Free Seahorse Pillow Pattern

inmysewingbox:

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Free Seahorse Pillow Pattern. looks cute!

dear-alex-cole:

 This is useful.

Making a ruffly [cupcake shaped] petticoat + skirt

doxiequeen1:

Circle skirt tutorialRuffle/Gathering Tutorial & Info

^important stuff

[almost] finished project! image

-This will not work with very flimsy materials (such as chiffon, jersey, costume satin etc.) you need fabric with at least some natural stiffness  

-These get pretty heavy so they should be made with a fitted waistband and a zipper + snap closure. Elastics will fall down on you D:  

-This requires making at least 25 yards or ruffles, which means over 150 yards of hemming so…uh…set some time aside for making this.

-If you have a question about this, I’d be happy to answer, but for the love of god don’t ask it on anon. 

 

Keep in mind that circle skirts have really long hems, and when laid flat are, quite literally, a circle. This will probably equate to being more work and volume then you want.

For this I ended up cutting a half circle skirt, three inches shorter then I wanted my finished petti/skirt to be. This is a BASE, it will not be seen, and should be made from a somewhat sturdy material that will not stretch or tear. 

I cut strips of a heavy tulle netting (the scratchy awful type, not the pretty flimsy stuff used on princess skirts) until I had ten four inch by one yd strips. These get sewn together until I have one long strip, then ruffles get sewn onto the bottom.

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 The strip gets folded in half (right sides together) and sewn across the seam where the ruffles were attached. 

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Then the tulle gets gathered down to the size of my skirt hem and sewn into place. It will look like this. 

imageThen repeat but with longer tulle! This time I used eight inch strips which were obviously sewn four inches above my four inch layer.  

imageNow you have a lovely A-line petticoat that just needs a zipper…but that’s not what we’re making here. We want a cupcake shaped petti! 

So that requires one more layer that starts from your waist. Measure from the waist of your skirt to where the tulle ends and add a seam allowance for ruffles.  For the length, multiply your waist measurement by four. 

Add the ruffle, and then sew something over the seam to hide fraying. In this  case I used really cheap lace. 

Then gather that down and sew it into place. 

imageNow the ruffles should  lay somewhat evenly but they are kind of all over the place. 

imageyou can fix that by taking a very large needle and sewing through all the layers of tulle until they are compacted down a bit

imageAnd then you *can* sew a hoop into the petti so it will never deflate! All that really requires is hand sewing hooping wire on which isn’t very complicated at all. 

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Uhmm and then the overskirt is just gathered circle skirts + a ruffle!

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I think adding a waistband and zipper is pretty straight forward so i’ll leave that to you. 

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW RUFFLY MASTERPIECE!

More info on how the skirt part was made will be up here soon. 

lindaswardrobechallenge:

Recycling pyjama bottoms into pretty knickers tutorial:
Today I found a pair of my old pyjama bottoms in my fabric cupboard that I had cut up before for another project. I decided to recycle the material to make into a pair of knickers! Although I’m not including underwear in my challenge of not buying any clothes for a year I thought it would be a fun and easy thing to do. I know it is possible to find free knicker sewing patterns from the internet but I took apart one of my own knickers and drew around the pieces to make my pattern. (Here is a lovely downloadable pattern: http://www.madalynne.com/amerson-the-details-pattern )
I began by cutting the front and back pieces out of the pyjama fabric, and I used an old white tshirt fabric for the gusset - but any thin jersey cotton would have been suitable.
With the right sides together i sewed the front, back and gusset piece together along the gusset seam, and then zigzag stitched to finish the seam.
After this I sewed the side seams together and again finished the seam with a zigzag stitch.
Next I sewed a small zigzag stitch on the edge all the way around the waist and both leg holes. This gave a pretty fluted finish as well as stopping the material from fraying.
I decided to add an appliqué heart on the back of the knickers so I cut a piece of old white cotton sheet into a heart shape and pinned in place. I then sewed around the edge using a wide but short length zigzag stitch.
The last stage was to add the elastic to the waist and leg holes. I used the original knickers as a guide for how much elastic to use. I stitched the elastic to the wrong side of the knickers about 15mm from the outside edge using a small zigzag stitch. When it came to stitching the elastic by the gusset I positioned the elastic over the edge of the gusset material to catch it down in place.
And then it’s finished! Who’d have thought that they had been upcycled from pjs, a tshirt and and old sheet!
As it’s the first time I’ve made knickers like this I’m happy with how they turned out, but I plan to make more and finish them in different and more exciting ways.

motleymakery:

DIY bicycle bucket:
Sweet sewing tutorial, from noodlehead.

motleymakery:

DIY bicycle bucket:

Sweet sewing tutorial, from noodlehead.

motleymakery:

DIY Camping Chair:
Great Tutorial from Amanda Brown, on Design*Sponge.

motleymakery:

DIY Camping Chair:

Great Tutorial from Amanda Brown, on Design*Sponge.

slaysstitches:

Enter in required measurements and see how much fabric you need and how to lay/cut it out! 

motleymakery:

DIY Ruffle Pillow:
Tutorial from Tater Tots and Jello.

motleymakery:

DIY Ruffle Pillow:

Tutorial from Tater Tots and Jello.

Tags: sewing pillow

motleymakery:

DIY Ruffles & Buttons Apron:
Free Pattern and Tutorial from Flamingo Toes.

motleymakery:

DIY Ruffles & Buttons Apron:

Free Pattern and Tutorial from Flamingo Toes.

createforless:

DIY Backpack via Trash to Couture
Who knew it was this easy to create your own backpack? No more shelling out big money for the right look. With this tutorial, you’ll be showing off your new school bag in no time.

createforless:

DIY Backpack via Trash to Couture

Who knew it was this easy to create your own backpack? No more shelling out big money for the right look. With this tutorial, you’ll be showing off your new school bag in no time.