Friday, January 22, 2016

Eye Masks, Mustaches & Birthdays!

Where in the world have the years gone?  My baby girl is turning 11 next month!  She keeps reminding me that next year when she turns 12 she'll be a pre-teen?  Why do they want to grow up so fast?! Yikes..

Even though I'm apposed at her getting older, we are going to celebrate her birthday this year…..with a stache bash.  She is obsessed with those cute little mustaches….so mustaches it is!

I've come up with a quick eye mask pattern equipped with a mustache felt appliqué.  I also added a heart appliqué in with the pattern pieces just incase anyone wants to make one for your cute little valentines.  I hope you join me and make a few for all your special little peeps!

CLICK HERE for access to the material list and pattern pieces.
Click on the link above.  Download the file.  Open the file and print.  Make sure to mark scale and 100%.
I've added a 1" box just as a test so that you can double check the pattern pieces have printed out correctly.  Measure the box and if it's 1", your good to go.   I know everyones computers and printers are different, so if you have a hard time,  shoot me an email and I will be happy to email you the file.

Note ~ This pattern was specifically made for 10/11 year olds, but would be very easy to trim down and bit for smaller children.  It fits me (and my almost 11 year old), so really the only other adjustment would be the fold-over elastic measurement.  Just use your model to get the desired elastic length.  I found the fold-over elastic at my local craft store.

First, cut out the mask pattern piece.

RSO, stack both 9" x 5" main fabric pieces together.  Pin the pattern piece onto the fabric and cut through both layers. (I use my rotary cutter because it's quick, but you can certainly use your scissors if it makes you feel more comfortable.)

Using the same pattern piece, cut out 2 pieces of Bosal light fusible batting or fusible fleece.

If you haven't used the Bosal light fusible batting, you are in for a surprise!  Unlike fusible fleece, it bonds to the fabric very securely and doesn't pull away.  It truly is fabulous!  I've also noticed that with fusible fleece it gives my fabric kind of a bumpy texture.  With Bosal, you get a nice smooth finish. fusible fleece is a lot easier to find, so if that's what you have, it will work just fine.

Press the fusible fleece to the wrong side of each mask piece.  Once it's bonded to the wrong side, flip it over and press from the right side of the fabric.  This will give the fusible fleece a stronger bond to the fabric.

Trace the mustache onto the HeatnBond Light, you can subsitute with wonder under, but HeatnBond works so much better on felt and wools.

Cut out the traced mustache or heart about a 1/4" larger all the way around the appliqué pattern.  Press the HeatnBond to the wrong side of the felt.

Once it's bonded to the wrong side, flip it over and press from the right side of the felt.  This will give the HeatnBond a stronger bond to the fabric.

Cut out the mustache along the traced line.  Peel the backing off the HeatnBond.  If needed, use the placement on the pattern piece to position the mustache onto the mask.  Press in place.  Flip and press for a strong bond.

Thread 2 strands of embroidery floss through an embroidery needle and stitch around the mustache using a running stitch.  I like to use a contrasting color so that the stitches are visible. Sorry, the running stitch in the picture below looks backwards to those of you who are right handed, I'm a lefty :)

Cut a 10" piece of fold-over elastic.  Transfer the fold-over placement markings from the pattern piece to the fabric.  Pin elastic to each mark and sew along each edge using a scant 1/4".

Stack both mask pieces RST and sew together using 1/4" seam.  Leave a 3" opening along the top edge of the mask.

With a pair of scissors, clip around the curves about every 1/4", take time when clipping not to clip through the seam.

Turn RSO and press.  Turn opening under 1/4" and pin closed.  Topstitch 1/16 to an 1/8" around the entire mask.  (I like to use matching thread for topstitching.)  Start topstitching along the top at the opening. *The picture below doesn't show the opening pinned closed, sorry…I generally don't use pins, but if you need them, pin the opening closed and then sew.

Keep the elastic on top of the mask.  When approaching the elastic, pull it out of the
way of the sewing machine.  You don't want to sew over the exposed elastic.

That can be it, or you can add a second row of topstitching, it's not necessary, but it gives the project a nice finished look.  Using a 1/4" foot, topstitch 1/4" away for the first row of topstitching.

I love this fun little project and it's really quick! I think all the girls at her stache bash are going to love these!

Happy Sewing!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Catching Up!

It's 2016 and things are super busy here in our temporary Georgia studio.

Our newest items get outta town, and Miss Sally are now available on our website!

I love the pleats on the bodice.

The fabric shown on both covers is #LaughloveQuit.  It's available now at your local quilt shop. 

This last photo shoot was so much fun.  Here are a few pictures of our adventure!

Little miss Regan thinks she needs some heals!

 It takes a circus to keep us going!  Thanks to our friends for the use of their awesome truck and all the extra help behind the scenes!  My beautiful models Miss Sarah and Miss Regan, you did great!