April 22, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday :: Reusable Strawberry Shopping Bag from Ikatbag

In support of Earth Day today we were looking for a re-usable project and came across Lorraine's Strawberry Bag.  I have a ton of reusable shopping bags as where I live has a plastic bag ban in effect, but I despise how they are scattered all over the trunk of my car and it is such an ordeal to get them all collected to go into the store.  Oh and they are U-G-L-Y to boot!  Lorraine from Ikatbag has solved that issue by putting a handle on it AND making it into the shape of an adorable strawberry.  Yes please!
Lorraine's instructions are so easy to follow. She includes several pictures to help readers follow along. Here, for example, are the supplies that you need for the strawberry corner and the bag straps.
Considering how easy it is to make, I may need to make several...this bag is just so adorable!

Most knits would work great for a shopping bag like this one. Don't forget to try it with a fun pattern! A few of my picks from the store to give that strawberry effect some sass:
We hope you enjoy this tutorial and please send 1-2 images of any project you make with Girl Charlee Fabrics to gcblog@girlcharlee.com and you might see your creation featured in our next KnitPicks!

Happy sewing!

~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

April 18, 2014

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: April Knit Picks

Welcome to our April Knit Picks Collection!  This month we really had some wonderful, creative projects submitted to us.  From baby to adult clothing and accessories, it's so wonderful to see all of the different things our lovely customers sew up with Girl Charlee Fabrics. Thank you to everyone for sharing with us and please keep them coming!

Item: Women's Unicorn Top

By: Trisha Eardley

Blog: Made By Trisha

Fabric: Unicorns on Black Cotton Jersey Spandex Thermal Knit Fabric

Item:  Anchors Away Girl's Dress

By: Gloria Cascio

Shop: Wigglebaby

Item: Striped Baby Onesie

By: Ashley Simon

Blog: Sewing Sober

Fabric: Heather Gray with Neon Green Mini Ruffle Stripe Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric

Item: Infinity Nursing Scarf

By: Nikki Naylor

Shop: Linzy Dawn

Item: Ombre Toddler Dress

By: Melissa De Simone

Shop: Julia Inspires

Fabric: Rainbow Ombre Knit Fabric

Item: Galaxy Women's Dress

By: Mary Nease

Blog: Young, Broke, and Fabulous

Item: Navajo Print Knickers

By: Zann Brown

Facebook: The Big Knicker Company

Fabric: Navajo Print Knit Fabric

Item: Girl's Headband, Leggings, and Top

By: Cristina Bishop

Shop: Sweet Serendipity

Thank you all for the submissions!  If you did not see yours posted here never fear it will be up in a future feature.  If you have not sent us a pic we would love to feature it!   Just email 1 to 2 images of your projects to gcblog(at)girlcharlee(dot)com along with your name for a chance to see it on our next KnitPicks.

Happy sewing!
~ Heather and The Girl Charlee Team

April 15, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday :: DIY Swimsuit Cover-Up by SimpLy Modish

Springtime is here and we just got our summer beach trips all booked, wooohooo!  I still have my goal to make the perfect swimsuit this season (will definitely post that here) and along with it a perfectly perfect swimsuit coverup.  We all have seen the Victoria Secret cover up version that actually covers, yet still has a sassy front and exposed back, and can actually be used to dry yourself or layout on, but this version from Ly at SimpLy Modish is the bomb!  Check out this easy to follow video tutorial on how to make a stylish swimsuit cover-up on a budget with both a sew and no sew version.
A lot of Ly's supply tips are so great because she uses objects found around the house. For instance, she uses a bowl to shape the arm holes and she uses rubber bands to help keep the strap braid in place.
The back and front of the cover-up matches perfectly with a Victoria's Secret style.  Why pay $50 when you can make it yourself for around $6? As Ly says, this project is "easy, simple, and fabulous." I couldn't have worded it better myself!!

A thicker, more absorbent knit would be best for this cover up.  I recommend a french terry or a nylon spandex for this project, and we just added to the store the most AMAZING cotton modal lycra french terry that are perfect for this application.

Learn how to make this darling Strawberry Reusable Shopping Bag for Earth Day.

We hope you enjoy this tutorial and please send 1-2 images of any project you make with Girl Charlee Fabrics to gcblog@girlcharlee.com and you might see your creation featured in our next KnitPicks!

Happy sewing!

~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

April 11, 2014

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: Springtime Sewing Contest

It is finally warming up for spring and we want to celebrate with a fabulous Girl Charlee Fabrics Spring Sewing Contest! We want to see what you make up with our Triangle Arrows on Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric. Sew up something pretty for the season with one of these three knits, then send one to two images of your project to gcblog (at) girlcharlee (dot) com and you could win a $75 Girl Charlee gift card!! That will buy you a-whole-lot of fabric!

Girl Charlee Springtime Sewing Contest Rules
  • Sew up any project that you want...we want to see it all as long as the project is made with our triangle arrows pattern knit fabric.
  • Send 1 to 2 images of your projects to gcblog (at) girlcharlee (dot) com.
  • You may enter as many times as you want! We are so excited to see what you make!
Enter by midnight on April 30th. One (1) winner will be announced on May 2nd and will receive a $75 gift card from Girl Charlee Fabrics. We wish you the best of luck!

Happy sewing!
~ The Girl Charlee Team