September 17, 2014

Girl Charlee Knitriffic Blogs :: iCandy Handmade

Our Knitriffic Blog feature this month is iCandy Handmade, a sewing blog full of handmade eye candy brought to you by the lovely duo Autie and Jen. These friends love to create, but they also love to share this passion with others, and so their blog was born. The best part about iCandy Handmade? They offer a huge selection of free sewing tutorials and patterns, many of which are sewn up with knit fabrics.
There is something for everyone in iCandy Handmades sewing tutorials and patterns. Whether you're sewing for women, children, or infants, there are many options in both lounge-wear and basics. Additionally, there is an entire collection of tutorials for accessories and many other miscellaneous projects.

Below are three of my favorite tutorials on iCandy Handmade. From left-to-right :: Knit Boyfriend Cardigan (free pattern in a women's Medium), Everyday Raglan Dress (free pattern in a girl's 6-7), Tiny Tank Dress (free pattern in size 6-12 months).
If you have a favorite sewing blog let us know all about it in the comments, or email and we might feature it in our next Knitriffic Blogs post!

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: NEW Sewing Patterns from Very Shannon

Girl Charlee Fabrics is very excited to announce the addition of Very Shannon Sewing Patterns to our collection of independent sewing patterns! Creator Shannon Cook is an avid knitter and sewer who inspires all to create. Her sewing patterns offer fun, dynamic designs with a modern edge and are great for sewists of all levels.  We hope you enjoy her patterns!

Very Shannon

Very Shannon offers patterns for the modern sewer & knitter. With their engaging textures, vibrant colors & striking lines our fun, dynamic garments & accessories are destined to be wardrobe staples. Created by sewist and avid knitter Shannon Cook, Shannon loves to encourage you to sew, knit, make & create!

Very Shannon Commuter Cowl Sewing Pattern ::
The Commuter Cowl is a stylish, lightweight and versatile cowl that is fun in construction and high on style! This is a great project for beginners to advanced sewers and is made all in one piece of fabric with little waste leftover. The commuter cowl pattern can be worn 2 ways (necklace style and structural style) and sewn in 2 different sizes as well! This pattern is one size. This is a beginner level sewing pattern. Suggested fabrics are light to heavy weight fabrics. 

Try one of these fabrics:
The Sally Dress is a vintage inspired dress with modern flair! Pattern features a fully lined bodice, square neckline, no closures and 3 sleeve length options. This pattern is available in sizes 2 through 8 years. This is a confident beginner sewing pattern. Suggested fabrics are lightweight fabrics.

Try one of these fabrics:

The Sweetheart Dress is a retro and modern dress featuring an adorable heart cutout on the back that your child is sure to adore! With a flattering silhouette that showcases your favorite fabric crush and special feminine details the Sweetheart Dress is sure to be a showstopper! This pattern is available in sizes 2 through 6 years. This is a confident beginner sewing pattern. Suggested fabrics are light to medium weight fabrics.

Try one of these fabrics:

View and purchase these patterns and more on!  If you sew up any of these patterns with our fabrics please send us images as we would love to see it and you could be featured on our monthly Knit Picks.  Email your pictures to

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

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 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 and you might see your creation featured in our next KnitPicks!

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team