Back To School with Straight Stitch Designs

Hello! I am Kimberly of Straight Stitch Designs and I am taking over Jaime’s blog today to talk about something near and dear all of our hearts, back to school time!

I will start by saying that summer is the time of year when being a stay at home parents pretty much rocks the world.  We can go to the park or zoo, hang out in the backyard and eat popsicles for breakfast or go swimming every day if we want to.  But as the summer draws to an end and everyone is getting bored and tired of being hot (wait is that just me?) we start looking forward to school starting again.

While I don’t have any kids in elementary school both of my kids attend cooperative preschool and my son has to bring lunch to school once a week.  For my daughter last year I just used plastic baggies for her lunch but I always felt so wasteful throwing them away after lunch.  And while all last year I kept telling myself I was going to make reusable bags I never actually did it.

I decided to stop being lazy and sew up a quick sandwich wrap for packing lunches and now I am kicking myself because they are just so easy!  Like two squares of fabric and some velcro easy.  So easy that there really isn’t a reason you all shouldn’t make these, or 10.  They are super handy to have around and don’t have to just be used for kids lunches.

And because I don’t want any of you to look back a year from now and kick yourself for not having these, I am going to take you through the steps to make your own.

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I want to start with materials because there is a lot of debate on what is the best material to use for reusable food bags and wraps.  Many of the waterproof materials such as PUL, Polyurethane Laminate, are not certified as food safe.  With that said people still use it, either because they don’t know or don’t mind.  Ripstop is a very popular and apparently food safe options but since I wasn’t looking for waterproof I decided to just use some duck cloth.  Now it would have probably been better to use natural un-dyed canvas, but I wanted mine to be pretty so I washed the fabric on hot and called it a day.  Just do what you feel most comfortable with.

1. Start by cutting out two 12 inch by 12 inch squares, this size will be perfect for a full sandwich.  But the beauty of this tutorial is that you can make it any size you want, so if you typically make sandwiches from homemade bread that isn’t a standard size than make it the correct size to fit.  Just make sure you have a square in the size you choose.

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2. Put your fabric right sides together and sew around the outside of the square with a 3/8″ seam allowance.  Make sure to leave a 2 inch opening which you will use to turn the fabric right sides out.

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3. Before you turn the fabric make sure you clip the corners, this will help with the bulk at the corners and give you a cleaner look.  Once the corners are clipped reach inside and flip it right sides out.  My favourite tool for getting crisp corners is a chopstick and the best part is that it’s not sharp so it won’t poke through your fabric.

4. Take it to your ironing board and press all the seams flat.  Don’t forget to press the seam allowance of the opening inside.    I can be a bit of a lazy sewer sometimes and I am always tempted to just skip this step, but I promises you will never regret taking the minute or two to do it.  The end result is so much better with a good press.   If you don’t believe me go read this great article from the amazing Caila of Caila Made, where she talks all about the importance of pressing.

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5. Now that all your seams are flat head back to your sewing machine and sew a nice topstitch around the entire perimeter of the square.  Not only does this secure the opening you used to turn the fabric but it also gives it a nice finished look.  You could also use a fun contrasting thread for a little bit of visual interest, I on the other hand was boring and just used white.

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6. Now we just have to add the velcro and you are done.  Easy right?!

Make sure when you are sewing on the velcro that you sew each side of the velro on opposite sides of the fabric as shown in the picture.    The best part about doing the velcro this way is that your wrap is actually now reversible.

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And just like that you now have a super handy and cute reusable sandwich wrap for your kiddos lunches.

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It doesn’t just have to be for you kids lunches you can make these for the whole family.   With the little amount of fabric it requires this is also a really great stash buster and if you are anything like me you may have a huge stash of duck cloth.

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Thank you Jaime for having me here to share my back to school sewing project.  I hope everyone enjoyed the tutorial and love their new reusable sandwich wraps.

If you are interested in seeing more of the things I am sewing and maybe even a few, or a thousand, pictures of my kids modelling the clothes I make for them head over to my blog Straight Stitch Designs.  I also love sharing my in progress sewing and crafting pictures on instagram so make sure to head over there and follow @straightstitchdesigns

Boys Pattern Bundle Up Sale

Happy Monday! I’m working on a few things this week I hope to share with you soon.  Make sure to follow me on Instagram & Facebook for some sneak peaks!

In the meantime, I wanted to make sure you knew about the Boys Bundle Up Sale by Pattern Revolution, now through Friday!!

Boys Bundle Up SaleIf you’re after some great boys patterns for fall, you won’t want to miss it. There are several pants styles, tops & awesome jackets up for grabs. You have to buy 6 patterns to get a price break but the more you buy the more you save! Check out the Launch Party post to see the patterns made up in lots of different ways. I have my eye on the P51 Flyer Jacket and the Field Research Pants – that lumberjack shirt is cute too! Let me know which are your favorite!

 

One Thimble & A Guest Blog Post Call

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Well you know from previous posts that I have a PDF pattern addiction, and what good addict doesn’t like to share her addiction with others?!? Enter One Thimble.

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What is One Thimble, you ask? I’ll let them explain in their own words:

One Thimble is a digital sewing magazine (e-zine) made by sewing enthusiasts for sewing enthusiasts!  If you enjoy sewing for boys, girls, your home or yourself then One Thimble‘s the online magazine for you.  Released quarterly each edition of One Thimble includes PDF sewing patterns for projects that you can make and sell, as well as general sewing articles, tutorials on sewing techniques and tips for those running a handmade business. One Thimble’s passion is inspiring confidence in enthusiastic home sewists—whether you’re sewing purely for fun or to make some money.  When you have confidence in your skills and ideas, you bring your own style and twist to every pattern you sew.

Check out the cover and sneak peak of patterns included in this quarter’s One Thimble! Click through to see more. You can also buy the patterns individually if you don’t want to dive in to the full issue all at once. How fun to connect with this Aussie publication all the way around the globe! Aren’t the interwebs glorious?!

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In other news…I am looking for GUEST BLOGGERS! Do you have a sewing blog, an etsy shop, a sewing trick or tip to share? I would love to consider working with you! Please fill out the application HERE and I will be in touch!

Seafarer Top

Have you ever organized something, like say, your PDF pattern collection, only to find out you have, oh i don’t know, maybe, well over 100.  Then suffering from shock, and a little embarrassment, you decide you must sew something right away to justify the awesome collection you have sitting there just waiting to be sewn before you ever, in a very long time, buy another one?

Well, suppose something like that happened last week and then suppose the Seafarer Top was one of those patterns…Then suppose your photographer is a 6 year old boy…you might just end up with something like this.

Seafarer Top | JaimeSews

The Seafarer Top is super quick to make and easy to wear. The high neckline makes it practical, but the dolmen sleeve takes it a notch up from your regular t-shirt.  That picture above was straight on, but with a 6 year old photographer, you might also get some pictures with your head cut off…Seafarer Top | JaimeSews

Or that make it look as though you’re looking down on the world…Seafarer Top | JaimeSews

At any rate, I didn’t do either of the band options or the pocket, so there is more variety available with this pattern that would be fun to experiment with in different fabrics.  I love my new Seafarer Top and hope to sew A LOT MORE from my PDF Pattern stash in the near future. A trip to F&M Fabrics is in order, I think, since most of my hoarded fabric is quilting cottons.

So fess up – how many PDF patterns do you have? Paper patterns more your thing?

Uptown/Downtown Dress

Welcome to one of three stop on today’s Sew Straight Patterns Blog Tour! We are celebrating of the release of The Uptown/Downtown Dress Pattern! Be sure to read all the way to the bottom to learn how you can enter the giveaway AND get 30% off the Uptown/Downtown Pattern now through August 16th!

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If you follow my facebook or instagram feed, you saw I posted a picture of my serger admitting that it was time to use it to it’s full potential. Well here’s what I made with it!

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The Uptown/Downtown dress, available in sizes 2T – size 10! Isn’t it adorable? I made the entire dress on my serger using a 5-thread safety stitch and the cover stitch, but the good news is, you don’t need a serger to make this adorable knit dress! UptownDowntownSide

The Uptown/Downtown dress goes together in a flash and makes a comfy and adorable back-to-school and every-day dress. You can make it sleeveless, with cap sleeves (shown here) or with half sleeves.

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Elise’s measurements fell under the 2T size in the chart so that’s exactly what I made with no alterations. She loved the dress immediately and didn’t want to take it off. She just had to wear it to church the next day!UptownDowntownSideSmile

All the pattern pieces wen’t together perfectly! I chose the binding method, but there are also instructions for using a lining for sheerer knits or just for warmth. Overall I’d say it was a win and a pattern we’ll make over and over!UptownDowntownG

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit the Straight Stitch Pattern Company to see the rest of today’s tour stops!

Now for the giveaway details!

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One lucky person will win:

So click below to be whisked away to the Rafflecopter widget and enter away (now through August 11th)!!

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AND – if you don’t win, don’t worry. Terri Lin has set up coupon code uptowndowntowntour to use for 30% off the Uptown/Downtown Dress Pattern now through August 16th!

 

Sew Straight Patterns Blog Tour & Giveaway!

I’ve “met” another great new pattern designer you all need to know about! Her inaugural pattern is a staple you’ll want to sew up again and again! Allow me to introduce to you Terri Lin of Sew Straight Patterns who has just released the Uptown/Downtown Dress! AND You’ll get to see all the variations this week in the Uptown/Downtown Blog Tour! I’ll reveal my version on Thursday, but you’ll want to check in to the Sew Straight & Gather blog each day to see all the other versions of this great dress!  
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Not only will you be inspired, you can enter to win an amazing prize bundle!!! One lucky person will win:

So click below to be whisked away to the Rafflecopter widget and enter away now through August 11th and be sure to visit the Straight Stitch Pattern Company to see each day’s tour stops!

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AND – if you don’t win, don’t worry. Terri Lin has set up coupon code uptowndowntowntour to use for 30% off the Uptown/Downtown Dress Pattern now through August 16th!

See you Thursday!

Peek A Book Clothing Swap and Kids Clothes Week Wrap Up

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This past weekend was my daughter’s 3rd birthday. She chose a princess theme and wore the dress I made her for Halloween last year.

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It’s pretty beat up by now so I was glad it made it through the birthday. I’ll just have to make another one a little bigger for dress up this year! :) (Maybe in cotton, just sayin’…satin is a mess to work with!)

So you know it was Kids Clothes Week last week and that I had some swap items due. I was being top secret to make it fun for my swap buddy, but the items were delivered Saturday so the coast should be clear! If you’ve not participated in a crafty swap before, it’s so much fun! This particular swap was through the Peek A Boo Pattern Shop facebook page, organized so that we were matched equally (as best they could). So our swap partner had a boy and a girl that I got to sew for and she sewed for my boy and girl!

Our swap partner lives in Hawaii so they had no need of winter clothes and were looking for something other than Hawaiian print. I made her DD the Savannah Pleated Party Dress in this bright, happy Alexander Henry Fabric I had in my stash. I got the Grosgrain Ribbon at Hobby Lobby for the belt.

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I chose the cap sleeve and pleated front options, but the pattern offers sleeveless and plain front options too! I just love the classic feel of the pleats. Savannah Pleated Party Dress | JaimeSews

Since I got my Kam Snaps pliers, I’ve been Kam Snap Happy so I used pink snaps up the back.Savannah Pleated Party Dress | JaimeSews

For the boy, I made another Classic Oxford Button Up Shirt, this time in a bright Teal and Red plaid I got at F&M Fabrics.

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I instantly loved this plaid and had fun placing the yoke and the front pocket on the bias.Classic Oxford Button Up Shirt | JaimeSews

I love how the buttons I found really bring out the dark blue stripe.
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For bottoms I chose the Castaway Cargos for their style and comfortable knit waistband. I also found this red twill at F&M Fabrics and even though it’s not the darker red predominate in the shirt plaid, it matches well with the lighter shade and coordinates without being matchy-matchy. There are front pockets…Castaway Cargos | JaimeSews

…& of course, cargo pockets. I made them with the extension so they’re nice and full, but to simplify, you can do a flat pocket with no extension. Castaway Cargos | JaimeSews

There is also an option for a back welt pocket.Castaway Cargos | JaimeSews

Last Thursday I shipped them off to Hawaii and can’t wait to hear back how everything fits!
Classic Oxford Button Up Shirt | JaimeSews

We received our swap items from Hawaii a couple weeks ago, but I don’t have pictures yet so stay tuned! The kids really love the items they got and beg me to wear them every day, but they are for fall/winter and it was 104 this weekend! I really recommend a swap if you’re interested. It’s fun to get to know other sewers and the kids really enjoyed receiving handmade gifts in the mail!

Have a great week!