I Sew For Fun Blog Tour

Friday, February 09, 2018

When Deanna Springer, VP of Marketing at Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC. and long time friend of mine, contacted me about participating in their upcoming Blog Tour to promote Nancy Zieman's new book, I Sew For Fun, and coordinating line of kid-friendly sewing notions for Clover, I had a full range of emotions. I felt honored to be asked, excited to participate, and nostalgic about the thought of Nancy not being here with us to witness this momentous occasion. Nancy passed away last November after a long battle with cancer, but her memory will live forever in the hearts of her family, friends, and the hundreds and thousands of people she touched with her unending creativity and unmatched kindness. I was lucky enough to be able to film a couple of episodes of Sewing With Nancy back in 2014, and it is an experience I will never forget.

One of Nancy's last projects, and I'm sure one of her most favorite ones, was writing this book, I Sew For Fun, which is dedicated to her granddaughters and focuses on adults and children sewing together. The book includes 20 DIY projects, ranging from small quilts, to garments, to bags. She takes you step-by-step on how to create each projects and which one of her I Sew For Fun sewing notions to use. 

After much deliberation, Sydney chose to make the Drawstring Bag, which is project #13, because she always needs new bags to carry her dance shoes and accessories. She quickly ran to the studio to choose fabrics and trims for this project.

She chose a Teal Dot from an older collection of mine, Textured Basics (no longer in print) and paired it up with the Gray Scalloped Dot from Flit & Bloom, my newest fabric collection for Riley Blake. We used 3/16" cording instead of ribbon for the drawstring.

Since Sydney has been sewing for a couple of years now and knows her way around a sewing machine, I let her take the lead on this project. 

She loved using all her new sewing notions, with fun colors and shapes, but said she found this Seam Gauge especially helpful in helping her keep a straight line when stitching and topstitching, which is something she often struggles with.

Sydney thought pinning the outer pocket on her drawstring bag was extra fun with her new heart-shaped pins, which come with their own heart-shaped magnetic holder.

Just check out how pretty these I Sew For Fun sewing notions are!

This new book and kid-friendly sewing notions certainly take sewing to a whole new level for kids! I know Sydney will want to go through the whole book and make a few more projects with her friends!

Hope you'll check out the I Sew For Fun book and coordinating notions for your child! And don't forget to follow along with the full blog tour dates here.

Monday, February 5
Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC
The Sewing Loft
The Cottage Mama

Tuesday, February 6
Fabric Mutt
Diary of a Quilter

Wednesday, February 7
Amy’s Creative Side

Thursday, February 8
Simple Simon and Company
Designer Joi

Friday, February 9
Stitch This! The Martingale Blog

Saturday, February 10
Transient Art
Sew Positively Sara
Lindsay Sews

Introducing Modkid Steffi Skort and Skeggings

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Our Steffi Skorts and Skeggings pattern comes with 3 skirt styles and 3 leg lengths for a total of 9 different looks each time you sew them. Play with different hemming options like lettuce-edge rolled hems, or use stretch trims or decorative buttons to add extra flair. Our pattern is designed with a higher rise in the back and a slimmer fit through the legs. Using prints, solids, a combination of both or athletic fabrics makes each look unique! 

Use coupon code STEFFI2018 to receive 40% off your entire purchase, so you can buy other patterns or products with it too. The code is only valid for 24 hours so it expires tomorrow, February 8th at 1:00 p.m. EST. Happy shopping!!

Check out this wonderful inspiration from our testers!

Alexandra Robe

Angela Hamm

Stephanie Eckstein

Stephanie Eckstein

Fleur Van Haaster

Fleur Van Haaster

Genevieve Ouellet

Heather Jones

Courtney Davis

Courtney Davis

Colleen Mills 

Jana Harcus

Julie Wilkinson
Kate Williams

Katie Leatherwood

Katie Pinkelman

Kelly Gifford

Kelly Gifford

Laura Manning

Leanne Lyons

Lindsay Brandon-Smith

Patricia Metten

Serena Garciadiaz

Serena Garciadiaz

Shalini Verma

Sharon Archer

Sugirda Prakash
Violetta Ivanova

Modkid Modkified: Cassidy with Piped Heart Pockets

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Just in time for Valentine's Day, we have a little heart inspiration for your sewing using the Modkid Cassidy pattern. We took adding a heart to a garment to a whole new level by creating a heart shaped pocket tutorial. We've added piping to ours, but omitting the piping makes for an even simpler sew.

First cut two heart shapes from your fabric for each pocket you plan to sew, 4 total for the Cassidy. I used the Cassidy pocket pattern piece to gauge the size. If you are using thin fabric, you may want to interface one side.

Start pinning your piping right sides together raw edges aligned to one heart shape. I don't pin all the way around. I just adjust the piping as I sew. You can see I started to clip the piping seam allowance where the piping would curve around the top of the heart. Start your stitches about at the pin I show, so you have a 1" tail.

Using a basting stitch and a piping foot or zipper foot on your machine, stitch the piping around the edge of the heart close to the piping stitches. Clip the seam allowance of the piping as you go around the curves.

As you approach the top point of the heart mark where the point will fall at the seam allowance. When your needle hits that point, leave it in the down position, lift the pressure foot, and pivot the heart and piping to turn directions. You will need to push the seam allowance to the side you have already stitched to continue.

Use the same method of marking and pivoting at the bottom of the heart. Clip into the piping seam allowance in at least two places at the point.

As you near the tail, stop with the needle down. Trim your piping so it with overlap the tail about 1". Open up the piping and pull back the seam allowance to expose the cording. You may need to seam rip the piping stitches.

Trim the cording so that it will butt up with the end of the tail cording.

Fold the piping end to the wrong side and wrap it around the loose tail piping enclosing all of the raw edges.

Continue to baste the piping in place overlapping your stitches.

Place the other heart pocket piece right sides together with the piping sandwiched between. Stitch around the heart with the piping or zipper foot on your machine with standard stitch length and stitches just inside the basting stitch line (You can see the basting stitches in the photo below). Be sure to leave a 1-2" opening along one side of the heart for turning.

Trim the seam allowance and clip into the seam allowance around the curves and at the point of the heart. 

Turn the heart right sides out through the opening. Mark two spots toward the top of the heart where you will stitch the pocket to the dress. Topstitch around the top of the heart between those marks for the pocket opening.

Pin the pocket to the dress front in the desired location using the original pocket markings as a guide. Topstitch the pocket in place between the dots along the lower section of the heart.

 Repeat the process for the pocket on the other side of the dress. Now, your dress is all set for Valentine's Day!!

This pocket technique isn't limited to the Cassidy pattern. Try it on the Harper Dress, Katie Skirt or Zoey Shorts as well!!

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