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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Weekly Wound Up

In our sewing group we have started a new little challenge where every two weeks we sew a pattern from our stash that begins with a certain letter. Naturally, we started with the letter A and it's been so fun to see what you're all sewing up! If you haven't gotten in on it yet, be sure to come join us! There will be prizes all along the way. And with our pattern releases this week, we have a new "P", "R", and "S" to add to the collection. Let's take a look! 

New Releases

Our first release is a little magical! Patchouli is the perfect pocket size fairy doll that is sure to be your little one’s next best friend. It has a charming little hand-embroidered face, flowing yarn hair, bendable arms and legs, and beautiful felt wings! Patchouli is offered in 2 sizes: 8” and 4”. There are also 3 different wing templates and 3 outfit patterns included. Your child will have fun dressing up her fairy in different clothes and taking her everywhere she goes!

Next, we have a pretty new dress for babies and girls! Rosemary's is a classic dress that you will fall in love with every time you make it! The bodice's center panels are perfect for customizing with cut files, embroidery, or a fussy cut fabric to give your dress that one-of-a-kind look that you love! You can also choose to add a lace trim or ruffle to make it even more eye-catching. The unique back panel can have elastic casing or shirring to create that fitted-bodice look; it easily slides on and off with all the coverage you love. Rosemary's includes a dress and tunic version, along with an optional trim band and sash ties. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Zippy Lips Makeup Pouch

 Valentine's Day is coming up and that means lots of hearts, confetti, chocolates, and of course... shiny red lips!  Today's free project can be used for storing and packing around all kinds of little things! For us, it will be my daughter's dance makeup.  Every time we head off for a performance I worry that her special colors will get lost in her bag, or my bag, or somewhere in between.  But now I will worry no more! 

Now we have a zipper pouch made just for her makeup!  How cute is this for all year 'round, and especially Valentine's Day?  I can't wait to show her when she gets home -- she's going to freak when she sees how cute it is!  And more importantly, when we leave for her dance performance at the big game tonight, we can throw the pouch into her bag and not worry about it disappearing.

But enough about us!  Our YOU ready to make a Zippy Lips Makeup Pouch of your own?  Let's get started!

Supplies Needed:

Red or Pink fabric -- Scraps or 1/4 yard 
Heavy 1-side Fusible Interfacing -- (I used Pellon 71F) Scraps or 1/4 yard 
Zipper --  9" or longer (it will be trimmed) 
Printed Template Pieces* -- Click here to download

*Note that the finished size of the pouch is approx. 3.5" x 6.75", which was perfect for us. If you want your pouch to be bigger, simply print the pieces at a higher percentage setting.  

Step 1:  Print out the template pieces. Use them to cut out the fabric and interfacing. When you're done, your pieces should look something like the photos above! 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Weekly Wound Up

Winter is in full force around here! We had three snow days this week and I'm pretty sure we wouldn't be able to leave our house right now if we wanted to. Bring on the lazy weekend! Of course "lazy" for us means sewing all the pretty things! And we do have lots of new pretty things to sew. At CKC we started off January strong with a bunch of amazing new patterns. Check them out!

New Releases

First of all, we just released Vanessa's Ruffled Skirt in both babies and girls sizes! Vanessa's Ruffled Skirt is an adorable addition to any wardrobe. It includes a full skirt with ruffled detailing on the outer layer and a soft, stretchy waistband that allows for easy dressing and a perfect fit. Vanessa's will definitely be a boutique staple and a favorite with your little girl.

Now take a look at Wilhelmina's Transformation Dress! This is any little girls' dream come true! It literally transforms from a short dainty dress with a full skirt into a mind-blowing ball gown. With its many unique options, it is sure to leave all that see it in awe. Options included are faux coat tails, apron, split skirt, bustles, gathered skirt, simple skirt and anything you need to create the perfect dress of your girl's imagination! 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Temperature Blanket

With it being the New Year, one of the most popular crochet projects to start is a Temperature Blanket. These blankets are made by crocheting one row for each day of the year, and different colors are used based on what the day’s high temperature is. It’s a fun way to document the year with a craft project, and with just a little bit to do each day it’s an easy project to keep up with! To make a temperature blanket you will need to know how to chain, single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet. So let’s get started!

You will need a number 4 worsted weight yarn, and you will use a size I hook. To make your gauge swatch for this blanket you will follow this pattern:

Row 1: Chain 13, single crochet in second chain from hook and in each chain across. (12 single crochet)
Row 2-15: Chain 1, turn single crochet in each single crochet across.

After making your last row measure your square. It should be 4”x4”. If your square is larger than this, you will want to go to a smaller hook- like a H. If your square is smaller than this, you will want to go to a larger hook- like a J. Because this is a big project, it’s important to make sure your gauge is correct, you don’t want your blanket to come out too big or too little!

Once your gauge swatch is complete you are ready to begin! Now you need to decide what size blanket you’d like to make. What size blanket you want to make will determine how many chains you need to make to start your blanket. Here is a little chart to help you out-

Lapghan size- 168 chains
Throw size- 210 chains
Twin size- 242 chains
Full size- 292 chains
Queen size- 315 chains
King size- 371 chains

No matter what size you are making the basic pattern is the same. It’s the same as the gauge swatch we made, but you will change the number of chains to fit the pattern you are making. For example, if you are making the Throw size this is what your pattern will look like:

Row 1- chain 210, single crochet in the second chain from the hook and in each chain across. (209 stitches)
Row 2-365 chain 1, turn, single crochet in each single crochet across. (209 stiches)

How easy is that? This is a great project for anyone just starting out with crochet because it gives you lots of practice on basic stitches. If you want to mix things up a little bit from doing all single crochet stitches there are a few things that you can do.

On the first day of every month make your row from half double crochet instead of single crochet. You can also do a double crochet for special days in the year and holidays. Some examples of special days might be birthdays and anniversaries, or any other day that has a special meaning for your family. Holidays to include are New Years Day, Valentines Day, Leap Day (if it applies during the year you are working with), St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Halloween, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

So now that we know the pattern, here are the color charts for the different temperatures. We have two color charts for you based on which brand of yarn you like to use. We have charts for both Red Heart Super Saver and Vanna’s Choice yarns.

Here is the chart for Red Heart Super Saver:

Here is the chart for Vanna’s Choice:

If you’re new to crochet, you can view a video tutorial on our YouTube channel that will help you get all the basics you need to get started. You can find that video by clicking here.

Now, you don’t even have to make a blanket for 2017 if you don’t want to! There’s a great online resource that you can use that will give you the temperature for any year that you’d like! You don’t even have to start it on January 1! This is a great way to capture a special year for your family. It could be the first year of your marriage, or the first year in your children’s lives. You can find the website to make your own custom temperature blanket by clicking here.

It’s a very simple to use site, you simply select the country you live in, if you want your temps in Fahrenheit or Celsius, and the starting date. To give you an idea of what it looks like, this is the custom pattern I made starting on the date my oldest child was born.

How cool is that? It’s such a unique way to capture a meaningful year. The site will even create a PDF pattern that you can download for FREE!

Well now you know everything you need to know to make a temperature blanket! We can’t wait to see what you make! 

~ Kara

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Weekly Wound Up

We hope you had a fantastic Christmas!  

We have been in somewhat of a holiday mode around here this week, but there is definitely some great CKC stuff we want to show you!  You didn't think we'd stop creating, did you?  Let's take a look!  

New Releases

Messy Bun Hats are all the rage right now, and we have a FREE crochet pattern for you! Marla's is super fun to make and it fits a variety of sizes. Even if you're new to crochet, we've got you covered with a great video tutorial that walks you through the entire project step by step!

In fact, we even have a crochet-along event coming up for Marla's! Come join us in our new CKC Crochet-Along group to get the free pattern and take part in the event. Marla's pattern is available for download now and the sew-along starts on January 2. If you've always wanted to learn or just think it would be fun to add to your crafts, NOW is a great time to learn to crochet!

Friday, December 30, 2016

2017 CKC Printable Calendar

It's just about time to ring in the New Year!  Are you ready? 

Well, you can be, with our free printable CKC Calendar!

Whether or not you have made resolutions for 2017, one thing is guaranteed -- You can download our free calendar, print it off in 12 easy pages, and be set for the whole coming year!  We included major holidays along with some of our main CKC events, such as sew-along's and anniversaries.  Plus, there are inspirational sewing quotes throughout, super cute photos that match the month themes, and even some space to write notes for yourself. 

You can get all fancy and put the pages into sheet protectors, or punch holes for a binder. Or you can hang them on the wall one at a time.  Or do like I do, and slide them all into the front cover of a project binder.  When the next month rolls around, simply rotate! 

Whatever method you use for planning (or if you have no method so far and are ready to start), we are super excited to share our free calendar with you!  Here you go:

Don't be afraid to print it right now!  You won't regret it. 

We want to wish you a very Happy New Year from all of us at Create Kids Couture!  We know great things are to come in 2017! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

12th Day of Christmas: Bear Hospital Gown and Scrub Set

It's the 12th Day of Christmas and we are super excited about today's free project!  You may remember the free children's hospital gown pattern we shared with you last year.  Well, now we have a similar little outfit you can make for your kiddo's best friend too! 

Isn't this the perfect way to cheer up a child during their hospital stay? I just love that it includes the top, scrubs, and booties. Today's free pattern comes to us from Jeannie who did the original children's gown pattern. She also happens to be our new men's pattern designer too!  

In case you didn't grab it earlier, here's the link to the children's version. This gown is hospital- requirement-friendly and has awesome coverage in back.  Plus it's super comfy and you can make it in their favorite fabric. 

The bear gown and scrub set has sizing for a standard Build-a-Bear teddy bear, as well as a monkey size too.  The scrub pants even have a cute little cutout for the tail!  Super cute!  

Are you ready to make one for your little guy or girl?

That's it!  You're all ready to go!  We hope you enjoy making this pattern. When you're done, please come share your photos in our patterns group on Facebook!  We would love to see the finished project and hear about your kiddo's journey at the hospital. 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen

Monday, December 19, 2016

11th Day of Christmas: Rolled Wrapping Paper Wreath

It's the 11th Day of Christmas at CKC and today we have a free pattern from Kara!  Here she is! 

I think this late into the holiday season we can all use a craft that is fun to make, but isn’t really work intensive. With all the Christmas baking, cooking, and sewing I think we could all use a fun little break! This wreath is a pretty little project that you can easily do while kicking back and watching TV. 

To make this Rolled Wrapping Paper Wreath you will need the following supplies- 

· Wrapping paper- I used the holographic foil kind, but you can use whatever kind you like! You can make it all from the same paper, or break it up with a few different kinds like I did. 

· Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

· Flat wreath form- I used a 12” chipboard wreath form I found at Hobby Lobby, but you can use a wooden or foam one if you prefer, as long as it is flat 

· A pencil

· Cutting tools- I used my rotary mat and ruler, and my rotary cutter with an old blade in it that I didn’t mind cutting paper with. You can use scissors if you prefer but I found the rotary tools made measuring to cut a lot easier.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Weekly Wound Up

The countdown is on to Christmas!  Are you ready?  We've been sewing up outfits for the school program, wintertime crafts, matching clothes for the big day, and of course those secret handmade gifts.  Whatever you have on your sewing table, I hope you're staying warm and filling the air with sounds and smells of the season!  This week we have five more free projects for you, as well as some new pattern releases that are perfect for last minute outfits and on into the new year.  

New Releases

Our first new pattern of the week is Onyx's! If you're looking for a trendy, new style for yours or your little one’s wardrobe, Onyx is a unique open-shoulder design that will be a perfect addition to your pattern collection! You can make it as a dress, top, or tunic. Plus, it's available in sizes newborn through women’s 4x!

Look at those gorgeous sleeves! Linae’s Lovely Little Dress is an elegant design that will be perfect for your little one! With beautiful ruffle sleeves, a unique neckline dip, and trim options, she is sure to be the main attraction at the party! Linae's is available in both Baby and Girl sizes.  There are so many gorgeous samples on the website -- be sure to take a look!

We have something fancy for the boys too!  Logan’s is a classic blazer with all the features you want for your little guy: traditional construction of the collar and lapels, full lining, fantastic fit, three pockets, button closures in front, plus a traditional boutonniere on the lapel and buttons on the sleeves.  It is available in both Baby and Boy sizes. Now you can make a dressy suit coat or a more casual blazer with his favorite character prints! 

Friday, December 16, 2016

10th Day of Christmas: Fleece Ear Warmer Headband

It's the 10th Day of Christmas and today we have the perfect accessory to keep you warm and stylish!  

Yay for cozy headbands!  Our free pattern includes several different styles you're going to love, not just because they're super cute but also because you and your kiddos can stay warm!  It comes in sizing for Doll, Baby, Child, and Adult!

 And did you see our two new patterns that released today?!  Mattia's Dress/Tunic and Taelyn's are both super adorable -- plus you can use the leftover scraps to make a matching headband!  Tiffany A. is the designer all of these, which is why they work so perfectly together.  So much coziness!