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Tutorial: Adding Decorative Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt

I’ve been having some fun in the sewing studio, which means you get a tutorial today!  You know I love to use my serger for construction of knit garments, but it can be used for more than that!  So I’m going to show you how I used my serger to add decorative flatlocking to the seams of a raglan shirt!  Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialYou’ve seen raglan shirts with this decorative stitching on the seams, right?  It’s such a fun detail and when I decided to make this striped raglan I knew some flatlocking details would be perfect!

So you want to start by sewing your sleeves to the bodice of your shirt.  You don’t want to sew the side seams, yet.

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialYou’ll need to set your serger up for flatlocking.  On my machine I need to switch to my blind hem foot, disengage the blade, lower the tension on my left needle, remove my right needle, keep the normal tension on the upper looper and increase the tension on the lower looper.  You may also want to increase your stitch length.

Once your machine is all set you’ll fold your seam, wrong sides together.

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialSerge along this seam.

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialGive yourself nice long tails on either end, so you have a little wiggle room when you flatten out your seam.

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialYour seam will look like the picture above.  Then you just need to give your pieces a little tug and smooth the seam out.  It helps to smooth it both on the front and back.

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialAnd that’s all there is to it!  You can do this on your seams, the triangle patch, neckband and cuffs if you have them! 

I added a triangle patch and I love the little detail. 

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialIf you want another look you can flatlock with right sides together and you’ll get the ladders on the outside. 

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialHere’s the backside of my triangle to show you what that would look like.  Once you’ve flatlocked your triangle and sleeve seems you can finish sewing up your shirt.  And then totally impress your husband when you wear your shirt with the decorative flatlock stitches! 

That same hubby who was impressed with my shirt also suggested I try making some videos, so here’s a flatlocking video for you if you want to see some sewing in action.

 

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialPattern: Patterns for Pirates Slim Fit Raglan

Fabric: Girl Charlee

 

 

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Tutorial: Sew a Fleece Pocket Scarf for Kids

I’ve got a quick and easy sewing tutorial for you! Perfect for the first day of winter! Cupcake has been wanting a scarf, so I had the idea to sew her a scarf with pockets on the end.  Like built-in mittens.  Because she keeps losing gloves on the bus.  So I grabbed some fleece and started working!

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialStart with a piece of fleece.  Cut two pieces 7″ x WOF (usually 59″) and two pieces 7″ x 8″.

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialStart with your small pieces.  These are your pockets.  Fold one short end down 1/2″ wrong sides together and stitch in place.

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialLay one of your long (scarf) pieces down right side up then place a pocket on the end right side up, lining up the raw edges.

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialRepeat on the other side.  Place the other long piece on top, right side down and pin or clip in place.

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialStitch around the entire scarf with a 1/2″ seam allowance leaving a 2″ opening for turning. (In the picture I left my opening on the short end, but the opening is better left on the long side between the pockets)

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialTurn right side out and stitch the opening closed.

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialAnd you’re all done!

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialCupcake loves her new scarf!  And I love that I don’t have to worry about missing gloves!  And Pumpkin loves hers, too!

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialThe matching headbands are from a Made for Mermaids pattern. 

Tutorial: Sew a Pocket Scarf #sewing #tutorialCold weather – check!  Warm ears – check!  Warm necks – check!  Warm hands – check!

 

Enjoy!!!

 

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Sew a Baby Lovie Blanket

I have a super cute and quick sewing project for you today for those sweet little babies.  Today I’m going to show you how to sew a Lovie Blanket for baby!  These make great gifts for baby showers!  And if you have an embroidery machine you can personalize them to make them extra special.

Sew a Baby Lovie BlanketYou just need a little bit of two minky fabrics and some trim.  Here I used a satin ruffle trim. 

Sew a Baby Lovie BlanketFirst up is cutting your minky fabric.  You’ll want to cut both the front and back pieces 16″ x 16″.

Sew a Baby Lovie BlanketThen find something round to use as a guide for rounding the corners. I used the lid from a salsa jar.  You can either trace then cut or use a rotary cutter.  Do this to all 4 corners on both pieces of fabric.

Sew a Baby Lovie BlanketIf you’re going to embroider the lovie now is the time to do it.  Once you’ve done that it’s time to baste the trim in place lining up the raw edges.  I recommend pinning or clipping the trim in place because both fabrics are pretty slippery!  Make sure to leave a little extra trim at the start/end points.

Sew a Baby Lovie BlanketSew the trim all the way around, overlapping the ends.  I used the stitch on the trim as my sewing guide.

Sew a Baby Lovie BlanketNow we’re ready to sew the two pieces together.  Line the fabrics up right sides together, with the trim in between.  Pin or clip like crazy!!!  If you’ve never sewn minky you’ll want to take this nice and slow.  Minky is slippery, but minky on minky with satin in between is super slippery!!!  Sew all the way around the square, leaving a 2 inch opening for turning your fabric.

Sew a Baby Lovie BlanketFlip your lovie blanket right side out, then topstitch all the way around the edge to hold the fabric in place and close up the spot you left for turning.  And you’re done!

Sew a Baby Lovie BlanketI love how this purple one turned out, but these lovies aren’t just for girls!

Sew a Baby Lovie BlanketBaby boys like them, too!  Just swap out your satin ruffle for some satin blanket binding! 

Momma will love the personalized gift and baby will love the soft textures and comfort that comes with it.

Fall Fun: Pressing Leaves in Wax Paper

The girls took part in a library program that encouraged them to get outside and get into nature.  It was a partnership with our local (and amazing) parks system.  I loved this idea!  We love being outside and we love our parks!  We picked up a lot of fun books and had a great time reading and exploring.

One of our favorite activities was going on a leaf hunt!  We read the book Fancy Nancy and the Fall Foliage as the inspiration to go leaf hunting.

Leaf huntingLucky for us we have an arboretum nearby, so the girls and I headed over to find some leaves!  It didn’t take long to find some keepers.  We were looking for “unique” and “interesting” leaves. 

Leaf huntA lot of our leaves “looked like dinosaur footprints” according to Cupcake.  We spent a lot of time walking around and adding leaves to the bags.  We also climbed the tower and hit the trails.  It was a great morning and not very busy, which is always a bonus. 

In the book Fancy Nancy makes a leaf scrapbook, so we decided to make our own version of a leaf scrapbook by pressing the leaves in wax paper.  Once we returned home we took the leaves out of the bags and wiped them dry.

Cleaning leavesDry, flat leaves press best.  Then taking a sheet of wax paper the girls arranged their favorite leaves on top.

Pressing leaves in wax paper #crafting #fallThose leaves look like T. rex footprints.  They have 3 toed feet afterall. 

We then placed another sheet of wax paper on top.  And sandwiched that between two pieces of parchment paper (to keep it from sticking to the iron).

Pressing leaves in wax paper #crafting #fallI then ironed over the paper and leaf sandwich to fuse the two pieces of wax paper together, sealing the leaves inside.

Pressing Leaves in Wax Paper #fall #crafting The girls loved the outcome!  And we hung them in the window so we could see the pretty colors. 

It’s a really simple craft made with items you already have at home, so why not have some fall fun pressing leaves in wax paper?

 
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Lace Princess Crown

One of the projects I made for Pumpkin’s Purple Princess Party was a sparkly, lace crown for her majesty to wear.  She wore it for maybe 10 minutes of the party.  It was just getting in the way of all her fun.  Nonetheless it was very cute, particularly when it was on her head!

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princesspartyIt was a fun project to make, though, even if it left glitter everywhere! 

Start with a piece of lace.  I got this one from Hancock Fabrics.

Lace Princess Crown #tutorial #crafting #princessThen you need some stiffener, a bowl, some gloves and parchment paper.

Lace Princess Crown #tutorial #crafting #princessI used Stiffen Stuff.  I poured some in a bowl and soaked the lace for a minute or two.

Lace Princess Crown #tutorial #crafting #princessOnce the lace is soaked you can remove it and lay it out on the parchment to dry.

Lace Princess Crown #tutorial #crafting #princessOnce it’s fully dry it should be stiff!

Lace Princess Crown #tutorial #crafting #princessI then moved my work outside (luckily it was still nice out!) and gave the lace a coat of silver spray paint on both sides.  And then it was time to get messy!

Lace Princess Crown #tutorial #crafting #princessI gave one side a spray with some adhesive and sprinkled on the glitter!!!!!!

Lace Princess Crown #tutorial #crafting #princessAfter drying I gave it a quick spray with some sealer and then hot glued the ends together and ta da!!!

Lace Princess Crown #tutorial #crafting #princessIt really was a little something special for the birthday girl.  Even if she preferred the paper crown that she decorated. 

 

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