<![CDATA[The Littlest Studio - Blog]]>Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:42:21 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[ADDING CUFFS TO SLEEPERS: Extending the life and length of your kids Sleepers! ]]>Wed, 31 Jan 2018 13:53:09 GMThttp://thelittleststudio.com/1/post/2018/01/adding-cuffs-to-sleepers-extending-the-life-and-length-of-your-kids-sleepers.html
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Have you ever had the super frustrating situation where you have a perfectly good sleeper, but there are holes in the footies? Where they wear out before your kids have the chance to grow out of them? I love footies sleepers, but the downside? It limits the amount of time your kiddos can wear them, or heaven forbid, their little toes poke holes through!
I decided to give these sleepers a little makeover and extend their life a little bit. And as long as they aren't worn out in any other places, they can then be passed on to someone else, therefore reducing waste!

Enjoy! 
For the fabric for the cuffs, I used a 10 oz Cotton/Lycra fabric. You can also use old worn t-shirts or the legs from Leggings that have knee holes in them! 
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Here's what to do!

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First step is to cut away the footies of the sleepers. Try and cut as straight as possible.
Cut out a rectangle that is the same width as the sleeper leg circumference. Take a look a the photo below to see how I did it! 
I made my cuffs quite long, because my son has been growing so much, I wanted to get as much length out of them as possible. So mine here measure 10". You can make your's anywhere from 4"-10" 
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Keep folded in half and sew down the length of your cuff. I used my Singer Legacy Sewing to sew these. I used stitch #3 as shown in the photo below. It's one of my favourite stitches to use on knits. If your machine doesn't have this exact stitch you can always use what is closest. 
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Fold your cuff in half as shown above. And place in your sleeper leg. Make sure the right sides are facing. 
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When sewing small circumferences like this, I find it easiest to sew around with the majority of the fabric above, like you can see if the photo.  It's a bit hard to describe, so hopefully the photos help. 
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Trim the excess of your seam allowance away, being careful not to cut any stitches! 
Repeat for your other leg. 
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<![CDATA[DIY Rice Heating Pad]]>Wed, 20 Dec 2017 20:49:44 GMThttp://thelittleststudio.com/1/post/2017/12/diy-rice-heating-pad.html
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Hi Everyone! 

My husband recently had neck injury, and really needs a good old fashion heating pad for pain relief. So for Christmas I thought I would take some left over flannel from my simple holiday tree post and use it to whip up this handy heating pad. I made this one long and narrow so that it could be draped around the neck! I also didn't over fill with rice so that it remained nice and flexible. 

I'm also really hoping that my husband doesn't read this post.....because well, that would be awkward.

I also wanted to let everyone know that I have recently become a Singer Brand Ambassador! This is something I am so excited about, I have used Singer products for years. I started with my Fashion Mate and my ProFinish Serger and they have served me sooo well for years and years. I have some exciting new machines to use, the Singer Legacy and the 14T968DC Professional and I'm just warning you.... expect to see them alllllll over my blog.

I'm so excited about the future and I have sooo many posts coming up! 

Happy Sewing! 
SUPPLIES:
  • Rice
  • Flannel Rectangle 25"x11"
  • Funnel
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Take your flannel rectangle and fold it in half. Stitch around the edge, leaving a small opening. Trim your corners and turn right side out.
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Using your funnel, fill your heating pad with the rice. I filled mine only half full, so that it was still nice and flexible. Fold the edges of your opening to the inside and stitch closed!
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<![CDATA[Last Minute Projects for the Holidays!]]>Tue, 19 Dec 2017 13:24:03 GMThttp://thelittleststudio.com/1/post/2017/12/last-minute-projects-for-the-holidays.html
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As December ticks by, the pressure to find that perfect gift is mounting. And if you're anything like me, the idea of spending hours in a crowded sends chills into your soul..... and not the cold related kind. 

My solution is to steer in the other direction and find a creative way to give the perfect gift. So I've put together a quick little post gathering up all the tutorials I have that make the greatest gifts or that make festive decorations for your home!

I hope you really enjoy this little post and have the Happiest of Holidays!

DECORATIONS


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GIFTS TO SEW


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<![CDATA[Stuffed Bird Pattern and Tutorial!]]>Mon, 18 Dec 2017 13:55:56 GMThttp://thelittleststudio.com/1/post/2017/12/stuffed-bird-pattern-and-tutorial.html
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Hello!! 

I'm switching my theme for Christmas this year a bit. I usually stick with a neutral palette of mostly cream, silver and gold. And while I still love that look, this year I wanted to throw in a bit more of a rustic feel. I'm focusing on reds, plaids, dark denims and flannel to really play up the cozy feel. The problem with changing up your Christmas theme is well..... it's pricey! And my husband and I are young, with a young family and the cash isn't always free flowing. So my plan was the take the bags and bags of scrap fabric I have lying around and see what I can come up! 

I was on Pinterest and saw these beautiful little birds from Spool (??). I'm going to link a blog post from Lou Lou's Handmade. She has a fantastic post about these little birds but I don't believe it's the original, just the only one I could find. Any I love them soo much and I was inspired to make a few to of these and they turned out so fantastic. 

I also wanted to make a little sparrow type bird. But I had trouble with every template I found! So I made my own modifications and did some playing around and came up with the template here. I hope you enjoy, they are a little tricky to make, so Beginners Beware! Take your time and take it slow and you will just fine! 

Download Template

SUPPLIES:
  • Fabric Scraps
  • Pillow Stuffing
  • Hand Sewing Needle 
  • Thread


You will also need to have access to a printer to print off the template!
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Cut out 
-2 Body Pieces
-1 Lower Breast Piece (on the Bias)
-4 Wing Pieces (Optional, also doesn't this sound like a dinner order, lol)
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Pin the lower piece to the bird body. Start by matching up the markings from the pattern and by pinning the tail edges together. Once you have the two ends pinned, carry on pinning the rest of the body as shown. 
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Stitch together at 1/4" seam allowance. Repeat for the other side, leave a small opening so you can turn right side out. 
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Stitch the top of the birds body. Trim any excess fabric away from the birds beak and around any sharp curves. 
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Turn right side out, you will have to use a point turner to get the beak and tail pieces turned out.
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Stuff with pillow stuffing. Start with stuffing the beak, then head and work your way down. I don't stuff the tails personally because I like how it lays flat...
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Use a slip stitch or ladder stitch and close up your opening!
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Use a double strand of thread (contrasting colour) and place a few stitches for the eye!
Wings (Optional)

For the wings, cut out four pieces, two can be of a contrast fabric. Place two pieces right sides together and stitch around the edge, leaving a small opening. Turn the wings right side out, press and topstitch around the entire wing to close the opening. Press and hand stitch to your littler bird! 
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<![CDATA[Christmas Tree Bobble! Holiday DIY]]>Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:03:38 GMThttp://thelittleststudio.com/1/post/2017/12/christmas-tree-decorations-holiday-diy.html
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Hey Everybody! 

Not going to keep you here too long! But I wanted to put a Sewist spin on the traditional Christmas Tree Ball Ornament. And I think these are so perfect for creating a unique and simple decoration. These are also super useful because we have pets and young kids and the delicate tree decorations just aren't practical. But ones made of fabric? Yes please!!

Another idea if you're thinking about these for a kid friendly tree, is pairing them up with cute and colourful fabric. Throw in some Christmas themed pom-pom’s and you have yourself a tree like no other!
SUPPLIES:
  • Fabric Scraps
  • Pillow Stuffing
  • Needle and Thread

Click here to download template

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Cut out 6 Pieces of the Ornament Template. Cut out your pieces on the Bias, it will result in a nice smooth shape. 
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Place two of the pieces right sides together and stitch down one side of the curve.
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Clip your curves!
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Take a third piece and attached it to your two pieces as shown above! You have now completed one half of the ball. 
Repeat this process for the remaining three pieces. 
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Take your two halve and place one inside the other, right sides facing. Match up the raw edges and sew around joining them together. Leave a small opening through which you can turn your ball right sides out. 
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Stuff your ball with pillow stuffing. Avoid "balling" the stuffing to prevent lumpiness. Instead use fairly loose pieces. 
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Use a ladder stitch or slip stitch to close your opening. 
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<![CDATA[Free Christmas Tree Pattern!- Holiday DIY]]>Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:18:46 GMThttp://thelittleststudio.com/1/post/2017/11/free-tree-sewing-pattern-holiday-diy.html
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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!! Hi everyone :) 
This is my most favourite season and I have so many new holiday DIY's in the works, so keep checking in cause you don't want to miss these DIY projects. These elegant trees are soooo simple to throw together and they remind me of similar trees I've seen at Homesense. I threw these together with scraps I had laying around. They are a great budget friendly project to get your home holiday ready. 

I've included three different sized trees in the pattern below! I hope you enjoy and make sure to share your projects on Instagram by tagging me @thelittleststudio!
If you have any tutorial or project requests please let me know in the comments below :) 

SUPPLIES:
  • Fabric Scraps
  • Thread
  • Pillow Stuffing or Polyfill
  • Polyfill Pellets or Rice

You will also need to be able to print the pattern on letter sized paper. 

Click Here to Download Pattern  :) 

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Cut out your tree piece and your tree base. I cut my tree piece on the Bias because I feel like it gives a smoother effect, but this step is totally optional. 

Fold your tree piece in half and stitch together. Leave a small opening so that you can turn your tree right side out. 
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Take your tree base piece and pin it to your main tree piece. Pin together as shown! 
* Getting circles to fit together exactly as in this case, can be a little tricky. So pin first and you may have to make minor adjustments to make sure they fit perfectly. 
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After you have attached the base, trim out the excess fabric around the base and off the tip of your tree. Turn right side out!
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Take your polyfill pellets or rice and put into a small sandwich bag
This is a rough guide for how much pellets or rice per tree size:
Large Tree      =1 Cup
Medium Tree  = 3/4 Cup
Small Tree      =1/2 Cup
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Put your baggie of pellets/rice into the bottom of your tree and tap on a hard surface to even it out!
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Fill the remainder of your tree with pillow stuffing. I recommend starting with very small amounts and filling the top of the tree first. 
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Once you're happy with how full the tree is, take your needle and thread and do a ladder stitch or slip stitch to close your opening. 
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<![CDATA[Pattern Review: Blackwood Cardigan]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 20:48:45 GMThttp://thelittleststudio.com/1/post/2017/11/pattern-review-blackwood-cardigan.html
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HelensCloset.ca
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So lately I've been thinking about branching out and trying some of the fantastic indie pattern designer that have been popping up all over the Interwebs. And I thought: " well if I'm sewing it anyway, I might as well post a mini review/first impressions of the pattern". I asked on Instagram what people recommended for a great fall project, and almost instantly someone suggested looking into the Blackwood Cardigan. I fell in love instantly and as I waited for it to print out, I nervously hoped it would meet my exceptions. And you know what? It did!

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So easy to sew, I completed it in about 40 minutes of sewing time. Cutting it out was nice and simple. The fabric I used was some Ponte de Roma that I had just enough of to make it work. I was worried the Ponte wouldn't have enough stretch to suit the fit of the Blackwood, so I did frequent fit checks to make sure things were going smoothly. I did use a 1/4" seam allowance rather then the suggested 3/8" to allow for a bit of a looser fit and I think that was the right call, just because my fabric wasn't a stretchy as it probably should have been. I can't wait to play around with some great sweater knits, I would love to have a more lightweight version to add to my fall wardrobe!

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<![CDATA[Free Pattern and Tutorial-Simple Girls Dress!]]>Thu, 26 Oct 2017 19:07:10 GMThttp://thelittleststudio.com/1/post/2017/10/free-pattern-and-tutorial-simple-girls-dress.html
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Hi Everyone! 

How are things going? If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen me asking if anyone was interested in me releasing this as a free download. Well there was so much interest, I thought I would get this up asap!

I'm going to keep this intro short + sweet. I love how easily this dress went together. I made it for my daughters halloween costume and out of some old lining fabric I had lying around. Which is why it looks a little wrinkly :) But hopefully you can see past the wrinkles and get loads of use out of this simple pattern! 

This style is super timeless and can be made a fancy or as causal as you like. 

I hope you enjoy and leave a comment how which fabric you would love to make this out of!!
Supplies
  • 1-2 yards of Fabric (Woven)
  • Thread
  • Buttons or Zipper

Dress Pattern Download

Cut out the following pieces:
  • 1 Dress Front out of main fabric
  • 1Dress Front out of lining fabric ( I used the same fabric for both)
  • 2 Dress Backs out of main fabric
  • 2 Dress Backs out of lining Fabric
  • 1 Skirt piece (recommended skirt measurements are in the download) 


The Seam Allowance for this pattern is 1/2"
Start by taking the pieces cut from your main fabric. Place the dress back pieces on the dress front piece matching side seams and shoulder seams. The CB edges should overlap by about 1".

 Sew shoulder seams together. Repeat for the lining. Press your seams open!
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Take your main bodice and lay it over your bodice lining. Match everything up! 
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Sew around the neckline and the arm holes. Trim seam allowance to 1/4" and clip curves. 
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Turn the entire bodice right side out through one of the shoulder openings. 
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Press everything, paying close attention to the curves. 
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Sewing the Side Seams:
Flip open your side seam on the dress front and back. Place them together matching the armhole seam. Sew straight across, flip to the right side and press flat. Repeat for the other side seam. 


***This part can be a little confusing to read, so I found this great video by TELAFANTE on Youtube that shows exactly what to do starting at 3:00 minutes, though I would recommend watching the whole video because it's so well done!
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After sewing the side seams. Baste and serge the bottom of the bodice and the CB seams. There are more professional ways of finishing off the CB seams, but a busy mom doesn't alway have time ;) 
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Serge around the entire skirt piece. 
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Run two lines of gathering stitches alone the top edge. Gather until your skirt piece matches your bodice piece. 
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Sew your bodice to your gather skirt piece at a 1/2" seam allowance. 
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Sew the skirt together at 1" seam allowance until about 6" below the waist seam. Fold and press the 1" seam down on both sides as pictured!
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I added some stitches to the top and bottom of my CB fold to secure and added three button holes evenly spaced. You can also add a zipper or if you are making a costume some velcro will do the trick!
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Check out these PDF Patterns for Sale on ETSY!


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Childrens Leggings
0-12 years
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T-Shirt Dress 
Size 2-9
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Grow with Me Pants!
0-2T 
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<![CDATA[How to apply Appliques to Leggings! Plus Free Template!]]>Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:18:43 GMThttp://thelittleststudio.com/1/post/2017/10/how-to-apply-appliques-to-leggings-plus-free-template.html
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I've had this idea for such a long time! I wanted to jazz up my Basic Legging Pattern and thought that cute little hearts down the side? I mean, super cute right? And you can use this technique on any legging pattern you have and play around with the placement of your appliques. And don't be afraid to play around with different designs, I have included a free template of the hearts I used in this tutorial but you can use any shape you want!

You could even do this to a pair of leggings you already own by taking out the inseam of the leg, adding your appliques using the steps below and resewing the leg up! 

Enjoy!!

Click Here to Download Heart Template

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I'm using the Basic Legging Pattern available from my Etsy shop, but feel free to use any pattern you have available!
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Cut out heart templates from your scrap fabric. Apply the interfacing to the wrong side of each heart!
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Cut out your legging pieces according to the instructions. Apply the fusible stabilizer to where ever you want your applique to go. You should cut your stabilizer larger then the design area. 
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Position your appliques in whatever pattern you like and pin in place! 
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I set my machine to a zig zag stitch and shorten the width and the length of the stitch slightly. You could tighten it up more then I did, but I wanted a patchwork effect so I left it a bit looser. 
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Slowly stitch around each heart. Take your time and when sewing the curves of the heart, stop and lift the pressor foot and shift to follow the edge smoothly. 
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And don't worry if it's not perfect, it'll add to the patch work charm ;) 
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Continue for all your appliques!
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Continue sewing the leggings together as usual, by placing the two pieces together, right sides facing and sewing up the front and back rise as in the picture above. 
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Sew around the leggings inseam, making sure to match up the seams. 
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Apply the elastic to the waistband by stretching as you sew. Your elastic should be about 1.5" smaller then your child's waist measurement. 
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Fold the elastic so that it's hidden and stitch in place using a zig zag stitch!
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Hem each leg opening by overlocking/zig zag stitching around the raw edge, fold up 1/2" and sew in place with a zig zag stitch!
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<![CDATA[T-Shirt Dress Pattern! NEW!!]]>Mon, 23 Oct 2017 19:21:46 GMThttp://thelittleststudio.com/1/post/2017/10/t-shirt-dress-pattern-new.html
Hi Everyone! 

I'm back with a brand new sewing pattern! I've been dying to make a sweet little t-shirt dress for my girl and I'm so proud that I've finally done it! This dress is so fast and easy to sew, I promise it's sure to become a stable piece in your collection. 

I hope you enjoy this pattern and remember to tag me on Instagram when you make yours!! 
@thelittleststudio
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