January 31, 2017

Tutorial Tuesday :: Girl Charlee Fabrics Lacy Ruffle Heart Pillow

We have created a cute Lacy Ruffle Heart Pillow tutorial for your Valentines Day sewing!  You can easily sew up your own pillow with this free tutorial with printable heart template.  Shop from our vast selection of half yards available at Girl Charlee Fabrics, or use your smaller pieces for this great stash busting project.  We have been having fun making them with vegan leather, and you can see our Customer Service Manager Rachel below is a big fan.  Enjoy!



Step 1 – Cut your fabrics

Take your three different fabric pieces and fold them in half, selvedge to selvedge. Fold your assembled heart pattern in half and place folded side on edge of folded edge for each fabric and cut out heart shape.

For the stretch lace cut two strips 2 1/2” wide across the width of the fabric from the folded edge to the selvedge for the ruffle pieces. Cut off the unusable selvedge edges from each strip.

Step 2 – Ruffle the lace edging

Using your overlock machine change your needle (two left dials) and the differential feed to the highest settings.

Fabric Tip: Since the lace is a lightweight fabric, I used slightly lower needle tension than the highest setting so it would not be too ruffled (for the Janome 1100D it was 5 for each needle setting).

Run one edge of each lace piece through the serger, overlapping the ends of the two pieces to attach them making one long strip.

Step 3 – Sew Ruffle to Lace Heart

Set your overlock back to your regular serger settings! Put the right side of the ruffled lace together with the right side of the lace heart piece and serge around the outside to attach ruffle to the lace heart.

Step 4 – Layer and Sew Heart 

Lay out the vegan leather heart with right side up. Lay the sewn ruffled lace heart on top of vegan leather right side up with ruffle folded over (as shown on right), 

Lay knit heart over top of leather and lace pieces right side down. Carefully pin around all three layers of fabric, making sure to line up all the edges and not catching any of the ruffled edges! 

Make sure to pin a start and stop points to leave a small opening to turn for stuffing.

Step 5 – Turn Right Side Out & Stuff 

Turn your heart right side out. Take your stuffing and fill to your desired fullness. Fold under and pin the small opening, and with your regular sewing machine sew a scant edge with your coordinating thread to close. COMPLETE!

Because you only need about 1/2 yard of each fabric for this project, I recommend starting your search in our pre-cut Half Yards Category. Below are the 3 fabrics I used in my pillow ::

If you would like to see more suggestions for fabric combination, here are a few of my picks from the store:   
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 Knit Picks.

Happy Sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

January 26, 2017

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: January Knit Picks

Girl Charlee Fabrics January Knit Picks winner is... Kristal Nicole! A huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated, both by submitting projects and by voting. You can learn more about how Knit Picks Voting works here, and submit your handmade Girl Charlee projects for an upcoming Knit Picks feature by emailing gcblog@girlcharlee.com. Below are all of the incredible and creative January entries, along with links to fabrics used. We will be announcing next month's contest entries on February 20th so be sure to submit your projects by February 17th. Enjoy!

Item: Women's Dress 

By: Abigail Doyle

Blog: Abbey Dabbles 

Fabric: Floral Knit Fabric

Item: Women's Wrap Dress

By: Holly Davis

Instagram: @happyholister

Item: Matching Mommy & Me Outfits

By: Julie Davidson
Fabric: Black Red Buffalo Plaid Cotton Spandex Knit Fabric

Item:  Matching Leggings

By: Krystal Sikma

Instagram: @raeganbowbaegan

Fabric: Black Red Cream Buffalo Plaid Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric

Item: Girl's Headband and Shirt

By: Michele

Shop: Babee Bumz

Item: Women's Tee

By: Ellen McHugh

Instagram: @ellen.mchugh

Fabric: Ponte de Roma Knit Fabric

Item: Girl's Peplum Tee

By: Sarah Tanguay

Item:  Girl's Dress

By: Shannon Johnston

Shop: Cate and Cruz 

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! Learn more about the new Knit Picks Voting here.

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

Girl Charlee Fabrics :: Sweetheart Sewing Pattern Capsule Collection

Get your wardrobe out of winter mode and make yourself some fun and flirty pieces for Valentine's Day! From our amazing collections of Indie Designer Sewing Patterns we have put together a Sweetheart Sewing Pattern Capsule, filled with cute dresses, tops, skirts, and of course some lingerie!  All of these pieces are great for Valentines, but also are great wardrobe staples that you can wear year round. Click here to see all the Girl Charlee Fabrics Capsule Collections.

These are the days of simple tops paired with leggings, skinnies, tall boots, or a great pair of jeans. This pattern packs a wallop with tons of options that are all fast sews and super comfy. Start with a plain wardrobe staple and work your way up to a colorblocked dress with back insert that combines both knit and woven fabrics. This top & dress will fit through the bust and sleeve and then start falling away from your body at the waist and hips to give you the swishy swing look while still showing off your curves. The dress hits just above the knee and the shirt hits at low hip. 

Try one of these fabrics:

The Sarah Longline Bralette Pattern features simple seamlines and vintage styling. It has a deep v-neckline, fold over elastic trimming, and adjustable straps. This pattern makes for a great layering garment and can be sewn in many different fabric combinations!

Try one of these fabrics:

Agnes is a close-fitting jersey top, speedy to sew and simple to fit, finished with a narrow band at the neckline. Choose from long or cropped sleeves; plain or ruched sleeves; scoop neckline or ruched sweetheart neckline - eight possible combinations. Irresistibly wearable and endlessly versatile, Agnes is destined to become a wardrobe staple that you’ll make again and again!

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Semi-fitted jacket has soft fold-back lapels created by forming a deep back neck tuck. All-in-one shoulder and sleeve seams with shaped back. Optional details include sleeve seam ruching and front tie. Narrow stitched hems. 

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The Emerson Wrap is a figure flattering faux wrap skirt featuring a Tulip Hi-Low hem, an interfaced front waist band and elasticized back for added comfort. From the beach to the office, this pattern has you covered! 

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The Sweet Pleat Top and Dress is perfect for all occasions! With top or dress length, four sleeve lengths and a beautiful box pleat design, this dress will carry you through all seasons! Dress it up with fabulous heels or wear it with boots or flats for every day! This stunning design is a must have for any trendy seamstress’ collection! This is the women's version of the PeeWee Pleat Dress.

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A Knee-length sleeveless skater dress with short turtleneck and cutaway armholes. Fitted at the bodice and hips, and a trumpet skirt with flattering vertical seams.

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The Sabrina Slims were inspired by the 1950’s ‘cigarette’ style pants most notably worn by Audrey Hepburn. The Love Notions take on this classic style features a wide, contoured waistband that sits just below the navel, a slim fit through the waist and hips and straight from the knees down. This is a slim-fit pant from waist to knee and then straight to ankle. They are close fitting but not leggings close if using the recommended fabric. The Sabrina Slims are meant to hit at the ankle but instructions are included to lengthen if desired. Also included are optional welt pockets and center front and back seaming to add interest and give the illusion of length. Petite, regular and tall inseams are included. Make the pants maternity by adding either the underbelly or the over belly waistband. 

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The San Francisco Swing is a comfortably fitting swing top and dress designed with a high neckline and the option to have a full or split back. The arm and neck lines are finished with bands, for a simple, yet professional touch. These summer staples will be made and worn over and over again!

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View and purchase these sewing patterns and more on girlcharlee.com!  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 pictures to gcblog@girlcharlee.com.

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team