Look What I Made!

My son’s favorite “Puppies” are getting worn out, so I figured I’d use the shoes to make a pattern for a new pair.  Here’s what we ended up with:

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Handmade Soft Shoes

Aren’t they adorable?  He “had to” sleep with them last night, so I’m guessing they were a big hit and might…just maybe…help him get over his puppies.  Now I just need to build a tutorial for these – right? OK…coming soon!  =)

April 12, 2012 at 10:49 AM Leave a comment

DIY Kick Pleat Filler

DIY Skirt Slit Filler

Modesty Matter’s DIY on how to fill in a skirt’s kick pleat (slit) that is just too revealing.

The problem:  TOO MUCH LEG!


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The Solution: A quick and easy kick pleat filler that you CAN sew in just a few minutes!

Things you’ll need:  Scissors and a piece of fabric for a “fill in” piece. Piece should be about 12” wide and long enough that you can shorten it 1″ for a hem and 1/2″ to overlap the beginning of slit opening.


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Create a rolled hem along the bottom of the “fill in” piece.


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Zigzag along the raw edges.


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Fold piece as shown, being sure to leave at least a 1/2″ edge along the sides to stitch to the skirt.


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Lay skirt inside out with slit edges together.


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Pin “fill in” piece in such a way that skirt slit lines up with the center of the “fill in” piece.

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Stitch “fill in” piece, using thread that closely matches the skirt, to skirt just inside the zigzag stitching of the “fill in”.


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Done! No more leg.  The “fill in” will hardly be noticed.


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However, it can open widely for sitting or long strides.

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April 2, 2012 at 10:40 AM 28 comments

DIY Skirt Slit Repair

{YAY! We’re back! We’ve missed you.}

DIY Skirt Slit Repair

(This particular remedy works best when you have a straight slit that does not overlap.)

#1:  If you ever wear skirts, you’ve had it happen:  The dreaded skirt slit rip!  Well, today I am going to remedy this once and for all, and you CAN too.  Shame on any rip that gets by THIS fix!!


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#2:  You will need a scrap of fabric to at least coordinate with the skirt you intend to fix.  I am fixing a jean skirt here so I have an old scrap or denim.


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#3:  Before we can patch and prevent future rips we need to mend the current rip as best we can.  The best way is to decrease the side seam just slightly in order to hide the rip in the seam. All this means is that you are going to start a little bit higher than the rip, at the existing seam, and stitch as if you were reinforcing the seam but allowing the seam allowance to become more wide (further into the fabric) as you go until you have passed the rip. (Remember to LOCK the beginning and ending of the seam.)


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#4: Roll the existing slit’s hem a little bit past where it is currently. Do this in a graded
fashion
(more at the bottom and gradually less and less until there is nothing left to change and the adjustment effortlessly runs into the manufactured seam) so that the existing seam will be minimally affected. Press it, pin it, and stitch it in place.

Top stitch (as shown below) to frame the new slit.


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#5:  Prepare the patch.  Since I am using denim I am going to both zigzag and add a line of straight stitch inside of that to prevent fraying.  If you are using material that is not as prone to fray the zigzag is likely sufficient.


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#6:  Pin the patch to the inside of the skirt at the top of the slit as shown.


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#7:  Stitch the patch to the skirt in a reinforced box pattern.


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#8:  Here it is from the outside.


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#9:  Here it is — The very sturdy, finished product!


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March 12, 2012 at 8:55 AM 1 comment

Upcoming Conventions!

Oh my stars!  I have been SOOO busy trying to finish up the new curriculum for this year’s convention season (which usually runs from March through August) that I haven’t been able to post any fun new projects for you to play with.  No worries, though.  I will get back to that soon.  In the meantime, know that Home Economics: You CAN Sew’s Quilting Edition will be available at a special price for pre-release in the end of March.  (Fully available at the end of May 2012)  I am so stinkin’ excited!  You are going to love this one…It has been so much fun to make!

Here is a sneak peek:

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This is an intermediate level sewing course which serves as a great follow-up to the primer, “You CAN Sew.”  In this one-semester course, we will be sharing a broad spectrum of techniques in order to give you a strong foundation of knowledge from which you can choose to more tenaciously develop one method or another through practice.  This book will become your favorite quilting companion book with an extensive glossary and a user-friendly format encouraging you to record your journey.  This not only solidifies the learning, but it allows for time and space to reflect on individual skills learned along the way.  This book will become a scrapbook, portfolio, and future reference guide that you won’t want to lose.  

I mentioned convention season, so I bet you’re wondering which conventions we’ll be attending this year.  So far, here is the line-up:

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We hope to see you there!

Warmly,

Jen & Dee

February 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM 1 comment

DIY Eye Mask

Happy New Year!

DIY Eye Mask

Part of being healthy is getting a good night’s sleep. Sometimes, that can be difficult. Make your own (very simple) eye mask to help eliminate unnecessary light that may be keeping you awake. My daughter LOVES her eye mask & wears it nearly every night without fail. Little girls love to have a fun little mask to go with their nightgowns.  As always we have made this project very easy because we are: Modesty Matters – You CAN Sew!

With just a few materials and about 20 minutes, you can have an awesome tool for a great night’s sleep. These can also be tons of fun for sleep-overs, as party favors, last minute gifts, stocking stuffers, or as ministry donations to a local nursing home or shelter. You could even have a “spa” day with your girls!

These eye masks are made using two layers of fabric (for thinner fabrics, you may want to thicken each layer by making it consist of two pieces, so 1 layer = 2 pieces [see photos below]). You can make both sides from the same material, or from different materials. Complementary color schemes would be fun, but so would different textures. I love for one side to be satin and the other side to be flannel or cotton. Ultimately, it’s up to you!

Before finishing, you could insert some lavender or chamomile leaves to make for a more relaxing sleep experience. It is not necessary, but you might enjoy it. =) Alternately, you could use a layer of fleece between the two outer layers for a more fluffy experience. Try some beans for light pressure, or rice for a warm or cool experience depending on your preference. (Be extra careful if you choose to microwave this as a rice eye mask. ALWAYS test it first.)

For this project, you will need:

  • A fat quarter (or two, depending on your preference)
  • Pins
  • Stretchy Lace or Plain ¼” Elastic
  • Machine
  • Thread
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Pattern/Template


A “Fat Quarter” is purely a quarter of a yard of fabric, cut differently than if you plainly asked for a quarter of a yard of fabric. A fat quarter is essentially a large square of fabric with only one selvage edge, whereas a quarter yard is a long, skinny rectangle from selvage to selvage. So, instead of being cut into strips, a yard of fabric is cut into blocks. (See image below.) Not all fabric stores will cut fat quarters by request and therefore you may need to ask.

Separate pieces of mask fabric into groups of two with wrong sides together.

#1-Stitch pieces of elastic to the sides of one group of fabric with the wrong sides facing each other.


#2-Fold the nose piece in half the long way.  Press with a warm, dry iron (no steam).  PIN. Stitch the raw edges of the nose piece to the nose curve of the same mask group that you just stitched the elastic to.



#3-Layer the other group of fabric in such a way that the elastic and nose piece are concealed or in a sense sandwiched.

#4-Straight stitch (seam allowance= 1/4″) around the layers leaving a 1½” section open.  Cut notches
(cut & remove small triangles pointing in towards the seam) around the curves. This helps the piece turn well without crumpled, awkward edges.


#5-Turn and gently press mask, right-side-out.  Push the edges of the opening (that you left in order to turn the piece right side out) toward the inside and also press.


#6-Top stitch, using about a ” seam allowance from the edge, while being careful not to catch the elastic or the nose piece in the seam.


Done! J


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January 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM 5 comments

Learn the Backstitch

Hand Embroidery using the Backstitch

with

DIY Felt Pillow


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Here is a cute & simple little project that you can use to work on learning new hand stitches. Even the little ones in your house can do this one with your supervision. It makes for a great quiet activity and keeps little hands busy. In case you were wondering, this activity is also great for building eye-hand coordination and strengthening those fine motor skills.

The tools needed for this activity:

  • Pinking Shears
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Pattern/Template
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Embroidery Floss
  • 2-8½ X 11 Pieces of Craft Felt
  • Batting
  • Sewing Machine (optional)

First, let’s dive into the backstitch, itself:

Give yourself a length of embroidery floss not more than 18 inches, and knot it off at the end. (I’ve used a double strand to make it easier for you to see what I am doing.)

Next, come up from the bottom side of the fabric a full stitch length ahead of where you actually want to begin.


Then, re-enter the fabric {back} where you originally wanted the stitching to begin…


…and pass the needle underneath to come up a full stitch length past where the knot was placed.


Now, re-enter the fabric from the top side {back} at the position where the knot is.


Again, pass the needle through the fabric and a full stitch length past where you came up last time.


Now, re-enter the fabric {back} where the prior stitch came through.


Continue to repeat this process until you have accomplished your goal.


Pass the thread through to the back side of the project and knot it off.

Now onto a way in which we can use this lovely and simple stitch! Use a piece of paper to create a template or pattern for your pillow.

(I cut a heart out of notebook paper, but you can probably Google just about any simple image and adjust its size in your printer’s dialog.)

Mark around the very edges of your template using pins in order to give you the ability to eyeball your stitching placement.


I knew that I wanted to stitch the word “LOVE,” so I folded my pattern piece in half in order to give me a straight line to draft the word upon.


With my sizing and spacing figured out, I wrote directly on the felt above my sample writing on the paper.


Through the top layer only, I began my backstitching.

There are lots of ways to do this: You can use a grid to help you with stitch consistency by marking where your stitches should begin. There is a fabulous product out there called Tiger Tape that Quilters use for stitch consistency. You could use a ruler. You could just follow the lines that you drew and try to keep your stitches the same length. I chose the plastic grid that I had handy.


*Stitch Consistency is keeping your stitches all the same length, tension, and same distance apart from each other.*

This is very hard to achieve by hand, however not impossible with much practice.

Using my grid for uniformity, I darkened where every other hole in the grid lined up. Then, I began my backstitch, as shown before, from the underside of the fabric one stitch ahead of where I actually wanted to begin.



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Now that you’re finished with the hand embroidery, layer the two pieces of felt together, replace the pattern & move the pins to secure the pattern piece in place. Using pinking shears, cut around the outside of the pattern, leaving about an inch of space between the cut line and the pattern.


With your machine (optional) you can stitch around the perimeter of the pattern piece. If you’re really ambitious, you could just backstitch the perimeter. Remember to leave an opening in order to stuff this cute pillow. Then, simply close it with whatever means you chose to sew the perimeter.

You’ve done it! What an adorable way to practice your hand stitches! This would make a great teacher gift for Valentine’s Day, pet toy, doll cradle decoration, or seasonal decoration. Make three different hearts for Valentine’s conversation hearts as a table centerpiece. Do you have a special neighbor or friend? Is there a nursing home or rehab center nearby? This could really make someone’s day!

With whatever pattern you choose, and whatever word(s) or shape(s) you add, may you truly enjoy the process. Have fun!

Warmly,

Jen & Dee

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Last Minute DIY Gift:

DIY Fabric Tissue Case

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These make great stocking stuffers or small gifts.  Quick & Easy! They’re great for your purse, diaper bag, or in the car. These could even be donated to a nearby church, nursing home or rehab facility. My daughter loved these and made some for all of her friends for Christmas.

Here are the things you will need to create these adorable tissue covers:  Three (3) identical pieces of fabric measuring 5½” by 3½” for the small,

(or 11 ½” by 7½” for the large), sharp scissors and a hem ruler.


Fold two (2) of the pieces in ½” along the long side and press.


Fold these two (2) pieces again (1″ for the small size, and 2½” for the large size) and press.


Overlap the folded edges on top of the bottom piece with right sides together.


Straight stitch all the way around the rectangle at ¼” seam allowance for the small and ” seam allowance for the large size.  Clip corners.


Turn right side out and insert tissue.


For the small, insert small tissue packets leaving on the plastic.


For the Large, remove the flat tissue from a box of about 100 two ply tissues.  Insert the tissue alone without the box.



I hope you enjoy these.  They are a great way for a young lady to make her own gifts for her friends, or even as a ministry donation.  Enjoy!

Merry Christmas!

Warmly,

Jen & Dee

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