Omni Family Tour – JaimeSews

Today’s The Day!! It’s my turn to share with you my version of the Omni Tempore pattern for both kids and adults! I’m Jaime, found on twitter, facebook and instagram as JaimeSews. I’ve been sewing since I was 15 years old, earned a bachelors degree in Home Economics, worked selling sewing machines, in a quilt shop and later in a bridal shop & now sew from my home. I’m so glad you’ve stopped by!!
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
I’ve been busy making up some fall/winter staples for me and the kids with the Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes and I have TWO techniques to share with you!
  • How to adjust for using a not-so-stretchy knit with a pattern designed for knits and
  • How to create basic machine appliques to make your Omni Tempore your own!

BUT – You should know – there is a sale on The Omni Tempore pattern bundle all this week during the tour AND there’s a giveaway! (And if you so happen to purchase the pattern and then win it, you will be refunded so be sure to keep your receipt/email!)

Prize Pack #1

1.5 meters of fabric from Joy Fits Fabrics

Omni Tempore Pattern Bundle by Sofliantjes

Bustle Skirt Pattern by Koda Baby Boutique

1 Pattern of choice by Filles a Maman

1 Pattern of choice by Serger Pepper

1 Pattern of choice by E+M Patterns

1 Pattern of choice by Striped Swallow Designs

Omni Family Tour | JaimeSews

Prize Pack #2

1.5 merers of fabric from Joy Fits Fabrics

Omni Tempore Pattern Bundle by Sofilantjes

Grace Pattern by Rose & Lee Designs

1 Pattern of choice by Filles a Maman

1 Pattern of choice by Madeit Patterns

1 Pattern of choice by Dandelions n’ Dungarees

So be sure to read/scroll to the end of the post to enter!

Let’s get started!

All three of us got our fabric from F&M Fabrics locally, found online at thefabricmarket.com. They have the best prices hands down and a huge selection. As we walked down the aisle lined with the knits, the kids saw/felt/hugged/laid their heads down on this super fuzzy, exquisitely soft fleece.
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
If you’ve ever been shopping with your kids at the fabric store, you know it can be a challenge to focus. Well, we all fell in love with how unbelievably soft the fabric was that I completely disregarded that the pattern calls for knits.
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
Now Fleece is technically a knit, but 1) it’s bulky and 2) it’s not that stretchy. So I had to improvise. First (in order of discovery), I had to cut the collar lining from a much thinner knit in order to reduce bulk. I also ended up cutting about 1/2″ off the neckline all the way around to widen it enough for their little heads to fit through.
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
After I got the collar attached, I realized there would also need to be some more room in the body and sleeve to compensate for the lack of stretch. I took the same knit I lined the collar with and made a gusset all the way down from the wrist to the shirt hem. I really loved how this added a pop of color to each top!
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
This particular problem could also be solved by choosing a size or two up. The Omni Tempore pattern has unlimited options, including different sleeve lengths, sleeve/waistline ribbing or regular hem, kangaroo pocket, collar or hood! I let the kids each pick out their own style features and since they chose the collar I thought it’d be fun to choose the hood for myself.
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
What I love about the hood is that it also looks like the cowl neckline the kids have, so especially in the fabric I chose, it still looks dressy. But…it DOES have a hood!
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
This knit I found at F&M Fabrics is a super soft, sheer knit, great for fall & part of winter here in CA.
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
Regarding the Omni Tempore pattern, it was a super quick sew! Even with all the options, I found it easy to make three different variations without consulting the instructions much after making just one. The instructions were clear and the pattern pieces all fit together without a hitch. It was a thoroughly enjoyable sew!
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
So let’s get on to how to add the applique!
Applique Tutorial | JaimeSews
First you need to gather all your supplies:
  1. Scissors
  2. A pencil/pen
  3. Pellon 805 Wonder-Under
  4. Fabric to applique
  5. Your applique design. I just found the images I wanted to use on the interwebs and printed them out.
Applique Tutorial | JaimeSews
Trace the applique design onto the paper side of your Wonder-Under.
Applique Tutorial | JaimeSews
Rough cut around the applique design you just traced onto your Wonder-Under and place it on the wrong side of your applique fabric. Press a few seconds to tack in place.
Applique Tutorial | JaimeSews
Allow it all to cool completely. Cut out the traced design.
Applique Tutorial | JaimeSews
Peel off the backing of your applique, making sure the webbing is attached to your fabric.
Applique Tutorial | JaimeSews
Place on your shirt where you want it to be…
Applique Tutorial | JaimeSews
Then fuse in place using a damp pressing cloth (or fat quarter sized muslin/cotton scrap) until the press cloth is dry. (See also the directions that come with your Wonder-Under). Stitch in place with a zig zag stitch.
Applique Tutorial | JaimeSews
The Omni Tempore is a great pattern for the whole family that doesn’t have to look matchy-matchy, but could if that’s what you’re going for! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to enter to win one of the amazing prize packs!

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And don’t forget to head on over to the other stops on the tour!

Monday, November 24th
Tuesday, November 25th
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30 Minute Christmas Coasters by The Nosy Pepper

Hello JaimeSews readers!  I’m Cyndi and I blog over at The Nosy Pepper, I’m super excited to show you a super quick and easy scrap friendly project that is perfect for Christmas. When Jaime asked me to guest post a Christmas post, I was a bit nervous, as I’m mostly a bag sewer.   Since I realize that few people are going to want a Holiday themed bag, I decided to do something much quicker and easier. So, in comes the 30 minute Christmas Coasters! These are so simple to make and use such little fabric, you could make several sets in no time.I think I’m going to make several more to have on hand for all those last minute gifts you end up needing.

Materials:
1/4 yard (or less) of felt
Fat quarter of quilting weight cotton (you can get more than 4 coasters out of 1 FQ, or you can use scraps to mix and match!)
Contrasting thread (I used a gold thread but any contrasting will do)
Pinking Shears
Embroidery scissors or other small scissors
Water soluble pen or Frixion Pen
Find a round object that is slightly larger than the finished size you like ( I had a bowl that was about 5 inches in diameter that was perfect). Trace 6 circles from the felt and 4 from the fabric.
There are two different types of coasters,the first kind, I just put the fabric against the felt (wrong sides facing) and stitched around the circumference of the circle using a 1/2″ seam. Then, simply stitch in a zig zag fashion to make the shape of a tree. Lastly, use your pinking shears to trim your seam allowance around the circle to 1/4″. Easy Peasy! For all you quilters out there, you could do any design, stockings, ornaments, santa hats etc.

For the second kind (and my favorite). You will need 2 pieces of felt and 1 piece of fabric. Put your fabric and felt together like before, with wrong sides facing. Next take a 2nd piece of felt an draw a design that will give you plenty of space to cut around (I chose a star, but you could make an ornament, or a stocking if you like). Place that piece of felt on top of the cotton (you should have one piece on top of the felt and one on the bottom). Stitch around the circle with a 1/2″ seam allowance and then stitch directly on stop of the design you just drew.

With a seam ripper carefully (very carefully…you only want to cut the felt on top and not into the fabric beneath it) make a rip in the felt then use your scissors to cut as close to the stitches as you can.

Then like before, take your pinking shears and trim the seam allowance to 1/4″. That’s it! You can mix and match both styles like I did, or just pick your favorite!

Thanks so much for having me Jaime! I had so much fun making these!

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.

sandwichwrap

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