By Madison Cox for Maddie Kay Creations
Hi everyone, Madison here from Maddie Kay Creations to talk with you about using up some of those smaller pieces of knit that you might have laying around. Many sewists like me make dresses or other clothing items on a regular basis. Often times after cutting out a dress or shirt, I am left with smaller pieces of fabric that I can’t get a full garment out of. Well I have a solution for you!!! Underwear. Soft and stretchy knits like Art Gallery or Michael Miller knits that Threads and Stitches carries in stock, are perfect material to make soft and comfy underwear. They are quick, don’t require a ton of fabric, and most of all are so much cuter than store bought undies.
So let’s get Started:
For this I am using the Bikini & Hipster Briefs Pattern for Girls from Monkeysbug Patterns and Art Gallery’s Star Bright Fog Knit from the Little Town Collection. The accent fabric for the waistband and leg holes are Riley Blake polka dot knit that I grabbed from my scrap pile as well.
As you can see, you don’t need a large section of fabric at all! This particular piece was approximately 12 inches by 10 inches and I still had plenty of room to cut out a girl’s size 5-6 pair of undies. The waistband and leg hole pieces are 2 inches wide so I was able to cut those from some of my scraps as well. Remember to follow along to your pattern’s directions. Most underwear patterns don’t you have you line up and sew the seam like normal. This one you use your pattern piece to line up and sew so that you have an overlap panel for the crotch.
A great tip for sewing your undies. For the crotch panel, I like to use my Sewline glue stick to help keep that panel in place while sewing. It is not necessary to actually sew it down but that little bit of glue will ensure it doesn’t shift around while sewing, once you have sewn your leg holes, the fabric is secured in place.
You simply sew your side seams and then make your waistband & leg hole pieces according to the pattern’s directions. Then I like to use my hand dandy Wonder Clips to attach, gently stretching the waistband piece evenly.
Sew or serge to attach your waistband and leg holes. I personally like to serge mine and then make sure to iron flat (a good shot of steam will really help those seams look nice and smooth). Top stitching is totally optional. I like it, just because I like a nice finished clean look and I like my seams to lay flat even after washing.
And there you have it, an adorable knit pair of winter undies for my little girl that took me 30 minutes from start to finish, even with being interrupted by my 2 yr old a few times and stopping to take pictures for you haha!!
If you would like to sew up some cute pairs of underwear and need some of the oh so soft Knits from Threads and Stitches, here’s a link to the KNIT section: http://threadsandstitchesfabric.com/?product_cat=knit
MANY knits are currently marked on sale, so make sure so snatch some up!!
And while you are at it, you can get your glue pen and clover clips as well from Threads and Stitches: