October 15, 2019

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: Halloween DIY Sewing Contest

It is our favorite sewing time of the year, HALLOWEEN!  With Halloween costumes, you really get to flex your creativity with fabrics and patterns to create your perfect costume.  Get sewing and share with us your DIY creations for a chance to win a $75 Girl Charlee gift card to girlcharlee.com in our Halloween Sewing Contest!

To enter tag us on social media with #girlcharlee and #gcsewandwin OR send 1-2 pictures of your completed DIY costumes to gcblog@girlcharlee.com by Monday, November 4 and we will announce the randomly selected winner on Tuesday, November 5th. Good luck and we cannot wait to see what you create!!

This year there are so many great tv characters and pop culture icons and memes to choose from so we put together a few popular costume ideas and paired them with fabrics and sewing patterns from the shop to help you put together your own handmade Halloween creations!
 

To recreate this cute Taylor Swift look we suggest a bralette and high waisted bikini bottoms in a knit fabric, and you can recreate the coat in a more affordable hot pink color cotton spandex knit.

We have seen this costume recreated everywhere, and it is just too perfect not to!!  We suggest a puff sleeve top and just add in a sailor collar and tie, all done in stripe and solid cotton spandex.
This one really cannot get any easier, and if you don't have a black turtleneck in your closet, it is easy to sew up one in black solid cotton spandex and with this simple turtleneck pattern!
Girl Charlee DIY Halloween Costume Sewing Contest Rules ::
  • Sew up Halloween costumes for you and your loved ones with any Girl Charlee fabric. 
  • Send 1 to 2 images* of your finished projects to gcblog@girlcharlee.com or tag on social media #girlcharlee and #gcsewandwin.
  • Enter as many times as you want, we want to see it all!
All projects must be submitted by 11:59 PM PST, November 4th, 2019, and one winner will be announced on November 5th.  Please share your projects on social media using the hashtags #girlcharlee and #gcsewandwin. We wish you the best of luck and cannot wait to see your costumes!
*Please note that all images submitted for the contest give express permission to Girl Charlee for promotional use.


Happy Sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

May 1, 2019

Girl Charlee Fabrics Me Made May 2019 Giveaway

Girl Charlee Fabrics wants to see what you are making, or have made, and are wearing for Me Made May and we are giving away a great prize package to one randomly selected winner to celebrate the joy and satisfaction of sewing and wearing your own clothing!
What To Do
First, enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below!

Second, whether you are participating in the So Zo What Do You Know Me-Made-May Challenge or just want to embrace making and wearing items you have made yourself during the month of May, post your pictures of anything made with Girl Charlee Fabrics on your social media using hashtags #gcmemademay2019 #memademay.

That is it!  The contest runs from May 1 at 12:00 AM PT - May 29 11:59 PM PT, with the winner being drawn and announced on May 31.

To win* you must be both the selected random winner from the Rafflecopter contest widget AND also have shared an image on social media with our hashtags.  If you don't use any social media not to worry, you can email us your entries to gcblog@girlcharlee.com!

*Please note that contest is open to contestants with a physical mailing address within the USA or Canada only.

Good luck & happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

February 12, 2019

Girl Charlee Fabrics Share The LOVE Referral Promotion


Share your love of Girl Charlee Fabrics with your friends and family this Valentine's day and you will earn $10 for each person that places an order!  Now through February 17, you can earn $10 when you tell a friend about our great selection of knit fabrics and sewing patterns and they complete an order.

Just log into your account and view your Customer Referral Rewards page.  You can either enter your friends' names and email addresses and they will automatically be emailed an invitation to shop at Girl Charlee Fabrics along with a 10% discount code to apply on their first order once their account is created using your referral code (where indicated), or you can get your referral link from your Customer Referral Rewards and email your friends yourself.

Once your friend completes their first order, you get paid! You can start shopping right away or collect as many rewards as you want for a huge shopping spree. Share your love of our fabrics with your friends and earn your $10 per friend NOW!!

Happy earning!
~The Girl Charlee Team

October 26, 2018

Girl Charlee Fabrics Halloween Sewing Contest

Our annual Halloween Sewing Contest it back!  Just share with us your handmade Halloween costumes and you will be entered to win a $50 Girl Charlee gift card to girlcharlee.com!

To enter send pictures of your completed DIY costumes to gcblog@girlcharlee.com by Friday, November 2 and we will announce the randomly selected winner on Monday, November 5th. Good luck!!
Girl Charlee DIY Halloween Costume Sewing Contest Rules ::
  • Sew up Halloween costumes for you and your loved ones. 
  • Send 1 to 2 images* of your finished projects to gcblog@girlcharlee.com.
  • Enter as many times as you want, we want to see it all!
All projects must be submitted by 11:59 PM PST, November 2nd, 2018, and one winner will be announced on November 5th.  Please share your projects on social media using the hashtags #girlcharlee and #gcsewandwin. We wish you the best of luck and cannot wait to see your costumes!
*Please note that all images submitted for the contest gives express permission to Girl Charlee for promotional use.

Happy sewing!
~ The Girl Charlee Team

October 17, 2018

Girl Charlee + Janome + Cricut Tutorial :: Team Spirit Knit Scrunchie

The impossible has happened!  Hair scrunchies are back in style AND Miss Girl Charlee herself is a huge fan.  She is also now in High School (aging myself here I know) and her Cross Country running team all love them too.  For a recent team gift exchange, I decided to use some cotton spandex knit fabric, my Janome sewing machine, and my Cricut Maker to whip up some Team Spirit Scrunchies for her to gift.  Instant hit!  Even if using printed knits, or any kind of fabric and leaving off the embellishment, just follow this tutorial and you can put these together in no time!
Supplies:

Open the Knit Fabric Hair Scrunchie project in Design Space.  You will see the fabric rectangle measuring 4" x 20" for the fabric cut that makes up the body of the scrunchie.  You will also see the Jackrabbit graphic laid out on top of the rectangle as an example of how you can add the iron on graphic if you desire.  To add your own graphic just click the Upload icon on the left menu and follow the prompts to upload your design.  Click the "Make It" button to proceed to the mat preparation and layout screen.
Step 2 – Cut Fabric
I made multiple scrunchies at one time, so if you wish to do the same just stick on as much fabric onto your mat as needed to make as many fabric cuts as you would like.  I made two for this tutorial.  Take your knit fabric and cut a rough 12" x 24" piece, iron it (I used my Easy Press as it has such a nice big surface and gets nice and hot).

Next, apply your fabric onto your mat right side down without stretching it.  Remember if you are using any kind of fabric with a fuzzy or nap surface be sure and keep the fabric nap side up to avoid it all sticking to your mat!
Set your material type to Jersey Knit with normal pressure and install your rotary cutter tool.  No need to mirror so start your cut!
Step 3 – Cut Iron On (Optional)
If you want to skip the iron-on vinyl embellishments go to Step 5, otherwise once your fabric cut is finished lay your iron-on vinyl shiny side down onto your cutting mat, SELECT MIRROR, and in Design Space set your material type to Everyday Iron-On, default pressure, and install your knife tool.  Then start your cut.
This was my first project using the Everyday Iron-On and I give it a two thumbs up!
Step 4 – Attach Vinyl to Fabric (Optional) 
Weed out your vinyl graphics and remove from your mat.  With your Easy Press, and Easy Press Large Mat, set your temperature to the recommended temperature and time, and then when ready iron the fabric scrunchie pieces to remove any wrinkles, then iron on the vinyl graphics where you would like them.
Step 4 – Sew Your Scrunchie 
To sew your scrunchie fold your fabric in half down the length and press.  Sew down the length 1/4" from the raw edges, leaving about 2" on each end unsewn.
Next, with a safety pin, pencil, fingers, or turning tool turn your scrunchie back to right side out.  Flatten out fabric by hand with the seam in the middle and facing up. 
Take your elastic piece and clip onto one open end with a clip or pin, and then attach a safety pin and run the elastic through the fabric opening to the other end and secure with a clip to hold it.  Your scrunchie is now starting to look like a scrunchie!



Overlap your two elastic ends about 5/8" and zigzag stitch on your sewing machine to secure the elastic.  It is important to make sure this stitching is secure as there is nothing worse than a scrunchie with no stretch :(  Take the two ends of the scrunchie and match them wrong sides together and clip/pin.  Sew them together end to end and then flip it through so the seam is now inside the scrunchie.
You will have a small opening that you can close by sewing along the scant edge.  Voila, you are done!  



We hope you enjoy this tutorial! We love to see what you sew up so please tag us on our social media #girlcharlee #girlcharleefabrics #janome #janomeartisian #cricut #cricutmaker.

Happy Sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

August 9, 2018

August Customer Spotlight :: Zenaida Bocian of The Aron Collection


Our August Customer Spotlight features Zenaida Bocian of The Aron Collection, a trendy handmade turban headband line full of cute and cozy headbands for the whole family. Below is more about Zenaida and her growing handmade business. Enjoy!



About Zenaida ::

Hi! I am Zenaida, the maker behind The Aron Collection. I am a wife, mom of two boys, and a former middle school teacher turned stay at home mom. Our little boy, Aron, was diagnosed with autism in 2017, and his journey with the disorder quickly became the inspiration for the shop. Not only did I want to create headbands for my day to day life, but I also wanted a way to give to the amazing small non-profits that were helping parents with this disorder. So, The Aron Collection was born in our living room after months of testing out our design and making sure that our headbands were a product we were truly proud of! I wanted to create headbands that could both hold up in a workout and look cute on a Target run.

Since opening my shop in October 2017, the most exciting thing is not only getting to make our headbands, but also send them out to different states all over the country. It is such an honor to know that there are women and children wearing our turban and twist headbands! Etsy has been such a great platform to build and continue to build my business.


The majority of the headbands in the shop are made with Girl Charlee Fabrics! I love that we can offer a variety of beautiful prints and solids for any age group because the fabric options are endless. I hope to continue to learn different designs and expand the shop this year. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share my story! 



Visit The Aron Collection today!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team