Sewing Inspiration: Fat Quarter Shorts

My absolute favorite thing to sew is children’s clothing.  It’s small, it begs to be cute, and it’s fun!

I make my children a lot of light weight pants from cotton fat quarters.  The elastic waist is potty training and cloth diaper friendly and they’re super comfortable for all the moving around and playing kids love to do.

Here’s a little sewing inspiration from my Sunday sewing…

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FQShorts

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Sewing Tutorial: Felt Valentine’s Chocolates and Cookies

Felt Chocolates and CookiesThis week’s sewing tutorial is simple and quick.  You won’t even need a pattern (although we’ve provided some for convenience)!

Play food is a great beginner’s sewing project and can be altered to make food as simple or as fancy as you’d like.  These festive Valentine’s Day chocolates and cookies are fantastic as decor, playing, and a learning tool.  You can embroider or draw (with puff paint or fabric paint) letters and numbers on them.  You can use them to teach colors, shapes, or even as coins.  You are only limited by your creativity.

This tutorial will focus on creating the chocolates and cookies with a sewing machine, but you could also hand sew the items.  If you don’t sew, you could use felt fabric glue to glue the pieces together.  When making felt foods please keep the age of the child you’re making the project for in mind.  Children who still put things in their mouth should never be given small objects as these would pose a choking hazard.  They also should not be given items with puff paint as they could pick the paint off.

When making felt food you can use whatever type of felt you desire.  Craft felt is easy to work with, cheap and easily obtainable but it will not wear as well as wool felt.  Craft felt may get pilly over time, but you can wash it with warm soapy water and use a lint shaver to get rid of pills.  If the item doesn’t contain a pipe cleaner or glue, you could even run it through the washing machine.  Wool felt will wear better and last longer.  If you’re creating something that you’d like to pass down from child to child, wool felt is best.  If you plan to use wool felt, you may want to first practice on craft felt so you don’t waste money on the more expensive stuff.  I typically use eco-fi felt which is made of recycled plastic bottles.

Let’s get started!  You will need the following to create your Felt Valentine’s Day Chocolates and Cookies:

  • Felt in whatever colors you desire
  • Scissors
  • Thread in colors of your choice
  • Sewing machine and/or hand sewing needle
  • Polyfil to stuff your pieces (optional)
  • Shapes template:  Valentine Cookie Chocolate Template

Directions

  1. Cut out shapeStart out by placing two pieces of felt wrong sides together and cutting out your desired shape.  You can freehand this or use one of the templates we’ve provided above.  You can use any size circle you like. If you’re going to sew a plain piece of chocolate or cookie and don’t want to add any other design, then you’re ready to sew, go ahead to step 3!  If you want to add a design, go on to the next step.
  2. Once your chocolate or cookie is cut out, you can add a design to the cookie.  Sometimes I like to add swirls, sprinkles, or just a whimsical design.  Take one side of the chocolate or cookie and add your design.  You can put the same Decorative stitchesdesign on the other side, or do something different so you get more ‘activities’ or designs in one cookie.You could do numbers and letters to teach the alphabet or counting.  You could do sprinkles, colors, shapes, etc.  You really are only limited to your imagination with these and kids love to get in on the design.
  3. overcast stitchOnce you’ve added a design to both sides, pin the cookie together, right sides both facing out.We’ll sew the cookie together using an overcast stitch.  If you don’t have an overcast stitch on your machine, a wide zig zag stitch works great.  Since the edges of the felt won’t fray, you could even use a straight stitch.
  4. sew around the edgeIf using an overcast stitch, make sure your right hand side stitch falls just over the edge of the cookie.  You might need to sew a stitch and then adjust your cookie’s placement under the presser foot to get it just right.  Sew all the way around the outer edge of the cookie making sure you back-stitch/reinforcement stitch at the beginning and end.  IF YOU’RE STUFFING YOUR CHOCOLATE OR COOKIE PIECES, STOP SEWING WHEN YOU HAVE ABOUT 3/4 -1″ LEFT TO GO AND STUFF A SMALL AMOUNT OF POLYFIL INTO YOUR PIECE WITH THE EDGE OF YOUR SCISSORS OR A SKEWER.  ONCE YOU HAVE IT STUFFED, CONTINUE SEWING AROUND THE OUTER EDGE UNTIL YOU’RE BACK AT THE BEGINNING.  Clip your threads when you’re done.
  5. That’s it! Easy peasy.  You can make as many of these as you can crank out.  They make lovely gifts and are great to have for any home school or home learning lesson plans.

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Sewing Tutorial: Felt Pumpkin Pie

Felt Pumpkin Pie TutorialWelcome!  Today we’re going to finish off our Thanksgiving Dinner Set with a big slice of pumpkin pie! Play food is a great beginner’s sewing project and can be altered to make food as simple or as fancy as you’d like.

This tutorial will focus on creating the set with a sewing machine, but you could also hand sew the items.  If you don’t sew, you could use felt fabric glue to glue the pieces together.  When making felt foods please keep the age of the child you’re making the project for in mind.  Children who still put things in their mouth should never be given small objects as these would pose a choking hazard.

When making felt food you can use whatever type of felt you desire.  Craft felt is easy to work with, cheap and easily obtainable but it will not wear as well as wool felt.  Craft felt may get pilly over time, but you can wash it with warm soapy water and use a lint shaver to get rid of pills.  If the item doesn’t contain a pipe cleaner or glue, you could even run it through the washing machine.

Wool felt will wear better and last longer.  If you’re creating something that you’d like to pass down from child to child, wool felt is best.  If you plan to use wool felt, you may want to first practice on craft felt so you don’t waste money on the more expensive stuff.  I typically use eco-fi felt which is made of recycled plastic bottles.

Let’s get started!  You will need the following to create your Felt Pumpkin Pie:

  • Felt in orange, tan, and white
  • Polyfil to stuff the slice of pie
  • Scissors
  • Monofilament thread or coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Hand sewing needle
  • The fully illustrated and detailed pumpkin pie slice tutorial which can be downloaded here. Do not scale the file to fit, print as actual size:  Pumpkin Pie Tutorial.

Grab the turkey leg tutorial here, and the sides here.

 

Sewing Inspiration: On The Go Toddler Pants

Can you guys tell my sewing machine is officially out of storage?!? Haha, haven’t got around to any new sewing tutorials yet, but I am certainly getting my machine back up to speed.

Little brother had to have new pants after big bro’s new birthday outfit was created yesterday.  This Moda print fit the bill for a busy little guy who’s always on the go and loves any kind of car.  The best part, I was able to whip these up in about an hour, while watching two toddlers.  Nothing better than cute and easy!

Sewing Inspiration: I’m A Hoot

I’ve sewn birthday outfits for my boys a few times in my last four years of motherhood.  Sometimes they request one, sometimes they prefer regular jeans and a t-shirt.  My oldest son is about to enter his fourth year and this year he requested an outfit.

I’ve had this adorable Moda owl print for a few months now.  My son picked it out on a little shopping trip this summer and I’ve held onto it waiting for the right project.  As I was cleaning out my sewing desk a couple of weeks ago, I found an iron-on that matched it perfectly and thus this year’s birthday outfit was born.  He loves it – and that smile makes me happy!

 

Sewing Tutorial: Felt Cookies

Felt Cookie TutorialThis week’s sewing tutorial is super simple and super quick.  You won’t even need a pattern!

Play food is a great beginner’s sewing project and can be altered to make food as simple or as fancy as you’d like.  These cookies are fantastic as a learning tool.  You can embroidery or draw (with puff paint or fabric paint) letters and numbers on them.  You can use them to teach colors, shapes, or even as coins.  You are only limited by your creativity.

This tutorial will focus on creating the cookies with a sewing machine, but you could also hand sew the items.  If you don’t sew, you could use felt fabric glue to glue the pieces together.  When making felt foods please keep the age of the child you’re making the project for in mind.  Children who still put things in their mouth should never be given small objects as these would pose a choking hazard.  They also should not be given items with puff paint as they could pick the paint off.

When making felt food you can use whatever type of felt you desire.  Craft felt is easy to work with, cheap and easily obtainable but it will not wear as well as wool felt.  Craft felt may get pilly over time, but you can wash it with warm soapy water and use a lint shaver to get rid of pills.  If the item doesn’t contain a pipe cleaner or glue, you could even run it through the washing machine.  Wool felt will wear better and last longer.  If you’re creating something that you’d like to pass down from child to child, wool felt is best.  If you plan to use wool felt, you may want to first practice on craft felt so you don’t waste money on the more expensive stuff.  I typically use eco-fi felt which is made of recycled plastic bottles.

Let’s get started!  You will need the following to create your Felt Cookies:

  • Felt in whatever colors you desire
  • Scissors
  • Thread in colors of your choice
  • Sewing machine and/or hand sewing needle

Directions

  1. Cut out shapeStart out by placing two pieces of felt wrong sides together and cutting out a circle.  You can use any size circle you like, freehand it or trace a cup, etc.  If you’re going to sew a plain cookie and don’t want to add any other design, then you’re ready to sew, go ahead to step 3!  If you want to add a design, go on to the next step.
  2. Once your cookie is cut out, you can add a design to the cookie.  Sometimes I like to add dainty stitches like the heart design pictured.  Take one side of the cookie and add your design.  You can put the same Decorative stitchesdesign on the other side, or do something different so you get more ‘activities’ or designs in one cookie.You could do numbers and letters to teach the alphabet or counting.  You could do sprinkles, colors, shapes, etc.  You really are only limited to your imagination with these and kids love to get in on the design.
  3. overcast stitchOnce you’ve added a design to both sides, pin the cookie together, right sides both facing out.We’ll sew the cookie together using an overcast stitch.  If you don’t have an overcast stitch on your machine, a wide zig zag stitch works great.  Since the edges of the felt won’t fray, you could even use a straight stitch.
  4. sew around the edgeIf using an overcast stitch, make sure your right hand side stitch falls just over the edge of the cookie.  You might need to sew a stitch and then adjust your cookie’s placement under the presser foot to get it just right.  Sew all the way around the outer edge of the cookie making sure you back-stitch/reinforcement stitch at the beginning and end.  Clip your threads when you’re done.
  5. That’s it! Easy peasy.  You can make as many of these as you can crank out.  They make lovely gifts and are great to have for any home school or home learning lesson plans.

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Sewing Tutorial: Felt Corn on the Cob, Mashed Potatoes, and Crinkle Carrots

Felt Steak SidesWelcome!  This is the second and final sewing tutorial in a two-part series where we will make a felt Steak Dinner set.  Play food is a great beginner’s sewing project and can be altered to make food as simple or as fancy as you’d like.

This tutorial will focus on creating the set with a sewing machine, but you could also hand sew the items.  If you don’t sew, you could use felt fabric glue to glue the pieces together.  When making felt foods please keep the age of the child you’re making the project for in mind.  Children who still put things in their mouth should never be given small objects as these would pose a choking hazard.

When making felt food you can use whatever type of felt you desire.  Craft felt is easy to work with, cheap and easily obtainable but it will not wear as well as wool felt.  Craft felt may get pilly over time, but you can wash it with warm soapy water and use a lint shaver to get rid of pills.  If the item doesn’t contain a pipe cleaner or glue, you could even run it through the washing machine.  Wool felt will wear better and last longer.  If you’re creating something that you’d like to pass down from child to child, wool felt is best.  If you plan to use wool felt, you may want to first practice on craft felt so you don’t waste money on the more expensive stuff.  I
typically use eco-fi felt which is made of recycled plastic bottles.

Let’s get started!  You will need the following to create your Felt Steak Sides:

  • Felt in yellow, white, and orange
  • Polyfil and a scrap of batting
  • Scissors and pinking shears
  • Monofilament thread or coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine AND hand sewing needle
  • The steak sides templates included in this detailed tutorial:  Felt Steak Sides Tutorial. Do not scale the file to fit, print as actual size.

Get the steak tutorial here.

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Sewing Tutorial: Felt Milkshake

Felt Milkshake TutorialWelcome!  This is the fourth and final sewing tutorial where we will make a felt “We’re Grillin’” set.  This week we’re making a tasty treat to beat the summertime heat.

Play food is a great beginner’s sewing project and can be altered to make food as simple or as fancy as you’d like.

This tutorial will focus on creating the set with a sewing machine, but you could also hand sew the items.  If you don’t sew, you could use felt fabric glue to glue the pieces together.  When making felt foods please keep the age of the child you’re making the project for in mind.  Children who still put things in their mouth should never be given small objects as these would pose a choking hazard.

When making felt food you can use whatever type of felt you desire.  Craft felt is easy to work with, cheap and easily obtainable but it will not wear as well as wool felt.  Craft felt may get pilly over time, but you can wash it with warm soapy water and use a lint shaver to get rid of pills.  If the item doesn’t contain a pipe cleaner or glue, you could even run it through the washing machine.
Wool felt will wear better and last longer.  If you’re creating something that you’d like to pass down from child to child, wool felt is best.  If you plan to use wool felt, you may want to first practice on craft felt so you don’t waste money on the more expensive stuff.  I typically use eco-fi felt which is made of recycled plastic bottles.

Let’s get started!  You will need the following to create your Felt Milkshake:

  • Felt in your color choice with white and red for the whipped cream and cherry
  • Polyfil to stuff the milkshake
  • Weighted beads to help the milkshake stand(optional)
  • Scissors
  • Monofilament thread or coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine AND hand sewing needle
  • The milkshake template and fully illustrated PDF:  Felt Milkshake Tutorial. Do not scale the file to fit, print as actual size.

You can grab the burger and bun, fixin’s, and hot dog bun pdfs to complete your set.

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Sewing Tutorial: Felt Hamburger Fixin’s

Sewing Tutorial Felt Hamburger Fixin'sWelcome!  This is the second sewing tutorial in a series of four where we will make a felt “We’re Grillin’” set.  Play food is a great beginner’s sewing project and can be altered to make food as simple or as fancy as you’d like.

This tutorial will focus on creating the set with a sewing machine, but you could also hand sew the items.  If you don’t sew, you could use felt fabric glue to glue the pieces together.  When making felt foods please keep the age of the child you’re making the project for in mind.  Children who still put things in their mouth should never be given small objects as these would pose a choking hazard.  Do not include the pickles in this set if it is for a small child.

When making felt food you can use whatever type of felt you desire.  Craft felt is easy to work with, cheap and easily obtainable but it will not wear as well as wool felt.  Craft felt may get pilly over time, but you can wash it with warm soapy water and use a lint shaver to get rid of pills.  If the item doesn’t contain a pipe cleaner or glue, you could even run it through the washing machine.

Wool felt will wear better and last longer.  If you’re creating something that you’d like to pass down from child to child, wool felt is best.  If you plan to use wool felt, you may want to first practice on craft felt so you don’t waste money on the more expensive stuff.  I typically use eco-fi felt which is made of recycled plastic bottles.

MaterialsLet’s get started!  You will need the following to create your Felt Hamburger Fixin’s:

  • Red, yellow, white, dark, and light green felt
  • Scissors
  • Monofilament thread or coordinating thread in red, white or yellow, and green
  • Sewing machine or hand sewing needle
  • The hamburger fixin’s template and tutorial PDF. Do not scale the template to fit, print as actual size:  Felt Hamburger Fixin’s Tutorial.

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You can go back and grab the Felt Hamburger and Bun Tutorial if you haven’t already.  And pick up the hot dog and bun tutorial as well.  Top it off with a tasty milkshake.  Don’t forget to share if you enjoyed the tutorial!

Sewing Tutorial: Felt Hamburger and Bun

Felt Hamburger and Bun TutorialWelcome!  This is the first sewing tutorial in a series of four where we will make a felt “We’re Grillin’” set.  Play food is a great beginner’s sewing project and can be altered to make food as simple or as fancy as you’d like.

This tutorial will focus on creating the set with a sewing machine, but you could also hand sew the items.  If you don’t sew, you could use felt fabric glue to glue the pieces together.  When making felt foods please keep the age of the child you’re making the project for in mind.  Children who still put things in their mouth should never be given small objects as these would pose a choking hazard.

When making felt food you can use whatever type of felt you desire.  Craft felt is easy to work with, cheap and easily obtainable but it will not wear as well as wool felt.  Craft felt may get pilly over time, but you can wash it with warm soapy water and use a lint shaver to get rid of pills.  If the item doesn’t contain a pipe cleaner or glue, you could even run it through the washing machine.

Wool felt will wear better and last longer.  If you’re creating something that you’d like to pass down from child to child, wool felt is best.  If you plan to use wool felt, you may want to first practice on craft felt so you don’t waste money on the more expensive stuff.  I typically use eco-fi felt which is made of recycled plastic bottles.

Let’s get started!  You will need the following to create your Felt Hamburger and Buns:

  • Brown felt for the hamburger, tan and off-white felt for the buns
  • A small bit of polyfil to stuff the burger and buns
  • Scissors
  • White, black, and brown thread
  • Sewing machine or hand sewing needle
  • The fully illustrated tutorial that contains the hamburger and bun template as well as detailed instructions:  Felt Hamburger and Bun Tutorial.  Print actual size, do not scale to fit.

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Grab the fixin’s tutorial here!  And the hot dog and bun here. How about a tasty milkshake?  Think you know someone who would enjoy this post?  Share it with the links below!