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DIY Art Smock Hack – How to Turn the Lucy Dress Into an Art Smock

Hi! Today we are going to take the Lucy dress and make a DIY art smock. I’ll be showing you how to do it unlined. but if you want to line it you can follow the pattern directions for doing so with a few little add ons shown here.

First, let’s talk about material options. Since these will be used for art projects I would suggest using a home decor weight thicker cotton woven (which is what I used in the tutorial. You could also use a laminated cotton or oilcloth if you need it to be waterproof. I find the home decor cotton holds up well to marker and paints (as in they don’t go through easily to the other side) and it is a fairly inexpensive option as well.

After you have your pattern pieces cut, we are going to make pockets. I made one big pocket by just cutting 2 pieces of the fabric in a pocket shape and stitching right sides together, then clip corners and turn, top stitch along the top getting your opening closed. and attaching to the front of the art smock by sewing around the sides and bottom. I also did a long rectangle pocket for holding a couple brushes in. For this pocket I just folded under the 3 sides and sewed to the front and then sewed a line down the middle of the pocket to divide it for 2 brushes.

Now sew your shoulder seams attaching the backs to the front, open up your seams and we will be attaching bias tape to the armholes. I prefer the sandwich method here as it is an art smock, and if you are using a laminated or oilcloth fabric sandwich method will be your friend!

Once that is done we are going to attach bias tape to the sides and around the neckline. If you are using oilcloth or laminated fabric you will also want to attach it along the bottom, So I hope you have a lot of bias tape!

Since I used home decor weight, I simply folded and hemmed the bottom of the art smock.

Now attach a snap (or button if you prefer) for keeping the smock closed. I always choose snaps because buttons get tangled in her hair so very easily.

Easy peasy and ready to art! Now I cannot wait for summer to happen so I can make Lucy as a crop top for the kids!

 

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Free Pillow Bed Tutorial

This tutorial will teach you how to make a pillow bed. I chose to make the cases envelope style so that you can easily remove the pillows for washing, but they won’t fall out like they would with a traditional style pillowcase. There are also handles for easy carrying!

Here’s how to make one of your own:

Download a copy of the pattern pieces and full tutorial here:

What You’ll Need

  • The full tutorial with pattern pieces & cutting chart (it’s free! just click & download)
  • 4 yards of woven fabric (I chose 4 different coordinating prints and a solid white for the back)
  • 4 standard sized pillows
  • Coordinating thread
  • Poly-fill (for optional puffy bow)
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Cutting mat and rotary cutter or scissors

 

I was able to use my scraps to make these cute details!

To create the Pieced Cover, sew the two middle pieces together, and then sew the outer pieces on either side of the now joined middle pieces. Finish seams and press them to the right.

To create the Puffy Bow, place the outer pieces right sides together and pin. Starting in the middle of one of the long edges, sew around the entire bow leaving a 2″ gap for turning and stuffing. Clip corners and turn right side out. Stuff full with poly-fill. Sew the opening closed. For the bow center, I suggest a stretchy knit or elastic so that I could get it over the stuffed bow. Fold bow center in half right sides together, pin, and sew along the long edge. Turn right side out and move the seam to the center and press flat. With the seam facing down match the short ends, pin and sew. Turn right side out and stretch it over the main bow so that it is in the center. It will naturally cinch the center in, but you may want to pinch it a little to get the perfect bow shape.

 

Construction

1. Press one of the handle pieces in half lengthwise wrong sides together. Then, open the fabric back up with the wrong side facing up. Next press each of the long edges toward the crease that you have just created so that they meet in the middle. Now, press it in half again lengthwise. Sew ” from the edge on both of the long sides. Repeat with the other handle and set handles aside.

2. Place the top front section right side up and place the next section right side down on top of it. Pin and sew together along the bottom edge. Using the same method, attach the remaining front sections together. Finish the seams and press them down. Set aside.

3. Each of the back sections will be made of two pieces to create an envelope style cover.

Using the same method used in step 2, sew four of the back section pieces together, finish the seams and press them up this time. Repeat with the remaining four back section pieces.

Now, hem the right side of one of the strips by pressing the edge to the wrong side ½” and then pressing it another ½” so that the raw edge is enclosed in the fold. Sew ” from the top edge of the fold. Now hem the left side of the remaining strip of back section pieces using the same method.

4. Place the front of the pillow bed right side up and place the left back section strip right side down on top of it matching up the raw edges. Now, carefully match the seams, pin and sew. Repeat with the right back section piece and finish the seams.

5. Find the center of top section of the front of the pillow bed and mark with a pin. Measure 1.5” from each side of the pin and mark each one with a pin. Line up one of the raw edges of the handle with the top of the section of the pillow bed where you placed the pin on the left. Pin in place. Now repeat with the other end of the handle with the pin on the right side. Baste the handle in place. Use the same method to attach the remaining handle to the bottom of the pillow bed.

6. With the pillow bed right side up, fold the left back section piece so that it is right sides together with the front section of the pillow bed. Pin in place along the top and bottom. Repeat with the right back section piece (the hemmed edges of the back sections pieces should overlap), sew and finish the seams.

7. Turn the bed right side out and press well. Pin the front to the back along the seams between each section. It is important to make sure they the seams are lined up really well. Now stitch in the ditch along each of the three dividing seams. If you want to add the puffy bow, tack it in place at the base of the top handle now.

8. Insert the pillows and give it to a child or pet to enjoy!

 

Check out the FREE Animal Pillows pattern and tutorial to make matchy pieces and complete the cuteness! <3

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Two hacks for the Comfy Cowl Hoodie! How to add thumbholes and side seam pockets

Hey all! Jeanine here again – and this time I’m going to be using the free pocket pattern from Mummykins and Me on the comfy cowl – AND showing you how to add thumbholes and do a thumb cuff!!!! Because hoodies really should have thumb cuffs – keeps hands warm during wintery weather! Or you could even use add a thumbhole cuff to our gorgeous new Dreamy Drape Top.

What you’ll need:

Adding a side seam pocket

The pocket add on is really quite easy, very standard on front and back pieces place pocket right sides down about an inch up from the bottom, and sew and finish along the side edge.

You could do this on either the Comfy Cowl, or the waistband version of the Dreamy Drape.

Then place front and back together and sew up the side as usual – just going around the pockets as well.

and side pockets are all good to go! Easy peasy 🙂

Now Let’s move onto thumb cuffs… a little less easy peasy – but not tooooo bad and there is a video as well as pictures!

How to add thumbholes

For thumb cuffs we are going to start with doubling the height of your cuff pieces

then fold it in half hot dog ways and divide into quarters.

Now sew that middle quarter section. (I kinda scribbled it above.

Now after that middle section is sewed bring the sides together – left side to left side and right side to right side

Now on both the left side and the right side you will sew from that last quarter line to meet up exactly with the previous stitching – but do not go over it.

So now it will look like this – just those end flaps left open on both sides. We are almost done.

Now you are going to flip so you can open up and match those last quarters together. Match the stitching in the middle and then you will sew down one side and up the other!

Now you are done your sewing! So, turn that sucker right side out!

ta – da! Were you a bit nervous it wasn’t going to turn out? I was … Thumb cuffs are a lot of brain work!

Now you are going to stitch that cuff onto your comfy cowl as per the pattern directions!

Thumb cuff comfy cowl is a BIG hit in this house!

And if you prefer a video, here’s how I did it step-by-step – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gpoaWDGusY

Leave me a comment – did you enjoy the photo tutorial? or prefer the video? What pattern would you like to see hacked next?

 I hope you all enjoyed my Canadian accent!

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Our lovely sponsors!

Have you seen our Great Big Sewing Giveaway? We’ve got some amazing sponsors, and this post is all about giving them some love!

On behalf of me & the Mummykins team, a huge thank you to each of our sponsors. You’ve been so generous & we’re super excited to see who wins it all.

Check them out below. There’s a link to each of their stores so you can do some virtual shopping and see what you’d pick if you won!

Enjoy,

Rebecca xoxo

 

Some of my very fav designers have donated patterns for the winner:

Pollywoggles (1 PDF pattern of choice), Izzy & Ivy Designs (1 PDF pattern of choice), Striped Swallow Designs (1 PDF pattern of choice), Bobkin Designs (2 PDF patterns of choice), Peach Patterns (1 PDF pattern of choice), The Wolf and the Tree (2 PDF patterns of choice), StitchART (1 PDF pattern of choice), Sofilantjes Patterns (2 PDF patterns of choice), Bella Sunshine Designs (2 PDF patterns of choice), Designs by Call Ajaire (1 PDF pattern of choice), Handmaiden’s Cottage (1 PDF pattern of choice), PUPERITA (1 PDF pattern of choice), Serger Pepper Designs (2 PDF patterns of choice), AimerLae & Finn (2 PDF patterns of choice), Titchy Threads (2 PDF patterns of choice),  Sunday Girl Designs (2 PDF patterns of choice), Tie Dye Diva Patterns (1 PDF pattern of choice), Goober Pea Designs (1 PDF pattern of choice) and Twig + Tale (1 PDF pattern of choice).

PLUS these gorgeous stores have also donated a fabric gift card each!

Frollein S LLC ($50 USD store credit), BerryPosh Custom Designs ($25 USD store credit), Rumpled Stitching (1 yard of fabric) and Orinoco Designs Custom Knit Fabric ($30 AUS store credit), Raspberry Creek Fabrics ($50 USD store credit) and Meter Rabbit (£100 GBP store credit)!

 

* Fabric prizes are in local currency to the supplier and do not include postage. Each entrant may only enter once, however an additional 10 entries may be earned by sharing your referral link (shown on screen after you’ve entered and emailed to you). An additional 10 entries can be earned per person who enters on your referral link). Winner drawn at random from all entries via the King Sumo app on WordPress. Every entrant will receive a link to download a free copy of the Woven Headband pattern. Winner notified on email and announced in the Mummykins & Me newsletter and Facebook group. By entering you are joining the Mummykins & Me mailing list. You may unsubscribe at any time.

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New Mommy and Me Batwing Top Pattern

It’s dreamy, it’s drapey and it’s here! New Mommy and Me Batwing Top Pattern

The Dreamy Drape Top is a beautiful Mommy and Me batwing top pattern. So comfortable and totally on-trend.

Regular price $8.50 each. Special launch price only $10.50 bundle including girls newborn to 12 years sizing, PLUS the ladies XXS to 5XL sizing… and a bonus FREE matching 18 inch doll pattern. It’s matching heaven!

Includes options of either a waistband or an open diagonal hemline. Three sleeve options including no sleeves (elbow-length), ¾ sleeves (mid-forearm), and long sleeves (to the wrist).

Also includes full beginner-friendly tutorials for either an easy simple t-shirt style neckband, or a beautifully-finished neck binding method.

A gorgeous Mommy & Me matching set, and to top it off both the waistband and diagonal hem are maternity-wardrobe-perfection for showing off your bump during pregnancy and the diagonal hemline is ideal for nursing in once baby comes.

Special launch price $10.50 bundle including girls newborn to 12 years sizing PLUS the ladies XXS to 5XL sizing and a lovely little bonus a…

FREE matching 18 inch doll pattern!

It’s matching heaven!

Sale prices only valid until midnight 5th Feb so get this awesome bundle deal now while you can!

Happy sewing!

Rebecca & The Mummykins Team xoxo

*Regular price for the child’s and ladies’ versions at $8.50 each, and the dolls’ version at $4.50.


Knit/stretch fabrics only. Not suitable for wovens.

Sizes – Everything! Child’s newborn to 12 years, Ladies XXS to 5XL, and an 18inch doll pattern. It’s matching heaven.

Options – Diamond hem or waistband. Two neckband finishing options (simple t-shirt style or a beautiful neck binding method).

Fabric requirements – 0-12 months 0.5 yard, 12-24 months 0.75 yard. 2-6 years 1 yard, 7-12 years 1.25 yards. Ladies XXS to L 2 yards, XL to 5XL 2.5 yards.

Serger/overlocker optional but NOT required.


Here’s what our testers had to say…

“I loved how fast I could make it!  I also liked the super easy way to hem the diagonal hem option.   I would say that it’s the perfect pattern for anyone that has no idea how to sew and wants to finish with a truly wearable garment.  The directions are great & ANYONE can sew it!  It is a great project for someone who wants to learn to use a serger too.  Perfect for the timid sewist! “ – Haley Bolton, www.facebook.com/tulaandjett

“I loved that it didn’t take a million pages to print and that it was simple and straight to the point. You will not regret it. My closet will soon be full of them. And my daughters too. So comfy but yet so classy. I love everything about this top and I can’t wait to make a million more!” – Tiarra Pylychaty , www.facebook.com/Off-The-Chain-132855360248873

“This is a great pattern for someone just starting out with knits or who wants a comfy, but flattering top in a pinch! It’s super flattering and comfortable. I also love that I can use up a bunch of my pretty floral brushed poly for this! It’s going to be my new go-to top!” – Tricia Cerda

“It was FAST! I love things that I can whip together during nap time or in 5 or 10 min sporadic sewing spurts. It would be a great addition for anyone, beginner right up to pros!” – Jennifer Smith, www.instagram.com/MillStreetMoms

“I love the neckline and binding technique. It really is simple and straightforward.  The Dreamy Drape top is a flowing and loose fitting top. It’s a simple shape with a lot of movement that will flatter ladies figures. Fabric choice is a big deal! Make sure to pick fabric with a lot of drape to achieve a flowing look. The banded version is great for maternity bellies and the diagonal hem is so perfect for nursing mamas.” – Jennifer Lichak, www.inspiredbyamara.blogspot.com

“With a pattern like this you won’t regret it. Its a beautiful top no matter which option you choose. It’s such a fast and simple sew. This top is so comfortable and easy to move around in. It’s become a staple in my wardrobe.” – Karen Bouwhuis

“If you are looking for a quick sew, simple but elegant styling, something that is a little bit different but stylish and certainly suitable for lots of occasions this is the top to purchase.  It is simply the choice of fabric that will make all the difference in your wardrobe.  Yet again another lovely pattern with options that will suit many.  Fabric is the key to getting a good fit. “ – Leanne Miller, http://milliesplacehandmade.wordpress.com

“It is the most rewarding sew, and one that anyone can enjoy… from the beginner sewist to the most experienced. This pattern is a wonderful blend of casual, classy, and even dressy… it is all how you wear and pair it. It is a perfect beginner’s knit pattern. Everything was self explanatory, simple, and well done. I love the simplicity and quickness of the sew. It is a quality, professional finish top that takes no time at all. I whipped up 2 ladies Mediums in 2 hours from cut-finish. That is a phenomenal thing for ladies clothing. “ – Lauren Sisk, http://avaryrosedesigns.bigcartel.com/

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The Great Big Sewing Giveaway

Hey Sewing Mama, I’ve got something really exciting to share with you… The Great Big Sewing Giveaway is here! Sew much awesomeness, and one winner takes it all ️❤️

If you love sewing, then this is the giveaway for you… 59 PDF patterns and a whole heap of fabric! All you have to do is click the button below, enter your details, answer the super easy question and you’re in the draw! Plus after you’ve entered you’ll get a link you can share & get 10 free extra entries for every one person you refer. Yup, you read that right… if you tell a friend and they enter, you get TEN bonus entries… !

 

 

So without further ado, here’s the great big juicy prize you could win…

ONE PERSON WILL WIN:

 

The ENTIRE Mummykins & Me Collection

(that’s 32 patterns!)

(Ladies patterns are sized XXS to 5XL, and childs patterns are sized newborn to 12 years)

27 patterns from some of my very fav designers

Pollywoggles (1 PDF pattern of choice), Izzy & Ivy Designs (1 PDF pattern of choice), Striped Swallow Designs (1 PDF pattern of choice), Bobkin Designs (2 PDF patterns of choice), Peach Patterns (1 PDF pattern of choice), The Wolf and the Tree (2 PDF patterns of choice), StitchART (1 PDF pattern of choice), Sofilantjes Patterns (2 PDF patterns of choice), Bella Sunshine Designs (2 PDF patterns of choice), Designs by Call Ajaire (1 PDF pattern of choice), Handmaiden’s Cottage (1 PDF pattern of choice), PUPERITA (1 PDF pattern of choice), Serger Pepper Designs (2 PDF patterns of choice), AimerLae & Finn (2 PDF patterns of choice), Titchy Threads (2 PDF patterns of choice),  Sunday Girl Designs (2 PDF patterns of choice), Tie Dye Diva Patterns (1 PDF pattern of choice), Goober Pea Designs (1 PDF pattern of choice) and Twig + Tale (1 PDF pattern of choice).

 

PLUS 6 fabric gift cards from these gorgeous stores

Frollein S LLC ($50 USD store credit), BerryPosh Custom Designs ($25 USD store credit), Rumpled Stitching (1 yard of fabric) and Orinoco Designs Custom Knit Fabric ($30 AUS store credit), Raspberry Creek Fabrics ($50 USD store credit) and Meter Rabbit (£100 GBP store credit)!

Wow. Just wow ❤️

Yay! I can’t wait to see what the winner sews with all this gorgeousness ❤️ Good luck!

Rebecca xoxo

* Fabric prizes are in local currency to the supplier and do not include postage. Each entrant may only enter once, however an additional 10 entries may be earned by sharing your referral link (shown on screen after you’ve entered and emailed to you). An additional 10 entries can be earned per person who enters on your referral link). Winner drawn at random from all entries via the King Sumo app on WordPress. Every entrant will receive a link to download a free copy of the Woven Headband pattern. Winner notified on email and announced in the Mummykins & Me newsletter and Facebook group. By entering you are joining the Mummykins & Me mailing list. You may unsubscribe at any time.

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HACK: The Teatime Romper – Pleat Detail


Hey all! Jeanine here today to show you how I got the pleat detail front on the top!

There is the easy way – and the much harder and more confusing way that you use if you are tight on fabric and home bound thanks to a blizzard.

First off, you’ll need the Teatime Romper sewing pattern. If you haven’t got it yet, you can get it from – http://rebecca-page.com/product/romper-pdf-sewing-pattern/.

Let’s start with the very easy way to get pleat room – Add 3-4 inches to the top of the pattern piece – or more if you want a LOT of pleats… but honestly since the Teatime Romper is a gathered front I think keeping the pleats to just a handful is optimal.

and then you fold and iron, fold and iron until you get down to where the romper front is the height of the original pattern piece.

**I strongly recommend sewing the pleats down on the inside – where you won’t see the stitching from the front so they don’t go all poofed out when you thread the elastic through for the front.

Then do a basting stitch along the sides of your pleats to keep them down.

The hard way is cutting a separate rectangle that is 5 inches tall, pleating it down to 3 and cutting 3″ off the top of the bodice front. Did that confuse you? It made my brain hurt just trying to type it – but at the time I was able to visualize it so easily. I took pics since it shows the pleating cleaner.

And then basted down the sides and sewn on.

With a little trim to hide the fact that I added on a section for the pleats instead of doing things the proper way and cutting it longer to pleat. Just goes to show you there is indeed more than one way to (metaphorically) skin a cat… What a horrible saying that is …. If you have a better one for me to use – please – leave a comment!

Once again, just to be clear, sew those pleats down!!!! Otherwise they will become lost once the elastic is in place!

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Fabric for your Paris Party Dress

Here’s some fabric inspiration for your Paris Party Dress…. because you know… you never have enough fabric!

To help tempt you in your purchases, fabric requirements are at the bottom of the post. You need knit for the top, and a mid-weight woven for the skirt. Your stash can thank me later 😉

Have fun!

Rebecca & The Mummykins Team xoxo

PS… You can get your free Paris Party Dress from here. The $6.50 add-on from here.


Paris Party Dress – Top

Knit, or if you get the add-on you can do stretch lace


Valentines isn’t far off & this cotton jersey from Frollein S has my heart <3 http://www.frollein-s.com/organic-cotton-jersey-vintage-rose-old-rose.html

And it comes in turquoise too, yes please! – http://www.frollein-s.com/organic-cotton-jersey-vintage-roses-turquoise.html

You’ve got to be fast to snag exclusive custom knits from https://www.facebook.com/groups/BCDFabrics but oh they’re worth it. I can just see this cotton lycra with a pale pink woven skirt <3 Yes please! – http://hyenacart.com/BCD/6444/category/59/Round-8-Waltpaper-Retail

I’ve adore the stretch lace overlay option in the add-on. From Raspberry Creek Fabrics, this is totally fabric-temptation-tastic – https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/292797909/black-large-floral-vine-stretch-lace-1

Gorgeous. Just gorgeous. Need I say more? Punkin Head Threads – http://www.punkinheadthreads.com/product/girl-charlee-bolt-knits-modern-reflections-feathers/

And….. gold sparkles! http://www.punkinheadthreads.com/product/girl-charlee-bolt-knits-jolly-holiday-gold-sparkle-dots/

I also loooove the knits at Rumpled Stitching and Orinoco Designs. They’re both custom knit groups which  means you’ve got to watch upcoming order rounds and grab them while they’re available!


Paris Party Dress – Skirt

Woven. Can be pleated all the way around with a zip, or if you get the add-on too it can have an elastic waist

I LOVE this print. It’s cotton so I recommend using this with the lining option in the add-on. Gorgeous – http://www.frollein-s.com/woven-cottons/woven-cotton-paradise-flowers-white-1945762888.html

This is an Indigo Blue Double Gauze Chambray. Beautiful – https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/457867478/indigo-blue-double-gauze-chambray-double

I can so see this one from Hawthorne Threads as the print for the front of the skirt, with a plain black, pink or teal back <3 http://www.hawthornethreads.com/fabric/designer/hawthorne_threads/autumn_fawn/golden_slumbers_in_harvest

I’m a sucker for a pretty print and this totally has me! http://www.hawthornethreads.com/fabric/designer/hawthorne_threads/fawn_silhouette/fawn_silhouette_in_shell

A skirt out of this? Yes please! It’s cotton so again I would line it using the add-on. Can just see it with a white lining and white netting…. maybe even with the ribbon hem add-on option too! http://www.punkinheadthreads.com/product/art-gallery-wonderland-enchanted-leaves-air/

Can you tell I’m into florals and border prints right now? Ahhhhh http://www.punkinheadthreads.com/product/michael-miller-bed-of-roses-cabbage-rose-border-print-coral/


 

So what other fabrics are you thinking of? Let us know in the comments below!

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Berry Bubble Shorts Sew Along – Day 5

Mummykins Sew Along day 5

 

You’re so close to finishing your Berry Bubble Shorts! Today is the last day of the sew along. If you’re running a bit behind, no worries; there will be two catch up days to finish up your shorts.

In this post we are going to bind our leg openings and add our buttons.

 

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These instructions are for the bubble option. If you are making the straight leg option, read the tutorial in your PDF. First you will need to sew two rows of gathering stitches (a straight stitch set at the longest length) around each leg opening. Do not backstitch at the beginning or end. Ideally you should start at a seam and sew back around to the seam. Sew your first row of gathering stitches 1/4″ from the bottom of your leg opening. Sew the second row 3/4″ from the bottom.

 

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Unfold the ends of your leg binding and with right sides together, sew the short ends together with a 1/2″ seam allowance to form a loop. Press your seam open and then press the folds back into place. Repeat for the other binding.

 

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Now take one of the threads from each row of gathering stitches and pull gently as you slide your fabric along the thread. Gather your leg openings until they are the same size as your binding. Spread your gathers out evenly.

 

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Place a pin in the center opposite your seam on your binding. Line up your binding seam and your inner leg seam, and your binding pin with your outer side seam. Place the raw edge of your leg opening inside the binding, so it meets in the middle of the binding. Pin your binding all around your leg opening.

 

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Topstitch along the top edge of your binding, going slowly and making sure your shorts stay inside of the binding and also that you are catching the back of the binding as you go. Press and remove the basting stitches that are showing. Repeat the steps for the other leg to attach the binding.

The last step is to attach your front buttons and you are done!

Take some photos and share your finished Berry Bubble Shorts on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #berrybubbleshorts. Three random winners will be chosen on June 18th to win some great prize packs! See full details here.

Thanks so much for joining us in our first sew along!

 

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Berry Bubble Shorts Sew Along – Day 4

Mummykins Sew Along day 4

 

Alright we are in the final stretch of the Berry Bubble Shorts Sew Along! For day four we are going to put all of our pieces together.

 

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First we are going to layer our pieces in the following order. Place your back lining right side up, followed by your shorts front, also right side up. Last, place your shorts back face down on top of your shorts fronts, so right sides are together.

 

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Line up the side seams of all layers and sew together with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Make sure that your topstitching lines match up along the front and back before pinning. Press your seams toward the back.

 

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Baste your back lining to your back shorts along the top with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

 

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Pull your main fabric up and your lining down and sew both inner leg seams together with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Press both seams open.

 

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We are now going to work on the regular elastic waistband. If you are using button hole elastic, follow the instructions in your PDF. Fold your waistband lining up toward the wrong side of the fabric by 1/2″ and press. With right sides together, place the lining and main waistband pieces together. Pin and then sew up one short side, leave your needle in, lift your presser foot and pivot along the corner, drop your presser foot and continue sewing along the top, pivot and then sew down the other short side. Do not sew along the bottom.

 

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Clip both top corners of the waistband being careful not to cut too close to the seam.

 

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Turn right side out, poke out corners, and press.

 

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Line up the edges of your waistband with the edges of the side yolk with right sides together. Place your pin horizontally along the seam allowance so we can check that it matches up with the front yoke along the top.

 

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Flip your front and side yoke up and make sure they are even with the waistband. Adjust as necessary and repeat for the other side. Flip back down and continue pinning your waistband to your shorts. You will have to stretch the yokes slightly.

 

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Sew your waistband to our shorts with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Press your waistband and seam allowance up, away from the shorts.

 

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Topstitch 1/8″ from the top of the waistband. Do not sew the bottom edge or along the short sides yet.

 

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Push one end of your elastic into the corner of your waistband. Pin in place and repeat for the other side. Make sure your elastic is not twisted.

 

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Sew along both short ends with a 1/4″ seam allowance to secure your elastic in place.

 

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Fold your waistband lining down over  your elastic so it is just covering your waistband seam. Pin in place from the right side of your shorts.

 

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Topstitch around your waistband 1/8″ from the seam that joins your waistband to your shorts. Go slow and make sure you are catching the lining layer and not catching your elastic. You will need to stretch the elastic as you go to keep the waistband flat.

 

One more day to go! In the next post we will put the finishing touches on our shorts!

 

 

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