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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

8th Day of Christmas: Elf Collar Tutorial

It's the 8th Day of Christmas and you're going to love the free tutorial we have for you today!  This one comes to us from our talented designer Ashley, courtesy of her little boy who happens to be the cutest thing ever! 



Seriously!  Those eyes! I can't get over him.  The outfit is super adorable too so let's learn how to do it.  Here's Ashley with our tutorial:





If your kids are anything like mine, they are OBSESSED with their Elf on the Shelf- who ironically does everything but sit nicely on the shelf! This year I decided to make some elf PJ’s for the real mischief makers around the house. Even though this little sweet thing causes the least trouble, trust me, he’s got lots of potential! And after four kids, I can really sniff out trouble! I started with one of my favorite pajama patterns, Baby David’s! I love this pattern for my handsome boy because it sews up so fast and the fit is amazing! Plus, anytime I don’t have to wrangle tiny baby feet into tiny baby socks is a good time. Since my daughter (who puts even the naughtiest elves to shame) has already outgrown baby sizes- le sigh -hers will be made using another favorite PJ pattern, Josh’s! The Elf Collar Add-On works with both David’s and Josh’s and covers sizes from NB-8. Both fab patterns are linked below.






You will need the required materials that are specified in your Baby David’s or Josh’s pattern for the size you are making plus an 18”x18” square of white, knit fabric and the downloadable template below. 





Begin by cutting out all your pieces for your Josh’s and David’s per the instructions in those patterns.

Print the template for the Elf Collar and be sure that you check your 1” square! This piece will be cut on the double fold, just like a circle skirt! To create a double fold, fold once width-wise and then once lengthwise and lay the template on the fabric as shown in the photo below. I would recommend cutting with scissors to keep the points of the collar crisp. 





After sewing the shoulder seams of your top together, we will pin and baste the Elf Collar to the neck opening of the top. Make sure that you pay attention to the placement of the points on the collar. You will want to center one of the points with the center front of the shirt. 






Now you will attach the neckband as it's described in the pattern and voila! 




I finished the rest of the set according to the Baby David’s pattern and got this ADORABLE little set for one of my main men, Murphy! Since knit doesn’t fray, there’s no need to worry about hemming the collar, which is great because after cleaning up all these messes from our elves, who has the time?





Cleaning up constant messes won’t seem as bad when your little looks this cute! Isn’t he dreamy?




Thanks so much, Ashley!  Yes. Yes, he is.  

And now it's YOUR turn to make an elf collar for your little one!  We hope you love it as much as we do. When you're done, be sure to come show us in our patterns group on FB so we can ooh and aah over it too. 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen  

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