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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Quick and Easy Fleece Hat Pattern

I am pretty excited about today's free project, both because it is FREEZING outside here, and also because there are a bunch of fleece fabric sales going on this week for the holiday.  What a perfect time for a cold weather fleece pattern! 

I thought about making the construction of our fleece hat similar to that of Sammy's Slouchy Beanie for knit we did a couple years ago (find it here), but I decided to give this one a little more structure for the fleece.  I think you'll also love that it is all one piece and that it can be made either as a slouchy hat or a tighter hat! 


 1/2 yard of fleece (makes two hats) 
Sewing machine

After cutting out the pattern piece, lay it on the fold of your fabric and pin in place. Cut around the pattern piece for the size you want to make. We have it labeled as Toddler, Tween, and Adult, but you will be best off using the head measurement that is also listed there.  

Your hat piece should now look like the photo above. Lay it out on a flat surface with its right side facing up.

Fold each end in toward the center to where they meet in the middle, with right sides together. Two of the points should match the other two points at the top. See photo above.  Pin the two outer curves together.  Sew the pinned edges in place, as indicated in red above, using a 1/4" seam allowance for the slouchy hat or 1/2" seam allowance for a more fitted hat. 

Fold the hat again so the remaining curves match up at the top. Pin in place and then sew as indicated in red, again using a 1/4" or 1/2" seam allowance. 

With the hat still wrong side out, fold the bottom edge up 3" to 4" to the wrong side. Keep in mind that this is not the final fold of the hat. The final fold will be slightly smaller than the fold you are making right now. 

Sew along the pinned edge, 1/4" from the edge, all the way around the hat. 

Turn the hat right side out. Fold the bottom edge up to where you want it, keeping the stitching line you just made on the inside of the hat so that only the right side of the fabric shows on the outside.

If you'd like, you can sew the fold in place along either the top or bottom of the fold, or both.  Or you can leave the fold loose so it is adjustable.  I prefer leaving it loose for myself so I can refold each time, but my kiddos like it sewn in place. 

Your hat is all ready to go!  I made the slouchy version for my kiddo and he's quite happy with it. 

As you go shopping for fleece, keep in mind that you can make four hats out of one yard of fleece. How cool is that?!  Happy shopping and happy sewing!  

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Weekly Wound Up

Less than a week until Thanksgiving! It has been so fun to see all the Thanksgiving outfits popping up in our patterns group -- you are all so creative! We have some great new Fall/Winter patterns for you this week and I can't wait to show them off.  Plus, you will want to stick around to hear the scoop on our big sale coming up, and our giveaway that's going on right now! There's lots to talk about so let's get started!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Pillowcase Lounging Bed

The holidays are coming up and I always try to think of gifts that will have a handmade touch but not take too much time to make. After all, there is more than just one person on my list!  Today's project is super quick but makes a big WOW for those receiving it, especially if they are kiddos. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Weekly Wound Up

It has been another busy week around here and we can't wait to show you all our new releases and announcements! We can feel the countdown in the air as the holidays come closer. It's an exciting time for handmade gifts, goodies, and traditions. There are many different ways for us all to celebrate, especially now that the CKC family is all over the world. We hope you know how honored we are to be a part of your hobbies, businesses, and family memories. Thank you! Let's take a look at what we added to our collection this week:

Friday, November 13, 2015

How to Get the Most Out of Your Fabric

I was so excited to buy some adorable custom knit fabric for my daughter's Thanksgiving shirt. The knit was a bit pricey so I bought the minimum one yard and figured I could make it work. Of course then she chose a pattern that uses much more fabric than I had planned, after adding up the fabric requirements for each of the pieces. But because I didn't have any coordinating knit and because I love my daughter so much (awe), I decided to get out my ruler and see if it was at all possible to make the shirt with what I had. And guess what -- the math told me it would work out! So I put my trust in the numbers and cut very carefully with a few techniques. So that's what I'm going to show you how to do today! 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Christmas Treasury

If Christmas decorating and gift giving are on your mind, you are going to love all the free patterns we have available for you on our blog!  You can browse through all of them on our easy index Pinterest page any time, and today we have put together a treasury right here on the blog for our free patterns that are specifically related to Christmas!  

I am so excited to have all of these links in one place! Plus I know that later this season we will be adding new patterns, such as a Santa hat pattern and a few other surprises you're going to love. But even for now we have more than enough to keep you busy decking the halls! Please enjoy our Christmas Treasury: 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Weekly Wound Up

Ah, November. This is my favorite time of year. It may have something to do with my birthday and the many holidays and excuses-for-treats that are coming up. And I especially like the weather that has turned cold here, making my kids want to play indoors, and therefore I have more time to sew. It's also a fun time for football parties or for snuggling up for a family movie or game night. If your weekend has any of these things in store for you, we have some fun new patterns and sales you will definitely want to see! 

New Releases

Rebel's Game Day Color Block Top and Dress is the newest pattern available in women's sizes! Written for wovens, Rebel's is the perfect design to show your team spirit! Three color-block options, two sleeve lengths, multiple back versions, and included tailoring instructions make it easy to customize a fun and flattering dress just in time for game day!

Our new baby pattern is just what your baby needs for everyday wear and comfy fun! Baby David’s has a knit top with short or long sleeves, as well as comfy knit pants that have the feet built right in. You can use all one knit for a matching pajama set, or mix and match different knit fabrics and panels for a daywear outfit. And for the older babies who are starting to walk, you can even use non-slip fabric on the soles. Once you make one set, you’re going to want to make many more! Baby David's is on sale for 30% off this weekend only!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Zipper Video

We have had a lot of requests for a video showing how to attach a zipper to some of our dresses and tops, so that's exactly what you get to see today!  We love the fit that comes from using a zipper closure and if you've been afraid to try one in the past, it's time to get past your fears!  Attaching a zipper can be as easy as sewing straight lines. Really. 

If you prefer to learn from step-by-step photos, you can find those inside your specific CKC pattern or at this free blog post:  "Adding a Zipper."  But for those of you who want to see the zipper-sewing in action, here you go! 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Weekly Wound Up

Happy Halloween! It's finally here! Many of us have been burning the midnight oil working on costumes for customers and our own kiddos, and now it's time to sit back and enjoy! Today I dressed up my kids for their school parade, led the class party in my daughter's class, and then came home for a family party made up of jack-lantern pizzas, pumpkin carving, cookies, and more games.  And now as I'm writing this I'm realizing that Halloween day hasn't even started yet! (It will very soon, of course.) So it may be that some of you are still working on costumes the the "real" Halloween night. Hang in there!  We really are going to make it through this candy-filled holiday. Plus, I think the real costume contest should be a photo taken of the explosion that appears to have happened in my sewing room this past week!  Surely I'm not the only one. Anyway, enough about Halloween. Let's take a look at the new patterns we released this week at CKC, some upcoming announcements, and of course our half-price patterns for the weekend! 

New Releases

Let's start out with our new BOY pattern this week! Ryker’s Woven Skinny Pants are a must-have in your little guy’s wardrobe this season!  They can be made with just about any fabric you choose: cotton, denim, khaki, corduroy; you name it! They feature a flat front with elastic in back, optional pockets in front and back, a faux fly and faux button, and even belt loops! Or of course you can make the simple version if you choose. Ryker’s are constructed with separate pieces for front and back, creating a tailored fit that will make your little guy look super sharp, no matter what top he pairs with them! The pattern also includes tips for getting the perfect fit on every body type. You simply can’t go wrong with Ryker’s!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Creating a New Look with Chantelle's Cardigan

Hey everyone!  I’m Nikki here, with a hack for the new Chantelle’s Cardigan pattern.  Today I am going to show you how to slightly alter the front pattern piece, then add a snap and some trim to make the cardigan with a completely new look!

Let's get started!