Saturday, December 3, 2011

Have yourself a furry little Christmas!

Christmas is fast approaching and with it comes the season of giving. So why not place a homemade gift under the tree this year? This list has something for everyone! So grab some thread an fabric- Christmas is only 21 days away!
For Siblings
This Christmas give the gift of warmth and fuzzy feelings with a bomber hat. Relatively easy to sew, I have listed URL's for 3 different variations of the hat. Try making one with a buffalo plaid and faux fur for a rustic look, try a quilted nylon for a modern twist on an old favorite!
Free patterns and even tutorials are listed for each! So what are you waiting for? Get sewing! :);all;all

For Mom/Grammy (what? You expect me to say Grandma? I'm not 16 yet, people)
Give the gift of fashionable footwear with slippers you may never want to take off! Try making them in cute holiday (reindeers, snowmen, santas etc) print with a fleece lining for the
perfect holiday token!For a style that lasts all year round, try creating these in a timeless
prints such as plaid,check, dot etc, or just make it solid!

For Dad/Grandpa
Give what every good Dad wants season with an assortment of cases, covers, and sleeves for every guy's favorite technology. Try out these easy tutorials to give the gift of style an protection this season for your favorite techie!
iPod Cozy:
CD Covers:
Camera Case:

For the Best Friend
Check out this tutorial to make your bestie her very own lunch bag! Say bye bye to brown bags as you give this Eco friendly lunch tote. Make yours out of your BFF's favorite colors and patterns! The tote is made of Oil cloth and lined with vinyl. Your friends will love having their own fabulously fashionable lunch!

So what are you waiting for? Spin to the fabric store, while the ideas are fresh in your mind! Try each URL for variations on the same ideas and projects. Happy sewing!
~Lilly Ferron :)

Friday, December 2, 2011


It's been a while since I've posted a pattern, but finally, here is one! Ever wish you  could have that super plush jacket or slipper on your head? Well now you can, with thredHED's two in one wolf hat and scarf! This hat is super cute- perfect for any teen! The style closely mimics the UK's Spirit Hoods hats, but I'm sure will cost only a fraction of the price! This project uses approximatley .8 of a yard faux fur. Try it in a mottled gray for a true woodsy look, or a dark grayish black for a husky feel. I don't know about you, but I will definatley be making me one of these soon! Here's the link:
This next illustration is by burdastyle member thredHED
Thanks for reading,
Lilly Ferron :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Denim Shortalls: Part Two

     The leaves are turning and the world around us is turning into a mix of yellow, orange and, in some places green! But not my sewing table- which is turning into an explosion of denim threads! This week, we will be learning how to finish the bodice and sew the shorts.
      As I was sewing this, I realized that my pattern for the shorts would not fit the (pardon my crude language) "butt" of my doll. To fix this little giggle,  Please adjust the top of your shorts pattern to 4.25 inches. This will insure a perfect fit!1
     Step 1
In this step, we will be attaching the waistband pieces to the bodice. I reccomend sewing the 2 waistband pieces together first, and then pinning the fabrics so that the seams match. Once you have pinned the segments, sewin a straight line all the way around, stopping when you reach the farthest reaches, as we must leave a place for our fastening (velcro).
The end result should look like this:

Step 2:
Next, we will begin to construct the shorts. Take one of your newly refurbished back pieces, and an opposite facing piece. Sew the long side seam (the side without the crotch piece).
 Step 3: Next, sew the one of the legs to the other at the crotch. This will be your front piece. For now, we will leave the back crotch seam open so we can insert the velcro. Once you have completed this, sew up both piece at the short straight seam opposite the long one. Sorry for my poor directions! If you have ever made 4 piece shorts, dig out the directions- McCall's can probably explain better than I can!
Sewing the short seam :)
Attachting the two pairs together!

The "U" Shaped Crotch Seam- hard while leaving room for velcro!
And wa-lah! You are done with your shorts! Tune in next week when we will insert the velcro and attach the shorts to the waistband, finishing our garment! Thanks for reading!
~Lilly Ferron
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