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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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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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Sew a Tooth Fairy Pillow

Exciting things are going on in this house!  Pumpkin moved out of her crib and into her toddler bed (really we just took one side off her crib, so technically she’s still sleeping in the same bed).  And Cupcake has her first loose tooth!!  I can’t believe these girls are growing up on me like this!  Momma isn’t ready!!!!!!!!!

Cupcake was so sure her tooth was going to fall out as soon as she noticed it was wiggling, so momma had to get to work on sewing a tooth fairy pillow for her.  Because that’s what this crafty momma does.  She helps out the little guys, like the tooth fairy, by making their job easier.  No tooth hunting going on here.  The tooth fairy will know right where to find it!

Sew a Tooth Fairy Pillow #sewingOf course I had to make a bright and colorful pillow for my bright and colorful girl.  Her favorite color, green of course, with some polka dots and a little pocket for her tooth. She loves it!  And is so ready for that tooth to fall out now.  This was such a quick and easy project!  Let me show you just how easy!

Start with a piece of fabric measuring 8″ x 12″

Sew a Tooth Fairy Pillow #sewingOptional: embroider the upper right of the fabric.

Cut a small square of contrasting fabric 3″ x 3.5″

Sew a Tooth Fairy Pillow #sewingFold the top of the pocket under twice and stitch in place.  Then fold the sides and bottom in and stitch to the pillow. 

Sew a Tooth Fairy Pillow #sewing

 Cut out a tooth shape from white fabric.  I freehanded it, but feel free to print out an image and trace if needed!

Sew a Tooth Fairy Pillow #sewingStitch the tooth to the pillow, leaving a small opening on one side.  Stuff the tooth with a little polyfil then stitch closed.  I went around the tooth 3 times to give it a crazy applique look. 

Cut two strips of fabric for the straps.  I cut mine at 12″ x 2″ and 4″ x 2″.  Fold them each in half, right sides together.  Sew one short end and the long end and turn right side out.  Press.

Sew a Tooth Fairy Pillow #sewingFold your pillow in half, right sides together.  Insert the straps into your pillow, leaving a bit of the ends hanging out, one at each end of the top of the pillow.  Stitch around the outside of your pillow, leaving an opening. 

Sew a Tooth Fairy Pillow #sewingTurn the pillow right side out and stuff.  Stitch your opening closed.  Use a snap tool to attach snaps to the ends of your straps. 

Sew a tooth fairy pillow Cupcake’s bed doesn’t have a post where she could hang her pillow, so the snaps make it so she can hang it on the headboard. 

This really was so quick to make! The longest part was figuring out how to line up the second line of text on my mom’s embroidery machine! 

So now we wait to see what the tooth fairy brings.  Cupcake thinks it’s going to be a gold coin.  I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Until then she’ll keep wiggling it. 

 

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Gathering Fabric with Elastic

In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m slightly obsessed with sewing clothes right now.  One of my favorite things to sew is dresses.  I love my circle skirt dress, my tank dress is so comfy, and who doesn’t love a polka dot dress?  I used the same pattern as the polka dot dress, the Out and About Dress by Sew Caroline and made a sleeveless dress for summer. 

Sleeveless Out and About Dress #sewingI love this dress! It’s so lightweight and perfect for summer!  I love it so much I’ve since made another one!  And I can look fashionable and be comfortable at the same time!  The pattern doesn’t include instructions for a sleeveless option, but it’s a quick modification of trimming the shoulders and adding bands to the arms. 

Another modification I made was to make a narrower skirt and to gather the skirt with elastic!  Instead of using the pattern piece for the skirt I used the width of the fabric and cut it in half to make a front and back skirt. This was super helpful for lining up my stripes!  And it was perfect for the elastic gathering method.  So, let me show you how I did it, so you can, too.

Gathering fabric with elastic #sewingSo here’s my bodice and my skirt.  I needed to make the skirt the same width of the bodice.

Gathering fabric with elastic #sewingI grabbed some 1/4″ elastic and pulled it a few times to loosen it up, then cut it to the same length as the bodice piece.

Gathering fabric with elastic #sewingI folded my skirt in half and marked the center.

Gathering fabric with elastic #sewingAnd folded it in half again to mark the quarters.

Gathering fabric with elastic #sewingI did the same to the elastic, then matched up the marked spots on the skirt with the elastic and pinned in place on the wrong side of the fabric.

Gathering fabric with elastic #sewingTake it over the sewing machine and stitch the elastic to the skirt stretching the elastic as you sew, using a zig zag stitch.

Gathering fabric with elastic #sewingYour skirt is now the same length as your bodice!  Now you can sew/serge the two together! 

Gathering fabric with elastic #sewingNow you have a beautifully gathered skirt!  This makes for a very even gather and you don’t have to worry about pulling threads and adjusting. 

After wearing this the other day and being so comfortable, and stylish and getting several compliments on the dress I had to whip up another one. And I wouldn’t be surprised if a few more ended up in my closet. Cute, comfy, everyday dresses are a summer wardrobe staple! 

 

 I really wish I had another picture to show you again how cute this dress is, but I took the pictures with my remote shutter and I’m out of focus on the other 30 pictures I took.  😉