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Make Your Own Pattern

Make Your Own Pattern
People often ask how I sew without Store-bought patterns. It’s not hard to do and you can do it to too!I’ll show you how. First off, I don’t totally “wing it”. If you’re new to sewing, the best way to understand clothing construction is to actually deconstruct it. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how I made patterns for: and Turn a men’s T-shirt into a little boy’s shirt. I love the envelope sleeve look (found on baby onesies).A) they just look cuteB) they make for an (almost) mistake-free way of sewing on sleeves. Probably every mom has an old onesie that their baby has spit-up on, stained, stretched, and well, it’s ready for the trash. This will serve as our “pattern”. If your child has outgrown the onesie (like my little guy had), use some of his current shirts to help guide you along. Trace that onesie piece with the added sizing onto paper (or old scrap fabric) and then cut it out. Okay, for the sleeves….just take the sleeve piece you cut off of the onesie and trace it! Related:  pillowcase dressSewing

Drafting We are continuing the Sewing 101 series. One of the questions we get asked a lot is about pattern drafting. Yes I draft all of my own patterns. No I don't have a problem with sewing from a pattern. I like to find a basic tee that fits my kids well. A key thing to remember is if you are drafting from a tee shirt, they stretch, so if you are making a pattern for a top without stretch you may want to draft the pattern using a top without stretch. Next tuck the sleeve of the shirt inside the top. Next fold the top down the middle. Then Line the fold up along the edge of the paper. You also want to be sure and add extra length where you will hem, like the bottom of the top. There you have a bodice piece ready to cut out on a fold. Let's move on to the sleeve. Then flip the shirt over so it is covering the sleeve and so the sleeve seam is exposed. then trace the curve of the seam. There you have a sleeve pattern piece. Next let's move on to the ever tricky pant.

Free Sewing Patterns - Over 2000! Welcome to the Free Sewing Patterns & Projects section at! Providing easy access to over 4,500 of the best free sewing patterns online (many with printable templates). And organized by category so you can easily find the sewing projects you’re looking for. How this section came about: I saw that there were tons of amazing free sewing patterns and tutorials out there on the web (especially from quite a few very talented craft and sewing bloggers) but many of these patterns were scattered and couldn't easily be found through doing a quick Google search. So I decided to gather as many of these patterns as I could find and put them "all in one place," so to speak. And because bloggers and sewers are out there creating and posting new sewing projects all the time, I'm constantly updating the pages in this section, adding new patterns as I find them. Happy sewing!

Tutorial: Classic Jumper | you and mie This post is long overdue! I made this jumper for Yuki for Thanksgiving (along with the Herringbone Short Coat) and I’ve been wanting to share this tutorial ever since. I hope you keep in mind that I just kind of make this stuff up as I go along, so I don’t know if this is actually the best way to make a jumper. It’s just the way that I did it and in case you’re curious – here it is! I’d been wanting to make a jumper for Yuki for some time. It’s just such a fun and classic style. You will need: Main fabric A little bit of fabric for lining 2 buttons For this 12-18 month size jumper I probably used 3/4-1 yard of the main fabric and 1/4 yard of the lining material. So first you need to draft your pattern. The red lines are alterations I made as I was sewing, when I realized the size/fit was all wrong. The pieces you’ll need are: Bodice front (1 main, 1 lining) Bodice back (1 main, 1 lining) Body front Body back Pocket (2 main, 2 lining) Pocket edge (2 main) Let’s start sewing! Like this:

Children's Size Chart for Clothes Free Pattern, Tutorial and Sewing Video – A simple dress » Japanese Sewing, Pattern, Craft Books and Fabrics I said this would be up on Monday, and now it’s Tuesday, almost Wednesday. What happened, was that I had to do a little housekeeping on my mac as I was running out of space on my startup disk, and to my horror, all my previous backups disappeared because of some spotlight indexing issue. I shall not go into so much technical details right now as my brain is half fried, but I had to re-run Time Machine and recreate a new backup. It took up the most of Monday and while it was doing that, I was afraid to tax the system further asking it the process the movie (which was 1 hour long before editing!) This month is all about Girls’ Dresses. The patterns were drafted following the measurements in a well known pattern “textbook” Metric Pattern Cutting for Children’s Wear and Babywear by Winifred Aldrich. Click here to download the tutorial I’ve drafted the patterns in the following sizes. And last but not least, here are the sewing videos! Just a word or two about the sewing videos.

TUTORIAL and PATTERN: Kid Pants, the basic pants Welcome to our series on KID PANTS. All the styles that are shared are adaptable to any size pants….from babies up to adults; for boys and girls. We’ll show you the ins and outs of making pants and we’ve got a downloadable pattern for size 2-3 toddler. Today we’re starting with the Basic Pant, with an elastic casing waistband. This is similar to a pair of comfy pajama pants or a sweat suit. And when you’re ready to mix it up, try out our other simple pants tutorials: But first, let’s talk about pants. Elastic waist-band pants/shorts are one of the easiest things to make. Pants are made of 4 pieces (2 different pattern pieces). If you’ve never made pants before and you’re drafting your own pattern (from an existing pair of pants), you may want to sew a trial pair first….just to see if you’re creating the pattern properly. And that’s all you need to understand about pants. First, you need a pattern. What I love about this pattern: * Style and comfort. Let’s talk about fabrics. Elastic.

The Shirt Dress Turn a Men’s Dress Shirt into a Girl’s Summer Dress! It’s fun, easy, and a great way to reuse one of Dad’s old shirts. A few of the versions we’ve done….. Seaside Stripes: Desert Beauty, Shirred Shirt Dress: Green Dress: (more Shirt Dress versions at the end of this Tutorial) Skill Level: EasyItems Needed:Men’s Dress ShirtFabric for waistband1/4 inch elasticSewing machineAverage Sewing Time: 2-3 hours This Dress is very easy to make and holds sentiment, knowing it originated from a tired-out shirt in Dad’s closet. Now let’s get started! —————————————————————1. Draw this image (using a clothing item of your child’s as the guideline) onto a junk piece of fabric or a large piece of paper. Next, cut out your two pattern pieces and make sure they’re what you want. Here are the two pattern pieces: 2. First, carefully remove the front pocket (if there is one) with a seam-ripper. Cut the sleeves in half. 3. Cut out the Dress front and back. Trace and cut out your sleeves. 4. 5. 6. and pin it in: 7. 8.

DIY: eyelet sweatshirt | I’m not sure if you knew, but Carven is my favorite high fashion label. Naturally, I was smitten by their cut out sweatshirt designs and decided to try my luck at making one. I didn’t wait it so read “Carven”, so I’ve considered puns like Carmen, Carved and Craved. In retrospect, I should’ve just used the buttonhole setting on the sewing machine to stitch the letters and then do the cutouts – I could’ve saved so much time! What you need: sweatshirtscissorsmatching thread & needlefabric chalk Using chalk, write the desired words on your sweatshirt. Next, carefully cut the inside of the letters. Using embroidery floss, stitch round and round each open space, so that the fabric doesn’t fray. I, for one, can’t wait to wear this bad boy! Like this: Like Loading...

How to Easily Gather Fabric How to Easily Gather Fabric: A Sewing Tutorial Years ago I learned a really easy way to gather fabric and I wanted to share it with you. For those of you who have sewn for years I know this will be nothing new, but for other this may be a great time saver for you. Gathering fabric is a pretty common task in many, many patterns. The traditional method of gathering fabric has you sew a large strait basting stitch across the fabric and then pull the bobbin side to gather in the fabric. I learned this trick a few years ago from a friend of mine. You will need some cotton crochet thread: Set your sewing machine to a large size zig-zag setting with a long stitch length. Set your presser food on the very edge of the fabric and put the crochet thread between the feet of the presser foot. Now slowly begin to sew a zig-zag stitch with the cotton crochet thread in the center of the stitch. If you are gathering something large then it will be helpful to do the gathering in 2 places. Remove your pins.

Tutorial: Reversible Patchwork Bag Something I've wanted to do really bad... A new sewing tutorial!! It really makes me happy that you guys enjoyed my sewing tutorialsand made beautiful fabric baskets, camera cases, and pen cases.My finding is that you like easy & quick projects like I do!How about this reversible patchwork bags that are easy and quickto make and can be lovely little handmade gifts? Cut out 32 of 2 1/2" squares. (I used 16 different kinds offabric, 2 squares from each different fabric) Arrange to make 2 sets of 16 x 16 top layers. Sew each row consisting of 4 squares. 4 rows completed! Press seams to one direction, making sure ones next to each otherare pressed to opposite directions. Now let's sew all the 4 rows together. Press seam open. Do the same for the rest of 16 squares and nowyou have 2 patchwork tops complete! Sew them right sides together. Cut out the bottom 2 corners. Turn the bag out. Cut out 2 pieces measuring 8 3/4" x 1 1/2".These will be casing for cords. Fold the edges like this. Enjoy making!

button shirt to toddler dress recon *MINTY FRESH TUTORIAL* *SCROLL DOWN FOR TUTORIAL*(Also see livvyloo's awesome tutorial for making matching sleevy pants out of leftover long sleeves.) I picked up this shirt at the Goodwill recently - boring shirt, but interesting fabric. I was thinking I'd recon it for myself when the little girl demanded to "hold mommy's new shirt." I took one look at her clutching it, and i knew it was meant to be hers... Now i guess it's time to make a matching diaper cover! So ridiculously EASY! Thanks for looking! THE TUTORIAL(click small pics for larger versions)Okay, my first tutorial! What you'll need A button down shirt with a back yoke (see above pic). Step 1: Convince your wee one she is a tiger and an empty box is her jungle. Step 2: Cut the shirt apart! Step 3 - Dress Front: The back of the shirt will be the front of your dress. Next, fold the shirt back (your dress front) in half. Ta da! Step 4 - Dress Back: The shirt front is going to be your dress back. Why baste when you have tape? Fold in half and cut. Hooray!

Re-purposing: Tshirts into 5-strand-braided-headbands I was walking through Target a few weeks ago and noticed this little knit fabric headband that was not just braided together…….but woven. I decided they were charging way too much for something that could be made with t-shirt scraps. And that means free. So there you have it. (Or you may need one for working out. I kinda love it on my little girl . She always has little hair fly-aways that get into her face…….and this helps with that problem. It even works great with her hair down…..and keeps that hair tucked behind her ears. And yep, good for me too. Thanks little t-shirt scraps. Want to make your own? First, find some old t-shirts. Then, cut your fabric into long strips. Next, stack your 5 strips on top of each other and sew together at one end. Now, pull on each strip of fabric so that they kind of curl on the edges. Now, to create this 5 strand braid……’ll kind of be braiding on the left side and then braiding on the right. But let me explain a little better. And that’s it.