Tuesday, June 28, 2016

June Tutorial Tuesday - Patriotic Flag T-shirt Tutorial


Hello! I'm Heather and I call my little part of the blogosphere, All Things Katy! Today, I'm here on the Whimsical Fabric Blog to show you a quick, simple Fourth of July flag T-shirt using a Whimsical Fabric Single Ruffled Short Sleeved Tee and some fun ruffled ric-rac.
Lil' Miss Fourth of July!

Okay, let's jump right in!

First, let's gather some supplies. For my size 6x, I used the following:

• 1 size 6x Whimsical Fabric Single Ruffled Short Sleeved Tee, color white.
• 9" of Ink Blue Ruffled Ric-Rac (cut into 3" segments).

• 40" of Red Ruffled Ric-Rac (cut into four 7" segments and three 4" segments).

• Thread to match
• Sewing Machine
• Walking Foot (optional)

Step 1
The first thing I did was divide my t-shirt blank into quarters. I ironed a crisp crease through the vertical and horizontal of the t-shirt . I did this so that I could easily find the center of the shirt.

Step 2
Next, using the center cross-hair mark as my starting point, I measured in 1" increments down, three times and three times up (from the cross-hair). You should now have a total of 7 lines. Be sure to make your marks in something that can be erased and/or the ink disappears. Personally, I like to use the Pilot FriXion pens.

Step 3
Before attaching the ric-rac to the shirt, I made sure to heat-seal the cut ends. I did this by quickly "kissing" the cut edges of ric-rac to a lighter. This will help the ric-rac to not fray after wear (and washing).

Step 4
I used the guide-lines that I drew in step 2 to help me attach the ric-rac to the shirt in nice, straight, even lines. I used my walking foot attachment, a ball-point needle and a longer stitch length (3.5 on my Brother sewing machine). I started with the red ric-rac and then moved onto blue (less thread changing ;-).

Step 5
Iron out the shirt and make sure that no markings from step 2 are visible. Go grab your cute model and *voila!* your little cutie is ready to celebrate the 4th in style!!
Ta-Da!

Happy Fourth of July!

by Heather of All Things Katy!

Thanks for the great tutorial Heather and happy creating everyone!
Danielle Storm
 
www.whimsicalfabric.com


Monday, June 6, 2016

June Quilt Along Challenge


Hello, Sharon here! This month's BOM is the Broken Nine Patch.  
Remember January's blockThis is the very same but with a few more added steps. I made my daughter a quilt out of this pattern a few years ago and I still dearly love this block. With just the block being re-arranged and using multiple prints it gives the block a whole new look. 

In case you missed the announcement in January, I will give you a little recap. On the first Monday of each month, I will teach one quilt block pattern. You have until the last Monday of the month to sew your quilt block(s) and enter them into the album in our Facebook group, Whimsical Fabric & Meand/or blog about your quilt blocks and link up your blog post in our link party (see below). 
  
Prizes 
Each block that you sew and enter into the Facebook Album  will count as one entry into our monthly drawing. If you make two blocks, that is two entries. Make four blocks, that is four entries, and so on and so on. There will be a prize drawing each month.

In addition to the prize giveaway on the Facebook group, we also have a monthly Link Up Party. Blog about your entry and link up your post and you will automatically be entered to win a second prize.

Note: You CAN enter both giveaways to increase your chances of winning!

This month's prize is a Riley Blake Medium Tone Dots Charm pack.

Supply List:
cutting mat
rotary cutter
quilter's ruler
scrap fabric pieces

Let's get started!!
1. First we will need to cut out nine 2 ¼" squares. Mine are placed out in the order they will be sewn. I used four light colored, four dark colored and one bright block to make my block. (Refer to photo below with block color placement.)

2. Sew your squares together in three rows of three strips. Press the top and bottom rows with the seam towards the outside of the rows and press the middle row seam towards the center. Pictured below is the front side. The photo under that is of the back side seams.

3. We will now sew our three rows together to make our first block. (The block will not stay this way for long!) As we sew our rows together the seam pressed in the opposite direction will "lock" together to make for lovely squared points. Press you seams towards the outside. Square up your block by trimming up your edges with the your cutting mat, ruler, and rotary cutter.

4. This next step we will take our cutting mat, rotary cutter, and ruler and cut our block twice right down the center as shown below to make four new squares. (It's how this block gets it's name, Broken Nine Patch!)

5. Now, re-arrange your blocks with the dark colored strips into a pinwheel shape as pictured below. (It is easier to show than tell you how to lay them out.)

6. Sew the two top squares together and the two bottom square together. Be sure to press the seams in the opposite direction.

 7.  Sew your two rows together at the center to make your finished block. Once again, take your cutting mat, ruler, and rotary cutter and square up your block by timing the edges even.

Repeat and make as many blocks as you would like!


Facebook Group
After you have sewn all your blocks together for this month please go over to our Facebook group and share each of your blocks in our June Quilt Along Album for a chance to be entered into our monthly drawing! You have until Monday, June 27th at 12:00 pm (noon) CT to enter your blocks. 


Link Up Block Party
In addition, if you blog, write up a short blog post about your quilt-along block(s) and link up your post in our Link Up Party.  The button is located below. In addition, 
1. Grab the June graphic, share it in your blog post, and link it back to this post here to let all of your followers know you are partying with us.
2. Share about your blog post on all your favorite social media outlets.
Note: We will be sure to visit and comment on your blog. We love interacting with our followers!

Remember, there is no required amount that you need to make.  Make as many or as few as you would like.

Happy Sewing!! 
Sharon 

Monday, May 30, 2016

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Happy Creating,
Danielle Storm
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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Happy Creating,
Danielle Storm
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Oliver+S Swingset Set and Arrow Flight Fabric Review

Today's review is the 
Oliver + S Swingset Tunic and Skirt
provided by Stephanie Wilson of Mohawks and Pearls


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The Oliver + S Swingset Tunic and Skirt is a must have summer staple!  The pattern can be purchased as a set in size 0-24m or 2t -5 on the Whimsical Fabric site here. Or the skirt can be purchased alone here.

For the Swingset Tunic I used Michael Miller's Arrow Flight Offline Blush Metallic and I couldn't be more pleased.  The fabric itself is easy to work with, extremely soft and offers a beautiful metallic shine that is subtle and sweet.  The perfect compliment to this darling top pattern!

The Swingset Tunic offers spaghetti straps and gathers along the curved bodice for both the front and back.  The pattern has perfectly placed guides for 3 buttons on the back bodice for easy on and off.  I have a not so positive relationship with buttonholes and my 30 year old machine so whenever possible I go for snaps  :-)

I chose the size to make based off of measurements and the fit is spot on!  A fitted bodice with enough room for movement and playing comfortably. 

Pairing perfectly is the Swingset Skirt made with Michael Miller's Arrow's Coin Metallic.  Once again, this fabric is a dream to work with and absolutely beautiful.  The skirt is fully lined which adds to it's fullness much to the delight of my little miss.  The waist has two elastic casings along with a drawstring that ties on the side.  I chose to forgo the drawstring for this one but have plans with fun coordinating fabrics for future ones!

Overall the Swingset Tunic and Skirt is everything you would expect from an Oliver + S pattern.  The digital PDF pages printed and lined up perfectly.  The well thought out and concise instructions make construction painless. 

The end result is a well made garment that is not only sweet to look at but is perfect for running and jumping and playing!
(Or doing the chicken dance!)

You can find both the pattern and fabric in the shop with the links below.

Happy Sewing, 
Stephanie Wilson


Monday, May 16, 2016

Oops! - Customer Appreciation Sale Extended!

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We are so sorry. We made a mistake with the ending time of our Customer Appreciation Sale. The sale has now been extended through Tuesday to give you some extra time to shop. Everything is 25% again and will remain until 11:59 MT Tuesday, 5/17. Enjoy and save big! 

Happy Creating,
Danielle Storm
www.whimsicalfabric.com

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Only 24 Hours Left for our Customer Appreciation Sale

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Make sure to shop our Customer Appreciation Sale if you haven't already. Everything is 25% off until midnight MT tonight. Hurry and save big! 

Happy Creating,
Danielle Storm
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Sew Along #14 - Frannie Dress - Lesson #4

The Frannie Dress by Children's Corner

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Please read the directions in your Frannie Dress pattern all the way through before you begin.  It's probably a good idea to read through this lesson once before you begin also.

Day 4 - Adding the Back Closure Button, Creating a Button Loop, and Closing Up the Lining.

1. If you have already added your button and an elastic loop to your dress go ahead and scroll all the way down to step 3 as you only have to close up the lining today and then you are finished.

Sew a button onto the top of the back dress opening.  I sewed mine here on the left side, but convention is to sew it on the right side.  You can add more buttons to the back opening if you like.  Kits came with just one button, but the choice is totally up to you.

2. We are now going to sew a button loop for your back closure.  I'm first going to show you how I originally learned to sew these.  Then, I'm going to share a series of videos that show you what I feel is an easier way to make the button loop.  Do not fret if your button loop isn't perfect.  You will get better at this the more often you make them.  Let's jump in.
Note: It will probably be helpful to click on the pictures to be able to see the steps in more detail.
A. I used 4 LONG strands of sewing thread for my button loop.  Thread these on your needle and tie a knot in the end so you will be sewing with a total of 8 strands of thickness.  You can probably get by with as few as 2 strands (4 when doubled), but I like my loops strong.  If you are using embroidery floss you may get by with even less.

B. Go up through the hole in your lining and out the edge of your seam opposite your button.  You want to come out near the top of where your button is on the the other side.  Secure the knot on the inside between the dress and the lining. 

C. Measure about how long you want your button loop to be by wrapping it around your button.

D. Then, go back into the dress and out the original hole with your needle.

E. Pull your threads until the loop is the size you just measured and determined you desired.  You can try it on the button to make sure.

F. When you have the loop the size you want and all the threads are lined up together, wrap the loose thread around your index finger like shown below.

G. Now, poke the needle through your button loop from back to front.

H. Next, slide your needle under the thread on your finger.

I. Pull the thread. 

J. Keep pulling and slide the knot down to the base of your loop until it is tight.

K. It should look like this.

L. Repeat steps F thru J until you have covered the whole loop with your stitches. 

M. When you have your loop finished, push the needle back in between the dress and the lining and knot your threads.

Below are three videos that also explain how to accomplish the same task of creating a button loop, but in a little different way.  This is how I prefer to make them now as it is really quick.  The only suggestion I would make is to keep the thread tails after your knot longer.  They will be hidden inside the dress and the knot is more secure if they are longer.



3. The very last step for your dress is to close up your opening in the lining.  I like to use a ladder stitch as I feel it is strong enough and hides the hole well.  You can use whatever method you prefer.

That's it!  You just made a Children's Corner Frannie!  Wasn't that awesome!  Thank you so much for joining me.  It's been a total pleasure to teach one of my all time favorite patterns.


Our youngest, Miss Sydney, in her very first Frannie I made for her first birthday.

Miss Sydney in a Frannie at age 5.  Oh how fast they grow!
 

Miss Sydney today in a Frannie.

* If you would like to enter the prize drawing, please make sure you submit a picture of your completed lesson four to the Facebook Album by 12:00 noon CT, Thursday, May 12th. Also, if you have any questions the Facebook Group is a great place to ask.


Thanks for sewing with me,
Danielle Storm
www.whimsicalfabric.com