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Thursday, December 8, 2016

4th Day of Christmas: Crochet Ornament

It's the 4th Day of Christmas at CKC and that means another free pattern for you!  This one comes to use from Kara A. and it's for all you crochet lovers out there. I adore the personal touch that handmade ornaments add to a Christmas tree. 



So pretty!  And just think of all the possibilities. Our tutorial below shows you all the steps to creating this awesome ornament. If you're totally new to crochet, we do have a beginner blog post and video that will help you out. It's never too late to start! And now without further ado, here's Kara!


                Materials needed:
                Shatterproof Christmas ball ornament
                Size E crochet hook
                Fingering or baby weight yarn



To start your ornament, you will make a slip stitch onto your hook, then chain 5, insert your hook into the first chain and slip stitch to join into a loop. See below. 
                               

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

3rd Day of Christmas: Fabric Pinecones

It's the 3rd Day of Christmas at CKC and we have a fabulous new free pattern for you today!  This one comes to us from our pageant wear designer, Brooklyn. I love that this project can range from super elegant home decor to an everyday-fun-with-the-kiddos project.  Here's Brooklyn! 




When I was a little girl, every year as a family we made a Christmas ornament. Every year they were different. We collected them, and now as an adult I have a fun collection of homemade ornaments that mark the years as I was growing up. It is fond to look back on and so I’m going to share with you an ornament that you can make, and maybe it can become a family tradition for you as well! No sewing is required, so even the younger kids can help out.




First we will need to gather our supplies. You will need:

-A foam ball in an egg shape, approx. 3” tall
- 57 2” x 2” Fabric squares. (small prints turn out best)
- White Glue
-117 Sequin pins. (Very small pins with small metal heads. They are often brass coated.)
- 8-10” of 1/4" to 3/8” ribbon 
- Greenery or another d├ęcor to embellish the top. (Bells can also be really cute here)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

2nd Day of Christmas: Gift-Style Hair Bows

Oh, how I love the 12 Days of Christmas! We start planning way early for these free projects and I've been so excited for this one to arrive.  Sheri Cata is one of our testers who makes adorable gift-style hair bows out of ribbon and she has agreed to teach us her ways for our Day 2 free project! 


Aren't they adorable?!  My kids always like to stick the plastic gift bows on their heads as they open presents; so how perfect is it that these are made of sturdy ribbon, are attached to clips, and are ready to stay in your girl's hair all day long?!  She can be as pretty as a present long before the gift-opening ever begins.   
If you don't have the time or desire to make some of these bows yourself, you can grab some already made ones from Sheri at  Izzy's Bowtique.  (She does an amazing job!)  Or, if you're here to learn like I am, let's get ready to have some fun!  The large bows use 7/8" ribbon and the small bows use 3/8" ribbon. 




Here's Sheri!  


First, you need some fun supplies: 

3/8" or 7/8" ribbon
Scissors
Needle
Thread
Hot glue and hot glue gun
Hair clip to add to the back
Lighter or some sort of heat to seal the ends of the ribbon



Monday, December 5, 2016

1st Day of Christmas: Elf Clothing

One of my favorite traditions at CKC is our 12 Days of Christmas! This is our fourth year doing it and we still have loads of awesome projects to share with you. To start off with a bang, we have something very special for you and the little people in your home! 



That's right! Now you can make some unique little outfits for your Elf on the Shelf. Just think of all the possibilities that just opened up for your little rascal.  So. Stinkin'. Fun. 

You can download the pattern for free and it includes the instructions and pieces for a top, pants, skirt, and dress.  That's all you need for a zillion different combinations on your elf! 




Tiffany V. put these adorable little patterns together and you will be excited to hear that they're just as quick and easy to sew as they are cute! They will be no problem at all to sew up during naptime or school time. Or you could even involve the kiddos if you want! 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Weekly Wound Up


December has arrived and it definitely feels like Winter around here. Brrr!  I know a lot of you are in warmer climates though, so please enjoy a little sunshine for me, okay?  I'm trying to focus on my Christmas projects and sewing so I don't think about the fact that it's FREEZING outside. Yesterday I went out and did a photo shoot with myself as the model and my teenage son as the photographer. He thought it was hilarious that *I* was the one stuck modeling without a coat for once.  I think maybe it's time to break out the backdrops and indoor lights! Anyway, whether you're sewing for cold weather or the holidays coming up, we have some great new patterns for you to enjoy! 

New Releases



Gretchen's Godet Dress & Bertie's Bolero are the perfect pair!  They both have a coordinating triangular flare -- Gretchen's has godets in the skirt and Bertie's has them in the sleeves. Put them together and you have magic! Both patterns are available in Girl Sizes 2T-14 and Baby Sizes Newborn-18/24 month and are ideal for special holiday occasions!




Pamela's Princess Dress features our very first princess seam bodice with an adorable dainty neckline and faux bow sash. Other options include a simple or elegant tulle skirt, and sleeveless or cap sleeves. Try adding piping to the princess seams for an added elegance or pop of color. This is the perfect dress for any occasion and you will fall in love with Pamela's over and over again!

Friday, December 2, 2016

"Make an Ugly Sweater" Contest + Tutorial

Are you ready for a fabulous CKC contest?!   If you came to read the rules for our Make an Ugly Sweater contest, you have come to the right place!  



We have been talking about this contest for months and we're so excited it's finally here! It's time to break out your inner tacky and create something awesome!

First of all, I want to say that I think deep down inside, none of us really think they're ugly sweaters.  I think we love how they put a smile on our face and calling them ugly just gives us an excuse to wear them with pride.

Yeah? No? 

Either way, we absolutely cannot WAIT to see the sweaters you all come up with!  

We do want to keep this contest family friendly and fair to everyone, so let's set down a few rules: 


RULES:

1 - All themes and images must be family friendly and child appropriate.

2 - You must use a CKC pattern as the base for your sweater. (Tutorial below.) You may use any CKC pattern you'd like as long as it ends up looking like a sweater. To help you out, our fantastic York's sweater pattern is on sale at 50% off  for the duration of the contest. (It's a great one to have in your collection anyway!) 

3- You can decorate the sweater however you'd like: pretty, ugly, cute, funny, Christmas, random, etc.  Anything goes as long as you follow rule #1. 

4 - Embellishments can be sewn, glued, stapled, taped, or whatever you want to do, as long as you follow rule #2 and sew the actual sweater itself.

5 - To enter, post a modeled photo of your awesome ugly sweater to our CKC Facebook Page (click here).  Be sure to tag Create Kids Couture and use the hashtag #uglysweaterckc.  Entries are due at 11:59 pm est on Sunday, December 18.  Winners will be announced the following day. 

That's it!  If you have any questions, you can email kristen@createkidscouture.com. 



If you want some tips for making your sweater, continue on below!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Detachable Bow Sash

Did you see our new Pamela's dress that just released?  


It's stunning!  I love all the details, from the unique neckline to the princess seam bodice to the gathered twirly skirt.  It's so pretty in solids like this one or even if you use your favorite prints.  And today we have the perfect free accessory to pair with Pamela's -- our Detachable Bow sash!



This bow sash can be used with just about any dress pattern of course, which makes it super versatile too. The bow is securely sewn in place and the sash comes on and off using velcro. No more fussing over tying the perfect bow every time! Plus it's simply adorable. Are you ready to learn? 










Now you're all set to dress up those dressy dresses even more! How cute are these kiddos of Elizabeth's?!  I don't know about you, but I think she knocked it out of the ballpark with this pattern.  

We can't wait to see what you make now!  Please come share your photos in our patterns group when you're done. 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 





Saturday, November 26, 2016

Weekend Sale


We hope you're having a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend!  If you had a chance to get out and shop some of the amazing fabric sales for Black Friday, you're definitely going to want some new patterns too! We have our sitewide sale going on through Sunday evening. 





Here's your chance to stock up on all those patterns you've been eyeing.  Don't wait too long though, because the THANKFUL30 coupon code ends at 9 pm est on Sunday night. 




Remember to shop patterns for everyone on your list! Babies, Girls, Boys, Tweens, Women, Men, and even patterns for Dogs, Dolls, and Home Goods.




Happy Shopping! 

~ Create Kids Couture ~

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

CKC's Black Friday: The Sooner You Buy, the More You Save!

It's time for our biggest sale of the year!  Here's your chance to stock up on those amazing patterns you've been adding to your wishlist.  We want you to spend the holiday weekend focusing on family/friends, so we decided to start our sale early! And there is a perk to shopping early too -- the sooner you buy, the more you will save.  Here's the breakdown:




Use code "THANKFUL50" on Tuesday and Wednesday, "THANKFUL40" on Thursday and Friday, and "THANKFUL30" through the weekend. 



That's right!  You definitely want to shop Tuesday-Wednesday if at all possible. But if not, we still have great savings all weekend long.  Don't forget to shop patterns for everyone on your list!  Babies, Girls, Boys, Tweens, Women, Men, and even patterns for Dogs, Dolls, and Home Goods. So much creative potential here and we can't wait to see what you make with them. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

~ Create Kids Couture ~ 



Saturday, November 19, 2016

Weekly Wound Up


Less than a week until Thanksgiving! I love the holidays so much; I can hardly stand it! That's not to say that I have all of our stuff prepared for it. Are you still sewing things up for Thanksgiving, or are you ahead of the game and already moving on to the next holidays? We have a poll going on in our patterns group and it's so fun to see all the answers! You'll have to drop in on it at some point if you haven't already so we can get your vote too! In the meantime, we have some great projects to show you here in our Weekly Wound Up, plus some BIG news about our *early* Black Friday sale!  (Hint: It's not even going to be on a Friday.) Here goes!

New Releases



Just when you thought joggers couldn’t get any trendier, along comes Isaac’s Dino & Roo Pants for Boys and Babies! Dino spikes on the legs and a full-width kangaroo pocket in front? Yes, please! Your little guy will not want to take these off, and he’s guaranteed to get compliments everywhere he goes! The fit is spot-on, with a comfy knit waistband and optional drawstring, seams at the sides of the legs rather than the center of the pants, separate rise for front and back with a lower jogger-style inseam, plus slimmed legs and comfy leg bands at the bottom. You can make Isaac’s using just the kangaroo pocket, or just the dino spikes, or both together, or even leave all the options off for a basic pair of joggers. Your trendy guy can pair these with his favorite hoodie, muscle tee, or t-shirt and be ready for anything!