Month: May 2018

Super Simplicity Bow Tie with Cricut Maker

Super Simplicity Bow Tie with Cricut Maker

This simple bow tie is a fun project to make with your Cricut! Simplicity and Cricut are sponsoring me to make adorable this project, any opinions given are completely my own.

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Simple Bow Tie

This bow tie is easy to make with your Cricut Maker! My love affair with this little machine and Simplicity patterns is never ending! The Simplicity sewing pattern for this design is downloaded from Cricut Design Space to your Cricut, and precisely cut! All that is left to do is sew it together! Super fast construction and practically no effort on your part, not at all like cutting out a pattern on your own where there are so many steps to follow! This is the future of sewing!

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Our son needed a fun bow tie to wear to a graduation party. He didn’t want to spend a lot of money and I decided to make him one instead from this beautiful cotton fabric I had in my stash.

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Bow Tie Supplies Needed (affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you when you make a purchase.):

1. Cricut Maker (affiliate link)

2. Simplicity Bow Tie Pattern from Cricut Design Space, and printed pdf sewing directions

3. 5/8 yard woven cotton fabric

4. Rotary Fabric Cutting Blade

5. Fabric Grip Mat (pink)

6. Two sew on snaps

7. Cricut Fabric Pen

6. Sewing supplies, thread, pins, sewing machine

 

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Simplicity Bow Tie with Cricut Maker|Chambray blues blog|www.chambrayblues.com

Directions:

1. Trim fabric to be cut 9″ x 15″ for the 12 x 24″ fabric mat (keep the grain parallel to the 9″ side). Place fabric face down on mat, roll with Cricut roller to press in firmly in place FACE DOWN on mat.

2. Read through the sewing directions so you understand how the tie is put together before beginning.

3. Insert fabric grip mat into Cricut and cut the pattern. This pattern is a size 3T, which was a little small for my guy. So, I cut it TWICE from the same fabric and made the neck band longer to fit him. Read on…

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4. Pin bow sections right sides together and stitch along top and bottom long edge, leaving ends free. I measured my pieces to be sure they would be proportioned large enough for my son’s neck. They were a good size.

5. Turn bow Right side out. Stitch ends together. Bring seam to center.

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6. I added a little top stitching on either end of the bow to keep it in place.

7. Fold the band in half lengthwise. With right sides together, stitch raw edges of TWO band pieces together leaving an opening to turn on long edge (band should be long enough to go comfortably around the neck, and over lap by about 2″). Trim corners, then turn right side out and press.

8. Top stitch opening closed on band, or slip stitch with a needle and thread.

9. Turn know right side out, bring seam to center on underside and press in place. Fold in half lengthwise.

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10. Wrap center bow piece around middle of bow and attach to center front of band with slip stitch through all layers.

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11. Sew snaps on by hand at back of band, about 1″ apart.

 

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Simplicity Bow Tie with Cricut Maker|Chambray blues blog|www.chambrayblues.com

This tie looks so perfect on him, no one would ever know it’s really designed for a small child. My son had a ball at his party and has requested a couple more ties to go with some of his other outfits. So cool! Thanks to Simplicity and Cricut for sponsoring this post!

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Want to see what else you can make with your Cricut? Check out these other Simplicity Pattern ideas:

Make an Upcycled Denim Hat from Old Jeans

How to Make a Recycled Denim Ruffled Purse with Cricut and Simplicity

5 Step Easy Headband

3 Step Easy T-Shirt Pattern Hack

What You Should Know About the Cricut Maker

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How to Make a Recycled Denim Ruffled Purse with Cricut and Simplicity

How to Make a Recycled Denim Ruffled Purse with Cricut and Simplicity

This is such a fun project to make with your Cricut! The Simplicity sewing pattern is cut to size on the Cricut machine and ready to sew in minutes!

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 Sew a Denim Ruffled Purse

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.


My Cricut has been going non-stop lately. I have been cranking out the projects and pushing my little machine to it’s limits. Cricut and Simplicity Patterns have sponsored me for this campaign, and I am so excited to share this project with you! Cricut has a great partnership with Simplicity Sewing Patterns, there are many options available in Cricut Design Space for sewing patterns that you can use with your Cricut Maker. This Ruffled Purse project is easy to download and cut out in minutes. My fabrics for this project came from my large scrap bag of old jeans and a remnant of a cotton batik pillowcase. The legs were removed from the jeans, flattened and cut to fit on the Cricut mat. Here are my top tips for making your project a success!

This is the future of sewing! Simplicity and Cricut are hard at work to develop and release more sewing patterns in the near future. Having the patterns cut on the Cricut machine is so much more efficient, saving time, fabric, and energy! Can’t wait to see what else they will come up with in the future!

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How to Use Recycled Denim (or other recycled material) in the Cricut:

1. Remove bulky seams as much as possible. For this project it was helpful to view each cutting layout in Design Space on the mat before it was cut. I was able to plan out where the denim seams would fall (and place them in between pattern pieces), and keep them out of the way of the cutting knife as much as possible. The Cricut Maker can cut through a lot of material, but cutting through the bulky denim seams is rather risky. I had to restart my machine once or twice when it got stuck on the seam. My machine was able to cut through the side seam of my jean leg, you can see it in the photo above at the center front and back of the purse. It looks very natural, like it was planned to be there!

2. Use a clean fabric mat. Denim shreds a lot of debris when cut. By using a clean mat, or even a new one each time the pieces were cut I was able to achieve crisp adhesion and get clean cuts with the fabric blade. Be sure the fabric is truly stuck to the mat, I used a Cricut rolling tool to be sure it was adhered as much as possible.

3. Place fabric right side down on the mat. As per cutting directions, the right side of the fabric should be face down.

4. Use a dark colored pen for marking. I realized too late that my blue fabric marking pen is too light in color to show up on the denim fabric. Use a dark colored fabric pen in the Cricut machine for marking when using denim.

Ready to start?? Here we go!

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Supplies Needed (affiliate links are included for your convenience):

• Cricut Maker

•Rotary Fabric Cutting Blade

•Simplicity Ruffled Purse Sewing Pattern

•One pair old denim jeans legs removed, about 5/8 yard total (can be several different pieces)

•Cotton batik printed fabric for ruffles and purse lining, about 5/8 of a yard

•Pellon Craft Fuse Interfacing, 1/2 yard

•Thread

•Fabric Grip Mat 12 x 24″

•Hook and loop tape (optional)

 

 

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Cutting Directions:

  1. Download and print the pdf sewing directions for the Simplicity Ruffle Purse Pattern from Design Space.
  2. Hand cut the denim pieces to fit on the mat. Keep in mind the direction of the grain as specified for each cut.
  3. Cut one 9 x 23″ piece of interfacing.
  4. Cut 10 x 16″ piece of contrasting print batik fabric for purse lining with grain running parallel to the 10″ side.
  5. Cut one 8 x 20″ piece of contrasting print batik fabric for purse ruffle with grain running parallel to the 20″ side.
  6. Cut one 12 x 20″ piece of denim with grain running parallel to the 20″ side.
  7. Cut one 4 x 20″ piece of denim with grain running to parallel to the 20″ side.

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Purse Assembly:

1. Apply fusible interfacing to wrong side of purse front and back pieces.

2. Sew long ends of ruffle with a 3/8″ narrow hem.

3. Gather ruffle with a 5.0 basting stitch, sewing along marked center line. Stitch to front of purse with 3.0 top stitch along center of ruffle.

4.Apply interfacing to denim purse handles. Stitch ends of handles together.

5. Sew purse front and back in place on handles, matching circles and notches. Clip curves, press.

6. Assemble lining, repeating step 5. Attach lining to purse with right sides together matching circles and notches, leaving opening at bottom for turning.

7. Turn right side out, top stitch bottom opening closed. Press seams. Tie ends of straps together.

8. Hand sew hook and loop tape on purse for closure if desired.

Thanks to Cricut and Simplicity for sponsoring this post!

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My little Ruffled purse will be a great addition to my collection of Cricut made projects, this denim hat is another Simplicity pattern that is available for the Cricut. Don’t forget to Pin these projects! You can read the full Woman’s Hat tutorial here:

Make an Upcycled Denim Hat from Old Jeans

What You Should Know About the Cricut Maker

5 Step Easy Headband

3 Step Easy T-Shirt Pattern Hack

How to Read a Sewing Pattern Envelope

 

 

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Make an Upcycled Denim Hat from Old Jeans

Make an Upcycled Denim Hat from Old Jeans

This cute hat uses recycled denim, cut up your old jeans and make them into something fun and new!

Upcycled Denim Hat|Chambray Blues Blog|chambrayblues.com

 

I have a large pile of old denim jeans for making unique sewing projects. This cute hat is made from a Simplicity pattern for the Cricut Maker. Using denim in the Cricut machine was a bit of a challenge, but it worked out quite well. Thanks to Cricut and Simplicity for sponsoring this post! Curious as to how this works??? Read on!

My Cricut Maker has become my indispensable tool in my sewing room. I have used it for many things, the options are endless.  Simplicity has a number of great patterns for the Cricut machine. You can see the complete list of options here in the Cricut Design Space.  To make the Woman’s Hat, you will need the following supplies:

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Supplies:

(affiliate links are included for your convenience)

Cricut Maker

Rotary Cutting Blade

Pink Fabric mats

2 pairs of old jeans in different shades of denim (one light and one dark), about 1/3″ yard of each

Thread

Scissors

Sewing Machine

Upcycled Denim Hat|Chambray Blues blog|Chambrayblues.com

Directions:

  1. Purchase the Simplicity Woman’s Hat pattern and print off pdf sewing directions.
  2. Cut the legs off of the jeans. Cut the legs open along seam line, remove extra seam leaving a smooth fabric for the machine to cut. It was helpful to look at how the pattern pieces will be cut on the mat by previewing the pattern before you actually cut. Cut the light colored denim first for the top and sides of the hat. Cut denim fabric to size as per pattern directions. Lay the denim WRONG side up on the fabric mat, press in place with a roller or by hand to smooth out any bubbles.
  3. Insert the mat into the Cricut, be sure to select the HEAVY DENIM FABRIC setting when cutting.
  4. Remove mat and cut pieces. Clean mat with the scraping tool before applying the next fabric, the denim sheds a lot of debris when cut.
  5. Next cut the sides of the hat as directed by the Cricut design space, again use the light colored denim.
  6. Cut the dark denim last, for the hat brim.

Tips for cutting denim:

1. Keep the mat clean so the denim will stick to it. I found that when the mat was dirty it wouldn’t hold the fabric in place. Using a new fabric mat seemed to work the best.

2. Try to position any remaining seams so the are between the pattern pieces as the machine cuts it. The Cricut was able to cut through about 70% of my denim seams, I did have to restart it once or twice because it got stuck on the thick fabric and cut through the rest of the seam by hand with a scissors after the piece was removed from the machine. The Cricut does an amazing job cutting, asking it to cut through such thick, heavy material repeatedly is probably not the best use of the machine. Cricut sponsors me to go where no user has gone before, and I enjoy pushing my machine to the limit of it’s capability. Please, just be aware that if you decide to cut through impossibly heavy seams you could potentially risk having damaging your machine.

3. There were some denim fabrics that cut easier than others. Fiber contents are all different, and behave differently in the Cricut machine. You may have less trouble cutting thinner, stretchy denim than the old fashioned thickly woven denim fabrics. I used the heavier type denim for this project because that’s what I had available.

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Sewing Directions:

1. Stitch the side seams together from the 1 and 2 the pattern pieces by placing a #2 in the middle and attaching piece #1 on either side. End seam at the circle at top.

2. Repeat for the back side of the hat.

3. Stitch front and back together, ending seams at circles.

4. Sew the sides of the hat together using piece #3, and attaching piece #4 on either side stopping stitching at circles. Repeat for the back side.

5. Pin top of hat to the sides, matching circles and dots. Stitch together to form crown of hat. Press seams open.

6. Assemble brim, sew center back seam together. Repeat for facing (I did not use any interfacing because the denim was plenty sturdy).

7. Sew brim pieces with right sides together. Turn right side out. Press. I added a row of top stitching 1/4″ from top edge for a crisp look.

8. Apply brim to WRONG side of hat, matching notches. Stitch. Turn brim to outside of hat. Press in place.

9. Tack brim in place at center back seam if desired.

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This hat was a fun project. It is a rather small size finishing about 22 1/2″ around. When I make this pattern again I will cut a few extra pieces to add to the sides and crown to make it larger. The originally Simplicity pattern called for fleece fabric which has a bit more stretch than the denim. To add to the fun hat, I pinned a vintage broach on the brim. Thanks to Cricut and Simplicity for sponsoring this post!

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What You Should Know About the Cricut Maker

5 Step Easy Headband

3 Step Easy T-Shirt Pattern Hack

Scrappy Denim Boho Necklace Tutorial

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How to Sew a Sunny Raincoat

This raincoat will make you feel cheery on any rainy day! Here’s my top tips for making a waterproof coat!

 

I feel in love with this yellow Gortex fabric the minute I saw it. Something about a bright yellow coat is so happy on a rainy day. This was my first attempt at sewing rain wear, and I learned so much from it. High tech fabrics such as Gortex are a completely different animal, here’s how to get the best results from your rainwear project. For this coat, I used pdf pattern #1030 the Waver Jacket from Paper Cut Patterns. Overall it was fairly easy to assemble, but read on for the one thing that the designer could have done better!

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Waterproof Fabric Tips

1. Water proof fabrics require special care when cutting. You can’t use pins because they put holes in the fabric. Also, Gortex in particular has a rubber backing that is very thick and pins won’t poke through it. You will need to use pattern weights, and lots of them when laying out the pattern to cut.

2. Fusible interfacing doesn’t work with this type of fabric. I tried ironing some on at low heat (so the fabric doesn’t melt), and though it seemed like it was working the glue did not hold in the long run. Use a sew in interfacing instead for this project.

3. A walking foot is essential for sewing this “sticky” fabric. One side of the fabric is slick, the other sticks like glue to everything. It gets stuck under the presser foot and doesn’t move as you are sewing. If you don’t have a walking foot, you could try using a piece of freezer paper under the presser foot to help it slide under the presser foot.

4. A sharp needle is a must. I used a size 14 all purpose needle for this project.

5. Good quality thread makes a huge difference, Gutterman thread was recommended by the fabric supplier and that’s what I used. Fabric was purchased from Seattle Fabrics.com.

6. Making buttonholes was challenging. The pattern had buttons and snaps as options, I decided on buttons because they were easy to find. I think snaps would have worked better because the button holer kept sticking to the fabric as I mentioned above and was very cumbersome to use. I made several mistakes with my buttonholes, and I just have to live with how they turned out.

7. You can’t rip out stitches with this type of fabric because it leaves holes. You only get one chance to do it right, and for the same reasons Gortex is just difficult to work with.

Waver Jacket Pattern Review

I have not sewn with many pdf patterns, as I usually just stick with one of the name brands. This pdf was overall well designed, but I spotted a couple of things that could have made this project turn out so much better.

1. The Center front wasn’t cut on the straight grain: This may seem like a small detail, but this one change could have made this coat so much better. Grain line placement makes a huge difference in how the finished coat hangs. As you can see from my photos, the coat appears to have too much fullness at center front, and hides the buttons when hanging. This is because the marked grain line was at an angle to the center front, generally a no-no in the design world. Particularly with center front button plackets, the front grain must be cut on the straight grain for the best result. I knew I should have changed it when I cut it, but for some reason I didn’t. Live and learn from my mistake!

2. Pocket placement could be better: The pockets are way to close to the center front. I did alter the pattern and added extra fullness at the side seam. The pockets should have been moved at least 2″ closer to the side seam.

3. Lining hem could be longer: Most quality coats have what is called a jump hem. That is, a hem that has 1/2″ or more extra length in the lining so that when you move your arms and shoulders the extra length keeps the hem hanging straight and doesn’t pull up as you move. This coat was not designed this way and I discovered too late that the hem pulls up in an unattractive manor when moving about. If I make it again, I will add extra 1″ of length to the lining. For now, I stitched the hem of the lining independently from the jacket, allowing the extra movement that is needed.

Overall this was a challenging project. The fabric I chose was not easy to work with, but I am still pleased with it. My purpose in making this jacket was to have something to wear for walking outside and working in the yard on wet days. The jacket serves it’s purpose even though it isn’t as perfect as I would like. The color alone makes me happy every time I put it on.

I have plans to try sewing a couple of other rain coats in the future, so stay tuned for more!

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Scrappy Denim Boho Necklace Tutorial

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Scrappy Denim Boho Necklace Tutorial

Scrappy Denim Boho Necklace Tutorial

Making things from scraps that you normally throw away will help you take your sewing to the next level! Not only is it challenging, but so much better for the environment! This Scrappy Denim Boho Necklace is a great project to use up odds and ends in your fabric stash.

 

Scrappy Denim Boho Necklace

Hi, I’m Jessica! I blog over at Designers Sweet Spot.com (lifestyle blog) and I have a new sewing blog at Chambray Blues.com. Deborah and I are great friends because we both love recycling! I am excited to share this easy project with you today! I saw a necklace like this recently that retailed for $70.00. It was just scraps of material! Crazy amount of money to spend for a simple piece, so I decided to make my own.

Scrappy Denim Boho Necklace|Chambraybluesblog|chambrayblues.com

This project is a great way to use up those old clothes that you would normally give to the thrift store. I used scraps of old denim jeans, t-shirts, an old pillow case and some fabric from the thrift store to make this piece. This would be a fun project for kids too! Here’s how you can make your own Scrappy Denim Boho Necklace:

Supplies Needed:

•scraps of old denim jeans, cut into 1/2″ strips

•double stitched seams cut off old jeans, any length

•strips of old t-shirts or knit fabric cut into 1/2″ strips in different lengths and colors (I used yellow and green)

•strips of blue and white print, cut 1/2″ wide in different lengths (this was an old pillow case)

•fabric scissors or rotary cutter

•sewing machine (optional)

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Strips of light and dark denim

Directions:

  1. Cut pieces of denim into 1/2″ wide strips. I used the double stitched seam from several pairs of jeans in different colors. Cut the fabric close to the seam edge on both sides.
  2. Cut additional strips of denim, about 1/2″ with a scissors or rotary cutter.
  3. Cut strips of t-shirts or jersey fabric 1/2″ wide. If the t-shirts are printed it’s even better because the print will add more color to your necklace. Strips can be in any length.
  4. Cut strips of one print fabric into 1/2″ wide pieces. These should be roughly the same length as your other pieces.
  5. Pile all the pieces together and look at the colors. You can add or subtract the colors as you wish.
  6. Design your necklace on a form or on yourself while looking in the mirror.

    Boho Necklace Assembly

Design your necklace by draping pieces of fabric around the neck of a dress form or on yourself while looking in the mirror. I recently rescued this mannequin from the trash and she has come in pretty handy for this purpose!

Some of the shorter strips of fabric were tied together to make longer circles to drape around the neck. You can tie the t-shirt or knit jersey pieces of fabrics together and trim the ends as needed.

Sew some of the ends of the denim fabrics together in circles to reduce bulk instead of tieing them if they are too thick. Layer the pieces around the neck in a circular fashion and down either side of the front neck until you achieve the look you are after.

Pieces can be trimmed in length as you wish. My necklace has pieces that drape almost to my waist.

Use one piece of jersey or t-shirt material to secure all of the loose pieces together at the back neck. Tie the wrap piece on, twist it tightly around all of the fabric strips and make a knot to finish. Trim the ends and hide the knot under the rest of the fabric.

You are all set to wear your creation! Thanks to Salvage Sister and Mister for having me post today!

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