Free End of School Year SVG (and blog hop!)

Free End of School Year SVG (and blog hop!)

Celebrate the end of the school year with this and 14 other FREE SVG designs available on the blog today!

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Sewing for Halloween: Candy Corn Coasters

Sewing for Halloween: Candy Corn Coasters

Today we continue our feature on Halloween with this super cute Candy Corn tutorial by Laura. Not only is this a cute holiday craft its also a great scrap buster!

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Free Thanksgiving SVG Cutting File (and blog hop!)

Free Thanksgiving SVG Cutting File (and blog hop!)

Find this free Thanksgiving SVG cut file on the blog today! Plus we are linking up to 13 other FREE SVG files perfect for your Thanksgiving feast!

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Easy Halloween Towels and Free SVG Design-Halloween Sewing and Craft Party

Easy Halloween Towels and Free SVG Design-Halloween Sewing and Craft Party

Today I am sharing a quick and easy project that’s perfect for your Halloween kitchen or as a gift for your Halloween party hostess. Plus enjoy these free Halloween SVG designs.

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Sunshine Reading Pillow Tutorial with Shannon Fabrics

Sunshine Reading Pillow Tutorial with Shannon Fabrics

Today we are sharing a fun tutorial to make a sunshine reading pillow using Cuddle fabric from Shannon Fabrics.

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Fold Over Wallet Pattern and Tutorial with the Cricut Maker

Fold Over Wallet Pattern and Tutorial with the Cricut Maker

Free pattern and tutorial for a fold over, minimalist wallet with snaps and elastic pockets. Made with leather or vinyl, this simple and quick wallet can hold your cash and credit cards. Free pattern and SVG included and there is also a video tutorial on how to set up your project for the Cricut Maker in Design Space. 

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The Perfect Bow and the Baby Proof Sash Tutorial

Every morning it is a struggle to dress my feisty 2 year old. All her pretty sashes hang untouched in the closet, while the dresses they go with get worn over and over. I love the look of a pretty bow, but my baby wont hold still long enough to tie it nicely, and in the miraculous event that she does, she unties it and removes the sash a few minutes later. GRRRR!!! Tell me I'm not the only one with this problem???

And so I fiddled around in my sewing room and came up with just the right answer. 

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There are 3 pieces to the baby proof sash. The Bow, the Bow Center, and the Sash. 

Supplies: Sash and bow fabric, thread, sewing machine, scissors or rotary cutter, needle Kam Snaps and snap pliers. Kam snaps, by the way, are my FAVORITE things for garment closure for my crazy toddler. Fast and easy, but still secure.

Decisions, decisions....

First, you need to determine your sash length and width. Measure your child's waist while wearing the garment, add 2" for sash length.  Decide how wide you want the sash, double that and add 1/2". Cut your sash.

Then, you need to determine the bow width and tail length that you like.

 

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This is all a matter of preference, and you can experiment until you find the bow size you like. Some people like big floppy bows, others like neat and tidy little bows.  The bow portion of the sash is one long strip. The width of the strip should be the same as the width you chose for your sash. The length should be the bow width x 2 plus the tail length x 2. Cut your bow strip. My bow here was 14" wide (yep, that's a big ol' bow!) and 45" long. (Tail length 13" X 2 + bow width 9.5" x 2 = 45")

Your bow center is going to be 6" long, but you must decide how wide you want your bow center to be. Just eyeball it, you really can't go wrong. Then double that number and add 1/2". Cut your bow center 6" long by width x 2 plus 1/2" . 

Making it!

Cut your sash strip and your bow strip according to the above directions, then fold right sides together along the length. 

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Set sash aside for now. 

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Pin bow ends closed.  Then fold your bow strip in half lengthwise with the fold on the left, matching up the ends. 

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Lay edge of sash on the bow width line and stitch down using a straight stitch, making sure to backstitch at beginning and end. This closes the 1 sash end and attaches it to the bow.

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Time for a tiny bit of hand stitching. 

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Time to make the bow center. 

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That's it! You did it! Snap it on your baby girl. No tying, no nothing. Snap and go! 

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