It’s official! It’s September and that means time for some new fall clothes. Today we’re sharing a stylish top that will wear well now through the warm months! And we’re officially kicking off National Sewing Month! Be sure to join us all month long for projects, inspiration, tips, tricks, giveaways and much more! Designer Jenifer Cowles is kicking this off today!
When I received the beautiful stitched denim from Nancy’s Notions I decided to make a top for me instead of a bag like I had planned. I am so happy that I changed my mind, especially since there was some leftover that I can use to make a bag as well.
Sew a Stylish Chambray Top with HeatnBond Lite Fusible Adhesive
1 ½ yards of Main fabric-follow cutting directions in the pattern
¼” yard for coordinating print or solid for bias (optional) or purchased bias binding
Handmade Style by Anna Graham, erasable marking pen, Iron (Oliso Pro), sewing machine, sharp scissors, other general sewing supplies, 25mm bias tape maker.
Stylish Chambray Top Instructions:
Trace out the pattern pieces for the chambray dress from the Handmade Style book on the Pattern Material. Using the Pattern Material will make your pattern last longer and hold up for frequent usages. Follow all directions for making the top from the Handmade Style book, please note I shortened the dress by 8″ and then had a 1″ hem to make the top.
I knew when I received these awesome knits from Girl Charlee that a quick Summer Kids Beach Cover up was going to be in the works along with a few other summer items. The knits are super soft and a dream to work with along with our new HeatBond® Soft Stretch. The HeatnBond® is the same product you know and love but now made for fabrics that stretch..perfect with this fun Girl Charlee Bolt Fabric!
3.Fold over and fuse using the width of the tape as your hem width.
4. With this trick, you are able to sew down your trim and hem at the same time. This is a quick and easy way to give your knits a nice beautiful finish without gunking up your sewing machine needles.
Here is a close up of what your trim looks like attached at the bottom.
After your trim has been attached cut out your neck hole at the top, I used a small plate as my template. You could add bias tape around the edge or make a facing, I decided that I was fine with it just the way it was with it being a quick and easy project.
Sew a 2″-3″ straight stitch 12″ from the center top. This is going to give us a place to put the arms and give us a little bit more coverage.
I hope you enjoyed this super easy, done in about 20 minutes quick kids beach cover up. This could easily be adjusted for adults by just doing a 36″ width and then the width of the fabric.
We’re back today with a Fashion Friday! Today’s project shows you how important it is to keep on hand our NEW HeatnBond® Soft Stretch to finish out those hems perfectly! Designer Jenifer Cowles has created a fun Kimono that she finished off the hem with our HeatnBond Soft Stretch.
I knew when I received these awesome knits from Girl Charlee that a kimono was a definitely on my list with the left over polka dots. Please check out the cute deer top that I made that is under the Kimono here. The knits are super soft and a dream to work with along with our new HeatBond® Soft Stretch. The HeatnBond® is the same product you know and love but now made for fabrics that stretch..perfect with this fun Girl Charlee Bolt Fabric!
Fashion Friday – Easy Kimono Top Featuring Girl Charlee Knits
Planners and Travelers Notebooks are all the rage right now. I love Travelers notebooks and I love Cori Dantini’s Mermaid Days by Blend Fabrics, so I thought I would combine them and get the best of both worlds. I am so happy with how this turned out that I am going to be making several more. These would make great gifts.
Erasable marking pen, Iron (Oliso Pro), sewing machine, sharp scissors, other general sewing supplies, Elastic, ribbon and kam snaps.
Mermaid Days Travelers Notebook:
Assemble the cover as desired and trim to 8 ½” by 12”. Be aware that the cover of the notebook is on the right. Fuse the Fleece to the cover and quilt as desired.
Once you have your cover quilted adhere the vinyl. This will help keep our journal clean and make it last longer.
Hem the top of your pocket add ribbon now if you choose. Sandwich the cover to the inside and the pocket and bind like you would a quilt.
I added a ribbon closure by sewing the ribbon to the back and inserting a Kam snap to the other end. I love how this really keeps everything in place. You can put charms on the spine and decorate as desired. Throw this in your purse or bag and you now have a special place to jot down notes and dreams or even grocery lists.
Kids Clothing Foxy Top Featuring HeatnBond® Soft Stretch Hem Tape
I am in love with all of the beautiful Girl Charlee knits that they carry in their shop, there is something for everyone. I bet you will have a hard time picking out a favorite. Here is another top that I made for daughter to help her finish out the school year. I knew when I saw the awesome knits from Girl Charlee that she would love another top with these cute little foxes on them.
1 ½ yards of Main fabric-follow cutting directions in the pattern
¼” yard for coordinating print or solid
Simplicity Pattern #3790, erasable marking pen, Iron (Oliso Pro), sewing machine, sharp scissors, other general sewing supplies
Follow all directions for making the top from the Simplicity Pattern. When you get to the steps for hemming the bottom neck and sleeves please see below.
Following the package instructions, fuse the HeatnBond® Soft Stretch Lite Roll to the edge of the wrong side of the neck, sleeve and hem edges. Peel off the paper backing, fold over and heat press the Soft Stretch. Sew according to the pattern instructions. This interfacing gives your hems a nice crisp clean finish that holds up beautifully in the wash.
I love to sew while in my jammies with a cup of coffee close at hand. Henry Glass has the best fabric for making super pajama bottoms that have quilters going wild. Jenifer will show you how easy it is to alter any pattern you have laying around to give it that extra special touch.
Henry Glass Crazy Quilting Ladies Pajama Pants by Jenifer Cowles
1 ½ yrds of Main fabric-follow cutting directions in the pattern
2-4”x size of bottom of pant leg (width of pant leg will depend on pattern)
1”x44”-for tie around the waist (this will vary on waist size a good measurement would be waist plus 24” so you can tie it in a bow)
2” x 4” piece for tie reinforcement
McCalls Pattern P276, erasable marking pen, Iron (Oliso Pro), sewing machine, sharp scissors, other general sewing supplies
Pajama Bottom Sewing Instructions:
Following the package instructions, fuse a 2”x 4” HeatnBond® Lite Weight Interfacing piece to the wrong side of front of the pants. This piece of interfacing will give your fabric the stability for the buttonholes so that the fabric doesn’t rip. Create your buttonholes and finish the casing per the pattern instructions. With right sides together sew along the long edge of the tie and turn. Run the fabric tie through the buttonholes and tie in a bow.
Cut 2” from the bottom of the pants (or desired cuff length). Fold the cuff in half along the long edge and press with wrong sides of the cuff together and stitch with right sides together along the bottom of the pants. Finish the side seams and you are done.
**Tip** Use a scrap piece of ribbon as a tag to mark the back of your pants. This is especially helpful when sewing for children so that they can quickly tell the front from the back.TooltipText