Non~slip headband tutorial

Today is my birthday so I thought I would share a tutorial with you! I have been making and wearing these non slip headbands for years and I love them as much now as I did when I first started making them!!! I have always struggled to keep headbands on my head but these stay put and do you want to know the secret…velvet!!! These are backed with velvet ribbon and it just grips your hair so it doesn’t slide around. As an added bonus, the velvet absorbs sweat while you are working out and then you can just throw them in the washing machine!

I will quit boring you now and just show you how to make them!

*I am going to show you how to make them with fabric but you can also make it super easy and just use ribbon!!! No need for interfacing if you use 7/8″ ribbon!!!

You will need:

  • 1 piece of knit fabric 1.75″ x 16″ plus interfacing the same size
  • 1 piece of 7/8″ velvet ribbon-16″ long
  • 1 6″ piece of elastic
  • not required but it does make life easier-wash away hem tape

Press the interfacing onto your knit fabric.

Fold the fabric in half and finger press to create a crease. Open it back up and you will fold each side into the center. *This is where I use the hem tape to hold it in place for sewing

Now your fabric should be the same width as your velvet ribbon!

Lay your velvet ribbon facing up and fabric facing down, then sandwich your elastic in between at one end. Stitch the end with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Flip the pieces so they are wrong sides together. Topstitch, starting on the short end and down one long side but stop an inch or 2 from the bottom.

Now you will topstitch up the opposite side. Start at the end without the elastic but up an inch or two from the end. Stitch all the way up that side and back over the short end, making sure to backstitch.

Take your open end and fold both pieces in about 1/2″. Tuck the other end of your elastic in between the velvet and fabric.

Start topstitching where you ended before and end on the opposite side where you had started…make sure you backstitch at the beginning and end! I like to go over the elastic a couple times just to make sure it doesn’t wiggle loose. Trim your threads and you are finished!

How cute is this headband using up scraps of fabric from making a hoodie!!! I hope you enjoyed this easy, scrap busting project!

~Happy Sewing~

Christy

Hannah just got even better!

Sonia Estep Designs Hannah was already perfect as a quarter zip hoodie! Then Sonia gave us the neckband option for the perfect basic top that is super quick to sew! Then there was a kids version for the mommy and me outfits! But this week she really outdid herself with the hood add on…for women and kids!!!!

The new add on is separate from the original pattern, so if you don’t already own Hannah you will need to purchase it. But not to worry, because there is a sitewide sale and all patterns are 40% off! Well, except for the hood add on..it is 50% off or you can get it free with purchase using a code in the Facebook group!!! The add on includes a standard hood and a crossover hood.

First, I will show you the Hannah’s I made for my son. This is the standard hood version using a triblend french terry.

The next two are the crossover hood. He was so excited to have new hoodies (mom has really dropped the ball lately)!!! He told me ~and I quote~ “This is amazing…I have so many hoodies with pockets now!” LOL

Now for mine! I LOVE the crossover hood, so I have not made myself a standard version yet. My first one is using a coral quilted knit from Surge Fabric Shop https://surgefabricshop.com/.

#2 is in a charcoal hearts quilted knit from So Sew English https://sosewenglishfabrics.com/

My last one is lighter weight and may possibly be my favorite…I think…but just by a tiny margin! They really are all so good!!! Oakley sweater knit from So Sew English Fabrics is my favorite fabric ever and how cute are the gnomes and dots?!!! Oakley is ridiculously soft sweater knit, but it’s also breathable without being too thin! https://sosewenglishfabrics.com/

I hope you love all of these but mostly I hope you make your own and love them just as much! Here is my Sonia Estep Designs affiliate link if you would like to help me out. Affiliate links don’t cost you anything extra, but I do receive a small commission anytime someone clicks through it…which just helps me buy more fabric!http://sonia-estep-designs.myshopify.com?aff=8

Happy Sewing! ~Christy~

Danielle Cozy Cardigan…and a sale!!!

Do you just love being snuggled up in a cozy blanket? That is exactly the feeling you get with the newest release from Sonia Estep Designs!!! Danielle is a cocoon style cardigan that is flattering on everyone! It is a very quick sew and takes less than 2 yards of fabric! I’m serious about it being quick…I can make it in about half an hour-cut to finish!!! You choose your size based on either your upper bust or hips (whichever is larger) and it has plenty of wiggle room! So what this all means is that it’s perfect for gift-giving! I mean, who wouldn’t want to get one of these for Christmas?!!!

Now, in case you didn’t notice, the title of this blog post also mentions a sale!!! Sonia Estep Designs is starting Black Friday early, so all of the other patterns are 40% off! Danielle is 50% off for the release. But let’s say you want Danielle and want to take advantage of the 40% off of other patterns too…You can get Danielle for free!!! Yes, I did say free. If you join the SED Facebook group and look in the announcement post, there is a code only for group members!

And since all of the patterns are on sale, I should tell you about the rest of my outfit. All of the fabric I used came from Surge Fabric Shop https://surgefabricshop.com/. My Danielle is in a coral/white marled hacci sweater knit and it is dreamy! I NEEDED a new top to wear underneath so I pulled out a charcoal french terry and whipped up a basic Mandy! Then for the pants…pants are hard to get a good fit, so once you find one you stick with it!!! I used the Iris shorts pattern because I love the fit on my thighs and backside! LOL. I used another pants pattern to determine the length I liked and lengthened my shorts, tapering in to the ankle. I made these in a knit denim so it looks like real pants but feels like pajamas!!!

Head to Sonia Estep Designs and take advantage of this very generous sale…trust me, you need all of the patterns!!! http://sonia-estep-designs.myshopify.com?aff=8 . This is my affiliate link, which does not cost you anything extra but it does give me a small commission that helps me to support my love of fabric! Thank you for being here and supporting my sewing journey!

Happy Sewing! ~Christy~

Composition Book Zipper pocket add on tutorial

I used the Composition book cover pattern from Spencer Ogg and it is a really great pattern but I thought it would be handy to have a zipper pocket on the front to hold my pens, so I hacked the pattern a bit and this is what I came up with! I will show you here how I did it.

The first thing you need to do is buy the pattern https://www.spencerogg.com/product/composition-notebook-cover-sewing-pattern/. I will not give any dimensions for the original pattern pieces because those are someone else’s hard work. For the pocket add on you will need a zipper at least 10″ long and scrap pieces of fabric. I also like to use wash away hem tape to hold my pocket in place for sewing!

*Cut out all pieces according to the pattern.

Additionally you will cut:

  • 4 pieces that are 2.5″ x the length of the main piece plus interfacing for all 4
  • 2 pieces that are 2″ x length of main piece-no interfacing for these
  • 4 zipper tabs 1.5″ x 2″-no interfacing

*Work from the pattern tutorial until you have the outside and lining pieces prepared (edges hemmed, etc)

Now we will start on the pocket! Attach your zipper tabs to one end. Lining piece facing up, zipper facing up and main facing down. Sew across the end then flip so right sides are out and topstitch. Trim your zipper end.

For the other zipper end, lay it on top of your main piece and mark where you should cut your tape. I attach the zipper tabs before I cut anything just in case I need to adjust it! Tip: I make a tiny snip in the zipper tape so I know where I want the tab. Sew it the same way you did the first one. Trim up both sides of your tabs.

Now you will lay one lining piece face up, zipper on top facing up, then the main piece face down. Stitch down the side (making sure all your edges stay lined up). Tip: a zipper foot is a great investment. Flip them out so that the pieces are wrong sides together and topstitch. Repeat with the other side.

Your pocket should be about 5″ right now, but that is a little too big and will hide all your pretty fabric on the front of your cover! We want to trim it down to 4″, so cut half an inch off of each side.

It’s time to make the binding to conceal the raw edges! Fold your 2″ strip in half and crease to find the center. Open it up and fold both sides into the center, then fold the entire piece in half. Easy peasy!

Slide a binding piece over the raw edges on each side and clip in place. You will topstitch only the open edge of the binding for now. Leave the outside edge un sewn.

Take your main piece that has already been hemmed and fold it in half to find the center. Make a small mark on the front side that is 2″ over from the center mark. This is your pocket placement mark!

I like to use 1/4″ wash away hem tape on the edges of the wrong side of the pocket. Stick the pocket down with the left side lined up with the mark you just made. Start at the top and topstitch down the right side, across the bottom, back up the left side and across the top.

Trim up your ends and finish according to the pattern!!!

Here are a few others I made!!!

Happy Sewing!

~Christy~

Strike sewing!

You might ask…”what is strike sewing?” The short answer is that it’s for promotion! In the custom fabric and hardware world, shop owners get samples (or strikes) in to make sure they like them before selling. After they approve them, they will send them to the strike team to sew up…the reason for this is people want to see what it will look like as an actual finished item. After we sew them up, it is our job to promote everywhere and to drum up as many orders as possible!

Now that we have that info out of the way…do you want to see my most recent strikes?

This is the Pixie crossbody from Spencer Ogg patterns! It is the cutest little bag with tons of storage.https://www.spencerogg.com/product-category/patterns/ The fabric I chose is hexi rainbow from Tula Pink and black chambray from So Sew English Fabrics…but the fabrics are not the strikes. This fabric was chosen so that I could feature this little lovely:

I mean, seriously, how gorgeous is that pull?!?! This one is in the current preorder at Zip-a-DeeDooDah Hardware https://zip-a-deedoodah-hardware.myshopify.com/collections/hardware. I wanted to make sure this pull was the focus on the bag but I also didn’t want it to be a boring solid bag. I feel like this fabric was the perfect choice! Part of being a strike seamstress is getting lots of pictures so you aren’t posting the exact same thing in every spot. Here are some of my other photos of this bag:

Zip-a-DeeDooDah Hardware has several pulls up for preorder, but they are also offering amazing zipper tapes! I was sent this beautiful floral to sew up and here is what I made with it…

Pattern is Zippy Clutch from Amy Lynne Designs https://amylynnedesigns.com/shop/25394535/pdf-sewing-pattern

It was so beautiful that I didn’t want to take away from it with a busy print, so I chose a herringbone chambray from Surge Fabric Shop https://surgefabricshop.com/ and paired it with cork from Hobby Lobby! I used a gold teardrop pull from Wizardry Stitchery and Crafts https://geekyhardware.com/. This zipper tape is very high quality and so easy to work with…there are several others available too! https://zip-a-deedoodah-hardware.myshopify.com/collections/hardware

This is the third round I have had the pleasure of sewing strikes for, plus I purchased some before that…they really are awesome products! Here are my previous round makes and in case you are wondering…retail has not happened for them yet, so you may want to join the Facebook group to keep in the loop!

I hope this has been entertaining and maybe even helps you to find hardware that you love or gives you the courage to apply to be a strike sewist! Happy Sewing! ~Christy~

*links may include affiliate links, which don’t cost you anything but give me a little incentive.

Basic zipper pouch tutorial!

Today I will teach you how I make a basic zipper pouch. The great thing about this pattern is that you can easily adjust it to be any size you need. Here are the materials you need:

  • 2 pieces main fabric 5″ h x 7″ w
  • 2 pieces lining fabric 5″h x 7″ w
  • 2 pieces fusible interfacing 5″ h x 7″ w
  • 9″ or longer zipper

Start by fusing the interfacing to the outside fabric pieces only…you can interface the lining if you want to but for a simple pouch it really isn’t necessary. However, when you branch out to wristlets you will want interfacing to help hold pockets up.

Take one lining piece and lay it right side up on your table. Now lay the zipper on top of the lining with the teeth facing up. *I like to use a longer zipper so the pull hangs out the end because it makes sewing so much easier* Next place the main fabric right side down on top of the zipper. Using your zipper foot, sew through all 3 layers.

Flip both pieces so that they are wrong sides together and topstitch very close to your zipper.

Repeat with the remaining 2 pieces of fabric!

Push your zipper pull in, so that you don’t cut it off! Stitch over the open zipper end~ this isn’t a required step but it will make your life easier! Switch back to your regular sewing foot, you are finished with the zipper foot now.

Open your zipper most of the way, just keep it in farther than your seam allowance.

Match up your outside pieces so they are right sides together, then repeat with the lining pieces. It should look like this:

Fold your zipper tape in half towards the outside fabric and clip in place. Then clip all the way around the outside.

Start on the lining side at one corner and sew all the way around, only leaving a small hole in the lining to turn.

Trim off both zipper ends and clip all four corners.

Turn the pouch through the hole you left. Use a blunt object to poke all 4 corners out, making sure you don’t poke all the way through the fabric. Then carefully push the zipper corners out.

Fold the opening in and topstitch. Push the lining into the main and your zipper pouch is finished!!!

I hope this tutorial was helpful! After you get comfortable with the basic pouch it is so easy to adjust it for wristlets, cosmetic bags and so much more!

Happy Sewing!

~Christy~

Neckband tutorial

Do you struggle to get your neckbands to come out perfectly? I am going to show you how I do mine and share some tips along the way. Some fabrics are definitely more difficult to work with, a tip for those is to serge or zig zag the edges before you start…this will help with the rolling! Neckbands can be done with a stretch stitch on a regular sewing machine too, but since I have a serger I will be using it!

TIP: not all fabric has the same amount of stretch, so I always calculate my neckband instead of relying completely on the pattern piece. I measure the neck opening and multiply by 80%-90%, depending on the stretch percentage of the fabric. Typically higher stretch fabrics are fine with the neckband piece included with the pattern and I usually only calculate when I am using a lower stretch fabric. Does this make sense?

Let’s get started!!! Take your neckband piece and match up the ends right sides together, stitch. You will then have a circle.

Next, start at your seam and fold the neckband in half (closing your seam inside), place a clip or pin there. Then you will find the front center and mark there. Match up those 2 marks so that you can find the 2 center points between the front and back. You have now quartered your neckband!

Tip: I find it easier if you leave your top inside out to attach the neckband.

Now you will quarter your bodice. Fold the top in half to find the back and front center points, mark those spots. Open the bodice back up, pull the front clip up to meet the back clip to find the other 2 quarter marks. Notice that the shoulder seams are not the quarter points.

Match the neckband seam up with your back center clip, then match up the other 3 spots.

You want to stretch the band evenly between the quarter marks and clip in between. You should NEVER have to stretch the bodice at all, only the band should be stretched a little.

Tip: When sewing, I like to start at the back seam because the start/stop is almost always where my mistakes happen, and they will be hidden in the back! I also like to sew with the bodice up and the neckband closest to the sewing machine/serger plate. I feel like I have the best control that way…but you have to do whatever makes your life easiest!

Starting at the back, sew all the way around your neckband making sure to go slowly and stretch evenly. Only remove your clips when you get to them. The small sections make it easier to stretch evenly!

You can topstitch if you feel the need to…I’m a pretty lazy sewist, so I usually do not!!! Turn your shirt right sides out and admire your perfect neckband!

Stay tuned for more info on this beautiful Hannah from Sonia Estep Designs! Affiliate link: http://sonia-estep-designs.myshopify.com?aff=8

I hope this tutorial was helpful! Please ask questions if not. Happy Sewing!

~Christy~

Rio Raglan

I love a raglan top because you can use up those odd cuts you have hanging around for a fun and colorful shirt or you can make it solid for a cute basic tee! The problem I have with them is that I have tried out so many and none were perfect. They were always too relaxed, not relaxed enough, the neckline was too wide, too high, too low, the hem wasn’t to my liking, the length wasn’t right, the sleeves were too tight…and the list goes on and on! So when I tested the Rio raglan from So Sew English, I was fully prepared to make adjustments after my first tester version. But to my surprise, the only adjustment I had to do was grading out one size for my hips (which I always have to do anyway, no matter the pattern)!!! This pattern has all the options you would need~ crop, tee and tunic length~ v neck or crewneck~ short, 3/4 and long sleeves

For the pattern test I was assigned tunic length, short sleeve, crew neck version. I made a size xl graded to 1x hips but no other adjustments whatsoever, not even for height. I used a gray and white striped french terry for the bodice and raided my scrap bin for the sleeves!!! I didn’t think I would like the tunic length and planned to cut it down to tee length after testing…but I kind of love it and am going to keep it long!

My second one was tee length, crew neck with 3/4 sleeves made in the buffalo plaid dbp for the bodice and black/white stripe dbp sleeves…I am in love with this one and have had several people try to steal it already!!!!

And my newest one was supposed to have different options BUT I loved the plaid one so much that I wanted more with those same options! So I pulled out the coral striped dbp for the bodice and sewing machine dbp for the sleeves…I am in love with this one too!

Raglans truly are about the easiest thing you can make, so they are perfect for beginners…and those of us that just don’t have much time but we want to make something! LOL You can grab your copy of Rio here : https://sosewenglishfabrics.com/products/rio-raglan?_pos=1&_sid=732747f7f&_ss=r

Thank you for being here and if you have anything you would like me to talk about in a future post, send me an email or leave a comment!

Callie~ the cutest cardigan around!

Sonia Estep Designs Callie cardigan has been around for a while, but she just got an update! A longer length and bishop sleeves were added plus it’s also now available in projector format! I have also made the vest version of this adorable waterfall cardigan but today I am just going to talk about this one.

I used red/blue Aspen stripe double brushed poly from So Sew English https://sosewenglishfabrics.com/products/red-blue-aspen-stripe-floral-double-brushed-poly-spandex-by-the-yard?_pos=3&_sid=5167c4590&_ss=r. I tried the long length and because I love bishop sleeves, I had to have those!!! Can we please just take a moment to appreciate the sleeves!

I wasn’t sure if I would like the longer length…but I do and will be making so many more in that length!!! It always amazes me that something this beautiful can also be a really quick sew! I made this in just a little over an hour…it could be even quicker if you don’t hem it, but I love the clean look of a hem! And because you can’t just have a new cardigan, I also made a new Maggie tank in this beautiful royal blue poly cotton jersey! Dreamy, right?!!! Maggie is also from Sonia Estep Designs and is free with a code in the facebook group!!! In less than 2 hours I was able to make both of these…and wore them the same night! I highly recommend all patterns from Sonia Estep Designs because the tutorials are so well written and easy to follow, but also because the fit is always spot on…as long as you take your measurements properly!

Thank you for being here! And if you would like to purchase any patterns from Sonia Estep Designs using my affiliate link I would appreciate the support so very much! http://sonia-estep-designs.myshopify.com?aff=8 My link doesn’t cost you anything extra, but it does give me a small bonus.

How to make a key fob!

This tutorial is the way I like to make key fobs! It is most definitely not the only way, but people seem to like them so I just keep making them! Please feel free to share this tutorial with your friends…I really appreciate the visitors here!

These are such a quick sew and make the cutest gift…especially when you give it with a car trash bag! If you haven’t made a trash bag yet, check out that blog post! Here are the items you need:

  • 5″ x 10″-12″ fabric (length is personal preference)
  • interfacing the same size as your fabric
  • 1.25″ key fob hardware

Start by ironing your interfacing onto your fabric.

Fold the fabric in half and press to make a crease down the center. Open it back up and fold each side into the center.

Fold the entire thing in half, making sure to line up the edges. Topstitch down the open side first then the closed side.

Now it’s time to attach the hardware! Start by trimming each end, remove any interfacing peeking out and straighten it up.

Fold it in half~I like to use a clip to hold it while I work!

I have these pliers that work perfectly for key fob hardwarehttps://ilikebigbuttons.com/collections/key-fob-hardware-tool/products/key-fob-hardware-pliers. However, you can use regular pliers too…just use a thin cloth so you don’t leave any grooves in the metal when you clamp! Give it a gentle clamp first, that way you can make sure it’s straight, then clamp it all the way down. Your key fob is done!!! Wasn’t that an easy project?!?!

Now let’s talk about the adorable fabric I used! This was a preorder fabric that I was asked to sew up for promotion and it is from LMB Fabric and Notions https://lmblilymboutique.bigcartel.com/products. The good news about this is that the preorder has started rolling in…which means that retail will be available soon!!! You can join the Facebook group to find out when products will be available! https://www.facebook.com/groups/158658384765426/

~Happy Sewing~