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Bias Tape Straps

Hi everyone! I’m Liz from the Pink Crocodile and I am so happy to have been asked to guest blog this
week! I just love the fabric that I get from Christine, and when she asked if I would share a
sewing tip or two, I just couldn’t refuse!
Have you ever just loved a pattern so much, but decided against it because it would require
making teeny tiny thin straps? Well I have had my eye on just the perfect summer pattern, yet I
was hesitating. . . . . it turns out that it really is never to late to teach and old dog new tricks! I’ve been sewing
since I was 10 years old and it NEVER once occurred to me that I could use a BIAS TAPE maker
to fold up those teeny tiny thin straps! Anyone can do this – so easy peasy!


First off : I figured out what fabric to use, picked my pattern and starting cutting. I have learned,
after wasting yards and yards of fabric, to maximize my space when laying out my patterns.
When I need to cut on the fold, I take time to lay pieces out across the width of my fabric,
instead of the fold pre-made by the fabric company. Here are a few pictures as an example.

I just love using up 9″of fabric instead of wasting almost 24″

Next up I cut out my straps and got out my bias tape making tool.

 

I gently pulled the strap piece through the tool, wrong side fabric facing up, with a pin to get it

started, pinned it to my ironing board & ironed as I slid the tool down the length of the strap.

 

My straps were cut 1″ wide. The tool I used made it 1/2″, I just ironed that in half & sewed them

alone the open edge to get 1/4″ TEENY TINY THIN straps!!!

I was able to make a set of straps, they are even, and didn’t burn my fingers one time!

Here’s my finished product! Good luck with those sundress straps!

Fabric: Art Gallery, In Blue courtesy of Christine @ threadsandstitchesfabric.com

Pattern: Amsterdam by LLK

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Sewing an Inseam Pocket

Hi Welcome to Threads and Stitches!  My name is Natalie Hidalgo and I am the owner of Tutu Cute Designs.  Today I am going to show you how to insert inseam pockets into your dresses. Just a few simple steps and you will be well on your way.

I am sewing the Double Scoop, by Little Lizard King. This pattern does not call for inseam pockets, but I am adding them in.  You will find that with most dress patterns you can add an inseam pocket.  The beautiful butterfly fabric that I am using is from Threads and Stitches.

–  Take a trip to the Little Lizard King Website and download the FREE inseam pocket.  It looks like this 

– You will need to cut out four of these pieces NOT on a fold.

 

– Take your two skirt pieces and serge the length of both sides of each piece, so you should end up with four surged edges.

 

-Serge all four of your pocket pieces around the curved edges.  This helps it from fraying on the inside of the garment.

 

-Measure two inches down from the top of the skirt and pin the straight edge of the pocket along the straight edge of the skirt piece.  Do this with all four pocket pieces.

 

-Using a ¼ inch seam allowance sew the straight edge of the pocket down to the skirt.  Do this to all four pockets.  Take your iron and press the pocket piece open and away from the skirt.

 

-Pin the front skirt piece to the back skirt piece.  Make sure to pin the two pocket pieces together.  When you sew it together make sure NOT to sew down the straight edge of the pocket.  You must follow the serge line you made and go into the pocket pieces to attach them.  I used a half inch seam allowance, because that is what the pattern I am using calls for.

 

-Flip the skirt right side out and press the front and back skirt pieces together, at the pocket.

 

Voila!! You have an inseam pocket!

 

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Bow Back Dress

We hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July! I know we did, which is why there was no blog post for Tuesday. To make up for it, we have a special post about adding a sweet bow back to a dress.

Hi Everyone! I am Rachel and I am so excited to write up this blog post! I started sewing just about 1 year ago and have fallen in love with everything about it! I have always sought a creative outlet and sewing has become my new outlet! I am a stay-at-home mommy of 3 little ones age 6, 3, and 1. My youngest is the only girl so she gets spoiled because she still lets me pick her clothes and the little girl stuff is so much fun to sew!

I am in full summer sewing mode and I decided I wanted to make a bow back tunic for my littlest. The only problem is I don’t have a bow back dress or top pattern! I do have the Sahara from Bella Sunshine Designs. It is a super cute knit scoop back that comes in dress, tunic and top length. It also includes several sleeve length options so it is perfect for any season. The bodice is fully lined and the skirt is a full circle skirt (affliate link to the patten: https://bellasunshinedesigns.com/product/sahara-top-dress/?affliate=riafigliola)

As soon as I saw the In Blue line from Art Gallery I fell in love with Fiesten Intense. Fun fact Fiesten is bicycles in Dutch! Threads and Stitches was running a preorder for this fabric and of course I had to grab a couple of yards…and since have gotten several of the other fabrics from this line and more Fiesten! Check them all out they are gorgeous, especially the florals! The tulips on white in the shorties is also from this line. To find coordinating fabrics I often take the easy way and use something from the same line!

For this tutorial I will show you my steps for adding a bow back to the Sahara dress. I did the 12m width with 2t length. You might need to increase the size of your fabric piece for the bow in larger size range. Also you might want to adjust the placement of your bow based on the size you are making. I did make another larger sized tunic and was able to use the same dimensions for the bow!

First Cut your pattern pieces out and follow steps 1 & 2 of the pattern.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cut out your pieces for the bow back.

Bow piece 4.5”x 6” (the width can be increased for larger sizes. This size should work well for most sizes but if you are in the upper size range you might want to add about ¼”.) You can also increase the length if you would like a wider bow.

Center knot piece: 2” x 5” (this should work for all sizes)

 

 

 

 

Fold your bow piece and center knot piece in half lengthwise right sides facing. Press, pin and stitch. I used a ¼” seam allowance.

 

 

 

 

Turn your bow and knot pieces right side out and iron so seam is centered at the back of the piece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sew around the neckline of the lining and main bodice but leave an opening to fit your bow piece. For the 12m size I left a 2” opening. If you wanted a fuller bow you will need to leave a larger opening. You can make it about ¼” larger than the bow piece. The opening will be about 1-1 1/2” from the shoulder seam depending on size. For the 2T length I placed the opening 1” below the shoulder seam.

 

 

 

 

 

Turn your bodice piece right side out. Tuck the bow piece in the openings you left on either side of the neck seam.  

 

Separate your main and lining layers and turn inside out, pin the bow piece in place. Stitch the opening in the neck line to attach the bow piece. Do your best to line up the neckline stitching. You can then trim any excess bow piece that overhangs past the seam allowance. Repeat for opposite side. Turn right side out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrap your center knot piece around the bow piece with the seam facing out. This will be turned around after stitching. Pinch the knot piece and sew close to the bow without catching any of the bow piece in your stitches. Trim excess fabric from the knot piece and turn the center knot piece right side out so the seams are hidden.

Your bow back is complete! Now finish the steps in the Sahara pattern tutorial to complete your top, tunic or dress! Don’t forget to visit Threads and Stitches on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/threadsandstitches/) or the web (http://threadsandstitchesfabric.com) to pick out your fabrics for your project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fabric covered snaps, who knew?

Hey, I’m Cassandra! I’m a Mom, military wife, and fellow sewist. I have been sewing for almost a decade and I love it, but I’m totally guilty when It comes to leaving pieces unfinished. Especially when it comes down to the buttons. I just can’t. If you hate buttons like I do but find snaps to be boring this tutorial is for you. Fabric covered snaps are quick, easy, and great for adding interest or blending in for a concealed closure (when done in the same fabric).

To get started you’ll need:

Scissors

Fabric

Snaps (male, female, and snap covers)

Thread

Sewing needle

A small circle to trace (optional)

Washable glue (optional)

 

Trace your circle and cut It out. I used the spool of thread but a small coin works great also.

Glue your snap cover to the center of your fabric circle and let dry.

*This is optional but really helps to keep the snap cover in place while you sew.

 

Using your needle and thread (knot the end of the thread) sew a running stitch around your snap cover. There is no right or wrong way to do this but I found that the closer you stitch to the cap the nicer the finished product.

Pull the long end of the thread. The thread should pull the fabric up and around the face of the snap cover. Pull tight.  *I sewed a second running stitch around the cap once it was gathered so I that I could gather the fabric tighter. This helps to eliminate some of the bulk in the next step.

Trim the extra fabric. Be careful not to snip your threads.

Apply the snap as you normally would. *due to the added bulk behind the snap cover, I don’t recommend applying fabric covered snaps to projects with 3 or more layers.

That’s how you create a fabric covered snap! Thanks for stopping by for to my very first blog and tutorial! Dress pattern is the Sundancer from Little Lizard King. Both the beautiful turquoise daisies and cream pin tuck can be found right here at Threads and Stitches! Till next time.

Xoxo,

Cassandra Perry

 

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Elastic Gathering

Hi everyone!
I am Susy Griffith and I love to sew! Most specifically, I love to sew clothing for little girls!!!

I am excited today to share with you a quick way to gather all those millions of yards of ruffles that are sometimes used for the adorable outfits for little or big girls!

All you need is your fabric and some ¼” wide clear elastic.
You can purchase this in the notions part of pretty much any store that carries sewing items.
The first thing will be to cut your elastic approx 1-2” shorter than you want the finished length of your gathered edge to be.

For example, if I need my ruffled edge to be 26” finished I would cut my elastic approx 24 ½” long.
To begin, change your stitch length to your traditional gathering stitch length. Mine is 3 on my machine. Next, I find the center of both my fabric and my elastic and mark it by pinning or clipping it at the center. I then tack down the beginning edge of my gather as shown in pic 1.

Stretch out your elastic and sew it to the garment. It takes a little bit of trial and error to get it worked out sometimes. I have found that going at a medium speed works the best and allows the fabric to be pulled under the foot easier.

Your finished gather should look similar to this.

Pin to your garment matching side seams, centers, etc…how ever you prefer to get your gathers attached for sewing.

Attach pieces together using a reg stitch length. I sew it first on my machine so that I can flip it over and check to make sure I have all the gathers sewn without any errors. Serge or finish the edge in which ever way you are most comfortable doing.

Hopefully, this will be something you might be interested in trying ! I have been doing it this way for over a year now and I love it! I can gather, attach , and finish the edge in less time than it takes to gather the edge in most cases!

Thanks for reading and enjoy!!

Susy.

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Sewline Glue Pen

Guest blog post by Alex S. from Ava Callie Creations

Hey y’all!

Imagine you are sitting down to start a sewing project. If you are anything like me, you already have a handful of *must have* sewing gadgets and notions to help you along like maybe a favorite pair of scissors, a well loved measuring tape, or your trusty seam ripper (most used tool, am I right?!). Well get ready to add to your must haves when I explain to you why the Sewline Fabric Glue Pen is one of my top 5 sewing notions to have handy when I create! I’m sure you’re thinking, “GLUE?! When sewing?? Has she lost her marbles?” While the amount of marbles I may or may not have is up for debate since having 2 kids, I assure you I am 100% serious about this glue stick.

Now you might be wondering how I include glue into my sewing and designing…I was really curious too when I first saw this pen. I played around with it for a while and got comfortable with the idea of putting glue on my fabrics and trims and I’m telling you now, it’s LOVE!

One of the first ways I used the pen was just to simply keep my trims in place while trying to visualize my design. I would draw a thin line of glue and lightly tack the trim down so I could see how it laid against the fabric. Using a small amount of glue means it isn’t sticky, isn’t permanent, and doesn’t leave a mess. From there I would use it to stick my trims down to make sure they stayed in the exact right spot while I sewed them down. Trust me when I say that the glue doesn’t gunk your machine, create bulk under your trims, or leave your hands or fabric sticky. It’s saved me SO much time since I don’t have to pin my trims down or continue pulling out my measuring tape to make sure it hasn’t moved off the mark.

After using my glue pen for a while I started talking to other designers about it and swapping uses for it. Madison Cox from Maddie Kay Creations told me she used hers to keep her buttons on the mark while sewing them down. Say what!? All this time I was hand stitching every.single.button down in order to prevent my machine from knocking them out of place. Talk about another time saver!

Since I have a 4 year old and an 9 month old, I prefer to keep my pins as out of sight as possible, so I have pared down my use of them. Now, if I’m working on a bodice I will line up my seams or trims and use a swipe of glue to tack them so they don’t wiggle around while sewing. All my seams and trims are nice and lined up and I don’t even have to drag out the pins!

I’m sure there are a million other ways to incorporate this handy tool into my sewing and I look forward to figuring them out and also hearing from others how they use their glue stick! If you don’t have one of these handy pens, what are you waiting for?! Snag 1 or 2, or hoard 10-20 like me…no judgment!

http://threadsandstitchesfabric.com/?product=sewline-fabric-glue-pen-plus-refill

Happy sewing,
Alex

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Dresses with Sass

Hello, Fellow Sewers, Seamstresses and the like,

I am so excited about the blog posts that we have in store for you.  Some of my favorite children clothing designers as well as ladies who love to sew for their families or themselves will be posting their tips and tricks from everything to adding a special touch to a project, changing up or mashing a pattern or tutorials on using a sewing tool.  I will also have blog posts by people who love to quilt, make handbags and anything else that you can put together with a needle, thread and fabric.  Let the fun begin!

-Christine, Threads and Stitches, Owner

Hi, I’m Jessica Fox, owner/designer behind The Frilly Fox. I’m a Southern Momma of two rambunctious toddlers. I’m married to my best friend. I feel so blessed to be able to share my love for fabrics and sewing with everyone. Enough about me, let’s get to the fun!

Being a southern momma, I’m drawn to classic colors and prints. I love seeing little girls twirl in vintage styles. I wanted a fabric that captured southern summer charm. When I saw the tan floral, Coney Island by Fig Tree & Co, I knew it was perfect! It’s soft, has gorgeous colors, and is simply elegant. The white daisies remind me of summer fields full of wild flowers. The pops of orange, brought sunshine to my eyes. I paired it with Free Spirit-Tanya Whelan in green to bring out the leaves on the daisies. I feel that this combination was perfect.

 

To complete my vision, I had to find the sassiest pattern. Not only did I find the sass I wanted, I found the charm that I needed as well. I chose the Violet Fields Threads Lola top. I modified it to make more of my own style. This top is perfect for Alabama summers. I’ll share my tips with you!

First of all, prepare your fabric, print and cut your pattern pieces. I personally cut my pieces the night before I plan to sew. I do this while my littles are asleep. I have one little helper who likes to get my scissors and pins! Kiddos, we have to love them. This helps for a speedier sew the next day.

The first modification I made was omitting the ruffle on the bodice. Instead of the ruffle, I simply added a flat center panel about four inches wide to the bodice. I also added an extra crochet trim. Pictured above is my modification. Stitch both of them down. For the rest of the bodice I followed the VTF instructions.

Every time I sew, I remember my mother saying, “use your iron.” She’s a veteran seamstress and swears by ironing. I agree with her, but we won’t mention that if she asks. How many of you love your iron? Starch is another on of my favorites. This combination make sewing much easier for me.

The next modification that I made was lengthening the top. I lengthened the skirt portion about four inches. I left the band length the same. Personally, I like a little longer length as it allows longer wear for my customers. You can add length, or keep the original. The choice is yours. That’s what I love about sewing. We can turn anything into our very own masterpiece. Sew with love and the rest is made easier!

I followed the pattern directions to finish. The only difference is that I hem my skirts before gathering. I also like a wider hem. Are you a rolled hem, wide hem, or narrow hem type of gal?

Now to gather, I recently learned a trick of machine gathering. I was skeptical of this at first, and I still am a little bit. On your machine, set your stitch width to the longest setting. Just like you do when preparing for a gathering stitch. Then adjust your tension until you reach the “gathered” look you want.

This was super easy, and it gave me beautiful even gathers. 9 out of 10 times, I’ll probably stick with the traditional two stitch method, but wanted to share with you ladies something a bit faster.

After I gathered, I followed the rest of the  VTF instructions.

 

To complete my masterpiece, I had to bring out my “arch enemy,” the seam ripper. I hate that little tiny tool! Not sure why, it’s just not my friend. Do y’all feel this way? I picked out extra seams, ironed, and stared at my work.

I find some pieces are harder to let go than others. Sometimes I think, why did I not make this in my little’s size? Then I stop and think, I can also recreate something even more special than this one. My favorite thing about sewing and creating is knowing that someone will love this piece as much I do. Thank y’all all for joining me. I hope these tips will help you in modifying future patterns. Until next time, keep sewing and having fun!

Thanks Jessica for the amazing tips on gathering and walking us through sewing a dress!

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Welcome to Threads and Stitches

Hi, I want to welcome you to the Threads and Stitches blog.  My name is Christine and I am the owner of Threads and Stitches, an online fabric business and community.  You can get the day to day details about ordering in my Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/threadsandstitches/ or you can shop here at my online webshop, www.threadsandstitchesfabric.com.

While this is a brand new blog about my passion for fabric, I’m not really new to blogging.  I have a paper crafting blog as well that I created some years ago to share my love for paper.  My love of all things in paper crafting is really what led me into the fabric business because a lot of the paper designers started putting their designs on fabric.  I don’t craft with paper as much as I used to but it might make it’s way into a couple of posts here and there.

I plan to share some fun things that you can create with fabric and hopefully have a guest blogger every now and then too.  There isn’t too many projects that I haven’t tackled in the past using fabric so you will see everything from home decor and bag making, to clothing and quilting and much more.

Thanks for stopping by.

Christine

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