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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

CKC Goes Back to School in Uniforms

It's back to school time!  Whether your kiddos wear uniforms or not, it's an exciting time to get supplies together and dressed up for a new year! To celebrate, we put together a fun photo shoot just to show you our favorite patterns as back-to-school uniforms. Our talented designers from all over the country teamed up with the fabulous SGarcia Photography, and we think you're going to LOVE what we have to show you today! 

All items shown were sewn by CKC staff members using CKC Patterns, and all fabrics came from Joann Fabric and Craft Stores.  The specific patterns are labeled and linked on individual photos so you can get inspired and make some of these outfits for your own kiddos of all ages. Feel free to copy our fabric combos and styles -- we hope you do!  

So much cuteness in one photo!  Now let's enjoy some closer looks of these designs: 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Meet the Designers 2017

Who are we at CKC? We are designers and moms who have an absolute blast providing high quality sewing patterns for you! While we got our start just a few years ago, we have grown and accomplished so much! Would you believe we have over thirty people on staff now? We haven't grown too big for our britches though, as my grandma used to say. At heart, we are still a team of moms who simply love to create new designs for our kiddos and customers. And today you can get to know us all a little better!

We love that we have a variety of personalities and different styles of training on our team. We want our patterns to be super fun and also beginner friendly. Thank you for helping us get to where we are today! 

Please note that this blog post isn't intended to be formal biographies or a list of qualifications.  Rather, we just want to have some fun introducing ourselves to you with some basics about who and what we are! And we would love to get to know all about YOU too, so please come hang out with us in our CKC Patterns group any time you'd like!  Okay, enough talk from me... let's get to know each of the designers. <3 

We're starting with our two founders and co-owners at CKC, Shannon and Tiffany. Enjoy!

Shannon Donoghue

Specialty: Girls
Family: I have been married to my husband Jesse for 10.5 years. We have two kids Charlotte, 7, and Xavier, 8, 1 Australian Shepard, Jill, and 8 chickens!!! 
Location: Grosse Ile, mi
Favorite CKC pattern: Poppy's, Hattie's, and Monica's 
Best movie ever: Harry Potter series 
Favorite flavor of ice cream: anything with coconut 
Or mint chocolate chip Random life goal: to learn how to build things with wood 
Most recent book I read for fun: the girl on the train
Favorite sewing technique: topstitching. It just makes everything look so clean and crisp! 
Something I always have with me while sewing: Netflix or audible
How much sleep I get on average: probably 6 hrs
Nickname I had growing up: 
My super power: throwing parties and cooking amazing meals on the fly
Favorite part of working with CKC: all the fun people I get to interact with every day!

Tiffany Vela

Specialty: All things behind the scenes.
Family: Jody husband of 13 years, Ethan 12, Aidan 11, Natalie 9. 2 yorkies Bella and Lilly. A frenchie Harley, a kitten Gabby, a bearded dragon, 12 chickens, 2 turkeys and 2 twin goats coming home in 2 weeks!
Location: Oakland County, Michigan
Favorite CKC pattern: it's always changing! Favorite one I've written is Mindy or Primrose. To sew is Honey's or Kimber.
Best movie ever: I don't watch TV really, but I guess inception.
Favorite flavor of ice cream: I do not like ice cream, at all! Watermelon slushy is my jam! 
Random life goal: Grow our little homestead. More land would mean more animals! Alpacas, Llamas, horses, pigs, i would have everything if I could and farm everyday! I love nature. And learning another language. Currently I'm learning Hebrew and dream of visiting Jerusalem at least once!
Most recent book I read for fun: I'm always reading! Right now Anne of Avonlea, created with purpose and the art of loving are all 3 being read!
Favorite sewing technique: Using my cover stitch to top stitch. It sews smooth as butter and looks so good.
Something I always have with me while sewing: Audible books or podcasts at all times!
How much sleep I get on average: Ha what's that? Maybe 5 if I'm lucky!
Nickname I had growing up: Sissy, Jewel and sisto mondo daddio dude. 
My super power: I can never stop doing something. I never give up on anything, and I always have to finish every project as soon as I start. I'm hyper focused on any task I set my mind to and keep a really clean house!
Favorite part of working with CKC: I love seeing new seamstresses grow into the skill and find their own style while also finding confidence! I just love seeing growth and determination work for other seamstresses who never give up!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Hacking Willa's Wrap Pants into a Romper!

Hey everyone! Willa’s Wrap Pants released today! They are amazing as-is and we thought you would also really enjoy this fun romper hack for the women’s pattern!

First, you need to measure yourself to know how much to add to the rise. Measure from the small of your between your legs and up to mid chest. This measurement is what you need the rise to be at for this hack. Let’s say this measurement is 33” for the example

Now look at the list below for the rise length included in the pattern already. Subtract that number from the rise amount needed to know how much you need to add. Now divide that by 2 since there is a front and a back. Add that amount to the top of the pattern piece.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Modify Rayna's Romper to Have a Button Back

You have probably already seen and fallen in love with our Rayna's Retro Romper pattern!  It's simply adorable!  It has those cute ties that come to a bow in the back. But if your little one doesn't like having that sort of bow on her back (especially for long car rides)  then we have the perfect modification tutorial for you today!

That's right! It's a button-back option for Rayna's! Most of the pattern will be sewn up the same as you are used to doing. Our tutorial simply has you modify the back straps slightly so they can be fastened with non-offending buttons. Much more comfy for kiddos who are sensitive!

If you think your little one would prefer the button back option on Rayna's, here you go:

Simply follow the instructions and you'll be all set!  You could also use this same technique for Poppy's Peekaboo Dress

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Distressing Denim Tutorial

80s kids rejoice because distressed denim is all over the place right now and word on the street is it's only going to be bigger this fall! No need to spend big bucks on this fashion trend though; we are here to teach you how to take the jeans you have now and distress them yourself. If you are wanting to keep up with this years biggest fashion trend, keep reading to learn how....

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Unicorn Crayon Case

Hey Y’all! Stephanie Baker here again for my last unicorn freebie! It’s summertime, and if you’re like me, you’re looking for activities for the kids! Here’s a fun one you can make with your kids, and the final piece is perfect for on the go and road trips! 

Introducing Velvety Enchanted Beauty Crayon Case! This fun little felt case has slots for holding crayons and a pocket the perfect size for blank note cards. 

Here’s what you need to complete this project

3 sheets of felt for main piece 
2-3 sheets of felt in coordinating colors 
optional vinyl for free cut files  

First thing we need to do is cut out our 4 ear pieces from a felt sheet of your main color and 2 horn pieces from a felt sheet in a coordinating color.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Unicorn Sleep Mask

Would you believe that Unicorn Week is still going strong?! Even though it's the weekend, we still have another FREE Unicorn project for you! 

This is "Snazzy Glitter Gem’s Unicorn Sleep Mask" and we know you're going to love it! Bedtime will be a breeze as you send your little one off into magical dreamland with this mask.  Plus it's fun to make! 

Materials Needed:
¼ yard of Fleece
Fleece scrap for Horn and Ears
Vinyl if using the SVG file for eyes

Friday, July 14, 2017

Unicorn Tic Tac Toe

Unicorn Week is still going strong and today we have another FREE magical pattern for you!   Stephanie put this one together and it's simply adorable! 

Introducing "Rainbow Star Shimmer Tic Tac Toe"!  Isn't it perfect? 

Your kiddos are sure to love playing this classic game with a unicorn flair, and it's a simple enough with our pattern instructions that they can even help you make it!  

We have this pattern available as a free PDF download, and we also have those adorable eyes available as free cut files too!  Here you go:

That's everything you need from us -- Now the rest is up to you!  We can't wait to see your super fun unicorn sets. Please come share a photo in our patterns group on FB when you're done!  

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Modified Briar's: Bodice Ruffle and Crop Top

Today we’ve got a special guest, Serena Garciadiaz with Serena Garcia Photography. You may have seen her work before, and she is the one that captured the fabulous unicorn photos that inspired #CKCUnicornWeek!! She happened to test Briar’s and then just kept on making them, adding her own spin to it each one. She’s here to share how she did it all! Without further ado, here is Serena.

Who is as excited as me for Briar’s pattern release? We LOVE Briar's and all it has to offer. This is the perfect dress for a wedding, flower girl dress, costuming, ball gown, and we loved it for our unicorn photoshoot!

The pattern comes with many different options, a top, dress, maxi, and romper! It’s the perfect pattern to add all those pretty ribbons and trims, mix/match fabric, and the list can go on and on.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Unicorn Coin Bank

Hey y’all, Stephanie Baker here! I’m a girls pattern designer at CKC, and today I’ve got a fun little FREE project for you all!! 

Sparkly Diamond Horn Unicorn Coin Bank is a cute little bank made from any size mason jar. Perfect for Unicorn Week or any time at all!  Let's get started!

Here’s what you need: 

Vinyl for Eyes 

First, and this step is optional, but what unicorn fan doesn’t love some glitter!? So, take that mason jar outside and spray the inside of the jar with your glitter spray paint. Let it dry as recommended.