Friday, February 26, 2016

Easy Legging Tutorial!

By Taylor from TaylorMade Creates




Leggings are one of the the easiest things that I keep in my sewing arsenal! I've been using this method for years, first with my boys and now with my girl. The best part is you don't need a pattern, you just need an existing pair of leggings that currently fit! Knits can be a little intimidating but all you really need is the right needle and some good quality fabric.


Easy Legging Tutorial
I had the pleasure of trying out some Charley Harper Birch Organic Knit and I can't even explain how good this stuff is! It doesn't even sew like a knit because it's so soft and has such a nice rich thickness to it! Knit fabric sometimes has the tendency to slip around while you're sewing, but not this. I highly, highly recommend it... and especially this line, Maritime. You had me with clouds, fish and these amazing flamingos :) I have to get my hands on the octopus and sandling fabric to make my boys some shorts! Let's get started on some leggings...
Easy Legging Tutorial

  

You will need: knit fabric (about a yard give or take depending on the size you are making), elastic, a knit needle (ballpoint needle) for your sewing machine, thread and pins, and an existing pair of leggings that fit your kiddo.

Easy Legging Tutorial
Start with your existing leggings, I like to size up when I'm making handmade clothes so they can wear it for a really long time :)
Easy Legging Tutorial
Fold the leggings and your fabric in half longways and place the leg seam of the leggings on the fold of your knit making sure to line that up.
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Using a pencil or a water soluble marker, add in your seam allowance and trace. I add in about 1 1/2" for both the waistband and the bottom of the legs, and about 3/4"- 1" on the inner seam depending on what kind of seam allowance you like. Cut out your knit.
Easy Legging Tutorial
Easy Legging Tutorial You will need to make two cuts just like this so do this same thing twice so that you have two pieces that look like this:
Easy Legging Tutorial
I like to hem up the bottom of the leggings at this point because I find the opening to be too tiny for me to make them as pretty once everything is assembled. Fold the bottom of the pants (the more narrow side) up 1/2" then press and another 1/2" and press down. Pin that and sew it down for both legs. I like to hem with double lines but that's not necessary, a zig zag stitch also works well if your fabric is really tight. DON'T FORGET YOUR BALL POINT NEEDLE... PSA of the day!
Easy Legging Tutorial
Easy Legging Tutorial
Easy Legging Tutorial
Next, lay the knit pieces on top of each other, right sides together. You want to sew starting at the top where the waist is and down the curve then stop once you get to the legs.


Then turn them and lay the legs together, right sides together. Now you want to sew from one inner leg all the way around to the other inner leg matching up seams and the ends of the legs.

Easy Legging Tutorial
Easy Legging Tutorial Next, fold the waistband part under by 1 1/2". Sew all the way around but make sure to leave a 1"-2" opening for your elastic. I like to mark my opening so I don't forget.
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Almost done! Time to cut your elastic, measure your baby's waist and cut the elastic to that measurement. If you add anything it will be too loose so I always cut it to the exact measurement. Once you have sewn all the way around, insert your elastic with a safety pin making sure it stays flat. Bring it out and around the other side.
Easy Legging Tutorial
Easy Legging Tutorial
Now use a zig zag stitch and sew up the elastic overlapping it by 1/2" on both pieces.
Easy Legging Tutorial

Last step... close up that hole on the back of the waistband where we inserted the elastic.
Easy Legging Tutorial TaDa! We made leggings! Super simple right?!
Easy Legging Tutorial
Now it's time to break in your new leggings! Baby aerobics optional :)
Easy Legging Tutorial
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Easy Legging Tutorial

HAPPY SEWING!

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Fabricworm Giveaway: FQ Bundle of ENTIRE Maritime Collection by Charley Harper!

Hello Fabricworms! As we say goodbye to February, we thought we'd giveaway one of the most anticipated collections to arrive this month: Charley Harper's new Maritime collection! We recently took this awesome collection to QuiltCon and it was met with great interest as we sold out of many of the bolts we had brought for the event. We'd like to extend the awesome vibes from the event to this week's giveaway. Enter to win a fat quarter bundle of the ENTIRE Maritime collection by Charley Harper for Birch Organic Fabrics!







If you are feeling up to making a darling little Charley Harper quilt, then check out the new Sea Feed Quilt Kit by Lunden Designs and get started now!



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Fat Quarter bundle of the ENTIRE Collection of Maritime by Charley Harper for Birch Fabrics


This giveaway ends on Sunday 3/2/16 @ 12 am PST.  The winner will be contacted shortly after by email.  The winner will be chosen randomly by Gleam.


-The Fabricworm Team

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Fabricworm Giveaway: Fat Quarter Bundle of Flying Colors by Momo!

Hello Fabricworms! Cheerful spring days are on the horizon! If you want to get a head start on the beautiful spring inspired projects you have lined up, then today is your lucky day! This week's giveaway is for a free fat quarter bundle of Flying Colors by Momo for Moda Fabrics! Enter to win!



It’s all about rainbows – the imagery of raindrops, lush landscapes and color paint a whimsical scene that is sure to spark your creativitiy. True to MoMo's unique style, the prints featured in the new Flying Colors collection are playful, imaginative, and colorful. 







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This giveaway ends on Sunday 2/17/16 @ 12 am PST.  The winner will be contacted shortly after by email.  The winner will be chosen randomly by Gleam.



-The Fabricworm Team

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Special Fabricworm Giveaway!: Home Harvest Quilt Kit featuring Homestead




Hello Fabricworms! As we say hello to February, we were reminded that it has been a long time since we have done a special giveaway! So what better time than the now??? We are super excited to offer our Fabricworms the opportunity to win a free Home Harvest Quilt Kit! Don't miss out on this special giveaway and enter now!




Home is where the roosters crow in this endearing new collection, Homestead, by Emily Isabella. Homestead is a celebration of the ultimate DIY lifestyle, with an ode to sheep, pigs, roosters, crops and more!


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This giveaway ends on Sunday 2/8/16 @ 12 am PST.  The winner will be contacted shortly after by email.  The winner will be chosen randomly by Gleam.



-The Fabricworm Team

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