Saturday, September 5, 2015

Weekly Wound Up




We changed up our schedule a bit at CKC starting this week. Did you notice? We are now releasing new patterns on Mondays and Thursdays only, allowing each group to be on sale a bit longer. We also thought you might like having our Weekly Wound Up sale patterns available for 50% off all week long! You can find our new sales on Monday morning each week, on the sales page of our website. Of course we will still announce the half off sales here every weekend as a part of our Weekly Wound Up, but this gives you a chance shop the sales all week long! So any time you shop, don't forget to check the sales page -- our tiered pricing will save you even more. With these new changes, there will always be at least two patterns on sale, woo! Now let's take a look at our new releases and other announcements from this week:

New Releases


Miki's Rock Star Tied Petti Tutu will be your new go-to for show-stopping costumes and birthdays, and to show off your own inner diva! Miki's gives you a wow factor that you won't get from other petti tutus, and you can get it in three generous size ranges: Dolls to Girls, Tweens to Women, and even Small and Large Breed Dogs! What are you waiting for? It's your turn to make amazing outfits! 



For our lovely ladies, we have Georgette's Daydream Corselet in sizes XS through XL. This stunning boned corselet is loaded with options and written in that CKC style you've grown to love. It is perfect paired with Miki's tutu or any other bottoms you choose! Be sure to scroll through the amazing creations in our photo gallery. Why not sew a little something for you today?



This week we also released three new baby patterns, and they are still on sale for 30% off!  First is Baby Wren's Classic Pantaloons. These pantaloons have six length options, from short to long and simple to ruffled couture. The wide-leg full bottoms make them super comfy and the perfect addition to any wardrobe!


Next is Baby Sparrow’s collared top, dress, and tunic. This pattern is trendy and goes together quickly, making it one of our most popular patterns in bigger sizes, and now you can make it for your little one! Baby Sparrow's is great for last minute birthday party gifts, party attire, and more.



Last is Baby Blossom’s Tab Shorts. These adorable shorts feature an easy cuffed design with a button tab detail and a fun ruffle waist. Not only are these shorts perfect for summer, they are also stylish layered over tights for a trendy fall look. Remember that all three of these baby patterns are 30% off!

On the Blog


We thought it would be fun to do something a little out of the ordinary on the blog this week. It's our first CKC Lifestyles post, where we talk about routines and how to find time for the things we love, and the things that just need to be done anyway.   



Your little dancer is going to love today's scrapbuster tutorial! Tosha shows how easy it is to make this trendy, comfy, durable, and of course super cute dance skirt using knit scraps from your stash! Her cutie even treats us to some stylin' moves at the end, so be sure to watch!  



While you're snatching up our three new baby patterns that just released, you will also want check out our new free pattern on the blog! Keep their precious clothes safe from the dribbles in a coordinating and trendy bandana bib! Great for boys and girls, from tinies to tots, with two versions and super easy construction.

Announcements


We have a new Monthly Mix-Up available!  Our September bundle includes six patterns that are perfect to get you ready for Fall: Tanya's, Keria's, Kenadi's, Peyton's, Hazel's, and Brinley's. Together, these patterns would normally cost you $46, but if you buy them this month in our September Monthly Mix-up, you pay only $18 total for six patterns! 



Now is your chance to earn ribbons and free patterns, all while contributing to a worthy cause! Our Virtual World Fair is open to all sewists everywhere. There are just a few weeks left to send in your entries, so don't delay! You can find all you need to know about our CKC Virtual World Fair at the link here

Sale 


Our first half-off pattern this week is Donna's Dolman Top for Girls, Tweens, and Women. This fun and versatile top is just what you've been looking for! It includes 3 sleeve lengths and a V-color-block style option. Made for use with knit fabrics, you will be amazed how fast you can sew up a Donna's top! 



Matilda's Shirred Peasant Dress and Top for Girls, Tweens, and Dolls is also on sale for 50% off!  You can make Matildas with or without a ruffle, and as a dress or a top.  We also include measurements for short, 3/4 length, and long sleeves to help you create that unique outfit she will love.  As a bonus, the doll version even includes Alyssa's pants in the pattern! 



Nova's Square Flutter Top and Dress features classic flutter straps, a square neckline, and multiple back tying options! It also has a fun 4-panel skirt adorned with two sweet and simple ruffles. Nova's is available in Baby, Girls, and Doll sizes for 50% off! 


Penelope's Princess Ruffled Dress is our final sale pattern for this week. It is available in Girl and Doll sizes, both at 50% off. Penelope's has a long sweetheart bodice and five cascading ruffles in front or back -- whichever you choose. You can use a color theme to make her favorite princess costume, or choose something completely different to match her taste for a one-of-a-kind princess dress. She will love to have a matching dress for her doll! 

With all of these sales going on, don't be afraid to stock up and take advantage of our tiered pricing! No code is needed for the extra savings. 


Thanks for another great week at CKC!  We hope you have an enjoyable Labor Day Weekend spent with family and friends.

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Bandana Bib

Today we have a super cute tutorial for your little tots, made with love by Susan at CKC! I'm sure by now you have seen the trendy bandana bibs you can find in boutiques.  Well, now you can make your very own! 


With our tutorial, you can make either the gathered style of bib that looks like a traditional tied bandana (above on the left), or you can make a simple flat bandana (right).  Both styles attach using velcro or snaps, and they are perfect for catching those baby dribbles! 



Bandana bibs are super adorable on both boys and girls, from tiny babies on up to toddlers! Whether you have your own kiddo, own a boutique, or just want to make precious handmade baby gifts, you're all set!  Just download our free pattern here:




We can't wait to see the cute bandana bibs you make!  Be sure to come share your finished photos with us in our patterns group!  We hope you share this tutorial with your friends as well -- there's plenty of cuteness to go around.

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 



Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Knit Scrapbuster Dance Skirt

We love coming up with fun new ways to use up our scraps. And it's even more exciting when our kids go ga-ga over them! Tosha from our active wear department has a knit scrapbuster for us today, and it's not hard to see that her little one LOVES it!  We even have a cute video of her strutting her stuff. Let's take a look at the quick and easy tutorial! 


Our measurements today will fit a 3-5 year old. If you want a larger or smaller size, it is really easy to adapt, so just read through the tutorial and you will see what you need to do. 




Cut one stretchy knit waistband that measures 7.5" x 50".
Cut approximately 40 knit "strings" that are 1" x 22" each. 



Fold the waistband in half widthwise, with right sides together, as shown above. Do not sew yet. 





On the long raw edges of the waistband, mark the center 2" with two pins, as shown above. 

Sew down both short sides of the waistband and along the bottom of the waistband, leaving a 2" opening in the center for turning.





Clip the corners. Turn the waistband right side out using the 2" opening.






Top stitch the entire waistband 1/4" away from edges.






Mark the center with a pin.






Measure your child's waist and then center that amount with the pin on the waistband. 

In our example, the waist measurement was 19" so the pin is at 9.5".





Along that length, mark every inch with a pin.

Our example used 20 pins.



Using fabric scissors, make a 1/4" slit at every pin. When cutting the slits, make sure they are at least 1/4" away from the topstitching and be very careful not to cut through the topstitching! 

Set the waistband aside.





Take your strings and gently pull on each one to give it the rolled look.




Take two of the strings and fold them in half, creating a loop at one end.




Slide the loop ends up through one slit.





Open the loop and pull the ends of your strings through.




  Pull snug and you're done with your first set of strings.



Continue adding strings (2 at a time) until you've reached the end of your slits.




Tie at the hip and you're done!

Here's the performance we promised you: 

video


Super cute, right?  Now you can go make some fun knit dance skirts for your own girl and use up those scraps! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen and Tosha

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Lifestyle: A Happier You and More Time to Sew

My kids just started school again and my life was begging to get back into a routine!  I imagine that many of us are in the same boat (even those who don't have school-age kids) so we thought this would be a fun time to talk about schedules... routines... life...  The start of a new season brings so many new possibilities!  And I'm super excited about today's topic.





Can you relate?  

Pinterest is loaded with these sayings.  I like this one: 




And this:




And this one just happens to be my own wood sign hanging in my very own laundry room:



Hehehe.  But...

Right under that catchy sign, if you look closely, is my personal cleaning schedule.  Yes, I said a cleaning schedule. Don't panic. It's not anything crazy.  Remember that I have five young kids and I work from home, where they get to destroy it 24/7. (Kidding.) Plus, my sewing area is just as messy creative as the next person's. But when it comes to the rest of my house, I just have to keep it together to find balance in my life. I created this schedule years ago and I still stick with it, for the most part. 




Here are some of the reasons I love my cleaning schedule:

1) I made my own schedule. I'm the boss. 
2) When people drop in, I don't panic. It's not pristine but there aren't layers of mess either.
3) My family knows when to expect clean laundry and they [usually] plan accordingly. 
4) The kids know my morning routine so they either help or stay out of the way.
5) I don't stress about chores that aren't today's.
6) I get it done early and have more time to play! 

Okay, so number 6 is my main reason. Believe it or not, when I stick to the schedule I actually spend LESS time cleaning.  Huh? I know that sounds backwards, but it's true. I wake up in the morning, do what needs done in half an hour or less (except laundry days), and then get on with my life. Plus I think we all know that a bathroom that gets cleaned regularly is less daunting than one that gets cleaned twice a year. Ew.

Oh, and I almost forgot!  The most important "rule" with my cleaning schedule -- If one day gets crazy and I can't do the chore that day, I skip it. You read that right. I don't try to cram it into the next day, because that's just not going to happen. I skip the chore until it comes around on the schedule again. Who's the boss? I'm the boss. 
Here's the new schedule I made for myself today. My previous one was two years old, plus this one is much cuter.

And you can make one too! I did most of the work for you; all you have to do is download the word file, edit to match your own lifestyle tasks, and print it off.  It should fit nicely in an 8x10 or 5x7 frame. Or you can just tape it to the wall. You're the boss now! 


One more thing I want to mention. As my kids get older, I have encouraged them to help with certain chores and they have their own responsibilities to do each day. I think that teaching them to clean is just as important as cleaning for them. (Or at least their spouses will thank me someday!) With the start of the new school year, I made a sign and posted it where the kids hang their backpacks:



So far, after four days of school, it is working! My oldest son, who I thought would reject it the most, has actually told me he likes it because he has more time to play. 

It's true!

So if you find yourself thinking, "I should do that" but not really planning to -- I challenge you to go for it!  Take it a day at a time and see how much clarity it brings. This mama is super duper far from perfect and it's the only way I can stay afloat. Trust me.

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Weekly Wound Up



This week we decided to do things a little differently at CKC. So rather than having our usual "headlines" in our newsletter, we have just a few exciting announcements to share!  Here they are! 



We are so excited to announce our 16,000 fan celebration in our CKC Patterns Group on Facebook! It's been awhile since our last site-wide sale, so reaching 16,000 members in our group couldn't have come at a better time! We have released well over fifty patterns just in July and August, so make sure you look around our site because there are lots of new patterns you might have missed! There were no new patterns released this week, and on Monday we will come out with a brand new release schedule. So this weekend, be sure to use the code 16K430OFF to get 30% off everything on our website!  Oh and by the way, tiered pricing is active, so the more you buy the more you save. That is a lot of savings on hundreds of fabulous patterns!   



As you shop, keep in mind that our next Sew-Along is coming up! We will be doing a Mash-up Challenge with these 6 patterns: Ainsley's, Annie's, Aria's, Blanche's, Larkin's, and Ramona's. You can mash two of these six together to create something unique, or you can pick and choose elements from several. Be sure to buy the patterns you want with the code listed above, and come join us in the CKC Sew-Alongs Group to get in on the fun! We will provide help along the way and there are even daily prizes!



Here's your chance to show your skills, earn some ribbons, and help out a great cause! All the details for our 2nd Annual Virtual World Fair are in the link here. We would love for YOU to participate, whether you are a beginner or an expert or somewhere in between!



One last announcement -- If you are new to sewing with knits and want a little extra help, yesterday on the blog we posted a video tutorial showing how to attach a neckband to a round-neck shirt. PLUS we have a knit fabric giveaway from Making Madie Knit Prints! You definitely want to check this out! 


Well, that's it for our Weekly Wound Up! Have a fun weekend of shopping and sewing, and be sure to stay tuned for our new release schedule on Monday!  

Let's Create! ~ Kristen