Friday, July 31, 2015

Last Day to Save 15% Off New Art Gallery Fabrics

Today is the very last day of our 15% off all NEW Art Gallery Fabrics.

 Hurry and order now because the sale ends promptly at 11:59 MST tonight!

Happy Creating!
Danielle Storm 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July Tutorial Tuesday - Watermelon Drawstring Backpack and Skirt

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Hi, I am Melissa from Rebel & Malice and I am so excited to bring you 2 tutorials for Whimsical Fabric today. You can find me sewing for my 5 kids, well mostly for 4 of them, and myself. We have a quirky family with eccentric taste, but we found something everyone likes: WATERMELON

I was inspired by fruit for summer, and we love fruit. I love pineapple and watermelon in the summer. Pineapple has taken over, so I thought that watermelon needed a little love in the summer DIY department.

The first tutorial is a Watermelon Drawstring Backpack and this was inspired by my teenage son because he loves fruit inspired things and those drawstring backpacks.

Materials: This will be enough for both tutorials
1 yard of watermelon gingham 
1 fat quarter of bright lime gingham 
1 fat quarter of kelly green gingham
2 yards of lime jumbo ric-rac
3/4 inch elastic
scissors and/or rotary cutter
sewing machine
coordinating thread
glue gun (optional)

Prep your seeds for the backpack and skirt by cutting the black jumbo ric-rac into seed shape pieces. I got this shape by cutting diagonal.

Cut out your pattern pieces for the backpack. You should have 2 of each. 

I somehow missed a photo of this step, but get your 2 strap pieces and sew together on one of the short ends so that it is one continuous piece. Then you will iron it in half and prepare like bias tape. Iron in half so that all raw edges are enclosed. Sew all the way down the length of the strap along the edge. 

Get your main piece and middle piece and place on top of each other (wrong sides together). Sew along edge using a 1/4 seam allowance. If you are not doing french seams, use a 1/2 in seam allowance. 

I will be showing you how to do this with french seams, but you are welcome to serge or zig zag if you prefer that method.

Trim the seam allowance and the fold the opposite way (right sides together.)

Sew across width using same SA. 

Place the kelly green piece on the lime green wrong sides together and sew across. Trim the SA. Fold back putting right sides together. Seam across width of fabric.
The wrong side of your fabric should look like this with the french seams.

Press the french seams down toward the hem.

Flip fabric over to right side and sew each french seam down using a 1/4 in SA.

Get your 3x3 squares and fold in half diagonally. Sew across 1 1/2 inches up from point of triangle.
Trim SA and flip right side out. Repeat to other square.

Press loops. Place along bottom corner of back piece.

There should be about a 1 1/2 in space from corner.

Sew along edge where raw edges of loops are.

Get those "seeds" that you made with the black ric rac. You can attach them two different ways. You can hot glue them on or you can sew around with a zig zag stitch onto the fabric. Scatter the seeds in a way that looks pleasing to you. Remember watermelon seeds are not perfect, so you can have fun with it. 

TIP: If you plan on sewing them on, use a clear glue stick to put seeds in place to sew on. This helps keep them in place and no use of pins.

Once all your seeds are on, you are ready to put the backpack together. Measure 3 inches down from the top of pieces and cut a 1/2 inch slit on both sides. This is the mark telling you where to stop sewing the sides.

Place front and back piece wrong sides together. Using a 1/4 inch SA (or 1/2 if serging or stitching and zig zag) sew all the way down the sides, across the bottom, and up the other side. Start and stop at the slits you cut. 

Trim the seam allowance all around the back where you have sewn only. Snip the corners so that you have a sharp corner. Flip the bag right sides together. and use a tool or pencil to make sure the corners are straight.

Using the slit as a guide, start there and sew again down the side, across the bottom and up the other side using a 1/4 in SA. 

You should now have a 3 inch piece sticking out approximately 1/2 an inch.

You will fold that 1/4 inch and press. Then fold 1/4 inch and press again. Seam down that piece on each side (this should be 4 times) This will close the sides so that there is no raw fabric when making your casing for the strap/drawstring.

Fold the top over 1/2 inch towards the wrong side and press. Then fold over 1 inch and press again. The casing should overlap a tiny bit so that you catch the side seam.. Seam across the casing using the same 1/4 inch SA. The sides of the casings should be open, but also attached to the sides underneath the casing.

Flip your bag right side out. The back of the backpack will be the side with the loops.

Now is time to get your drawstring/straps through. Attach a safety pin to one end. 
1. Pull through back casing
2. Pull through left loop
3. Pull through front casing 
4. Take off safety pin. Attach to side coming out of back casing. 
5. Pull through right loop
6. Attach straps together. You can seam together and cut trim, zig zag together, or place one end inside the other open end and seam closed. 

You have a draw string backpack perfect for summer!

This pattern was made for a size 7 girl, so you will need to adjust the length to your desired finished length. The skirt is around 58 inches wide and 16 inches long. You need to get your pattern pieces ready, as well as green ric-rac and elastic for the waist. Your extra "Seeds" will be used on the skirt. I attached the seeds prior to these steps so you may find it is easier to attach them first, or after you get the pieces sewn together.

Place your top and middle fabrics wrong sides together. Place the green ric rac on top of main so that the middle portion of the ric rac is even with the edge of the fabric. Seam across width of fabric using 1/4 in SA.

Trim the SA and extra ric-rac. Fold right sides together and press really well. The ric-rac makes the seam thicker so it needs to be pressed well. Seam across with same SA.

Press french seam down so that the ric rac is up towards the main fabric. Seam across right side of lime fabric. Attach the kelly green to lime using the same instructions as the backpack.

Place both skirt pieces wrong sides together. make sure that sides are matching up evenly. Seam across both sides. Trim the edges and flip fabric right sides together. Seam sides again. Press toward side. 

Fold hem up towards wrong side 1/2 in. Press. Fold hem over 1/2 in again and press, Sew hem.

For elastic: Fold over 1/2 in. Press. Fold over 1 inch. Press. Seam casing leaving a 2 inch opening to pull elastic through. Attach elastic to safety pin and pull through. This is a width of fabric skirt, so you may need to help ease the elastic through. Overlap the elastic one inch and sew closed. Sew casing closed.

 Press all your seams and hems one last time. Now you have a matching watermelon skirt.
Thanks for having me do this tutorial Whimsical Fabric. This was fun to think about summer and make something that both boys and girls can get use out of.

You can find me on my blog or any of these social media sites below.

The Challenge: 
1. Make a Watermelon Drawstring Backpack and Skirt

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

** Complete #1 and #2 by Sunday, August 23rd, and you'll be entered to win a $10 gift certificate to our shop!  Winner
will be drawn on Monday, August 24th, 2015.

And a Coupon Code:
We've made it super easy for you to make this watermelon drawstring backpack and skirt by offering a Watermelon Project Kit on our site.  The kit contains everything you need (except the thread) to make both projects.  Use the coupon code TutorialTuesday now through Monday, August 17th to save 20% on the purchase of the Watermelon Project Kit.

Happy Creating!
Danielle Storm 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Order Your Tallulah Kit Today!

Order your Tallulah sew-along fabric kit today. 

Make sure to order your fabric kit before 5:00pm CST so it ships out today. All kits shipped today should arrive to most locations by Monday. 

This is going to be a great sew-along with Izzy & Ivy Designs and you will have a chance to win some awesome prizes. 

Use the code SewAlongSavings to save 15% off the kits, the Sweet Polly pattern, and all knits on our site. The sew-along starts on Monday and all the information to join is located on the kit listings on our site.

Happy Creating!
Danielle Storm

Monday, July 6, 2015

Don't Miss Out!

Today is the LAST DAY of our 
The entire website is marked 15% off though 11:59 MST tonight. 
If you have a coupon code (new customer, repeat customer, Tutorial Tuesday, etc) you may stack it on top of the sale prices for added savings. Hurry though because it's all over when the clock strikes midnight!

Happy Creating!
Danielle Storm

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% 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