Thursday, March 5, 2015

Free Pattern: Uriah's Training Underoos


Potty training.  

It is not fun. But it is a necessary part of parenting! So why not make some special underoos for your kiddo that you can both be proud of? Look at these super cute ones that Tosha whipped up for her little girl! 





















I am so excited about this FREE pattern Tosha wrote for us!  Uriah's Training Underoos fit sizes 12m -36m and are perfect on both boys and girls!  They have a snug but comfy fit around the legs, and great coverage too -- just what we want for training!  

My little guy is done with training but I decided to make a pair for him last night just because they're so cute. And wow!  Not only were they quick and easy to sew (less than half an hour), but I can also honestly say (much to my surprise) that they fit way better than any store-bought training pants I've ever purchased! He likes them more than his "big boy underpants" (with Legos on them, even!). And he ran off in them after we finished his pictures, wearing a big smile on his face. 





















I am a fan!  

So if you have a little girl or little guy that wants some super cute mommy-made underoos, you can  download our FREE pattern here: 






I am definitely going to be making more for him out of some cute knit scraps in my box!  I can't say that this project will solve all of your potty training woes, but they sure will be fun and rewarding to make! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Serging 101: How to Serge Knit Fabric


We have all come a long way in our Serging 101 series!  In case you missed out on any of the previous serging posts, we have already covered how to set up your serger, how to thread for rolled hems, how to thread for seams, and a few other posts in between.  And now today we're going to learn how to serge with knits!


One of the things I love about sewing with knits is that they don't fray, so it's not absolutely necessary to serge the edges. However, I have four boys and I'd like their clothes to get a lot of use, so I tend to serge my edges for extra durability. I also sew all of my seams with a sewing machine before serging.  It takes just a bit more time and makes them a lot more sturdy. So that two-step method is what I'll show you today! 



First, the sewing machine. When I sew with knits on my sewing machine, my favorite stitch is the "lightning bolt" stitch, as I like to call it, that you can see circled above. It gives a really strong stitch while still allowing the knit to stretch when it's worn. Please notice that the one I circled is NOT the same thing as a standard zigzag stitch, shown as #10 above.  You can use the zigzag on knits too but the finish isn't as nice.  

My second favorite stitch for knits is the #18 stitch above. It is a straight stretch stitch (at least on my machine) and gives a sturdy stitch but doesn't allow quite as much stretch as the lightning bolt, so it might cause problems with puckering. It is great if the lighting isn't available on your machine though. 

One thing to note with the lightning bolt stitch is that it does start out strong so it might pull your fabric down with the initial stitches if you're right on the edge of the fabric. I like to start down about 1/8" and that seems to solve the problem. Alright, on to sewing! 


After sewing the seam with the lighting bolt stitch, your seam will look like the one above!  Now you're ready to serge!



On my Brother 1034D serger, I set my tension dials all to 4, as you can see in the photo.  For your machine you may need to adjust the dials based on the recommendations in your user's manual. 



For the settings on the side of my machine, I put the first dial at 1.0 if I'm using a low-stretch knit, or up to 2.0 if I'm using a super stretchy knit. The second dial I put at a 4, and the third dial I put just above a 5.  I also make sure my knife is engaged. Again, your settings may be a bit different but these work great for my machine. 



To begin, put the presser foot down and chain off a tail, as shown above.




Then line up the edge of your fabric with the appropriate seam allowance. Mine is 3/8" and is marked by the red arrow in my photo.  With the presser foot down, begin serging.  Be careful not to pull or stretch the fabric as you go because it will cause puckers in knit! Notice that the knife is cutting off the excess fabric where the yellow arrow is pointing.

That reminds me of another reason I always sew before serging!  Anybody who has accidentally left a pin in the fabric can tell you that when a pin hits the knife blade of the serger it is NOT GOOD!  That is a mistake I won't make more than once! I like to have my edges sewn and pins removed before getting anywhere near my serger. 



As you serge your outfit, if you come to a curve don't panic!  Just gently guide the fabric through at a gradual curve. Think about how you drive around a curve in a car - gradually and smoothly, using the line as your guide.  


When you get to the end of your fabric, simply serge off the edge of it, forming another tail. Cut the threads and you're done!



You should now have a neatly serged edge. I aim to have my serger stitching very close to, but not quite on top of, my sewing machine stitches. 



Now if I stretch out the seam, no threads show through on the outside of the fabric! It is a secure seam that is ready to stand up to a lot of rough-housing from my boys! 



Aren't these adorable?  I love this Space Invader knit I got from Misty over at BWD Fabric and Supplies. This was my first time ordering from her and the quality is fantastic --  not to mention the super adorable prints she has in knits, such as Jack Skellington, Minnie Mouse, and right now she's taking pre-orders for Alice in Wonderland!  I have several more of hers that I have in my stash for future blog posts and I can hardly wait! But first I'm going to finish up this super cute outfit I started. Any guesses on what I might be making to coordinate with these little guys? 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Weekly Wound Up


Are you keeping warm in this crazy winter weather? Two of my boys have been home sick ALL week. And it sounds like we're not the only ones! I do have to say, though, that one good thing has come from it.  My kindergartner has been watching my every move and asking all kinds of questions about my sewing projects. So fun! It slowed me down a bit, but also made it all that much more rewarding. Anyway, here's a little more of what has been going on around CKC this week:  

New Releases


On Monday we released some new trendsetter designs for both women and tweens!  Bebe's Fitted Vest and Stormy's Skater Skirt are perfect for work or play! Bebe's darts and elastic casing back and Stormy's cute pleats and high waist ensure a great fit and flattering look. Both are quick sews and you need these for your last-minute stylish outfits!



Then on Wednesday we released FIVE new baby patterns! Take a look at how adorable they are! We now have Katy's dress, Nova's top/dress, Suzie's top/dress, Mia's dress, and Cora's top/dress, all in baby sizes. These are adorable on the littles and absolutely perfect for spring, summer, and especially Easter! All of these patterns are also available in girls' sizes, so you can even make a matching sister set. 


Yesterday we released Larkin's Fancy Party Dress! This versatile pattern has options that are perfect for every day wear, or a little bit frilly for a birthday, or even an over-the-top fancy princess dress! Larkin has fixed straps, and without the optional sash there are no knots or ties for delicate ladies! The pattern is on sale for 30% off so grab it today! 


On the Blog


The only thing better than a super cute bag pattern is a super cute bag pattern that is FREE! Using our tutorial on the blog, you can make your tote bag either tall or wide, depending on what you want to use it for! I love that it is fully lined and reversible. It also has a nice flat bottom so the contents don't get smashed together when you pick it up. The straps are nice and sturdy and the seams are all enclosed in the layers. It's an all-around fabulous bag! Come sew it today or pin it for later!

Weekend Sale


This weekend we have Jeanette's Ruffle Back Knit Dress on sale for 50% off! Jeanette's has two sleeve length options, an attached sash, and of course those gorgeous ruffles in back that make it much more than just a comfy knit dress! Get it today while it's half off and your pretty girl will be very happy!



Tabitha's Knit T-Shirt Dress and Top is also on sale for half off this weekend! If you're looking for the perfect knit play dress pattern or a cute top to be worn with leggings, Tabitha's is the one you want! It comes with several options and is a pretty quick sew. Not only that, but Tabitha's is available in girls, tweens, and baby sizes -- and all three sizes are 50% off this weekend! Don't wait too long to grab them! 




That's it for our Weekly Wound Up. The calendar tells me that February is almost over; can you believe it?  I hope you have a wonderful start to the new month of March!  Maybe it will be a lucky one for all of us.

Let's Create! ~ Kristen


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Free Tote Bag Tutorial

 The only thing better than a super cute bag pattern is a super cute bag pattern that is FREE!  And that's exactly what we have for you today, straight from Tiffany herself. 


Aren't they adorable?  With our tutorial, you can make your tote bag either tall or wide, depending on what you want to use it for!  I love that it is fully lined and reversible. It also has a nice flat bottom so the contents don't get smashed together when you pick it up. The straps are nice and sturdy and the seams are all enclosed in the layers. It's an all-around fabulous bag! 








With our easy steps, you'll have your own bag made in no time!  And don't forget to come share your finished photos with us in our sewing group on Facebook!  We can't wait to see which fabrics you chose to make your tote bag perfect just for you.

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Weekly Wound Up



As I'm looking through this week's Wound Up material, I'm noticing that WOW, we have a lot to cover! Did you know that we added a new category to our website this week AND that we're having a big giveaway? You don't want to miss out on any of this, so let's get on with the excitement!

New Releases



On Monday we released four new upsizes! Dawn's Darling Fitted Top for women can be dressed up or down for many different looks. Lyric's Knit High Low Ruffle Dress for women has a classy high low hem line with double ruffle on bottom and lengthening/shortening instructions to make many different looks. We even include instructions to leave the ruffles off! 



Donna's Tween Knit Top is a great comfortable knit top with a V color block option that your tween is sure to love! Vivian's Tween Peasant Top is wonderful to wear with jeans or a skirt. Or you can even leave the sash off and wear it under a dress for layering!



Then on Wednesday we had two new knit patterns to announce! First of all, Jasmine’s Knit Bubble Shorts, Capris, and Pants feature a knit waistband with no elastic, a sash option, and cute cuffs on the bottom of the legs.


Maybi's Knit Dress and Tunic features an optional neck ruffle, fun pick-ups on the skirt, and three sleeve lengths to choose from. Mabi's is perfect year-round as a dress by itself, or paired with leggings or shorts.



Then just yesterday we released Octavia's Ruched Bodice Dress and Top! From it's ruched top front bodice to the French curve criss-cross tie strap back bodice, this adorable little dress is like nothing you've seen before! The darling pleated skirt includes short top and dress lengths and is a great way to showcase your favorite fabrics!! Perfect for spring and summer, be sure you grab this pattern today while it's 30% off!

On the Blog



Look at this fun scrapbuster crochet project we posted for you on the blog this week! Come learn how to make a beanie hat AND how to add some really fun embellishments to it using treasures from your scrap pile! 

Announcements



Excellent news for all of our fans who also embroider: Bobbin For Appliqueshas teamed up with Create Kids Couture to create exclusive embroidery, appliqué, and ITH designs. These designs will ONLY be available on our site and will include some items that will be custom to fit our patterns. Come and see our first designs at www.CreateKidsCouture.com



Have you been wanting to learn to sew but don't have the money to invest in a sewing machine, fabric, and patterns? Well, we are holding a giveaway just for YOU! We want to spread the love of sewing and what better time than with our CKC Academy starting next Wednesday!?! So head on over to our blog and read all about this new giveaway and how to enter. Giveaway ends at 12 am, Monday, Feb. 23rd. If you already have a sewing machine and a fab stash of fabric and patterns, then please be sure to share this with your friends and family who have been wanting to learn!

Weekend Sales


Monroe's Wrap Dress is 50% off all weekend long! Monroe's features reverse-knot straps and a faux wrap skirt with gorgeous ruffles! Your little girl will love wearing this dress for special occasions and every day wear. Be sure to grab it while it's half off! 


Also on sale this weekend is Dahlia's Flutter Dress and Top in all sizes! Dahlia's features unique double flutters, three dress lengths to choose from, and those adorable pockets that your girl will love! And while it is priced at 50% off, be sure to get all the sizes you will want later on too: Doll, Baby, Girl, and Tween!


And as a bonus sale to kick off our CKC Academy this coming week, you can also get Malyn's Pretty Peasant Dress for just $2.00! That's right, just two dollars! We really want you to come join in the fun (and this is a steal) so don't wait too long to grab it! Baby Malyn's is on sale too, for 50% off.



Whew!  See, that was quite the Weekly Wound Up, wasn't it?  Thanks for sticking around. We hope you have a fabulous weekend of sewing!  

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

CKC Academy Giveaway

We are so excited about our CKC Academy that begins next week (you can read more about it HERE) and we really wanted to start it off with a bang! But how to make it bigger and better is always the question we're stuck with. Since the first Sew-Along is tailored around learning to sew and is set to begin next Wednesday, February 28, we just knew we had to do something fabulous! How about a fun giveaway? The first of 2015 even; yet, another reason to make it B.I.G.! For help on what to do, we looked back to our old giveaways to see what's done well. Let's just say there was NO competition. We were the first PDF pattern company to give away a sewing machine so why not do it again?


This giveaway is just perfect for the beginner seamstress. If you have always wanted to learn to sew, well now is your chance! You will receive a Janome 3128 Sewing Machine, a $50 gift card to Jo-Ann Fabrics, and all 9 of the CKC Academy patterns that we have planned to use! This is the perfect bundle to get you started on your new adventure....and possible addiction! lol. You will even receive everything in time to participate in Wednesday's Sew-Along! We are on the fast track so this contest won't last long. It's open from now until 12am on Monday, February 23rd. This will ensure that you receive it by Wednesday via Amazon Prime shipping!

If you already have an awesome sewing machine and a fab stash of fabrics, but still want to participate in the CKC sewing Academy then you can purchase the first pattern now! We have Malyn's Pretty Peasant Dress on sale for just $2 and Malyn's in Babies sizes on sale for just $3.50, you can view them on sale HERE! The sale on these patterns will end when the giveaway ends so don't miss out. Even if you are an experienced seamstress this is a fast and easy pattern that you should have in your collection!




To enter the giveaway, follow all of the instructions below! Please be sure to share this opportunity with all your friends and family that you know have been wanting to learn to sew. We really want to spread the love of sewing with even more people <3


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Scrappy Mohawk Hat


  
Hello CKC friends!  Kristi here with a super fun crochet project that you can create with all of those leftover scraps!  We all have them cluttering up our work area…let’s make something that’s a design all of your own!





What you’ll need:
Scraps of yarn, ribbon, tulle, fabric, etc.
Crochet I-hook
Scissors


STEP 1 – Crochet the Base Hat
Follow the crochet pattern listed below, making sure to use a new color of yarn (perfect for those yarn scraps) for every round.  And if you get halfway through a round and run out of that color, just switch to a new one!  The crazier the colors, the better!




Child Size Beanie Pattern
Working in rounds:

Round 1 - Ch 3, 8 hdc in first ch  (8 st)  Join with a sl st to first hdc.
Round 2 - Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around.  (16 st)  Join with a sl st to first hdc.
Round 3 - Ch 2, hdc in first st, 2 hdc in next, *hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st*
                                Repeat from * around.  (24 st)  Join with a sl st to first hdc.
Round 4 - Ch 2, hdc in first 2 st, 2 hdc in next, *hdc in next 2 st, 2 hdc in next st*
                                Repeat from * around.  (32 st)  Join with a sl st to first hdc.
Round 5 - Ch 2, hdc in first 3 st, 2 hdc in next, *hdc in next 3 st, 2 hdc in next st*
                                Repeat from * around.  (40 st)  Join with a sl st to first hdc.
Round 6 - Ch 2, hdc in first 4 st, 2 hdc in next, *hdc in next 4 st, 2 hdc in next st*
                                Repeat from * around.  (48 st)  Join with a sl st to first hdc.
Round 7 - Ch 2, hdc in first 5 st, 2 hdc in next, *hdc in next 5 st, 2 hdc in next st*
                                Repeat from * around.  (56 st)  Join with a sl st to first hdc.
Round 8 - Ch 2, hdc in first 13 st, 2 hdc in next, *hdc in next 13 st, 2 hdc in next st*
                                Repeat from * around.  (60 st)  Join with a sl st to first hdc.
Round 9 - Ch 2, hdc in each st around.  (60 st)  Join with a sl st to first hdc.
Rounds 10-17 - Repeat Round 9.
Round 18 - Ch 1, sc in each st around.  (60 st)  Join with a sl st to first sc.

Finish off.

STEP 2 – Marking the Hat for the Mohawk
Once your beanie is finished, you can now mark the stitches for the mohawk.  Your mohawk will be four-five stitches wide.  Pick any stitch of the last round to start and mark the two stitches on either side of it with stitch markers or pieces of yarn.  Find the very top of your hat and mark the two stitches on either side of that also.  Now mark the stitches in line with the marks.  Repeat this on the back of your hat.





STEP 3 – Cutting the Scraps
The best part about this project is…you can use any scraps you want!  Use all yarn, all fabric…or mix and match!  Don’t forget tulle and ribbons and feathers and lace!  Anything goes! 
*Bonus if you can get happy helpers to do the scrap-cutting!* 

Using a pinking shears, cut pieces of fabric 1” x 7”
Cut ribbon, lace and yarn 7” long
Cut tulle 3” x 6”



  
STEP 4 – Tying the Scraps
Once you have a big pile of scraps cut, you can start tying them randomly on the hat, making sure to stay in-between the stitch markers.  There’s no right or wrong way, any certain order, or how many you need to use!  Have fun with it!
 If you are unsure the best way to tie the scraps, I took these photos to show how I make the knots.  I find this way makes the ties stand up a little better!





Once you go all the way down the hat, you’re finished! 
This project is great for kids and adults!  Crochet the hat and hand it to your son or daughter to finish it up with scraps!  How fun is it to make something together?





Happy Hooking,
Kristi