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Free Pattern:: Krista Apron

I promised you another free pattern, and I’m excited to share it with you on free pattern Friday! The Krista apron is fun and flirty with an elastic ruched top, cute little side pocket and ruffled bottom. Perfect for the feminine chef!

Custom Order: Krista Apron

Click here to download the Krista Apron Pattern in 8.5 x 11 pdf format. I share this pattern with you guys to make for yourselves, as gifts but I do so under one condition. Please upload a photo of any completed aprons in this flickr group so I can see what y’all are making!

Also this should go without being said but I’ll say it anyways: please do not sell items made from this free pattern and do not claim it as your own design!

Another Nursing Cover

I know, I make a lot of these. It’s hard not too. It’s one of the baby items I use most often, it’s easy to make (perfect for the first time sewer), there’s a free tutorial and it’s a great gift. Well, check this out. Target has a nursing cover in the Amy Butler Geisha Fans fabric that my friend happened to register for. Can you believe they sell those for $40? And it looks a bit too small in my opinion. Not so with the free tutorial! I happened to have a yard of the fabric already so I whipped one of those up as a baby shower gift.

Love that fabric and love enabling moms to feel comfortable to nurse in public!

Phoebe Bag

I don’t want you guys to think I’m not sewing! I am! And I have some great projects that I’m going to be starting soon…. I mean, Christmas sewing is starting now!

I whipped up this little beauty as a gift for my mother-in-law’s birthday. The clarity of writing in this pattern is fantastic although I think it helps to have sewn a few purses already to understand where the steps are taking you. Best of all, this pattern is free from artsycraftybabe! Click here for the free PDF pattern for the Phoebe Bag.

I really like that this bag fits perfectly under your arm when you wear it on your shoulder and I think it’s a good medium sized purse, just perfect to carry what you need, but not big enough that things get lost. The thing I would do differently if I made this again… I think it might be nice to add a zipper to the opening in addition to the flap and magnetic snap. Overall a fun little sewing project! I hope she likes it!

Reversible Pocket Sling Tutorial (with padding)

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Alright, the time has finally come for me to share this tutorial. I really feel that this sling has made it so much easier for me to calm Jude and just easier to keep myself sane! A new mama needs both her hands from time to time! The nice thing about this method of sling making is that you will have enough materials to make two slings. This tutorial only covers making one sling.

You will need:

2 yards of cotton fabric – exterior
2 yards of cotton fabric – interior
1″ thick upholstery foam (two 9″x2″ rectangles)
coordinating thread

Make sure to pre-wash all of your fabric in baby friendly detergent and then iron everything so it lays nice and straight! Also, you want 100% cotton fabric – nothing stretchy – you don’t want the sling to stretch out of shape. This could be dangerous.

Step 1: Preparation
Fold exterior fabric in half lengthwise and iron a crease. Cut down the middle of this crease.

You will end up with two pieces of fabric that are 2 yards by approximately 22.5″ (depending on the width of your initial yardage). You will only use one piece to make the sling.

Repeat on interior fabric. Again, you will only need one of the two pieces.

Cut 1″ thick upholstery foam into two 2″ x 9″ rectangles. This is your padding. For newborns, it pads their head from bonking on door frames and such. As they get older, it can be flipped to be worn on the bottom, padding their dangling legs!

Step 2: Sew edges
Right sides together, line up the edges and pin.

Now is a good time to trim off any excess if the fabric doesn’t line up properly.

Back-stitching at each end, sew the long sides with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Turn fabric so that the right sides are facing out and iron flat.

Top stitch up each long side with a 1/4″ seam allowance, back-stitching at each end.

Step 3: Sizing
The best way to determine sizing is to take a piece of string and wrap it from your shoulder to your opposite hip and back to your shoulder. It will form a loop around your body, mimicking how the sling will lay. Don’t do this too tight though! Cut the string so that it hits the top of your mid-hip; you don’t want the sling to hit below your hip and you don’t want to be too far above your hip. Match your length to the chart below to get your correct size. Round up if you fall between sizes.

X-Small – 52″
Small – 56″
Medium – 60″
Large – 64″
X-Large – 68″

Step 4: Create the curve
Fold fabric in half width wise

and then again length wise.

Using the chart below with your determined measurement:

Long Edge (along fold)
Short Edge (open)

Measure from the short folded edge, mark the long folded edge:

Measuring again from the short folded edge, mark the short open edge:

This is going to make the pocket for the baby’s bottom to sit in.

Use a ruler to draw a straight line with a fabric marker between these points.

Freehand a gentle curve between the points referencing the straight line as needed.

Cut the curve out through all layers. The remnants are great to make matching burp clothes or bibs!

When you are done, unfold it and it should look like this:

This is the overall shape that we’re looking for:

Step 5: Padding
Insert padding inside sling, one on each open side. Eventually the padding will lay against the straight seam, but for now, it’s just going to float freely until we sew the sling shut. Make sure it’s far enough back that it won’t get in the way of your stitching.

Step 6: Flat felled seam
Fold in half longways and match up the curves. Pin in place.

Sew a 1/4″ seam along the curve, back-stitching at each end, shutting the tube of fabric.

Trim the seam allowance to 1/8″.

Flip the fabric the other way and iron the curve so the seam you just sewed is on the inside. We’re going to encase this seam.

Following the curve, sew a 1/2″ seam around the curve, back-stitching at each end, encasing the raw edge of the seam inside. It will look a little weird because it will be sticking out (at this point, it’s called a French seam). No worries, the next step sews the edge that’s sticking up, down.

Lay the flap of fabric down and sew 1/4″ from the edge, back-stitching at each end, laying the seam down.

You might want to pin starting from the middle to help minimize any bunching. This is a sturdy seam and it needs to be! It’s holding the weight of the baby!

Step 7: Sew padding in place
Maneuver the padding so that there is a piece on either side of the flat felled seam. It should be as close to the top stitching and flat felled seam as you can get it. Pin in place. Starting from the flat felled seam, sew around the padding, back-stitching at each end, to keep it from moving around. Repeat on the other piece of padding on the other side of the flat felled seam.

One thing I’ve thought of several times but never followed through on, is that you could add a zippered pocket if you choose not to make the sling reversible. Could be nice to have a place to hold keys, a cell phone or a pacifier!

You’re all done! Click here for a pdf on how to use your new sling!

Much thanks goes to Whitney for letting me take pictures as I taught her how to make a sling! 🙂

It’s my first Blog-iversary (Free Apron Pattern!)

And for the occasion, I have another free pattern to add to the list! The Marie Apron!

the Marie Apron

That’s my mom, Marie. And she’s wearing her brand new Marie apron that I made for her birthday. Can’t you see how happy she is? 🙂

If you would like to make the Marie Apron CLICK HERE for the pdf of the pattern and the instructions! Now, I will warn you, the pattern is on a 24″x36″ piece of paper which means that you will have to take the pdf to a print shop (like Kinkos) in order to print it. I don’t believe this costs more than a dollar or two and I’m giving you the pattern for free, so don’t complain to me that you can’t print this at home! It’s a big pattern! I have included the dimensions if you want to draw the pattern on some pattern paper at home. The curves are up to you though. 🙂

There is a lot of bias tape in this one, so you might find this tutorial helpful if you have never used bias tape before. Feel free to give me feedback to improve the instructions or the pattern – I’d love to know what everyone thinks!

Also, I hate to be repetitive, but please do not sell items made from this free pattern and do not claim it as your own design! Feel free to link back to this post if you’d like to spread the word though. Also, if you make this pattern, I’d love to see the final results! Please add photos of the final product to the flickr group here!

Fat Quarter Totes

I whipped up a three fat quarter tote bags as gifts this past Sunday and I thought they turned out really cute! It’s a free pattern that you can find at Cicada Daydreams. It’s about the perfect size to be a lunch tote. I love that the instructions show you how to utilize the entire fat quarter – almost nothing goes to waste! I used a cotton canvas fabric that I’ve used before in several different projects that is from Ikea (but I don’t think they have this print any longer). I really like that the lining sticks up above the exterior just a bit to peek out and show the color that matches the bottom panel. If I make this again, I would probably add some pockets, either on the outside or the inside, but I think that may be the one thing that’s lacking. . .

Diana Hobo – Free Pattern

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Gosh, wouldn’t it be great if I could do a ‘free pattern Friday’ every Friday?

So Anna Maria Horner just released a new purse pattern that reminds me a lot of my new free pattern just without straps! I thought I’d show it to y’all because it seems easy enough to make a few small modifications to my pattern to emulate her new clutch!

So remember this purse and my promise to give you a free pattern?

Diana Hobo Bag

Download the Pattern on 11×17 Format

Download the Pattern on 8.5×11 Format

If/when you do make a bag from my pattern, please post it in the flickr group!

Diana Hobo

Also this should go without being said but I’ll say it anyways: please do not sell items made from this free pattern and do not claim it as your own design!

Softie Bat Monster Free Pattern

This has taken far too long to post for how simple it is. . . sorry about that! I finally created a pdf of the pattern for the softie monster I made awhile back that I promised you guys. He seemed appropriate for a posting on Friday the 13th. 🙂

Really there’s not a whole lot to making this fun little guy:

  • The pdf pattern can be accessed here (right click and hit ‘save link as’ to save the file) and you can print it on 11×17 paper.
  • Cut the pattern out (you have the option of cutting on the fold or not – I felt like that wings were too complex for me to cut on the fold).
  • Carefully cut out two pieces of fabric from the pattern piece and then place them right sides together, pinning the edges.
  • Sew a 1/4″-1/8″ seam around the edges (back-stitching at each end), leaving a 3″ opening on the side of his head to turn the softie right side out. I found the need to use a smaller seam allowance and slowly stitch the area around the wings.
  • Fill with stuffing, concentrating first on filling the feet, wing tips, and ears and then slip stitch the opening closed once stuffed to your liking.
  • Embroider on a face, sew on buttons or felt, add clothing, whatever you want to do to finish off your monster!
  • Add your pictures of your monster to the Softie Bat Monster Flickr Group!

I would love to see pictures if anyone ends up making this so please let me know if you do!

Please feel free to use this pattern for gifts, yourself or toys for your children/animals! Please do not sell anything made from this pattern or promote it as your own.