gallery at the link above to see all our tester versions. One that has been a favorite for obvious reasons is the Anna inspired version. Today we have Nikki here with us, our fabulous designer of Annabelle's, to help you make yours the perfect Anna inspired dress. Here's Nikki! 


I know many of you are wanting to embellish your Anna inspired dresses so we have 
decided to write a blog to help you along in the creative process. The two options I am 
going to share with you are felt and paint. You can also choose to embroider with an 
embroidery machine. 


First we will share with you how we did the felt design. We are including a template for the design we 
used. My daughter loves it on hers. You will need felt in each color you want on the dress, a fabric 
marker, scissors, and permanent fabric adhesive. (You can choose to sew the pieces on. I just found fabric 
glue to be easier). 

Print the template out HERE and cut out the pieces. You will need to determine how many of each design you need for your dress. For my dress which is inspired by the Anna Coronation Dress I needed 1 set of the bodice design and 16 sets of the skirt design (2 for each of the 8 panels). 

Now you will trace the designs onto the felt using the fabric marker. You can trace multiple onto the sheet 
before cutting them out. After you have traced them, cut them out. 


Here is everything for my top laid out before I started. 


Now you need to place the pieces onto the top/skirt in the order you want them to be. Once you get the 
pieces laid out how you want them to look, pick them up one at a time and using the fabric glue, glue them in place. 


My glue had to dry for 4 hours before moving and is washable after 48 hours. 
  
Now do the same thing with the skirt and you will have one happy little girl with an Anna inspired dress. 





That was simple, right? 



Now I will tell you how I embellished my other Anna inspired dress. This one requires the template 
printouts, a fabric marker, felt, and puffy paint in the colors you chose. 

I am going to start on the skirt with this one because it is a little more in detail. First thing to do is print the 
template. The scallop curve is drawn on it. I cut 2” strips of felt and used it as a guide to cut the scallops. 
Just cut the scallop piece and lay it on the 2” strip of felt, then trace it with a fabric marker across the top 
of the strip. You will need to move and trace until you have a piece long enough for the bottom of your 
skirt (mine ended up being several strips that I just stitched on). After cutting out those strips pin them on 
to the bottom of the skirt. 


Now use your sewing machine to topstitch this piece on. 


Now that you have the scallop edge along the bottom you will take the skirt template piece and use it as a 
guide to draw the design on the skirt using the fabric marker. It will look something like this when done. 
Keep in mind this is just a suggested design and you can do any design work you want on the skirt or top. 


Now trace the lines you just drew with the colors of puffy paint you chose for each part, as shown here. 


You can now use the bodice design template to do the same thing with our top. Here is a pic of my 
husband working on mine for me. Had to get him involved in all of this. 


Just let the pieces dry over night and watch the look on your little girl’s face! 



Of course if you have an embroidery machine you can also embroider it. There are many people selling the 
embroidery design on Etsy so that you can do that. We just wanted to give you a couple more options that 
you can do even without an embroidery machine. 

 ~ Nikki ~

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Recap

Guess what! Today is our last Friday Recap at CKC! Don't worry, we will still have our weekly recap and newsletter. But starting next week it will come on Saturdays instead of Fridays. Not only that, but rather than having our Half-Off Friday sale each week like we've done in the past, from now on we will have a weekend sale on Saturday and Sunday! Two days are better than one, right? We think so!

New Releases



Becca's Dance Unitard is great for dance or gymnastics! Made out of lycra or spandex fabrics, this amazing one-piece gives great coverage while she's mastering her new skills! This pattern features wide straps that won't dig into her shoulders and an optional bow. 



 We also now offer Paris' One-Shoulder Party Dress for dogs!! Can you even believe it? Look at this cuteness! Paris is great for small to medium breed dogs and comes in sizes XS-XL. This pattern features a comfy Velcro closure, elastic straps that go between the shoulders, and an optional D-Ring feature for your leash. 



This week we released SIX new baby patterns that would be great for your little ones' costumes for Halloween! We released Fairy's Princess Dress, Cassidy's Corset Cover, Mimi's Top, Nicolette's pants and capri's, Jewel's Stripwork dress, and Cienna's Stripwork Pants. These pieces are fun to mix and match and they're all so adorable!



Coming up later today we have an exciting new release that we know you're going to love! Hint: It will be a perfect companion to our ever popular Elise's Everyday Princess Dress! Stay tuned!

On the Blog


Did you know that you can shorten jeans while still keeping the original hem? It's not hard to do and nobody will ever know the difference! Come learn how on the blog! 


Willow's Wrap Jacket is simply adorable! Have you considered adding snaps to keep it closed on your wiggly little ones? Katie joined us on the blog to show us how!

Announcements 

As mentioned above, from now on our weekly recap will be posted on Saturdays. Rather than having a Half-Off Friday sale, we will be having a weekend sale on Saturday and Sunday, featuring one or more patterns which will be half off. Overall, the routine you know and love won't change much - just the day on which it takes place. 



Don't forget to enter into our 50,000 fan Scavenger Hunt! It's a very fun way to pass some time, AND we are going to have 5 winners of unbelievable prize packages! You have until Sunday, September 28 to complete it, so you'd better start working!



Only a few more days to enter our Virtual World Fair! It is for a great cause (your entries are donated to a children's hospital) and you can have fun showing your stuff and earning ribbons! All skill levels are welcome and we can't wait to see what you create!

Sales

We want to remind you again (third time's a charm) that we will now be having a weekend long sale rather than a Half-Off Friday sale! This means that the sale we are about to announce will not be live until Saturday and Sunday! We are just posting it now so you can get excited and be ready to do some weekend shopping for this CKC favorite! 



The Half-Off Pattern for this weekend is Marissa's Perfect Peasant Dress. The name says it all! Marissa's is twirly, ruffled, and oh-so-versatile. It's perfect for play, special occasions, and even costumes. We know you'll love Marissa's and it comes in six size ranges, from dolls and babies up to women's plus!



 That wraps up our very last Friday Recap! We hope you all have a fabulous weekend -- don't forget to keep your eye out for the new pattern release later today and the sale that begins tomorrow.

Let's Create! Kristen