One Thimble Issue 15
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We are so pleased to be a contributing designer to the One Thimble #15.  OT is an online magazine full of tips, tutorials and full patterns.  The beauty of this magazine is that you can store the entire thing online, in your Dropbox or in the cloud.  It does not need to take up space in your sewing room and you can access the patterns at any time.  If you have a smart phone, you can even access yardage information while at the fabric store!

Our pattern in this issue is the Miriam.  It is a classic pleated skirt with a high waistband.  The skirt can be made out of any woven fabric.  A lightweight chino would be perfect for spring/summer.  I have made this version in a baby wale corduroy.  A tiny floral print in the waistband is a perfect fun accent.

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It also works well in a denim. You can be as creative as you like with this skirt.  One gal added buttons to the waistband to give it the nautical feel.

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It has a side zipper which is installed using the standard center zip application. There are full instructions for constructing pleats as well as installing the zipper.  The waist is fitted and because sometimes your child’s waist and hip measurement may not fall into the same size, there are instructions on how to blend sizes.

One Thimble Issue 15

One Thimble Issue 15

To go with the Miriam, I have sewn the #116 V-neck cardigan by Thread Faction.  This pattern is included in this issue of One Thimble also.  This versatile sweater is gender neutral and is made up in a knit fabric.

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Liz gives you great tips on how to choose fabrics and how to determine the correct size for your child.  I made mine in a sweater /sweatshirt knit.  It is a bit heavier to carry Ms Little through the spring and into the fall.  I did size up so that she would be able to wear it later in the year as well.  This slim fit cardigan can be made in a lightweight jersey and would be perfect for layering.  Check out the other fabric choices pictured in the magazine.

One Thimble Issue 15

One Thimble Issue 15

One Thimble Issue 15

These are only two of the patterns available when you purchase the OT #15.  The 200 plus page e-zine also contains other tutorials and tips from your favorite designers.  Pick yours up or check out the other patterns here. 

Happy Sewing, Donna and Rachel

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Paper Bag Shorts PDF Pattern and Tutorial : Free Size 5/6

Paper Bag short pattern and tutorial

Paper Bag short pattern and tutorial

Summer weather has started popping up here and there, which means it’s time to break out the summer clothes. As kids have a tendency to do, mine have gotten a foot taller since the last time we broke out the shorts. Time for new shorts.

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How to: Add a Heart Pocket (with pattern)

how to add a heart pocket (with pattern)

Tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day. Are you sweating what you’re going to put on your kid? I’ve got you.

You can use today’s tutorial on a tee you already have or a new one you’re sewing up. I used our free Cecilia Tee. Shrink the heart and add two pockets or making it bigger and add a full on kangroo pocket!

Either way you will have a happy Valentine’s outfit in no time. Let’s get started.

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Amuse Boho

Amuse Boho One Thimble ezine

Amuse Boho One Thimble ezine

We’re starting to see peeks of Spring! The day I took theses pictures it was nearly 60! Sure it snowed the next day- but still we’re on our way.

I’ve been actively purging my wardrobe of things that really just needed to go, because after 3 kids more than just my shoes don’t fit the same way anymore. This means I need to start thinking about what I want to add to my wardrobe as we approach the season change.

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Quick Pattern Weights

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Today I decided it was time for some new pattern weights.  I have a set of weights from back in the day, when I first began sewing.  An early generation of pattern weights, they are small and thimble sized.  They were ok, but for the most part I found them too small to be useful.  They have been MIA since the move.  Pins are a pain and I am just plain tired of them. You can find many tutorials for making pattern weights.  This is just one method. [click to continue…]

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Add an Applique to Your Basics

How to add an applique
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Tiny undies is my favorite knit scrap buster. They’re quick easy and my kids love them. There are a number of different patterns out there but for girls I really like Peek a Boo pattern’s classic panties. The pattern comes package with a little tank too.

To celebrate upcoming Valentine’s I thought it would be fun to add a few hearts to this round. It’s a quick add on that got a big thumbs up.

Want to dress up your own pair of underwear- or any other basic item?

Here’s how to add an applique to dress up your basic item! 

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Quick Sew Toddler Pants

Quick Sew Toddler Pants

Between applesauce, yogurt, finger paints and the assorted other substances that a toddler runs into during the day it’s nice to have extra clothes and quick changes.

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How to Cut Pant Legs (or how not to end up with two left legs)

How to cut your pant pattern, so you don't have 2 left legs

It’s the age old issue, two left (or right) legs. Almost all of us have been there at least once. So how do you avoid this?

When you’re cutting out pant legs you will see different markings on the actual pattern pieces depending on the designer or pattern company. It may say “Cut 2” or “Cut 2 Mirror”.

In pattern pieces where you have a left and right, like pant legs, the “cut 2” implies mirrored. In Indie patterns you are more likely to see a note dictating in some way that the pattern piece is mirrored.

How do I “Cut 2 Mirror”?

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Valentine Pin Cushion and Trinket Box

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Is you sewing table anything like mine?  Multiple projects going, stacks of fabric and pins! Pins, pins everywhere you look.  I have magnets for my pins and I have pin cushions for my pins, but sometimes you just need something cute to help you through.  Since Valentine’s day is right around the corner, I thought this would be the perfect excuse.

I found a small paper mache box at Hobby Lobby for just a couple of dollars.  All the Valentine’s fabric was already 60% off, so I picked up a half yard.  Now, I will admit that this project morphed as I went along.  Those are the best, don’t you think?

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Christmas Tablerunner

Christmas Table Runner

Earlier this month I dove into my storage shed in search of Christmas decorations. My most exciting find an almost complete tree skirt. My next mission was to make up two table runners from the Christmas fabric in my stash.

 

My search of Pinterest turned up several variations of a simple table runner.  The use of triangles is an easy way to cut enough pieces for two at the same time.  I simply cut my squares in half and presto!

Christmas Table Runner

The fun part is that the back of this is different fabric.  It can simply be flipped over for a different look.

Christmas Table Runner

I used a very simple stitch in the ditch quilting method.  I sewed around the the outer edge of the triangles and then outlined each triangle.   From cutting to completion it took me about an hour.  These would make a great hostess gift or a fun addition to your Christmas table.

Christmas Table Runner

Happy Sewing,

Donna

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