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Friday, May 26, 2017

Fabric Shoelaces

Move over hair bows - there's a new matching accessory in town!  

That's right!  For our FREE tutorial today, you get to learn how to make fabric shoelaces!  They're quick and easy to make, plus you can use the leftover scraps from whatever you've been sewing lately. I know my daughter is going to flip when she finds out I can make matching shoelaces for her favorite outfits.  But who am I kidding?  They're not just for her. These are *my* shoes that got the makeover today and I'm totally excited to do it over and over again!  

Let's get started!

Supplies Needed:

1 pair of shoes 

4 shoelace tips or "heat shrink aglets"
(from fabric/craft store) 

1/8 yard of fabric 

Iron, Scissors, Sewing Machine, Needle, Thread

Note: If you aren't able to get shoelace tips (sometimes called heat-shrink aglets), you can still make the shoelaces -- you will just need to bind the ends with tape, or use a needle to thread them through your shoe holes.  The tips just make them easier to thread. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Floral Unicorn Headband

We have another FREE pattern for you today and we know you're going to love it because we've had a bunch of requests for something like this!  The fabulous Shannon Buckbee has designed the most magical headband ever and today she's ready to teach you how to make some too! 

That's right, they're UNICORN headbands!  With flowers!  Could they get any more fun than that?  I know Shannon whipped up a zillion of these for her daughter's birthday party last week so I'm sure she could crank them out in her sleep at this point.  

The tutorial includes all you need to know to create these beautiful headbands, including printable pattern pieces.  As you can see, our testers had a blast trying them out! There are even instructions for creating the flowers from scratch if you want -- or you can use pre-made flowers. I love that there are lots of ways to make your unicorn headband totally unique! After all, that's part of what makes a unicorn so magical.

Are you ready to get started?! 

Now it's your turn and we can't wait to see the unicorn headbands you make!  When you're done, please come share them in our patterns group on Facebook so we can all ooh and aah over them too.  

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day {Sale!}

We want to wish all our sewing friends out there a Happy Mother's Day!  

To celebrate, all of our Women patterns are 30% off until 11:59pm EST! 

Prices are already marked down, so you don't need to worry about a code.  Just have fun picking out some patterns to sew for yourself!  (And your mom if you want.)   

We all know you deserve it! 

~ CKC Patterns ~ 

Friday, May 12, 2017

More Info for Doll Lovers!

Every so often we have a favorite blog post that needs updating, and that's exactly what I have for you today!  You may have viewed our "Comparing Dolls for the Perfect Fit" blog post before. It has a handy chart that compares all different brands of dolls, along with their measurements.  This is super helpful for knowing which patterns work best for which dolls.  It also explains how to adapt patterns a bit if needed. And my favorite part is the photos show all the different dolls and critters that can wear CKC -- even bears and monkeys! 

Now that American Girl has released their new Wellie Wishers line and their boy doll, it seemed appropriate for us to update the blog chart to include those measurements as well.  All the same classic photos are there from before -- we just added some new ones!  

So whether you are already familiar with the *old* version of the blog post and chart, or you are coming on for the first time, I think you're going to enjoy taking a look at how all these dolls compare!  Rather than creating a new blog post with the combined info, we wanted to keep that link the same for those who already pinned it. You can also access the updated doll blog post by clicking here: 

And there you have it!  When you get there, be sure to save it for the future, pin it, and share it with your friends.  I know it has come in handy for me many times! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Weekly Wound Up

It's been another fabulous week at CKC Patterns and I hope it has been in your neck of the woods too!  I feel like I have put this newsletter together in bits and pieces of time as I'm running my kids from place to place. I think I may actually finish it up this time!  I mention this because I'm pretty sure that's how a lot of us complete our sewing projects as well -- in between meals, hugs, diapers, soccer practice, and such.  But oh how worth it is to get that therapy in, and of course the finished product!  So before I get interrupted again, let's get on to the good stuff!

New Releases

Monica's is an easy knit outfit that you will fall in love with every time you make it! The simple design leaves plenty of room for personalization, while still being quick to construct. This is a trendy look that is simple to dress up with beautiful knit fabrics but easy enough for even a beginner to sew. Monica's also the perfect "canvas" for customizing with cut files, embroidery, or a fussy cut fabric to give your dress that custom, one-of-a-kind look that you love! Knit fabrics required.

One of our favorite and amazing girl patterns is now available in Doll sizes! Francesca's! This ruffle one-shoulder dress is just the over-the-top gem you have been looking for! Your daughter’s bff or boutique customers will love this perfectly-fitting one-shoulder bodice paired with ruffles galore! Whether its a holiday, birthday party, photo shoot or wedding reception or any special day, they will love matching their best-friends. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Turn Freya's into a Tankini

Hi everyone! Today we’re going to help you turn Freya’s Onepiece swimsuit into a tankini!  This method will work with almost any one piece swimsuit pattern.

To start, print the suit's pattern pieces. You will need two of each, so you can either print two copies, or print one and trace the bottom onto extra paper.  

We’re going to cut for the top portion first.  Take the front and back piece and cut across the top right where the leg opening starts.  See picture below for reference.  The dark portion is the piece you need for the top. Cut 2 of each out of the fabric, just like the pattern calls for.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Weekly Wound Up

Every one of our new releases from this week seem to scream SUMMER!  I can hardly stand the excitement. Bring on the sunshine!  We also have a super adorable free pattern you're going to love.  Let's dive right in and take a look:

New Releases

Mila's Knit Flutter Top/Dress is an easy outfit that you will fall in love with every time you make it! The simple design leaves plenty of room for personalization, while still being quick to construct. This is a timeless look that is simple to dress up with beautiful knit fabrics but easy enough for even a beginner to sew. Mila's also the perfect "canvas" for customizing with cut files, embroidery, or a fussy cut fabric to give your dress that custom, one-of-a-kind look that you love!

Dylan's Nap Mat is such a versatile pattern! Perfect for daycare, preschool, or even sleepovers your little one will love snuggling up with Dylan's! With options for a built in pillow and blanket, you can customize it to fit your specific needs. We even made a doll size version for their best buddies to match!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Gladiator Sandals for Dolls

Today we have a special treat for you!  You are going to LOVE this free pattern! 

Gladiator sandals are all the rage right now, and we know how much your little ones *love* to match their dolls.  One of our fabulous testers, Jessica Lang, has put together a doll version of gladiator sandals. And they're not just cute - they're amazing! 

See what I mean?!  Simply perfect.  And the best part is that you can make them too!  Jessica is awesome and provided measurements for all three of our standard size dolls:  15", 18", and even the new 14"!  Here's Jessica:

Materials Needed:
Foam sheets
Scissors or rotary cutter
Cutting mat if using a rotary cutter
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Ruffled elastic trim
6-8 permafrost bows or other embellishments
Thin cardboard (from a cereal box or comic book board)
Printed pattern piece (click here to download)

Cutting chart:

18" Doll -
Back foam - 1" x 4"
Back cardboard - 1" x 4"
Front foam - 3/8" x 3 3/4"
Elastic #1 - 5 1/4"
Elastic #2 - 5 1/4"
Elastic #3 - 5"
Elastic #4 - 4 1/4"
Foot strap elastic - 2 1/2"

15" Doll -
Back foam - 1" x 3"
Back cardboard - 1" x 3"
Front foam - 3/8" x 2 3/4"
Elastic #1 - 5"
Elastic #2 - 5"
Elastic #3 - 4 1/4"
Foot strap elastic - 2 1/2"

14" Doll -
Back foam - 1" x 3"
Back cardboard - 1" x 3"
Front foam - 1/4" x 2 3/4"
Elastic #1 - 4"
Elastic #2 - 3 1/2"
Elastic #3 - 3"
Foot strap elastic - 2"

After cutting you should have a pile like this: 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Weekly Wound Up

We had so many amazing entries into our Easter contest this year!  I was so impressed with your creativity, and all those cute bunnies - oh my!  The winners are announced below so be sure to check out how cute the grand prize is.  This week has been a busy one too, with lots of fresh looks for Spring. Let's take a look: 

New Releases

Grayson's Button Front School Girl Dress is the perfect dress for warmer weather! It's a quick, simple sew with a classic design. The fitted bodice has a front button closure and sweet gathered flutters to enhance the sleeveless design. The skirt comes with measurements for a traditional, knee-length option and a shorter, vintage-length. The skirt pockets are big and bold and perfect for holding all those little girl treasures! Grayson's is available for sizes 2T-14.

This week we also released William's Formal Accessory pack in Men's sizes! This accessory pack is just what you've been looking for. With measurements and instructions for adjustable cross-back suspenders, reversible four-button vest, and adjustable cummerbund, we've taken all the guesswork out of making these amazing boutique items. Pair these accessories with your favorite dress pants and shirt for the perfect formal look!

Printable Pinning Labels

One of my FAVORITE things to do is sew a new project! (I'm sure that's no surprise; here I am on a sewing blog.) And yet, one of my *least* favorite things to do is try to figure out what in the world is going on in my sewing room after I had to abandon it for the 5,573rd time in one day.  The life of a sewing mama, right?  There's all these cute pieces of fabric lying in a pile, but how do I remember which one is which? And which one goes where?

 If you can relate to this scenario, then today's blog post is for you!  

Today we have printable pinning labels for you!  I absolutely rely on labeling my fabric pieces. It's just one less thing I need to remember. If that sounds like an extra step you don't want to worry about, please try it out and see what a time saver it really is!  

You might have caught this blog post I did awhile back, that shows how much the labels can help every step of the way. Whether it's labeling which side is the top, or the front or the back end of the sleeve -- or just helping you keep the different tiers and ruffles straight.

Or, let's say you're making three different sizes of the same outfit. You definitely don't want to sew the 2T sleeves onto the 5T dress!  If you label your pieces, you don't have to come up with a scientific way of stacking them, or waste any precious brain cells keeping it all straight.