Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bundle UP Boy Edition

Bundle UP Boy Edition

Have you heard?  The Boy Bundle is here!  Bundle UP Boy Edition is available now.  If you haven't seen all the reviews and photos of the adorable boys outfits, go here to see them.  I can't wait to see all the boy clothes.  You can also see a review of the tank set here on the Pattern Revolution page.

 I'm not sure if you noticed but Jocole has a new pattern in the Bundle again this time.  The Boy Tank and Boxer Set is awesome!  You can purchase the set now through Aug. 29 on the Bundle UP site or you can purchase the pattern in the Jocole shop on Sept. 10.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Flat Front Shorts Tutorial

Flat Front Shorts Tutorial

Make the Essential Pants as instructed in the pdf pattern.

Leave an opening in the front waistband at both the left and right side seams.

Cut elastic at measurement below.  These measurements work for the Essential Pants, the Mega Ruffle Pants, the Flounce Ruffle Pants, the Skinny Pants and the Faux-Wrap Skorts ... basically ANY Jocole pants/shorts pattern.

Using a Bodkin or safety pin, insert elastic into the back waistband.

Feed the elastic through the waistband at the back of the shorts only.  Pin the elastic at one side while feeding it through the waistband (to secure the elastic in place at the side seam).  Pull the elastic all the way to the other side seam of the shorts and remove the Bodkin.  Pin the elastic at the side seam being sure the elastic is passed the side seam toward the front of the shorts.
Stitch in the ditch at the side seams to secure the elastic in place.  You might want to go over this seam a few times to make sure the elastic is secure.  Close the waistband at both side seams.

Enjoy your flat front shorts. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Endless Dress Mashup

Endless Dress Mashup

I received some yummy Riley Blake fabrics in the mail and could not wait to get started sewing!

I started with the "Unicorns and Rainbows" cotton and scrumptious Knits.  The knit is so soft and creamy, I just love how it feels and so does my daughter.

One of my favorite Jocole pattens is the Endless Dress because it is so versatile.  There are literally endless variations of this dress!  I've made a few variations but this one may be my favorite.

Instead of using the bodice for the Endless Dress, I used the Basic Empire Bodice from the Mix and Match series.

I used the skirt, skirt band(the polka dot fabric) and sash(in knit) from the Endless Dress and attached it to the Basic Empire Bodice.

I love how the dress turned out and I cannot wait to make more.  I also made the Basic Knit Leggings to finish out the outfit.  

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Crochet Baby Hats Review & Giveaway

Crochet Baby Hats by Annastasia Cruz

Review by Kara Orr

Are you ready for some serious cuteness?  My sweet friend let me borrow her baby to model this cute bear hat.  Both the hat and the baby are ridiculously cute!

Annastasia has a great new book of baby hats available on Amazon here and online in PDF format through Leisure Arts here.

 Annastasia has a fun crochet Facebook page here, where she offers support and answers questions.
The book offers 10 fun crochet hat patterns.  Everything from Brimmed Hats to Bunny and Bear Hats.  There are boy and girl patterns in the book and most can be used for either gender.

Leisure Arts offers some great video tutorials listed in the book.  It's so nice to have a visual when you need a little extra help.

The instructions are very clear and easy to follow.  There are plenty of explanations for basic stitches if you need some help getting started.  All of the patterns are listed as "easy" so you will be set if you are just starting out or if you are ready to whip out a quick hat.
Features include:
  1. Sizes 3-12 mths
  2. Shopping lists
  3. Size information
  4. Gauge information
  5. Stitch instructions
  6. Guide for: abbreviations, symbols and terms, yarn information, and stitch instructions

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Back to School Super Sale!

 Back to School Super Sale

Have you heard?  Jocole is having a Back to School Super Sale!  Use code "SchoolRocks" at to receive 30% off your entire shopping cart!  

Monday, July 21, 2014

How to Make a Cinch Sac Backpack

How to Make a Cinch Sac Backpack

  1. Cording - 2 pieces each about 60" long
  2. Fabric - 2 pieces about 12"X14" each (could be bigger)
  3. Embroidery Design and supplies

Cut 2, 12" X 14" pieces of fabric.  You can make the cinch sac bigger if you would like, just cut the fabric pieces bigger.  Embroider the desired design onto one of the fabric pieces.  Be sure to iron around the embroidery so that it doesn't look like mine.

Serge all four sides of both fabric pieces.

On both pieces, turn the top serged edge under another 1/4" and press.

Measure down 2" from the top edge and turn the fabric down to meet that mark.  Sew the seam down.

Line up the front and back pieces, RST.  Sew along the three remaining edges to make the sac.  Start and stop sewing just below the top seam.  We are leaving the edges open at the top seam to make a  channel for the cording.

Begin with one piece of cording.  Insert the cording into the front right channel and thread it to the opposite side, being sure not to pull it all the way through.  Insert the same cording piece into the left back channel and thread through to come out the right side.  You have just made a loop with the cording.

Tie a knot at the end of the cording piece that was just threaded through the front and back channel.
Repeat the same process on the left side.  Insert the cord into the front left channel and thread through to the other side.  Insert the same cord into the right back channel and thread it through.  Make a knot with the second cord piece.

Unpick both corners at the bag bottom.  Insert the cords through the bag and push the knots out of the unpicked corners.  The bag is still turned wrong side out.

Secure the cording knots in place at both corners.  I like to stitch over it several times to be sure the seam is strong.

Turn the bag right side out and cinch the cording.  Congratulations!  You have a cute little cinch sac for your little one!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wide Leg Pants Sew Along Day 3

Wide Leg Pants Sew Along Day 3

Line up the crotch pieces and sew together.  Finish seam.

Pin waistband, right sides together and attach.

Turn waistband right side out.  Fold waistband in half WST and press.

Mark waistband and shorts waist into fourths with pins.  Line up pins on waistband and shorts and pin together.

Attach waistband to shorts.  You will need to stretch the waistband between pins to attach.

Press seam.  Almost done!

Working on shorts hemline, serge raw edge.

Press hem under once.

Topstitch hemline.  I like to use a twin needle for the hemline.

Finished!  Enjoy your new shorts.