Tuesday, August 16, 2016

August Tutorial Tuesday - Reusable Snack Bags

 Hey it's Jona from Stitches and Spills here to share a quick and easy back to school tutorial! Our family is striving to create less waste and invest in more reusable products around our home. Last year I made a few reusable snack bags, and they have been a complete hit in our home! Today I will be showing two different methods for making snack bags (one using a serger and one using a sewing machine).

 A few notes before we begin:

You will need NON-directional fabrics. Otherwise one side of your reusable bag will be upside down.
• I recommend pre washing your fabric as these will be washed over and over. Also press well before sewing.• These are NOT water tight! They are made with two layers of cotton, so are perfect for snacks such as crackers, pretzels, or even a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. For a better water seal, food safe PUL can be used for the lining. This won't make it 100% water tight, but helps prevent moisture from soaking through.• The fabric is not tested to be food safe. If this is a concern, find a lining fabric that you feel is safe.

Now, let's get sewing! 

2 coordinating cotton fabrics. (Two fat quarters will make two snack bags and one sandwich bag)  
Note: Art Gallery solids or Riley Blake solids are a great choice for adding embroidery or applique. I also love the Dr. Seuss fabrics for back to school.
Notions such as buttons, ric-rac, and/or embroidery floss
I used Jumbo Ric-Rac for mine!
Serger or sewing machine

Snack bag: cut TWO 10" by 8" rectangles. One from the main print and one from the lining.Sandwich bag: cut TWO 15" by 8" rectangles. One from the main print and one from the lining.

Note: If using fat quarters, cut using this diagram to make the most of the fat quarter.

At this point, figure out if  there are any embellishments you would like to add. Feel free to scroll down to the bottom of this post to see how to add hand embroidery to your reusable bag (this is added BEFORE the bag is sewn together).

Serger Method: (scroll down for the sewing machine method)

With WRONG sides together, serge the 8" sides of the bag together.

• With the main print down and the lining facing up, fold the bottom seam up towards the top, stopping TWO inches below the top seam.

• Fold the top seam down and pin in place if desired.

• Serge each side. Be sure to finish the beginning and ending tails using your preferred method.

And you are done! Wasn't that easy?!

Sewing Machine Method:

• With RIGHT sides together, sew a 1/4" seam all the way around, but leave an opening on one of the long sides (10" or 15" side depending on which bag you are making) to turn the fabric.

• When doing the sewing machine version, ric -rac can be added to the flap of the bag by putting it along the top seam PRIOR to sewing.

• Clip the corners and turn right side out through the opening along the side. Press well.

• With the main print down and the lining facing up, fold the bottom seam up towards the top, stopping TWO inches below the top seam.      

• Fold the top seam down and pin in place if desired.

Stitch along one side with a seam less than 1/4" to ensure the opening along the side gets closed. Backstitch at the beginning and end. Repeat with other side.

Wasn't that quick?!?!

Adding Hand Embroidery:
Personalize the snack bag with a cute hand embroidery design! The sandwich bag size is simply perfect for adding a cute design, or some kid art!

• Figure out where the top fold and bottom fold will be on the main bag fabric. To do this, fold the bottom of the bag up to 2.25"-2.5" from the top of the bag. Mark the top and bottom folds (finger creasing works perfectly).

• Add fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric to strengthen the design, if desired.

• Transfer the design (here I used a picture drawn by my five year old). I used a Frixion pen, but any water soluble pen/pencil will do. To transfer, I simply held the paper and the fabric up to our sliding glass window and traced the design.

Place design in the hoop and start stitching. New to hand embroidery? Browse our Pinterest Board for some ideas and tutorials! Also, Google searches, Pinterest, and YouTube are fantastic resources.

Iron out any wrinkles, remove drawings, and continue creating the snack/sandwich bag as shown above.
Happy Creating!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Catch This Dreamy Deal!

We have teamed up with Dream Catcher Designs to offer a great deal!! Dream Catcher offers adorable machine embroidery and applique designs. When you spend $15 on their website Whimsical Fabric will send you a coupon code for $15 off a $50 purchase on our site! Talk about a dreamy deal!! 

Happy Creating!
Danielle Storm

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Hurry! Only Hours Left for our Great Big Independence Day Sale!

Our Great Big Independence Day Sale ends soon! Save 25% off everything on our website through 11:59pm MT tonight only. Hurry and shop now before you miss out on these amazing deals!

Happy Creating!
Danielle Storm

Monday, July 4, 2016

Our Great Big Independence Day Sale Is Still Going On!

Our Great Big Independence Day Sale continues! You still have time to grab everything on our site at 25% off. Hurry though as our sale prices are only through Tuesday, July 5th. 

Happy July 4th!
Danielle Storm

Friday, July 1, 2016

Great Big Independence Day Sale Starts Now!

Help us celebrate Independence Day while enjoying 25% off the entire site. Sale prices run now through Tuesday, July 5th. But don't wait too long to shop or the items you really want might be gone.

 Happy July 4th!
Danielle Storm

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Last Call - 25% Off All Digital Patterns!

Save 25% Off All Digital Downloads. This included PDF patterns, Free Motion Applique patterns, and Machine Embroidery/Applique designs. Sale price is good through 11:59pm MT tonight.

Happy Creating!
Danielle Storm

Modkid Kyoko & Kyoko Misses Pattern Reviews

Hello Whimsical lovelies!

Alyssa here, with some only slightly awkward pics and a pattern review of the Modkid Kyoko and Modkid Kyoko Misses.  And for a bit of extra fun, I made both out of some adorable Riley Blake Knit Anchors.

Let's start with the Modkid Kyoko Misses pattern and the details:
• Sizes XS - XXL
Shirt, Tunic or Dress Lengths
Long, 3/4 or Short Sleeves
• Various neckband finishing options
Optional Obi
Knit or Woven

I chose: a knit short sleeved shirt with a neckband.  When making the knit version, you may want to go down a size, because you'll have the stretch from the knit, that you wouldn't have with woven fabrics.  My bust is actually outside range of the XXL (44"), so I went with the XXL and I really like the fit.  It's not too tight where I feel uncomfortable, nor is it so baggy that I feel like I'm wearing a sack, which often happens with clothes at my size!

For my shirt I used the Riley Blake Multi Anchors.  I found the fabric chart to be spot on for the size I made.  I ordered a little extra to account for shrinking, easily had enough fabric to make my shirt, without having a bunch of extra left over.  I did manage to eek out a strip for a head band for myself using the Whimsical Wraps Tutorial, though!

The pattern has elastic measurements in it, and instructions to customize the elastic to fit you exactly as well.  I used the pattern measurements and found them to work well on me.  I REALLY love the length of the shirt.  The shirt has a nice a-line shape to it, that makes my hips look smaller and the length covers problem areas well (I think, at least?).

The pattern includes all pieces needed for bodice, sleeves, skirt, neckband, and obi.  Since it is a paper pattern, the pattern pieces come nicely folded up with the pretty instruction booklet.

From cutting pattern pieces to trying on, this shirt took me about 2 hours to make (including breaks to make sandwiches for Connor, dance to our favorite songs, and solve random three-year-old-earth-shattering-emergencies), which I think is fantastic.

Now, let's move on to little miss in her Kyoko.  Unlike the Misses version, the girl's Kyoko isn't written for knits, so I made a few minor changes as I went to make it work better for knits.  
First, let's start with the details:
• Sizes 2T - 7
Dress or Shirt Length
Short or Long Sleeves
Lined or unlined bodice
Optional Obi

Since I made mine out of knit, I went with the lined bodice, because that was the easiest to modify for knits.  For my bodice I used Riley Blake Anchors in Navy Blue.  Follow the instructions up to step 3, and then take your bodice main and bodice lining and lay them right sides together and sew the neckline.

 Then turn right side out and press well.

Now continue following the instructions for figure 9 of step 5 to do the crossover of the bodice.  You can do the sleeves as written, but since you have a lined bodice, you can do the sides lined as well, which is what I did, by sewing the side lining seams, and then the side main seams, making them enclosed.

This means you will have to sew your sleeves in the round, so take your sleeves and sew the side seam of the sleeve.  And then hem your sleeve 1/2" at the bottom.

Now take your sleeve and turn it right side out and put it inside your inside-out bodice (so right sides are facing) and sew the sleeve into the bodice.  Note that the sleeves have a FRONT and and a BACK, so make sure you get them in the correct side.  Then just sew the sleeve into the armhole.

From here on out, the instructions are pretty much the same, except I just hemmed the bottom of the skirt up 1/2" instead of using bias binding.  For my skirt I used Riley Blake Anchors in Red and Red Half Inch Stripe alternating for the six paneled stripwork skirt.

I did consider leaving the Obi off of Inara's dress, but the dress is meant to be loose fitting, so if you don't want to do an Obi, then you'll want to consider sizing down  TWO sizes from your child's standard size when doing knits, but remember to account for height OR doing an elastic strip like on the women's version to pull in the waistline of the dress.  Inara is a standard size 8, and I sized down to a 7 for the knit change for this dress.  This gives her a roomy dress, without it being too baggy on her, but without the sash it is definitely baggy (as it is intended to be).

The Obi is really fast to sew and I think the ribbon detail gives you a chance to add a cute pop of color as well.  The pattern calls for 7/8" ribbon, but I used 3 pieces of 3/16" ribbon on each side to give it a little bit of flair.

If you couldn't tell, little miss is totally thrilled with her dress.  She refused to take it off even after pictures! From start to finish this dress took about 2 1/2 hours to make.  There are pattern pieces for the bodice, sleeves and obi.  The pattern includes a chart with measurements for the strip-work skirt pieces.  Oddly though, the kids version pieces were like paper, and the misses were more like tissue paper, not a complaint, just something to note.

The instructions for both the Misses and Kids versions were clearly written and easy to follow.  The instruction booklets that came with both patterns were very clear and in depth.  I've already planned out my next Kyoko and I know Inara wants another one too, so these are definitely a hit in this house.  I'm really impressed at how easily the girl's version was adapted to knits and how lovely the fit is with the lined bodice and a knit obi.  

What Whimsical Fabric do you think we should make our next Mommy and Me matching set out of???

Pick up the Modkid Kyoko Patterns at 30% off. Hurry though because this sale is today only!

Happy creating!
Alyssa Carrion


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!!

Happy Fourth of July!

by Heather of All Things Katy!

Thanks for the great tutorial Heather and happy creating everyone!
Danielle Storm