Two Ways to Finish Seams

While most of my sewing stuff is still in boxes while we wait for the remodel to be done, I did manage to make a dress yesterday and it felt soooooo good to sew something! It's like therapy, for real. 

McCall's 2632

McCall's 2632

I used a very simple shift dress pattern that I knew the fit was perfect on (I had made a muslin of it in the past), McCall's 2632. It's out of print now, but here it is on Amazon. Here's the dress unbelted, but I like it a little better with a simple belt, as shown in the other photos. 

Unfortunately, I could not get my serger working! I'm hoping I just made a threading mistake and it didn't get banged up in the move, but I didn't want to spend too much time on it so I finished my inside seams the old-fashioned way. I thought I'd share with you how to do the same! 

If you are making clothing for yourself, or your kiddos, or your dolls and you don't want the seams to get tattered in the wash, here are two ways to finish them so they'll always look nice. 

First, a French Seam. Here's how to do it! 

1. Place your fabrics WRONG sides together and sew in a 1/4" seam. Trim this down to 1/8".

2. Press the tiny seam to one side. This will help you get a crisp edge when you then fold the piece RIGHT sides together, encasing the first raw edge inside. Sew in a 3/8" seam. 

Your seam will then look nice and pretty, with the raw edges tucked away, never to be seen again. This is how I finished my center back seam. 

French Seam

French Seam

For my side seams, I needed them to be pressed open because of the way the sleeves needed to be hemmed. So I simply sewed my 5/8" seam, then turned the raw edge of each seam allowance under and sewed a tiny hem. So it looks like this: 

Seam finishing

Seam finishing

You can see I didn't sew them down to the main fabric, I kept that out of the way as I turned the tiny hems under. A good press and it looks so neat on the inside! 

I had enough of this fabric to cut out a simple top too, so I'll be working on that next. And hopefully I'll get my serger working, but there's something satisfying about finishing the insides this way too! 

I know I'll get a lot of wear out of this dress. Today I found a belt of Natalie's lying around and put it on with it. 

Gracie wanted to be in all the photos, she's a camera hog. 

Cheers and Happy Sewing! 

How to sew finished seams, two ways, without a serger

How to sew finished seams, two ways, without a serger

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How to Sew a Triangle Pouch

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Hello, strangers! Ok, I know it's me who's been absent, but that's because we have moved across the ocean. Before we left, I filmed two tutorials, hoping I'd get to work on them during the travel. Our stuff arrives tomorrow, six weeks after getting packed up, and I just now finished the first video, ha! It's a good one, though! 

You may have seen these cute triangle pouches around. I tried a few tutorials, but none were quite right, so I perfected the method for myself and Natalie and I filmed the how-to. These are super easy! We made them for dance teacher gifts, Mother's Day gifts and some for ourselves too. 

We hope you enjoy! As referenced in the video, here are the sizes you'll need to cut your fabrics for the three different sizes of triangle pouches: 

Small: 4x7 for bag pieces and 2.5x6 for handle. 

Medium: 6x11 for bag pieces and 3x7 for handle.

Large: 8x15 for bag pieces and 3x9 for the handle. 

Also as referenced in the video, here is the link to my favorite zippers! They come in packages of various colors and are so much fun. 

Without further ado, here is our video! Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel and be sure and show us what you've made using our tutorials by tagging me on Instagram

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How to Make Cute Felt Peeps

Natalie and I love making hair accessories for her ballet class. I have made some super cute bun nets in the past, but I didn't have that kind of time before Easter! So instead, we decided on some kind of clips and thought these Peeps bunnies would be super cute. 

Felt Peeps tutorial

Felt Peeps tutorial

We spent some time before dance on Friday making them and they were so much fun, pretty fast and easy, and the girls all loved them when she handed them out at ballet that night. We remembered to take some photos along the way so we could share the how-to here with you. 

Peeps hair clips

Peeps hair clips

This is a great project to do with kids. Natalie did the tracing and cutting, I did the sewing, we tag teamed the gluing. 

Without further ado, here is the free pattern and instructions! Just click and save, then print. 

Felt peeps hair clip tutorial

Felt peeps hair clip tutorial

Here are some photos of the steps, in case you need more of a visual. 

felt peeps, free pattern

felt peeps, free pattern

felt peeps tutorial

felt peeps tutorial

felt peeps pattern

felt peeps pattern

felt Peeps hair clip tutorial

felt Peeps hair clip tutorial

felt Peeps hair clip tutorial

felt Peeps hair clip tutorial

felt Peeps hair clip tutorial

felt Peeps hair clip tutorial

The key to making the hair clips secure is that felt rectangle hot glued over the inside of the clip! You won't have detaching clips if you do it this way. I'd do the same thing if attaching a safety pin or anything else to the back instead. 

Natalie put the clips in an Easter basket to deliver them! Such a fun little project. If you make some, I'd love to see :)

felt peeps, free pattern

felt peeps, free pattern

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Sock Monkey Tutorial!

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I feel like I haven't checked in here in a little while, but things are really ramping up for us as our move approaches. We are an Army family, in case you didn't know that, and we are moving from Hawaii to Utah. Our movers come in 34 days, eek! We have about six weeks left on this beautiful island, but we know that Utah has just as much beauty and adventure.

So, we're currently attempting to buy a house from about 3,000 miles away. If you have bought a house site unseen, please share your positive experiences in the comments. If you have negative experiences, though, I'd probably rather not hear those, hahahaha!

I held my last sewing classes here last week and that was a sad bit of closure for me. I've loved teaching sewing here so much and will miss my students a ton. I'm so happy to have passed the sewing bug on to so many kids, though, and I can't wait to meet the students I'll have in Utah. Oh, our house, God willing, will have space for a sewing studio so that I no longer have to set up sewing camp in our dining room and pretty much take over the house every time. I can't wait for that! I hope to set up a great space to film videos for the YouTube channel too!

So, on to the new video! Oh my goodness, this might be my favorite video so far because these are so darn cute and cuddly. Target has so many adorable socks in the kids aisle (anyone find the Cat & Jack line just the best thing ever??) I think we will make lots of these for gifts in the future. We've already had requests.

Enjoy the tutorial! Pretty please, if you make one, show me! Tag me on Instagram @pincutsew or email me pics or something! I love to see. After you watch, be sure and come back here for some sock links and more photos!

After making that video, we went to Target that very day to buy socks for more monkeys. Kelby's turned out super cute! If you need some sock inspo, these, these or these (oh my gosh, the watermelons) would be so fun! Keep in mind when you choose socks, it will be upside down in the legs and body, so don’t choose something with a directional print.

We're still working on Natalie's, but it's going to be equally adorable. 

Layla named hers Stitches and she's been pretty much a permanent fixture in her hands since we made her :) 

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How to Sew a Baby Bib: a beginner friendly tutorial, with FREE pattern!

Baby bibs make the best little quick-to-sew projects! Whether you’re making some for your own babies or grandbabies, or need a fun project for a baby shower, I promise you, these bibs will fit the bill. I like to make them in sets of three by choosing three coordinating fabrics and switching up the fronts and backs!

This tutorial is totally beginner friendly. Even kids can sew these up. Scroll down for the video, then scroll some more for the links to the tools I recommended in the tutorial. Then scroll down a bit more for the free downloadable baby bib pattern.

This post may contain affiliate links, which means that while I am not paid to promote certain items, I will earn a small commission should you purchase items through these links. For more info, see my disclosure policy.

I've been making these for many years, I'm pretty sure I traced a baby bib I had at the time for this pattern (my youngest is 11!) They make great little gifts and they're so easy! A few links to supplies I refer to in the video (these are affiliate links and while I wasn't paid to recommend them, I truly love and use these items and do earn a small percentage should you purchase them through these links). 

Wonder Clips! These are awesome, I use them all the time, wish I'd had them sooner. 

The Babyville snap plyers

And the snaps. These come in all kinds of great colors, but also in white. 

You’ll also need fabrics, of course! You can use fat quarters for bibs, but if you’re buying yardage, go with half yard cuts. You’ll also need some plain flannel, or something absorbent to go inside.

So, without further ado, here's the video tutorial! Enjoy :) 

And now you need the pattern, or course! Just fill out the form below to get your free pattern. When you’re done, check your email for the download link.

If you’ve enjoyed this tutorial, be sure and check out my more recent video on how to make Baby Hats three different ways! If you can think of other baby items you'd like to see video tutorials on, will you let me know in the comments? And if you make some bibs using this pattern, I'd love to see them! Find me and tag me on Instagram @pincutsew . Cheers!

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DIY Emoji Pillow, Free Templates

It's been about a month since I had an emoji pillow sewing class for kids and my own emoji pillow is sitting on my bed, making me laugh on a daily basis, so I thought it would be a shame not to share the templates I made for the class so you can make your own! 

I'm pretty sure this is what expression is in my mind, if not on my face, most of the time these days. 

This is not an official tutorial, but I'll give you the basics. I made a circular pattern that was 15" in diameter, using the old string taped to a pencil method. Then, we cut and arranged all our pieces and appliqued them on with a zig-zag stitch. We didn't use any fusible web or anything, but a regular old glue stick can help the pieces stay in place a little better than pins can. I use this trick a lot in my kids' classes! 

Here are the templates we drew! With any luck, you should be able to right click, save and print. They're not perfectly drawn, hence the free price tag, ha! 

Of course there are many more emojis you could make! We freehanded several other pieces, but these are the most common. 

I didn't manage to take many photos during this class (things get crazy!) but here are a few pics of my students working on their pillows. 

Kelby got in on the fun this class. It's my "policy" to always allow my own kids to sew with my classes if they want to, even if I'm totally full. Natalie joins us almost every time, Layla about half and Kelby a little less than her. He got really excited about these pillows and even made a few more after the class was over. 

We had enough time to make some mini versions too. Kids gets so creative, I just love it. The mini versions would make great ornaments that kids could give as Christmas gifts if they wanted to, just add a ribbon to hang! 

If you use my templates, I'd love to hear about it! 

Cheers and Happy Sewing :)

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