Tuesday, June 23, 2015

June Tutorial Tuesday - Red, White, & Blue Shorties and Tunic

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Hi everyone! I'm excited to be here doing this blog post for Whimsical Fabric. Let me introduce myself: I'm Linda Rose and I blog at Sew Happily Ever After. I have been sewing for about 8 years and love to sew pretty things for my four kids. 

For this tutorial, I have taken the Oliver + S pattern, the Playtime Dress, Tunic, and Leggings, and turned it into a fun summer outfit. This was my first experience with an Oliver + S pattern, and I was super impressed with how quickly and easily it went together. 

All of the fabrics and notions that I used to make this outfit are available to purchase at Whimsical Fabric. I used Riley Blake polka dot knit in navy for the tunic, solid red knit fabric for contrast on the neckline facings and pocket linings. Red Stitched buttons add the perfect pop of color in the back. The shorties were made using Riley Blake chevron knit also in navy.

All of the instructions and measurements listed for this outfit are for a size 7. You may need to make minor adjustments based on which size you are making for your child. 

I hope you enjoy this tutorial!

Instructions to Make the Shorties: 

• First decide how long you want the inseam of the shorties to be. For my daughter, I wanted the inseam to be 4" long before I added the ruffles, so I measured down from the crotch point on each side 4" and chopped off the bottom part of the leggings. I measured this on the pattern piece and cut it off before cutting it out of fabric.

You now need to cut some fabric for the ruffles. I cut 4 strips of fabric (2 for each leg) for the ruffles. Each one measured 2.5" tall by 28" long (the stretch should go along the 28" length).

• I also cut 2 spacer pieces. These should be as long as the bottom of the shorties that you have cut out, and about 1.5" tall. These spacer pieces allow your ruffles to lay nicely on top of each other in a layered manner.

• It will be much easier to hem your ruffles before gathering them. I used a rolled hem, but you can also make a narrow hem or even leave them un-hemmed. Since we are using knit fabric, it will not fray.

• Take one of the ruffle strips and gather it to match the width of one of the spacer strips. Stitch the gathered piece to the spacer strip right sides together and press the seam allowance towards the spacer strip.

• Now gather a second ruffle strip to match the width of the bottom of your shorties. Pin it in place for now, right sides together.
• Take the first piece that you sewed together (the spacer strip + the ruffle piece attached to it) and lay it on top of the ruffle that you just pinned in place. The wrong side of the first ruffle will be facing the right side of the spacer and ruffle piece that you have previously sewn together. 

• Stitch all of the pieces together. You will be sewing through all 3 layers: the shorties, the first ruffle, and the second ruffle/spacer piece. 
Press the seam allowance toward the shorties. 

• You will need to repeat the above steps to make the second leg of the shorties.

• Follow the instructions in the pattern to finish sewing the leggings/shorties.

Instructions for Adjusting the Tunic:
 • Since it's summer, I wanted a short sleeve tunic. I measured my daughter from her shoulder down to the point on her arm that I wanted the sleeve to end. I added 1.5" to this measurement to allow for the seam allowance and hem. So for her size I cut 7.75" off the bottom of the sleeve.

• I also wanted the tunic length to be a bit shorter, so I cut 4.5" off the bottom of the tunic.

• Then I followed the instructions in the pattern to make the rest of the tunic.

• I used solid red knit fabric for the pocket linings and the neckline facings to add some contrast.

A perfect combo for a July 4th outfit!  
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The Challenge: 
1. Make a pair of ruffled shorties and tunic top from the Oliver+S Playtime Pattern.

2. Post a pic of your outfit in the Whimsical Fabric & Me Facebook group with the hashtags #oliverands , #whimsicalfabricdotcom , #playtimetutorialtuesday .  Please consider posting it to other Facebook sewing groups, and Instagram too, if you have an account. :)

** Complete #1 and #2 by Sunday, July 26th, and you'll be entered to win a $10 gift certificate to our shop!  Winner
will be drawn on Monday, July 27th, 2015.

And a Coupon Code:
Save and additional 20% 10% off (all items are already 15% off on the site for our Independence Day Celebration Sale) the regular price of the Oliver+S Playtime Pattern, all Knit Fabric, and all Riley Blake Buttons on our site with the coupon code TutorialTuesday now through Monday, July 20th.

Happy Creating!
Danielle Storm 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Mystery Bundles, PDF Sale, New Patterns & A Sew-Along - Check This Out!

Mystery Fat Quarter Bundles
• 100pc Bundle (Get 20 extra FREE, 120 total!) - $163.50 shipping included
• 40pc Bundle (Get 8 extra FREE, that's 48 total!) - $87.00 shipping included
• 20pc Bundle (Get 3 extra FREE, that's 23 total!) - $52.00 shipping included
• 8pc Bundle (Get 1 extra FREE, that's 9 total!) - $25.50 shipping included
If you would like to order a bundle please join our Facebook Group, Whimsical Fabric & Me.  If you are not a Facebook user and would still like to order a bundle, just message me though the website and include your PayPal email address so I may invoice you.  The bundle sale ends tonight at 11:59pm MST.

 20% Off All PDF Patterns
All of our PDF patterns on sale through the end of the day today.  

New Petitboo Patterns
We have some brand new baby shoe PDF patterns from Petitboo.  
So cute!  Grab them while they are on sale.

New Modkid Paper Patterns
And a few new Modkid paper patterns are on the site. 
Those are also 20% off through tonight at 11:59pm MST.

Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along
And finally, we wanted to send one last reminder about our Modkid Sun & Surf Sew-Along that is starting Wednesday of this week.  
We have lots of kits available still and the coupon code SewAlongSavings will save you 15% on your purchase of the pattern and kits.
Hope you will join us.  Lots and lots of awesome prizes to win and you'll end up with an adorable tote when you are all done.

Happy Creating!
Danielle Storm 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Don't Miss Out On This Great Sale!

Our Art Gallery Fabric sale ends tonight.
Save 20% off beautiful quilting cottons, super soft knits, and gorgeous voile fabrics.  

Hurry and take advantage of this great deal.
 Sale ends at 11:59pm MST tonight, Monday, 6/15. 
Shop here. 

Happy Creating!
Danielle Storm 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

20% Off Art Gallery Fabrics + 15% Off the Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along Kits

All Art Gallery Fabrics are on sale for 20% off. 
 Stock up of their silky quilting cottons, super soft knits, and gorgeous voile fabrics. 
Hurry though because the sale ends at 11:59pm MST Monday. 
Shop here. 

Join us for our next Sew-Along as we stitch up the Modkid Sun & Surf Tote.

  We have lots of kits to pick from and lots of prizes we will be giving away.

Use the coupon code SewAlongSavings to save 15% off your kit.

We even have laminate offerings which will make a wonderful wet bag for those wet swimsuits and towels you lug home from the pool.
 The sew-along runs June 24th - 26th.  Join the Facebook Event now and purchase your kit today.

Happy Creating!
Danielle Storm 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Last Day to Save 20% Off All Knit Fabrics

All Knits are 20% Off!
Sale ends at 11:59pm MST Tonight.

Happy Creating!
Danielle Storm 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

20% Off All Knit Fabric and A Preorder

All Knits are 20% off for the next 48 hours!
Sale ends at 11:59pm MST, Monday, 6/8.

Join our Preorder Group on Facebook and save big on these two great Riley Blake fabric lines.
Hurry though because the preorder closes tonight, Sunday, 6/7, at 11:59pm MST.

Happy Creating!
Danielle Storm 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

May Tutorial Tuesday (Oops, it's Thursday) - Color Me Placemats

I know it is now June, but this one was planned for our May Tutorial Tuesday, so we are calling it May.  ;) This just means you will get two Tutorial Tuesday posts in June!  How awesome is that?
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Color Me Placemats
These fun placemats are sure to give your little ones hours and hours of coloring fun. Use washable markers and when they are done eating, just throw the placemat in the wash and it will be ready to recolor again and again. Use different colored piping for each child so everyone knows whose placemat is whose. These are great to roll up and keep in a travel or diaper bag.  And because they are double sided they have twice as much coloring fun!

• 2 Color Me Coloring Book Fabric Fat Quarters (We used 1 Princess Paisley and 1 To The Moon and Back for coloring variety.)
• 1 Fat Quarter for Piping (We used Riley Blake Solid in Rouge)
• 3 yards of Petite Cording
• 19"x13" (or larger) Piece of Extra Firm Sew In Stabilizer (We used Pellon 926. This gives a nice surface to color on and keeps the markers from bleeding through.)

Note: For your convenience, we have put together some kits that contain all of these items. Click here to view them on our site. Make sure to check out the coupon code for the kits at the end of this tutorial.
Other Items
• Thread• Temporary Hold Basting Spray (We like 505)
• Rotary Cutter and Mat (You can use shears instead)
• Ruler 
• Pins or Wonder Clips
• Sewing Machine
•  Iron
• Washable Markers (We like Crayola brand)

Cutting the Fabric
1. Press all three fat quarters.

2. We are first going to work with our two Color Me fat quarters. I like to tear my fabric to make sure it is square.  Grab one of your Color Me fabrics and make a small 1" long snip parallel and close to the the selvage edge. 

3. Tear the selvage edge off.  

4. Then, make a second 1" long snip on an adjacent side and tear again. Repeat for the second Color Me fat quarter.Tearing your fabric tends to curl the edges, so give them a little press.

 Note: I'm making 12"x18" placemats.  Standard placemat size is 12x18 or 14x20.  You can make your placemats whatever size you desire though.

5. If making your placemats 12x18" cut or tear your fabric 13"x19".  We want to add an extra inch for seam allowance. Make sure to do this for both Color Me fat quarters.

6. Press your fabrics one more time.

7. Cut your interfacing the same size as your two Color Me fabrics.

8. Grab your piping fabric and fold your fat quarter like the picture below to make bias strips.

9. Cut 1" bias strips. It's easiest to use a ruler and rotary cutter.  If you don't have one, you can use a regular ruler, marking pen, and shears. Cut along the fold.  Cut the first strip tat the half inch mark so when you unfold it the strip will be 1" wide.  Cut the rest at 1".

9.Cut 3 or 4 times.  You will end up with a nice pile of 1" bias strips.

Preparing the Piping
1. Cut the angled ends of your strips off so the ends are squared. Lay your bias strips right side together like this.
2. You are going to stitch across the diagonal.  I like to use my ruler and a fabric marker to draw my stitch line.  You don't have to, but it helps me keep things straight.
3. Stitch down the line.
4. It should look like this when you are done.
5. Trim the excess seam.

6. Press the seam open.
7. Continue to seam your bias until you have a strip about 2 yards long.  You'll need more if you are making a larger placemat.

8. Lightly press your bias strip in half with the seams to the inside.

9. Open up your bias strip and place the cording against the center crease.

10. Using a zipper or piping foot, sew along your bias strip right up next to the cording.  Continue sewing the length of the bias strip keeping the cording snug against the center crease.  Note: Do not begin sewing right on the end, start about an inch from the end.

11. When you are finished you will have a nice long piece of petite piping for your project.

Adding the Piping
1.  Lay your interfacing down.

2. Lightly coat your interfacing with a layer of temporary hold basting spray.

3. Lay your first Color Me fabric on top of the interfacing right side up.  Press firmly to adhere.

4. I added Wonder Clips to make sure it held together.

5.Take it over to your machine and add your piping to the edge.  You want to line up the raw edge of the piping with the raw edge of your placemat.  

6. Don't start sewing right at the end; like before, start about 1" or so from the edge.  Sew the piping to the Color Me fabric and interfacing.  Make sure you are stitching right up next to the cording as you attach your piping.

7. When you get to a corner, clip into the raw edge of the piping a few times so you are able to easily curve your piping around the corner. 

8. Slowly stitch around the corner pivoting your fabric as you go.  Remember to keep stitching as close to the cording as possible.

9. After you have made it all the way around your placemat, stop about 1" away from where you started.

10. Open up your pipping where you first started stitching it down. Snip your cording so it isn't sticking out of the piping at this spot, but is instead about 1" shorter than the bias strip.

11. Fold back the bias strip so you no longer have a raw edge exposed.

12. Line up the end of your piping and snip it off where the other cording starts.

13. Tuck the raw edge of the piping into the folded part.

Mine looks really crooked because it was hard to hold the camera and keep everything from moving.  But hopefully you get the idea.

Assembling the Placemat 
1. Lay out your placemat.
Mine looks curled like this because I pulled my piping too taut.  You don't want to do that.  ;)
2. Lay your second Color Me fabric face down on top of your placemat. 

3. Pin or clip in place.

4. Still using your zipper foot, stitch the layers together stitching right up next to the cording.  You should be able to see the cording through the fabric. You will definitely be able to feel it.  Keep that zipper foot pressed right up to the side of it as you slowly stitch around the placemat.

5. Go slowly around the corners, and leave a 4-6" opening in the bottom for turning. 

6. Clip corners.

7. Trim seams.
8. Turn, fold under fabric at opening, and press.

9. Edge stitch the opening closed.

10. Press the placemat one final time with your iron.  
Note: If you want to add an extra touch, you could try quilting your placemat.  

 Give the placemat and some washable markers to your little one and watch them have a blast.  Even I couldn't help but ask if I could color just a bit. 

The Challenge: 
1. Make a Color Me Placemat.
2. Post a pic of your placemat in the Whimsical Fabric & Me Facebook group with the hashtags #colormefabric and #whimsicalfabricdotcom
Complete #1 and #2 by Sunday, June 21st 28th, and you'll be entered to win a $10 gift certificate to our shop!  Winner will be drawn on Monday, June 22nd 29th, 2015.

And a Coupon Code:
Save 10% off the regular price of the Color Me Placemat Kits with the coupon code TutorialTuesday now through Monday, June 15th.

Happy Creating!
Danielle Storm