Thursday, October 3, 2013

Wonderland Dress Pattern - Now available!

Now Available - The Wonderland dress

A perfect comfy knit dress for everyday and special wear!

With an Aline body and 3/4 sleeve, this is the perfect transitional season piece, would look great shortened to tunic length and worn over pants

Features an overlapped rounded and inserted yoke (much easier to sew then you think!)
Gathered neckline gives this dress lots of ease for running and jumping around.
It also has an optional waistband if you would like a more fitted look

and just for fun....a little photo bomber action ;)

go get your copy and have fun!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Embellishing your Trick or Treat Bucket - felt appliques

So now you know how to make these fun fabric trick or treat buckets...let me show you how I 'dressed mine up'

What you need:

Felt sheets (and scraps) to make appliques, I just used black for all mine
Black embroidery thread
Black wool (thicker then embroidery thread)
Silver metallic wool
fabric markers/sharpies

Here is what you do:

For the medium and small one I used black felt to make some simple silhouette shapes. I printed out some shapes and words on my computer, scaled them to the size I wanted to use as a pattern. You can use the ones I did and download them here.
Or you can search google images for "Halloween silhouette" and a ton will come up

Once you print up the shapes you like, pin them to your felt

Using a combination of scissors and xacto knife, cut out your shapes in the felt (don't worry, they do not have to be perfect since you will be zigzagging all the edges when you sew them on)

Pin them onto your bucket side

Next you will be using your sewing machine and a med. zigzag stitch to applique them on. I like to use a matching thread and med stitch length, this way it goes faster and uses less thread. You can do a really short stitch length and the applique will look much thicker and more professional  around the shape (but it takes a lot longer!) I Like to use this open zigzag foot on my machine for this, it makes it really easy to see

Carefully sew around the entire felt shape and all the edges

If you have a function on your machine to have your needle foot lift up (but your needle stays in your work) every time your foot goes off the pedal, I suggest you use this now. It makes turning your work soooooo much easier, and if you are doing any round-ish appliques you will be turning your work a lot!

Once you are done sewing all the felt shapes down, you can add/embellish as much as you like

I added some color to the pumpkin using fabric markers and sharpies!!

Here is what I did for the Large bucket

I printed up the "trick or treat" text and pinned it to the main side. I used embroidery thread and a simple straight stitch all around the letters. (**warning this takes a LONG time...) then I simply ripped off the paper and was left with an embroidered outline of the letters

I colored them in using fabric markers

I traced out the spider using a fade away fabric marker and took a scrap of fur and cut it out in roughly the same size circle as the spiders body

I twisted the hair up and out of the ways so I could zigzag around the entire circle edge. I added another small circle of felt for  the head and sewed it on the same way.
For the legs, I used black wool and zizagged stitched over it, following the lines I drew out for the legs.

I stared at the top of the leg, near the body so that I could end the leg leaving a little bit of yarn not sewn down to make a little foot.

Finish all the legs and you're done

I did the spider web the same way, only I used a metallic yarn instead if the black

For the small bucket I did the same thing as the med, I made a simple felt cutout from a google image and zigzagged all around.

I added a small round circle of fur to the spiders body as before, and two spooky red beads for eyes


Now let's see what Spooky treat buckets you can come up with, post them to our flickr group

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