Tutorial | Adding Pockets

Ever have the perfect pair of pants or shorts that are just missing that one thing every kid wants??  You know what i’m talking about… pockets!   Pockets are a simple thing to add, especially with pants that have a side seam.  Today i’m going to use the Elliedactyl 10k Joggers as my example but you can adapt the same instructions to other patterns as well.


Start out by cutting your pattern pieces out and then set aside the back, we don’t need those until later.

Take your front pieces and make a mark about 3.5″ from the side edge and about 4.5″ from the top edge.  Then cut a curve to connect the marks cutting out your pocket opening. This is a size 2 pair of joggers, so keep in mind the larger pants your making the bigger you will need to make the opening, so this is just a guideline.

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Now we make the pocket piece.  Using the piece you just cut out as a guide lay it on your fabric and draw your new pocket.

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Cut two bands 1.5″ wide and about 1-1.5″ shorter than your pocket opening.

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Press wrong sides together matching long sides and stitch to pocket opening.

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Lay your pocket lining piece right side to the wrong side of your pants piece. Stitch along the edge of the lining to attach.  I used a coverstitch but you can just use a straight stitch or zig zag, whatever your preference is.

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Press the pocket binding flat and continue with the instructions for your pants as written. Be careful to make sure the binding stays pressed seam down.

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Like the pattern I used?  Its a FREE pattern, all you have to do is join the Elliedactyl group on Facebook (HERE)  and you’ll find a discount code!

Tutorial | Knit Drawstring for Just Pennies a Yard 

It seems like every time I turn around I find myself falling in love with a pattern that needs a drawstring, or a hood string and while I could just cut a strip of the fabric I’m working with it’s so nice to have a few neutral (or custom) colors on hand ready to go.

Wouldn’t it be nice to know you could make over 30 yards for under $5??  Keep reading…

I picked up a few t-shirts from the local big box for I think $4.88 each.  You could also easily recycle a few used shirts from hubbys closet or Goodwill/Salvation Army. The key is to make sure they DO NOT have a side seam.

Lay it out and cut off the top from arm to arm leaving you with a big tube.

Starting with the raw edge, line up your ruler so taht it’s at an angle going from zero to 3/4″ (if you want thicker string you can increase the ending amount but that’s my preferred size).




Make the first cut so that your left with this uneven tail.

Now rotate the fabric so that the tail moves to the right and line up your ruler to cut along 3/4″ from the edge.  You won’t angle it again, just the first cut.  Now as you go it will be like peeling an apple in a spiral.  (Best description I have sorry! Haha!)




You just keep cutting and rotating until you get to the end.

Go through the whole strand and give it a little pull/stretch and you’ll see the edges curl in and your left with perfect drawstring for your next project.  No seams, so you can just cut the length you neeed every time!  I keep mine wrapped in a card for easy storage.


Now there’s no excuse to leave the drawstring out of those cute shorts on your list!

GIVEAWAY | Did you win a free pattern??

Thank you to everyone who stopped by my blog stop on the Riley Blake Goldilocks tour!  If you missed the original post you can take a look here.

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I really loved hearing about what your favorites were from both Riley Blake and The Simple Life Pattern Co. and if you were inspired to try a new pattern I’d love to see what you create!  If you share on IG please feel free to tag me @beribeedesigns or #beribeeblog and so I can check it out!

Now for the moment you’ve been waiting for… we have a winner for the pattern of your choice!

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Congrats Fenna!!  I’ve sent you an email also so be thinking about what pattern you’d like!

 

Pattern Highlight | 11th Hour Gear by New Horizons

I recently had an opportunity to sew up a few versions of the 11th Hour Gear pattern from New Horizons for Pattern Revolution.  Since I had such a hard time picking from the 100’s of photos I took I thought I’d share a few here also!

Think he’s excited??

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For Reid’s top I used the softest, most cozy french terry from Jumping June Textiles.  Of course after I make this we start having 60/70 degree weather in February haha!

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He’s a big fan of pockets!  I really love this hidden pocket, its such a great look. And how cute are these joggers?  They actually go full length but his sister thought he looked cool with them pulled up, haha!  For the joggers (and the pocket) I used one of my favorite fabrics, these stars from TKBPrints, they seriously go with everything!

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The 11th Hour pattern actually comes with TWO pants patterns, so I also made this pair of sweats for Ryleigh.  We’ve hit an athletic phase where i’m fairly certain if she could wear activewear every day she would, so I suppose its time to stock up more french terry.  This heathered blue I picked up at Joann Fabrics.  She’s worn them I think 3 times since I finished so i’m going to say she approves, haha.

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Look for a minute they even love each other!

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Who loves their 11th Hour Gear???

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This pattern boasts so many options I couldn’t get them all made myself but check out today’s post on Pattern Revolution for more!

 

Blog Tour | Goldilocks and Molly

What, you thought I was going to say three bears??  Haha! Well, techincally  you’re right but not today.

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I am always thrilled to be part of sharing new fabrics from Riley Blake.  This gorgeous new collection from Jill Howarth is no exception.  She has such a whimsical but very classic illustration of the ever loved Goldilocks and the Three Bears story.  I only touch on a few of the colors/prints but you can see the full collection here.

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I knew I wanted my pattern choice to be a more simple style but still something that highlighted the main scene as well as the coordinates.  The Molly Dress from The Simple Life Pattern Co was perfect!  With the updated slim peter pan collar, it has a modern twist on a very classic look.

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I modified the pattern slightly to include a bottom band and tuxedo ruffle, utilizing this beautiful teal mushroom coordinate and this ever so subtle hatch also in teal.

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For the collar I decided on the cream bears, again its a subtle print but works amazing with the collection.

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The back of the Molly dress is probably my favorite aspect of the design.  The lower scoop back with the continued collar is stunning!

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My sweet model was a little under the weather (she’s usually all smiles) but was such a trooper to still work with me on these!

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Now for my surprise!!
Katie from The Simple Life has graciously to give away any pattern of your choice from her collection! How awesome is that?!?!

Enter HERE

There are still several days left of our tour so don’t miss any of the other fabulous inspiration using the Goldilocks collection.  Be sure to check Riley Blake for links to the participating bloggers each day.

Blog Tour | One Thimble Issue 14

I can’t believe its already time for a new One Thimble issue!!  Seems like just yesterday I shared Issue 13 (maybe because it was one of the last few posts i’ve written… man that was a long holiday break, huh? sorry!)
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I feel like I say it every issue but Jen and the contributors really knocked it out of the park!  Inside of Issue 14 you’ll find 10 full patterns, 6  awesome tutorials, 4 cool techniques to try, articles about your handmade business and a partridge in a pear tree… haha just kidding about the partridge but the rest is no joke!   OH… and if you get your issue before 2/13, you’ll get an early bird bonus!


These issues are so chalk full of information that printing them would be insanely expensive, so One Thimble is neatly packed into an E-Zine that you can easily swipe/scroll through on your table or pc and the patterns are all provided in PDF form so you can just print what you need.  It’s GENIUS!  and it keeps the price at only $25 AUD (for us girls in the US its under $20!!)

I’m dying to try the fabric covered snaps, and make a belt… do you know how hard it is to find toddler belts???
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I whipped up the romper from Thread Faction for my little guy and seriously I see about 100 more of these for our summer months!   I had planned a tee under it but he had a mind of his own this morning so we went with it… SO. IN. LOVE.
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I used an organic cotton interlock from Birch Fabrics, it was the perfect weight and so soft!  I also found some vintage buttons in the stash from my grandmother that were exactly what it needed.  These straps are non-functioning, but really easy to get on/off.  This goes from a 2T to 10 so I might try to convince miss opinionated 9 to try one too, if i’m lucky, lol
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I also made one of the Hottie Covers.  I thought i’d move away from my norm and try this piecing, its so fun!! I’d have to say I think he likes it.  AND If you’re thinking to yourself, “We don’t even own a hot water bottle for that”…  never fear, I have a solution that i’ll be sharing later this week!
I used some knit scraps that were laying around and fleece but this would also be a great project to upcycle some old sweaters.

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Want to see more inspiration from this issue??  Check out the other blogs on our tour, there are some fabulous items to share!

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Blog Tour | Boys Can Wear Pink – Season 3

In a time where gender roles seem to still be so prominent, its nice to see that my efforts as a parent to let him be who he wants to be are paying off.  He seamlessly goes from playing with his trains and trucks to superheroes to dolls.  I’m sure it doesn’t hurt that he has a big sister… of course all her dolls and toys seem so sparkly and exciting (since they are supposed to be off limits) compared to his.  It’s really not uncommon to find him playing with her American Girls while she isn’t looking.

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It’s hard to believe this is the 3rd year I’m getting to participate in such an awesome movement.   With age comes independence and choices and this kid is starting to know what he wants, what he likes.  If you ask him to pick a color, he’d probably say purple, which is really just about as good as getting him in pink in my book. Lucky for me, he’s an easy kid… pockets and hoods.  That’s all he really cares about when i’m sewing for him.

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So pockets and a hood is what he got!  We used the nest pattern from New Horizons, the 11th Hour Gear collection.  Seriously folks this pattern has it all!  It includes a top, 2 styles of bottoms (joggers and lounge pants) and comes in sizes 3-6m all the way to big kid 16.

I lined the pockets with the pink beetles and also added it for the cuff of his joggers (although a little harder to see).  Can you tell he’s gearing up for baseball season?  He swings just about anything… maybe that’s just a boy thing?

 

Seriously though, photographing a 2.5 year old???  Most of our pictures looked like that… always on the go!  Believe it or not, I got a few standing still but we just couldn’t lose that shovel, haha!

Our fabric choice this year is from Znok Designs, pink for sure, but look at all those bugs!  I had planned on using it for Ryleigh but honestly I’m loving it for him!

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For the hoodie I went with a German patter from a company called Rockerbuben.  The Mini Flo.  Euro patterns can have a learning curve for sure but with the help of Google translate and a little bit of experience they can be really awesome!

I’d been looking for a new hoodie pattern (you know to add to the 20 that I already have, haha!)  This one stood out to me, I loved the colorblocking and the little insert in the hood, so fun!

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He was SO determined to get this sucker picked up with the shovel, LOL

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Apparently he wasn’t the only one who really wanted that sucker either… hahahaha!  Meet our monster goldendoodle,  Lilo!  I don’t think I’ve shared much since we got her, but my guess is she will find her way in to our pics here and there.

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Thanks for stopping by to check out our look during this season of Boys Can Wear Pink, its so fun to share with everyone!  But…. You know what makes this blog tour even better? (yes, I know its hard to believe thats possible) — PRIZES!!

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ENTER HERE

Pattern of choice from Titchy Threads
$15 shop credit from Sofilantjes
Pattern of choice from Twig + Tale
Pattern of choice from Pickle Toes Patterns
Pattern of choice from stitchART
Mystery pack of fabric and three yard pre-order credit from Piccadilly (bundles excluded)

Be sure to follow along with the rest of our tour, there are so many amazing kiddos that are are excited to share!

Monday: Handmade Boy, Paisley Roots, Phat Quarters, Wild & Wanderful, Max California,

Blog Tour – One Thimble E-zine Issue 13

My how time flies!!  I can’t believe its already release day for a new issue of One Thimble!   I’m hoping by now some of you have bought past issues and have been able to enjoy first hand all the awesomeness that lies in those virtual pages.  This issue is no different!
(NOTE: the following contains affiliate links)

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What you can expect when you get your issue –

  • 258 pages filled with informative articles, tips and pattern pieces
  • 10… yes, TEN patterns!
  • Active hyperlinks throughout, making it super simple to jump to exactly what you want read or a visit to a shop being advertised (can’t get that with that ‘ol paper magazine!)
  • 3 extra tutorials with directions/cut instructions

PLUS!!!  If you purchase before 11/14 you can get an EARLY BIRD BONUS!  A gorgeous printable 2017 calendar featuring vintage Singer sewing machines.

How much you ask?  While you could expect to drop a pretty penny on such valuable information, each issue is only $25 AUD (at the current conversion thats less than $20 USD)  That works out for us Stateside folks at under $2/pattern!!

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Reading through this issue, I was excited to see an article from Kristie Gilbert of Boo! Designs about sewing with knits.  Knits are my passion for sure and so many people are afraid of trying them.  She has some great ideas and work-around tips for everyone to give knits a shot!  Boo! Designs also has a lovely swim pattern included… stay tuned next week for my pictures of that sewn up!

There are also some fantastic tips about working with and choosing leathers as your medium.  This is the perfect time to try sewing with leather, especially since there is a beautiful clutch pattern included!

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Sakuro Clutch by Little Moo Designs

I also love reading up on the business related articles, making Facebook and Pinterest work more effectively for my own business is always welcome information!

How about a holiday gift guide??  A collection of items you can make for all your fiends and family from issues past… oh yes its there!!  And if you need to give anyone ideas for gifts for you… what about a One Thimble subscription??  Its a gift that keeps giving!

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There is so much more to read but I can’t give away all the good stuff right???  You will have to pick up your own copy to check out the rest!

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Yes… thats really the best picture we got, haha!  Darn 8 yr olds and their attitudes…

Now, I know your thinking… but you said there were 10 patterns and all we’ve heard about are articles…. the wait is over!  I had this fun donut fabric hanging around and it was beyond PERFECT for Danny Donut.  Danny Donut is one of 3 free motion appliques in this issue.  This one is great if you have never done free motion before, as it can really be done as traditional applique as well.

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Danny Donut Kawii Applique by Cut Sew Love

I used the donut fabric on a pair of Orbis Harem Skinny Pants from Sofilantjes.  We went with a cropped version, and no pockets (per miss things request)

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I love the angled button placard, what a fun detail!

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Ryleigh was so proud of the phrase she came up with on her shirt we’d love to share with everyone… how about a free cut file to add the same text to your Danny Donut??   Click HERE to download.

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There is SO SO much more to share from this issue and all the insanely talented ladies below are going to be adding some things in along our tour over the next week so be sure to check in with them all!

11/10 Pattern Revolution, Beri Bee Designs, The Sew and Tell Project, SewSophieLynn

11/11 Create 3.5, GAAFMACHINE

11/12 Tales of a Tester, Little Cumquat, Call Ajaire

11/13 Happy Okapi, Sunflower Seams, Stitches by Laura

11/14 Made by Sara, Candice Ayala, Filles a Maman

11/15 House of Estrela, Snickerdoodle Stew, Swoodson Says

11/16 The Lady and the Gents, Lulu & Celeste, Pear Berry Lane

11/17 Finn’s Door, Blue Wren Handmade, Once Upon a Sewing Machine, Just Add Fabric

CraftingCon | My Wannabe Wizard

I am so excited to finally get to share with you all!  This is my first entry as a contestant for CraftingCon and with this month’s theme of Harry Potter it could not have been more perfect!

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Our whole family is obsessed with Harry Potter.  My husband and I were dating when the movies started coming out and it was a tradition that we see then on opening day with each new release.  I still will argue that the books were 100 times better 🙂

Now that Ryleigh is older, its been so fun to share the Potter Love with her!  She’s been reading the books and we have a Harry marathon at least once a month.  Reid has even gotten into watching with us!!

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We had such a blast creating our look!  (I say we because of course I had Ryleigh’s expert advice!)  As a contestant, the challenged is to sew/craft a look for the theme without making a costume.  To see more of what I made for our entry head over to the CraftingCon blog for the full post.

 

Pattern Review | Made for Mermaids Rowan Raglan

I had the pleasure of sewing up a few versions of the Rowan Raglan and i’m excited to finally be able to share.  I’m totally a sucker for being able to buy 1 pattern and use it for both kiddos AND have it fit both well.  I’m happy to report that this is one unisex pattern that I will most definitely be using again!

Read all about the multitude of options and get some inspiration from a few of the other reviewers on today’s Pattern Revolution blog.

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