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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Weekly Wound Up

A couple days ago I went on a quick business trip with my husband and while there I was able to meet up with an online sewing friend I "met" through CKC. (Hi, Anna!) She's a tester so her kiddo was really familiar to me, but we had never met -- and can I just say how much FUN it was to just sit and chat about CKC?! I love the little community we have with friends all over the place; all over the world, in fact! We just jumped right into a convo about our love of sewing and all things CKC. It's pretty awesome. Wherever you may be reading this, I hope you feel the community too! And if not yet, please stick around. We have lots of great things ahead!

New Releases

Speaking of which, we have a bunch of new releases for you this week!  Seven to be exact. Here goes: 

Starla’s Stunning Top, Dress, and Maxi is a versatile pattern with three lengths. The beautiful lined bodice features ruffles and custom bias trim and ties that can be halter style or crossed in the back. The accessory ruffle belt is a creative addition that discreetly stays in place with unique thread belt loops (video tutorial included!). The top length can be finished with a simple trim or bias to match the bodice, and the dress and maxi lengths have a charming ruffle. Starla's comes in Baby and Girl sizes. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

No-Sew *Shabby Chic* Fabric Wreath

One of my favorite things to create is holiday decorations. They add a little festive flair to the house  and the kids get excited for upcoming fun. A few weeks ago we showed you how to make super cute flag pillows, and now today we're going to add a little more 4th of July decor to your collection! Of course the tutorial can be used for any holiday but right now just happens to be prime time for a little red, white, and blue.

As much as I love love love to sew, sometimes it can be fun to have a quick project that uses few supplies and can be put together quickly.  I decided to make this project a no-sew one, but it still has fabric and sewing written all over it.  I was SO excited to hang it on my front door! Let's get started! 

All you will need for this project is an 18" craft wreath (any kind), straight pins (with flat heads), scissors, and 1.5 yards fabric.   If you want to use three different fabrics like I did, you will use half yard of each. That amount includes the bow too. Or, if you want to use up scraps from your stash to make your wreath, that's totally doable too! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Types of Fabric: Lyla Knows Best #notmyarms

You might have seen the "Not My Arms" Challenge videos floating around YouTube. They're hilaaaarious.  Well, we've had a lot of questions asking us about the different types of fabric available, so we enlisted fabulous Lyla (the face) and her also-fabulous sister Kylie (the arms) to help us out today!  

We hope you enjoy!  

There you have it!  Here's an easy link to CKC Fabrics.  And of course we'd love to have you share, share, share this video! If you like it enough, we might just have to do a sequel. :) 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Weekly Wound Up

Summer is in full swing now, and wow do we have some adorable new designs coming your way! If you didn't see our amazing Boho releases from yesterday, you're in for a treat.  We also have our weekend sale and a new contest to announce. Let's get rolling! 

New Releases

For starters, we have a bunch of new embroidery designs this week, including two freebies! First is a number applique set (0 to 9) with two finishing stitches included: satin and dot. These are perfect for birthday outfits. There are two new decorative/cross stitch designs: a patriotic cross stitch heart flag design to take your 4th of July projects to the next level and a Geometric Chevron design. Also, we have several fun wording designs including: Glamping, Happy Camper, Happy Glamper, I don't Sweat I Sparkle, and I Heart Dance. Last, there is a sweet whimsical flower applique. All designs come in 3 sizes fitting hoops sized 4x4, 5x7 and 6x10. All applique designs also include specially sized SVG files which allow you to cut your applique fabric on a cutter machine, like a Silhouette Cameo or Cricut.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Raeanne's Fast Fat Quarter Bonnet

 Nothing says "Summertime" sweeter than a little girl in a precious bonnet. I'm so excited because today we have Raeanne Kufeke from BeforeNAfterDesigns here with us to share a free {adorable} bonnet pattern! 

Isn't it perfect?!  I love how Raeanne gave it a classic bonnet look, then added a little boutique flair to it with the ribbon ties in back. 

The ties also allow the bonnet to be adjustable for a good range of baby-to-girl sizes. Raeanne's cute daughter here is 4 years old and has been wearing this same style/size of of bonnet since she was a baby -- plus it fits her older sister who is almost 8! Who doesn't love a pattern that can be used over and over and over again? 

Another thing I love about this bonnet is that it's a quick project and can be made with just one fat quarter and some ribbon! Wow! I'm pretty sure you don't need any more convincing that you need this pattern, plus it's FREE!  So here you go:

Monday, June 13, 2016

Cutting Machines: Cricut Explore vs. Silhouette Cameo

Hey everyone, Nikki here! For the past few months since we started releasing cut files, I have wanted to compare the Cricut Explore and the Silhouette Cameo machines.  Now that I have both, I decided to do some videos and a blog post to compare them.  I hope it helps as you decide which one to buy.

First, let’s start with some specifications of each:

Cricut Explore

Weight 10.9 lbs.
Full software free
Dual carriage: Explore and Explore Air
Single carriage on Explore One
Internet required to use software
Images stored online
Cut .jpg, .png, .bmp, .gif, .svg, and .dxf free
Software is web based with automatic updates
Blade adjustment is automatic by smart dial on the machine
Has built in storage for extra blades and tools
Print then cut feature
Explore Air has built in wireless. Explore and Explore One needs a blue tooth adapter to be wireless
Cricut store with subscription option and single image purchases.  Can also purchase cartridges.
Multi layer files broken into layers automatically
Design on a canvas

Saturday, June 11, 2016

It's Crop Season!

It's crop season at Create Kids Couture- crop top season, that is! We recently held a contest in our Facebook fan group, and our testers and fans really went above and beyond with their creativity. I am so happy to get to share some with you today- as well as some tricks and tips so you can start cropping on your own!

First option- Crop and Hem


Weekly Wound Up

Today we have a bunch of Father's Day stuff to talk about but first I want to make it clear (before anybody panics) that Father's Day is NOT this weekend. It is next weekend. But because we all want to plan ahead and have awesome handmade gifts ready, we're going to focus a little on the men right now!  That includes a sale too, so definitely stay tuned.

New Releases

Do you want the option to make woven tops for your kiddo without worrying about collars or buttonholes? So do we! Introducing Slate's Woven Henley-Style Tunic!  This trendy top is going to be a staple in your little guy’s closet! Slate’s features a relaxed tunic fit, an open placket that doesn’t require buttons or snaps (although you can use them if you choose), an easy-sew/easy-wear neck binding, sleeves in both long and short lengths, and those cool sleeve tabs to finish off the look. This top is comfy and classy at the same time, allowing him to wear it at the playground or even dressed up for a nice day out. Be sure to flip through the photo gallery on the website to see all the awesome looks you can get with Slate’s!  It comes in Baby sizes NB-24m and Boy sizes 2T-14. We can't wait to see Slate's on your little guy too!

In dance wear we have two new releases this week! First up is Barbie’s Barre Leggings, available in both Women's and children's sizes!  Aren't they adorable with the bows on the legs?!  They fit and feel amazing too. Barbie's is the perfect addition to your dance wardrobe and sure to get your little one noticed. It includes both the pants and capris lengths. Both size ranges are on sale for 30% off this weekend! 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Camping Bag for Roasting Sticks

Just a little over a week until Father's Day! So far we have shared some really great free patterns with you for gift ideas. If you're running short on time now and still want an awesome gift for that outdoorsy man in your life (or at least one who eats s'mores), you're going to love today's free pattern! 

Welcome to my paradise!  This is where our family likes to wind down on summer evenings after a hard days' work/play.  Hot dogs and s'mores by the campfire can't be beat. And what's that you see in the corner of the fire pit area up there? 

Just our handy dandy Camping Bag for Roasting Sticks, which YOU are going to learn how to make today! 

Fun, right?! 

 All you need is an old pair of men's jeans, two red bandannas (or 1/2 yard fabric), and a denim needle for your sewing machine!  If you don't already have some, you will probably want to buy some roasting sticks too -- I bought these at Walmart for Father's Day forever ago. And because they are kept safe and sound in the awesome bag, they have lasted a loooong time. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Dopp Kit [Travel Case] for Men

Father's Day is right around the corner and we have a handy free pattern for you today that would make an excellent gift for the men in your life! I got the idea for this one from none other than my own husband who said he would love to have a handmade Dopp kit to take with him on trips. If you're not familiar with the name, a Dopp kit is a little travel bag for men's hygiene items: razor, shaving cream, toothbrush, cologne, etc.  They tend to be squarish and sturdy, with a zipper. There's a little more background behind the name if you want to read it, but for today all that really matters is that we learn how to make a really awesome gift that the men in our lives can use! 

Doesn't it look masculine and sturdy and useful? We love how it turned out.  

You can make this project using faux leather, denim, outdoor fabrics, PUL, laminated cotton, or even regular quilting cottons if you use a heavy interfacing with it. Just be sure to use an equally sturdy needle for this project, such as a leather needle or denim needle.  You will also need a zipper that is at least 12" long. (It will be trimmed to the right length.)  If you have never sewn on a zipper before, that is no problem at all. This project does it a super easy way! Are you ready to get started?

Print it out and tape the pages together with 1-3 on top and 4-6 underneath. Cut along the bold black lines until you have the shape like this:

Lay the pattern piece on your main fabric and cut around the piece.