Category Archives: Classes

30 minute Ruffle layer Knit skirt

 

I am going to re-post an older post. I get emails from Pinterest with updated pins and things that I might be interested in. Well, funny thing, One of my ruffle skirts made out of an old tablecloth was the picture! The skirt pattern I am re-posting is just as popular, so I’ll start with this simple knit skirt.


I needed another skirt (LOL!) and I have a lot of t-shirt fabric right now. So, I constructed a three layer skirt by making four tubes. The tubes are created from rectangles and then sewn/serged into a tube.

Tube number 1 is the waistband: Waist measurement___ -4″ = Length  x 5″ width

Tube number 2 is the Longest layer. I drafted out a simple A line shaped skirt  based off of my true waist, hip measurements, and length of skirt desired. Add 1 inch to the sides for both the seam allowances and fullness.

Tube number 3 is the next longest layer and I used the drafted number 2 tube for width and added an inch and a half at sides for fullness. For the length I divided my desired length (which was 19″) in thirds plus 1/2″ on top and bottom for seam allowances and hem.

Tube number 4 is the shortest layer. I drafted the same as the number 3 tube and added an inch and a half for fullness. The length is 1/3 of the finished length

I serged number 1 tube and that will become my back seam. I folded that in half with the seams inside and hidden. Set aside while serging or seaming all the rest of the layers.

I serged all the layer tubes at the side seams to make the tubes.

Sew tube number 4 (the shortest layer) to number 2 tube and (longest layer) with a stretch stitch (basically that is a tiny slanted zig-zag) at the top edge.

The middle layer pin on the longest layer making sure the layer above covers the seam. You are basically top-stitching the middle layer onto the skirt.

didn’t worry about finishing the seams because Knit won’t fray apart and the seam will be hidden.

I did sew two rows to make the layer lie flat at a slight zig-zag.

With right side together pin the folded Waistband tube to fit the skirt sections. There will be a gap in the skirt sections as they are wider. Sort of stretch the waist band…Not too much, just enough to fit so there aren’t any “pleats” in the skirt. I serged this all the way around.  I tried it on and I liked it…. but I thought a bit more finishing was needed so I three needled serged (or rolled hemmed) all the layer hems to “clean it up”

I am using a jersey knit which has stretch. I used that stretch to make this a pull on skirt with no added elastic. Just the knit and it stays on quite nicely. The title and posting took way longer than the skirt! Knit is so forgiving

Have fun!

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August 31st Crazy Patch Class

Thursday August 31st Crazy Patch/ Bobbinwork class.

Conway Library Community Room during Sewing Basket time.

Bring the supplies listed below to create one crazy patch square to embellish using your machines fancy stitches and Bobbinwork.

The above are examples of some crazy patch and are embellished with a technique called bobbinwork. The decorative thread is wound on the bobbin. You sew with the right side of the fabric facing the bobbin.

This is embellished with fancy stitches on my machine, but I used bobbinwork as a trim around the edges.

Supplies:

Sewing machine with at least  zig-zag capabilities in good working order. Bring basic sewing supplies like pins, scissors, ripper, machine needles, and extra bobbins.

If trying bobbinwork you will need about a size 10 crochet cotton, 8 perle cotton, or try a skein of floss… Bring matching top thread.

Bring fabric pieces to make approximately a 12″ square. In the picture above there are 10 different scraps that were to be thrown out. You will need one backing piece of fabric about 12″ square along with a piece of batting to match. I will bring extra in case someone is in need of backing and batting. I also will bring some scraps to share… 🙂

More information will be discussed August 10th during our normal time to meet.

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More Bobbinwork

I wanted to add a photo of more Bobbinwork. I wanted and need fresh and new samples for teaching and the work begins now. I am having such a fun time playing with all sorts of techniques and can not wait to be able to share in class! I haven’t even finished with this sample and got so excited I had to share!

Have a terrific and Safe Happy 4th of July!

Evening class write-ups for SATB will follow next week.

SATB 2018 Bobbinwork Pincushion/Caddy

This is an updated class and one that I was asked to teach again. I am happy to offer my recycled soup can sewing caddy. This time I merged it with the ever popular by-the-machine waste container. Last time I focused on embellishing with decorative stitches, this time my focus is Bobbinwork.

If you have never used bobbinwork as a technique this is a perfect learning project. The final project turns out to be a useful pincushion and caddy for all your sewing supplies that need to be handy while sewing.
Supplies needed for class: Sewing machine in good working order. Extra bobbins If your machine uses a special bobbin case specific for bobbinwork, please make sure to bring to class. White construction thread. Basic sewing supplies standard for a successful and comfortable sewing day.

Check with http://www.sewingatthebeach.com/ for dates time and all the info for a terrific sewing retreat and school celebrating 25 years!

SATB 2018 Project Craft Tote Bag

Here is the second day class I am teaching and I have one more to post. I just heard work that the Sewing at the Beach Web site will not be up and running until after July 5th. There was a computer glitch and then the holiday… so be patient.! I hear ladies wanting certain classes wait up until midnight the night before the opening of registration so they can hit send on the fax machine. To be fair it’s first come, first serve and the order the faxes come in are numbered.

I have mentioned and talked about this on my blog previously, and now I’m offering it as a class. 

I used the thirty one bag (floral version) as inspiration and made changes to the design to make it a terrific tote for carrying projects. I knit so having all the supplies, yarn and pattern all together make is quick and easy to grab and go.

More pockets were added  along with the essential interior zippered pocket make this bag super handy and safe.

A basic sewing machine is all that is required along with basic sewing supplies including white/neutral construction thread. You will also need a 90 machine needle. Optional extras would include clover clips instead of pins.

I will post a picture of the exact fabric in December

SATB 2 Day Knit Class for 2018

The class listings are going up at the end of the month for Sewing at the Beach 2018 and I want to add more photos of the classes I am offering. I will post each class individually so it is easier to find and update as SATB gets closer. Here is the Link for any and all information:  http://www.sewingatthebeach.com/

The two day workshop for Knits:

Students have a choice between a t-shirt (sleeveless or short sleeve,) 4 panel skirt, or pillow. These below are a few ideas. Yardage will be provided for this class and the colorways will be announced at a later date.

We are all familiar with Alabama Chanin and her beautiful intensive hand work and design using Jersey knit fabric. I take inspiration from her work but create my garments using the sewing machine and machine embroidery. Come to this 2 day workshop and learn reverse applique and working with knits using our sewing machines, sergers and embroidery machines. However a machine embroidery machine is not required and the designs can be manually stitched for the same effect. Student will be given yardage for the one of the projects being offered. The options are: Knit Skirt, Knit T-Shirt, or knit pillow. Knits are wonderful to create garments with and the embellishments can turn a simple T-shirt in to Haute Couture. What ever you choose to make, no two garments will be the same. These will be one of a kind art wear!
Yardage fabric will be supplied. The pattern will be created the first morning, the design layout will be the first afternoon. The second day is dedicated to stitching and creating!
Supplies:
Bring your best fitting T-Shirt to copy the pattern if you want to make a t-shirt.. I want the best fitting and favorite wearing shirt for you, especially at the neck and shoulder seams. If you would like to make the skirt, the pattern is a simple four panel skirt made with your measurements
Tissue paper/ drafting paper, or crafting paper to trace and make your pattern pieces. Paper scissors and marking pencil/pen and tape measure.
Good sharp scissors for comfortably cutting and trimming. Lace applique, blunt tip ginghers or havels, everyone is different so bring a couple. SHARP is essential!
Basic sewing supplies, Machine in good working order. Embroidery Unit and assorted hoops. Extras like clover clips, needle threaders and favorite readers for better viewing, all help!
When you sign up for class please tell me your format for machine embroidery designs and your email address for receiving the designs ahead of time.

 

More classes will be posted later

 

Newer T-Shirts…

These are two new  t-shirts I am working on at present. Both are made from recycled clothing and both are the exact same design that I drew, scanned and digitized using the IQ feature on my Destiny. This is something I haven’t tried and wanted to see if it would work for what I wanted to design.
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I drew out two different doodles of shapes, sort of flower-ish. I only wanted a line design to out-line the shape. dscf3141

The rest was so hand work while watching Masterpiece and waiting at the dentist….. I still have more to finish but I’m almost finished with two shirts in about a week.

Fun!

DIY Tablet Case

Sewing at the Beach 2016 was a big success.  I promised to post the Kids class project I taught … so I had to re-learn how to post on my blog! It’s been sooooo long.

This was so much fun. They got to choose their fabric and design their case to make it their own. I had enough fabric for them ready to take enough with them to go home and make another case for their BFF.

img_4007-2This tablet case was made by one of the girls using the shell we collected from the beach during our Lunch break, for the button closure. The class started at 8:30 and ended at 4 with about an hour and a half lunch break and every one finished!!

Below are the directions, however, in our class I decided it would be easier as a group to stay together by switching the order of sewing. We first making the flap section, then the bag section, the directions say to work on the bag section first. I thought it would give more sewing practice right from the beginning.

Also, Children in our School district are given tablets instead of textbooks. Not all schools issue the same tablet so this pattern is for the I pad/ 10″ sized from Middle School. We had several different sizes needed for the children, so we just measured their device  with the assigned protective case on and adjusted the pattern. If the tablet measured 7″x 5″ I added an inch on all sides.

Tablet case
2 Fat quarters (18” x 22″) piece of precut fabric
6 strips 2.5″ wide by 8″ long
30″x 14″ backing fabric for quilting which will not be seen
Batting 30″x 14″ Iron on Fusible type
14″x 30″ Lining fabric for the bag
80/12 needle for construction
90/14 needle for quilting and side seams
1 skinny hair tie
Neutral thread for construction
Construction:
Body of the bag first. Using the two fat quarters and one piece of backing muslin press and cut to your size of tablet case.For a 10″ inch tablet cut the fabric to 14″x 19″. Press fusible batting to the fabric you chose to be showing on the outside.
Layer backing batting and pieced fabric in a quilt sandwich. Simply put, a quilt sandwich is the two layers of fabric and one layer of batting that are “stacked” on top of each other just before the quilting process. Start with the backing, press and starch the back fabric. lay that with the right side of the fabric facing DOWN. Lay and smooth the batting starting from the middle outwards on top of the backing fabric. Last, the pieced top goes on top of the batting with the right sides facing you.
The quilt sandwich is actually what makes a quilt a quilt! What differentiates a quilt from a blanket is multiple layers of fabric and batting stitched together.
We will make the quilt sandwich .Set aside the lining (inside of the bag) for right now
Fold the fabric in half to find the center (bottom) of what will be the case. At your sewing machine set up for a 3.0 length straight seam and sew across to secure the fabric. If you chose this would be a great time to quilt the entire bag. Try fancy stitches or zig-zags or even freemotion stippling. After you add some quilting press your fabric, clip threads and now square up and cut to 13″x 18″.
Top Flap
Pick out 6 assorted strips of fabric (2.5″x 8″)
Sew the strips together using a 1/4″ seam.
Press with the seam allowances all facing in one direction
Quilt. To quilt our tablet case flap we have some options. We can stitch a straight stitch right down the seam lines kind of hiding our stitches. We can use a decorative stitch in the same place and show off our stitches. You get to design what your quilting will look like. It won’t matter what the back looks like because we are going to hide that with the lining.
Lay the pattern on top of quilted fabric and cut out. Add a hair tie at the bottom center edge, stitch in half with one “loop on the fabric and the other off to t he raw edge. Cut out the lining piece fabric and place and pin with right sides facing. Stitch around the side and bottom edge leaving the top (the straight part) open to turn. Clip edges and turn inside out. Press
Assemble the bag
Sew the two sides together on the main bag piece, Turn and press. with right sides together sew the top edge of the flap to the top edge of the the outer bag.
Sew one side of the lining side and on the other side leaving a 4″ opening for turning the bag
Insert the outer bag into the lining with right sides together matching seams sew along the top edge about 1/2” SEAM encasing the flap.
Turn the bag inside out through the opening in the lining
Press entire bag.
Sew the opening closed and chose a button to sew on the front of the bag.

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Project Reticule

Saturday April 21st Class Information

This is the class for the Stranded Smockers I will be teaching April 21st in Surfside. This project reticule is perfect for holding and carrying  hand embroidery projects, smocking project, knitting or crochet projects. It’s perfect for on-the-go projects to keep all the essentials located in one place.

 see… I really do mean project on-the go!

The supplies you need to bring for Class are as follows:

Machine, basic sewing supplies…

This is a challenge too, so… go to your stash… do not go out and buy anything. You can re-purpose garments, dig out several favorite fat quarters or use up jelly roll strips or charm packs.  Bring in a bag of left over scraps if that’s all you have enough fabric to measure -3/4 yard of fabric. You can use one fabric or many fabrics, this is where your creativity will be sparked.

Bring a spool of matching construction thread. If you want to add embellishments using your sewing machine’s fancy stitches, bring matching decorative threads.

One yard of matching ribbon or cording.

Iron on interfacing approximately 1/2 yard or one of those packages of iron on interfacing. Piecing leftovers of interfacing from other projects is great.

Chocolate (preferably dark)

Yeah! Come and have fun!

Contact Margaret Fain or Gail Harper for guild sign up and any questions about the supplies or class leave a comment and I’ll get back to you!

Saturday Pincushion Class

I was excited to teach this class. It was a new class and project for me to teach and it was fabulous! I can not wait to teach this again as I have added a few extra ideas…

Basically it is a recycled can and we embellish over and around it to create this functional Pincushion!

The fun thing about this class is that you could try different techniques. We used fancy decorative stitches, bobbin-work, couching, programmed stitches and double run stitches. How ever you wanted to embellish your fabric was up to you. The cool thing is that ever one ended up with different style and colors of pincushions with a lot of sharing and swapping of fabric charms!

We had a great day in a small room with twelve ladies, 2 to a table crammed, and a lot of laughing! What a great way to end SATB 2012!