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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Fabric Cover for Shopping Cart Handle

Flu season is back and this year it is no joke!  Today we have a free pattern that can help avoid germs at one of the most germ-ridden places we all go -- the grocery store!  Everybody needs to eat (sick or not), and often the grocery store is also where people go for prescriptions when they're sick. Yikes!  I love that most stores supply us with sanitizing wipes to clean off the cart handles before we shop, but sometimes that's just not enough. Plus for some people like me who are allergic to sanitizer and wipes (yes, that's a thing), disinfecting a handle right before I hold it is just not an option.  But there is a better alternative than staying home to starve!  Behold... our CKC Fabric Cover for Shopping Cart Handles:   


If you haven't used one of these before, it's a real game-changer! 

I love the versatility of making a cart handle cover. If you don't want to stand out, you can make it in a solid color and slip it on the cart handle discreetly.  Or, if you want everyone to see how brilliant you are, make the cover in super cute fabrics that you can enjoy looking at while you shop!  In fact you can even make it reversible, so you can pick a side depending on your mood. (You will want to wash it in between, of course, if you're a germ freak like me.) 

Are you ready to get started?! 


First, choose which size of handle cover you want to make.  (They are listed down below a bit.) Shopping carts come in different sizes of course, plus you can decide whether you want it to cover the entire metal handle or just the plastic part (blue in photo above).  



You also need to choose which kind of closure you want.  You could use velcro circles or snaps placed every few inches along the cover's edge.  Or, you can use a long strip of velcro. Any of these work with today's tutorial. (I personally chose the long velcro strip because it's easiest to sew and seems most sturdy to me.) 


Monday, February 5, 2018

Reversible Apron for Amorette's Lovely Knot Dress

Did you see Amorette's Lovely Knot Dress that just released? It's simply adorable!  While we were perfecting it a few weeks ago, one of our fabulous testers, Deanna Plebuch, came up with a gorgeous modification to add to the pattern if you choose.  This change isn't needed of course -- it's just super cute if you want to do something a little different! 


Isn't that pretty?!  We have several "apron" style dresses this modification could be used on. Here's Deanna with the tutorial:

You will need:
¼-1/2 yard of fabric depending on size
3-6 buttons depending on size
Interfacing is optional

Hi my name is Deanna and I have been testing patterns for CKC for over a year now. I have been sewing since I was 10 and I have a sweet little girl who is 2.5 years old! I created this hack as a way to get more uses out of this gorgeous dress and to make it more fun for my sweet girl! I hope you like it and I can’t wait to see what you all create!



Step 1: Cut the apron yoke. To get the correct size use the length that is in the pattern for the front sash. For the width, measure across the top of the bodice after you have cut the arm curve. Add ½ inch to that measurement and that will become your yoke. For example, I made the size 2T at 3" x 8.5".




Saturday, February 3, 2018

Weekly Wound Up


It's still a little chilly outside around here, but you know how a sewing mama likes to stay ahead of the seasons -- especially if you're sewing for a boutique. So we have for you this week -- our very first pattern for the Spring! Yes, it's here! We also have some doll patterns to show you, a free pattern on the blog, and of course our next sew-along announcement. Let's take a look!

New Releases




You are going to want to get your hands on our new spring dress! 
Legacy’s Little Girl Dress features a unique, asymmetrical, fitted bodice with hidden snap closure and ruffle detail. The ¾ length sleeves have an adorable double ruffle detail perfect for coordinating fabrics, lace and trim. Choose a circle skirt or a gathered skirt to make Legacy your own style. You’re going to love the removable, fitted sash. The sash has a ruffle on top and bottom and a button and elastic loop closure. You can even add a sweet bow to the front of your sash! 

Friday, February 2, 2018

Fabric Covering for Instant Pot

I don't know about you, but I can't seem to have a conversation with anyone these days without it turning to the topic of Instant Pots!  They were a hot ticket item during the holidays and if you have a new one at your house, you're sure to love it!  Well, today we have a pretty accessory to add to your Instant Pot to make it feel right at home in your kitchen.


Isn't it awesome?!  This cover is perfect for keeping your kitchen's decor in theme while still having your 6-quart Instant Pot handy. It also keeps out the dust and hides any fingerprints.  This cover isn't heat proof and you definitely don't want it on while the instant pot while in use  -- but it IS super convenient to keep your pot pretty between uses. Let's get started! 

Material's Needed:
1 yard Main fabric 
1 yard Lining fabric
Optional: Piping or other trim
Circle template (click here to download)





Step 1 - First, cut out whatever pretty fabric you have to match your kitchen decor, along with a lining fabric.  For the lining I used felt because I wanted the cover to keep its shape and it worked nicely. You could also use a stabilizer, fleece, flannel, or cotton; just note they will all hold the shape a little different. Cut out the pieces as listed below: 

Cut 1: Circle of Main Fabric
Cut 1: Circle of Lining Fabric
Cut 1: 13" x 48.5" Rectangle of Main Fabric  
Cut 1: 13" x 48.5" Rectangle of Lining Fabric  
(Optional) Cut 1: 50" of Piping or other Trim


Step 2 - After cutting your fabric, here are the pieces you should have.  If you are not using the piping or trim, you can skip to step 5. 

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Weekly Wound Up


How is it going in your neck of the woods? We're pretty much all just frozen around here. But the good news is, that lets us stay indoors and work on those fun sewing projects!  If you're looking for one to get started on, we have a couple new releases for you this week, plus a bunch of free projects! 

New Releases


First up is Mitzi's Women's Crochet Scarf and Mitts. This pattern was previously released for girls and dolls sizes, and now you can have your own set too! Mitzi's simple scarf is the perfect winter accessory, and great for anyone new to crochet!



Venus' Lounge Pants are the comfy pants you've been dreaming of! Made from cozy knit these pants feature an optional drawstring and pockets. And you've got two options for the waistband: elastic or no elastic.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Weekly Wound Up


It's been a great week at CKC and we love seeing all your sewing resolution projects coming together! We have just a few announcements for you this week, starting off with an awesome new pattern for everyone in the family:

New Releases


Introducing Lucas' Half-Zip Sweatshirt in all sizes! Lucas’ has a half-zip design with color-blocking on the chest, making it both easy to install the zipper and super attractive to wear! It features both short or long sleeve options, and the fit allows it to be worn with an undershirt, layering tee, or collar shirt underneath. Believe it or not, Lucas’ is a quick sew and your guy will want one for every day of the week! Grab Lucas on sale through Sunday night! From newborn on up to men's 4X! 




On the Blog


Did you know there's more than one way to construct William's vest and Baby Oliver's vest?  On this week's blog tutorial, our awesome tester Heather Cole shows us an alternate method with step-by-step photos!


Announcements



We're having a doll sale! Now through Sunday evening you can score any or all of our doll patterns for 50% off! Go ahead and shop till you drop!



Well, that's it for our Weekly Wound Up!  We hope you have a fabulous weekend. 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Alternative Method for Constructing William's Vest

William's is one of my favorite patterns when it comes time to dress up my boys!  The vest is pretty much a staple at our house and I think by now I can make it in my sleep.  It's a really fun one to make, even for beginners. 


 On occasion we have customers ask if the way we do the construction in the original pattern is the only way to do it, because they find it difficult to iron the armhole curves. As one of my teachers in high school used to say, "There's more than one way to skin a cat!"  I don't even want to know where that phrase came from, but I CAN tell you...  yes, there is more than one way to construct William's vest!  

I personally prefer doing the construction as originally written in the pattern (I think it's easiest and most tidy finish - yes, I am stubborn), but if you are interested in trying this alternative way, we will make it convenient for you to try it out!  Today's photos and instructions come to us from our awesome tester, Heather Cole.  She finds this method easier, and I think it's totally great if you adapt and do things the way you like best too!  Let's get started:



First, cut all the pieces as instructed in the pattern. Then sew the front to back at the shoulders with the main fabric, as shown in yellow above. Then repeat with the lining fabric. 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Weekly Wound Up


Happy 2018! We're off to a great start here at CKC and we hope this year brings you success in your projects and all the sewjo you could possibly need!


To help you jump into your goals, we have this fresh and pretty 2018 monthly calendar for you!  Simply download, print, and you're good to go! 

We didn't have any newly released patterns this week, but stay tuned for this coming Monday when we release a new pattern that's perfect for everyone in the family, sized from newborn up to Men's 4X!

This week we did have a blog post that may come in handy: 



Our little ones can be rough on their stuffed animals!  Sooner or later we may find ourselves with an injured stuffie and not know what to do with it. Most parents would make it mysteriously disappear or try to replace it -- but there's a good chance it can be fixed with just a needle and thread!  With  this week's blog post and a little TLC, you can help make your little one's stuffed animals (almost) as good as new!

Well, that was a quick Weekly Wound Up. We hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

How to Repair a Stuffed Animal with Needle and Thread

Our little ones can be rough on their stuffed animals!  Sooner or later we may find ourselves with an injured stuffie and not know what to do with it. Most parents would make it mysteriously disappear or try to replace it -- but there's a good chance that it can be fixed with just a needle and thread!  With  today's blog post and a little TLC, you can help make your little one's stuffed animals (almost) as good as new!


Here is our latest patient. I wouldn't say that having Bart's leg broken is the greatest tragedy in the world. However, my son brought him home as a souvenir from Universal Studios and seems to think that Bart is a pretty important little dude.  And so with tears Bart was lovingly placed by my sewing machine in hopes that I could fix him.   And honestly... he was no problem at all!  

I will walk you through how I repaired Bart here and you'll see how un-scary it actually is to sew these guys back together. 


First of all, assess the situation!  (This is my first aid training coming through.) 



If you have a "pose-able" or structured stuffed animal like this guy, it may have wires inside.  If it does, make sure they are bent into place to match the others, if possible. (On my guy, I made it match the other leg.) 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2018 Printable Calendar

A new year is just around the corner!  If you're like me, you may have new goals, new routines, and new projects on your mind for 2018.  What better way to get started on them than with a fresh and pretty new calendar?! 


Our 2018 printable CKC Calendar is free and fabulous! Simply download the file and print it so you'll be all set for the whole year. I like to keep the current month's calendar on the front of my binder, or you could hang it on the wall or keep it right on your desk. It's the perfect place to write down projects, goals, deadlines, shopping reminders (as if we need those), or whatever comes to mind.  We have also included some of our CKC sale dates on there, so that's totally handy too.




We hope you enjoy the calendar as much we do! And we wish you a very Happy New Year from all of us at CKC Patterns. <3

Let's Create! ~ Kristen