Kids Can Sew

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Aprons are always fun to wear during the holidays.  They are functional and also very cute!

These take very little fabric. This one uses a fat quarter as the main fabric and for these extra long ties with cute bottom band, you use 1/2 yard of contrasting fabric.

Some of you are asking “What is a fat quarter”?  Good Question!  A fat quarter is a single piece of fabric that is 18″ x 22″.  It is equal to a quarter of a yard of fabric but is cut in a way that you get a larger section.

A typical quarter yard of fabric that you have cut at the fabric store is 9″ x 44″.   You get a narrow but long length of fabric.

At many of the big box fabric stores you will find the precut squares of fat quarters ready for purchase.  I love having a few in fabric stash.

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Supplies:

18″x22″ fabric

1/2 yard contrasting fabric

Thread, scissors

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Cut your 1/2 yard into 3 equal 45″ lengths. Approximately 6″x45″ each. The above photo shows the 3 strips, the 18″x22″. Because it is fall I want to put a leaf on my apron so I have a leaf pattern and Pellon Wonder Under to make a leaf shaped iron on “patch”.

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There are many different ways to use Wonder-Under.  I traced my pattern on to the fusible paper backing. Then ironed it to the backside of fabric and cut out the leaf.  The next step is to peel off the paper portion and iron the leaf in place.  Actually I ironed it on once the project was completed.

Back to the apron  🙂

Cut 1 of the 3 long pieces in half, now there are approximately two 6″ x 22″ pieces.  Next, fold it in half, wrong sides together, so that it is about 3″ x 22″ and press fold.  You will sew this band to the bottom of the fat quarter using a 1/2″ seam allowance.  Iron the seam upwards towards fat quarter.  Top stitch on fat quarter about 1/4″ above band.

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Next fold the sides over 3/8″ twice and sew.

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Sew the 3 remaining strips together with smallest in center to make one long waistband strip.  Place the main apron piece on the center piece of the waistband, right sides together and sew pieces together across the top of the apron piece using a 1/2″ seam allowance.  Press seam upwards so it will be in the waistband.  Also press the top of center waistband 1/2″ as seen in photo below.

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Fold the waistband strip right sides together the full length.  Pin leaving the center above the main apron piece open.  At the ends of the strip cut at an angle to make points.  I usually just fold them over finger press and cut.  You may want to be more accurate.  Mark and measure if you like.

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Now it is ready to sew starting at the main apron piece. Sew to the “points” of the ties. Remember to leave the center open/unsewn for now.

Next you will turn the ties to the right sides and press.  Pin the center back in place and stitch across the main apron at 1/4″ up from pinned edge.

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Then iron on your leaf if you are adding one!  You are done and it is sew cute!

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– Becky Fisher

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We have been making these great fabric candy trays! They are quick and could be done in 1 hr.  I precut everything to make it go quickly.

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You need:

2 – 10″ fabric squares

1 – 10″ non fusible fleece or batting

8 buttons or *1/2″ double fold bias tape; store bought or made from matching fabric

Matching or contrasting thread

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*If using bias tape sew open side and cut 8 – 10″ strips.

1. Place 10″ fabric pieces pretty sides together. Place on 10″ fleece.

* If using ties, pin each tie 2″ from each corner inside fabric. Ties will be inside the fabric.

2. Sew around all 4 sides of fabric leaving a 3″  hole for turning.  Turn fabric right side out.  Press.

3. Top stitch around all 4 sides of square.

* Tie your bows and your done!

4. Pinch each corner and use 2 buttons to sew across the corner to one another. Line up button holes and sew through both sides. Do this on all 4 sides.

All Done and such Cuteness!

– Becky

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Super easy fun Fall Pumpkin DIY tutorial. You won’t be able to stop making these once you start! ???? Happy Sewing!!!

 

STEP 1:
Pick your fabric and find a circle template. You can use a large bowl, lampshade or whatever circular object you can find. Trace the circle directly on the wrong side of your fabric and cut out.

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STEP 2:
Once you’ve cut out your circle, thread a hand needle with button thread. I like to use button thread because it’s much thicker than standard thread so it doesn’t break as easily. Starting on the pretty side of the fabric, stitch up and down approximately 1/2 inch between stitches.

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Continue around the entire circle until you get to where you started finishing with your last stitch coming out on the pretty side of the fabric.

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STEP 3:
Gently pull the two threads where you began and where you ended. As the ends start gathering, you can start adding fiberfill to the pumpkin. Once you’d added all the fiberfill you’d like, tie the two threads in a square knot…I always add a few more knots just to be safe.

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STEP 4:
Starting from the top, wrap some twine or ribbon around the pumpkin as many times as you’d like. I generally wrap around three times. Tie a knot at the top of the pumpkin when you are done and MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE A TAIL OF AT LEAST 4 INCHES.

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STEP 5:
Cut out 6 leaves, each leave is two layers thick, to make a total of 3 leaves. With wrong sides together, stitch around the edges of the leaves at about 3/8 inch. You do not need to stitch along the short straight side. You can make up your own leaf pattern or use this template here.

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STEP 6:
After you have stitched around all your leaves, use pinking shears and trim off the extra fabric from the edges outside of the stitching. Do not pink the straight short edge of the leaf.

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STEP 7:
Thread a hand needle with button thread, stitch the straight ends of the leaves. Pull the beginning thread and ending thread together to gather the leaves and tie a knot.

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STEP 8:
Place the leaves on top of the pumpkin and feed the two ends of twine or ribbon through the center of the leaves. Place a large button over the center of the leaves feeding the same twine or ribbon through the holes in the button and tie in a bow or knot securing the leaves and button to the pumpkin.

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Your pumpkin is DONE!!! Now go make as many pumpkins as you’d like!
ENJOY!!
~ Lyndee Lee

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A student asked if I would help make a few changes to the bag.  Here is how she added a zipper pocket to the inside of her bag.

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Here is what is needed to add the pocket:

10″x15″ piece of fabric

8″ or larger plastic zipper

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Cut out and sew center seams as pattern requires.

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As shown in photo above:  3″ below top of seam of the lining, draw a 7″ line.  3.5″ on each side of seam.  1/2″ below that line draw another. Connect on sides to make a rectangle 7″x 1/2″.

Draw a line down center of rectangle stopping 1/2″ from each side.  Draw lines from corners of rectangle to the center line just drawn.

Pin the 10″x 15″ piece of fabric pretty sides together, behind the rectangle you drew, centered, and 1.5″ below top of seam.  Sew around your rectangle.  At the seams backstitch to strengthen area.

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Cut the center line in rectangle to the corners as shown.

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Pull pocket through the opening and iron.

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Cut zipper to needed size.  Lay zipper over opening , pin and sew in around rectangle from the front of lining piece.

Fold pocket piece up, pin and sew around all 3 sides.

 

You have made a pocket!

– Becky Fisher

Ornament

One of my favorite things is trimming our tree at Christmas.  I love going through all the ornaments with my grownup kids. They enjoy seeing ornaments that were given to them from Girl Scout leaders, sports coaches, teachers, and special people from their youth.  This year I am making ornaments for each of my students. I hope some day they will see it in their ornament collection and remember fondly their first experience with sewing!

I saved a piece of scrap fabric from each student and bought some clear vinyl.  I found a circle size I liked for the vinyl.  The fabric is doubled (because I want pretty side both on back and inside vinyl) and it is cut a bit larger than vinyl.  You need a piece of ribbon long enough to loop.  Zigzag vinyl on fabric. I stop and stuff while still sewing on machine and continue zigzagging to close.  Then I use pinking shears to trim edges.

Another option:   You can use the KCS Pattern Pantry Rag Keychain pattern for this or use the other Rag Keychain shapes.

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The metal thimbles were a great deal at Amazon.  I use yellow headed long quilting pins in the class so I wanted to put one in. Add a couple buttons or anything sewing related and you have the insides.

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– Becky

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Easy Fleece Cap

We are making Fall and holiday gifts. Yes, even in Florida we can get a few weeks of cold weather. And a cap is great!

This is another easy quick and inexpensive idea.

You need:

1/3 yd fleece; thread; embellishments (optional)

Measure students head. Fleece is stretchy so you don’t need to add more than your seam allowance. I have the students add 1 inch and sew with 1/2″ seam allowance.

To embellish ours we used felt leaves to give a “pumpkin” look!

Cut your fabric 12″ x (head measurement plus 1″). Sew the seam, stopping and back stitching 2″ from the top. Cut 2″ strips across top of hat. Use a piece of thinly cut fleece to tie around bottom of strips. We hand stitched leaves in place. Happy Fall!

Felt

A bit of inspiration from these little ones requests, some imagination, and some colorful felt sheets is what was needed to bring some smiles.   This summer everyone was talking about Minions so my little students made some pillows.  After this first sewing experience these darlings asked specifically to make something Pokemon and Hello Kitty.

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The next visit we hand stitched everything on except the kitty whiskers, they were fabric glued. Then we sewed over them by machine when we put the front and back together.

I keep a stack of different colors of felt sheets for the young students to use for their designs.

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I have 2 little Janome machines for very little ones to begin on.  They look like toys but they have powered through all the KCS level 1 patterns including layers of denim! You will see them on Amazon under $70.

Can’t wait to see what my “Littlest Stitchers” come up with next!

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This is the easy pencil bag we make at camp.

They are made of the vinyl that is fabric backed.

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2 – 11″x6″ fabric pieces

1 10″ zipper

Use matching or a contrasting thread.   I used black thread so you can see it on this blog.

 

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Place the zipper upside down and clip to pretty side of fabric.

With a zipper foot sew down one side. To get around zipper pull it back to where you have sewn.

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Next attach zipper to other piece of fabric in same fashion. Sew it on same way as above.

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Once zipper is attached, top stitch along edge near zipper and fabric edge.

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Sew pivoting at corners.  Clip corners on bottom and along the 3 edges.  Turn out to form bag.   Easy!!

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– Becky Fisher

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My students are loving the t shirt and tank top dresses we have been working on.  There is a wonderful program called “Dress A Girl Around The World” that makes similar dresses and sends them to impoverished countries. You can find blogs with instructions all over the web.   I had made several to donate and showed them to the students and they LOVED them.

Here is my favorite pattern on this website:

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You need a basic t shirt, tank or v neck tee.  45″ width Cotton fabric from 3/4 yd to 1 1/4 yd depending on student size.

Because we are using the width of 44/45 fabric and will be using the selvedge as our side seam that limits the size for gathering or pleats.  If your student needs more than a 45″ width to include some gathering, you will need more fabric.

Here is a the basic instructions:

Decide how much of t shirt bottom you want to remove.  You can leave more length on t shirt if you want a drop waist or cut to have t shirt hit at waist.

Measure from edge of t shirt to length of skirt you desire.  Add seam allowance on top and hem amount on bottom.  This total is the length of fabric you need. Double amount if you need more than 44″.

Next you sew and press your side seam.  Decide if you want pleat or gather around top of skirt portion of dress.  Measure around bottom of t shirt, and gather/pleat skirt to same.  Place pretty sides together and attach to t shirt.  Hem skirt.

Check out some of the many tutorials online or the Dress A Girl website.

– Becky Fisher

 

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And he is so easy to make!

Cut out and prep owl as pattern call for.  You will need some extra main fabric to cut out the pocket.

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Use this portion of the pattern.  I removed the top taped across eyes portion.

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Cut pattern in half down the middle.  Lay out on top of pattern paper or poster board to make new pattern. Open 6″ or more on top and trace bottom, sides, and across the six inches.

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Straighten everything up a bit on bottom and bring sides up high enough as shown in picture.  This is now your additional back piece to cut out for pocket.

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Next is the casing for elastic. We folded 1/2″ and another 1″.  We used 1/2″ elastic and it worked well for my campers to pull through easily.

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Pin and baste your piece to the owl back.  Then sew together as pattern describes.

Now you have a PJ pocket!

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– Becky Fisher