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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Gladiator Sandals for Dolls

Today we have a special treat for you!  You are going to LOVE this free pattern! 

Gladiator sandals are all the rage right now, and we know how much your little ones *love* to match their dolls.  One of our fabulous testers, Jessica Lang, has put together a doll version of gladiator sandals. And they're not just cute - they're amazing! 



See what I mean?!  Simply perfect.  And the best part is that you can make them too!  Jessica is awesome and provided measurements for all three of our standard size dolls:  15", 18", and even the new 14"!  Here's Jessica:


Materials Needed:
Foam sheets
Scissors or rotary cutter
Cutting mat if using a rotary cutter
Ruler
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Ruffled elastic trim
6-8 permafrost bows or other embellishments
Thin cardboard (from a cereal box or comic book board)
Printed pattern piece (click here to download)


Cutting chart:

18" Doll -
Back foam - 1" x 4"
Back cardboard - 1" x 4"
Front foam - 3/8" x 3 3/4"
Elastic #1 - 5 1/4"
Elastic #2 - 5 1/4"
Elastic #3 - 5"
Elastic #4 - 4 1/4"
Foot strap elastic - 2 1/2"

15" Doll -
Back foam - 1" x 3"
Back cardboard - 1" x 3"
Front foam - 3/8" x 2 3/4"
Elastic #1 - 5"
Elastic #2 - 5"
Elastic #3 - 4 1/4"
Foot strap elastic - 2 1/2"

14" Doll -
Back foam - 1" x 3"
Back cardboard - 1" x 3"
Front foam - 1/4" x 2 3/4"
Elastic #1 - 4"
Elastic #2 - 3 1/2"
Elastic #3 - 3"
Foot strap elastic - 2"


After cutting you should have a pile like this: 


Friday, April 21, 2017

Weekly Wound Up


We had so many amazing entries into our Easter contest this year!  I was so impressed with your creativity, and all those cute bunnies - oh my!  The winners are announced below so be sure to check out how cute the grand prize is.  This week has been a busy one too, with lots of fresh looks for Spring. Let's take a look: 

New Releases



Grayson's Button Front School Girl Dress is the perfect dress for warmer weather! It's a quick, simple sew with a classic design. The fitted bodice has a front button closure and sweet gathered flutters to enhance the sleeveless design. The skirt comes with measurements for a traditional, knee-length option and a shorter, vintage-length. The skirt pockets are big and bold and perfect for holding all those little girl treasures! Grayson's is available for sizes 2T-14.




This week we also released William's Formal Accessory pack in Men's sizes! This accessory pack is just what you've been looking for. With measurements and instructions for adjustable cross-back suspenders, reversible four-button vest, and adjustable cummerbund, we've taken all the guesswork out of making these amazing boutique items. Pair these accessories with your favorite dress pants and shirt for the perfect formal look!

Printable Pinning Labels

One of my FAVORITE things to do is sew a new project! (I'm sure that's no surprise; here I am on a sewing blog.) And yet, one of my *least* favorite things to do is try to figure out what in the world is going on in my sewing room after I had to abandon it for the 5,573rd time in one day.  The life of a sewing mama, right?  There's all these cute pieces of fabric lying in a pile, but how do I remember which one is which? And which one goes where?

 If you can relate to this scenario, then today's blog post is for you!  


Today we have printable pinning labels for you!  I absolutely rely on labeling my fabric pieces. It's just one less thing I need to remember. If that sounds like an extra step you don't want to worry about, please try it out and see what a time saver it really is!  



You might have caught this blog post I did awhile back, that shows how much the labels can help every step of the way. Whether it's labeling which side is the top, or the front or the back end of the sleeve -- or just helping you keep the different tiers and ruffles straight.

Or, let's say you're making three different sizes of the same outfit. You definitely don't want to sew the 2T sleeves onto the 5T dress!  If you label your pieces, you don't have to come up with a scientific way of stacking them, or waste any precious brain cells keeping it all straight. 


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Weekly Wound Up



Easter weekend is here!  Do you have all your sewing finished up? Or like me, are you still rushing it in at the last minute?  Either way, it's sure to be a fabulous weekend!  And to make it even better, we're having a weekend SALE!  This is our first sitewide sale of the year and we are super excited about it!  Be sure to get the full details and coupon code below, under the sale graphic.  But first, let's take a look at this week's new patterns! 


New Releases 



Looking for the perfect pattern to add to your collection? Bodysuits are making a comeback and we’ve got just what you need to keep up with the trend! Virginia’s  has not only the bodysuit option but also a crop top version! This playful pattern features off the shoulder sleeves, comfy leg bands, full coverage booty on the leotard, and the perfect band to keep the crop top in place while moving! Your wardrobe will not be complete without this fabulous pattern! Knit fabri



Martha's is a classic A-line top/dress that you will fall in love with every time you make it! The simple design leaves plenty of room for personalization, while still being quick to construct. It includes options for a trim band if you are looking to stretch those fabrics a little further, as well as a reversible option so it's like you're getting two dresses completed at once! Martha's is available in baby, girl, and women sizes. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Beautiful Cross Hair Bow

In our patterns group we can see you're all busy at work getting those Easter outfits sewn up. They're turning out so amazing! Well, today we have a special guest here to teach us how to make the perfect accessory to complete the look.  Sheri Cata from Izzy's Bow-tique has showed us some bow tutorials here on the blog before, and this may be my favorite yet!  She's always so creative and right on time for the upcoming holidays. This project is exactly that! Here's Sheri:  



Hey everyone, I’m super happy to do another hair accessory tutorial for CKC. I like hair bows with size options so as usual I have done all the math for you guys on using 4 different sizes of ribbon. 

Oh, and I have a great tip at the end of the tutorial for you guys as well! So lets get crafting!!!



First, we're going to need some basic supplies:

- glue gun and glue sticks
-scissors
- lighter or heat sealer of some sort
-needle and thread 
-any type of ribbon except wired (it doesn’t work so well) in 7/8, 1 1/2, 2 1/4 or even a huge 3” wide ribbon works as well. 
- embellishment for center of cross. 
- clip or headband of choice
- felt circle 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Easy Elastic Belt

Have you seen our new Martha's dress that just released?  It's a super quick sew and we love how simple and sweet it is!   It's available in sizing for babies, girls, and women's and can be worn all on its own.  

We came up with an extra look we adore for it on women too, and that's with an added elastic belt: 



Isn't that cute?!  And the good news is, you don't have to search dozens of stores to find the perfect belt -- you can make one all on your own!  

One of our testers, Brittany Kelly, already made a tutorial for an elastic belt on her blog and she has graciously offered to let us share it with you!  Here it is:







I'm excited to try this out for myself. I've always seen the buckle hardware at fabric stores but haven't tried them out before. I love how easy this looks -- plus I can make it exactly the right size I want it! 

A huge thank you to Brittany for sharing this with us!  I love being able to add accessories to my wardrobe that are truly unique. 

Be sure to grab Martha's dress pattern while it's on sale too!  All sizes are 30% off until Tuesday night, 4/11/17.  

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Weekly Wound Up


Spring Break and then my family vacation meant that we all went a couple weeks without a Weekly Wound Up.  Did you miss me?!  Well I missed you, and now we have a lot to catch up on!  In fact, I'm not sure we can even catch up on everything. But I do have some really exciting things to show you, starting with our big Spring Collection that released this week! 

New Releases


Lookie! Aren't they gorgeous?!  All of these patterns shown above are new designs and ready for the taking!   They are, in no particular order, Darby's, Fawn's, Kataleya's, Quade's, Raleigh's, Luana's, and Pansy's. So much cuteness and several of them come in baby and doll sizes too! You can read more about each new design in our collection by clicking here. And if you want to see more shots of them by the amazing SGarcia Photography, feel free to flip through our Lookbook by clicking here!   

These patterns are all on sale through Sunday night!  And don't forget about our tiered pricing; the more you buy the more you save. Here's your chance to get in all the Spring sewing excitement around here! 


On the Blog



We love fringe styles and here's a tutorial that's perfect for the upcoming warm weather!  It's also a fun way to show off cut files, embroidery, or fabric panels. Come learn how to make a layered fringe tank, free on our blog!  





And how about another free pattern?!  Our Haircutting Cape with Ties has all the features you want: comfy to wear, easy to clean, and large enough for everyone in your family! I know that I, for one, am never ever ever (EVER) buying a cheap-o cape again! 



When creating active wear, you can do a lot to dress up any design! Our free tutorial will show you how to use active wear paint on fabric, either by freehanding or using stencils. It's not difficult at all, as long as you have the right supplies! Plus, we also include a FREE "scales" cut file to make a template for painting just like this one!  Stunning! 


Announcements



Have you visited our Designer Deals page yet this month?  We have new discounts available on some of our favorite patterns!  Between these amazing steals and our new Spring Collection patterns, it shouldn't be any trouble at all for you to take advantage of our Tiered Pricing!  It's like giving a little gift to yourself. Happy Shopping! 


That's it for our Weekly Wound Up!  We hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Spring Collection 2017

Did you see?!  This week we released our Spring Collection! 




Isn't it amazing?!  Each piece is a fabulous new design, put together with love for you and your littles!  

We had the pleasure of using the Boho Fusion line of fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics. The quality is superb and they all turned out gorgeous!  Thank you to Art Gallery for making this project so easy on us! 



On that note, SGarcia Photography deserves all the credit for capturing the depth of cuteness we were aiming for with this collection.  We can't wait to show you the gorgeous shots and details of each design! And that brings us to our CKC Spring Collection 2017 Lookbook!   Here it is, for your viewing pleasure:   

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What do you think?!  I honestly can't even choose a favorite in all these!  I love the variety of styles you can get from CKC patterns, even within the collection.  There's something for everyone! 



All the patterns in our collection are on sale through Sunday night.  Here's your chance to get in on all the fun Spring sewing going on around here! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 






Tuesday, April 4, 2017

DIY Haircutting Cape with Ties

Are you ready for another free project?!  Today I'm going to show you how to make a haircutting cape!  And not just any haircutting cape.  This one has enough coverage for everyone in the family, even Dad!   And all the way down to the smallest wigglers, of course. 


PLUS -- my favorite feature of this design is that it doesn't use velcro. Yes!

 I don't know about your kids, but mine despise the velcro that you usually find on storebought capes.  It pokes at their neck, it comes undone too easily, and it gets all the hair trimmings stuck in it, ICK. Aside from that looking nasty, it becomes totally unusable after awhile.  Boo on that.  

So I solved the above problems and we love this tie-back cape! 


As you can see it's PLENTY roomy!  In the past I have made my kiddos strip down to their underwear under the tiny storebought cape so we wouldn't get their clothes all hairy. But this cape totally covers all their clothes. Fabulous!  

The best fabric to use for this is PUL or laminated fabric. It is laminated on one side so the hair slips right off, but on the back side it is fabric so it's softer on the skin and won't cling to their skin. 

The neck closes with ties in back, which will make it less obnoxious and much more sturdy. Plus, you can see that the cape falls at an angle to cross in back -- no more trying to get the wiggly kids to help you hold the cape shut! 

 I should add that the cape should only be worn with adult supervision -- I assume you're not going to be leaving the kids alone with scissors and a cape to do their own haircuts... Nope?  Alright, then let's continue! 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Layered Fringe Tank

 You may have noticed that we are in love with fringe styles around here!  Just type "fringe" into our search box and you'll see what I mean!  Well, today we have another fabulous fringe tutorial for you, and it's also perfect for showing off your favorite phrases or cut files. Take a look!



Isn't it fabulous?  Tosha's little girl is stylin'!  She used our Leslie's tank pattern and turned it into a layered fringe tank with just a few extra steps!  















Super duper cute!  Are you ready to learn how?  



First, print out your tank pattern pieces.  We used Leslie's Lace-Option Tank.  

Now you're ready to cut the fabric. You will need an inner fabric and an outer fabric.  In the photo, the dots are the outer fabric and the solid is the inner fabric.  Using the fabric requirements and pieces from the pattern, cut out a front and back piece from both of your fabrics.  When you're done, you should have four pieces as shown above: two front and two back.