Tuesday, December 11, 2012

How to Sew a Reversible Skirt, Free Skirt Sewing Pattern




Dress your little girl up in the spirit of the holiday season with this reversible skirt. Let her twirl, dance and play around. What more? you can flip it to the other side if you get a stain or two on one side. This is so easy to sew and requires very little materials, just two kinds of fabric, some elastic and you are all set to go! This skirt is so simple that you can sew it in less than an hour.

Note
* I suggest you read the entire pattern once before starting to get a general idea.
* The seam allowance is 1/2-inch throughout unless otherwise specified.


Materials Required

1) Cotton fabric of any print- To calculate the amount of material required, keep the tape from your little girls waist to where you want the skirt to stand. Double that length and you get the yardage. For example, I took a measurement of 10-inches length for the skirt, so I needed, 10 x 2= 20 inches (approximately 3/4 yards of fabric).

2) Cotton fabric of any coordinating print or color- Measurement same as above.

3) One-inch elastic- Measure around the waist of your girl and subtract 2-inches to get the length of the elastic. My girl measured 21-inches around the waist, so my elastic length came to, 21-2= 19 inches.

Measurements

* Lets first calculate the length of the skirt fabric (this applies to both the fabric).
Measure the length from the waist till where you want the skirt to stand. Add a 1-inch seam and subtract a 1 & 1/2-inch ( waist band). This would give you the length of the skirt material required.
 My  girl's measurement is 10-inches. So my required fabric length is:

                                 10 + 1 - 1.5 =  9.5-inches

* Lets now calculate the width of the skirt material ( here again this applies to both the fabric).
Measure around the waist of your child and multiply by 2.5, this would give you the width.

My girl's measurement is 21 -inches around the waist. So my calculated width is:

                                21 x 2.5=  52.5 inches

Since the commonly available width of the fabric is 44-inches,  you will have to join pieces to get the required width of the skirt material. Here I added a 44-inch piece and an 8.5-inch wide piece to get the required width, 52.5-inches (44 + 8.5= 52.5).

* Now we have to figure out the measurement for the waistband.  The width of the waistband is taken as 4-inches for all ages. For the length of the waistband, we multiply the waist measurement of your child by 1.5 . This gives the length.
 I took the waist as 21-inches. So my waist band length is:
                           
                              21 x 1.5= 31.5 inches
                 

Sewing




Cut the two skirt materials according to the required measurement, mine came to 9.5-length x 52.5-width.


Take one of the fabrics, fold it over, aligning the edges and with the right sides together. Sew it shut along the shorter side, as shown in the picture, to form a tube. Repeat the same with the other skirt fabric.


Lets name the red floral fabric, skirt one and the white floral fabric as skirt two for convenience. Take the two  fabric tubes and turn skirt one to the right side. Keep it over skirt two and slip in skirt one into skirt two, as shown above.


Align the top edges and pin all around. Sew the skirt one and two together along the pinned edge, removing the pin as you go.


Now flip over skirt two to its right side, exposing the right side of skirt one also. Push skirt two into skirt one as shown above.


                                         Press the seams flat for a neat finish.


           Top stitch along the pressed seam line to give it a professional finish.


Now bring the raw edges of both the skirt together and pin. Make a basting stitch ( for that you have to turn the upper thread tension of your machine to zero and the stitch length to the longest) along the raw edges, removing the pin as you go. Turn the machine settings back to normal.


Pull the thread from the bobbin to gather it.

Now we need to do the waistband. Take the required dimension of the fabric for the waistband.


Fold the two longer edges in towards the wrong side and press.


Now fold the waistband in half along the entire length and press. Now we need to sew the waistband shut and form a tube.


Open the folds and sew the waistband shut along the shorter side. Your waistband will now look like a tube.


Keep the waistband on its wrong side, above the skirt in such a way that the ruffled edge of the skirt faces the waistband and slip the skirt into the waistband. Align the edges of the waistband and skirt and pin all around as shown above.


Sew the waistband onto the skirt, removing the pin as you go.


Fold the waistband over to the other side of the skirt, along the pressed fold and sew along its folded long edge. Take care to catch the raw edge of the skirt inside the waistband while you sew it shut. Leave a 0ne-inch gap to insert the elastic.


Take the required length of the elastic and insert it into the casing using a safety pin.


Keep the ends of the elastic overlapping and sew back and forth a few times to secure it.


Sew the opening in the waistband shut.


Our skirt is done and easy!

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Peasant Dress Sewing Tutorial, 6 months to 8 years










Peasant dresses are something I love to sew. They are so versatile that you can make them in different lengths to form a dress, tunic or a  top. Using this sewing pattern you can give different sleeve length to make this dress in different styles. Here I have added a ruffle at the bottom to make it look different and girly. This peasant dress sewing tutorial will help you make this dress in a very easy way, provided you have the basic sewing skills. It is so simple that I made 3 peasant dresses in a day!

*The pattern contains detailed step by step instructions for ages ranging from 6 months to 8 years and can be used many times as your child grows.

* It is complete with a pictorial representation of the whole sewing process and is suitable for any beginner.

* This pattern includes the template for the arm hole, making it easier than ever.

Payment can be made securely through PayPal. Once the payment is made, pattern will be emailed to you in 24 hours. If you have any questions or fail to receive the patterns please use the 'Contact Me' form in my blog. Please do not resell the pattern itself or pass it onto others. You are free to sell the finished items made from my patterns. All my patterns are protected by copyright.


$6.50
                                                              

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas Card Wall Organizer Sewing Tutorial, Fabric Wall Organizer Free Pattern







If you are crafty, chances are that you have more things than you can handle. Hoarding and crafting go hand in hand, don't they? That is why I came up with this Wall organizer sewing tutorial for Christmas. Use up any scrap fabric and lace you have to whip up this useful organizer with my step by step sewing pattern even beginners can master. Make it as a gift for someone this Christmas season and help them stay organized while adding a little bit of adornment to their walls. Change the fabric to suit the theme of you house or room and the possibilities are just endless.

This wall organizer offers the right solution to clear the clutter in your drawers. It can be used to store not only your Christmas cards, but also your envelopes, writing pads, pens and even more. I have made this in red color, keeping the Christmas season in mind. You can make it in fun colors to organize your child's room. It also adds as an inexpensive art piece to your wall. My tutorial will take you through simple steps and explicit photographs which will help any beginner seamstress make this organizer in a breeze.

                        For the free pattern, Click Here

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Sewing Tutorial for Girls, 6 months to 10 years, Ashley Paneled Dress










Finding the right Christmas dress for your little girl need not be a Herculean task this holiday season. You can make it in a breeze using my tutorial. This dress would be a cost- effective alternative to any boutique Christmas dress. So come on, grab your fabrics and start sewing. Let your little girl celebrate this Christmas in style!

The pattern contains detailed step by step instructions for ages ranging from 6 months to 10 years and can be used many times as your child grows.

* It is complete with a pictorial representation of the whole sewing process and is suitable for any beginner

* This pattern includes printable pattern pieces for the bodice. All you will have to do is print and cut them out.

* The dress has a button closure that runs till the waist. You can use sew on snap buttons or regular buttons if you know how to sew a button hole.

* There are options to attach the ruffles on the bodice in two different ways.


Payment can be made securely through PayPal. Once the payment is made, pattern will be emailed to you in 24 hours. If you have any questions or fail to receive the patterns please use the 'Contact Me' form in my blog. Please do not resell the pattern itself or pass it onto others. You are free to sell the finished items made from my patterns. All my patterns are protected by copyright


$6.99

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Adult Peasant Top, Free Pattern






This is a quick and easy to sew peasant top sewing pattern which every beginner seamstress must give a try. This tutorial is complete with explicit instructions and color photographs which will help you complete the top in an hour or even less. The possibilities to personalize these tops are endless; you can make it with short sleeves, long sleeve or three-fourth sleeve. You can increase the length of your top, add an elastic beneath your bust-line and make it a tunic!  Moreover, these tops are roomy and comfortable to wear throughout the year  irrespective of the weather changes.

To get the free pattern, Click Here!

                                                                            

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fabric Tooth Brush Pouch Sewing Pattern, Diy, Easy Travel Pouch


Another 15 minutes project from The Design House of Blissful Sewing, the DIY Fabric Brush Holder! This is the easiest project I have made and extremely useful too. This can be your perfect companion during travel and what more? You can wash it with your other laundry and it comes out clean and dry!.



All you need is a  small wash cloth  that  is available in every supermarket.


Fold it almost half way up, just enough to cover almost half of your tooth brush.


Align the sides and draw four lines using a fabric pen, dividing the towel into four equal parts as shown above. Insert two pieces of satin ribbon, about 10 inches long, just in between the two layers of the wash cloth as denoted by the arrow and pin it in place.


  Also pin at each line to prevent the layers from moving.


Sew along each line, taking  care to reinforce at the beginning and end, to form four pouches. It's better to complete the side seams first and then move on to the center stitches so as to avoid any folds.


Heat seal the ends of your satin ribbon and Voila our pouch is ready!


You can put your tooth brush, tooth paste, ointments or even scissors, roll it up and tie the satin ribbon as shown above.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Bulls Eye Pincushion, DIY, Pincushion Tutorial



Pin Cushion patterns seem to be everywhere on the internet these days but  nothing seem to impress me. I wanted to make a different yet fun pincushion and lo I came up with this bulls eye egg one! This pin cushion can be made in minutes, you don't need too much of supplies. Just dig in to your pile of scraps and grab a little bit of polyfibre, you are ready to start!.

 Here is the tutorial:



Lets first do the yolk. We need to trace an approximately 5" circle onto the yellow yolk fabric. Here I have used my salad bowl for that.



Now sew around the edge of the circle with a matching thread and needle. Take care to leave quite a long tail of thread at both the ends.


Pull at both the threads to form a pouch with the circle.


Fill the pouch with polyfibre and tighten the the thread to close the pouch. Tie a few knots to secure.
Lets go on to make the egg white.



Take two pieces of your white scrap, layer them and cut it in an irregular shape (like that of fried eggs), as shown above. It should measure approximately 5 & 1/2" across. 


Layer the two pieces and sew around the edge, leaving a small gap to turn it inside- out.



Turn the yolk  inside out and stuff the inside with polyfiber.


                         Sew the opening shut, using a needle and thread.



Now go on and add your yolk to the center of the white. You can either hand-sew it or hot-glue it to the center.

Voila! Our cutie pincushion is ready!