March 31, 2015

Tutorial Tuesday :: How To Make Headbands by MADE Everyday

This week's Tutorial Tuesday is from the lovely and talented Dana Willard of MADE. One of Dana's latest video tutorials is How to Sew with Knits + How to Make Headbands, where she reviews the basics of sewing with knits and how to make fast, simple headbands, with several finishing options depending on personal preference. With a piece of stretchy knit fabric that measures about 18" x 6.5" and a standard sewing machine, you'll be making headbands in no time!


 Check out how many fun ways that you can style your new headband!

Cotton Jersey or Cotton Lycra fabrics are most commonly used for making headbands, but any stretchy, knit fabric will do the trick! 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!  We love to see what you sew up so 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

March 26, 2015

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: March Knit Picks

  Welcome to our March Knit Picks Collection! As we transition from Winter to Spring, we wanted to show how versatile Girl Charlee Fabrics are for all seasons. This month we bring you everything from pants and long sleeves to warm weather rompers and tees. Thank you to everyone who submitted projects for this month's Knit Picks and please keep them coming.



Item: Women's Dress

By: Brigid



Item: Toddler Harem Shorts and Tee

By: Erin Hyde

Shop: Rowanoak & Co.


Item: Toddler Leggings and Scarf

By: Ana Kyle

Shop: Baby Milo


Item: Chair Cushions

By: Denise Keegan

Blog: Divinely DIY 



Item: Lane Raglan and Leggings

By: Regan Smith

Blog: Sew Georgia Bliss


Item: Toddler Leggings

By: Isis Puente De Rodriguez


Item: Girl's Romper

By: Melanie Ancich

Shop: Stitched in Seattle


Item: Women's Vegan Leather Leggings

By: Nicole Salcido 



Item: Ashley Knit Ruffle Dress and Headband

By: Julia Chupp

Item: Girl's Knit Jacket

By: Audrey Gabhart

Blog: Skirt Fixation


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 & The Girl Charlee Team

March 24, 2015

Tutorial Tuesday :: Striped Spring Tee Tutorials

Spring is here and Girl Charlee Fabrics New Arrivals has you covered for the perfect light weight, brightly colored striped cotton knits. These multi-stripes add that fun pop of color to your warmer weather wardrobe. On my hunt for a loose Spring tee to sew up, I found two great options to share with you.


The first is this super easy Slouchy Boxy Tee Tutorial by Naomi of Sweet Lemonayde. Naomi shows you how to turn an old t-shirt and a yard of fabric into the perfect slouchy tee. This tutorial is very beginner friendly and she even links to several outside sources demonstrating how to finish your neckband smoothly. This looks like a top that I would want to wear all the time- out to lunch, running errands, picking the kids up from school, etc.  


If you want to add a fun accent to your tee, check out this Contrast Shoulder Slouch Tee Tutorial from Jen of iCandy Handmade. The best part about this tutorial? Jen included this FREE Sewing Pattern for her tee! This figure flattering women's tee is a must-have for your spring wardrobe, and now it's easier than ever to make. One great tip that Jen offers her readers is to use a double needle to hem your knit top for that professional finish.

Shop NEW Multi Stripe Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric at Girl Charlee for the perfect fabric to sew up your Spring tee. A few of my picks from the store:


Want to add a fun colored lace for a contrast shoulder? Check out Girl Charlee Stretch Lace under our Specialty Knit Fabrics:
We hope you enjoy this tutorial!  We love to see what you sew up so 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