Sewing (Page 3)

One of the nicest things about our ever growing data base of patterns and appliques, is the ability to mix and match projects, or to repurpose projects for different needs. For example, take the pattern for our Nubbie Doll, make it in a beautiful Christmas flannel, and you have anRead More →

I threw together a tutorial on How To Cut Out Felt. That may sound a little silly, but the difference between a quality felt piece is as much about neat cutting as it is neat stitching. Fair warning… this was not on my plate for today, so I did rushRead More →

Dress up clothes are played with daily around here. The box that is supposed to contain them is usually dumped all over the library floor in the kids’ attempt to find some magical accessory that must always be at the very bottom of the bucket. Since they love dress up…Read More →

We are calling this the Pirate Shirt UN-PATTERN. I totally winged this pattern and don’t have the normal step-by-step photos you have come to love about WeeFolkArt (although there are still a good handful). There was a lot of just fudging it that went on and fortunately Pirate Shirts areRead More →

The Woven Spider Wheel Stitch is a versatile stitch that I use often. It makes a circular, raised stitch appropriate for flowers, apples, polka dots, etc. It winds up being raised, giving it a wonderful 3-D effect. Obviously, I love this stitch, and although it might seem difficult, with aRead More →

I’ve had a few people mention the fabric in the rug and I got an email asking me what fabric I used. I almost always make note of the fabrics I’m using, but for some reason I didn’t on this one. I bought the fabric at JoAnns. I got itRead More →

I took my first home economics class when I was in 7th grade. It was mandatory for all FEMALES. Boys couldn’t even take the class. (Yes, back in the Dark Ages!) Eventually, I would earn a degree in Human Ecology from Michigan State University, but back in 7th grade, I got my first exposure to manyRead More →

When doing any craft, there are some things we have to do that are more a groan than a pleasure. That’s how I feel about straightening the grain of fabric. To be honest, I don’t do it for most projects, but there are times when it is imperative that theRead More →

The girls needed matching barrettes for their new outfits, so of course I got right on it! Although they haven’t seen them yet, I’m sure they are going to love them. I made these for Pixie, using the cherry print in her ruffle. I decide to use a yo yoRead More →

Quick, easy and fun to make, these yo yo contour clip barrettes will become a favorite. Materials: Scraps of light weight fabric 3/4″ Lace – 5 “ Contour clip barrettes 3/4″ buttons Cotton Perle or 6 strands of embroidery floss Sewing thread Optional – hot glue 1] To cut outRead More →

Use our handkerchief bandana pattern to make a simple bandana for keeping your hair out of your eyes or add embroidery to make it extra special. The directions below are for a plain handkerchief bandana pattern, but options are given for making the handkerchief bandana featured above. A note aboutRead More →

Ruffles are a fun and easy way to dress up even the most basic pattern. Some of you may have a ruffle foot that you can use on your sewing machine… check out your manual. If you want to do it by hand… which I like in small amounts… here is howRead More →

  There are babushka dolls and then there are babushka dolls! Here’s our little doll wearing a skirt her mom just made for her. The fabric is gorgeous… a Kokka babushka doll print! Michelle used our basic Elastic Gathered Skirt Directions with a few alterations. First, Fairy insisted there wereRead More →

Here’s Pixie in her new skirt and shirt. She loves them! And what’s not to love? A nice comfy skirt and a t-shirt with a totally goofy bird. Can it get much better? Directions for this most basic skirt can be found in our FREE Pattern Section. I used aRead More →

A French Seam, sometimes referred to as an Encased Seam, is a wonderful seam to use when you want to concel the raw edges of a seam. This is great for materials that tend to fray, or if a finished edge may be viewed. (Or if you’re like me and just likeRead More →

           French Seam Outside                              French Seam Inside               Flat Fell Seam Outside                               Flat Fell Seam Inside After doing the tutorial on how to make a French Seam, I had this nagging feeling in the back of my mind. While in school, back in the dark ages, or at least the dim ages, I rememberedRead More →

This is a basic pattern for a simple elastic gathered waist for young girls. This can be made by sewing up the seam of 45” wide fabric, turning down a waistband and hemming. The same concept can be used for bigger girls and even moms. The secret is the widthRead More →

A Flat Fell Seam is the way of finishing off a seam so the raw edges are hidden. Not only does it make the inside of a garment look wonderful, it prevents fraying and extends the life of the seam. It is commonly used on the inside of pants andRead More →

EDIT: When originally posting this blog I erroneously referred to the Flat Fell Seam as a French Seam. My age addled brain “oopsed”. I have since corrected this mistake and have magically changed all references to the French Seam to now read Flat Fell Seam!  I received my first degree from Michigan State UniversityRead More →