Friday, August 30, 2013

Handsies for Pansies!

 Handsies for Pansies! Get it ? --   Hands for Pans! Sometimes, you have to spell it out!

These oven mitts are not so cumbersome as others  -- because they are shorter on the hand! It is pattern P193.

Hot pepper fabric  - love it!

Love the eggplant and turnip fabrics!
Or the turnip and broccoli fabric! 
The foody fabric choices available is what makes oven mitts so fun to make!

Friday, August 23, 2013

The collar on the Dude Baby bib!

Several sewers have had questions about the collar on Dude Babies (P189). Since you sew the layers of the collar on one at a time, it is a bit different than traditional methods of sewing collars onto a main panel). So here's some pics that might help!
With right sides together, align the collars to the prepared bib panel (both layers sewn rst, turn rso, press, align the prepared tie in the center of the bib arrangement). Make sure there are loose 1/4" seam allowances in the very center. Sew the edges as shown in the above picture with 1/4" sas. 

Fold a collar up and press   - with seam allowances down.
With right sides together, align another collar piece as shown above, pin. Sew around the edges - notice the red thread seams (leave the bib section open for later hand sewing).
Remove pins. Clip corners. Turn right side out.
Repeat for the other side.
Make one very precise 1/4" cut in the very center (the brown fabric only).
Fold the raw edge of the open part under and hand sew from the center to the pink arrow.
Of course, you do this for right and left sides of the collar!!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

"Really, really" behind the scenes!

This is Kirsten, who is really behind the scenes, in our ugly, messy garage slash shipping department assembling patterns! She is one of things that really keeps the place running. On the good side, she watches movies while she does this completely mundane work!

Pattern assembly!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Easy Slider!

My laptop backpack called "Easy Slider" has a great technique. When you put the back on, there are loops at the top of the satchel that the straps slide through, making and keeping the opening closed and secure.

The straps slide through the loops to keep the satchel closed.

Smaller Easy Slider for tablets!