September 16, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday :: DIY Turban Style Headband by Simple As That

We are in love with the boho chic headback turban trend that is everywhere!  The best part is that there are so many different versions - twisted, cinched, knotted - and so many different fabrics and prints.
For this week's Tutorial Tuesday we found this guest post on Rebecca Cooper's blog, Simple As That, a simple sewing tutorial for sewing up your own turban style headband by Carissa Rasmussen of Carissa Miss. In addition to the basic tutorial, Carissa offers this FREE bow template, so that you can add an adorable bow to the top of your headband. 

This was the selected craft of a monthly, local craft night and it definitely looks like it was a success. That's a whole lot of fun fabrics!
Most knit fabrics (cotton jersey, cotton lycra, ponte de roma) would be perfect for a headband. A few of my picks from the store:
Since each headband requires a very small amount of fabric, we also offer our Half Yard Cuts and our Mystery Mix 1/4 Yard Bargain Lots. This way you can practice sewing various knit materials on a smaller scale. 
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

September 10, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday :: Appliques to Sheets with Knit Fabrics

For this weeks Tutorial Tuesday, we wanted to show you some unique ways to use knit fabrics that you may not have thought about!  We partnered up with fellow bloggers Karly Nelson of Paisley Roots and Shala Applegate of Mom & Pop Culture to offer you a couple of different tutorials that use Girl Charlee Fabrics as appliqués and crib sheets.  Comment below on how you use knit fabrics in unexpected ways. Enjoy!
Karly of Paisley Roots wanted to offer a fun sewing tutorial that would be perfect for both her boys and girls so she put together this stellar reverse appliqué tutorial that also includes these FREE stencil printouts. This sewing technique is a great way to create your own fun designs for your little one, by using two contrasting solid fabrics. 
When you sew a straight stitch around each of the cutouts on the back fabric, it's important to start and finish each of these individually. Once they're all sewn up, pinch the fabrics to separate them, and very slowly cut the front fabric to match the outlined shape. I suggest starting with a linear template, like this one, before working with curvy shapes.
Because the two fabrics are layered on top of one another, a light-weight knit, like our Heather Tri Blend Knit Fabric would be perfect. A few of my picks from the store:
Another interesting use for knit fabric is to sew up your own crib sheets, which is exactly what Shala of Mom & Pop Culture did for this great DIY sewing tutorial. She couldn't find crib sheets in the store that matched her nursery, so she decided to use a knit fabrics she loved and made her own.  The project was much easier than she expected, so now she's hoping to make more to swap out seasonally. 
The only notion that you need for this project is about 2 yards of fold over elastic. Sew the FOE on the right side of your fabric, along the edge of your sheet. Be sure to pull the elastic tightly as you sew. This will keep the sheet wrapped around the mattress. 
When selecting fabric for your crib sheets, it is important to pick a soft fabric with a small amount of stretch, like our entire Girl Charlee Collection. A few of my picks from the store:
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

September 5, 2014

Girl Charlee Fabrics Knitty News :: Sew Along September

This month Girl Charlee Fabrics is sponsoring two sew alongs and giveaways and we had to share! Our friends at Thread Theory Designs and Nap Time Creations are the hosts and the details are below.  Grab some fabrics and enter to win,  good luck!

To promote their new Finlayson Sewing Pattern, Morgan and Matt of Thread Theory Designs are hosting a Finlayson Sew-Along. This sewing pattern is not only perfect for the fall and winter seasons, but it's also unisex! During the sew along, Morgan is sewing up two for herself to show some more feminine variations of the sweater. Four sweaters will be selected to win prizes and one of the many great prizes is a $30 gift card to shop at girlcharlee.com. Submit your entries by October 1st for a chance to win!
For your Finlayson, try our French Terry, Sweatshirt Fleece, Hacci Sweater, or Ponte De Roma Fabrics. A few of my picks from the store:

For a second year in a row, Nap Time Creations brings you their Sew Many Books Giveaway and Sew a Long. This sew along is meant to show off your creativity with book inspired clothing for your little ones. One of the two incredible prize packages includes a $30 gift card to shop at girlcharlee.com. The link up party is open until September 21st and the winners will be announced at the end of the month.
When I was growing up, one of my FAVORITE book series was the Mr. Men and Little Miss books. 
A fun colorblock outfit inspired by this fun-loving bunch of characters would be fun to sew and we have the perfect colors in our Solid Cotton Knit Fabric. A few of my picks from the store:
Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team